Report: Arsenal 2 – 0 Brighton (inc. goals)

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Result: Arsenal 2 – 0 Brighton
Competition: Premier League
Date: 23 May 2021
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Pepe, Aubameyang

Subs: Runarsson, Mari, Cedric, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah, Lacazette


Arsenal ended the season with a flourish thanks to a competent performance and two excellent goals by Nicolas Pepe. After a first half where Arsenal treaded water, Pepe hit two expertly taken goals within the first 15 minutes to secure the win for the Gunners.

Other results in the league dictated that Arsenal ended the season on 8th place, just outside of a European place.

Pre-Game

Arteta looked to finish the season strong with the same defensive setup that faced Crystal Palace. In midfield, Xhaka returned to partner Partey in midfield while Odegaard took Saka’s place in attack, pushing Smith Rowe to play down the flanks.

Aubameyang spearheaded the forward line once again with support from the mercurial Pepe down the right.

First Half

The match started at a brisk pace – Brighton showed why they have been the neutral’s favourite as they started as the stronger team. The Gunners couldn’t win the ball back from the away team who built up play and kept the ball excellently but just couldn’t find a cutting edge.

But within minutes, Arsenal wrestled back advantage and played with fluidity not often seen this season. The possession on the ball led to decent long ranged attempts by each of the three central midfield players, with Partey’s almost hitting the target after evading the keeper. After a season of horrible shots from range, it would have been lovely for the Ghanaian to finally have his effort hit the back of the net in front of the Emirates crowd who returned to the stadium for the first time this season.

Arsenal continued to pile on the pressure with Partey, Odegaard and Chambers the main protagonists in the build up. The first real chance of the goal, ironically, came from a set piece. Holding looked to have poked home the first goal of the game on the 30th minute from a Partey flick on. However, the defender was adjudged to have been offside when the touch was made by Partey.

The home team’s next best chance came just before half time from Arsenal’s other central defender, Gabriel. Xhaka did well to clip the ball towards Gabriel who stayed high up in the penalty box after a corner kick. Gabriel looped the header towards the far post, catching the Brighton ‘keeper off guard, but the ball could only hit the crossbar.

It was a decent first half to watch as both teams showed fluid build up play and slick passing. That said, Arsenal were the more dominant team who created some half chances in attack. For the second half, they had to add more pace and cutting edge to their dominance if they wanted to end their season with a win for the home fans.

Second Half

It took Arsenal only 3 minutes in the second half to finally add some of that cutting edge to their attack. Just like with Crystal Palace, Pepe was the protagonist. The ball bounced into the air as Pepe received the ball with his left foot. The Ivorian expertly volleyed with his weaker right foot to bury the ball into the net with so much pace that even two goalkeepers would have found it hard to have kept it out. 1-0 Pepe.

Though it wasn’t only Arsenal who had their tails up in this half. Brighton made dangerous attempts and Alexis Mac Allister almost equalled the score with a blistering counter just minutes after but could only shoot wide from an acute angle.

However, fear of squandering the lead was put to bed by Pepe again. Often profligate in possession, he again showed his killer instinct in the box as he received the ball down the right hand side of the penalty box . Despite the pathway to goal seemingly blocked by defenders, Pepe somehow managed to squeeze the ball into the far post with a casual swing of his left foot – a testament to the subtle but supreme technique applied by the forward. 2-0 Pepe.

By the 70th minute, Arsenal could have been three up but luck seemed to elude Partey once again. Xhaka fizzed in an eye of the needle pass through a crowded group of players right into Partey’s feet just outside the box. The Ghanaian produced a half turn and a powerful strike but the ball crashed against the bar and away from goal.

The final minutes of the game was an exercise in keep-ball as Arteta brought on Lacazette, Saka and Martinelli for Aubameyang, Smith Rowe and Odegaard. 

Overall, a good performance to end a pretty awful 2020/21 season. Let’s hope performances like these are more commonplace in the next campaign.

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Johnny 4 Hats

I’m absolutely ok with that.

In other news : Pepe being investigated for tapping up Yves Bissouma.

