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30 minutes ago, Silent Runner said:

We were all right in the first half, Saka and Tierney especially, but we’re trash now. Need some changes. Get Laca on at least or maybe Partay.

 

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Well that was disappointing and another game we could have gotten something from if we weren’t terrified of getting turned over. I appreciate it’s good to start by making us a bit more difficult to beat, but we are really boring to watch. On paper we have some decent attacking talent but just don’t any risks at all. We spend so long playing out to just clip the ball up the line and cede possession until we eventually get it back and do it all again. Arteta really needs to add some variety into what we’re doing as we are currently getting consistently worked out – dropping Pepe and Willian would be a good start as their contribution is desperate. If we needed someone to get their legs in a tangle, scuff it about with their head down and shin the ball out of play we should have got Gervinho back.

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When you think about some of the dismal Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs teams in that time that is horrendous. We don’t play with the right intensity in those games, happy to stand off and feel the game out rather than booting someone up the hole and being a nightmare. 

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1 minute ago, Art Vandelay said:

When you think about some of the dismal Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs teams in that time that is horrendous. We don’t play with the right intensity in those games, happy to stand off and feel the game out rather than booting someone up the hole and being a nightmare. 

 

I think it's really indicative of Wenger's non confrontational cosy club where 4th place was good enough in the latter years - the whole squad was just mentally weak and that is what Arteta is having to overcome - it will take him some time as he's inherited a lot of them and is having to win them over and counter years of that malaise.

 

weak passive performances like yesterday though won't help him much and undo the good of the victories in the cup last year.

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With the caveats that we're away in Europe with a card-happy ref and an early-ish kickoff and playing a hybrid B-team but we are quite bad and when we're not being quite bad, we're very boring.

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Thought we where pretty good in the first half, especially as Leicester sat back. Really liked seeing Tierney and Bellerin getting forward more too.
 

Second half we were poor though. Overall just not enough creativity in midfield. We desperately need an attacking midfielder.

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that was disappointing, you could see Leicester there for the taking in the first half, and we at least managed to create a few chances that were all spurned - that isn't Arteta being found out it's a pair of supposedly top strikers earning close to half a million a week between them both not firing. Lacazette is clearly a moody so and so, you can see when his tail is up but its a rare sight. I'll give Auba the benefit of the doubt he's just in a short bad run of form that will right itself soon. 

 

second half though you could see the story about to unfold, it's almost like our players were waiting for Vardy to come on and stick it to us. 

 

don't think Partey looked up to speed yet either, game seemed to go on around him.

 

also demonstrates again what xG can demonstrate, we were winning games we shouldn't have been with teams underscoring the chances we gave up and us over scoring on scraps - over time that is never a plan that works reliably but can mask shortcomings if you just look at results.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Gotters said:

 

 

don't think Partey looked up to speed yet either, game seemed to go on around him.

 

 

 

 

That's because for some strange reason after half-time the team decided to stop passing to him. 

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9 hours ago, g wings said:

 

 

That's because for some strange reason after half-time the team decided to stop passing to him. 

 

yeah, saw Orbinho tweeting the pass combo stats and they all just decided to not bother with him anymore - what you really need to know on top of that is were Leicester targeting him in the press or did he stop moving, making him a bad option. 

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The Gabonese striker has had goalscoring chances totalling to 0.43 xG in 540 minutes of Premier League action this season. To put that in to perspective, Gareth Bale posted the exact same xG total in his 18 minute appearance for Spurs against West Ham United on his return to the Premier League.

In the 2019/20 Premier League, Aubameyang averaged 0.38 xG per 90 – just under his total figure in five league games this season. The Gunners will have to find a way to provide service to him if they want him to replicate his 22 goal-tally in each of the last two Premier League campaigns.

 

from 

https://www.statsperform.com/resource/snapshot-premier-league-match-day-6/

 

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If everyone was fit is this our best 11 

 

               Leno

Bellerin   Luiz  Gabriel  Tierney  

                Partey

      Ceballos   Xhaka

   Martinelli   Auba    Saka

 

Anyone got any better ideas??

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I'd swap Saka with Xhaka, move Ceballos into a midfield two with Partey, Pepe on the right and Gabi on the left. Business at the back, party at the front.

 

Not sure we'd win more games but at least we'd be exciting and unpredictable to watch again.

