Monday, November 29, 2021

Report: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool (inc. goals)

Result: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool
Competition: Premier League
Date: 3 April 2021
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Ceballos, Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Subs: Ryan, Bellerin, Cedric, Mari, Elneny, Nelson, Willian, Martinelli, Nketiah



Diogo Jota came off the bench to grab a brace as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates against a lacklustre Arsenal.

The Portuguese striker pounced twice in the second half, either side of Mo Salah’s strike, to secure the points on a night when Mikel Arteta’s side produced a comically bad performance in the absence of key players.

Pre-game

Unable to call on David Luiz (knee), Bukayo Saka (hamstring), Emile Smith Rowe (hip) and Granit Xhaka (ill), Mikel Arteta was forced into a series of post-Interlull changes. Interestingly, Calum Chambers did retain his place after impressing against West Ham meaning Cedric and Hector sat on the bench. At centre-back, Rob Holding earned a recall to partner Gabriel with Kieran Tierney, fresh from a hat-trick of assists for Scotland, at left-back. Dani Ceballos was given the responsibility of anchoring the midfield alongside Thomas Partey, while Nicholas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provided width in attack with Odegaard sitting behind Lacazette.

First Half

This was not a good half of football from Arsenal. Liverpool were busy, pressed high up the pitch and were generally tidy in possession. In response, whenever a man in red got hold of the ball, he’d look up, assess his options, decide none of them were viable and then just hoof the ball long.

It’s not often supporters pine after Luiz and Xhaka but their absence on this occasion was sorely felt. Holding’s safety-first mentality highlighted his limitations as a player while Ceballos’ dawdling gave everybody the heebie-jeebies.

It was hard to tell if Arteta had commanded his players to sit deep and try playing on the break but if that was the case, it did not work. All we did was surrender possession and then invite wave after wave of tepid Liverpool attacks. Klopp’s men are not what they were, so despite having us on the back foot, they basically just faffed about.

Mane failed to find Firmino after rolling Holding, Milner and Fabinho hit wide and some other stuff happened that was so forgettable that I can’t even be bothered to write about it. At the other end, the moustachioed Alisson picked his nose and claimed a header from Pepe.

The game was so terrible that Tierney decided he wasn’t going to partake any longer. The Scot went down after a clash of knees with Milner and was replaced by Cedric.

Second half

If the Arsenal players received a rocket at half time, it certainly wasn’t one that had much upward thrust. We continued to look limp, passive and completely devoid of any creativity. 

The visitors, a Salah prod at goal, weren’t much better. Unsurprisingly, both managers decided changes were needed. Ceballos was replaced by Elneny and Jota took over from Robertson. 

The Portuguese striker didn’t need long to make his mark. Picked out by Alexander-Arnold, he squeezed between Holding and Chambers to head past Leno from close range. Given how pathetic we’d been, it was hard to argue with the scoreline. (1-0)

It didn’t take long for Liverpool to double their lead. Fabinho lofted a ball into the channel for Salah to chase, he wriggled past Gabriel, who should have cleared when he went to ground, and then slotted through Leno’s legs. Game over. (2-0)

Just to make sure, Jota finished the job with nine minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after Gabriel had lost the ball playing out from defence. It was a night to forget for the Brazilian who looked very uncomfortable next to Holding. (3-0)

There’s not much to say about Arsenal’s efforts aside from they were completely below the required standards. 

If we played with one eye on Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Slavia Prague, all we’ve done is hand encouragement to our opponents. 

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Johnny 4 Hats

You can look at it two ways. We are missing two absolutely key players in the final third and without them we are basically the side we were pre Chelsea. Or… If you put out a £50m man in midfield, a £72m man out wide, a £50m man upfront and a £60m man as captain, then maybe, just maybe, you should be able to do a little better than look like a badly prepared League 2 side playing a plucky FA Cup tie. Our reliance… No, our utter dependency on ESR and Saka shows we have truly exciting prospects. But… Read more »

Bleeding gums murphy

It was garbage Jonny.

Runcorn Gooner

This was absolutely atrocious and a total embarrassment. What was the plan because I couldn’t see one.

Goonsquad

I’m hoping the plan is win in Europe, hard to take now but as long as that is the plan and it works I can live with it.

Johnny 4 Hats

Pepe. Laca. Auba.