Fair play lads, glad it’s over, sort of. Although if we’d strolled through opponents like this when the pressure was on, it’d be a very different season.

Strangely optimistic for next season and a proper top 4 push.

Big love to you all. Johnny 4 Hats – signing off.

COYG!!!

Comedian

Bissouma in place of Xhaka for me. Partey and whoever we sign or Odegaard can play more freely if someone like Bissouma is behind them.

Johnny 4 Hats

If the price is right. I’m hearing £40m and I’m thinking there must be someone on the continent that we can bring in for less. I dunno. Seems a lot for a player who still has a lot to prove.

Comedian

If our club can spend 35 mil on Mustafi and Xhaka , i wouldnt mind 40 mil on Bissouma. Think he has had more than a decent season. I don’t think I have vouched for any other player here since I wanted us to sign Mikel Merino when he was still at Newcastle. But lets hope…

SLC Gooner

I didn’t see enough in his performance today to justify a big price tag. Looked good, tackled well, but not amazing. Xhaka had a very good game…several excellent passes on the attack.
One of the issues with Bissouma is that he wouldn’t count as homegrown, and he’d possibly be out for the African Cup, along with Partey, which would leave us very short in the middle.

Tanned arse

Xhaka is a wonderful passer. Short ot long. Fantastic, as long as you give him room to get his head up. As soon as the game turns quick and in small spaces he becomes overly challenged. When will we learn. He doesn’t suit this league. Being a greater passer under the right conditions doesn’t equate to being what we need at this club

Crash Fistfight

How good is Bissouma’s passing? Look at his stats – practically all he does is tackle.

Tanned arse

For me it’s still the guy I hoped we sign last summer, soumare. I’d also go all in on camavinga. Those 2 first and secure the interior of our team not just next season but for the years to follow

Crash Fistfight

Soumare’s probably going to Leicester, but I agree. I thought he was a better shout than Partey, last season. Cheaper, younger and not going to AFCON (who knows if they’ll reschedule other tournaments to January in future).

I think Camavinga is better, but I think it’s fanciful to even think he might choose to come to Arsenal. All the best teams in Europe will be looking at him.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I am not happy. I decided the day we lost to Villareal, I wasn’t going to be fooled by any meaningless results.
Arsenal fans are like guys that get cheated on by the girlfriend and forget about it after she makes them a tea.

Johnny 4 Hats

I would not be happy if I followed a football team but had contempt for its fans and, by extension, the club, like some people do on here.

Greg in Seattle

I wouldn’t be happy if I ignored having the third most points in the league in 2021 following the clear out of dead wood in January and the commitment to crucial young players who could no longer be denied. If you can’t see that the trend is exceptionally positive since the nadir of the early season then that comes down to how you’ve chosen to frame it.

Johnny 4 Hats

To be fair, if you’ve got the word nostalgia in your name, you’re probably looking backwards, not forwards.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Chelsea got more points than us in 2021. There are three teams that got more points than us. Just to make the little correction.
Do you mean we were playing good football? What is the improvement? We all said Arteta should be sacked. You changed your mind and I did not. We’ve been 8th for two years and people are happy. Can’t understand it.
I volunteer to do the dirty job of telling fans the way it is.

Martin R

Which fans are happy?

Johnny 4 Hats

C’mon, admit it, we all are. I remember cursing the skies when we won two league titles in three years between 89-91 followed by a Cup Winners Cup. And then my hero Bruce Rioch came along and finally I was a happy Arsenal fan. But then bloody Dickvid Dein had to sack Bruce almighty and replace him with Arsehole Wenger who won a whole bunch of silvery stuff. Gah. So annoying. I used to lie awake at night and dream of finishing 12th. Thank god for the last 10 years or so. The mediocrity that we all intrinsically crave as… Read more »

Goonerrific

Mate, you have to take the wins where you can get them or your life would be truly miserable

Ipal Taka

Depends on the tea

Man Manny

I don’t get all these pressure-off-they-win-games talk. It makes no sense to me. It is just pundits’ narrative that we have caught without much reasoning.
Chelsea, United, Leicester, Brighton, Totts, Newcastle, Leeds, and others, were beaten when the pressure was on.
All we need is to better our record this season against Wolves, Burnley, Liverpool and City, and we’d be firmly in top 4.

