Bergkampesque Live Blog! Back to Action and Emery Opts for TWO #10s!!! Join Us

To Help Me Describe the Action.

Here are your teams:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka Guendouzi; Pepe, Ozil, Ceballos; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Martinez, Chambers, Saka, Torreira, Willock, Martinelli, Nelson.

Watford (4-2-3-1) Foster; Kiko Femenia, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Cleverley, Deulofeu; Gray.
Substitutes: Gomes, Foulquier, Janmaat Mariappa, Chalobah, Sarr, Pereyra.

Referee Anthony Taylor.

Watford, despite being bottom of the table on just a single point, could be a tough opponent today.  Quique Sanchez Flores is back for another stint as manager and surely his players will be giving full effort fighting for his attention.  The home crowd will want a new start and any player getting the support behind him will capture that much more of the new manager’s eye.   Already, the new manager (with one of the finest beards in all of sports) is back to his stalwart keeper, Ben Foster, and a back four.  Interesting…

Arsenal make two changes from the North London Derby of two weeks ago.  Mesut Ozil not only dresses but actually starts, while Dani Ceballos also comes in.  Alexandre Lacazette is being given time to heal from an ongoing ankle problem while Lucas Torreira will offer his services from the bench.  It’s a strong, attacking line-up, especially for an away game, but, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United all winning full points this weekend, manager Unai Emery, must feel that his Arsenal team need to do likewise.

So, what do you think of the line-up?   How will the match unfold?  Is Emery really going to allow his team to press forward, looking for an early goal, or will it all be more cagey than that?

I’m headed back to the espresso machine for a booster shot (or two) but I could use as many pairs of eyes as I can get as I try and describe the action.  Please join me in the comments.  Or at least (put down that glass of wine) and leave a half-time comment or two.  In other words, don’t be shy, your take is a good as mine…

Go on then…

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125 Responses to Bergkampesque Live Blog! Back to Action and Emery Opts for TWO #10s!!! Join Us

  1. Erik the Red says:

    Disappointed to see neither Welbeck nor Deeney but very happy to see what should be our regular midfield start for the first time. Torreira is the better defender than either Xhaka or Douzi but they offer more overall (IMO).

    Opened a nice bottle of Valpolicella and settled into the sofa ahead of kick off. Quietly confident.

  2. goonereris says:

    We expect to see some good football from our boys and hopefully, goals. (Brought forward from last thread). With Ozil and Ceballos each finding a place in the side, we should retain control a bit better; now, all we need to sort out is how we can remain dangerous in offense.


  3. goonereris says:

    Just to bring forward another excerpt from my post in response to GN5, on the last thread:

    “We have to find a formation which allows Ozil and Ceballos play together, though, for us to seize control and give Auba/Pepe some good service. Sad to see that with Laca out of it, we may not have the game changer from the bench, unless we opt for only one of Auba/Pepe to start.

    I like GN5’s picks but only if say Ozil operates from the left side mostly, tucking in at times to give Kolasinac room to come forward; this will concede central areas to Ceballos while Pepe operates from the right, in a flexible 4-3-3. Otherwise, PE’s 3 at the back may be the way to go since we cannot be going to Watford to play a too-conservative game. We have to take it to them and get all 3 points and avoid the curse of the new manager (which we seem to suffer a lot in recent memory).”

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Erik,

    Where are you located?… It’s not red wine time here in California…

    I meant to mention that Welbeck didn’t even make the bench. To my mind, Watford will want to be hitting us on the break… Deulofeu and Gray are both speedy…

  5. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sorry, wrong personality ^^ that was 17HT posting…

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    It is great to be TA, 17HT!! 😀

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    I think I’ve got things straightened out now… Sorry to be stealing your blue box, TA… 😀

  8. TotalArsenal says:

    We may have four nr.10s on the pitch, Seventeenho. Ceballos and Ozil… Guendo also like nr10-ing and Xhaka wears the nr10 shirt for his national team.

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    Only one defender on the bench… for all areas… just one..

  10. 17highburyterrace says:

    Well, sure, stretch your definition as much as you like… I’m just pleased to see Ozil playing…

    I’ll be trying to identify the formation when the game gets rolling… Or at least what sorts of lines we play when we don’t have the ball…

  11. jw1 says:

    Go Gunners.