Where the fuck were they?

If this was FIFA I’d be taking bids on all three of those faff arses this summer.

For almost £200m pounds, they need to do A LOT more than that.

Bertieme

Laca is terrible. Why didn’t he start Martinelli and then one of Auba/Pepe.

Sell Auba Saliba

Because Auba was outstanding as he was all season. Laca was trying and got a couple of passes right. Sell auba.

canon fodder

At least Pepe tried to make things happen.

Mick Malthouse

That was as bad as it gets. You can play poorly, but you have to fight.

GABBI

We are missing 3 absolutely key players. Saka ESR and Luiz. Say what you like but Luiz is absolutely important in the way we play. No one could keep possession of carry the ball out or distribute the ball. Gabriel and Partey were our only distributors from the back but Liverpool press nullified them. Saka ESR and Luiz are absolutely massive for us. Auba is becoming more and more useless when we don’t have possession he’s like Ozil. Out fo possession he’s not even in the game.

Sagebrush

True, but either way one looks at it, it’s still bullshit performance. No soul, nothing

HenryKamp

Premier League record in charge of Arsenal…

Unai Emery…
– Games: 51
– Wins: 25
– Draws: 13
– Losses: 13

Mikel Arteta…
– Games: 50
– Wins: 21
– Draws: 12
– Losses: 17

Please tell how does this justify a suitable replacement?

This team is so far away from the Arsenal I fell in love with. I don’t really feel connected to the gameplay or any of these players, except the youngsters, none of them play for the badge.

Hantal

Have to agree, I’m not sure what metrics Arteta is being judged on but he’s not an improvement on Emery

Johnny 4 Hats

Silverware isn’t a bad metric to use…

Johnny 4 Hats

It’s hard to say why Emery was so unpopular when Arteta is doing worse statistically. But I still believe that we are going somewhere. Obviously after nights like that, it seems harder to justify.

But it’s still two steps forward and one step back. By the end of Emery it was one step forward and then our legs fell off.

Hank Scorpio

Going somewhere? We’re moonwalking. It’s the illusion of walking that’s playing tricks on your eyes. We’re actually sliding backwards even though visually it looks like we’re trying to walk forward.

filsuf

Look at it this way. Emery took over a half decent side built by Wenger and it slowly declined into relegation form. Arteta picked up a team left in tatters from relegation form and moulded it slowly into what it is now – a convincingly midtable team. Yes there’s a long way to go and I do agree Arteta hasn’t done as well as we all hoped, but it is still on a “slight” upward trajectory. Got some deadwood out the window (including upper management the likes of Raul Sanllehi) and bled in a couple youths (to be fair, raised… Read more »

Hank Scorpio

In case you have forgotten, we were close to the relegation spots earlier this season under Art

askblorg

but since boxing day our form puts us 4th in the table, even despite this loss. https://www.transfermarkt.com/premier-league/formtabelle/wettbewerb/GB1?saison_id=2020&min=15&max=30

TUMANG

Talks a good game but absolutely below average

Bertieme

They are both poor; but Unai had a better team to chose from.

Sagebrush

No, Unai had worse than what MA has, mustafi, ozil, sokratis, a poor Pepe then, a poor xhaka then. Torreira. No, Unai was worse off on choice.

JeremyDG

Anyone else surprised this shower of shite handing Liverpool their mojo back on a silver platter? No, me neither. It’s who we are, a bookies dream. We do what people expect us to do, often less but never more. Anyone who thinks this lot will go on to win the Europa needs to give their head a wobble.

Vaibhav

Rationally speaking biggest miss was Xhaka, the player we loath yet he was huge huge miss. Ceballos can’t cut it at top level and should go. There was no one to connect defense and attack hence I don’t think it is fair to blame attacking side when there was no foundation at all. Losing Tierney was another blow. Overall very disappointing day and it goes on to show how much we hate Xhaka and Luiz, they make us ticking.

