There wasn’t a great deal that was positive about the draw at Goodison Park, but we did keep a clean sheet for the first time since 1927, and some of our young players got more valuable playing time under their belts.

We did get a point too, not the three we wanted, but every one we get at this point is worth something. It was also Freddie Ljungberg’s final game in charge, Mikel Arteta will now take the reins for the Bournemouth game and beyond.

Read the Everton 0-0 Arsenal report

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Jai
Jai

They were there for the taking today. We need wins, urgently, we can’t act like this season is already gone. We’d have been 4 points behind Chelsea today had we won. At least we looked solid defensively, Saka looked promising.

Buzzing for Arteta. He’ll ship out the bad apples, fingers crossed.

Jai
Jai

A side point- did nothing horrendous today, but no Premier League club will ever achieve their ambitions with Xhaka playing in midfield. Turns like a tractor, enjoys holding opposition players back as he has the speed of a snail, just a careless player with no discipline whatsoever. He wants to leave? Good riddance.

ricky rick
ricky rick

Well I thought on evidence of today it was clear that Xhaka plays well if you don’t ask him to cover for fullbacks. If the wide players do their job, he can stay in the middle even with his lack of pace and he’s a decent long passer. He is limited tho.

Martin
Martin

When Torreira is used in his true position as a DM then you will see the best of Xhaka.

Dave M
Dave M

Exactly, mate!!…sitting on the bench!

Tim
Tim

On what authority do you have it he wants to leave? Bild? About your side point, you’ve been making it for months and we all get it. I’ll leave that decision to Arteta, thanks (and I’ll be fine with whatever he chooses). Also, if you watched today’s game and your conclusion is “no discipline whatsoever”, then I really don’t know what to say.

alex alexsson
alex alexsson

I thought Xhaka played quite well today

THEEEEO
THEEEEO

Yep, definitely one of the better players on the pitch. Bit of bias showing to give him same rating as the nervy ESR (who improved in the second half to be fair)

Dave M
Dave M

That is exactly it. That was a “good” xhaka game. A 0-0 draw against 15th placed Everton. A limited player holding us back. God I hope Arteta is wise enough to see how much he limits what we can do.

Martin
Martin

Xhaka was excellent today and to scapegoat him is nonsense. Did you not see some of his forward passes and he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Excellent is a stretch. He did his job efficiently against the might of Tom Davies & Fabian Delph!!

Ska
Ska

Still, he deserves a clean slate with Arteta just as everyone else does. Lets cut the bias.

Nick
Nick

Absolutely correct assessment of Xhaka – wide and stiff turning circle and half-paced. Plus he is acutely one-footed meaning he takes twice the touches needed before releasing the ball (why he so often gets caught in position). Does not have the physical qualities that should be accepted by a club with genuine ambitions. Don’t care about all the youthful ups and downs Willock will have, would much rather see him regularly in midfield.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

you Need a big warm long Christmas hug. most of us prob share some of the frustration you vent, when called for. Xhaka has no part in the Brexit caos, nor global warming

Reality check
Reality check

Jai

For some people support means hate and negitivity, sweeping statements. They need to show their extremely high football intelligence. Didn’t take long, for the most toxic fan base in Britian to return to their poisonous habbits..

C.B.
C.B.

Young team away from home. Could have been a lot worse.

Hope Arteta can boost performances, I’d prefer not to be 5 points behind Sheffield United.

Drew
Drew

“Won 100% of his tackles (3/3), 2 interceptions, 7/7 clearances, 5/5 aerial duels. One rash moment late on, but good.” And he only gets a 7?? Seems a bit harsh.

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

Yes, Chambers was definitely MOTM for me. Also congratulations are in order for chalking up 100 appearances for The Arsenal.

arseblog
arseblog

What’s wrong with 7? He had a good game. 7 is a good mark.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

If 7 is good what is 6 Blogs?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

7/10 was never good when I was at school. It was bang average.

SirL
SirL

Surely 5/10 is, by definition, average?

