Bergkampesque Live-Blog: Arsenal-Wolves. Ozil Starts! Can Arsenal Beat Wolves and (Our Own) Demons?

Here we go…. Granit Xhaka booed off a week ago and now Mesut Ozil–back from watching PL matches in his street clothes–gets a chance to start one.  Who is managing this?  What is going on in North London?  Certainly it’s a chance to get a few much needed points and here are the line-ups:

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Papastathopoulos, Luiz, Tierney, Ozil, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ceballos, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Bellerin, Pepe, Martinez, Willock, Kolasinac, Martinelli, Saka.

Wolves: Rui Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty,
Joao Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.

Subs: Pedro Neto, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Perry, Ruben Vinagre, Kilman.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

I’ve copied over the name of the referee, hoping that he and his VAR crew do their jobs too.  What do you think of the group Emery has selected to try and right our badly listing ship?

I’m back in front of my screens and ready to try and describe the action but I plea for help.  It’s been awhile and I’m not very familiar with this Arsenal.  So, feel more than free to add your observations to mine in the comments.

Go on then…

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  1. jw1 says:

    Those of you unable to watch– this is dependable:
    http://stream-cr7.net/embed/7.php
    Click the ‘play’ arrow.

    jw1

  2. 17highburyterrace says:

    Help me out, J-Dub, eh…

    Wolves start well but the pull back down our right is to David Luiz rather than the Wolves would-be goal scorer…

    Looks like we’re happy to let them come at us…

  3. 17highburyterrace says:

    Testing, testing… a bit of trouble with dual identities…

  4. TotalArsenal says:

    Afternoon 17HT and thanks for doing the live blog. I am listening to Arsenal.com radio which is always a minute or two late.

    We are always happy to let them come at us.. tis the Emeryway.

  5. 17highburyterrace says:

    Maybe I’m sorted out…

    The Arsenal attack is nowhere to be seen and the game is completely in our half even if all forays by Wolves have been stopped thus far… They have won a corner, however…

  6. 17highburyterrace says:

    Torreira goes down and the corner gets re-set…

    From it WE clear it and are able to break but Laca cannot get the ball to Ozil and it rolls harmlessly over the end line…

  7. 17highburyterrace says:

    We actually push into their half but Auba’s wide ball in only hits Ozil’s heels… Other end, Chambers fouls Jota to give away a FK in a somewhat dangerous position on our right…

    Dealt with by Leno at his near post…

  8. jw1 says:

    Finally, a bit of possession– Matteo caught out– results in a corner.

  9. 17highburyterrace says:

    Guendouzi deep in our half takes too many touches and loses it but recovers enough to only give Wolves another corner…

  10. jw1 says:

    Guen again gives it over

  11. 17highburyterrace says:

    Taken short, but Armand Traore clips it over everybody and behind for a GK…

    He’s got it again on another giveaway by curly but we at least get numbers back to defend and Wolves play it around without too much penetration. We get it back when Traore touches it coming from an offside position…

  12. jw1 says:

    20 patient passes– until a rash one. Cleared. Start again.

  13. 17highburyterrace says:

    This is better… Ozil and his other mids working some triangles and get it into the Wolves half. It’s slow build-up but at least the touches are ours…

  14. 17highburyterrace says:

    Still not much to really please the eye and Wolves push it forward and keep it in our half. Neves tries a long shot but it swerves away from goal…

    We try again to bring it forward…and are able to keep it in their half a bit… Laca goes down just outside of their box but it’s not a foul…

  15. jw1 says:

    Seeing moments of aggression– nothing come of it– but better than defending in the box…

  16. 17highburyterrace says:

    Back with Wolves but the curly boys–Guendo and Luiz–are able to marshal and eventually stop their attack.

    We come forward through Chambers who, with PEA, get a ball central for Lacazette…but Ceballos can’t unsort his feet after the layoff.

    A bit more drive forward from us, at least…

  17. jw1 says:

    Luiz lobbing over the top from the FK pings to Auba for a shot straight at Patricio.

