Freddie on Ozil: I want players to be angry

75

Straight after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton last week, Mesut Ozil left the pitch gesturing angrily towards the sideline.

Some have suggested he was unhappy with Alexandre Lacazette, others than his ire was directed towards the dug-out and the decision to take the striker off when the Gunners needed goals.

Whatever the truth of it, it’s not something that’s bothering Freddie Ljungberg ahead of tonight’s encounter with Wet Ham at the London Stadium.

Asked about the incident by Sky Sports, he said, “I haven’t seen it, but what I’ve heard is that he was a little bit angry, but I think he should be angry.

“He should be angry with the team, with himself, with everything, because we want to win football games. I want angry players.

“There’s nothing more to it than that.”

He was also pressed on whether the German was in the right frame of mind to play this evening, and it was suggested the 31 year is key to Arsenal performing well.

“100%,” said Ljungberg about his readiness. “He’s a great football player, and I love his quality, we have other great players too but of course I want everybody to be happy.”

Today’s Arseblog match preview

Arsenal need a horse. And by horse I mean win.

75
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
gooner
gooner

Is that why you are playing him out of position? I thought Emery freezing him out angered him enough.

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

I say play Lacazette in the number 10 position, behind Auba. He can hold the ball, skip challenges and have the vision. He helps out more in tracking back more than some of our midfielders. Dont think he can do too bad behind the front three of Auba, Martinelli/Saka and Pepe. Better solution than playing Auba out wide. Solves the problem of fitting both Auba and Laca together.

Daniel
Daniel

Remember when we played 4-4-2 with the Rosicky,Flamini,Fabregas and Hleb in midfield and everyone was making runs into space, intelligent runs, when our players knew how tonuse their brains and creativity and had the technical quality to perform that idea, also when their teammates were on the same wavelenght most of the time?
If your answer is Yes, then you know it doesnt really matter if Laca is told to play in number 10 position, he should be intelligent enough, same as all our players, and know his qualities and his own style enough, to be able to adapt to the needs of team. But nowadays players looks to have zero in-game management skills, or any mental skills for that matter, other then perform some simplistic instructions they are given…

Mpls
Mpls

He drops back and fights for the ball, that is true. And at times that is valuable. Other times, not best use of him. But the last few matches when the ball would come to him underneath, nothing was sticking. He was defended into anonymity.

Ozil still has the ability to find open space through his movement, and has better touch and control. Say what you want about him, He’s still better than any other option we’ve got in the #10 position or if we’re going to play someone behind the striker.

With our current return from Auba and Laca, it may not be worth it to make other sacrifices to wedge them both in. Depending on the opposition you can still have them working as a pair, maybe Auba biased to one side, or you start one of them and have the other in reserve and have two true wide attackers.

But we have to play Pepe. Not only does he change the game with his attack, he keeps the opposition honest. They can’t throw their fullbacks forward with abandon or he’ll have a field day.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

A smart coach knows Pépé has no confidence for now. He will instruct his players to let him send the ball into the stand or pass it to opposing goalkeeper, so to speak.

Sam
Sam

I haven’t seen it

Channeling his inner Wenger hahaha

Gunner0304
Gunner0304

He should direct his passion on the pitch when playing (and fight for the badge) not these tantrums they show after losing games or the nonsense sorry excuses. It doesn’t mean anything then.

bob
bob

Maybe you didn’t watch the game, but during it Ozil was shouting at his team mates on the left hand side to track back as he was doing exactly that. I know this doesn’t fit into your expectations of him, but he was doing exactly what you say. Maybe give some credit where it’s due. After all, he is an Arsenal player and you are (?) an Arsenal supporter.

Gunner0304
Gunner0304

But we don’t see the passion in the performance. Most players including ozil have had average/below average performances. There is no point blaming each other – everyone (bar the goalkeeper) should be accountable for the defeats. The senior players don’t play for the badge anymore. I can’t wait for all of them to move on so our upcoming young talent (with different mindset) can get opportunities and take this team forward.

A P
A P

Can’t help blind people to see.

Mpls
Mpls

His last two matches he has worked hard, played well with what he’s got to work with, and done all of the things he’s accused of not doing.