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We’re pretty much playing a full strength team each game, which is a bit troubling you’d have to say. Everyone is being expected to wear two or three hats though – multiple formations and switches in and out of possession with most of the team out of position for large swathes. Also 99% of what we do goes through Xhaka and everyone knows it. He’s just been sat on in every game and he can’t cope. That’s three managers now who want him to be something he’s not. He can’t beat a press and you could parallel park a articulated lorry around him: enough!

 

My worry is that Arteta seems to have learned a lot from Moyes in how to mould a rugged but stodgy unit but doesn’t have the players to implement what he really wants, which is Guardiola’s encyclopaedic playbook of predetermined attacks. He’s tinkering and overthinking himself to defeat every week and that is a difficult thing to arrest. Play four at the back and put as many of our best players in the right places as you can and see what happens as what he’s doing isn’t working.

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1 hour ago, Art Vandelay said:

We’re pretty much playing a full strength team each game, which is a bit troubling you’d have to say. Everyone is being expected to wear two or three hats though – multiple formations and switches in and out of possession with most of the team out of position for large swathes. Also 99% of what we do goes through Xhaka and everyone knows it. He’s just been sat on in every game and he can’t cope. That’s three managers now who want him to be something he’s not. He can’t beat a press and you could parallel park a articulated lorry around him: enough!

 

My worry is that Arteta seems to have learned a lot from Moyes in how to mould a rugged but stodgy unit but doesn’t have the players to implement what he really wants, which is Guardiola’s encyclopaedic playbook of predetermined attacks. He’s tinkering and overthinking himself to defeat every week and that is a difficult thing to arrest. Play four at the back and put as many of our best players in the right places as you can and see what happens as what he’s doing isn’t working.


this is why we brought Elneny back :quote:

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Also you can't play a midfield of Ceballos, Xhaka and/or Elneny and expect the ball to be driven forwards into creative spaces. Arsenal don't seem to have someone who can carry the ball through midfield, alot of people say that's going to be Parteys role but he needs time to get used to the league too, plus you need an option for when he's not available. Is there any of the younger players capable of doing that job?

 

Lastly, did Arsenal look better with Lacazette or Nketieh as the focal point of the midfield?

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I think Arteta does want to play a back 4 and now that we have Partey we will see a more settled formation. However, until our side is strong enough and he has the players he wants I reckon he will still sometimes tinker with formations.

 

I've got a feeling that he might eventually want a keeper who is better with his feet but this is surely way down the list of priorities.

We definitely need a CB as while I think Luiz is a good influence on the players and a good person to have on the pitch and in training there's definitely room for improvement there. Plus, his age and he only has a short term contract doesn't he?

Gabriel is the future with hopefully Saliba and / or a new CB.

Mari, Holding & Chambers are back up. Papastathopoulos & Mustafi should go.

Not totally convinced about Bellerin. Soares is back up anyway so that's an area that could be improved.

Tierney is a very good player. Kolasinac is not even back up and should go.

 

Ceballos and Xhaka can both be improved on. This is the main area we need to work on hence the interest in Aouar. Hopefully we'll go back in for hm.

Back up of Elneny, Willock, Nelson & AMN

  

Up front we are pretty much ok.

Auba should mostly play as a central striker with the odd occasion of being moved out to the left.

Laca & Eddie can be back up CF with wide men Pepe, Martinelli, Willian and Saka.

 

So........

       Leno/possible eventual upgrade

Bellerin/AMN/upgrade   Luiz/Saliba/upgrade  Gabriel  Tierney  

                Partey

      Ceballos/Aouar   Xhaka/upgrade

   Martinelli/Willian   Auba/Laca    Saka/Pepe

 

The rest can be sold or be squad players

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Lacazette looks geriatric and neither him or Nketieh are up the job of either holding up play, providing wall passes or when everyone is chucked on at once, playing wide. Giroud is a better player than Lacazette ever was and is better shape too. The reality is we'd be better off with him in our squad than at Chelsea's. 

 

Ashley Maitland-Niles should be given a go on the right of centre midfield. He's not perfect, but is box to box and can carry a ball. Willock can too for that matter, but Saka aside none of the younger guys are being given much of a sniff. Nelson too needs some minutes which are all being handed to Willian or Pepe. It's not time to just play the kids as everyone else is shit, but give them a bit of a bash at least.

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