Constant empty seats at Emirates say something. by Konstantin Mitov
Hello fellow gooners! I spent some time in the United States and I missed the Chelsea game, but what I noticed against Brighton, just like Bournemouth and WBA, there were a lot of empty seats at the ground. Now, you can make all sorts of excuses about it, but there really is something to say about this.
Despite the stats that always say we’re sold out, the fact people chose to not go at the game even if tickets were sold is a solid form of protest against a stagnated system. I know, we’ve got a bunch of clean sheets and a couple of nice victories, but truth to be told, we beat bad teams.
And fair point, you have to do it, but there also was a major similarity in the way we played in those games. We allow easy chances to bad teams, and if you put Harry Kane in these situations or Lukaku, will we get dry out of the water?
I don’t think it matters if we play 4 or 3 at the back. Xhaka and Rasmey don’t help out much the defence and i think this is a major issue. But Brighton didn’t really look for dangerous forward passes to expose this which is understandable with the quality gap between us and them.
One thing I like is not playing Ozil. I’m sorry, but the results with him off the pitch seem better. You might put it down to whatever you like, but we paid a really high price for players who didn’t care last season and I’m happy he’s out.
And the difference between him and Sanchez is just at the quality. That backheel for 2:0 was sensational and the way Alexis looks forward is something we’ll be dreadfully missing next season, but Ozil not so much really, although if he goes to United I’d be interested to see what Mourinho could get out of him.
I don’t want players who don’t care for the team, and looking at it now I think we should’ve sold them and gotten replacements, but If I have to be honest I think we’ll struggle for the top 4 this season and we should try to make the best of the Europa League where a tricky win in Belarus gives us a chance to get first place in the group.
Lastly I’d like to mention Jack Wilshere, who’s been looking good in what we’ve seen of him in his return, but the talks of a 4 year deal seem premature. I’d first like to see him sustain a good run of games in the league with good performances before we commit, but hey our transfer policy needs no commenting.
Still I think we go into the break unbeaten in September, so hopefully we’ll pick up where we left and improve on our results by getting some away wins as well!