Jack

If you start the game with the mentality that you’re going to lose, then you’re going to lose. Sad to say it but that was our worst performance of the season

Salibaba and the Forty Thieves

All my worst predictions came to fruition (1) Jota scoring against Arsenal AGAIN (2) Salah ending his goal drought against Arsenal (3)Liverpool keeping their first clean sheet in forever against (4) Our possession being tepid We might not have the best squad in the league but a better manager would have this team playing better than this. Please let’s part ways in the summer and bring Allegri in. Why wouldn’t our defence be shaky when Holding and Chambers who have barely played together are playing against Salah and Mane. Once again, he’s making reactive substitutions when we are chasing the… Read more »

Maniac

This is why we’re the laughing stock of the Premier League. 4 points between us and Liverpool at the start of the game. Could have fooled me. We looked like relegation candidates playing the league leaders. Absolutely clueless throughout. Not sure there even was a game plan, but if there was, it definitely was not working. We’ve somehow played a full 90 minutes of football without creating a single half decent chance and, the way we were playing, we could have played another 3 hours and still not created one. Embarrassing.

Gunner up north

“It was our worst performance of the season”. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said that this year. Unreal how we keep outdoing ourselves. Just gets worse and worse.

Riku

arsenal playing today only took risks in their own half of the pitch , silly tactics not good enough.
Inconsistent
Gab. Not great today , Mari and holding had some clean sheets earlier in season

Raghib

Say what you want about Xhaka, but it’s games like these where you really miss him and his ability to retain the ball in the midfield. Couldn’t string 2 passes together whole game.
Need rapid improvement if we’re to stay in the Europa League.

Man Manny

Xhaka was sorely missed, and that says a lot about where we are as a team.

Riku

Would rather spend £52 on a xhaka upgrade like bissoma, than Martin o. , As Smith Rowe can do that role. If it was one or other . Both of course would like

GABBI

Luis was a bigger loss than Xhaka we had no way to build from the back or distribute front he back. Liverpool man marked everyone in midfield so even if Xhaka was playing he would’ve been marked out and suffered the same fate even though he would’ve fared better than the useless Ceballos. I thought Elneny should’ve started instead of Ceballos.

Walter White

So true. We need him so badly to control the game. Noone want to realize this though

Hank Scorpio

That was underwhelming.

SB Still

Useless attitude from a number of the players.

Manager’s attempt to change things was to bring on Elneny!

With Chelsea loosing today, team should have been hungry for the 3 points against a team we are trying overtake to get into European places.

StuArse

European places…. Hahahaha. (That’s a forced and sad laugh, sigh).

Vonnie

Who else was he supposed to bring on, Ceballos was a disaster.

BongoGooner

Fucking klopp talking to MØ after the game

BillyKrystal

Did not enjoy how lovey dovey those two seemed. Probably tapping him up the horse mouthed German.

Hantal

Why shouldn’t he want to speak to the manager of a team with potential?

BillyKrystal

Odegaard can speak to whoever he wants, if Klopp made any mention of a move it’s shitty from him at least, tampering/unethical at worst.

Kostas

Firat of all he is not our player. He has a contract with RM. And secondly MA is also tapering him.
I cant see why it unethical.
Is he some kind of slave not allowed to speak to other masters?

Toure Motors

Spot on. If he has a good agent and half a brain in his head he won’t be signing permanently for us. Its awful to say it but there’s not a lot we can offer to a 22 year old who’s on the books at Madrid. He won’t be short of choices and some of those choices will be much more appealing than us

Jack

He was probably just saying to Martin ‘I didn’t realise you were on the pitch today

Mikenc

You can’t win anything without the kids.

karl

The basic tactics were very poor, regardless of missing players. If you go back to Abameyang and Lacazette together, it limits the creativity and energy up front.

This was a match made for Martinelli, but he was on too late again. It is quite worrying that Arteta still can’t see that so far into a match.

Unknown

Arteta is too stubborn and too naive and Klopp showed him the error of his predictable ways today. Klopp overcrowded the middle of the pitch and took Ødegaard out of the game. You take out him out the game today, you essentially take out Auba-Laca-Pepe trio as well and they all become spectators. He gave the rest of Arsenal team 2 choices today: play from out back and cause yourself trouble as you have all season or play compacted defensively and punt the ball away so Liverpool can recycle attacks knowing well that Arsenal can’t handle sustained pressure. Liverpool was… Read more »

Bob's Mexican Cousin

Arteta is not good enough

Man Manny

That was embarrassing.
Arsenal is so far from the top sides it will take a massive overhaul to even make us a top 6 team.

This team is a lot more capable than where we are now. We just have a midtable manager.

