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Thursday, August 23, 2018 not streaming live Emery's press conferences

By 1970's Gooner

I don't know if you've noticed but we have yet to watch an Emery pre match press conference live transmitted on

This was a Thursday morning ritual under Wenger which we all looked forward to. But alas it is to be no more, until further notice.

This is so according to official Arsenal policy communicated to me after enquiring as to why we are no longer privileged enough to be partied to a live press conference as we have been accustomed to.

This is the e mail sent by me:

' ... about the live transmission of Unai Emery's conferences.  Will transmit them live as in the past or has this been scrapped?

A lot of Arsenal supporters are asking us'


Arsenal Analysis blogspot

And the reply:

Dear .....,

If any of Unai’s press conferences are going to be transmitted live then the website will confirm this in advance.

We do not have any more information regarding this issue at present.

Kind regards

Ticketing & Services
Arsenal Football Club

Tel: 44 (0) 20 7619 5000
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7704 4041

So we just have to wait and hope.

But why this change of policy? 

Does Arsenal FC want to make sure that Emery's English is not in any way misinterpreted before it is checked first? 

If so I would hope that the press will be under the same restriction before publishing anything. However we all are able to read the live transmission of the conferences in the newspapers as it is happening....

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The formation to get the best out of Ozil

By 1970's Gooner

There is only one formation and position that Mr Emery should adopt with regard to Ozil for Saturday's game against Chelsea. And it is not that which he opted for in the match against City.

That had two drawbacks. 

The first was that Ozil was deployed on the left side of the forward line which did not allow him to dictate and play his usual game of intelligent passing. It is obvious he is much better utilised playing in the middle of the pitch rather than be wasted out wide.

The second drawback is that he is useless at tracking back and/or marking. It was really a lack of judgement by Mr Emery to actually deploy him in that position. 

Let's hope he realises his mistake and if he considers that Ozil should start then play him as a number 10 behind the main striker.

Starting Ozil at the number 10 position would mean that Ramsey's participation in the starting 11 could be in jeopardy because in the preferred 4 2 3 1 formation he can't fit in as one of the 2 'more defensive midfielders'.

This will unbalance the whole team as Ramsey cannot play the holding role nor will he be disciplined enough to keep his position.  

Emery started with Guendouzy and Xhaka against City. I think he will play one of them along side Torreira which means that Ramsey's chances for starting in central midfield are not high.

He could deploy him on the right wing and it would make sense as Ramsey will help keep the ball, combine with Ozil and make his dangerous runs into the box. He will also fall back into midfield and defend when possession is lost.

In my opinion Iwobi could play that role too as he has done very effectively against Chelsea last season.

Mkhitaryan looked very unfit and was useless against City. He neither attacked nor defended well. He should be dropped.

I expect Lacazette to start up front with Aubameyang  on the left and Emery will probably start with Mkhitaryan on the right, but in my opinion he shouldn't. Ozil will be behind Lacazette.                            


Bellerin  Papastathopoulos  Mustafi  Lichtsteiner

      Guendouzy  Torreira

Ramsey   Ozil  Aubameyang   


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....