Bellerin: I’m lost for words

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Hector Bellerin was the poor unfortunate Arsenal player wheeled out in front of the media after tonight’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton at the Emirates.

The Gunners slumped to another poor result, and now in 10th place, 24 points off the top but just 5 off the relegation zone.

It’s not being dramatic to suggest that we’re in for a real scrap this season, and afterwards the full back found it hard to explain what’s going wrong.

“I don’t know even what to say,” he said. “I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn’t come out right. I feel the team gave its best, especially in the second half, we created chances.

“Every single player was going for every ball. We defended good but it seems like we need so many chances to score and teams with the smallest chances they score.

“It sounds a bit hard to say, but sometimes … I am lost for words a bit.

“From the pitch, from how hard we’ve been working this week, every single player has given 100%, the coaches as well, and when we go on the pitch everyone wants to win.

“Everyone wants to give their best for that shirt, and sometimes … I don’t know … it’s hard to say … we were full of energy, we had a goal disallowed… but it’s hard to take.

“We have to keep going, we have to keep giving 100% and I’m sure the results will come.”

Hopefully he’s right. With more work things might improve, but unless they do so quickly, we’re going to be in real trouble this season.

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Dave
Dave

We’re washed. Charlie Watts said it best… This is relegation form.

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

To be fair, I thought the crowd was really up for it tonight, got behind the team and created a great atmosphere at times. The team responded positively and gave it a go, but when you have two center backs who are this poor, the team has no structure at all.

Basic rookie mistakes that put our players under pressure every time we lose the ball. They operate as individuals, I see no partnership or any sort of understanding between the two what so ever. One of them could be trying to play the forward offside while the other is dropping deep. One will press while the other’s in no man’s land.

Our defense is an absolute shambles right now, and I know this might not be a popular opinion but I think there were a lot of positives today, despite the shite situation we’re in. I thought the midfield of Torreira and Xhaka worked as good as we’ve seen all season, that front three at the end looked like it was creating problems, willock was immense today but a lot didn’t come off for him.

The lineup today was wrong, just like it was last week. Lacazette is a top top striker but clearly not on form, so why are we pushing our best player and one of the most lethal strikers in world football out wide??

Pepe showed the quality he had, and I don’t care what the problem is with him, you payed £72m for him, find a way to motivate him and make it work one way or another. Martinelli literally cannot do any more to force his way into the starting lineup. Tierney has been excellent and shows us that he’s actually a fullback. Kollasinac is a good player but he’s not a left back, I don’t care what anyone says. He’s a tough guy that’s good and making overlapping runs from deep. Great.

We may not have a good squad but we could have a decent first team if you stop tweaking the formation and line up. I’d go for the following line up every single meaningful game until the end of the season:

Leno, Bellerin, Holding/Chambers, Luiz, Tierney, Xhaka, Torreira, Willock, Pepe, Auba, Martinelli.

(4-2-3-1).

We’re not making it to the top 4 next season, so let’s do what klopp did in his second season, build a strong first team, sell all the dead weight (and there’s a lot of them at our club), create a clear style of play that is consistent with our clubs philosophy. Appoint the right man, whoever that is, and bloody back him.

I’m a season ticket holder, I love this club and I’m sick of the toxic negativity that’s been around our club. Let’s just get behind the team and try to be positive about the situation.

Drew
Drew

The crowd only got involved when the team upped the pace, in the first half there wasn’t hardly a sound! I couldn’t believe the empty seats, I thought it would have been packed for a true legends first game in charge at home.

db10s

I’ll be positive when there looks like the club has a plan in place. Currently there’s absolutely no plan.

Yes we’re looking for a new manager but are we planning on backing him up? What the point of signing Allegri if we’re only gonna give him 50-70 mil to rebuild.

Who’s in charge of our recruitment? We lost Ramsey, Santi, Jack within a year and who exactly have we replaced them with? Torriera/Guendouzi? please.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Am I missing something here?!?! I’ve seen people say a few times since the Brighton game that Lacazette is out of form. The guy has scored 3 goals in his last 3 games. The issue isn’t anything to do with Lacazette’s form. It’s bout picking a team that functions properly, be that with Lacazette or not. The only reason he should be dropped to the bench surely should be tactical, rather than based on a lack of (or laca) form.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

It’s been relegation form for months and surely the people in charge that are supposed to know about these things should have done something about it! Oh wait they did…sacked the manager when it was too late to do anything about it!

VZ1
VZ1

No, it’s just an U23 coach trying to tussle with the big guys

Gooner81
Gooner81

Hang your head in shame calling the legend Freddie just the u23 coach. Your just a keyboard warrior.