What I think we actually need is an overhaul at the management level (Edu, Arteta, Round etc) and a few cheap high-potential signings at the player level.

Gunner up north

If anybody did still need a reminder of just how far from the top this club has fallen, there you go.

karl

You have to say that Arteta should be able to do better with these players. He looks exasperated on the touchline, but he should be able to organise them for 90 minutes.

Hank Scorpio

There are clubs with weaker squads above us. That’s down to Arteta

Gunner up north

Totally agree mate. Can’t help but think a better qualified man in charge would be getting more out of this group. They aren’t the best set of players but definitely better than that performance suggests. For me its all about how a team is set up and the mentality and belief they have before they step on the pitch. Its the managers job to motivate and instil that into them. I think they were sent out not to lose that game rather than try to win and when that plan backfired there was no plan B.

SirL

Jesus that was awful.

Mentalista

Ehhhhh

Arsenalista

I’m starting to think Arteta isn’t up to it.

Atom

While we were missing players, games like today just demonstrate we’re not good enough to even really push for the top 4 over the course of a season. We desperately need to win the EL for the finances it provides. But we should be under no illusions – this is not a CL level side

The Arsenal

Villa and Leeds are our rivals….Were not even with West ham and Leicester

Kave_art_man

It’s demoralising how true this statement really is

Chuffy

Every Arsenal player, including the manager should be docked a weeks wages for that showing. Truly, truly appalling.

Kentish Gooner

We are terrible. I can’t wait for the season to end. What a horrible year.

SirL

Cliche I know but there is a way to lose with pride. This team ain’t got it.

Scwibble

We think we’re seeing progress with Arteta when we go on a small run, but then we go back to this backwards conservative style, EHS either messing with us or the team isn’t doing what he wants. Either way it’s conflicting.

I’d we don’t win Europa I don’t think he’ll get sacked, even though he’s got a worse record than emery and Wenger’s last 50 games. We forgive him because we think we’re developing a style of play but we’re being conned. Tell me otherwise.

Hantal

Absolutely spot on

Hank Scorpio

I’m guessing you’re not trusting the “process”

Spanish Gooner

Please remember this when we have a nice 40 minutes against Brighton or whoever the “trust the process” group appear after next.

Noted.

Kostas

Fully agree.
And we should also remember that on the bright days.
We are consistently inconsistent and EL will be tough to get.
If we end up out of top 6 and without EL which is highly probable then I cant see the progress.

Gunner up north

I can’t tell you otherwise, we are going backwards.

Gunnerer

Just here to say that this was the absolute worst and toothless Arsenal performance I’ve seen in a long time. Also, for all that’s been made of Partey, time to dial it down a notch. He’s either average or needs a lot of time.

Goodly morning

Partey has lost his mojo. He was unreal for Atleti.

backsakacrack

Really? Thought he was our best player today by a mile.

Gunner up north

Just don’t think he’s got the quality of players around him to show his class. Difficult to look good when everything around you is as bad as it was tonight. In other games he’s shown he’s levels above anybody else in our midfield.

Goodly Morning

I understand you’re train of thought Mr. North but surely the real class players shine whatever the level of team and whatever is going on. Surely they elevate the mediocre. I just think he looks like a guy who knows that he might have been challenging for titles this year if he hadn’t moved. It must play on his mind.

Old Bloke.

Totally outclassed. Hopefully will have some fresh legs for Thursday but really need a reaction to tonight’s performance or our season will be over.

Tomaury Bischfeld

The manner of the loss was absolutely woeful. Just not trying, or not being capable of taking the game to Liverpool. I support Arteta but whatever his instructions were today, they weren’t right. ESR and Saka have carried us this season, we’re a different side without them. Pepe, Auba, Laca just doesn’t work. I have no idea why it took so long to bring a bit more energy to the attack. Central midfield without Xhaka also just substandard. Of course Liverpool are a great side on their day but cowering like that at home was dreadful.

Hantal

Surely Arteta has to go? We were pathetic

Rich

Would it change anything?

Arteta has proved he can win against big teams, tonight we just got outclassed by a superior team, it can happen, Liverpool are a better team than their league position suggests

I have no emotional attachment to Arteta, I’m just not convinced by the argument that sacking him will really change very much in the immediate to medium term

I said the same about Emery when we sacked him

Our issues aren’t coaching or tactics, they’re years of poor decision making, the best signing we could make would be a competent director of football

Qwaliteee

Rubbish.

