Result: Brentford 2-0 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 13 August 2021
Venue: Brentford Community Stadium

Arsenal lineup: Leno, Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney, Xhaka, Sambi, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Martinelli, Balogun.

Subs: Hein, Bellerin, Cedric, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Saka, Nelson


Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard helped Brentford to a 2-0 win over an injury-hit Arsenal at the Community Stadium.

The Gunners dominated for long periods and created far more opportunities but the home side’s ruthlessness proved decisive at vital moments of the match.

Given Mikel Arteta’s side face Chelsea and Manchester City in the coming weeks, this was exactly the start we didn’t want.

Pre-game

This time last week, Mikel Arteta could not have envisaged fielding such a young starting lineup for the first game of the season but with ‘illness’ working its way through the camp, the Gunners were shorn of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and backup keeper Alex Runarsson.

Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah were already nursing injuries so, it was very much a case of make do and mend. The spine of the starting XI were making debuts; Ben White partnered Palo Mari in the centre of defence, Sambi Lokonga tucked in next to captain Granit Xhaka and Flo Balogun led the line. On the flanks, Chambers and Pepe worked the right with Tierney and Martinelli on the left. Emile Smith Rowe, our new number 10, was charged with creating our chances.

Karl Hein got the nod ahead of Arthur Okonkwo to take up a place on a bench that was packed with defenders and not much attacking threat. At least Bukayo Saka made the trip.

First Half

A sunny Friday night in West London, Brentford’s first game in the Premier League and a new stadium at full capacity; unsurprisingly, the atmosphere created by the home fans at kick off was absolutely electric. 

Arsenal kept Brentford at arm’s length in the opening 10 minutes but Thomas Frank’s side gradually grew into things. Onyeka headed over the bar on 11 minutes and Mbeumo, played in by Toney, rattled the outside of Leno’s post with a shot from a tight angle. 

Back came the Gunners. Pepe and Xhaka combined to find Smith Rowe between the lines and he was close to getting the ball back off Balogun who tried a deft backheel in the box. It was slick football coming in off the right flank. 

The home side wrestled back control soon enough and a spell of pressure which included a couple of corners eventually led to an opener. Calum Chambers thought he’d cleared the danger when he hacked away but the ball was returned by the Bees midfield to his area of the pitch where Sergi Canos stepped inside onto his right foot and fired home a low drive that beat Leno at his near post. (1-0) 

Nervous about Brentford’s high press, Leno’s policy was to go long on his goal kicks. It wasn’t necessarily the wrong decision but the fact we won so little ball in the air in midfield repeatedly left us on the back foot. Concerted spells of possession were few and far between in the first 30 minutes and that continued to buoy the home side. Mbeumo, the dangerous French forward, should have doubled the lead when he wriggled clear of Pablo Mari and White in the box before firing wide. 

The Gunners continued to huff and puff in the final third and when we did play a penetrating pass, our touch or finishing let us down. Tierney fizzed a cross into Balogun who tried to spin but couldn’t keep the ball close enough before Brentford cleared the danger and Pepe tried two curlers; the first went wide, the second was blocked at close quarters.

Second Half

Thanks to the urgency of Smith Rowe and some bright touches by Lokonga, Arsenal took the game by the scruff of the neck in the opening stages. Tierney tested Raya’s handling with a low driven cross before Smith Rowe tested the Spaniard from just inside the box after a great turn and driving run through the middle. 

Unable to find an equaliser, Arteta turned to Saka to add extra impetus to the attack. The England international, greeted by a rousing standing ovation from the home fans, took over from Balogun meaning Martinelli went up top. 

Lokonga tried his luck with a shot straight into Raya’s arms and Tierney lashed one with his right foot that was deflected just wide. It was the closest we’d come. From the resulting corner, Martinelli flicked a header just wide. 

At the other end, Leno beat away a Canos effort and then did very well to stop an Mbeumo effort even though the flag went up afterwards. 

Arsenal kept plugging away and continued to win a lot of balls high up the pitch but our failure to finish proved costly. Xhaka’s half volley came within inches of an equaliser. 

Two minutes later, the home side doubled their lead in the most agricultural fashion. A long throw to the near post should have been met by Pablo Mari but under pressure, he missed the ball and at the back post Norgaard met the bouncing ball to head in from three yards out. Leno was clearly being blocked on his line but VAR ignored the German’s claims of a foul. (2-0)

Norgaard came very close to adding a third with another header as he connected with a corner at the near post. With so few options on the bench, Arteta chucked on Tavares to sit behind Nelson, also on as a sub, on the right. It was a change made more in hope than expectation as the clock ticked down. 

The Portuguese’s first involvement saw him shoot over as he cut in from the right. Xhaka sent another effort wide not long after. The frustration was clearly building. To be fair, we kept going. Saka and Smith Rowe combined to release Tierney whose cross was met first time by Pepe. Raya made a fantastic save. It was our best move of the match. 

