Wolves Arsenal – Player Ratings

Four at the back with Mustafi and Kolasinac moving to the bench. Our strongest double pivot and wing attackers who will be required to add to the midfield too. Mesut sat in behind Laca. Sounds a promising line up from Senor Emery.

First Half

We had three times the amount of possession and passes of Wolves but they scored the three goals.

Second Half

We had a couple of decent chances before Papa scored a close range header from a corner. The 4th goal from 4 efforts on target in the whole game.

AP

Conclusion

More garbage. Palace gave us a clue what to expect.

I blame Venga for instilling a culture of possession for its own sake. (This is meant to be irony)

Heaven knows how we can turn this around for the Europa semi?

Maybe beat Leicester on Sunday?

Ratings

Can’t be arsed – 5 for everyone including subs and manager?

OK, maybe too generous – all 4s or all 3s?

What do you think?

Maybe a 1 for the manager who has singularly failed to improve both the defence and our away form from last season.

p.s. an extra point or two for Nketiah who at least looked like he had some spark when he came on for the last twenty.

Ref

Stuart Attwell – can’t even blame that knobhead for this one.

chas

57 Responses to Wolves Arsenal – Player Ratings

  1. Gööner In Exile says:

    Chas the Stuart Attwell line alone makes this a worthy post.

    Disappointing that with dropped points by our Top 4 contenders over last weekend we had a chance with two winnable games to put ourselves in the driving seat and we managed to muster up two shit shows of a performance in winnable games.

    Wolves have been great this season so it wasn’t going to be easy, but given the pelters United were getting after their defeat to Everton it’s hard to see how we deserve different.

    I get what FGG was saying last night listening to Sounness and Keane about leaders but something they did say about basics was spot on.

    Neville : the runs they make all day make it difficult
    Keane : the runs don’t matter they don’t hurt you the ball hurts you win the ball pressure the ball

    As Shankly said football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better.

  2. Sue says:

    Once again, another lacklustre away performance! What on earth is wrong with our team? I dread away games, expect to lose & wonder how many we’ll concede! I shouldn’t have to feel like that – this is the mighty Arsenal FC we’re talking about, not bloody Oxford United!!
    When the going gets tough, the team go AWOL.. I mean where’s the pride in themselves , the club & pulling that shirt on & playing for that badge! It’s almost like they admit defeat, don’t care, as long as their money goes in their account, it’s fine! If I was UE, I would be throwing the book at them, as well as the hairdryer & even the pizza!! This is not acceptable & the sooner they realise this, the better! AFC is my passion, I’ll defend them until I’m blue in the face, but tbh I don’t know what to say anymore, think I’ll just have to admit to myself & others that we’re not that good anymore & have too many bang average players 😔 all I ever want to see is a decent game of football – so will probably have to tune in (Yes RA with my finger!) to watch Man City 😫😭 gutted….

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Thanks Chas.

    I can’t go through the day in a negative frame of mind, so I will ignore last night’s 75 mins horror show and concentrate upon the positives.

    I didn’t expect us to be ahead of MU and only 3 points behind Spurs at this point of the season.

    I expected us to have a transition year with Emery finding his feet; that he has kept us in contention whilst learning about his squad is a testament to our new manager’s quality.

    We have to buy in summer. More importantly, we have to ship out some players which ,given the level of wages AFC pay, will prove difficult.

  4. Big Raddy says:

    Sue. We do have decent players, they are just inconsistent.

    In the first 15 minutes we played some wonderful, intricate passing football – Ozil was at the heart, Iwobi looking dangerous, our FB’s were overlapping etc. They scored and it all went tits up.

  5. RA says:

    Morning People,

    Had an awful lot of disappointing team displays over the past 12 years or so, and there seems to be no end to it.

    Raddy I can see what you mean that we do have some decent players, because they can play some good attacking play — on occasions.

    For me that is not good enough – and never has been.

    Players at the top of their profession are judged by what they achieve – their success in winning major trophies. This lot are as far from that as ever, and if that is because other clubs are spending money on buying the best players (which they are) then we have to have owners prepared tom do the same thing – and the chances of that happening are negligible.

    If we lower our expectations and settle for being a game little club struggling to be the best of the rest, then the players we have are OK.

    For me that sucks.