People have decided to go with the story rather than observe objectively. Perfect metaphor for the world today. And look where it’s getting us all.

Damn I’m in a dire mood these days.

Venga Bus

Is it not obvious that if you want a creator like Ozil on the pitch, then there has to be a designated DM protecting the back four. Then the massive space (Massive the way Arsenal allow it at the moment) for the marauding opposition attack on the transition wouldn’t be so available.
It’s sickening to watch .
Emery put Luiz there v Eintracht and up until his injury, we were stable , more so than I’ve seen in 12 months.
Point is, no DM, no Ozil.

Hiiiii guys
Hiiiii guys

Defensive mid or not I want Ozil starting. If possible I want Arsenal buying a top class defensive midfielder partnered by a box to box Gendouzi and Ozil playing behind
Pepe Laca Auba
Managed by a top class manager

Poi
Poi

I’ve been replaying those first few minutes with Luiz in midfield in my head and i was sure my mind was playing tricks on me. We looked better balanced and we kept creating wave after wave of attack… It’s a shame it all went south when he got injured. I have not really written about it online as I thought I might have made it up in my head… Glad to see someone else noticed.

C.B.
C.B.

Would prefer tehm to be happy due to winning, but angry is good otherwise.

Hope they harness the anger and turn it around this evening.

Goontang
Goontang

Yeah well perhaps the willock fantasy for freddie was over after 45 minutes last weekend. So put ozil in the 10, Pepe out wide and do what’s logical to win a football game.

Tim
Tim

Let’s hope you’re right!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

I wouldnt want goontang to be on the right. I want pepe on the right, martinelli on the left, auba up top, ozil supplying all the balls and tierny/ bellerin providing flank support. Eceryone else back in defence!

Saps
Saps

The gaffer heard you!

Snagger
Snagger

Angry is not really the emotion we want from our players as it tinged with a lack of control. Desire, hunger and focus is what is required. Not gesticulating after the fact apportioning blame elsewhere. It’s the fans who should be angry watching lacklustre displays paying top dollar

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

I expect every arsenal player to be angry if we lose to Brighton

Amusa
Amusa

I’m glad at least one player showed some passion and anger, the others just walk back to the dug out slowly as if they don’t give a shit.
Maybe some of the players have just given up on Arsenal and want to move in the summer. Sad times.

Sue

Yes.. just like us fans!

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

So angry…. but happy……
Got it!

Rich
Rich

Ozil’s importance increased the longer he sat in the stands, when in reality he’s been largely awful for years, there’s a clip of Liam Brady after the Brighton loss that’s well worth a listen.

Ozil’s finished at the top level, we should do everything possible to usher him out the door permanently in January.

Ornstein saying Emery wanted Maguire, Zaha and Partey.

This is why I had more patience and understanding for Emery’s situation than most:

We lost Iwobi, Rambo, Monreal, Koscielny, Cech. Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Elneny, which is a lot of experience.

We signed Tierney who’d just had a double hernia operation, who’s had no pre-season, settling into a much more demanding league, he was always going to need an adaption.

Martinelli looks a fantastic signing, built for the PL, but he’s 18 and didn’t speak hardly a word of English.

Pepe had no pre-season, arrived late, and he won’t be the first or last player to take at least 6 months to settle into his environment.

Saliba won’t be with us until next year, but expecting a 19yr old to fix our defensive problems is unrealistic, for this lad to succeed he’ll need to arrive in a much more stable environment than our current car crash backline.

Luiz is erratic, and what you get when you lose Koscielny for £5mill, then need to replace him with a similar amount.

I like Ceballos, but signing him on loan with no option was insane, we’ve seen with Kovacic, Keita, Fabinho they all took a good while to settle last season, and Ceballos might start settling into the intensity of the league, just as he’s on his way out.

We’ve then replaced Welbeck+ Mkhitaryan with Nelson and Saka, its a lot of experience to lose.

We knew Bellerin had no pre-season, he’s going to take 8-10 games to get up to speed, and probably have a few niggles on the way, and we don’t have a backup right back, Chambers isn’t a right back, neither is Niles, who needs a loan, and Lichtstiner is what you get when you budget for a backup right back is £0.