Arteta paced the touchline clearly seething. He’ll take some heart from the way we dominated the second half but the problems are the same as last season. Scoring goals is a problem. He has 19 days of the transfer window to find a solution or it will be more of the same.

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Fabulous

ha. All our pre season hopes are short lived.

Sideways and backwards passing, no penetration thru the middle, wingers isolated, amateurish defense. Same sh*t, different season. 8th spot incoming.

I called it earlier, Arteta’s tactics are useless. He’s a poor man’s Pep. Even if he manages to get us playing like Pep, we’d be a second rate City. Pointless AF.

Everybody creaming about our second half of last season. Yet the two most important games (Villareal semi) we bottled it.

Badaab

tbf we played like this during pre season too

Fabulous

Exactly why I said I called it. Slow labored build up play. And on the same day we sold our most energetic, box to box midfielder with an ability to score goals, for a mere £20M.

5 games in and if we’re still playing like this both Edu and Arteta has to go. The only times any decent corporation would take somebody in with no actual valid experience, is when they’re absolute geniuses. And at this rate both of them are a long way a way from being at an exceptional level.

Matt P

The club is full of phoneys, from the top down…

Bleeding gums murphy

Xhaka on verge of leaving club two weeks ago and today wearing captains armband. We have fallen so far.

Fabulous

I wouldn’t single out any player. It’s really Arteta and his stupid system. Watch what we do when we have possession, it’ll always be Leno – Mari – White – Chambers – White – Mari – Tierney – boot it long and lose possession. Or at best we get the ball up the wings to our wingbacks, and cross it in hoping for the best. Our wingers and number 10 are always left isolated or fighting for long balls which in most probability they’ll lose. Watch when Pepe has the ball, he’d already have 2 Brentford players on him. Always.… Read more »

Bleeding gums murphy

The point is we are picking a player to captain the Arsenal who wanted to wants to leave the club. There’s a cancer running through the club. From the top to the team. In my lifetime captaining The Arsenal is a huge honour, not given to someone who don’t want to be here. Rant over. Season over.

Wardy

Hmm, mot of the starting 11 were pretty bad, aside from ESR. Not really sure why Mari is picked ahead of Holding, is he really that much better? Leno should have been better for the 2nd, need to be attacking that one, at least go thru the player trying to punch it.

Jobizzle

I think Holding is actually better than Mari and has been the more consistent of all our defenders. The only reasons i see for Mari starting ahead of him is because he is left footed and Holding only now returned from whatever injury it was that kept him out of the Spurs game.

Henkamp

EVERY single time Pepe had the ball on the right today, he was surrounded by at least 3 Brentford players with very little support from Chambers and intelligent movement around him.

The “system” is so lopsided and we will continue to struggle to create meaningful chances with it.

The Arsenal

I don’t know why im met with resistance when i say the current Arsenal job is too big for a guy in his first ever job as a manager. Im the one that gets looke at like im crazy. When people have handed over one of the biggest clubs in the world in transition to a green manager and whatever title Edu holds.

Teta's cult of personality

The psychological term is called gaslighting – i.e when a group of people pressure you into thinking your own thoughts and beliefs are invalid nor based in reality when there are genuine grounds for said thoughts. One interesting sentence I noticed in the article was: “Two minutes later, the home side doubled their lead in the most agricultural fashion.” Brentford scored their second from a rehearsed tactic but according to the author, this is an “agricultural” aka rudimentary way of scoring a goal. I think this a mentality that is quite common in this fanbase. People and tactics that do… Read more »

I love wenger

Man, get over yourself.

Clarky

He is right, though

Teta's cult of personality

Noted👍

Dan

Problem is people like yourself were ‘Wenger out’ and ‘Emery out… Now ‘Arteta out’ at some point we have to realise our decline is bigger than a change in manager.

Aitcho

But hiring unfit managers isn’t going to help.
Arsene needed to go, Emery went for not being great, also not being Arsene and was nowhere near as bad as Arteta. He actually has a track record to justify being hired in the first place.
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But what’s mystifying was the irrational clamour for Arteta to replace Emery and the continued support for Arteta’s fabled ‘process’ despite the lack of evidence that there is a process

TP tries hard

Xhaka is the least of our problems.

Homer

No. Xhaka is emblematic of our problems.

Hes total kack.

He’s got no hair but we don’t care...

Absolutely. We might not be able to blame the manager for the poor recruitment strategy BUT we sure as shit can blame him for utterly disrespecting the fans and not judging the climate by making Xhaka captain. Pathetic.

The Arsenal

We fell 19 places today alone.

Rocastle7

From top to bottom in the blink of an eye

Paul

The world has ended.

The Arsenal

Not yet…We will see after the Man city game.