The buck stops with the manager. He’s the one responsible for the utter tripe LEGO ball that the players have served up this season.

It took us over half an hour to get behind Liverpool’s defence and I’ve lost count the number of times that a potential counter has broken down because we’ve slowed the pace to a snails crawl and allowed the opposition time to get eleven men behind the ball again.

That’s on Arteta’s instructions – no one else’s.

Rich

Xhaka is our best central midfielder

Luiz is our best centre half

Saka who’s still a teenager, is by far our best player

This should tell you everything you need to know about where we’re currently at

Salibaba and the Forty Thieves

Rich what you are saying is true too. It will require more than a change of manager to turn the structure of the club around.

However, a competent manager can still make a difference. For example, look at Rafa Benitez at Newcastle. Sure he had to deal with a bozo of a director in Mike Ashley but he still managed to overachieve with the squad he had.

Hank Scorpio

As I said in response to another comment, we have a better squad than a number of clubs above us. I’m not saying it’s all the manager’s fault but when it comes down to reconciling the discrepancy between position on the table and relative squad quality, the manager is the first and most obvious thing to consider…

Rich

I don’t buy that Holding -average Chambers – average Luiz – past his sell by date and erratic, but still our best centre half Soares – couldn’t get In Southampton’s team (for a reason) Mari – average Gabriel – Potentially good, but still raw Tierney – brilliant, but we have no natural cover Ceballos – fair weather player Xhaka – our best central midfielder, which says more about how poor our other options are, than it does about Xhaka’s quality Elneny – average Lacazette – £50 million Giroud downgrade Willian – past it Pepe – still raw at 25 Our… Read more »

Hank Scorpio

Well buy this. Ancellotti is getting more out of Calvert-Lewin than Arteta is getting out of Aubameyang. Look at the squads of other teams like West Ham and Everton for example. They do not have better squads than us. A number of players you have highlighted are ones Arteta wanted. Willian is a case in point.

Rich

Last season I said we should sell Aubameyang, all I got was a load of thumbs down and negative comments Aubameyang is 31, at some point was going to dip physically, and outside goals, he doesn’t really do much else during the 90 minutes Calvert-Lewin in 24, which is around the same age that Aubameyang started scoring regularly Past performances are no guarantee of future results, Aubameyang will still score a few goals, but is beginning to regress Calvert-Lewin is where Aubameyang was 8 years ago, his career is taking off If we were smart last summer we’d have sold… Read more »

Hank Scorpio

But I sincerely doubt Calvert-Lewin is anywhere near the same caliibre as Auba. Also, I recall reading Ancellotti has played a big part in lifting his game. Auba’s form has fallen off a cliff and I doubt it’s due to age or a big contract. I don’t think Arteta is playing to his strengths or getting the best out of his squad.

Rich

If West Ham or Everton were playing in the Europa, they wouldn’t have the squads to juggles the additional games

Playing Sat – Sat

Is easier than playing Sun – Thurs – Sun

You can get away with smaller squads

Goldfingered

A terrified team that didn’t know, or was able, to do what ever the manager wanted them to do. This team is a mess. The point/game and position is a fiasco.

Hantal

You think Arteta had a plan?

thw14

Right lads, see you at 6 PM sharp. What do you mean, “well what now?” We’re all here on time, that’s the important part.

Kostas

The plan was whatever the score is try not to concede another goal.
And it worked only after the third goal

Twatsloch

Liverpool were way better but that’s not to excuse Arsenal playing like they did. We were woeful today.

mrugunner

ozil v2.0 updated patch

Sheldon

Ceballos is dreadful

Vonnie

He’s complete rubbish, I’m not surprised Zidane wants rid. To all the Xhaka haters, that’s what we look like without him, it’s pathetic. Auba, Laca, highly paid and rubbish, time for a massive clear out. Partey isn’t worth the money either, some of his passing is atrocious, he can’t deal with pressure. Gabriel was probably our best player for 60 minutes then I think he was mentally exhausted, wave after wave of attacks because we had no midfield and our forwards can’t keep a ball. Mikel was training up shooting from distance and rounding their keeper, the game plan was… Read more »

cygan'sbaldspot

100%

Qwaliteee

I’ve said it all season.