  18. jw1 says:

    Damn! Torriera just wide.
    Laca runs down a pass in the corner– passes to Lucas near side– a right footed worm-burner.

  19. 17highburyterrace says:

    A long ball falls to PEA who tries to steer it home with his first touch. Not enough power and the the angle was tough but it will go down as a shot on target at least…

    And we have some possession too,even it’s mostly harmless and near the middle of the pitch…

    OK, this is better. Laca in our right corner gets it to Torreira but his shot goes wide. Deflected out and we try again after taking the corner short…

    AND WE SCORE!!!!

    PEA from Laca from Luiz in the right corner…

  20. 17highburyterrace says:

    1-nil to the good guys…

    It was a series of well placed passes and few can sort their feet to one touch it in better than Aubameyang!!!

  21. jw1 says:

    Clever play by Chambers– instead of passing out– allows the ball to go out of bounds. Throws-in quickly to Luiz who goes to the goal line crossing to Laca– whos settles briefly then side passes in from of goal to Auba who slots it home.

  22. 17highburyterrace says:

    The defending was rather flat-footed from Wolves on the goal which seems to have sparked some confidence as we come at them after the re-start…

    Wolves have recovered and now the ball is in our half…

  23. LE GALL says:

    goal!!
    what an intelligent, unselfish centreforward laca is
    I like what I’ve seen, so far – without the poison of self-doubt, this would be a very, very, good game imo
    keep up with the good job, lads

  24. 17highburyterrace says:

    Auba just offside on a long pass from Tierney…

    Traore moving forward at pace can’t quite slide in his pass. Moment of danger for sure…

    Though we move quickly to the other end with Chambers ball in deflected to a spot where LT11 might’ve buried it, he fails to do so and Auba has a pot-shot from much deeper fly out of play…

    Other end, Wolves win a high-angled FK after a Chambers foul…

  25. 17highburyterrace says:

    Moutinho places it well but LT11 heads it out… Neves blasting not that far over from the clearance…

  26. jw1 says:

    Flurry of action in front of both goals. Wolves drove straight at goal Luiz stopping the runner more than the ball. Leno picks it up cleanly.

    Chambers released toward Wolves goal passes to Laca who gives Cebalos a shot blocked– where Auba picks upa deflection but shoots high from center about 18yds out

  27. 17highburyterrace says:

    Both teams are able to move the ball quickly from back to front and we’ve done well on that account and are able to keep it in and win a corner. Ozil delivers a good one but Wolves are able to clear it. We push it back and cross from right to left but Aubameyang is just offside…

  28. jw1 says:

    Lacazette center from Lucas– but not enough oomph at the far post– saved.

  29. 17highburyterrace says:

    Thanks for the help J-Dub… and, indeed, the ball seems to be bypassing the midfields and in one box then the other…with Arsenal perhaps on the front foot at this stage of the match and looking more likely (maybe?) for the next goal…

    Laca places a low shot but it’s not hit properly and Patricio stretches for it without too much trouble. Ceballos got Lacazette the ball quickly to set up the chance.

  30. jw1 says:

    Looks like 30 minutes of chasing is all Wolves have in ’em this half. They’ve settled into a defensive posture the last couple of minutes.

  31. jw1 says:

    Light rain now falling.

  32. 17highburyterrace says:

    And we come at them again… but Chambers cul-de-sacs himself in the right corner.

    It almost appears that we’re not content with just a one goal advantage… Inneresting…

    We do need to be solid other end and Tierney is just that, stopping a Wolves move…

  33. jw1 says:

    Ozil with a screaming 30yd pass that surprises Laca. Chest high– he almost controls it at the 18.

  34. 17highburyterrace says:

    Laca dropping deep intercepts a Wolves pass and we’re moving forward again… They regroup but we keep the ball and build up (slowly) and put together some passes before trying a longer one that doesn’t come off.