There’s major issues with this squad, and I said all along I don’t think sacking Emery will make much difference to results or performances.

I do think that Pepe, Tierney, Ceballos will improve in the New Year though, and Martinelli looks like a cracking player.

But even then, we’re just poor, in a lot of areas.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Sacking emery was still the right thing to do. You forget he still had all those players in the run in and fucked it up. You can’t blame that on a lack of experience. Honestly football fans are so impatient, we got what we needed.

Freddie has had 1 week to turn things around and unfortunately 2 games in that week so how the hell do you have time to coach new ideas. It’s why I suspect he’s playing similar teams as too much of a change too quickly could result in the loss of the dressing room for starters.

Rich
Rich

I’ve never said anything about Freddie, I’m more than willing to give him a run, I’m just not sure any coach could build a cohesive defence and midfield with this current set of players.

When Emery got us into 3rd it was a false position, the stats and the performances were evident in that, the question I always asked was, did I think another manager could get more out of that set of players? With injuries to Welbeck, Holding and Bellerin? And then Rambo breaking down again at the end? Aiming for 2 competitions? And I don’t think any manager could, I think we have some very very poor players, and a flaky dressing room.

Had we not been in the Europa, I think we may have got over the line, but in reality how many fans really thought we’d get top4 at the start of last seasons? I certainly didn’t, and the Kroenke’s failure to back Emery with any funds in January, didn’t make his job any easier.

I don’t understand how your saying I’m impatient? When it was the majority of our fan base that forced the club into making a decision on Emery, when I was the one of the only few on this forum to continually preach patience with Emery, because I don’t think the problem was Emery, and I think in 12-24 months time,I think I’ll be proved right, because I believe things are more likely to get worse than better.

But like I said, I do think that Tierney, Ceballos and Pepe will kick on into Feb/March, which could give us a little kick.

But we have a relegation candidates defence and midfield, and we’re a couple of injuries in our attack, from being genuine relegation candidates.

Xhaka, Mustafi, Sokratis, Luiz, Are uncoachable, and we’re desperate for genuine competition for Bellerin at right back.

Runzac
Runzac

Partey is the kind of signing that many of us have been craving for many years now. Protecting, sniffing out danger and stopping attacks. No top team in the biggest leagues has tried to win anything without a proper strong CDM. Except the Arsenal. We have been relegated from the top six league and there is little hope in the near future with Raul and KSE at the helm

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Agree with most of that but I don’t have a huge amount of sympathy for Emery considering some of his tactical and personnel choices.

Rich
Rich

Emery’s personal choices would have been Ozil+Mkhitaryan out, two light weight forwards, who aren’t built for the intensity of the PL, it’s hard to argue with either decision.

He would have chose Zaha over Pepe, because he knew there’s an adaption period for players coming from abroad, Pepe May very well turn out to be the superior signing? But Zaha’s natural aggression would have been a big bonus.

Emery never played with wing backs before, but Kolasinac isn’t a left back, and once Bellerin got injured, he didn’t trust Lichtstiner, didn’t trust Niles defensively, and he didn’t trust Chambers on the back foot, so it’s hard to disagree with that analysis, we’re desperate for competition for Bellerin.

Our central defensive options are horrendous.
Instead of investing in a central defender for the medium to long term, we just put Koscielny’s fee back into a cheaper short term fee for Luiz, even knowing his characteristics…. because in reality £7 million doesn’t get you much, and Ornstein has said he wanted Maguire, which would have given us a degree of stability for the next 6 years.

Emery wanted Partey, I’ve never seen him play, but from what I’ve heard he’s a much more dynamic player than Xhaka, and can also play right back, again I don’t think anyone would argue our midfield doesn’t lack athleticism, energy and dynamism, so again Emery had identified a need, identified a player, but wasn’t backed

We’ve got big problems, and unless the Kroenke’s are willing to invest in their asset to the tune of £200-£300 million? Then I think we’ll drift further in mediocrity.