It Is What It Is

Wenger In

Cygan’sbaldspot

Who had pre season hopes? We haven’t addressed any of the problems. No goals, no creators, no right back and no GK. Sambi is a pleasant surprise and looks really good but we are going to be exactly the same, if not worse than last season, unless we make some very good signings.

Bleeding gums murphy

Goal keeper absolute liability and every team will just press and press as he is a bag of nerves.

The Arsenal

Watched Martinez’s interview the other day where he spoke about being loaned out 6 times made him fall out of love with football. He comes back finally gets his break and is a MASSIVE factor why we won the Fa cup and finished that season impressively, which led to some of the faith Arteta has….so how does Arteta repay this…..Its disgusting. The other side of this is Martinez is the keeper we had to sell because no one was in for Leno and we need cash because our owner refused to stump up the cash for Partey.

Jean Ralphio

Hindsight is 2020. At the time it was the rational decision to make with the sample size of data available. Leno played well until then and was better with his feet. Get over it. He’s gone. Look forward.

The Arsenal

That wasn’t hindsight. It was money and disloyalty.
When a player is playing better than another in the same position that player plays. Leno better with his feet’ FUCK OFF. How many mistakes did Martinez make with his feet? Better then Leno in every feasible department of goalkeeping. Which does not make Leno bad just not as good.

Vonnie

It wasn’t a rational decision to sell the better goalkeeper because nobody wanted the other one. We actually weakened the team and created a massive problem which wasn’t there. Leno has always been poor with his feet, his distribution is crap, the team don’t trust him.

Elbon

Leno was never better with his feet. Infact his distribution( with hands and feet), speed of thought and decision making was poorer than Emi’s generally.

Dean Ricci

Well said. Well said. Why would you let that guy go when he played like he did winning the FA Cup? I don’t understand the moves this guy makes

Homer

Dude. WTF are you on about?

Jaysus. Wale up. Its 2021. Hes gone. Deal.

Qwaliteee

Oh dear. Someone’s tired.

Look, everyone (except perhaps Arteta) knows we sold the better keeper and that’s a contributory factor as to why we’re struggling now.

What part of that do you not understand……?

Vonnie

And we’ve not had Partey either, £45million and he’s always bloody injured,

Qwaliteee

Do you think he goes out into training or takes the pitch actively wanting to get injured………………?

Before he joined us, he had a clean bill of health.

Go figure.

Thessaloniki

If you had hopes that’s really on you at this point.

入肉肏

We shouldn’t need good signings to beat Brentford comfortably. It’s really not about spending more money

Homer

Excellent point.

This was a massive embarrassment.

MA on thin ice. This bullshit is on him.

Qwaliteee

I’ve been saying this for ages.

It’s not the players – it’s the way they’re being ordered to play.

Fabulous

Signings won’t do it in my opinion. At this rate I haven’t seen anything from Arteta that convinces me. Not even our second half of last season when we fluked it.

Amongst Martinelli, Pepe, Balogun, then Reiss and Saka I’m almost certain none of them had a shot on target. Some didn’t have any shot at all. That’s purely a game approach and tactical or training error. You really can’t be saying it’s the players.

Martin Haze

Pepe had a wonderful shot towards the end of the game that was saved by Raya.

Fabulous

Yeah I forgot about that one. Just goes to show there really aren’t many shots in the game.

The Arsenal

I remember we were meant to buy that guy as back up last season but we brought Runarsson. Another fantastic piece of business by Arteta.

Dean Ricci

Yeah I agree. Same old team. Not much different from last years mess. Can’t even score on a newly promoted side. No threat anywhere. Sad

Maniac

Well that went exactly as expected. Long season ahead of us…

Bleeding gums murphy

Dare I say it, we have massively overspent on White. To small for cb.

Maniac

Even with English Tax, it was obvious that we have spent probably £20m too much on him. He’d literally have to become one of the world’s best CBs to make his price tag worth it.

Hank Scorpio

You think? Completely bossed by Toney today. Where was the ball carrying press breaking pass master. Can’t cut it against Brentford then what hope against better teams.

Crash Fistfight

Don’t trust Arteta’s judgement on any player TBH, so I never thought it was a good deal. Especially when we’ve got other areas of the pitch we could’ve spent money on. Burnt bridges with Saliba now, so we’ve not only wasted £50m on White, but are going to lose a shit-load on Saliba as well.

ClockEndRider

Absolutely no signs that Saliba was anything other than a piece of Sanllehi chicanery.

Frank

Funny thing is Saliba seems exactly what we need, like a bigger more physical White who’s good in the air, yet we loan him out and spend 50m on White….

The Arsenal

and then complain that we cant score goals even thats been a problem your entire tenure. But You have brought Nothing but shit Cbs and still have 3 shit RBS on the books. Arteta is trash.

Homer

Thats not his remit tho.

Slow your roll there, sparky.

MikE

White excellent as right side of three at the back. Like he was at Brighton.

Homer

Utter tosh.