    [Good comment, Sue, @7:03 and I agree with you.]

  6. Sue says:

    That’s always the way though BR… play well, concede, then we’re chasing the game & it doesn’t usually end well does it?
    Yes some of our players are decent, but there are about 4 or 5 I would not lose any sleep over if they were to be sold!
    For the money they earn each week & being called a professional, I don’t expect them to be inconsistent! I want them to give their all for the whole 90 minutes… that never give up attitude, but how often do we see that?
    I’m sorry, I’m in a bad mood – 2 losses in a week is hard to take!

  7. fatgingergooner says:

    Have to agree about the inconsistency. The players aren’t bad players, they just don’t do it often enough. It must be so frustrating for the manager as well because you lose trust in the players if you don’t know what performance you are going to get from them.

    There is obviously some sort of mental blank which has carried over from last season in regards to put away form. I’m not sure what’s happening but the players concede a goal and it’s game over. Even when in front against the 10 of Watford we looked really panicked. I dread to think what would’ve happened had Napoli actually scored an early goal against us in that 2nd leg.

    I can sort of forgive the last couple of performances as we’ve played a lot recently and I think the Napoli games took so much out of the team (including Ramsey who has been our driving force in the last few months). The players who needed to come in and give the starters a rest just aren’t up to the desired standard and that’s part of our downfall. I don’t expect much now from the remaining PL games as it’s been a long season and the team don’t look to have the energy to get us over that line, however, I do believe that the excitement of winning a trophy will be enough to push the players through 2 and hopefully 3 more EL games.

    All we need is consistency and better quality. It’s so easy! 😂

  8. RA says:

    A special thanks to you, Chas, for having the courage to write a Post after that.

    I have to say I did not see the game, or any highlights, other than the Wolves goals.

    The shot that Leno let thru (for their second goal?) did not look too good. I was hoping he would start to show he was a top Keeper, by now, but …….

    Perhaps not the best time to judge him, as playing behind that defence would make any Keeper lack confidence.

    Thanks again, Chas.

  9. Sue says:

    FGG… can you imagine Barcelona fans saying I don’t expect much from the last few league games? No neither can I! They play 90 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week.. yes I know they’re not robots, but they’re professionals at the top of their game! I don’t see why we should have to put up with this… being a gooner, I expect more….

  10. fatgingergooner says:

    Sue,

    They only have to play 45 minutes a game in that league as it’s usually 2 or 3 nil by then and then they just knock the ball around! I understand what you’re saying but I just don’t think we have the squad depth to play every 3 days and expect good performances every game.

  11. RA says:

    I totally agree with you again, Sue.

    There are two things that can be done, if Arsenal really want to get back to being a top team,

    (1) Sell those players who are simply not up to being the quality needed for top team football, and,
    (2) Buy quality replacements for them.

    There are however certain obstacles to doing both those things,

    (a) Selling:
    Arsenal paid a lot of money for many of the players that want to sell, and/or paid them ridiculously high salaries.
    As in the case of Mustafi, for example, Arsenal have been trying to sell him for the past two summer transfer windows, and there have been no takers as Arsenal want to recoup their money, (fat chance) and he won’t lower his salary requirement understandably).
    We will no doubt find similar problems next summer.
    So we will need to bite the bullet and make distress sales, as they are called, and get what’s offered to get rid.

    (b) Buying:

    I have addressed this many times before, but we need to offer the market rate for top quality players, and pay market rate salaries too.

    In addition, clubs like Chelsea and Manure will want to get back to the top, too (and Barca/Real are always creaming off the top players) so competition for defenders and midfielders is going to increase, and they are prepared to pay what is necessary.

    Experience shows we are unlikely to do any such thing. Swapping Mustafi et al for similar quality players will not change the situation at all.

    We are buggered, unless there is a fairy with a magic wand prepared to take us on. 😜

  12. fatgingergooner says:

    I think this has been a successful first season under Emery. We’ve made some decent signings in Torreira, Sokratis, Geundouzi and Leno. We’ve had improvement from the likes of AMN, Kolasinac, Bellerin (before his injury), Holding (before his injury), Koscielny, Xhaka. We look to be getting some sort of identity to our play with the pressing and control of the ball (bit difficult to accept given the last few performances but we have seen it). We’ve been competitive against the big teams for the most part and we’ve excelled in Europe whilst still maintaining a top 4 challenge (far more than I, and I guess many others expected).