Johnny 4 Hats

Perhaps. It just felt a little this season that when we desperately needed a performance, it evaded us. But once we dropped out of the Europa and the race for 6th, we pick up 5 wins on the bounce.

Great teams win games they need to win. We win games we don’t.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

You could also say, if the teams above us did better against xyz, they’d be firmly further ahead of us. Everybody except City and Utd had bad seasons

C.B.

Can’t believe Leicester capitulated and we missed St Totteringham’s Day. Next season…

Well done Pepe at least, 15 goals.

karl

16!!

C.B.

True. 9 in his last 13 PL matches.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Pépé can score 25 goals if he gets transferred to Southampton where he will get no pressure.

goongot

Can we sign bissouma like right now. Brighton need an striker and we can lend nketiah to sweeten the deal.

Torterrier

I’d certainly be happy with Bissouma, Buendia/ødegaard, and a back-up leftback and rightback.

Maniac

Crazy what happens when we actually play him, and actually use him in his favoured RW position where he can cut and shoot. Shame it’s taken this long to figure out, but hopefully that’s something we can build on next season.

Walleye

Amen

djourou's nutmeg

the other way to see it is that he was actually underperforming in that position before and the time he’s spent on the sidelines has helped him achieve his current form, rather than being poor management from arteta

Mpls

I rather preferred leaving it at “other results in the league”.

Comedian

Brendon Rodgers lol, its ludicrous how he often bottles cl qualification. Its a blessing not being in elc.

Mpls

We should take this opportunity to focus on good league results and bringing the FA cup back where it rightfully belongs.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

I’m gutted for Leicester. I can’t stand everything about Chelsea and wanted them to miss top 4. But, happy we’re not in Europe, I couldn’t celebrate our goals today.

We won 1 game this season after a Europa match. We don’t have the squad to compete in the league and Europe.

Martin R

17 goals

Maniac

A solid performance to end the season, but ultimately all for nothing. Sp*rs jammy as ever stealing it in the dying embers of the game to stay ahead of us yet again. Now it’s time for the clear-out to begin. Absolutely no excuses now.

Zenithreptile

But how sweet is the sweet sweet irony of Bale scoring for them for the last time to send them into a competition nobody wants to play in? I’m 100% OK with a season out of Europe if it means not playing in a Mickey Mouse Thursday night social league.

Maniac

Personally I enjoy watching Arsenal play and honestly it’s one of the few things I can look forward to every week, even if we are awful. Having fewer games to watch us play and cheer on the team will definitely be sad for me. It’ll be a strange feeling having mid-week evenings empty for the first time since I started supporting Arsenal. No European football will also mean fewer chances for our youngsters, one less chance of a trophy, less money and makes us less attractive for arrivals. Sure, maybe there’s a benefit in the league to not playing those… Read more »

Adebanjo

Same here. First season since I started following Arsenal that there will be no midweek European games at all. But I guess that bodes well for our rebuilding efforts and if we get it right, the brighter days are just round the corner.

ringoxiii

It’s not just about the extra games, With no midweek fixtures more time can be spent on planning, training and tactics. Having five/six days every week to prepare for the games will hopefully make a big difference.

Ipal Taka

I hate the sunday evening kickoffs.. Nothing worse than starting your week with a home defeat against burnley or something like that.
So i am happy it will be Saturdays again next season.

Also think that our league form will improve, so I’m fine with not being in that weird competition, just hoped it would be everton instead of spuds

Voldermort

Totally agree…I will happily sacrifice the piss taking text to my very few deluded spurs associates..re St totteringhams day.
A piss poor excuse of a comp and glad to be out of it.
A massive rebuild needed but not sure if we are willing, able or have the right structure in place to implement it.. glad a horrible season is over and let’s hope for brighter times as we are as close to rock bottom as we have been in the Premier league

magirlyeyes

See you in the conference Spuds.
Aha! I’m with blogs on this one. It’s a useless competition that is actually a net negative to be involved in.
I’ll leave st totts for this last year and predict we’ll be 5 places above them next season when kane goes to city. Superb result today.
Let’s focus on the cups and the league next season, I’m fully behind that.

karl

Pepe brilliant.