A Different George
A Different George

Match after match, Emery set us up, both in selection and tactically, as if we were up against a better side. He did this at Anfield, where it might be justified (it was, in fact, exactly the wrong tactics, but Liverpool is good enough to win against the right tactics too). But he also did it at home, against newly-promoted sides and relegation contenders. Not playing Ozil (or Ramsey), almost never playing Aubamayang and Lacazette together, etc.

To me, the absolute symbol of his tenure was the at Man City last year when, with the game still in reach (no, I don’t believe we were anywhere as good as City) he brought the newly-arrived Ceballos on. A player who had hardly played at all the whole season in Spain, who had literally trained with Arsenal once (perhaps twice, but unlikely), who probably did not know the name of is teammates, let alone how they played. And on the bench was Ozil.

I think Emery is a manager who might be able to take a Newcastle United or a Villa into the Europa League, a terrific achievement. Unfortunately, I believe he could never take a Liverpool, or a Man United–or, most important, an Arsenal–to win the league.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I think you meant Dennis Suarez, not Ceballos!

Mpls
Mpls

Huh. I had already forgot about him.

Rich
Rich

We signed Denis Suarez because we could only make loans, Welbeck was injured, and you tend not to be able to lend top level players from club.
We took a punt, it didn’t work, but I’m not sure what other options we really had?

Brendan
Brendan

Again very sensible Rich

Alex
Alex

Pepe – clearly a handful for defenders – never started.
Auba – out of position
Özil – out of position
Willock – too much too soon, he’s not Fabregas

Still waiting to see a coach simply pick the best players on the team sheet in their best positions.

Over complicating matters.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

You love Laca’s goals and link-up play, right? Coaches know Auba is better through the middle but they think Laca’s contribution compensates for that and brings even more benefits.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

You could argue that, as head coach, the recruitment aspect wasn’t up to him (Dennis Suarez pursuit aside). But it doesn’t explain playing Xhaka over Torreira at DM or playing Torreira as a free-roaming 8. And it doesn’t explain us playing 5 at the back and two DMs against middling opposition at home. And it doesn’t explain a whole host of baffling tactical decisions throughout his tenure.

Anthony
Anthony

I do feel that while the performances under Emery in his first season in charge were marginally better than the final year under Arsene – Results and overall stats may suggest otherwise, but we reached the Europa League final and were off the top 4 by 1 point.

The summer transfer business was far too much change all at once, and echoes what Arsene suggested can happen when you make too many changes, speaking in 2015 he said:

“Firstly [the demand for new signings] is most of the time to calm anxiety for the fans. It is reassuring to have a big name come in and, secondly, the media put you under pressure to get a new name.”

“But let’s not forget that football is as well about cohesion, about stability. That goes a little bit against the demand of what people want, but I still think success is linked with talent and cohesion.”

“You need competition, and competition exists if the numbers are not too short or not too big. When the number is too big, there is no competition anymore and it goes against the interests of the team.”

“If a player is No.26 in the squad, he needs three players to die before he has a real chance to play. That has an impact when he comes in every morning. He is down and he takes something away from the team.”

“When the number is too short, he thinks: ‘No matter how I am, I play.’ And that is not good either.”

It might not be true of all teams, but certainly in our case – since that January 2018 transfer window its clear that Arsene’s final team, followed by the transfers since January 2018 (Arsene’s final window) has had an impact on our performances. Let’s recap (I’ve omitted academy and very fringe players, as it adds far too much noise)

January 2018:
In (3)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Out (5)
Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott

Summer 2018 (Emery’s first window)
In (5)
Stephan Lichtsteines, Bernd Leno, Sokrates Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi

Out (7)
Per Mertesacker (retired), Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chuba Akpom, Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell

January 2019 (Emery’s second window)
In (1 – made no impact whatsoever)
Denis Suarez (Loan)

Summer 2019 (Emery’s third window)
In (5 (1 sent out on loan))
Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (Loan), William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz

Out (11)
Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Stephan Lichtsteiner, David Ospina, Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Iwobi, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan

When we look at the playing staff that have left over the last 3 transfer windows, there is a hell of a lot of talent, creativity and experience that has walked out the door. Compared with the players that we have brought in, the difference in quality and experience is clear to see.