VZ1
VZ1

He is a legend player, not a legend coach. Get real

Darl
Darl

Luiz has no place in the squad, No go to the team, he is shit, if i see him i will tell him that facial also, so pls exclude him

My name is Jeff
My name is Jeff

It just feels that there are too few high quality players like Bellerin to make up for the lack of high quality coaching the team has been subjected to for the last few seasons.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

High quality? Bellerin? don’t make me laugh.
That’s why we’re here now. We’ve massively over-hyped an average squad. For countless years the standard of quality has fallen, untill it became ok to sign the likes of Luiz and Sokratis and foolishly hope for defensive improvement.

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Have to agree with this. Arsenal fans over-egging of Bellerin’s ability has been going on for a while. Fact is, he’s at best a slightly above average right back. For some reason people seem to hark back to the promise he showed in his first season, and assume he’s now a world beater

Martin Dufosse
Martin Dufosse

Red sky. You are absolutely spot on. The children on this site , that have only ever known Wenger, think all our player’s are the dog’s danglers. Sadly the evidence tells you that is NOT the case. This is the culmination of ten year’s of Average at best players being indulged by average at best coaches. Team has no backbone,no shape, no organisation and definitely no leaders. Look at the last seven league games. Four points. Not a top side amongst the opposition. Massively over hyped is correct.

A Different George
A Different George

Oh stop–the “children on this site.” I think I am probably a good deal older than you, but you seem to believe that a 35-year old Arsenal supporter, who has followed the club for twenty years, is somehow not as able as you (or I) to adequately judge the quality of our players. Bellerin was terrible yesterday. At his best, he is a very good fullback, not “average.”

Martin Dufosse
Martin Dufosse

No son. He’s at best very average. If you fancy watching a world class full back take a look at Kenny Sansom. And I’ve watched our once great club for 50 year’s. So yeah, I would say I’m a tad more qualified to make that judgement. Bellerin sums up our current situation. Mid table. If you think otherwise I’d love some concrete evidence.???

Arsene's Coat
Arsene's Coat

Not sure I agree with him when he claims the players gave 100%. That first half was woeful and it didn’t look like we were trying our best

dgnx6
dgnx6

He didn’t, that’s for damn sure. Im saying this as someone who sucks compared to him, or any rb. But at least i could self asses my performances and realize I fucked up. Close down the pass. Was too easy for someone less skilled to just beat you and put in a perfect pass. Something he can’t do.

Julio Baptista's humble alter ego
Julio Baptista's humble alter ego

doesn’t mean he didn’t give 100%.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Have you ever watched a small child trying to perform a task that’s easy for an adult to do? Just because they’re clumsy it doesn’t mean they aren’t trying!

Drew
Drew

He has just come back from a serious long term injury, I think expecting him to be at the same level in just a few games is unrealistic. I don’t recall anyone saying he was shit just before he got injured, he was easily one of our best and most consistent performers. Give the guy a break.

Dat guy
Dat guy

We need to get Ten Haag whatever he wants and bring him in asap. His style of football matches what Arsenal fans want and he is experienced enough to save us.

Matt P
Matt P

Agree

Nobertjr
Nobertjr

The quality of the team is 100% poor, we need to scrap off all defenders and yes bring prolific strikers like den Haag who are fit to play EPL than stay with moderate strikers. Arsenal needs to style up!!!

Dastardlydick
Dastardlydick

Erik ten Hag isn’t a striker. He’s a manager 😉

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

I think we should also bring in Carlo Ancelotti to play DM for us. Perhaps Gareth Southgate at CB?

The Swede
The Swede

Maybe he should talk about how important it is to be nice to homosexuals instead of playing fotball.

Whowearsshortshorts
Whowearsshortshorts

What’s this about??

Ben
Ben

Just another backwards troll banging on about the rainbow laces campaign.

dgnx6
dgnx6

Love you Bellerin, but maybe defend the fucking cross. Don’t just stick legs out. Our defending is awful.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Badbye 2019/2020 season.
Please take KSE and Raul along with you.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Lost for words? I’m not. Fucking shite.

Silkysmuvarteta
Silkysmuvarteta

What the fuck has happened?

Oregoon

Jesus, even Hector is getting cliched out! When times are bad, they just seem to keep getting worse. Even the league is up our ass. The last two games we looked like it was “free to kick Arsenal around time”. Not that it would have mattered, but the refereeing is about as ugly as our playing now. We could use a little luck, too. When some wanker gets a free kick on the ball after the Red Sea parts for their first goal, and their goalie doesn’t even know where the ball is but makes a safe with his feet(Willock), you know you are looking at hard times.

A P
A P

I do have some words, Ballerin.

Maybe focus more on football first instead of gallivanting to other causes!

TexGooner
TexGooner

Ignorant to imply that his attention to social issues affects his ability to run and recover. How about 9 months out with a banjaxed ACL.

Be a frustrated fan along with the rest of us but take that shit to AFTV.