Homer

Rubbish. He played well.
Neither goal was his fault.

Henkamp

We’d probably NEVER be a serious club again until the Kroenke’s pack their fucking bags. What a useless owner we have got ouselves

Ferggoon

Who would down vote kroenke out? That is obviously desirable

goongot

#artetaout.

guys not kidding, if we want europe nxt season. we need to get edu and arteta out of this club as soon as possible.

xhaka being xtended, and we gona bring odegaard – who with all due respect is an current arsenal level player.

We being managed badly. Its gng to be a long season.

mashkeyboardgetusername

I disagree with “as soon as possible” – going into the remainder of the transfer window with no manager and no director of football would be madness. I mean, who’d be identifying the players the team needs in that situation, Josh Kroenke? But once the window’s closed, if things haven’t improved then I fully agree that they’re on very thin ice.

Gunnergetback

And who comes in to replace them?

Kostas

Big Sam 🙁

Qwaliteee

Someone who isn’t Kroenke, Edu or Arteta.

Reality check

Not sure what tactics he plays tbh, isolates our forwards dead and makes Tierney our number 10. May be we should accept that Arteta is out of his depth here..

I wonder who makes the footballing decisions at Arsenal? Whose idea was to appoint edu and Arteta who’ve never manager a club at any level in their life..

Der32

It was the Holy Trinity of Raul, Ivan & the Kroenkes.

Reality check

Kroenkes don’t know sh!t, they know nothing about football apart from maybe when someone scores. I think Ivan had already left and Raul wouldn’t really pick his own replacement. I am just wondering who’s the football man in the boardroom. Who will pull the plug on edu or Arteta and has the knowledge and contacts to bring someone more competent in. Who is higher than Edu and if there’s one then what does he/she know about football. Absolutely clueless whoever that is.. no amount of money will change anything. Arteta is not the man. He hasn’t improved a single player… Read more »

Fabulous

Exactly. Glad somebody else sees that too.

rhal

They clearly had no idea other than “let’s get previously liked players to shield our decision-making process”. If it worked with Wenger, how badly could it get after the terrible mistake that was Emery?

Well, now we’re seeing how badly…

Give youth a chance

Get the excuses out the way early: First game of the season rust, injury and illness affected squad, playing a team full of confidence…

That was still a dreadful performance, particularly in the first half. The only players to come out of that with any credit were ESR, Tierney and Saka

truj

Do not forget that handbrake!

Crash Fistfight

Saka did the square root of fuck all when he came on. Not that I blame him, I just find people decide how players played based on their own preconceptions.

Teta's cult of personality

You tell your fellow Gooners over and over again that we’re not getting anywhere with this manager. Yet they still expect a miraculous turnaround. 2.5 months of pre-season and we’re still passing it to Tierney for chance creation. We would still have lost this game with Lacazette and Auba available.

Flash

“poor man’s Pep” – Spot on!

or Pep without the billions of City, without the german mega-machine Bayern, or without the genius of Iniesta, Xavi and Messi.

And the funny thing is: when Arteta gave up this tiki-taka mania – We/He won the FA cup and the Community Shield…

Fabulous

Spot on.

Reality check

Mate, he’s not even a poor man’s Moyes atm. Moyes is doing much better with a worse squad..

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

A poor man’s Juande Ramos, then?

Henkamp

I honestly wouldn’t even trust Arteta with billions. How have we spent 50M on White and refusing to spend 25M to get a creative midfielder like Auoar?

Thank the heavens they pulled out of the Ramsdale deal. That would have been more money wasted.

The Arsenal

Pep at least coached a b team or two before he got the Barca job.

Morten

I would take 8th place any day, because this team can just as well get 18th place!

Fabulous

Haha. My heart can only take so much.

Gunner up north

I’m thinking 8th might be a bit optimistic

Mark

We will be lucky to get 8th the way things are looking with the transfer business (or lack of it) that we’ve done.

Stonroy

Appointing a coach who has never been the head coach ever before…anywhere, tells you that the powers that be no fu** all about football and our club.

Batistuita

This is the first ever arsenal match without positives, one conclusion I’ve made from this game is coaching is holding arsenal back and not about signings, if we played a City or Chelsea and lost, I would have gone for the latter, but Brentford just proved that arteta is a liability rather than an asset, at best he’s a youth team coach, since becoming arsenal coach (1)No football Identity (2)Poor game plan and tactics, (3) Poor player development (4) Poor player purchase. Tell me which player have developed under him, very very negative football… He’s reaction said it all, that… Read more »

RedHotHornBlower

Wow, you really are fabulous. What a caller you are. Would you call me a taxi while you’re at it.