  12. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’ve got the ball early…Until Guendouzi gives it away on our right…

    To me, it looks like a MF 3 of (right to left) Guendo, Xhaka and Ceballos…

    Kola steals one and breaks…but his centered pass finds only yellow…

  13. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pepe, getting the ball from AMN tries a pass to Ozil in the box but it spins away and out for a Foster goal kick…

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Very poor passing by both teams at the start.

  15. 17highburyterrace says:

    Hey J-Dub…What’s kicking this morning?…

    A bit of our playing around the back…and it’s back with Watford…

    Cleverly almost gets a pull-back into Gray but not quite and Watford need to start over…

    First shot is a Deulofeu right footer, easy for Leno…

  16. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pepe dances around a defender then spreads it for an AMN cross…He’s fouled hard and we have a FK at a high angle but near the edge of the box…

  17. jw1 says:

    The ball HT.
    Around the perimeter. Like the old days.

  18. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil hits a good one but it’s cleared and we have to start over…

    We’re working around the perimeter in their half but no penetration…

    AMN loses it and Watford try to break. Kola gets fouled and we’ve got it again…

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Not liking the shape of the team at the moment.

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ceballos can’t hold the ball and Watford stream at us, Cleverly forcing a good save from Leno… First corner is theirs…

  21. jw1 says:

    Note to Unai:
    We are not going to ‘draw them out’. Please attack.

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kola heads the corner wide but Cleverly gets another chance to shoot… This one is easier for Leno, too directly on target and now we have it in their half…until PEA loses it and they try to break a bit of our pressing…

    This is a stronger Watford attack. They get past AMN but the layoff is booted over poorly…

  23. 17highburyterrace says:

    All Watford at the moment as a long ball is to nobody but Foster…

    We build from the back after they lose it…

    Passing along the ground we’re into their half and Ozil gets the ball to Pepe but he can’t get it back…

  24. 17highburyterrace says:

    Watford come at us again and AMN gives up a corner when he had all day to either control it or let it bounce out for a GK…

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    Foul on the Hornets at the corner…Replay shows a handball–from the fellow Luiz was using as a ladder…

  26. Erik the Red says:

    We are playing rope a dope 😀 😀

    17. I am in Copenhagen time here is 18.00. Sun is about to pass the yard arm.

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    Very ponderous play near the half way line until Ceballos gets it closer but crosses to no one…

    Next try, Ozil gets pushed off the ball and Watford try to break. Sloppy by both attacks and Watford’s ends with a cross to no one…

    Pepe wants a foul, but this is England and Watford attack again, Guendo getting a good couple of toes to stop them and keep our break moving… It ends with Pepe trying a curler from 25 yards… It’s wide…

  28. jw1 says:

    If only we were Ali. 😉

  29. 17highburyterrace says:


  30. jw1 says:

    Note to Unai:
    Someone got the memo. Thx.

  31. jw1 says:

    Auba. 1-0 to the Good Guys. Betting on another today.

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    Quick turnover at the halfway line (on a foul from Ceballos?…) Kola drives it forward before passing to PEA who finishes well on the turn…

  33. goonereris says:

    Auba is deadly, when he doesn’t think too much about it. We’ve started slowly, but for that goal which has put us 1 up. You can tell Ozil lacks match sharpness.

  34. TotalArsenal says:

    Auba quality and it is 1-0 to The Arsenal.. Just what we needed after a lukewarm start.

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ref Taylor is definitely allowing some tackling so no review?…

  36. jw1 says:

    Teams have just exchanges tactics.

  37. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ooooh, that was close… Ozil’s throughball was deflected up and it misses everybody with PEA and Foster both close to it…

    Short corner and we build again…until AMN hits a cross back towards the N5…

  38. goonereris says:

    I think Kolasinac needs a winger type to act as a sounding board for his runs down the flank. Ozil isn’t yet on the same wavelength, despite being such good friends.

    We are playing a bit casually at times, but with a game in midweek, not too surprising.