Odegaard and Ceballos back to Madrid.

Bassouma in.

goonerrah

Buy Joe Willock

Zenithreptile

Pity, I just don’t think we’re in a position where we can be shelling out £25-30m for a young athletic box to box midfielder who screws goals.

Zenithreptile

*Scores not screws!!!

SarcasmB0t

*Gals not goals!!!

Eric Blair

*Goats not goals!!!

ozymandias

Bit pricey i reckon

Heavenly Chapecoense

Screwing gals? Just following up the discussion.

Comedian

Odegaard was good. There was more movements today and you could see odegaard thriving when there is movement ahead of him. But yes get Bissouma, perfect shield for defence.

Alex

Any player thrives when there is movement ahead of him. The talent is to find space when there is none.

Comedian

But if no one is making the run whats the use of finding space. That floating ball in the opposition box last match showed that he can find space and it was the movement of Martinelli that got us the goal. Every playmaker needs players ahead of him making runs.

Walleye

I think chambers would be perfect shield. His skills and judgement the last two months have been great. Isn’t the team better with him in the team?

Adebanjo

On his last loan spell I think he was used more as a midfield shield than as a defender. With his ability in the ball I have often wondered why he has not been tried in that position.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Pepe’s been showing what he can do lately.

I won’t call him Gervinho MkII anymore

Martin R

On today’s form please try and sign Odegaard.

Qwaliteee

He’s gone mate.

Real Madrid or Arteta’s Non Euro Borefest…..?

It’s a poser……

dariusz

Ole!

Spanish Gooner

Only 6 points off the CL spots and next year we’ll have no midweek football. This season has been shit, but we will be back bigger and better next year to take our place at the top table. COME ON YOU FUCKING GUNNERS

Usmanov

“..next year we’ll have no midweek football..

I think this is a blessing in disguise any which way you look at it. Liverpool a case in point.

Spanish Gooner

Yes and it should be reflected in the transfer market. I’d love to see us sell 6-7 squad depth players and drop all the money on a top RB and CAM that can start all 38 games next year as we return to the Champions League

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Didn’t Chelsea win the league the season after finishing 9th or something like that

Walleye

Amazing isn’t. Except for that terrible series of games two monthsago, they could be in cl

Spanish Gooner

Basically, if we’d not cocked up December (losses at home vs Wolves and Burnley, draw at home vs Southampton, loss in the NDL) we’d be in the Champions League. This season has been awful, but below the surface there are plenty of reasons to believe we can do something exciting next year

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Do the results mean that Sp*rts have to play in the Mickey Mouse Euro League?

backsakacrack

Yess. Haha. Best news of the year!
I didn’t want us anywhere near that pile of sh’te.
A giant waste of time and energy.
I look forward to seeing them knocked out in the Croatian second tier again.
Fantastic.

Spanish Gooner

Ryan Mason’s magical spurs team will be playing Eastern European WiFi codes next year. For once, I don’t mind waiting for St Tott’s

C.B.

Yes, though they will argue it will be a trophy for them.

Spanish Gooner

They couldn’t even beat Dynamo Zagreb this year – imagine the scenes when they lose the semi final to Genk next

ozymandias

More like Winterslag of Austria

Gunnerlocutor

You broke the one rule of Winterslag mate. You can only slag them in winter.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Its winter in Australia. All’s Fair in Love and Global Sport

The Peter Simpsons

Stand by for the DVD

Adebanjo

If they get to win it. That have a way of lossing games in places where you can hardly pronounce the name. And they would visit a lot of those places

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Yes sir! Will they play Fridays and Mondays?

NordicGoon

Nice game, but Kroenke is still in as are the other oligarchs, scheiks and Yanks so my Silver membership will not be renewed after 40 years of supporting the club. It’s been nice but it’s over.

Carlos

Don’t forgot to explain why at [email protected]. The more they see this, and the more of us that visibly show our destain (less bums on seats is another way) the more pressure they’ll come under to leave.

goonshow

I respect your stand mate… love the club, but not it’s ‘owners’.