Francis Schweffers

He played poorly, however he left the field at 0-0 . We shipped 3 goals after he went off which to me implies structural, tactically and motivational issues with the whole team today. I thought Elneny and Partey were poor generally as well. Gabriel was mostly awful too,£72m Pepe was again a non entity and our best player was noticed more for his new hairstyle than anything else. So its a stretch to scape-goat Ceballos for a 3-0 defeat today. He was poor but so were basically the whole team. If we continue to think the remedy is change one… Read more »

afl

Ceballos a loan player that got unlimitted number of opportunities for what? At the same time we loaned out, Guendouzi, Torreira, AMN and Willock. Any of those could have done better job at the same position. At least we would have a player whose value increased and we could earn some money on even if MA didn’t fancy him. MA is stuborn, naive, full of shit, inconsequent, insecure little controling prick who is being given Arsenal as a playground. The sadest thing for me though is that this site turned into Artetablog. He is not being questioned by Blogs like… Read more »

boywonder141

if holding wasnt english he would get so much more criticism then he does, hes lack of awareness has cost us so many goals, that cross that trent put in was world class but had a capable centre back been there it would of been no issue , holding has no idea where jota is. This isnt the first time either, top of my head , the villa goal , sterlings goal and now this.. all the hate david luiz gets but hes levels ahead of holding.

GABBI

I knew we would struggle when I saw Luiz Saka and ESR out. Pepe is takes too much touches and his positioning and movement are terrible. Saka is superior by far in game intelligence movement and positioning. Even in possession Saka does more with the ball than Pepe. Auba is …. Leno needs to be dropped. First goal he should’ve saved. 2nd goal as well. And I know people will blame Gabriel but I thought he was excellent and got frustrated with all the below par players surrounding him who didn’t take up the right positions. Without him it could’ve… Read more »

Arsepedant

That was beyond horrible. It looked as though we weren’t even trying. We couldn’t string three passes together. Every single Liverpoo player was better than every single one of us. Even Tierney before he went off looked jaded.

Oh, well. Draw a line under it and move on. Hopefully Tierney will be all right. Let’s take out our frustrations on Slavia. Surely there has to be something better than this in our locker!

Hantal

How many times this season have we said ‘draw a line under it’

We’re running out of pencils

Goodly morning

Woeful. Abysmal. Raging. The Chelsea score should have been a rocket up the arse for us and instead we play with zero swagger and no intention of dominanting the ball. This is fucking Arsenal. The ball belongs to us. Especially at home. Can’t stand the players being all smiley and pally at the end with the oppo either. Real winners go back in the changing room and have a row with each other about why the fuck you’ve just rolled over at home. These are the games where you assess progress, against top teams. Arteta has to carry the can… Read more »

Swifty

It never ceases to amaze me just how incompetent Kroenke Sports Entertainment are at running an entertaining sports club. It’s a fucking joke, the ineptitude of KSE is quite incredible.

That performance was a significant low.

Qwaliteee

The sooner that Nigerian billionaire buys out Kroenke, the better.

But, that said, it’s not just about having an open cheque book for new players. We’ve spent nearly £200m in the last few windows – there is absolutely no excuse for this collection of players – a good many of them experienced internationals – to be on defeat number 12 with 8 to play. An utter disgrace, really, for this football club.

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

5D Chess.

Simelitoo

Enough. Arteta out.

StuArse

Recon most of the arsenal squad were round at Auba’s house having a BBQ and a few beers last night.

That was a hard watch.

Kayode Garrick

It is clear that Michael Arteta doesn’t set up his team to be aggressive and to score goals. For this coach, the most important objective is to “play out from the back”.
If you watched the Liverpool game you realised that Arsenal also insisted on “playing back from the front”.
If this philosophy doesn’t change quickly, Arsenal will struggle to stay up next season

Never thought about it like that but you’re spot on Kayode. Playing back from the front is what we’re seeing with this team.

Some of our forwards seem to think they’re in the center back position.

My Arse-nal

What a weak timid performance. This is going to be an unpopular opinion but I’m really not sure on Gabriel. He has moments where he is good but others where he is really shit. Two goals I put down to him tonight. Piss poor on the late Mane chance as well from a free kick he gave away. If that was Mustafi he would have been crucified.