  39. 17highburyterrace says:

    Duelofeu beats one defender but not a second and we’re off… Ozil to Pepe in the corner but he chooses to play it back for a longer possession… AMN loses it but Watford give it right back and we’re working the perimeter again…until Guendo, well forward, dribbles a pass to no one but Foster…

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    Ceballos loves the ball, just like Guendouzi, but we need to pass quicker and sharper in midfield.. tempo boys tempo.

  41. 17highburyterrace says:

    The camera focuses on a pained Emery and then Troy Deeney enjoying a tea with his mates…

    Xhaka in on a tackle but Ceballos catches his toes on the turf and goes down so that Watford can come again.

    Luiz heads a cross clear and we come but Pepe can’t corral a pass that’s just behind him… AMN drives nicely into the box but the ball runs away and Watford clear. Not great football on display. Is the pitch a bit slow?…

  42. jw1 says:

    Mesut. Bless his calves. Just doesn’t have any rhythm yet.

  43. goonereris says:

    Goooaaal! 2-0.
    Ozil pre-Assist master pass.

  44. 17highburyterrace says:

    AND WE WALK IN A 2nd!!!!

    OZIL with a GLORIOUS throughball that AMN squares for the easiest of tap ins by Aubameyang…

  45. TotalArsenal says:

    Lovely goal and well done AMN for staying on site and passing the ball low and precise to Auba.

    And that, Seventeeho, was a ‘key pass’ by Mesut 🙂

  46. jw1 says:

    Stand corrected.
    Though correct about Auba’s brace. A third on the cards?

  47. 17highburyterrace says:

    Sorry, but that kind of goal is what I wake up early to see…

    Ozil, feeling it, tries another throughball but it’s cut off…

    Other end, Deulofeu and Cleverly do some nice work to beat our offside trap but Cleverly’s lofted cross is headed away by Luiz, I think…

  48. goonereris says:

    We have some work to do at our left back side; Kolasinac hates the responsibility of defending and between Ozil and him, they are giving Xhaka a lot to do.

  49. 17highburyterrace says:

    Guendo loses it in a bad spot but Leno saves…and saves his blushes…

    Watford have a little impetus now…

    Lee Dixon going on about our playing it around the back (and into trouble) and urging for some old fashioned Route one footy…

  50. jw1 says:

    Was noting though Eris– Xhaka has been quite good defensively to now.

  51. 17highburyterrace says:

    Xhaka makes a nothing interception into a fallover and the Watford attack continues (when we should be streaming the other direction)… Eventually Luiz has to put a foot out and concede a throw…before Xhaka, defending in our box, concedes a corner…

  52. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Eris, although I don’t see Mesut as a left winger at the moment. Kola works best on the counter when he can be launched in open space.

  53. 17highburyterrace says:

    Luiz heads clear and Ozil is off…until he puts the ball into touch and it’s back with Watford.

    We steal it back on the left and play it around for awhile… Until it’s back with Leno and we do our lure ’em forward thing… We break their “press” but the pass is long for Ozil and Watford have a throw…

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    We need 8 more goals to push Citeh of second spot 🙂

  55. 17highburyterrace says:

    Steady Arsenal possession but mostly in our own half. At 2-nil, it’s hard to argue with running down the clock…

    AMN loses it and Watford work it until Kola is very late on a tackle and gives up a FK and gets himself booked…

  56. 17highburyterrace says:

    Watford can’t figure out the FK, but finally the left-footer takes it…and kicks it soft and straight at Leno…

    We attack again with Xhaka thinking about a long blast…but instead loses it against a defender. Almost half-time…another espresso needed for me…

    Or a Deulofeu run through a maze of red shirts… Well marshalled but it was key that he refused to trust his left foot…

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    Oooh, Pepe and Cholevas (I think) get into it and there’s a hint of a head-butt…

    Yellows for Guendo, coming to Pepe’s aid and Cholevas…

    Replay shows Pepe kicked out a bit (in slow-mo, to be fair) and then the Watford player overreacted…


  58. TotalArsenal says:

    Well I am happy with that and also with the passion at the end. 0-2 to the good guys and hopefully more to come in the second half. Sharper passing and we get another one or two goals in this game.

  59. jw1 says:

    And Troy Deeney’s cojones in the mezzanine taking tea.