Jim2wheels
Jim2wheels

That would 5.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

8 good 9 very good 10 excellent no?

Dave M
Dave M

0…, 1 complete toilet, 2 pathetic, 3 very poor, 4 poor, 5 below par, 6 ok, 7 good, 8 very good, 9 excellent, 10 perfect (should be limited to those rare games that are etched in our eternal memories – e.g. the Bergkamp hattrick).

Elliott
Elliott

Agree 100 %

Le_jungberKamp
Le_jungberKamp

no

Le_jungberKamp
Le_jungberKamp

1-4 bad/poor
5 is indifferent
6 is acceptable/average.
7 is good/above average
8 very good
9 exellent/outstanding
10 perfect

Truf Evans
Truf Evans

Yet again arseblog is creating divisions within the fans and a general toxic atmosphere. Change it to a 10 or we riot.

Leon
Leon

seven is a good mark but the way our defence has been playing this season a good performance and a clean sheet as well should be recognised.
And he had Luiz playing next to him which made the clean sheet even more of an achievement.
Glad to see that Arsenal Fan TV is getting some real stick….

Le_jungberKamp
Le_jungberKamp

This is normal rating everyone…Blogs rates the players based on his emotions after the game, as well as team ovr performance. If this was a win Chambers would’ve got at least one mark higher. For Blogs there is a ceiling to how high the players rate based on the game outcome.

Venga Bus

I saw a lot of positives actually

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

Seriously, that was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen.

Richard
Richard

It wasn’t a good game but at least we didn’t shit ourselves every time we were attacked. It was the first time in a while it felt like we were able to defend those chances. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t create anything, but it’ll take a bit of time for the two to come together. And let’s not forget that it was mostly youngsters on the pitch. The future is bright, but only if we sort out the existing problems, change our ageing players to ones in their prime, ones that don’t shoot themselves on the foot every game.

Savage
Savage

Defensively I thought we did pretty well

PFo
PFo

A lot of positives? This was comfortably a worse performance than last week, but because we were playing a truly horrible Everton team, rather than one of the best 2 or 3 teams in the world, we got away with a dull draw. Let’s be real: both teams today were desperately short of quality. Misplaced passes, heavy first touches, poor decision making abundant throughout. Anyone saying otherwise–yet who was upset at the performance last week–is revealing their inability to take the context of the opponent into account and judge soberly. (This includes Blogs, who handed out 4’s last week, whereas this week it’s absurdly all 6’s and 7’s.)

Mark
Mark

One thing I could tell from today’s lineup and tactics along with Arteta coming in is that we are going to be playing a much higher paced defensive game and the players that put the effort for closing down on defense, creating turnovers and working their tails off will get the PT regardless of the salary or the number on the back. You could see more of that today with the effort the three behind Aubameyang played with and the fact that Pepe didn’t come on in a tie game when we needed a goal and why Ozil wasn’t in the squad. We still are greatly lacking in any kind of offensive creativity, but I did like the effort the squad played with today and the fact that those that have been working the hardest got the starts. The style we want to play under Arteta with lots of pressing like City and Liverpool do is not going to work well with Xhaka in there though.

Individually have to give a nod to Saka for playing LB in a four man backline at his age at this level, wasn’t perfect, but wasn’t bad at all.

PFo
PFo

1. How do you know who’s been working the hardest? You been there in training every day? And who cares if you work your butt off the most in training if you’re not actually more likely to help us win on a match day?

2. Why is work rate so consistently fetishized in English football culture? Running around like a chicken with your head cut off without the ball (it’s called doing the Alexis) will win you lots of love from the fans, but doesn’t get you very far if you then make poor decisions on the ball or misplace simple passes. You need both, but talent > work rate every time. Emery’s inability to grasp this basic truth is a big part of the reason the team and the squad is in the dismal mess we’re in.