The biggest issue though, is this summer’s transfer window, which when you consider that we have had 9/11 high profile departures vs 6 arrivals of which only one had played in the Premier League and another immediately sent out on loan so although you could argue that 5 of those departures were not first choice – Welbeck, Lichtensteiner, Ospina, Jenkinson, Elneny – in back up positions they add quality to the squad overall.

So, we’re in a position where the depth of our squad is too shallow to really have players competing for positions. Too many players can have a bad few weeks and know that they will start the next game regardless.

Where is the cover for Bellerin to push his game?
Where is the cover for Aubameyang or Lacazette if they have a poor run of form?
Where is the competition on the wings? Pepe is our only real winger.

Xhaka had a poor run of games, and was only dropped because of anger directed at the fans.

Guendouzi starts week in and week out, but if he and his midfield partner are having a bad spell, who is pushing the other on to do better?

So really, while on the whole, the summer transfers in were positive, when we weigh that up against the outgoings, and indeed the outgoings vs the incomings of the last few windows there are no real surprises that we are in a mess.

Cohesion has gone, competition for places has gone, confidence has gone.

A Different George
A Different George

The return of “we’re only one point behind City and Emery should be given a chance” Rich. It’s essential to that narrative that Ozil is “finished at the top level.” It simply does not matter what you see on the pitch, you need to believe this for your story to make any sense. The rest of us prefer to watch the game.

Rich
Rich

I’ve not missed watching an Arsenal game for well over a decade.

Ozil signed back in 2013, he’s now into his 7th season.

He’s one paced, lacks intensity, inconsistent, a joy to watch at times, but the negatives far outweigh the positives, and by a country mile…..

He’s simply not worth £15 million a year, and anyone who’s watched Arsenal could tell you that, the last decent run of form he put together, was the first half of the 2015/16 season.

He’s the most overrated player we’ve had In my 26 years of supporting Arsenal, some of his touches are majestic, the problem is what he’s doing the rest of the time, which is usually f*ck all….

Brendan
Brendan

Very sensible Rich; i agree on your assessment of Ozil. We have been awful in both phases of the game, and whether Ozil is actually doing his defensive part or not, then he likewise deserves his share of blame.

Note – Ozil was tracking and tried to put in a defensive shift… doesnt change the fact that he is woeful at defending, even when he tries. He lacks defensive aggressiveness, has terrible body shape in a block; it is very easily, elementary even, to pass around Ozil. Even when he is trying to be effective defensively.

Poor guy needs to eat a sandwich as well. Sometimes it looks like the wind is going to blow him off the field. He should try to gain 5-10lbs of muscle

Mpls
Mpls

If it were ever anywhere close to ‘his share’ I might agree with you. Goes for Xhaka as well.

There are 11 players out there. Bernd gets a pass. He’s earned it.

Alex
Alex

Every one of our first team, bar the CBs would be welcomed into the Leicester squad tomorrow. Of course Emery was not making enough of what he had

Rich
Rich

Not a chance
Bellerin might be better than Pereira, but Bellerin’s been injured, and Pereira is certainly a better fit than Lichtstiner, Niles or Chambers as a right back.

Chilwell would walk into our left back slot.

Soyuncu+Evans would walk into our centre back slot.

Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans would all walk into our midfield.

Vardy is a very good striker, and I’d probably take Perez over Nelson and Saka in the immediate.

Rodgers inherited a fantastic set of first team players, all maturing at the right time.

Instead of stealing Rodgers, we should be looking at the guys behind the scenes at Leicester, they make much better decisions than we do.

Their midfield 3 cost around £70 million, but would now easily fetch £200+ million on the market, and Signing Soyuncu 12 months before they knew Maguire would leave was brilliant planning, Soyuncu’s value has already quadrupled.

Anthony
Anthony

“We lost Iwobi, Rambo, Monreal, Koscielny, Cech. Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Elneny, which is a lot of experience.”

I’m sorry, we didn’t lose these players, they aren’t down the back of the sofa or misplaced on a bus. Emery allowed them to be seen as surplus to requirements.