  60. goonereris says:

    Half time, after some handbags involving Pepe, Holebas and, quite unnecessarily, Guendouzi. We are only ahead because we are the better side. Simples. It won’t be a good report to have it any other way against the bottom placed side.

    Having said that, we need to pick things up a bit as any goal from them will only raise the decibels and motivate the players on the home side.

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    I’m off to pull a(nother) coffee… TA, my question is this: is a “key-pass” any line-breaker or must it result in a goal? In other words is it an arbitrary (judgement) call or something everybody can see and agree upon?…

    Ozil’s ball–coming with the exact information AMN and PEA needed–was quite lovely, IMO…

    Replay shows Ceballos’ tackle to win the ball and get the break started was quite clean…

  62. goonereris says:

    Mkhi just scored for Roma (3rd goal) on his debut vs Sasuolo in the Italian league. The other Loanee, Elneny, had a red card in his own first game.

  63. goonereris says:

    Some quicker passing should see us get a couple more, then we can bring on Nelson, Martinelli and Saka (maybe, Chambers for game time) to come close out the game while enjoying themselves.
    There is still a bit of playing to go, though and we need to retain concentration.

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    Key Pass = The final pass leading to a shot at goal from a teammate.

    So Ozil was not a key pass… but for me it was also ‘key’

  65. 17highburyterrace says:

    2nd half on… Guendo is unafraid to lose possession–even deep in our own half…

  66. 17highburyterrace says:

    The second period is starting much as the first ended… plenty of space out there but not a lot of sharp work with the ball…

    Guendo and Pepe working it on the left but are rebuffed so we play it around and back… Until it breaks for Ozil again on the left. He squares for Xhaka who tries one from 45 yards… That’s some quantity of self-belief…

  67. 17highburyterrace says:

    Pepe does nice work in the corner to bring down a ball, but his cross is deflected…

    AMN disposessed and Watford work it around the top of our box…until Ceballos uses his body to block off an attacker and let the ball run behind… From the goal kick, Watford get it back and make a shot for Capoue whose shot is…really (really) poor (out for a throw?)… Still we give it back…

    Not good that we can’t break their lines and…

    WATFORD pounce and SCORE ! 1-2

  68. Erik the Red says:

    Happy with the first half. The difference between the clubs is PEA.

    Need more composure from Ceballos and a little more awareness from AMN

  69. 17highburyterrace says:

    Well, that should get teams playing against us to believe they should press… the ultimate “lure,” I guess…

  70. Erik the Red says:

    Oops I shouldn’t have written that about AMN!

  71. 17highburyterrace says:

    More Watford attack but Deulofeu (who really doesn’t like to pass the ball) shoots from an angle that is easy for Leno…

    Ozil’s shirt gets grabbed and Femenia gets yellow for doing so…

  72. jw1 says:

    Wouldn’t be us– without a measure of stupidity and drama.

  73. 17highburyterrace says:

    AMN does good defensive work and we work it around and out of our half…but Watford reset and we have to build more slowly… Until Kola loses it and Watford come at us again…

    This time Deulofeu shoots strong but wide… Leno takes the goalkick sideways to Sok… 😮

    And Watford have it again…

    Unfortunately, we’ve got a game on our hands…

  74. TotalArsenal says:

    COME ON EMERY, give us a bloody midfield. Taking off Ceballos is not the right choice. FFS!

  75. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ceballos out, Willock in as we hit the hour mark…

    Big boot from Luis = a change of pace but straight to Foster and Watford come again…

  76. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil plays it nicely around the back…and then gets it from Willock who has moved it well up the left side… PEA tries one from distance but it’s only a dribbler and back with Watford…

    Deulefeu works a one-two and wins a corner, pushed out by Guendouzi…

    Watford make some changes…

    PEA clears but Watford have it…until it’s booted poorly out for a Leno goal-kick routine… 😮

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    Again we go long, meaning that Watford get it, but at least it’s a long way from our goal…

    Ooooh, turn and shoot by Sarr but it rolls wide…

    This time we try and play out and get it all the way to Ozil at the halfway line before he’s pushed off it and it’s back with Watford…

  78. jw1 says:

    Leno goes long!
    (and there was much rejoicing…)

  79. TotalArsenal says:

    Honestly, how crap are we being set up. Shots on goal and passes into the box galore. Just as I write this, Torreira comes on and let’s hope that will shore up things….