Usmanov

What was Pepe doing with Bissouma right there at the end. Giving him a tour of the Emirates stadium?

Sam I Am

Exactly what I was going to say. Good lad.

Agent Pepito😜

DialSquareGoon

“This is our Tunnel Area”

Qwaliteee

🤣👍🍺

Viv The 🐐

That is proper recruiting for once. They both know each other from Lille days too. So a transfer would make sense, right? 😉

Sam I Am

Bissouma was born in the Ivory Coast too. But Mali have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, so that could be a problem.

Ealing

They were talking pussy lol

Qwaliteee

Showing him to his locker by the look of it.

Chris

Works for me. Only shame is Spurs above us but with no Kane and Bale next season, Thursdays in the arse end of nowhere for them!

Viv The 🐐

I’m already waiting for them to bottle that competition against the almighty Villareal. Will be tasty.

Spanish Gooner

Crazy to think that at the end of Spurs’ golden era (in colour TV) they’ll be going back to mid table with 0 trophies won and a billion pound of debt. Meanwhile, certain teams won the world’s oldest club competition 4 times at the nadir of their ‘downward spiral’. Levels.

“In colour TV…”😂😂😂😂😂😂

Mayor McCheese

Happy with the win. And Tottenham are welcome to that insipid waste of time and effort known as the Europa Conference League.

Sheldon

Perhaps Pepe is really good and just needed a year to bed in, learn the language etc, like most do who come to the premier league

Spanish Gooner

We’re paying the third instalment this summer so we should unlock even more additional features next year 😜

Greg in Seattle

Yeah he’s chaotic good. Really destabilizing to defenses who’ve figured out our patterns. He’s fun to watch.

SarcasmB0t

I guess that would make Willian true neutral.

Julian pan

Nah willian is definitely lawful neutral

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yep, awful neutral

Give youth a chance

Leicester are more Sp**sy than sp**s

Not possible. At least Leicester know how to score in a cup final. One team took home the FA Cup this year, the other, took home keyrings.

Maniac

Remarkably poor to finish outside the top 4 given the situation they were in. End of season collapse as per. Also Liverpool and Chelsea, both of whom have had pretty bad seasons and were what, 2 points away from us at one point, manage to nick the Champions League places. Seems like every single one of our rivals has managed to pull the rabbit out the hat while we’ve just been left trailing.

Spanish Gooner

Might have people disagree with me here, but I’m glad they didn’t qualify for the CL. Ever since the Super League nonsense came out we’ve had Linekar et al giving it the big one about how they should replace us in the ‘big 6’ and it turned me against the club. They’re 13 FA cups, 12 League Titles behind, and I don’t want them becoming an established Champions League club so that this stupid narrative goes away. Maybe they can chat to Spurs now Kane is on his way

Viv The 🐐

They won the Super Bottle I in this case, but still won a cup. Maybe Spurs wins the UECL. Which will only show the level of that competition.

SarcasmB0t

Fitting that they beat the previous champions in the Super Bottle Final today.

Qwaliteee

Nah, be fair.

They won a major trophy last week….

Good stuff Pepe. Well at least those of us that didn’t want to be in the conference league, will not worry have to worry about it next season.

Give youth a chance

From what I saw today, Bissouma will fit right in at Arsenal. Just about every pass was backwards or sideways

FMT

🤣🤣🤣

Qwaliteee

🤣👏🍺

Julian pan

If Bissouma were to join, we’d have no midfield during the AFCON in the winter

Man Manny

That will be that. No European football next season.
Time to tweak the team, I say; not a surgical operation.
We have a solid team emerging.
If Pepe can take this form into next season, and Partey comes more into the party, a good back up for Tierney, a right back, a replacement for Ødegaard, replace Lacazette with a younger, more clinical striker, we are good to go.

Sam I Am

Let’s hope Willock’s record eighth goal in a row is in an Arsenal shirt.

leroy

and that included goals against sp*rs, man city, Leicester, west ham and Liverpool. very impressive.

Fatgooner

Almost a perfect day for us.

We won yet avoided the Micky-Mouse Europa Challenge Cup, or whatever it’s called. But it’s a shame the Chavs sneaked into the CL for next season.