    Ceballos does some tricky work to keep a move going but the ball into the box is rebuffed… It’s still with us and we must now be on top of the possession stat…with most of it not as far back as per usual…

  35. 17highburyterrace says:

    Though we do try and do that “out of the back” thing… Not so successful but also not as scary (and pointless seeming) as sometimes… Wolves do get a couple of balls into our box but we defend them well enough…

  36. jw1 says:

    Laca flashing attitude at being held by Wolves defender as he tries to control an outlet pass to start a break with Auba. Gets an apology after the foul.

  37. jw1 says:

    Wow– Leno brilliant point blank stop from 12yds out.
    Missed cross– finds it’s way to the center of the box– where a trailing Wolves midfielder struck it.

  38. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wow, big chance for Wolves on a drive down our right and a well placed pull back by Jota. The shot is strong but it’s in a spot where Leno’s quick reactions can stop it with a hand…which he does. That’s a let off and a save that many would not have made…

  39. jw1 says:

    Papa takes a strike in plexus and has his wind forced from the lungs. Play stopped momentarily.

  40. 17highburyterrace says:

    Their getting open shots but we’re putting players in spots to block them. Wolves making a real push and we could use the halftime whistle… They’ve got a corner now…

  41. 17highburyterrace says:

    They’re, I meant…

    The corner is headed out by Luiz and now we’ve got a throw so maybe we can kill things until the whistle…

  42. jw1 says:

    Whistle comes at a good time.

  43. 17highburyterrace says:

    Raul Jimenez tries a shot with the outside of his foot but it hits a teammate and evenutally falls for another but that guy can only find side netting… And the whistle comes… HT…

    Both Pool and ManCity a goal down in their matches… Hmmmmmnnnn….

    We’re ahead but it’s all rather kinetic and chancy…not a dominant performance but not all them, either…

  44. 17highburyterrace says:

    Thanks JW for helping describe… Anybody else got any half-time thoughts?… I’m gonna (hand) grind some more beans before pressing a 2nd coffee…

  45. jw1 says:

    Very good effort this 1st half.
    After being held in our own end for much of the first 8-10 minutes– we managed to create some patient possessions. Didn’t amount to much– but made Wolves take their collective foot off the gas.

    Ozil played wide right– seeing Torriera and Ceballos central behind Laca. Auba required attention on the left– and this seemed to open some lanes for balls into Laca.

    We seemed to have the advantage until the last 5 minutes or so– when Wolves threatened twice. Probably should have scored on the save by Leno.

    Overall? I’ve been pleased with the levels we’re showing. Both sides have been aggressive– Looks a fair scoreline with Leno’s moment of brilliance.

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Thanks for the sharp descriptions chaps. So far so good. We tend to only play one half well so let’s see how the boys will do in the second half.

  47. jw1 says:

    Was also going to mention as HT has– AVL up1-0 on Pool– with Soton up 1-0 on City.
    Almost a cats-lying-down-with-dogs kind of matchday thus far…

    Well… excepting for United looking like a team that didn’t want to be anywhere near Bournemouth earlier. Losing to the Cherries 1-0.

  48. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good description of things, JW…

    And we’re off with a good move to start the 2nd half, PEA almost finding Laca on a diagonal run after LT11 had gotten it started with one of his own… Lacazette went down but no foul given (nor asked for really)…

  49. LE GALL says:

    one good goal, not from a set piece, that’s very good news
    for the first time in weeks, felt we could hurt them when we were in possession inter half/final third; but surprise, surprise!! mesut’s in, which is certainly also the reason why Matteo/Dani are having their best game in a while
    don’t get why Matteo sits deeper than Lucas, though, but after all, what do I know?
    I’ve enjoyed chambers fighting spirit, the lad will deserve a chance in CB position in the weeks to come
    don’t understand why our game is that unbalanced, though; Kieran looks marooned to me, over there on his wing
    we can thank Bernd for his “handball keeper” save, these wolves are very good football players, I hope you-know-who won’t change anything
    lastly, a thought for granit, what happens today is terribly unfair to him, he would have relished playing in such a setup, with Lucas/mesut by his side
    COYG

  50. 17highburyterrace says:

    With so much movement of the ball down the flanks, every now and then there’s some real space in the middle…

    Wolves are using their left side before moving it central then wide right for Traore, who wins them a corner…

  51. 17highburyterrace says:

    Moutinho’s corner is a bit long but it sets up a long diagonal shot from Neves which Leno has to stretch for in order to push it behind. Their next corner is back with Leno and now we’ve bot the ball down their end…

  52. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey LeG, good to have your comments. Always a fresh overview from you. I am not sure the American BKers have noticed us as yet.. 😀

  53. jw1 says:

    With Le Gall in hoping everyone had their earbuds on during halftime.

