After all the changes, it’s the same old Arsenal. by Konstantin Mitov
Beaten by ourselves again. We lacked confidence, tried to play a style that doesn’t suit us and we lost. It is not exactly the start we needed.
I don’t understand why we play out from the back when we don’t have the players to move the ball? I don’t know what Xhaka does on training to impress so much the coach, but he was so poor. Guendouzi at least tried to make something happen, but it’s difficult when everyone is so static.
We tried to press with no real purpose. Even when we got them to make a mistake there was no understanding between the players. We looked like we meet ourselves for the first time. Something so characteristic of last season.
At the back we again allowed City shooting opportunities. The Sterling goal was pathetic. There were so many people next to him yet he shoots and the ball enters the net through the middle? Why did we buy Bernd Leno? Why was Cech captain? Honestly is there a player in this squad you’d make captain? The second goal we had our CB ball watching and our DMs were nowhere near Bernardo Silva.
Honestly I’m worried big time. For all the video analysis how did Emery exactly miss the way we conceded exactly the same goals last time we played City? Did we analyse this? The problems were so obvious yet we repeated them exactly.
Mikhi and Ozil are not wingers. We don’t have a winger and this creates a lot of problems for our full backs which is something that was ignored again. Up front we killed our potential by dropping Lacazette, who made immediate impact after his addition. If I have to be completely honest, as much as I like Aubameyang, apart from playing him in behind he is completely useless as a CF on his own. He doesn’t head the ball and he doesn’t play well with his feet.
We failed for the past seasons becuase we either failed to add quality where it was needed or we tried to play a system that doesn’t suit the players we have and we showed both on Sunday.
All the other top teams won no matter of their own problems. We cannot sleep walk the start of the season and I couldn’t care less we play City and Chelsea. We were at home and we were scared. We destroyed our own confidence from the start by failing to see the problems.
It’s a terrible start to the season and it will contiously get worse as Kroenke takes over the club. We made so many changes this summer yet we looked exactly the same. If we don’t get back to the top 4 we’re never getting money for real signings with Kroenke in charge.
We needed a performance and it was disappointing from both the players and the crowd which is just used to this. If Emery wants to get the fans on his side, he must work towards that on the pitch. Words will not be enough.
Our record at Chelsea is terrible. I demand a much improved performance, unless we are satisfied with 6th again.