A P
A P

He wasn’t El Fantastico before the injury either.

AFL
AFL

Yap, call us all ignorant as soon as we point out that his public performances are better everywhere else than on football pitch. As an highly paid and prominent Arsenal player He’s got right to do and to be what ever fuck he wants as long as he’s giving all he’s got for Arsenal on the pitch. Which he doesn’t! And he has been halfhearted pussy for much longer than 9 months he’s been out injured.
Bellerin epitomises EVERYTHING that is wrong with this Arsenal. I could forgive him technical ineptitude if there would be a single thing he does that would make you believe he is really giving his 100%. But you can be 100% sure he’ll get the right words for the press and it’ll sound good. Pity he is shite on the pitch.

Skettles
Skettles

There is zero evidence to suggest that what he does outside football effects his training and his motivation. There is also zero evidence to suggest that he is not giving his all on the pitch.

What do you want him to be doing when he’s not training? Sitting in a dark room cutting himself whilst he rocks back and forth chanting “must stop the cross, must stop the cross…”.

None of our players has been playing to their potential lately, to single him out because he is intelligent and has an opinion, and then to use those opinions against him is lazy and derivative.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Why don’t you just shut up! You wouldn’t recognise the word support if it fell on top of you!

A P
A P

You must be one of those who reveled in our third spot a few months ago.

Kostas
Kostas

Yes Hector!
You are a golden slave born to entertain us!!!
How dare you do… other staff!
Burn him!

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Dear Hector, the answer is that you guys are just not good enough.

Now if Wenger was here he would tell you this:

Well….you know Brighton very organized and solid …and I think we lost our concentration defesivley. We could have also been more clinical up front…..but our mental attitude was great. Now….we have to try and win the next game, and make sure we are in the race. You know, its only december and mathematically we have the chance to make top 4 again.

Abhishek Goyal
Abhishek Goyal

And he did exactly that. He rarely lost 2 in a row. He rarely lost at home and he rarely failed to make the mathematical top 4. We took these things for granted.

mpls
mpls

And attacked him for it. Thankless ingrates, we are.

Daniel
Daniel

It’s now obvious that Freddie can’t take us anywhere. You can’t salvage dwindling fortunes with Academy players

Anthony
Anthony

In what way is it obvious? Two games in, a week with the players who have had all confidence obliterated since that night in Baku. Its going to take time to build thst confidence.

We need a win soon to instill some confidence in the lads, and I do think there have been goos signs that Freddie is the guy. We’ve played better the last 2 matches, albeit only taking a point from a possible 6, but the movements are better – generally – there was definite desire on show to win the ball when not in possession.

We lack composure in front of goal, and belief in ourselves.

Give Freddie time!

Dastardlydick
Dastardlydick

Would like to share your optimism but the central defence is irreparable and midfield not much better. Not sure which manager could fix that

rellends
rellends

Can’t remember the last time we scored a goal of any quality whatsoever.

Homer
Homer

I feel that malaize.
Though Laca’s last goal at the Emirates – two or four … or a hundred weeks ago, was pretty solid.

Daniel
Daniel

Taking out Kolasinac was unnecessary and starting Willock wasn’t the best. The players gave their all but our tactics didn’t work. We need a top class coach asap.

Woolwich Shepherd
Woolwich Shepherd

Completely agree. Freddie is out of his depth. Willock was given no role except to just run around like mad. Kolasinac was decent, I thought. There was no midfield strategy. And Ozil…

TexGooner
TexGooner

Honestly breaks my heart to see Hector so defeated.

Avo1
Avo1

Me too I’m lost for words.

Santori
Santori

I’m not.

Its not surprising.

An on evidence, clearly task is a big one for someone like Llungberg. None of his fault as he is being asked to step in half baked.

We look bereft of discipline and structure.

We do not play as a unit. We do it for about 15 minutes each half before devolving into bad habits with players static waiting for the ball, some non competitive (Auba, Pepe) losing the ball way too easily, others do not follow the player on the ball on the attack leaving few options.

We also lack urgency and sufficient work rate.

Add to that poor selection choices by a rookie manager with little experience (Willock wrong choice, Ozil in wrong position) and we have predictable issues.

They slice us open so easily. When Auba or Pepe lose the ball wih cheap passes, they hit a long ball into our middle (Only the slow Granit to contend with as Torreira and Willock or Ozil too high up). Next thing their attackers are on our Cbacks.

Or if they came down the flank (Forget Tierney masterclass), Auba not bothering to track the wide player led to a free ball in from their right that was a near miss.

Many instances, we just drop our level and cannot sustain output over more than 15-20 minutes start of each half.

Again captaincy not resolved. Giving captain’s armband to Auba pointless.

I said it before we need function over form.