  54. 17highburyterrace says:

    My wife has arrived with some breakfast food, so a bit of action goes undescribed… And it’s mostly in our half, with Tierney turning it over our endline for a Wolves corner…

    Which Luiz clears. Their next ball forward is chested down by LT (I think) and we’re off on the break. It’s a good looking move but it ends on Laca’s chocolate foot with a shot well over…

  55. jw1 says:

    Papa down in our third as we break.

  56. jw1 says:

    Papa really takes a beating– from the announcers for staying down after not drawing a foul for a forearm to the face on a header.

  57. 17highburyterrace says:

    No, no, c’mon TA… Thanks for the comments and I’m much agree with Le Gall…

    Another promising break with Ozil (again) moving the ball smartly… It dies when Guendo cuts off his run just as Laca slides it into his (abandoned) path…

  58. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wolves move it quickly too and Papa, just down with “injury” a moment ago, does enough to block out and get the whistle as Jota goes down too…

    Now some “playing it out of the back” works and we get it forward. Decent play around their box and Tierney lifts a cross to a tough spot but Patricio leaps well to grab it…

  59. TotalArsenal says:

    I am hearing the name of Mesut a lot on the radio commentary and the commentators are also saying that the team is set up well today.

  60. jw1 says:

    Ceballos on a slotted pass to Tierney who crossed a deft lob across goal– Patricio able to reach it– where Laca would have headed home had he not.

  61. 17highburyterrace says:

    Other end, they move again down our right but Raul Jimenez’ first touch is just a hair too hard so his shot gets popped up off Sok’s(?) toe and into Leno’s arms…

    Wolves player down and we make our first sub, Laca out, Martinelli in… All the while a Wolves player is down hurt…

  62. jw1 says:

    A complexion-changing effort put on by Ozil TA. Not a lot of overt stuff– but we’re playing like a team with talented players.

    Laca off– Martinelli on at 60 minutes

  63. TotalArsenal says:

    Martinelli on is exciting. Laca probably could do with the rest and Marti will fancy playing with Auba and Ozil.

    Good to hear Ozil has been ‘complexion-changing, JW

  64. 17highburyterrace says:

    Nice quick play down our left with PEA trying to play provider… He’s better as a finisher but we get the corner…

    Played short and around a bit but Dani loses it… We get it back, with PEA again out wide, his cross is cleared but we keep it in until Martinelli’s shot-cross is easy for Patricio… Still, it was a good spell of pressure on their defense…

  65. 17highburyterrace says:

    Agreed about Ozil… He’s still got good acceleration and we can break at pace if he’s on the ball…always with his head up as well, of course…

    Wolves have a corner but we clear it, kind of, Neves trying a shot which almost finds its way through a sea of red. Not quite and now we have it in their half…and behind for a corner of our own…

  66. jw1 says:

    Tierney is no nonsense defensively. Played Traore to the goal line– though gave up a corner.
    Corner came in an cleared to about 20yds. Wolves MF struck cleanly and the ball ping-ponged a couple times before we cleared.