It’s a joke that we could only win these games when the pressure was off: we didn’t deserve European football next season. A season lasts 38 games.

I still want Arteta out. I’ve got no optimism for next season.

Martin R

We beat Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs and Leicester when the pressure was on and improved immeasurably as the season progressed. Defence much tighter. New faces coming in so no need to be so negative.

Greg in Seattle

I think I’d sooner see a bold move re Auba and Laca and find a striker who actually suits our young stars, than start over with a new manager. If the players that remain are bought in, then that’s half the battle for a manager. I’d take the same chance that not only will Saka/ESR/Martinelli/Pepe will jump another level next season, but so will Arteta.

Fatgooner

The table doesn’t lie. We finished eighth.

Our problem all season has been creating and scoring chances. That’s something that needs to be urgently addressed. Perhaps a new manager could do something about that.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

We are on somewhat of an upward trend in terms of results. Still a bumpy ride with some dire performances mixed in, but we have been one of the more consistent PL teams in 2021. There is room for a sliver of optimism if you look for it.

I know you don’t do optimism, but for many of us there are signs of improvement, and the rubbish performances are at least mixed in with a few wins now.

Spanish Gooner

Under Arteta we’ve almost always produced the goods when the pressure is on, bar Villarreal. Our worst results have come when we took games for granted I.e. Europa quarter final first leg, those awful 8 points dropped at home in December

Qwaliteee

Oh behave mate.

While you were out Christmas shopping, we were in free fall, burrowing our way down to 16th…..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

But since then… a bit improved overall.

Carlos

Slightly off topic but Joe Willock making it 7/7!! Hope he can bring this form into the arsenal squad next season (and he’s given the chance!).

ObiKing

No place to hide for Arteta next year. Just feel sorry for Willock, the type of football we play is going to stifle him. Our manager needs to stop being so rigid.

Spanish Gooner

if we can get a genuinely world-class midfielder/CAM like Grealish then I’ve no issue in selling Willock to fund it. I don’t see why we should sell him to pay for somebody like Berge/Bissouma, and if we keep him just to bench him I’ll be furious.

ObiKing

I honestly think we need someone in the mould of Verratti, tenacious yet very technical. Pity he wouldn’t leave PSG for us.

Spanish Gooner

I think it depends on the 10 we sign. If he’s a technically sure player like Odegaard then I think we can afford a slightly less refined technician that offers a goal threat in midfield (I’ve heard there’s a good one in Newcastle) but I’d also be very behind the purchase of a Veratti-style midfielder next to an output machine at 10 like Buendia.

Qwaliteee

You’d better go and Rob a bank then, sunshine.

Uncle Stanley will be playing the Pandemic Card ( Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect 200m) like a two dollar hooker.

Qwaliteee

*rob

Qwaliteee

And that’s with the hair gel for starters…..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

You mean like how we stifle ESR, Saka, and Tierney?

It’s strange, but I would have sworn they’d had a reasonably good season.

Twatsloch

Thank fuck this season is over. Shame we didn’t get St Totteringhams but hey ho. Lots to do before next season so let’s get on with it.

Kartik Iyer

What a great atmosphere with the fans back! The players felt more confident and played with an energy.

I think it’s good we didn’t qualify for Europe. We’ve been papering over the cracks with final day results for a while now. It’s better to suffer the consequences a little and hit rock bottom sometimes. And with no European commitments, more time on the training pitch might be helpful.

No excuses for Mikel next season. I really hope he’s the one.

Kartik Iyer

Also, a big thanks to all the players who may have played their last games. I may not have loved them all the time, but most of them put in the effort, even if it didn’t translate to performance. Good luck to them!

Greg in Seattle

Nice post, good to see that comment re the departing players. I’m never a fan of the “he’s lazy” or “he doesn’t care” BS as you just cannot assume that is why someone isn’t performing. All you can judge is the performances and how they impact the game.

Though the ECL is clearly third tier and we may be better off without it, there is definitely a part of me that wanted more games for our younger and squad players. (And selfishly, more Arsenal games to track as a fan.)