3. *Some* of the kids have the talent (jury’s still out on a few, I think), but they’re also still seriously lacking in composure at this level, so playing them virtually all at once was always going to be ugly. Arteta needs to find a way to balance their youthful exuberance alongside the skill and experience of at least some of our established stars.

4. Inconvenient truth: Ozil mostly used the ball really well last week and didn’t deserve to be the first sub. When he went off we ceased to be able to put an attack together. Go back and watch it. Sure he wasn’t aggressive without the ball, but the same could be said for literally every Arsenal player. His job defensively was clearly to sit on Rodri, and he mostly did that ok. All three of City’s goals were examples of poor defending, and in none of those cases was Ozil a chief culprit. But hey, as anyone who’s read their Rene Girard knows, when the masses have decided on a scapegoat…

5. Not putting Pepe on today, when we needed a goal and the game was there to be won, was a ridiculous decision. It’s like the last few weeks suddenly broke Freddie, and after the City game he decided to transform into full “Yer Da” mode and only play the kids because at least they properly respect him and work hard in training, or some such rubbish.

Rich
Rich

Freddie sending a clear message to senior players today.

I certainly wouldn’t be against going with the same starting 11 again on Thursday.

Going with younger players will guarantee some painful results, but I think our young players are worth persisting with.

We need Arteta to be a project manager, not a quick fix, that means he’ll need to be brave, willing to take some stick, and go through some growing pains.

Niles, Saka, Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Martinelli, Guendouzi, Nketiah are the future.

We just need to remember they’re 22,18,19,19,19,18,20,20, cut them some slack, and give them room, and a positive environment in which to grow.

Alex
Alex

FL is not the coach who was chosen this week and fortunately so. Being indulgent with the young ones and agressive against the “old” ones is not a way to bring harmony and balance into a team.

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

Titi tried what you describe at Monaco, at least to my memory. Ruthlessly condemned most of the experienced players as just filling their pockets. Too much too soon, and it got him the sack.

A P
A P

Right. At times, it felt as if Freddie was trying to fit all his U23 graduates into the time regardless of the state of play, and ensure his short legacy.

PFo
PFo

I like this crop of youngsters a lot, but there’s nothing to suggest they’re Fergie’s Fledglings 2.0. The same fans who are saying they’re the future and we should play them all for the rest of the season will be slagging them off in two years time as not good enough (see Iwobi, Alex). Realistically, only a couple of that crop are going to be good enough to be regular Arsenal starters, that is if we plan on being a CL team. We could get lucky and they could prove me wrong, but the odds are against us. Right now I’d say only Guendouzi and Saka look like they have the composure to potentially merit regular starting berths right now. For instance, I’d love for Smith-Rowe to suddenly explode, but even if he does, this season the best case scenario is probably him being in roughly the position Iwobi was when he broke into the first team a few years ago: exciting and smooth on the ball, but very raw and needing the likes of Alexis, Ozil, and Santi to guide him.

Martinelli’s exciting, but look past his work rate and his knack for scoring goals and you’ll see he’s still very, very average on the ball. So if he’s not going to displace Auba/Laca as central striker (and he’s not, not yet), then he needs to be a super sub, since he doesn’t give us enough quality possession and link play to deserve to start from the wing right now (a 2019 Walcott, if you will), particularly when our build up play is so chaotic and lacking in both creativity and composure at the moment.

Going with these kids in the team together every week is a recipe for flirting with relegation (or at least mid-table mediocrity) and seriously damaging their longterm confidence. Just because a youngster has a high ceiling doesn’t mean they’re going to reach it, and they’re less likely to if they don’t have veterans to play alongside.

Oregoon

The guys we needed performances from, AMN, Luiz, Chambers, and especially Saka all came through. We hustled, got back, and tried to recover the ball quickly when we lost it in their half. Thought our mid field tandem looked better in this game than probably the last 10.

10/10 for Ancelotti’s expressions during the game. Arteta? Would not want to play poker against that guy. Nothing.