  80. 17highburyterrace says:

    The next one Sok boots, but we can’t bring it down…

    Nice work in the box with a pull back from wide right back-heeled into a dangerous spot…

    Guendo off for the kid as long as his hair (Torreira)…

  81. 17highburyterrace says:

    LT controls and boots up to Pepe but he can’t control it and Watford come again.

    Watford win a corner…

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    But it’s out for a goal-kick, which we boot forward…so that Watford can have it and come at us (again)…

    They’re showing replays that Deulofeu had a foot in our box before he intercepted, leading to their goal…

    70 mins played and PEA holds the ball a bit along the touchline. Ozil out, Nelson in and our subs are gone…

  83. jw1 says:

    Watford with 20 shots/7 on.
    Arsenal with 5/2 on.

  84. 17highburyterrace says:

    Willock tries to pin Watford down in a corner…They break out of that corner but give it our way at the halfway line… It leads to a Nelson first timer but it’s straight at Foster…

    First shot of the half?…

  85. Erik the Red says:

    Oh Come on Arsenal, Watford are bottom of the table and we are making them look a top 6 team.

  86. 17highburyterrace says:

    Willock does well to break from our half but loses it when he arrives at their box…

    Another high angle curler from Deulofeu is (again) easy for Leno and we’re off, PEA and Nelson trying to fashion something in their box…comes to nothing…

  87. 17highburyterrace says:

    It’s all very end to end, with a good deal more of it down at our end…

    A deflected shot leads to another Watford corner which we can’t quite clear… Their chances are coming and we’re riding our luck defending in our box…

    Luiz will waste a bit of time after a nice little clearance and tumble over a tackle…

  88. 17highburyterrace says:

    But we only boot it back for Watford to come again…

    Final change, Janmaat for Cholevas, who, I always thought was Jolebas, or even Holebas…but then, I’m confused often enough…

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    Oooh, some sublime work by Pepe onto his right foot. Shot is blocked but then LT shoots the rebound, but it’s saved…

    Oh no…other end… Luiz gives up a PEN

  90. 17highburyterrace says:


  91. 17highburyterrace says:

    I can’t spell Pereyra but he won the pen and converted it…

  92. 17highburyterrace says:

    More Watford attack after some Arsenal head tennis in the middle of the pitch… Only one winner here today, I fear…

  93. 17highburyterrace says:

    Cleverly has his shot blocked and it falls to Deulofeu who has time but puts it wrong side of the far post…

  94. 17highburyterrace says:

    Next Watford attack is cleared by Kola’s head and we actually get it into their half… Not for long, however…

    Just trying to ride this out for a point, it appears…

  95. LE GALL says:

    might be the right time to consider chambers-holding …
    … and freddie
    just sayin’

  96. 17highburyterrace says:

    It’s all according to plan, I guess, as Watford (clearly) have been lured into believing they can get the winner…

    Luiz heads an open shot out for (another) Watford corner…

  97. LE GALL says:

    might be the right time to consider chambers-holding …
    and freddie
    just sayin’

  98. 17highburyterrace says:

    Leno punches but it’s back in the corner and then to the top of the box where Janmaat takes a very poor shot…

    And our booted goal kick stays in their half for a bit(!!!)…and we even have a FK… Xhaka curls it to no one and Watford break but Pepe heads away the cross…

    And Willock breaks up their next attack…

  99. 17highburyterrace says:

    And Willock, dancing in the box, finds Xhaka, but there’s mud in all those acres of space and he can only tap it out for a Foster goal-kick… That looked a real chance, I thought…

  100. 17highburyterrace says:

    Kola passes over Xhaka but the captain gets it back only to lose it again allow Watford to break. Luckily, the shot is blocked…

    Crazy end to end but PEA and Pepe can’t sort it out…

    Cleverly’s shot blocked at the point…

    1 of the 4 extra played, Capoue getting a yellow to stop our possession…

  101. 17highburyterrace says:

    That was the winner–for Watford–but the tap in is (far) too central and Leno smothers it… We may hold onto our point…

  102. jw1 says:

    Here? I am reminded of a comment put forth by Admir several weeks back:
    “It not as if playing tactically as Emery did versus Liverpool was so poor.
    The issue is that he plays every team as if they were Liverpool.”