  67. TotalArsenal says:

    Bloody hell… Eintracht Frankfurt 5 – 1 Bayern M

  68. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil takes it and Chambers heads down nicely at the near corner… a fortunately placed Wolves defender is all that stops it from being our 2nd goal…

    Martinelli, moving at pace with the ball down our right, is cynically tackled and a yellow card is produced…

  69. jw1 says:

    Marti flies on a break down the right forcing Wolve defender to take a YC

  70. 17highburyterrace says:

    Ozil floats a dangerous FK that Wolves have to head behind for a corner… LT takes it and they clear but we keep it in…nope, play it back to Leno and start over… Ceballos finally pushing it into their half… Guendo loses it there and Wolves push up… Traore should shoot but pushes a pass too hard and we have a goal kick… Doherty is down injured and there’s a break in the action…

  71. jw1 says:

    Wolves CB Doherty down for the second time this half– now going off.
    Announcers acting as if all is now lost defensively for Wolves.

  72. jw1 says:

    Sako for Torriera

  73. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wolves try a quick move after their sub (Vinagre) comes in… Jimenez hits it quickly and on target but the distance and angle were tough and Leno claims it easily.

    Chambers fouled after doing well under the pressure of a couple of Wolves players… Saka coming on for LT11. The supporters are being nicer this week to the players coming off, it appears…

  74. 17highburyterrace says:

    Saka is immediately worked and the ball moves forward to Traore who does well to keep it before floating something far too long over to the other side… Wolves try and build again…

  75. jw1 says:

    Chambers scrumming the ball away from Jimenez– averting danger and drawing a FK.

  76. 17highburyterrace says:

    Wolves level it… Jimenez, the towering Mexican, leaps over Chambers to head down and in…

  77. 17highburyterrace says:

    From a throw-in… and a one touch looper into the danger area… All that good work, done in a flash…

  78. jw1 says:

    Ceballos loses his man on a throw-in. Lobs a cross goal pass to Jimenez between Papa and Chambers and heads home.

    As the announcer expressed: A total switch-off by Arsenal.

    Torriera might not have been the best choice to sub off.

  79. 17highburyterrace says:

    Can Arsenal reverse things and get a winner? They seem to be wanting one from the re-start, but Ozil’s through-ball doesn’t quite arrive…

    Next move sees Chambers cross but Martinelli can’t connect at the near post, thinking about flashing a hand at it, in fact…it bounces dangerously in front of Patricio and may have struck a Wolves hand, but nothing doing…

  80. 17highburyterrace says:

    Good response by Arsenal, thus far, I think, and Ozil and Saka do well to push it forward and then out to Tierney… Eventually we get a corner but the delivery is poor and Wolves get a whistle to slow us for a bit…

  81. 17highburyterrace says:

    Traore crashes David Luiz and the whistle is blown so we build again…

    Ooooh, that was nice… Ceballos sliding in Ozil who pulls back across goal but the bounces don’t go our way and Wolves are able to clear…

  82. 17highburyterrace says:

    85th minute now and Wolves do well to hold up and move the ball down towards our goal. Chambers blocks behind and Wolves will likely take some time with the corner…

  83. jw1 says:

    Fine build up by Ceballos and Ozil who taps a ball center into a crowd– shame we weren’t the first to it.

  84. jw1 says:

    Saka with a fine cross whipped in– but no one there.
    Kola on for Tierney

  85. 17highburyterrace says:

    Guendo heads into touch and more time comes off the clock…

    We defend a cross but Leno can’t move quickly with the ball in hand to spring our break. Still, we get it down their end and Saka has a cross blocked behind for a corner…

    It’s taken short and Saka’s next cross also must be turned back for another corner…

  86. 17highburyterrace says:

    …Saka gets a head to a ball but it’s wide of the mark, Martinelli near it but not close enough…

    Other end, Martinelli does some wild, head down dribbling out of trouble in our box. Ozil hauled down at the center circle with our break in motion… Bpth teams going for it as we hit the 89th…

  87. jw1 says:

    Diogo doing his best Eden Hazard nearly through on Leno– but Papa manges to ward him from getting a shot off.