Ramsey – was frozen out at the start of last season, much in the same way that Ozil has been, and then brought back in once the contract was off the table – a move Emery sanctioned, the idea that he doesn’t choose which players to work wth is farcical – once brought back in, Ramsey gave us a different dimension, of course by that point, the decision was made, he was off to Juventus.

Monreal – could have quite easily stayed, but seen as surplus, off he went t the best offer.

Koscielny – we will never truly know what went on, but the whole situation was most likely avoidable.

Cech – retired.

Mkhitaryan – was hardly making any kind of impact, so his experience, probably not accounting to much.

Welbeck – once he got that injury, he was never going to find a place in the side, and there was no assurances. Could we have handled the situation better? You bet!

Elneny – hard to miss someone who never played. Not a particular loss to this team on the face of things, though could have been useful.

Iwobi – another that wasn’t “his” player, and allowed to depart at the highest offer. Sad really as he may have had a better impact this season.

All of it, pure mismanagement. That and then not using the player signed like Torreira in their best positions, or never sticking to a single starting XI, its no wonder its a mess.

Credit to Freddie for giving it a go, he’s a lot to try and fix!

Vonnie
Vonnie

Elneny is playing well, he’d be an option for the midfield, he’s always reliable.

Viju Jacob
Viju Jacob

Freddie shouldn’t squander the amount of goodwill he had when he took over and he needs to keep it simple and settled, be it first XI or formation. I just cannot wrap my head around both this in the first two matches.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Agreed, back to basics 4-3-3 every footballer knows how to play in that formation if in their correct positions.

Mother
Mother

Just remember that this bunch didn’t like Alexis because of his ‘win or die’ attitude and in my opinion, once we take all of the politics out of the situation regarding his transfer, the departure of Alexis was the start of the malaise we’re seeing now.

He was hell bent on winning which was bizarrely deemed as ‘disruptive’ and the fact that he was the one ultimately given the boot still bothers me. It proved to the rest of the team that there’s no accountability or pressure.

That’s why I’m really liking what I’m hearing from Freddie. He’s telling it as it is and hopefully it’ll give a kick to the players to try harder.

Goonertom
Goonertom

It was more of a ‘keep the ball or die’ with alexis. The only thing was hell bent on was keeping the ball so long after he should have passed it that he would run down blind alleys and turn it over to the other team.
He then went on to do exactly the same thing at united which is why he was dropped.
I guess it was his winning mentality that asked for a transfer and won him a nice fat paycheck too.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Yup agreed. Alexis was a good player until his ego got the better of him and he hogged the ball and played final pass EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

So, you’ve access to the dressing room and thus, can tell us with authority, that the players didn’t like Alexis and further, why. Nice one.

A P
A P

Talk about revisionist history! Alexis’s hogging was a net negative in his last season.

Dan Nichols
Dan Nichols

i want him to be angry, i fucking am and im not getting £350 k a week for the privilege

Aussie Gunner
Aussie Gunner

I think i might be the only one in thinking David Luiz and Torreira might be an interesting option in the midfield. Luiz was instrumental for Conte in Chelsea’s last title win mopping “shit” in the middle.

Have your fantastic four up front do their thing and give the midfield a solid base. Also how bad an mavrapanos be?

Dom47
Dom47

Was also thinking the same Aussie. Luiz might want to be closer to the action and his carelessness might cost less higher up the pitch then in CB position. Put Holding/Chambers or Sokratis/Chambers as Holding is still injured (just not Mustafi whatever happened). Ozil in front of those 2 DMs and 3 attackers in front.

Aussie Gunner
Aussie Gunner

Exactly Dom. I think having Luiz in the midfield will also give us some control.

Frank
Frank

I’d quite happy put Chambers in there as an option for DM as well. Player of the season playing largely there for Fulham

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I actually think Luiz is better as a DM, though he’s previously said he prefers CB. He played there a little under Benitez at Chelsea and on occasionally at PSG. It’s also probably why he’s so much better in a 3, it’s easier for him to step into midfield with the other CBs covering.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

Agree, I think we were actually looking OK with Luiz there a couple matches ago, until he got that chest injury. Or Chambers would be an option if he’s not needed at RB or CB. Seems like either would give us more defensive solidity, plus both are decent with their feet and passing.

