If football is meant to entertain, lift the spirits and make us happy then watching Arsenal beat PSG in Singapore on a Serbian stream while sitting on my sofa in London ticked all of those boxes.
It was good fun wasn’t it? Something new is happening, it may not be the much talked about high press, well not yet anyway, but there is something. Maybe there is a new found determination, maybe there is a new found freedom I can’t quite put my finger on it yet. It’s like Unai Emery has added oil to where oil was lacking and the whole thing seems to be flowing much smoother.
The format followed that of Atletico: there were three parts to it. In the first 60 minutes UE played a sort of serious team, this gave way to half a dozen changes for what seemed like giving certain players game time and then the third part in which the remaining academy players got a run out.
There is no doubt that up front we have an abundance of riches — and we have Iwobi. Özil was playing with a smile on his face as wide as the Bosphorus; that would be the same Özil that was playing with the body language of a dead frog only a month ago. (That description makes me howl) His goal was superbly taken.
Taken that is from a beautifully weighted pass from Aubameyang who was (if I am not mistaken) playing out on the right this time. Mkhitaryan looked as classy as ever and all this without Lacazzette who not only turned up in the second half looking as fit as a butchers dog he had sharpened his shooting boots as well. Two really good goals, the first being the peach of the pair which I had to watch at least five times to see just how he had made Buffon look — well silly.
Guendouzi was the standout, I am afraid to say it but I think he has made Elneny redundant already. Xhaka with a Side Show Bob hair do? The young Frenchman seemed to be everywhere and he is never going to be accused of not wanting the ball. There was a touch of show boating in the Atletico game which had vanished this time againsd PSG after what must have been a stern word in the ear.
Hector looked sharp; in fact the whole squad looked hot damn fit and ready to go. Kolasinac was left wanting for pace when conceding a penalty; he is surely only filling in for Monreal who himself is just filling in for what must almost certainly be the next heavy weight signing. No offence Nacho, love you to bits, it’s an age thing but fear not there is will be a role for you for quite some time just look at Lichtsteiner.
Goalkeeper looked ok; he made one clearance that we nearly scored from which I was impressed with. Good to see Eddie get on the score sheet again.
Yeah, all in all a fun day’s viewing and looking forward to the Chelsea game.
Written by LB
“Esprit de corps”. And goals for Micky!
Before I tuck into the LB, I do think it’s worth pointing out a statistical fact.
If you ignore the Atletico result, then Emery’s Arsenal are averaging 6.5 goals every single game.
pee off didit, ignore inconvenient data, how typical of you
shall we also ignore the fact that PSG played completely unknown or semi retired team?
vs Atletico Madrid – Ramsey captain
vs PSG – Ozil captain
Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he wants “five captains” in his team as he tries to find the “best personalities” in his dressing room.
The Spaniard, who took over from Arsene Wenger in May, said Laurent Koscielny would remain his “first captain”.
“My idea is to know every player and to know, also, the personality of the players,” said Emery, 43.
“We want to keep the respect for these players, to find the captain and choose very well the best player for that.”
France centre-back Koscielny, 32, is expected to be out until December with a ruptured Achilles tendon, which led to him missing this summer’s World Cup.
Full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, one of Emery’s five summer signings, captained Switzerland in Russia this summer.
“My first idea is to have five captains in the team,” Emery added. “But at the moment, I don’t know the names.
“We are looking at who are the players whose personality is the best in the dressing room.”
“If football is meant to entertain, lift the spirits and make us happy”……YES, YES and exactly.
We’ll leave the 1-0’s to Eddie and feast on goals and exciting footballers. Thanks for great right up and I must try this Serbian stream and sofa combo 🙂
interestingly enough there were discussions on the radio yesterday how to make the games more exciting. A participating retired goalie was asked if he realised that if he let 3 or 4 goals in instead of 1 the game would have been much more exciting, fast, agressive…better. He didn’t answer, he knew the likes of him spoil games
You can twist the facts all you like, and however much you try to undermine the PSG result, you cannot deny we put 8 past a full strength Boreham Wood (hardly Staines or Bracknell FC level opposition)
I don’t wish for every game ending in 1 nil to the Arsenal. All I am saying is that in some games we have to do what we have to do, simple. you wanna be a self righteous pedantic purist, go ahead and try to outplay city next month
oh feck off you 🙂 🙂
“self righteous pedantic purist” ha ha ha
you know damn well I’ll take that title all day every day 🙂
i was previously assigned to chas, but he has changed lately, sad…
Very excited when I saw the team sheets as it appeared we were starting with two deep mids in Guendouzi and Elneny
Then Mesut, Mikhi, Alex and Auba
I thought “perfect”. Auba in his best position with Mesut in his also, then I hear Auba played wide right!!!!
Can anyone who knows what they’re talking about tell me how we set up as I am piecing things together from very shory vid clips?
I am joking, I am delighted that the team won, that they show desire and enthusiasm. I think that maxwell yesterday was right – PEA never stops smiling, it is infectious.
mind you, he has plenty to smile about – best boutiques in the world, nightclubs, shops selling real fur, fastest cars – all withing 10 miles from his home
purist – does it really matter why Auba played wide right or left??!! we won. full stop.
tuchel is a twat “When asked whether he thought PSG missed some of their better-known players against the Gunners, he responded: “Yes, clearly,” adding: “I think they [Arsenal] are playing in the Europa League this season, right?”
Great report LB. I’m also really excited about the way UE has started. It wasn’t difficult to identify where our problems lay … but he has been confidant and decisive and that ethos seems already to be lifting the team.
Didn’t see the game as was at an all dayer in Tufnell Park, so your first hand experience is great to read.
The mood at the club seems excellent at the moment. 😊
Watch out Chas, if Eddie is ever assigned to you again.
As wide as the Bosphorus….
A Sultan of Soccer.
Quality Chas… I is amased
that’s seriously clever.
They (Doodle Chaos) made other similar vids, great stuff