  88. 17highburyterrace says:

    Diego Jota almost weaves through a bunch of our defenders, deep in our box we finally stop his move…

    Other end, Guendo, in space overhits badly into touch…

  89. 17highburyterrace says:

    4 mins added but already one played, our move breaking down when Kola overhits a cross to… Ozil?…

  90. 17highburyterrace says:

    We’re keeping the pressure on and the crowd even is trying to make some encouraging noises…

    Guendo does better but can’t get it to a teammate and eventually gets pushed off it…

    Ozil to Ceballos but his hopeful cross is cleared and Wolves break with just a minute remaining…

  91. 17highburyterrace says:

    Some iffy defending but Kola chests down to Leno…but we immediately give it back… Wolves end on the front foot, but Michael Oliver blows and it’s only a point for each club…

  92. jw1 says:

    Pool score two in the last 6 minutes to lead AVL 2-1.

  93. 17highburyterrace says:

    It was a solid effort, I guess, but it could have gone either way…

    In other action, ManCity have come back…and so too have Liverpool with a goal from a corner with their final touch at Villa…

  94. 17highburyterrace says:

    Well, not quite their final touch, but still… It must be fun…

  95. 17highburyterrace says:

    By contrast, we’re looking distinctly mid-table-ish…with points dropped again from a winning position. Like I say, the effort was solid but we ooze a distinct lack of confidence in our ability to build attack that could lead to real, solid chances… The hope, it appears, is to take advantage quickly when the opponent stretches themselves out of position.

    Not a lot to get excited about, I fear…

  96. LE GALL says:

    don’t want to be too harsh on anyone, I have the feeling it was a very good PL game – in front of a screen, would like to know what the not-blinded-by-the-result guys in the stadium think
    don’t even want t try to understand ue’s substitutions; just want to keep that happy feeling for seeing mesut play again; he’s not a player, he’s a musician, just makes the ball sing

  97. njk84sg says:

    I cannot fault much of the team. Wolves is a good team and eager to bite.
    We could have done better with the passes though, and Ozil is everywhere tonight.
    Gutted for the draw but seriously not a bad performance from the lads.

  98. jw1 says:

    Liked the effort by the boys today. Was both energized and entertained for much of the match. That in itself is a win for me. First moment where I got a ‘pang’ of uncertainty was the subbing off of Lucas Torriera. Putting Saka on was not a like-for-like exchange– certainly not when defending a 1-0 lead. AMN or Willock would have been good there.

    Then again– perhaps Emery outsmarted me! As soon– we were even, and chasing a win. Perhaps Saka was the prescient choice? Suppose it would have been too. Had we then won.

    Nice to have Ozil back in the XI. He looked right at home today. Welcome back Mesut.

    jw1

  99. 17highburyterrace says:

    I basically have a similar takeaway from those above by LeGall and JK and I’m looking forward to what others make of the game…My guess is that it was a step forward for us despite the disappointment of dropping the points…

    Personally, I like having Mesut Ozil in the team (and, on his performance, it’s impossible to see a reason, besides wanting to get his salary off the books, for freezing him out…) so that maybe should be enjoyed while it lasts. The rest of our midfield?… Ceballos, obviously, didn’t think he needed to defend that throw in that led to their goal, but had a couple of nice moments on the ball. Guendo has some ability too but seems a net negative in my eye. Torreira also made some nice moves but I don’t see any real attempt to work together as a REAL midfield group. As individuals–and most likely by instruction–I have to believe we’re under instruction to not even try. Get lucky and catch ’em out, must be the idea…despite an opponent conceding space and looking awfully static defending their area…

    I could go on and on, but what’s the point?… We got it (the single point) so let’s move forward, I guess…

  100. 17highburyterrace says:

    OK, in-laws to deal with… Over to y’all…

  101. jw1 says:

    Never might have guessed this disparity– even having watched:
    Shots = ARS 10/4 — WOL 25/8

    jw1

  102. 17highburyterrace says:

    Interesting stats… Even with in-laws here, I can’t help but say that I’ve just watched 6 or 8 minutes of Chavs at Watford…at a goal up they are moving the ball at pace, finding seams and making really nice chances that have produced some super quality saves from looking a thousand times better than anything I saw from us in our match…

    Smarter people, please explain this to me…

  103. TotalArsenal says:

    Well that is not good enough, but glad to see others more philosophical than me. Have to see the game to add more but two points from games against SW, CP and WW is not top-four form.