IamaGoober

Can I just ask… how did you not see that coming? The only reason I am not fucking absolutely raging right now is down to the fact I saw this result coming a mile away. Our entire preseason we played with that same lack of creativity and lack of potency. This is Arteta — it’s how he plays at the moment, because he’s a hugely inexperienced manager. So much so, I’d even argue the Championship is too difficult for him. It’s not his fault anymore, it’s the incompetency above him that couldn’t tell he should’ve been moved on in November… Read more »

Prakhar

Arteta or tactics are not the problem. Its the absence of chance creators.
Smith Rowe is not a high volume through ball chance creator. He is a link-up guy. We have no chance creator in our team.
We actually need two players who create. One starter, and one 10-15M young player to deputise and grow. From zero, to two creative players in the squad. This team is a chore to watch. Arsene wouldn’t give us DM safety but the football was always exciting. This is worse.

Nzini

Out of curiosity would you call Ozil a chance creator then?

Prakhar

Yes, amongst the elite chance creators. But the game left him behind and he couldn’t adapt to the modern game. Ozil is not impressing in Turkey right now, and neither would have worked here anymore.

Omash

Thanks Aterta for the attempt. Wish you the best.

Batistuita

“leaving arsenal is such a big step”

How have the mighty fallen
The other P.L clubs would have been laughing at this match, arsenal have become a laughing stock, can DStv please refund my subscription money?

Teta's cult of personality

How did you manage to reverse what he meant🤣🤣🤣

Cheerio

We play like two different teams combined; and they’re both mid table..

Gooneron

You are being too generous

Atom

We have decent talent in a lot of areas, but our tactics are just so poor. We looked like the freshly promoted side while Brentford had a clear plan to put us under pressure & counter. We dominate possession but do so little with it.

Frank

My thoughts exactly. Like it was said in commentary ESR and Tierney didn’t deserve to be on the losing side, and a few of our other players has decent games like Lakonga, but we just don’t seem to be able to string it together into an effective performance. So few real chances. Brentford seemed to do so much more with the ball when they had it and make it so much more difficult for us when they didn’t than we did to them. We’ve got decent players, they’re not individually playing horrendously, but we just never looked effective

Ugh

Its pretty clear the team doesn’t have the quality to dominate possession and break down a deep, organized defense. To be fair, that’s hard for any team, but this team doesn’t seem to have a plan.

Maybe sit deeper and counter. Of course, the way we defend and play out from the back makes me shudder at the thought.

Henkamp

Lol. And to think our fucking technical director is gallivanting all around the place when he should be fixing things.

I know, he should have his alone time. But I don’t see key decision makers of other clubs gallivanting all over the place at a crucial time like this.

We really are not a serious club at the moment.

A club owned by a clown and led by clowns.

Eric Blair

I think this is the point, we are not a serious club anymore.

The owners are only there for the investment, the players and their agents only for the easy money, the management for their own egos.

The club appears to be run by agents out to fill their pockets and rotate their ‘stock’ around top division clubs.

Wenger famously refused to deal with these parasites, and because of this we missed out on signing several players. But we were then a club with dignity, now we’re an empty shell.

Tony 2

Send in the clowns..oh..they’re already here

Gooner for life

We are very good at making the opponent look good. The only thing missing from the defense today was Mustafi. Also, I miss Wenger.

karl

You can only dream of that 4th place trophy!

BongoGooner

Wait but mari played

Arslet

But we replaced Mustafi. We got Mari now.

Kaze

What is even worse; we replaced Sokratis, a very limited player who at least could defend, with Mari, who is a very limited player, but at least can not defend. Best deal ever.

Crash Fistfight

The English Mustafi was there.

Badaab

odds on arteta being the first manager sacked this year?

abysmal performance; no tactics; no organization; no preparation; no plan

Fabulous

Amen to that. Our biggest threat was Kieran Tierney, absolutely abysmal. If I see 5 or more passes being strung around our back 5 again I’ll lose my f*cking mind.

Arsenalista

I absolutely agree, what other team constantly passes around the back? all the while we let the opposition regroup. We do it over and over again, it’s absolutely insane and infuriating to watch. I really wanted it to work for Arteta but we’ve had a horrible pre season and we probably won’t even make top ten. From the last two to three years of the wenger reign we have done worse year after year, we keep dropping down positions every year. I predict 11th position sadly 😥

Maniac

But you see we didn’t get to fly to Miami so it wasn’t a proper pre-season. Let’s give him another year.

Hank Scorpio

Not with KSE running the show.

Badaab

they own 3 of the sports teams in my area, i know how awful they are at basically everything when it comes to sports management- always after a quick fix instead of addressing substantive problems (just like american corporations are run) and building a structure for success.

Hank Scorpio

They keep pouring money in but have fools running the show. I guess as long as it’s profitable they just don’t care.

Cygan’sbaldspot

Arteta out

spinner

Yep, first time I’ve agreed with this but he’s not up to the task. When did Arsenal become a club that rookie managers cut their teeth? How low have we sunk?

Twatsloch

Everyone out! This club needs an enema!