    No doubt the away form need to be addressed. I think our attacking midfielders have all in all been a let down this season (except the one player who is leaving!). We’ve lacked real consistency at crucial times, and we still haven’t addressed the issue of squad depth. So still plenty of work to be done, but if someone had offered this at the beginning of the season I’d have taken it given how poor we had been the last 2 years.

    On the transfer front there is lots of work to be done, and as RA mentioned it doesn’t look great, but we’ve been in the same position for the last few years and managed to make some solid additions. All we can go by is Emery’s first transfer window and I think you have to call it a successful one. Hopefully he can do the same in the summer.

  13. iddi amin apangu says:

    Its only kroenke who can turn this around by diging in his pocket and put preasher on UE other wise Arsenal have to prepare them selves to be ready as a mid table club.

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Chas. It was very disappointing and it hurts to lose two games in a row. We just have to take it on the chin and try better in our next game. I like quality players who really care for the team: Leno, Kos, Sok, Nacho, Xhaka, Torreira, Laca, Iwobi and Mesut are all such players. AMN is getting there and Mkhi blows hot and cold. Wolves on the night were simply too good for our team and a lot of this was down to a mixture of fatigue and psychological factors, and there really is no need to get out the predictable hobby horse of ‘we need to spend more money on players’ etc (sorry RA). We lost a couple of battles and look wounded, but this is The Arsenal and Emery will have to plan carefully now and fight the right battles so we can still win the war.

    All to play for so let’s stay behind this team till the end of the season.

  15. LB says:

    A really good read, I know I should be focussing on the awful game but I do enjoy looking to see how you put your posts together after a loss, I could never do it, the only thing that ever came to mind was a tirade of expletives.

  16. Sue says:

    I’m with you on that RA… and don’t know when this nightmare will end! With Silent Stan at the helm & supposedly no money to spend (as it’s all under Stan’s mattress at his ranch, yes bloody big bed I know!) Paying way over the odds for average players, paying crazy wages.. no wonder they all want to stay at AFC! And no wonder we’re screwed!
    So just out of interest, where are you from?

    FGG maybe I shouldn’t have used Barca as an example, but you get the gist of what I meant!

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Over the last 24 months or so, the club sold nobody worth mentioning other than the Chilean Firecracker and Le Handsome and bought Laca, Auba, Tor, Sok, Mkhi and were able to hold on to Ozil. Can we really say that Arsenal are not spending enough or are the ‘tools’ just not used wisely enough? It is easy to say ‘just spend more and the silverware will come’ but it really is not like that anymore. Pool are where they are because they picked the right manager, gave him a decent budget and he got the best out of his squad. That is what Arsene used to do before he had to sell his best assets, and that is what I expect from Emery too.

  18. fatgingergooner says:

    Total,

    I have to agree. If we sort the contract farce out then we can only get better as far as I can see. Letting players like Ox, Sanchez and Ramsey run contracts down was always going to hold us back and if anything it’s taken us backwards a couple of years because we’ve had to replace them and that’s held up funds that could’ve been used to improve. Now that the situation is sorted we should be able to move forward again whilst using the funds we have to actually improve the squad rather than just plugging gaps. The last summer transfer window certainly strengthened us.

  19. RA says:

    Hi TA,

    Your comment is sensible and may prove to be the case.

    I understand your view is often different to mine on the transfer front, and the source of that is, whereas I agree on the need for players of quality, and who care, but I do not agree that all the players you mention have the required quality or care about anything but themselves.

    There is little point in disputing which current players meet Arsenal’s needs, or not, because the evidence is out there on the field for all to see, and that is confirmed by the results of not winning the Premier League for 15 years.

    Every club aspires to buy the best players available, even those clubs who have continually won the major competitions of the Premiership or the CL.

    They all strive to win these competitions, again, year after year, and rightly so, and do this by buying even better players when they can.

    They do that by using the transfer windows when they open, and picking the best players and paying what is necessary to get them, and paying the players the salaries they want.

    When you have a failing team, it is absolutely necessary to ruthlessly cull the players causing that failure.

    The best clubs/teams win competitions, and win the prize money and the increased sponsorship money, which they then invest in buying more of the quality players .

