A shout from Aaron’s heart: Does Arteta have it in him?

Here is post based on a comment from Aaron on the previous post:

“Arsenal’s attacking statsGOALS – (13) – 14th in the league
OPEN PLAY GOALS – (7)- 19th in the league
XG – (13.8) – 12th in the league.
BIG CHANCES – (7) – 19th in the league
SHOT CONVERSION – (8.4%) – 16th
POSSESSION – (47%) – 13th in the league

Last goal in the league for our strikers (Laca & Auba) was 7 matches ago.”

What do we do to fix this with our players, maybe another mid or attacker in Jan, or another coach??

Players are in straightjackets…

Going to be watching closely to the next three games, does Arteta have it in him?”

RC78 contribution: A team’s good functioning is also measured by the level of goals actually scored by its strikers and this is why Aaron’s post is so important. Our strikers are not scoring lately…Is it because they are missing big chances, they are not getting enough service or is it because the quality is just not there…? In any case, we need to score more goals and definitely more from open play and misses like Nketiah’s and Auba’s in the last game are not welcome any day but definitely not now when we are struggling for goals…Again, for me, the issue also comes from our midfield: ESR needs to play as our play maker and Saka and Martinelli are to be his wing. Although he is not having a stellar season by any means, let us play Laca up front because he allows ESR and Saka to shine…and while he scored in the last two games, I am not 100% sure of Ode’s actual abilities…Also, Lokonga brings more to the team than Partey and Xhaka these days so why take him out?

Anyways…food for thought…


22 Responses to A shout from Aaron’s heart: Does Arteta have it in him?

  1. RC78 says:

    Hi Peach, RA, Rasp, Rocky – not sure we have many regular followers left…Shall we just post twice a week?

  2. fred1266 says:

    Still haven’t watched the game pit seems the misses were heartbreaking

    Eddie I expect remember against Leeds when he almost missed an open goal

    Aubameyang is the one that concern from being top goal scorer 2 years ago to missing sitters every game

  3. RC78 says:

    Fred – if you want to save yourself from pulling your hair out or from banging your head on the wall, do not watch the misses…otherwise, click below…

  4. RC78 says:

    Fred – Did you press the button? If so, have you recovered?

  5. allezkev says:

    Thanks for the post RC, with a little help from Aaron.

    I’m not really one for stats, I tend to go on what I see and it’s a bit mixed I’ll give you that, but here’s a stat of sorts, this is how we’ve done after 15 games:

    2020/21: P15…W4…D2…L9…F14…A20…Pts14

    2021/22: P15…W7…D2…L6…F18…A22…Pts23

    Is that progress, 9 points better off from a year ago?

  6. Pete the Thirst says:

    Have we signed Hatem Trabelsi yet?

  7. fred1266 says:

    Now recovered Rc78, just in time for weekend game sigh

  8. fred1266 says:

    Finally I see us score a goal by passing out from the back

  9. RA says:

    Hi RC,

    The blog would be extinct without you, sir.

    If Arsenal can get a top goal scorer in January, we will perhaps start to make good the opportunities we still mess up at the current time and when we win — some of those who have moved on will return to the Blog — tho don’t hold your breath.

    I am having some personal problems at the mo’, but I will try to write an occasional Post to support you — after all, I don’t mind writing to a bunch of ghost bloggers! 😂

    Truth be told, S/Hampton are pretty poor nowadays, but a probable 3 : 0 win is a step in the right direction.

  10. fred1266 says:

    Decided not to watch today was odegard good, I have been one of his biggest critics

  11. Aaron says:

    Watched the game on delay.

    Goal of the season for Arsenal from out the back!

    It was against the run of play, make no mistake.

    Got a fortunate couple of bounces and a second goal.

    Game over in my mind at that point.

    However, the Saints were playing with their 3rd string keeper and 3 other regulars out, including a forward hurt in practice, and another coming off before halftime.

    We should win this game 9/10 times.

    Still do not like that we do not press up top, or in midfield for continual pressure, how about just 5-10 minute intervals?

    Set piece goals are nice, and Gabriel is doing quite well in this aspect.

    Martinelli is the dribble driver that we needed, and feel that if Eddie had been on instead of Laca, he would have put a few of those clear chances in the back of the net.

    Goal difference is better, but we are going to really struggle against teams that can finish, and put AFC under pressure.

    We barely score from open play.

    Fact is AFC are 5th in the table, yet if the other teams win we will be 7th which is around the range we will most likely be for next few games.

  12. LB says:


    Odegaard held his own. Difficult choice of MOTM, Ode did well but no better than Laca, Martinelli or Gabriel, all put in decent performances.

  13. LB says:

    “and feel that if Eddie had been on instead of Laca, he would have put a few of those clear chances in the back of the net.”

    This is interesting, not saying it is wrong but it would never have crossed my mind.

  14. fred1266 says:

    So who u guys think should make way when ESR is back

    Wouldn’t mind seeing martinelli at striker

    But he not much of a finisher

  15. fred1266 says:

    Yea I was so confused by that Eddie comment myself

    PEA disciplines

    Second time this has happened sigh

  16. LB says:

    Arteta moved Martinelli into the number 9 position when Laca went off, this must be practice for what is coming with ESR moving out to the left.

  17. Aaron says:

    To clarify, Laca was in through to goal, and took too many touches and both chances went by.

    He is slow, and the defenders caught him both times, and he was trying to get one more touch to either get it right for balance on his right foot or just closer to the goal. These were perfect type of chances for Eddie.

    Just my lousy 1 cent.

  18. fred1266 says:

    Although Eddie might have gotten away from defender he probably would have shanked it

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    They were also great chances for Auba, but I don’t give a shit if he’s captain or not….rules are rules. Nobody is bigger than the club. As for Nketiah, I’m not convinced he’s good enough for the PL, let alone Arsenal.

    Regardless of what anyone may think of Arteta or Edu, it’s very clear to me that they have massively improved a defensive unit that once consisted of the likes of Kolasinac, Sokratis and Mustafi. I would also argue that our goalkeeper and defensive midfield options are better than anything we’ve had in recent history (At times we didn’t even have a DM and we’re relying on Almunia as first choice GK!). The job now is obviously to sort out an ageing and underperforming strike force whilst adding some experience and quality to our young and gifted attacking midfield options (Saka, ESR, Martinelli, Odegaard).

    Players who put the ball in the net tend to cost money, so it will be interesting to see how the recruitment goes. It’s clear that we will not be able to build a good enough squad quickly enough to have Auba and Laca leading the line, so it’s time to look at younger options who can grow within an already young squad. It’s time to move them on and improve the unit as we have already done in other areas.

  20. Aaron says:


    Maybe so, but Eddie is the one that drove into the box last week and laid it on a platter for Auba. Yes, I know he missed the header.

    However, Laca ain’t beating anyone in a sprint and Eddie should get a few games to see if he can finish a few of those dribble drives into the box.

    manure got lucky, so we sit 6th, and spuds have 2 games and will likely be above us soon enough, the horror.

    AFC is heading a really tough 4 of the next 5 EPL games, so, it will be interesting to see what Arteta does.

  21. RA says:


    I agree with your comment.

    Aaron, Eddie has been offered a new contract more than once, but has refused to sign. He will be gone in January or by the summer at the latest.

    I had always hoped Eddie would lay claim to a place in the team when we got him from Chelsea, but he never seemed to settle in, and, when he was dropped because of poor performances, he responded by wanting to leave – instead of working harder.

    That’s football, I guess.

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