Tomaury Bischfeld

A full on Kroenkenoscopy

Jack

The highlight of the game was having 3 RBs on the bench and then bringing on a LB as RB

Kareem Mohamed

Yea, I realised the same thing.
Wonder if this was sending a message to Bellerin and his agent…

ClockEndRider

Would have been better to have sent a message to the fans by having someone start at right back who is capable of playing there.

Thessaloniki

¡jajaja! But Cedric is a specialist, we need a team of specialists.

Tumang

Thumbs up for Artena in…

Torterrier

I’d give Artena a shot, can’t do much worse than Arteta

Der32

Artena sounds like a vaccine. Arteta sounds like a loser right now. Thanks for the FA Cup trophy but it seems you’ve hit a ceiling. Time to go.

Awimb

More like a mish mash of ayrton senna

Badaab

we could have zidane by monday!

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Name a manager that can do anything with the shit we have.
Mari, Chambers, Pepe, Xhaka, Nelson, plus those that we didn’t see today are just not good enough.

Enjoy the season guys

入肉肏

You think Brentford have superior players?

Corona X

There are 19 other managers in the PL who could do a better job with the players we have.

Jezzaj88

any coincidence every player that leaves arsenal becomes a superstar? Players might be looking bad but its the setup and how they are managed IMO

Qwaliteee

It’s not the players, it’s the way they’re being ordered to play by the manager.

Most of these guys are internationals, a good many of them full internationals.

They didn’t get to become full internationals playing for Mikel Arteta.

Mick Malthouse

Just shit.

Fuzz

Might be nearly time for Edu to finish his holiday and get some frickin work done

Arslet

I wouldn’t mind giving Edu a extended leave of absence.

Qwaliteee

Yeah. Permanently.

Gooner Chopra

Edu’s position is becoming untenable. We need a proper and established football director. Arteta has not been great, but you haven’t given him enough new players. We are playing with essentially the same team as last season.

Aitcho

And they’re even worse now. Isn’t anyone coaching them?

Qwaliteee

Fucking embarrassing.

ARTETA OUT.

ObiKing

Majority of the fans on this platform hounded you last season.

Homer

Right. Because qeualitee is a douche.

Gunner up north

The main problem is the lack of accountability at the top level. The owners don’t care if this team wins or loses as long as the money keeps rolling in. Hate to say it but Chelsea are a perfect example of an owner actually giving a shit about the club, along with the likes of Man City, owners who care more about the honours than the dollars. Now Villa and Everton are heading in the same direction, more competition for us. The likes of Arteta, Edu and Vinai know their jobs are safe because they don’t really have anybody to… Read more »

Qwaliteee

You’re preaching to the converted. I’ve wanted Kroenke gone for a decade and Arteta gone for a year.

karl

Arteta sent Saliba away and bought a short centre back. Then we get bullied in the air and lose £50m when we needed a creative player. Mikel has already spent a fortune since he took over and we are definitely worse.

I’ve seen enough of budget City triangles and pre-planned slow manoeuvres that don’t bother the opposition. How much more do we have to watch?

Maniac

I’d guess a full season at least. Unless we are literally flirting with relegation at any point past Christmas (which is possible since we are safely on track for 0 points by the international break by my estimations), they just won’t fire him. Spineless owners who really couldn’t care less about the club.

Der32

We don’t play triangles. More like sideways and backways. No through balls ever. Always making the safe pass to the wing backs for a cross. Even idiots know how to defend against this monotone pattern. When we’re behind we do the same thing still, only faster.

AFL

Arteta made us weaker with every transfer window and the football we play is boring.
We are in decline ever since he has taken over. Just have a look. The best footbal Arsenal played under Arteta was december 19/ january 20. Before he was promoted manager.
We want get anywhere near 8 spot with him in charge. We may lack real quality in few positions but even average manager would have tthese players plaxing better and more attractive footbal.
ARTETA OUT!

Gamblah

Sad we will see more games like this before action is taken

Bob's Mexican Cousin

ArtetaOut

Merlin’s Panini

Knew this was gonna be tough and it proved to be.
We will be bottom of the league after three games. I’m already done with this season, in record time.

入肉肏

All you guys need is to adjust your expectations. I now watch Arsenal games as clown shows. Trust me you’ll feel better. I especially enjoy the second goal. Although I must admit our short corner routines are not far behind that

charvakan

We’re already bottom of the league, so we’ve exceeded your expectations.

davorsuker

The amount of potential in this young team is endless.
Now I only want to see it being utilized by the right man which is clearly not Mikel…

Lion

Some of these young kids are overrated. Martineli is on top of that list. Extremely disorganized footballer. Balogun is another overated dude. He needs to organize his skills. Lokonga is pretty organized though. I can see in him what we thought we had in guendouzi. And why can’t arsenal just sign forwards. We are extremely needy. Unfortunately the sick duo of aubameyang and lacazete can’t save us.