We need a Cback (Sokratis for eant of better choices) to be responsible shouting and organizing the team in defensive phases, pulling pepople back from attack, telling them not to get carried away and not to isolate granit in the middle on his own with acres of green on all sides.

We need Laca further up linking players and orchestrating from his central role. he’s the only one able to protect the ball sufficiently and we need someone to help conduct our attacks better.

Otherwise we look rudderless out there and (as admittedly with Bellerin;s comments) clearly quite clueless.

On evidence of two games, I think we have pause for concern with Llungberg.

BUT this harks back to this nonsense when fans want instant change. Sure clamour for a manager to get the sack but reality rarely works out to one’s timetable.

As mentioned, it is far from easy to find the right manager to want to come to us at the moment. Even more so if we rush the decision for very short term gains (IF at that)… and we sign a manager that needs to be changed out again very shortly down the line, this will really show us to be completely clueless and many of our better assets will vote with feet.

Some will say they can leave, but you are having a laugh (wtih the back loading Sanlehi has with non functioning Pepe and absent Saliba) that we can find adequate replacements.

We need to be VERY careful with our next move. Its not for the feint of heart or for hysterical fans who prefer immediate gratification with a wank.

We need to potentially take some more pain before we can put things right.

As I said “be careful what you wish for, as much as it could get better, it could also very much get worse”

Homer
Homer

Another good comment by Santori.
What is the world coming to.

Go on son. Go on!!

para
para

Every other team has figured out how to take advantage of Arsenal’s weaknesses.
The team is mis-configured and does not fit together well, this is why they cannot play.
The only way is to get a good manager/coach who will be able to get players who will fit into a system(a system we do not have).

TheArseman
TheArseman

He was woeful tonight but at least he fronted up because, really, he has had all of 5min after 9 months of an acl (the most horrific injury) to find form. Why? Because literally we do not have another right back for the first team. Yup, one right back. It’s the clubs fault that we cant at least share his load with an adequate backup. Hope he gets some form soon despite this because hes so good at his best

Marco

I agree The Arseman.Need a quality right back.i like the young lad at Chelsea Reece James.Quick strong and great delivery in the final third.We won’t get him because we are only usually interested in Chelsea’s castoffs.

S Ramphoma
S Ramphoma

When players slow down their pace in order to see off a manager like our boys did to oust Emery, that’s what happens in the long run. It’s difficult to rise to their full potential after idling for so long. Pity.

Abhi
Abhi

Nothing is gonna happen with Sideshow Bob and Socratis in the middle there, with Mustafi and Holding as backup. Our defence is SHIT and that’s the root of our misery. Our offensive game is stunted by the fact that the players are shit scared that just one break is all the opposition needs to score. January transfer window priority: sort that fucking defense out Raul! No halfway, no bargains, no promising youngsters. GET US A FUCKING VAN DYKE!

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Magazine_Gap

The Club are a few years late for picks like VVD – “too nonchalant,” Van Dyke was labelled under Wenger’s scouting regime – when Arsenal could and should have snapped him up at Celtic (I also think Wanyama should have been bought at the same time). He is now priceless and Liverpool yet again won the European Cup and are charging forward towards a title this year. Apparently, far “too nonchalant” for the likes of Arsenal.

Koulibaly is one of the other options if we are talking about a CB at a similar level to VVD, I thought we should have made a move for him a season or two ago or more, but I think his release clause with Napoli is something like 100 million Euros now!?

Maybe we could sell, swap (or just give to Sp*rs as a Christmas gift) all of the above minus Holding?

Just one Koulibaly-level defender! Arsenal: Pepe.

Homer
Homer

Bollocks.
The French lad that’s coming next year is the real deal.
Holding is superior to either Sideshow bob or the Greek.

Freddie … ridiculous team selections. Not gonna work for long, sir.

Arsenio
Arsenio

Man, I for one would have loved to see Potter at Arsenal after his stint in Sweden.

From Kenya

Tough times to be an arsenal fan.

Justus
Justus

This is very discouraging especially to the fans. We need radical change in the dressing room if we want to get positive results.

Kostas
Kostas

The man who speaks after this game is a leader.

G-Man
G-Man

There’s no chance those players were giving 100%, and if they were, they’re not fit enough. Everything we did yesterday was like watching in slow motion.

Nobody tracks their man, nobody senses danger (except a couple of times from , nobody moves off the ball into space. We spent most of the second half with Xhaka pinging long balls up to the forwards, despite Brighton’s defence of four shithouses – it was full fat Allardyce-ball!

The only thing we learned tonight is that Freddie is not the guy to turn this around.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Maybe he overworked them in training with the new high intensity drills this week.
If true disappointing as you’d hope the fitness staff would overrule him.

George's Defence!
George's Defence!

Bring Simeone to sort this defensive shambles out! I want to go back to winning 1 nil again.

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Words aren’t required, performances are.