    The clubs with the weaker teams, who obviously do not win competitions, and spend minimal amounts in the transfer market, are doomed to endlessly repeat their discredited policy.

    The definition of footballing insanity is doing the same thing over and over, making the same mistakes, and expecting different results.

    Arsenal have been doing that for years, even allowing for the cost of the Emirates during that time.

    Sorry, TA, I wish it were different, but those who hide their heads in the sand to avoid facing reality are not doing themselves or the club any favours.

  20. RA says:

    Sue,

    I was born in Wichita, Kansas, just out of interest.

    Wichita was named after the indigenous plains Indians. 😎

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    RA, I respect your views too of course, and nothing in your latest comment surprised me one iota. I think you look at it too much in a one-dimensional way. Why for example have MU not won the league for a long time now, despite spending your sort of funds every season? Money plays a role, I can see that too of course, but we also need football and transfer nous, as per my example of Pool. Lots of money is also no longer a competitive advantage, at least in the PL; more is needed.

    As per my previous comment, we spent enough over the last two years but I am not sure whether we got the right man on the touchline. This will need a bit more time and I am holding back till the end of the year at least, but I am not convinced both from a tactical and player-development point of view.

  22. Sue says:

    Ooh RA… I just knew you had to be American, when you said “It sucks”
    I have to say, I love the American accent 😍😍 and could listen to it 24/7!!

  23. RA says:

    Sue,

    You little devil! 😁

  24. Sue says:

    Right so one more thing & my rant is over… going back to our “inconsistent” players… I wouldn’t get away with being inconsistent at work (work in a rehab hospital for the elderly)… the amount some of the team are on a week, is more than I’ll see in my lifetime (maybe I should have trained to be an accountant 😉😁)
    It just really winds me up, I work hard, feel like I’ve achieved something when I go home, give my all in every shift… I just wish my team would!
    AFC I love you, but boy you’re hard work!!!

  25. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cheers chas

    Terrible performance. Such a result brings back feelings of a neglected childhood and the lack of a Hornby Train set.

    In the old days one could find some amusement at our relative crapness, safe in the knowledge that when John Hawley missed a sitter in front of the North Bank you could years later have a laugh about it whilst he and his 13 year old son tarmacked your drive.

    is it time to give the youngsters a chance? And perhaps drive a white van accompanied by an underage worker?

  26. RA says:

    TA,

    You know that I do not have a didactic attitude towards football, and have always realised that I do not have all the answers to anything frankly.

    As I have often said, others may be correct in taking a diametrically opposite view to mine. And that’s still the case.

    Manu have gone through a number of managers since Sir Alex, and I could not say what the reasons are for their lack of success since he retired.
    I do not really care – just hope it continues. 😳

    Not sure your example regarding ‘Pool really holds up where ‘the budget’ is concerned.
    Klopp was appointed in 2015, and he is a very good, animated manager, but at first he struggled, with a small budget, just like Emery is now, and was not too successful.

    In January 2018, ‘Pool sold Coutinho to Barca for £150m, and Klopp was promised that money, he was then able to buy much better quality players such as Dick van Dyke and hey presto, ‘Pool were transformed by this infusion of talent, and may win this years Premier League. Who knows.

    With due respect, I think your ‘Pool example proves my point for me.

    As for Man City — I do not think there is any doubt the causal relationship for them becoming the best club in this country and maybe in Europe has been the money poured into a middle ranking club and changing them completely

    Anyway, TA, I do not mind you disagreeing, and we are friends, but I think we have exhausted this topic, don’t you? 🥺

    N.B

    There are a couple of related points:

    (1) TA @ 10:45 — Do you really think that I am a one dimensional character who lacks depth and who never seems to learn. Really? 🤪

    (2) RA @9:01 — I never mentioned ‘funds’ per se — I said I believe we should use the transfer market and pay the market rate for quality players.

    More to the point I acknowledged that the club were unlikely to do any such things. 🤪

    Do you miss me arguing with you on BK? 😂

  27. RA says:

    Terry, baby, 😁

    Where have you, and your telescope been?

    I was worried about you! I met up with GLIC aka Le Coq Monster on the HH blog recently, together with VCC.