GD10
GD10

At least the team defended like a unit today. First time since Newcastle. Hopefully the clean sheet can generally lack of chances given to the oppo can help built that confidence.
Thought chambers had a very solid game (last.min foul aside).

Savage
Savage

Yet another coach calling out Ozil’s attitude. Can we please stop blaming Emery for Ozil’s omission?

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Lacazette barely played under Freddie. Guendouzi was also benched. What Freddie was trying to do is bigger than Ozil.

Alex
Alex

Who is (are) the other coach(s)? Wenger, UE, Mou have never blamed Özil for being angry when being substituted… On the contrary, all saying they prefer an angry player. But imagine Granit! Poor man, he would have been kicked out to the moon.

Martin
Martin

Ozil was injured today but Freddie said he wouldn’t have played him anyway. It just shows why Freddie is far removed to being a top manager. We missed his creativity and to openly criticise him is not the Arsenal way. In 22 years I can’t remember Arsène Wenger ever openly embarrass a player.

Dave M
Dave M

“In 22 years I can’t remember Arsène Wenger ever openly embarrass a player.”

And that is exactly why we have such a soft mentality at Arsenal. Arsene made it too comfortable for too many for too long. Absolute legend, great manager, great guy, but our soft underbelly is on him and IMO his greatest short-comings as a manager was his inability to adjust his player management style to personnel. His prime years his teams were filled with leaders and he could sit back and let them sort out the discipline. Post Champs League Final the characters of our teams changed and we lacked the leaders to drive the teams through the tough times – this takes some more forceful management to cope with those different characters, to show them that coming up short isn’t ok and to make them know what they do is a privilege not just a normal job. We lost that in the late Wenger years and Emery was of the same player management mould…Hopefully Arteta is the type of guy that is no nonsense and puts these guys in their place. Cause man we need it!

btw
btw

There was an Arteta profile on the bbc that described him speaking up in the dressing room after a poor performance when he just joined the club, while Wenger looked on in silence. I think this summed up Wenger’s management.

PFo
PFo

I’m one of Ozil’s biggest defenders, yet I don’t care that Freddie was going to drop him for kicking his gloves or that he publicly criticized him. If you want to lay down the law like that, then provided you’re consistent and don’t leave the player out for ridiculous reasons for too long (e.g. Emery), then fine. Drop him for one game, fine him, or whatever. Being a hard ass doesn’t prove you’re not a top manager.

But what bothers me is the consistent undervaluing, from fans and pundits, of the sort of link play that Ozil, alone in our current squad, consistently brings (he even brought it against City, and yet everyone absolutely crucified him for his performance). This is just such a bizarre blindspot to me, because as I’ve watched and played the game for 3 decades, this kind of linking together attacks (receive the ball in space, move it on swiftly, accurately, intelligently) is probably THE most important attribute you need in your team if you’re going to play effective possession football. This is not to deny that Ozil has frustrating flaws. It’s just that it seems to me the majority of fans never accurately weigh the essential good he does do against these flaws. And furthermore, the more confident he gets, and the more good players you put around him who can start to play quick pass-and-move football, the more likely he is to start providing more than just this basic “link play”. His production in terms of key passes, chances created, etc, will invariably go up; it’s the same with pretty much all creative players. We’ve never given him proper replacements for Alexis and Santi, or even (to a lesser degree) Ramsey and Iwobi.