Up North

7 points from CL. 6 of them from stupid send offs vs Wolves and Burnley. Just add s couple of games were we didn’t start the game before 2nd half. This team has been good enough to get top 4, but our own stupidity kept us outside

Futsboller

We’ll get there next season!

Mårten

It’s remarkable how much better this team is with Xhaka in it.

Fatgooner

Playing in the middle

yen

I don’t like the narrative that Partey is our best CM and we’re looking for his new midfield partner. Potential-wise? Probably. But performance wise, Xhaka was our best CM this season.

Now I do understand that 1 the fact that Xhaka is our best CM is a story in itself and 2 a different partner might unlock Partey’s strengths, yet I wouldn’t be that surprised if we bring in another CM (which I support btw) and Xhaka eventually benches him anyway.

magirlyeyes

Oh come on, Xhaka has been a dead duck against better teams.
Please Arsenal GET RID

leroy

your girly eyes need glasses

Kartik Iyer

Clever girl

Martin R

Nonsense. Xhaka has had an excellent season and since coming back from suspension he has been a key player against all teams

magirlyeyes

He’s taken this club from top four to 8th. With tangible regression every season. He may be good enough for 8th, but he’s not good enough to get us better.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Funny, I thought the entire team had been a bit under par.

Remind me. Did we win all the games he didn’t play in, and lose all the games he did play in?

Qwaliteee

Top post well said.

Time to get rid of this shirt throwing points shipping has been.

If we can’t do any better than him next season then you might as well write off any chance of top six now.

Lion

Extremely on point. Xhaka is a baller. Good thing is he is slowly beginning to get the respect he deserves on these streets.

Qwaliteee

Erm, you mean Pepe….?

Alex

Imagine Pepe was backed by his manager and worked in a system designed to get the most out of him

Qwaliteee

Exactly what I said a few weeks ago. We’d have a purring goal and assist machine. Needless to say I was downvoted in droves – but the dude is proving them wrong. Four in two with barely the handbrake off.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Sorry, but are we now slagging off Arteta because Pepe scored twice?

Qwaliteee

Mate, where have you been all season…?

We’ve passed backwards and sideways so much, it’s a wonder there isn’t a couple of six foot deep horseshoe shape trenches around each of the D’s at the Emirates.

For the billionth time. It’s not the players. It’s how they’re being told to play.

GateCrasher

Glad that’s over and done with. A good win and nice to end the season on a high. It does leave me a bit confused about the investment we need in the squad. Striker: Worried about aubas decline, think we’ll sell laca. Are we bringing in talent here or are we looking at martinelli as second choice? Attacking three: saka, Pepe, esr, martinelli, (willock?) are a nice set here and we need to balance giving them playing time without excessive burden. Perhaps someone here? Midfield: Partey+Xhaka looked good today but won’t be sufficient against the top teams. I’d like a… Read more »

Once a gunner

Is only league cup for our young gunner to showcase there talent next season

Arteta Tots

Will no European football means that we need to trim down our squad, aka adios Willian/ Laca/ Kola/ Bellerin/ Elneny? Too much fats to trim within one window.

Next season just focus on players with much hunger and will power to perform in matches, esp Martinelli, Balogun, and Willock!!

FMT

Joe Willock!
Seven in seven
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Qwaliteee

Pepe.

Four in two.

Kartik Iyer

Is there a case for using willock in the lacazette role? Striker that drops to midfield to connect play sort of thing.

turcofeo

In one of the latest Arsecasts, blogs discussed who were the players that flourished this season under Arteta. I think that might seem like a heavy word for what Pepe has done, but I’ve seen immense progress. He didn’t became a consistent starter (you could argue Arteta’s selection) but every time he was in the first eleven or came on as a substitute he was much more focused and contributed a lot more than last season, both offensively and defensively. He has evidently matured a lot in his time here and that gives me a lot of hope for next… Read more »

Futsboller

Indeed, Arteta played some tough love with him, but boy has it worked. His work rate changed radically, and he’s been a different player completely in the past few months. And to think there was some regret about signing him over Zaha. Please. A bit disappointed that Partey struggled this year, but I think we’re going to see an immense player next season. A very intelligent footballer, and such composure when swarmed. Tierney is just a beast when he’s fit. I honestly wonder if he could run through a brick wall … Three cheers for Holding and Chambers, too —… Read more »

SarcasmB0t

I’m not sure it was the “tough love” that made him play like this.