    In truth I thought he had imprisoned you in his Love Shack. You should be so lucky was my immediate response!😛

    Totally agree – we should give more youngsters a chance. A number of them look really ready for the first team.

    Le Coq has a white van, I think, but that’s full of Cornish pasties.

  28. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Redders, we should buy a White Van and start Tarmacking. We are guaranteed loads of arguments with irate customers, especially since we will have no idea of what we are doing.

    It shouldn’t be a problem though. Since your an intimidating big lump and I’m someone who looks like someone you think you saw with the corner of your eye whilst visiting a Cemetery, we should always get paid.

  29. RA says:

    Sue, @10:15

    Well done to you. Our players should learn from you, and make themselves better as individuals.

    Being inconsistent is never an excuse.

    If you bought a house with walls cracking or leaking rain in places because some of the bricks were inconsistent with building regulations, (i.e. crap) you would not just say – “the house is great in parts, but the walls are inconsistent – so that’s OK then” — you would do something about it.

    Why shouldn’t Arsenal do something about their inconsistent players? Beats me.

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    Little time Redders, but just re Liverpool, this is the team that beat us 5-1 in December:
    Alisson (6), Robertson (6), Van Dijk (7), Lovren (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Wijnaldum (7), Fabinho (7), Shaqiri (7), Mane (7), Salah (8), Firmino (9)

    Subs: Henderson (6), Lallana (5), Clyne (5)

    Van Dijk and Allison were expensive (but not that much more than what we spend on Auba and Laca and yes they were paid for by the clever sale of one player). The rest were all affordable players, also for Arsenal. Since Klopp arrived we have been second best to them, and it was not down to spending tons of money. They spend good money but not over the top, the rest is managerial nous.

    Have a good day. 🙂

  31. RA says:

    Terry, 🤪 🤪 🤪

    And imagine how much better the profits would be if we had Le Coq along too. He would nick back the tarmac for his Love Shack empire. 🤪🤪

    [For any legal eagles reading this — we are just joking!] 😁

  32. RA says:

    TA,

    You are a crafty debater! 😁

    Again, I never said, – “it was down to spending tons of money.”

    If, as you say, ” they spend good money but not over the top” – that chimes with my belief in paying the market rate.

    Are you saying you agree with me? 🤪

    Catch you later!

  33. RA says:

    Terry,

    Hopefully you will be back more often to cheer us all up.

    You are missed by all on here. 😁

  34. Big Raddy says:

    Some fine discussion today.

    TMHT. Great to see you back on AA – we were concerned. Only you could write “I’m someone who looks like someone you think you saw with the corner of your eye whilst visiting a Cemetery,” 😀

  35. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Chas

    Well that was shite. I must admit that for the most part of the season I have been happy to console myself with this being a transition season to account for the bad performances, but the last 2 have given me more cause for concern.

    Despite last night it may not take too much to put it right. Maybe 3-4 players in and some going out, however I also share RA’s view that Kroenke needs to back the manager in the TW but his concern that he may not do so. Ifeel they have overseen a bit of a horror show with transfers and contracts recently. They need to own that and put it right and back Emery.

    I may be one of the few that I don’t mind Liverpool winning the league because I can see some similarities to us, and feel they are in a similar bracket in terms of fan base, size of club, finances and past glories that they want to return to the club. They give me some hope without having to go to Citeh’s lengths, as long as our board do the right thing.

    I can honestly say that if it becomes apparent that Kroenke has no interest and is happy to remain an also ran then I will stop supporting. It’s not about a god given right to win stuff but if the feeling is we are never going to even try under this owner then I will not torment myself and will spend my time doing something more rewarding, like buying a white van and becoming a tarmacker.

    I remember saying a few years ago that we were too content to stand still and that others would catch and overtake us. Well they now have and I have no problem admitting that Liverpool and Spurs are now better than us, while a few seasons back we were the club that seemed to be going places and were more desirable options than them.

  36. RA says:

    Hi GB, 😀

    I think you are spot on – especially the tarmac bit.

    You would have to bring the camel to the party, obviously!! 😁

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    I’m very busy today – writing posts for your future consumption, it’s just as well because I have nothing positive to say, yesterday was a complete train wreck. On the wrong tracks and going in the wrong direction.

    This is a team that lacks leadership on the field and does not have the strength of character to manage the ups and downs of the PL.