If you point any of this out, you’re labeled a fan boy. Fine, whatever. But for every Ozil fan boy out of touch with reality, there’s about three unhinged Ozil haters spewing absolute bile about him on here or twitter.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Most of people sadly don’t see that we lack creative players. The transfer windows were poor. Ozil (or any other 10) has to do now the role of a few players. Not so long ago we had Xhaka, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey and Sanchez in the same team. Then we had the likes of Wilshere, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan… Those were all the players who were capable of creating. Like you said we didn’t even replaced Iwobi and Mkhitaryan. We miss them and most fans will never admit that. We also had players like Giroud, Welbeck and Sanchez who could hold the ball up top and play. Auba is completely useless when it comes to that. Laca isn’t much better. It doesn’t matter or it is Ozil, EMR, Willock, Ceballos… He is doing a job of not one but a few players. That is why we are so poor going forward.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Auba made the perfect run a few times and ESR either didn’t see it or didn’t have the confidence to make the pass, all our midfield is like that. Love him or hate him we need Mesut Ozil, and we need him to be given the ball. Guendouzy does the same thing even when Mesut gets into the perfect space, looks at him and passes the ball either back or across to someone down a blind alley. Some of these youngsters will be good one day but they aren’t yet, and we probably need a midfield more than a defence at this stage. Ceballos will come back soon, I hope he’s able to link the play a bit, but if we are to create anything I believe we need Mesut and Granit in this team and set up the other players to protect and feed them.

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Commitment from the young players and a clean sheet. Something to build- on.

Arteta needs to work out which of the experienced highly paid “ stars” he can improve / work with and which are poisonous

I trust him to make the hard decisions

Alex
Alex

Ozil is out soon, guys, be patient! And today what a game! We were so much better without him. ESR was out of this world!

Martin
Martin

Seriously? We had no creativity which Ozil could have provided

Gooner
Gooner

Ozil can pass a ball yes, but takes too many touches/is too slow/too weak/poor defensively / has a bad attitude. Pros Vs cons.. Let’s have it

PFo
PFo

He’s neither too slow nor takes too many touches. It’s bizarre that you think this. His first touch and his ability to receive the ball on the half turn are almost certainly the best in the current squad (not that that’s saying much). Obviously a number of our guys are faster in a straight sprint, but he’s far from the slowest (squad sprinting stats from just last season are online somewhere, with MO closer to the top than the bottom). And if several of our players tend to play faster with the ball at their feet, for most of them that also comes with a much greater likelihood of losing control, running down blind alleys, poorly executing a pass, or making the wrong choice in the final third.

Reality check
Reality check

Gooner

“but takes too many touches/is too slow”

You drunk.. Did you just copied all the complaints about Xhaka and pasted then under Ozil’s name..

Vonnie
Vonnie

The only time Mesut will take a few touches is because he’s waiting for somebody, anybody, to get into a space so he can make a pass. Mesut will always see the pass before the player makes it, and nobody ahead of him is making any intelligent movement. There’s a reason that Mesut and Auba are so frustrated and bad tempered, they are trying to create when nobody else is doing their bit.

PFo
PFo

He’s being sarcastic, obviously.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

ESR was nowhere near that…..ah I see what you did there.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Add a point to all of your scores and cheer up Blogs! 🙂

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Not the best game to watch but we actually defended well for once. And seeing as everyone makes a big song and dance every time we fail at passing it out from the back, I think it’s only fair to mention we looked very comfortable doing that today for the most part. Chamber and Luiz together certainly helps there, maybe something for Arteta to work with.

PFo
PFo

Did we defend well, or does Everton’s attack just really, really suck right now?

Mpls
Mpls

A scoop of each

Limaro
Limaro

Saka should be getting MOTM for every game he plays at LB. Attacking 18 yr old winger and arguably performed better in this game than Tierney and Kolasinac have all a season. Could we have a new Ashley Cole on our hands?!?! Yes yes I know I’m exaggerating!

Mpls
Mpls

I’m not going to overhype him like we’ve done so many times, but I really thought he didn’t look out of place at left back today. Made blocks, managed position well, didn’t look like he got beat much if at all, and we know he’s a fairly effective attacker. Obviously He’s not leveled up to Nacho level yet, but he made his presence known of the full left side. He didn’t seem to burn out either. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how he’s helped out with a problem I was really fearing.

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

I was surprised ‘Big Dunc’ didn’t try to expose Saka with diagonal balls (Everton’s left to right) to Richarlason or Calvert Lewin. Seemed like an obvious thing to try.

