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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Get a grip Mr Emery

By 1970's Gooner

I desisted communicating my anger and scathing criticism right after the City match as I was too disappointed and angry.

Now two days later the anger has gone but my disappointment is still there. And the reason is that almost all our obvious failings were avoidable and the reason they were avoidable is down to the ineptitude of the Coach.

Let's start:

Unai Emery proved inept because he thought the team were ready to start playing the ball out of defence in their first game of the season! 

If you remember I pointed out in my last post that the effectiveness of our all out pressing during the pre season games was a joke and a lot of you slated me for it. But so it proved to be. And he surely saw that the players were not up to it...

Deciding to do it against a City team who are masters at getting out of it was suicidal and really smells of ineptitude in my mind.

It's also ineptitude to expect the goalie and the rest of the defence to get out of their half by passing the ball out...

It is also ineptitude not to change it during the game when it was so obvious that it wasn't working i.e Emery's ability to read the game and make corrective alterations come seriously into question.

Let's carry on:

Unai Emery proved to be inept by opting to play Maitland Niles as a left back when it was so obvious that the experience and character of Lichtsteiner was a far safer choice. 

Guardiola and Arteta exploited it to the fullest extend. And don't tell me that Lichtsteiner was not ready. Stones for example came back to training much later than Lichtsteiner...

It smacks of ineptitude when Torreira was not in the first 11. Did Emery expect that Xhaka and /or Guendouzy would be able to play that role? Really? 

Why not start Torreira and then take him out in the latter stages IF he got tired. 

Let's carry on:

If Emery did not realise that we wouldn't be seeing the ball too much against City then doubts emerge about his judgement. And I am saying this with respect to Ramsey's position in the formation. He was deployed as a number 10!!

But his forte is to be a box to box midfielder and a playmaker. He was wasted up there and messed up Aubameyang too with his positioning. More importantly he was not able to give a way out with the ball in the midfield areas.

It smacks of ineptitude when Emery didn't realise that Lacazette should be starting in the same team as Aubameyang. We all saw the difference he made when he came on. And it was the same in the friendly games.

Mickitarian is not fit yet. I could tell having watched all the pre season games. It was so obvious but Emery had to start him. He was useless and predictably so.

And finally to expect Dozy Ozil to track back by positioning him on the wing is wildly over the top optimistic...

Most Gooners are writing the Chelsea game off. As things stand now we should be worried about the West Ham game too unless the right formation and players are selected. Then we have a chance in both games.

Get a grip Mr Emery....


Anonymous said...

"Aguero was in the same Uruguy team as Torreira" - Aguero is Argentinian... basically sums up the accuracy and insightfulness of your analysis tbh

john McEvoy said...

yes, so he made one error, but what he said about Mr.Emery was correct!

Gary murray said...

It’s the first game out and he played the only way you can against a team like City or for that matter Liverpool, who will constantly press high. You have to play through the lines, string four or five passes together and break it. Playing long balls forward to the likes of Auba would be useless and play into their hands. I’d say playing Ozil and Mick on the wings was a mistake but the only chance of getting points against them is not to sit back in blocks and invite pressure but play through the lines. They are the best team in the PL and one of the best in Europe, but give it time and take some positives, it’s not going to happen overnight.

Anonymous said...

Yeah !! lets get Allardyce in and play some proper football.

Anonymous said...

Townsend said Arsenal played like last season : constant passing with no end product.Sterling ran at the defenders and shot and scored. When he was in the box,
defenders dare not tackle as they would outside.
You know I know football except one fm ,is about winning and not pass a thousand times before shooting, I am not a coach but defenders have it easy when they don't have to mark. All they have to do is wait and when danger is forthcoming they will
do whatever is necessary.
Hopefully against Chelsea Arsenal will pass and shoot more often.Sometimes a deflected shot can be shot home.