    Once again we were bullied by committed players of a lower skill level. Our tippy tappy possession football is totally pointless if it has no end product.

  38. GoonerB says:

    On the playing side, and having only seen highlights, I stand by what I said yesterday that I didn’t like the line up and don’t like us in a back 4 at present. My back 4 dislike has as much to do with our lack of goal-scoring wingers who can give us true width.

    With those the FB’s in a back 4 can choose more carefully when to overlap because much of the attacking width comes from the wingers ahead. Without them we rely too much on our FB’s being too far forward too often leaving us as a back 2 and exposed to the counter-attack, which is what happened with at least one of the goals but also on many dangerous moments from Wolves.

    Iwobi and Micki are not true wingers and have too many central player type characteristics rather than wide player. They also don’t pose enough of a goal threat so too much onus was on our single striker. A back 3 at least allows the Fb’s to become more advance wing backs safer in the knowledge that there is that extra man cover in CD.

    Also Iwobi was a left footer playing left and Micki a right footer playing right rather than on the opposite flank where they can cut in on their preferred foot.

    Now I know I am the subject of some ridicule on that last point but if you look at all the top clubs over the last 10 years (in the 4-3-3 system) and look at their winger / wing forward players and what side they play it is pretty much always lefts to the right and right to the left.

    Just to get the ball rolling; Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Robben, Ribery, Sterling, Salah, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Mane e.t.c, e.t.c.

    Surely we should be looking at those as a blue-print to success with a single striker. I always feel that a right on the right and a left on the left is more a mid table or championship style of line up, with a view to supplying crosses to bigger target men strikers, not our 1 mobile quicker one we had out there. It’s no wonder we lack a goal threat to all our possession and passing play. We should be aiming to emulate the elite clubs.

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    Good Morning all,

    I’m very busy today – writing posts for your future consumption, it’s just as well because I have nothing positive to say, yesterday was a complete train wreck. On the wrong tracks and going in the wrong direction.

    This is a team that lacks leadership on the field and does not have the strength of character to manage the ups and downs of the PL.

    Once again we were bullied by committed players of a lower skill level. Our tippy tappy possession football is totally pointless as it has no end product.

  40. VP says:

    Hi Terry. When I was little, I dreamed of one day getting a Hornby train set. On my 10th birthday, my dad gave me a Lima train set. The couplings were not the same….

  41. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas thank you for putting your head on the post guillotine block, most of us just shrink away and avoid writing anything.

    I’m not that upset and sadly it’s because I have very low expectations of this group of players.

  42. VP says:

    does anyone on here know that Unai has a history of shite away form. Has he introduced this to Arsenal now?
    In his years with Sevilla winning multiple Europa League cups etc. his away form was terrible and in his final season with them did not win any away games.
    This is what I heard a few weeks ago so my expectations on winning away is very low as I expect that this is a weakness in Unai.
    But on the positive side, we win Europa

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s so good to have Terry back and to see RA in full swing once again.

    It’s strange because as the team is getting worse the blog is getting better.

    I really enjoy the way the blog has developed and a HUGE thanks goes out to Chas for his prodigious amount of work.

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    VP – wow I never knew that – I’m going to do some research on his career.

  45. VP says:

    I also heard that Poch is going to re-sign with spuds and that they are a perfect match. How come no pundits talk about, that the spuds are Pochs 3rd team as coach and in all of his teams in all of his history as a coach, he has never won a trophy.
    Thats 10 years and no trophies.
    Under his managerial honours there is –
    Football League Cup runner-up: 2014–15

    Perfect match, yes.

  46. JM says:

    I am not surprised at our team’s 1-3 mugging away at Wolves, the mental damage was already done at home losing 2-3 to Palace over the weekend while some of the players are playing already in the red zone physically (Napoli away previously took out from a lot from our players and Wolves was our 7th game in April alone).

    Once we conceded the 1st goal, our players turned jelly (spent both mentally and physically).

    Europa League victory might be our salvation this season, however, I personally believed that Valencia would prove a much tougher opposition than even Napoli in both legs of the semi-finals. Arsenal often had a rougher time competing against Spanish teams and their style of play (both football and gamesmanship) in recent years (e.g Barcelona, A.Madrid etc).

  47. Big Raddy says:

    VP. 1,22. I agree that coupling is very important to a young man.