The Arsenal

I really hate watching those training videos prior to the game were they lads look sharp hungry and up for the game…

GABBI

Ceballos can go back to Madrid now. we need better CB than Holding. I think Holding is great against teams who play aerial balls the Burnleys etc but against quality opposition where you need ball playing CB he’s not it. Good player good guy limited I think we should move him on this summer. Lots of passengers in this team. Auba if theres any way to sell him I would try and sell him. As well as Pepe

Riku

arsenal today only took risks in their own half of the pitch , silly tactics not good enough.

UpNorth

Another horror show. Ceballos ,Auba, Laca, Pepe terrible, the rest mediocre at best. And then Arteta… My belief in him has been rock solid, but now I begin to doubt. Not our best team out there, but we should at least have a gameplan. Besides long kicks and losing duels I couldnt see one.

Des

Players we need to sell on who are not good enough to wear the shirt.

Chambers……..Thank you and good bye.
Holding…………Thank you and good bye.
Ceballos………..Thank you and good bye.
Aubameyang….Thank you and good bye.
Lacazette……….Thank you and good bye.
Elneny…………….Thank you and good bye.
Willian…………….Thank you and good bye.
Nketiah……………Thank you and good bye.
Nelson……………..Thank you and good bye.

Last chance Saloon.
Pepe.

Kostas

Good luck with that

Qwaliteee

And you’d keep Arteta…?

🤣

Francis Schweffers

Pepe should be higher in your farewell list. He’s been perhaps the worst signing in the history of the club

GABBI

PEPE should be in the top 5 on that list of thank you and goodbye

Mark

Just pathetic, it’s so disheartening being a fan of the team right now. Whenever it looks like we might have turned a corner we are brought back to earth with a reminder of how far we have to go in a performance like this. I used to be a big Aubameyang fan, but this season he has just looked so disinterested for long stretches (like tonight) as do many others. I can’t believe the amount of money we’ve wasted on players like Pepe and even the amount we paid for Lacazette and really haven’t gotten anywhere near our value for… Read more »

Ozzie

We sure missed Willian.

Vonnie

He couldn’t have been any worse than that lot.

Bertieme

Haha. Yes he would have been better than Pepe for this game.

Riku

Pepe why not on lw , today , about Trent people say does not like people dribbling at him .
KT before injury did not take him in either . Coaching…

Bertieme

Good report. Not much to add. Waited two weeks for this. Would like to part with most of the team. But what was the plan? Difficult to comprehend.

Gnarly Head

I feel so sorry for drivning my two sons into the arms of this crap of a footballteam. You deserve so much more.
I’m so so sorry Alex and Sam.

//Dad

Cranky Colin

That is so sad!
I’m in the same boat mate.

Keep it Real

Probably our worst performance of the season and the worrying thing is the passengers we seem to be carrying in games like that.
The players who were missing were sorely missed
The manager has big decisions and work to do in the summer – he is the man for the job so he needs to get it right

Bossman Bill

tbf Liverpool are pretty good

My Arse-nal

Not this season they aren’t, not in the league anyway. Any Premier league team would have beaten us the way we played today. To weak and timid.

GABBI

Notice how Arteta decides to bring on Martinelli when theres nothing to play for? He woudl’ve brought on his fav son Willian but lately he knows if he did that after losing he would come in for a bit of stick. I don’t think Arteta is the right man for the job ARTETA OUT

canon fodder

I think that we’ve blown finishing sixth and the Europa Cup is not a guarantee. I cannot remember the last time we failed to qualify for Europe but it’s looking that this year is a certainty

Tanned arse

Repeating myself but frustrated as is often the case so I’ll say it again just to relieve the stress. Auba is a poor football player who makes a technical passing side worse. Laca hasnt got the speed strength mobility or technical proficiency to play as a hold up/link man(he loses the ball so often and that’s if it even reaches him). Playing one of them weakens us. Playing both means we really REALLY struggle to progress the ball. The same old things will be said about pepe but the guy played out wide( his real quality is in and around… Read more »

Vonnie

We played better against sp**s without Auba, he’s been a passenger for most of the season and if there’s any chance of offloading him he should go. Laca can’t trap a ball to save his life, there shouldn’t be any thought of giving him a new contract.

Alex

I’m gonna watch some Özil vs Liverpool comps.

Qwaliteee

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