Qwaliteee

It’s not the players. It’s the way they’re being asked to play.

One of these days the penny will finally drop…..

Assshavin

Spending 50 mil on ben white, when there are clearly bigger issues in this team. Arteta getting fired will be completely his own doing.

Crash Fistfight

And when we get bullied in the air by teams lumping it into the box.

Gunner Thesaurus

No particular method of playing? No verticality? No chance creation from the center? Just the LB making crosses and cutting back relentlessly?

This looks like Emery. This feels like Emery.

karl

I think the down votes are because it was more entertaining with Emery and he won more matches:-)

Badaab

at least the press conferences with emery were fun

Glen Helders Left Foot

Emery lost the Europa cup final,scored a few goals and finished 5th, miles ahead of this lego headed sham

The Arsenal

Emery beat us not to long ago with an inferior team and just gave Chelsea a real good game. Also finished 5th and got to the Europa league final. Better than anything Arteta achieved. Fa cup was a stroke of luck aided by Martinez who he decided to sell and the last greatness we saw off Auba.

Hank Scorpio

I remember when people used to bemoan the fact that we did that but with Kolasinac instead. We’re right back there now.

Tommy Gunner

I refuse to let Arsenal ruin my weekends 🙂. We are dross, and I’m learning to live with it!

StuArse

Same here. I used to lie awake all night feeling angry, but think I’ll sleep fine tonight.

Mentalista

Arteta’s helped me immensely with not letting Arsenal affect my mood. Win or lose we play like shit anyway.

Laudgunner

Speechless. We had all summer for this!!!!!!

YoungGun

Positives. The all or nothing series gonna be funny. That midfield looks so boring I swear. No excitement. I don’t see a team looking at us and be scared one bit. And that bench strength…

Wardy

Oh right, yeah that could be a blast, imagine if he’s sacked while they’re filming it…

Teta's cult of personality

They’ll just minimise his camera time just like they did Pochettino

Sheldon

Mari and Chambers are not good enough.

入肉肏

To play against Brentford?

Morrisey fan #1

To play for Arsenal. They were dire.

Hank Scorpio

So was White. Totally bossed by Toney.

Torterrier

I really like Sambi

Mentalista

First start and he’s our best player. He’s probably already looking for a way out of this.

Morrisey fan #1

KT was clearly our best player.

A.Bischoff

I thought we had got ourselves the next Santi Cazorla on Dani Ceballos’ first game too.

The Arsenal

A real good player in there only going ot be dragged down byu the trash beside him. Players used to grow up at he heels of Vieira, Fabregas and even Cazorla. Now They have Granit and Elneny.

Hail Gus!

I didn’t expect anything else. Sorry to say it.

Jai

Arteta has been an absolute disaster from the very start- make no mistake about it. Forget a flukey FA Cup win, the league is what matters and he’s simply shocking. 2 years and we still have no coherent style and our attack is non-existent. He’s been with Pep for years yet he’s the most negative manager I’ve seen at Arsenal, even Emery wasn’t this bad. Get rid of this clown, we have no loyalty towards him, he’s not legend, just a mediocre player for us and a mediocre manager.

Jai

This is a coach who is apparently excellent tactically, yet I’ve never seen Arsenal so poorly coached in all my years supporting them as they are under Arteta. We’re a club with a limited budget but apparently this guy needs money to succeed? What’s the point in hiring a novice then if he needs a fortune of money?

Thessaloniki

Dear Arsenal Fan: for your health’s sake get some other hobbies (have you tried playing the guitar), talk to your family, get a pet, go for long nature walks. This is going to be a very testing season.

Announce Bendtner

Feel like there should be 90 minute hobbies for Arsenal fans arranged on match days.

How about we all just knit or paint. It’ll be more appealing than the sideways football. Who knows, we may even sell a painting before the players Edu is trying to sell.

StuArse

Might take up gardening. Probably more interesting.

Andy

Talk to my family? Things are bad, but not that bad.

Mootilated

Absolutely fantastic start from the boys this season! So glad we learned our lessons, bought 900 centre backs and have them defend from set pieces properly. Fantastic.

Chelsea and City next and we will absolutely crush them! That midfield was so good, we really controlled the game with the new youngsters. Champions League next season and maybe even the treble??? Looks like it!! Amazing!

Der32

Love this

Arslet

I was watching a spider weave a web marvelling at the brilliance and tenacity of the tiny creature. What remarkable creatures they are.

Redsy

Years ago I seem to remember everyone bemoaning the fact we couldn’t get our transfer business done before the season started it was after the trashing at Old Trafford and we had just bought arteta etc.

Here we are again starting the season probably 9 points behind the leaders after 3 games and what we do the second half of the season won’t make any more difference then it did last season.

I honestly feel like a Newcastle supporter and krone is the USA version of Mike Ashley.

loose_cannon

To be fair to Newcastle, they needed a dynamic, goal scoring midfielder and signed Joe Willock. We also needed a dynamic, goal scoring midfielder and we… erm.. sold Joe Willock??