    Well done Unai. Snatching a single-point from the bottom-dwellers.


  103. 17highburyterrace says:

    3 of the 4 extra minutes played…and Watford, looking like Barcelona (albeit in slow motion) can’t quite break us down. Shot of Emery on the sidelines, not quite believing his eyes…

    And, mercifully, the whistle blows…

  104. goonereris says:

    And Gunner5 (pretty much all the reasoned analysts) thought this fixture doesn’t do Draws.

  105. jw1 says:

    Watford 31 shots. 10 on.
    Arsenal 7 shots. 4 on.


  106. 17highburyterrace says:

    I’ve got some thoughts on this one but I’ll hold them as a family outing is getting underway. Thanks for the company, though I think people were a bit “stunned into silence” watching our 2nd half implosion…


  107. njk84sg says:

    We were too naive in the tactical front.
    And why was Ozil subbed when the player doing most of the passing forward is him?
    After that we made tons of mistakes which we never learnt from and allowed them to level.
    I blame Emery for his lack of tactical leadership today.
    What i want to see for our players is what Watford played today. The pressing and the whole midfield working together, instead of the huge disconnect we see in our matches this season. Top 4? Not a chance by a long mile.

  108. goonereris says:

    It was all self-inflicted and to think we could have been about 3 up in the firs5 half. It’s one of those results that just make you wonder what we do all week in training. There are some habits we just haven’t been able to drop in spite of the change in manager. I’m not too sure Ozil did enough but the hasty changes made by Emery (taking off Guendouzi and Ceballos so early) sent the wrong signal to the players and incentivized the hosts, I think.

    Disappointing result, to say the least and even more worrying performance.

  109. Erik the Red says:


    So many questions. How did we throw away a 2 goal lead against a very average side?

    Is Pepe really a €80m player? I know he needs time but ATM his tactical awareness is severely lacking.

    We have to stop playing out from the back until we have players who can do so.

    Hugely disappointed with that performance

    Leave the rest until tomorrow.

  110. TotalArsenal says:

    We play bottom half football with a top-four attack. Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff Shit on a Stick. 😦

    That was not a penalty though. Poor decision, but we can still be happy with the point, even though it should have been three of course. We almost always only play one decent half of football…

    Enjoy your family outing, 17HT.

  111. Erik the Red says:

    17. Thank you for your sterling work.

    As you say —– implosion

  112. Pony Eye says:

    If this match told us anything it is that Ozil should be the center of our midfield. That Auba should not be far from the centre. That serious consideration be given to Chambers/Holding pairing. Errors from our central defenders have cost us too many points already in only 5 matches. It’s crazy.

  113. GunnerN5 says:

    FFS, our forever unreliable defense strikes again!!!.

    My nervous tension about our defensive capabilities was completely justified!

    I agree Erik our play out of the back is a total disaster, even VAR let us down.

    Where is the steel where is the passion, where is the drive forward, Oh I get it it’s been replaced with incessant back passing. When I coached nine year olds I would always stress – get it out of our end, because when it’s in their end they can’t score – but we can! So the new Arsenal keep possession in the most dangerous part of the pitch – who does that make sense to??

    I hate to say this so early in the season but I liken us to a bunch of fancy dan – no hopes.

  114. Simba says:

    Xhaka, Sokratis, & Emery not good enough for Arsenal.