  104. Admir says:

    I just want Emery out of the club. He is beyond awful and I hope I will never have to watch his face in any dugout ever again. 11 games into the season, 4 victories and not a single game where you could say we were a better team. That’s not a sackable offence, it’s deport-him offence.

  105. PE says:

    Couldn’t understand bringing in Saka for Torreira while we were ahead and Wolves threatening. Willock would have made a lot more sense.

  106. goonereris says:

    Hey guys! Been a while but the articles/Posts have been coming fast & furious… a bit too much for me to catch up on properly. But, I have enjoyed the posts, especially some brilliant efforts by GN5, TA and PE (“real fans and Xhaka” one). Well done, gentlemen.

    As for today, I’d like to think that Emery must be a suicidal kind; first, he’s left out some effective players in Ozil and Torreira for most games. Then, in the game where he starts both and with the side 1 goal up, he chooses to take off Torreira (I understand the Laca change, but with the trouble he was giving the Wolves defence, I’d keep him on), thus indicating he doesn’t understand we needed to make him join Guendouzi play deep rather than take him off to bring on Bukayo Saka.

    Now, I am going to go against the grain here and say Saka needs to be protected and not thrown on at the deep end in the premier league. If he must come on, it should games against sides we have under the crush and leading with a good margin. Other than the cross and a couple of runs, he did little, struggling to keep up with the pace of it and left his full back a few times, without support. As with the Liverpool equalizer, I think he has failed to apply pressure at the right time, for that throw-in. Then again, for the throw, he has shaped like he was marking a man but knew (even glanced behind him to see) there was danger behind him. He neither chased back nor warned Ceballos he had a runner behind him. I have been watching the kid and feel too much is being expected of him but he doesn’t have the stomach for a fight, in my view. We can’t afford that now.
    Think back to the cup game at Anfield and you’d recall he was culpable for the last minute goal.

    I am all for blood(ing) the kids but, apart from say Martinelli and Willock, I am not a fan of bringing them into league games when we are not in a clear lead.

  107. jw1 says:

    Agreed Eris.
    In hindsight? It’s only a little about Saka. More about– it ought to have been Ceballos to come off (for Willock or AMN) than Torreira. No rhyme in removing a top defensive skill set from the pitch– 16 minutes left, defending a one goal lead.

    I’m no manager. But in-match, that just felt wrong at the moment.
    How can that ‘feel right’ to the guy who is?

    jw1

  108. Admir says:

    Emery’s birthday is tomorrow. P45 for birthday is what he deserved.

    11 games, not a single one in which we outplayed our opponents.

    11 games, just once we scored more than two goals.

    11 games, we have already dropped more points than Man City had during the whole last season.

    11 games, we have won just four or a little bit over one third.

    11 games, we still don’t have Best XI.

    11 games, we have kept a clean sheet in just two occasions.

    11 games, we have just 16 points yet I have feeling it’s at least five more than we have deserved.

    Sack him in the morning!

  109. jw1 says:

    Emery post-match:
    ““The match, for me, was equal for two teams, if you don’t score the second goal you are in the position where they can score with one action. They did that.”

    Is it time for the squad to vote about his sacking yet?

    jw1

  110. njk84sg says:

    Jw1, i would rather have Emery doing his press conference in Spanish so that we can understand him better. Wolves deserved the draw IMO.

    We need to work on our finishing.

  111. jw1 says:

    I’m clear on what he’s saying jk.
    It’s a clichéd response meant to burn time in the interview.

    “The teams were equal. We needed to score again to ensure the win. We didn’t. They scored.”
    The difference is I expected we could win at the 73rd minute. “We didn’t.”
    Emery decided to weaken his team defensively instead. “They scored.”

    Not sure what this has to do with finishing.

    jw1

  112. njk84sg says:

    Jw1, so that we can outscore them?
    Like the old saying: attack is the best form of defense.

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