Twatsloch

Christ how shit this is! I’m paying 40 quid a month to watch this feeble bollocks until May? Thank fuck I get Bundesliga, movies and series with my package because Arsenal are a TOTAL waste of mine and everyone else’s time.

loose_cannon

Don’t worry lads, we’ll pick up points in our next two games against *checks notes* Chelsea and City!

Wake me when it’s over….

The Arsenal

Depending on the manner of the defeats, Arteta could be gone earlier than expected.

Teta's cult of personality

Arteta is the Teflon Don of football. It will take more than three consecutive defeats for the board to send him walking.

Javoroncov

Should stop all the transfers now. At least save some funds for the next manager.

Der32

It’s Kroenke’s money anyway, I stopped caring.

StockholmGooner

how the fk does auba and laca manage to pull a sickie together on the day of?

Unfit.. It’s the same team but a bit worse.

sambi showed some glances of… .. uh we need a right back an ödegaard a.. oh wait no i’m too mentally fractured to .. confused. I’m broken. This is total arse.

Sure there’s another VAR decision or indecision that will get overlooked, but what’s it matter 1-0 2-0,. we were still nilled.

StockholmGooner

I think I’ll give it until the end of the season to make sense of it all.
Only then will I know what happened. Until such time I will ostrich my brain and emotions because this is not worth my mental health.

The Arsenal

is your name reference to the place or the syndrome.

Bertieme

Covid

StockholmGooner

How do they manage.. Where are the precautions. How come they aren’t vaccinated anyhow? I don’t understand anything..

Dom47

I had expected us to lose. They are pumped, positive, just enjoying playing football, at home. In PL after how many years, 50? And we are a shambles, on and off the pitch. With no plan, heart or any idea who we are or where we wanna go. It comes from the owners and then to the management of the club, then to Mikel, who has shown he is not the guy for us. And I was over the moon when he came. He is also just a day younger than me, I loved him on so many versions of… Read more »

Santibaby

Was at the match tonight sitting in Brentford seats, courtesy of a friend. It was one of the most painful nights I can remember, sitting among fans who have every reason to feel positive about their team. They bossed it for most of the first half and even though we played better early in the second half we couldn’t deal with their forays into our area. They are ruthlessly efficient and we are a mess. Lots of individual talent. No cohesion from us. Arteta is out of his depth.

Fatgooner

New season, same old shit.

This is what happens when you fail to address deep-rooted problems.

We’ll finish outside the top six again.

Arteta, Stan and Josh out now!

Hail Gus!

And Edu!

Fatgooner

👍

Crash Fistfight

Yep, director of football who lets the manager make decisions for him. The only reason we got those relatively cheap deals for Lokonga and Tavares was because Thierry Henry and Vincent Kompany recommended Lokonga and Tavares has links to Jorge Mendes. Only knows how to use his little black book.

The Arsenal

We look Worse. Others below us look better. We will finish lower than 8th.

Kareem Mohamed

“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Mikel Arteta and his coaching team. Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Mikel and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Mikel and his team nothing but future success.” The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. We have asked Per… Read more »

Crash Fistfight

The truest thing about this is that rather than talking to someone ahead of time, they’ll have nobody lined up for when he inevitably does get sacked, and there will be no coaches left to take control of the team.

Truther

Do you put a newly promoted team on the back foot from the start by playing your best (international) forward, or offer them up a complete tyro (zero league goals; ditto starts)?

Do you buy a central defender who can take a few steps forward before releasing a pass, or one who might win the odd header against a centre forward?

Laudgunner

Look, a better manager could still win or draw with this team! Arteta is clueless

Simon

100% agree. The players are on the whole so much better than the oppositions. So it must be how they are managed.

Trisha

Beaten by Brentford, friggin Brentford.

Twatsloch

Why disrespect them? Did you see how we played? Did you pay any attention to them? Of course they won. They deserved it!

crapaud

I forsee a Yazz song title for tomorrow’s blog

Mentalista

Totally irrelevant but how the fuck wasn’t that a foul on Leno? We had 5 clear camera angles.

Announce Bendtner

Not even a mention from commentators. Clearly not part of their narrative tonight that VAR/ Refereeing is going to be better

Vonnie

Because it’s Arsenal, like the foul on Balogun that should’ve been a pen. Brentford and their fans are carrying on like they’ve won the fucking Champions League, and we allowed them to do that.

Qwaliteee

Fair play to them. They took us on and ripped us a new one.

We didn’t lose because of the ref. We lost because we are utter shit.

This club is being run by an owner who doesn’t give a shit, a technical director who wants to spend his life on the beach and a manager out of his depth and intent on boring us all to death with LEGOball.

Brentford’s joy is neither here nor there.

Yorkshire Gooner