  115. Gino92 says:

    What a f*#king shameful second half display! Emery looks completely clueless, completely out of his depth, the players also looked clueless, gassed and totally out of shape. So many players walking back when we lose the ball, no a whole lot of movements when we do have the ball, no communication on the pitch, no leadership, etc. If we continue like this, Emery will be gone by Christmas. No disrespect but this is freaking Watford we are talking about, and we played them like it is Liverpool or Man City or Barcelona or something. They are at the bottom of the table for a reason, for f*ck’s sake! With the players we have, we should be pummeling Watford!!!
    I mean, consider this freaking stats:
    Shots: 31 to 7 for Watford (F*ck me!)
    Shots on Goal: 10 to 4 for Watford
    Corners: 7 to 1 for Watford
    Possession: 53% to 46% for Watford
    Passes: 502 to 466 for Watford

    F#%KING CLUELESS Unai. How about changing the shape of the team when things looked awful before and after we gifted them that first goal? Midfield play was simply non-existent or optional. And what is it about this obsession, this lunacy to want to play out from the back when we clearly showed multiple times (with Guendouzi) in the first half that we weren’t really up to it today…!!! We CANNOT go on like this. We have a great team and we are already wasting this season away. I have lost my patience with Unai! So very angry right now!😖😤😤😣

  116. Simba says:

    Xhaka, Luiz, Sokratis, & Emery not good enough for Arsenal.

  117. GunnerN5 says:

    And a few more unmentionables Simba.

  118. GunnerN5 says:

    Unai Emery says Watford “pushed for our mistakes” as Arsenal squandered a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at Vicarage Road.

    Second half errors by Sokratis and David Luiz cost Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early brace was cancelled out.

    Emery told BBC Sport: “They pushed us, Watford last year played like today. We were up in the first half and we knew that we needed to score the third. They had the capacity to come back with the supporters and that’s what happened.

    “We couldn’t break their pressing in the second half. They are physical, a very strong team. They pushed for our mistakes, they were playing for our mistakes.

    “When you are trying to break their lines you can have chances. They won the second half and my summary is it is not a good point.

    “We need to continue working. When we tried to play the long ball we lost the ball as well.”
    It’s the last line of this interview that Emery gave that intrigues me.

    It shows just how much of a commitment Emery has to his beloved “passing out of the back” – he makes a futile attempt to justify it.

    My contention is that when you lose the ball down field from a goal kick the opposition have a minimal chance to score against us but when the lose it in your own penalty area the opposition scoring opportunities increase exponentially…………..but I’m just an 80 year old freak- what the F do I know?

  119. Gino92 says:

    Report on Unai Emery
    Season 1: The “Honeymoon” Season
    Verdict: O…K…!!!???

    Season 2: The “Show Me” Season
    Assessment: 5 games in so far, not convincing at all. Arsenal not playing like modern-day Arsenal that so many supporters have come to expect and appreciate. Team seemingly unsure about how to play.
    Prediction: Next home game is of pivotal and consequential importance. A few more shambolic displays like today’s and Emery will deservedly be sacked. I for one, would not shed a single tear for him. He might be able to change my mind in the near future but as of right now, no way is he good enough for Arsenal FC. I’ve pretty much had it with him.

  120. Pony Eye says:

    In playing out of the back they should be alert and smart enough to know when the noose is tightening and then go long. But it seems each player has the complex not to be labeled chicken. That’s lack of self confidence. After over 14 months with the team Emery should be doing better playing out from the back.

    It’s one reason I want Holding back. He is an assured and intelligent passer of the ball.

    I can see my hopes are always hopping onto something in the future: now it is Holding, Tierney and Bellerin. Maybe when they are back I’d be urging that Saka or something else must be the answer.

  121. LE GALL says:

    just been sent this by a good friend of mine:
    ‏ @ltarsenal
    The way we have been playing this season, I really think Alan Smith’s article on our players being confused by Emery’s instruction could have some legs to it.
    10:39 – 15 sept. 2019)
    hard not to agree
    i hate being ashamed of my beloved team; I never – ever – was, as long as The Great Man was at the helm
    but now …
    Arsenal Football Club is out of UE’s league, period – and I’m not talking about results (after all, in football, there are times when those are just whimsical will-o’-the wisps), I’m talking about the sexy, wengerball-like football this squad would/should deliver, If properly coached (i’d love to see a chance being given to freddie, but it looks like many have allegri on their minds already)

  122. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers for emotional and analytical comments, guys.

  123. jw1 says:

    Nope. No silver-lining optimism. I got nuthin’.

    Agree with– Robbie Mustoe accurately stating in the NBC studio post-match:
    “Arsenal looked out-of-their-league versus Watford!”

    Wonder if we can get Arteta to consider us now?


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