  48. RA says:

    VP. @1:22

    I agree with Raddy.

    It’s pretty important to those who are no longer 21, either.

  49. RA says:

    GB,

    I really liked your 1:15 p.m., and your explanation of matters that need to be addressed.

    You mentioned ‘ridicule’ and ‘lefties on the right, with righties on the left’ and so on.

    I hope you did not in any way think that my addition to your cunning concept, by asking that the wingers should face to the left, when attacking to the right was in your mind at the time of righting writing your comment.

    That would hurt my feelings after all the hard work I put into thinking your ploy through.

    Mikhi, it seems to me, should consider taking up a professional career of riding the pine on a permanent basis.

    Iwobi is of course right-footed. and would need to be retrained to be left-footed by playing on the right.
    That would sit happily with your idea that a left-footed player who is really right-footed, cutting inside from the right wing and cracking one off with his errant left foot.

    And Mihki would continue on the bench.

    Phew, I’m glad we you got that sorted out. 🤪

  50. Aaron says:

    Bottom line, the Arsenal need to win at home and close to half of all away games to even be considered as a contender.

    Still have no recognizable defensive presence, playing a high line in which one of our defenders, who has been rotated in has a brain freeze. Midfielders who throw their arms up everytime they are fouled instead of giving as good as they get.

    Let teams blow by on the counterattack instead of fouling up high to stop the counter, and not pack hunting for the ball when losing possession.

    So many easy details to sort, but alas, the bang average jeckyll and hyde performances we witness never cease to amaze.

    Said it before these two last games, Emery should have let the youngsters play and rest our starters for 3 games. Easy math, but realistic chance, not dreaming of trying to do do too much, much like $h*tTy’s quad we all had to listen to.

    Emery better figure out something soon, and plan for next year according or his head will be on the chopping block.

  51. RA says:

    Darn it.

    GB, having re-read my helpful comment @ 3:24 I realise that your tactical nous is top notch.

    You see, in my office I set up a goal area and then took Mihki’s right wing role and that was easy – I just juggled the ping pong ball before kicking it out of the window 10 feet away from the goal in a perfect rendition of his style.

    Then I crossed to Iwobi’s position on the left, and put my right leg over to the left to emulate the perfect start to an attacking move – and fell over because with both feet together it meant it was impossible to run – and the resulting 3-legged race hopping was awkward.

    Starting again, I soon had my left across my right, and my right behind my back, sneaking up on my left, and with the sun in the west, both legs took involuntarily twists around each other.

    My secretary came in, and an attempt to act nonchalant and gently correct my stance then resulted in me rewinding dangerously fast and screwing my feet into the floor like a corkscrew opening a bottle.

    I think that when all is said and done, you should continue to handle the tactics, and a cobbler should stick to his last — and as I am pretty good at cobblers, and no good at tactics all’s well that ends well. 🥺

  52. RA says:

    Aaron,

    You have a point.

    There are those who are calling on Unai’s head to become acquainted to a cheap, chippy chopper on a big, black block.

    An appropriately sized pencil sharpener might be more hygienically appropriate.

    That is all a bit unfair, as TA and I agreed earlier today, Klopp and Poch had iffy starts to their respective careers at ‘Pool and Spudland, because it takes a while to bed things down.

    It seems to me, not that I am any expert on ‘Pool, or ever want to be, that the team TA shows above who beat the larrikins out of us last December were all newbies or youth team kids bar 1 or 2.

    Now if in two years time Emery replaced our current team in the same way that Klopp did, we might have a better possibility of winning the Premier League in the next 10 years or so.

    Patience is the name of the game.

  53. Sue says:

    Does anyone actually expect us to beat Leicester?? I am super nervous about this game now (more so than I was already!) For a minute I was worried about my eyesight, as Brenda has big teeth (just like Klopp’s) but I imagine, if the game will be anything like last night (& sunday) with all the backwards & sideways passing, it won’t be long before Vardy bangs in a brace, Brenda’s teeth will be out, so I’ll have to leave the room (eyesight saved) as I’m not that keen on either of them.. and knowing Vardy – his goals will be special 😡

  54. chas says:

    VP

    Love the Perfect Match comment. 😆

  55. Aaron says:

    Sue,
    Nope.

  56. chas says:

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