But yes, Saka did well again at LB. Not sure how he’d handle the long diagonal against a physical player though. Not sure I want to find out.

GS14
GS14

“Something to build on” for Torriera. Should have been the same for Pepe. He deserved to be given a chance today. Reiss Nelson didn’t do much to merit 90 minutes on the pitch.

Thierrys_Tears
Thierrys_Tears

Won’t waste time rating. 4s all around. Tired of watching a U-23 side play the grown-ups. Eleventh place, five points clear of relegation. Wishing for Auba-Laca strike force and just a glimmer of an attempt at a counterattack. Arteta’s job is a really massive one.

Joseph Furey

So you didn’t watch it? Or close attention is beneath you? Nice

Santori
Santori

I think everyone in general put in an effort.

Some lose passes one from Torreira but otherwise mostly we tried to protect the ball and play short passes well enough.

Just a bit of timidness committing forward.

Torreira and Granit probably a more stable partnership defensively as we will get with current complement but neither particularly with appetite to venture forward at potential expense to the back and maybe not necessarily a bad thing.

OTOH bc we played Smith-Rowe(whom I thought was OK but raw) we did not have sufficient link up with Aubameyang the sole striker. would have preferred to have seen Guendouzi in the role or at very least as a midfield 3 taking turns with Torreira to push forward (The Uruguayan had one great break late in game)

Martinelli I thought worked tireless ly and was in the battle all game. Nelson was decent as well but not up to his best although he did manage a couple of good take ons. Still puzzled why we are not putting BOTH Aubameyang and Lacazette. The Frenchman should have been on 60th minute IMO with Auba shifted right or left in lieu of Nelson.

On that note, thought Auba needs to be better still. I rarely see his elusive ‘pace’ many prefer to go about.

When you bother to say watch the City-Leicester match later in the day (Mahrez was superb…we should have bought him), Vardy peeled off to create his own opportunities and was very quick attacking the Cbacks with his pace.

Auba I feel still wanton with ball at times and should not be hiding with conveniently provided excuse (by many) that he is lacking in service.

You have to make yourself available for service if you are truly world class ala Henry or RVP.

Many times, the midfield in Xhaka and Torreira or Cbacks find it hard to find the right passes. We need more movement up top and this needs work rehearsing.

Thought Saka put in a good shift again. I will give him a shout bc clearly he is stepping into an unfamiliar position and he is still very young.

Again would have liked to see Laca and Guendouzi if anything for Arteta’s further benefit as he sits in the stand with opportunities to observe from a higher vantage point. ditto Pepe. I can see why he was left out (he has only very sporadically been effective, loses too many take ons and ambles back with poor off ball performance for price)

But hopefully Arteta gets to grips with our deficiencies and practical remedies quick bc we need to win our next games.

Thank you Freddy. Tried your best.

truj
truj

O:0 to th Arsenal. Steps back consistently. The Arsenal’s Laboratory with the new formula, lineup every time. The first half was for the ones who are one football like a drog. Good substitution cure against addiction and passion. Who wants to watch a team like that? That hopeless U shaped passing at the back with sterile possession…

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

Arteta’s first line up will be very interesting. I’m going with:

Leno

AMN-Chambers-Luiz-Saka

Torreira-Xhaka

Rhys Nelson-Smith Rowe-Martinelli

Lacazette

My thinking is that he’ll want extra protection for the full backs. And that he wants energy and players who will put in the effort. I’m not sure Xhaka will start but I think he’ll want some experience in midfield. But he could go for Willock.

I think Pepe might be politely coached into doing what Martinelli does before he can start regularly. The modern game means he’s going to have to hunt down full backs when they try breaking on us. Rhys Nelson did the ugly part of the game quite well yesterday. I predict Laca for Auba too due to Laca’s (slightly) improved ability to close down and link the play.

But I could be miles out.

Ian
Ian

Apart from Upamecano, God I pray Ziyech should come to Arsenal. We need someone to bring out the best in Auba, Laca, Pepe and Martinelli