Presto
Presto

How can the players be angry and happy at the same time?

C.B.
C.B.

If their wife tells them they have the biggest penis, of all the players in the team.

Giuseppe Hovno
Giuseppe Hovno

It’s so nice to hear from a manager who actually makes sense and is comprehensible

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Lol. instead we got a riddler who wants his players angry AND happy at the same time.

Patty knight
Patty knight

Isn’t this what Emery was saying?
Is Freddy trying to be a poor man’s version of Emery?

ThaatArsenalGuy
ThaatArsenalGuy

Everyone angry ! Want to see Ozil stick one on the next defender who gives away a needless goal . Then see the defender pimp slap ozil because he pulled out of a challenge in the build up to the goal. Then Per strangles mustafi because mustafi . Then then xhaka swears at a fan in the crowd who then responds that xhaka has a chocolate right foot , xhaka gets angry and upset and has a crank in the centre circle . Then Freddie round house kicks mike Dean . This is all to a soundtrack of Phill Collins played of over the tannoy .

To be fair I just want to see mike Dean get some Karma

jatinder kumar
jatinder kumar

He looks like Emery 2.0

HoldenontoArsenal
HoldenontoArsenal

Did you realize that in virtually every game, in every team, in every season….there are players either playing injured or not playing and the fans are not aware of the situation or decisions being made? Now, let’s make sure the fans influence and criticize the player selections more….right?

Alex
Alex

Happy or angry?

Santori
Santori

The whole problem for Unai started when he tried to fit in Ozil into an efficient system.

We weren’t doing well to begin with but then we went into tinkering mode as he struggled to find some sort of midfield balance.

Here’s the evolution of the midfield inbalance

– Ceballos out injured.

– Put Ozil up top, you gain his vision but you lose a bit of f ball edge. Not to say Ozil does not put on the effort bc we’ve seen him win the ball for us but he does not sustain it.

– Then go to a diamond four and we lose width. We gain an extra midfield in the engine room for security but we pinch narrow.

– Then the fan induced madness of the Xhaka episode. We lose a perfectly usable asset in midfield. Fans clamouring for a Torreira-Guendouzi partnership, reality is it was no more water tight if not marginally worse.

– Llungberg comes in and tries to go 4 across but it means casting Ozil wide and not particularly his best position to influence the game.

– Freddy tries first Guendouzi and Willock in tandem in the middle to add a high and aggressive press. This works for 15 -20 minutes in a game before it dissipates and we lose our way, the midfield is stretched with massive gaps around Granit.

– Then he puts on Torreira instead believing perhaps its GUendouzi’s exuberance and he inexplicably the less experienced but ever willing Willock high to press, Ozil still wide. BUT our midfield balance is no better with Torreira to disengaged from Granit and as we drop in defensive output invariably after 15-20 mins of each half, we become disjointed and too open in the middle (Torreira guilty being too high up)

And here we are.

My feeling is we need structure and basics.

Get back to 3 men in midfield with Granit + either of Guendouzi or Torreira at the base.

Freddy’s been (correctly) trying to engage our wing more so let the natural wide players stretch the game for us in concert with the fullbacks.

That would be IMO : Auba/Kolasinac (or Tierney) out left and Pepe/Bellerin right.

BUT the caveat is BOTH wingers in Auba AND Pepe need to be told to up their off ball out put and track back. Effort from BOTH in ball retention and defensive work simply NOT good enough.

Then Ozil stays in the hole just behind Laca IMO where he can be very effective. BUT should he drop in defensive off ball output, we WILL replace him with Willock or Torreira are indeed Ceballos if fit.

So we have a midfield trio of any one of Granit -Torreira or GUendouzi in a double act at the base plus Ozil or anyone of Torreira-Willock- GUendouzi or Ceballos in his place should he drop in output.

I think that’s not only fair but easier to agender some sort of midfield structure so players know where they should be, do not get too carried away and open gaps that are too wide to bridge between them.

The main thing is off ball out put. It only takes one player or two to drop in level for the entire press to be unsustainable.