Indeed, there were plenty of performances where he was similarly excellent, only to be dropped the next game, usually for Mr. 220,000 a week.

Maybe if Pepe had been given less “tough love”, we’d be in Europe now (and I don’t mean the Conference League).

turcofeo

I agree that Partey has been underwhelming, but I also think that has to do with the expectations I had of the role he would play in our team.

I didn’t watch him a lot in Atlético but I was under the impression that his contribution would be defensive more than anything else, that he would be our physically imposing CDM.

Obviously that wasn’t the case but he’s still our better midfielder by a mile and the talent is at plain sight. The thing is that those issues we had to solve before he arrived are still there.

Qwaliteee

My man Pepe does the business again – I bet the haters are feeling a right bunch of Charlies now. So the Scum bags go into 7th and the MIckey Mouse Euro pot. Fuck ‘em, I hope they all knacker themselves over fuck all. That, however, leaves us in 8th and our worst finish for 25 years. Just not good enough. It doesn’t really matter at this stage whether I want Arteta gone or not – the fact is he’s going to be here next season with Stan and Josh at the helm. I have taken up the club’s option… Read more »

Greg in Seattle

While the KSE cabal is a total problem without a solution, I still think Arteta and Edu were working around and undoing the Raul/Sven/Emery squad bloat (and Wenger remnants considering the Ozil situation). Aside from a few mind numbing games our trajectory is firmly upward. I think Arteta cost us by using Xhaka instead of Saka at LB for too long, but in some respects that’s hindsight – it had worked up until then. Points lost due to Leno’s howler or a David Luiz mistake or VAR or whatever other moment you want to point to are not on the… Read more »

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I suspect that there is pressure from above to play Willian considering how much they forked out (and are still forking out) on him.

Qwaliteee

* Joint worst finish in 25 years. (We finished 8th last season as well)

Collibosher

I find it hilarious that despite going through a few “bad” seasons, we’ve managed to win the FA Cup a few more times, while our neighbours who have supposedly overtaken us have won nothing.

If your Sp*ds-loving friends get ahead of themselves just direct them to this site:

http://haveyoueverseentottenhamwintheleague.com/

Hail Gus!

It’s all too beautiful 😉

Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I was 5 months old when Sp*rs won their last (of 2) league titles. In fact they won the League and Cup Double that season. Thankfully I was too young to understand and have mercifully never had to experience anything so hideous since.

Dom47

Just can’t bring myself to be excited about next season, with mikel and edu at the helm, vinai trying to impersonate a CEO and josh trying to act like he cares.

Winning at the end when it doesn’t matter while bottling it against effing emery says it all for me, and having atrocious setup and player management whole season. Mikel needs to leave, for me he’s done and the sooner we stop fooling ourselves the better.

Kareem Mohamed

I don’t give any credence to Tottenham’s win.
Kane handballed the ball before passing it to Bale.

And VAR still gave them the crucial goal which allowed them to scrape ahead of us on the table.

Meanwhile, VAR destroyed time and time againy this.

The league table straight up lies.
Tottenham were not better than us.
We were minutely less rubbish than them.

Tottenham’s brief reign has ended as of last season as far I’m concerned.

And on the topic of VAR, I don’t think I can handle another season of mind-baffling inconsistency and ineptitude.

Steve Dracula

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Santori

Decent enough win but in the end we have not done enough again. Same finish as last season now minus cup. Banking on too many teams ahead to drop points for us. In some ways of course finishing below Spurs a blessing in disguise (NO Conf league). Recruitment will still be more difficult considering lack of Europe completely. How much we can sell – Laca/Bellerin/Guendouzi/Nelson/(Maybe AMN)/ Mavro/Elneny for will dictate how much we can get in to spend.(We have been poor minting money in prior seasons. Hopefully Garlick can work something) In addition remember we are still financing on Pepe… Read more »