And that has been the problem, We have been doing OK 15 minutes into each half but once we drop (particularly the front wide men and Ozil, the midfield suffers and consequently the brittle defense comes under undue duress.

Have nothing against Ozil, he is a great asset going forward to have as I had mentioned last season when many wanted him sold BUT he (like Auba and Pepe) need to sustain their effort through out the 90.

Auba and Pepe similarly – Auba guilty of not being competitive enough for long balls and too easily dispossessed and Pepe does somethings good but too often loses the ball and does not make enough effort to regain it. Should he put in more effort ala Laca, he will find it will egt the crowd behind him and in turn help his on ball work.

Work.

That is key. We are not hard enough on these players and there is little enforcement.

As mentioned Llungberg will do himself a favour and appoint the captain/vice upon function and not form.

Sokratis at the back to help organize us and pull players into position for defensive phase (we need someone who can see the play develop), Laca should be vice and help orchestrate attacks for us since he performs a smilar nodal function much like GIroud did.

Then Leno (since he is a constant) as a third captain to take over as a second as and when ether of these players are not on pitch.

I don’t see this happening. Freddy needs enforcers on the pitch and culpable plyares willing to stand up and lead. we had Granit who was willing to do it but the fans stupidly agitated against him,.

And here we are in a mess. We need leadership and work. Hard work.

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

Alright lads, own up.

Which one of you comedians told Stan about the relegation parachute payments?

Santori
Santori

……………………………Laca………………………………
Auba………………………………………………………Pepe
……………………………Ozil………………………………..
…………….Granit………………….Guendouzi…………….
Kolasinac………………………………………………Bellerin
………………..Luiz……………Sokratis……………………
………………………….Leno……………………………….

Now is not the time for too much chop and change system or otherwise. We need familiarity and simply more hard work.

We also need a predictable structure in midfield even if it is far from perfect.

Something familiar to the players before is key. They need to know their positional responsibilities instead of what Llungberg had been trying.

Most important is wide players Auba and Pepe have been negligent. They need to track back and work off ball WAY more particularly when our fullbacks are committed up front.

Ditto Ozi. I have no issues playing all 3 of these players for their potential in attack but they tend to drop defensive output which is why we are never able to sustain a concerted and sustain press beyond 15 to 20 minutes max at start of each half. Thereafter we unravel as gaps appear.

Base of midfield we need Granit for his ability to switch passes across the width, hopefully hit out wide men quicker. Then next to him, either of Torreira or Guendouzi IMO but closer by and not as reckless trying to press high when wide players drop output.

For me, Torreira has not been faultless and certainly we have not been any more secure contrary to some people’s imagination when he has been on.

Guendouzi has more energy and is capable of taking positive steps further forward, Torreira maybe slightly more conservative and defensive. BUT We’ve seen Torreira get into good attacking positions before as well which is why I suspect Unai was trying to push him higher to alternate in link role with Guendouzi, close the gap between Granit and the attacking line.

More can also be expected of Ozil to come back and support his other mids. Laca drops deep to collect the ball or make effort to win it. We’ve seen Ozil do this too but key is he needs to sustain it. If not, we are better putting one of Guendouzi or Torreira or Willock into the hole (or even Martinelli)

Either way, I think what we really need (whoever plays) is is concerted and persistent effort.

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

Here’s what I would pick (I hear Holding is injured)

Leno

Bellerin Chambers Sokratis Tierney

Luiz Torriera

Pepe Ozil Martinelli

Aubameyang

And here is what I fear Freddie will go for:

Leno

Bellerin Luiz Mustafi Kolasinac

Xhaka Guendouzi

Aubameyang Torriera Ozil

Lacazette

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

Rumours from Italy are that Ancelotti is about to become available after a big fall out with the owner (Ancelotti is not a yes man – just what we need but I bet the board won’t want him)..

In the cold light of day, let’s look at some facts (from Wiki)

“Ancelotti is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times (twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid), and one of only two to have managed teams in four finals. He has won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, managing Milan and Real Madrid. Ancelotti is also one of seven people to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and a manager. He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.”

He’s also won the league in Italy, Spain, England, Germany and France.

Go and get him already!