Arsenal FC and the manager need write off this season (Opinion)

Arsenal Football Club need to make a decision on the future of Mikel Arteta, and should they decide to back him in the long-term, they need to work together to discuss new targets.

We currently sit way back in the table, and are currently piling pressure on ourselves to turn the season around, but it is dead already.

Any level of realism must tell us that we are not winning the Premier League this season, while we have very little hope of qualifying for the top four through the league, and the top four/six in the division is just a pipe dream currently, so we need to remove this pressure.

Arsenal do stand a fair chance in the Europa League, and are still in the running in both domestic cup competitions, and anyone with any sense will not seriously consider us for the relegation places.

With all this in mind, and with Mikel Arteta’s side putting excess pressure on results, the Gunners hierarchy should take a stand, and agree to right off the season.

I know it is difficult to comprehend how we have fallen right away after impressive end to last term, added to the 100% record we started the new one with, but we have to put that behind us.

We now need to be looking to the future. We have some older players who retain their place in the first-team despite their form, while we have younger players impressing in the Europa League and should well have a bright future ahead of them if they are given the opportunity to thrive.

William Saliba needs to be brought up to the first-team so we can figure out if he has what it takes to step-up before the new season.

Ozil, Sokratis and Mustafi are gone before next season, so don’t bother considering any of these for minutes this term.

Bring the likes of Balogun, Nketiah, Willock, Nelson, Smith Rowe and even Miguel Azeez into the fold and give them plenty of minutes, to finally get a grasp of just how far they can go.

I’d even go as far as to say sell Alexandre Lacazette for whatever fee we can get in January if there is no new contract on the table, as he hasn’t cut it, and his value is only diminishing with only 18 months left on his contract. What is the point?

Whether Arteta is the right man for the job, or whatever expectations we had for our season need to be reassessed, but I’m fed up of seeing the team play the same old players and struggle, when our league aspirations should already be buried.

Would the youngsters be doing as bad a job as our so-called senior options? Is it too early to write off our chances of climbing the table? Or is it too simplistic to claim that relegation isn’t possible for our club at present?

Patrick

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72 Comments

  1. Pirate Dandy says:

    I’ll celebrate if we finished 11th this season.

    1. Vinod says:

      I with 45 points.

    2. The Art of Teta says:

      I believe 100% in Arteta (for now). I also believe he is going through a process where he is sorting out which players to keep and which players to dump. And trying to find the right balance between youth and experience.

      I also don’t think we would have seen as much of Xhaka had Party remained fit.

      As much as it would be nice to think we should play many youngsters, a team full of our youngsters would get exposed in the PL. Ateta knows this and is trying to make the best of what he has. He is smart and knows his players well. Every time I wanted him to play Wilock in the PL after a great EL performance Wilock showed why he was not an automatic starter in the PL. Our youngsters are not the solution today. We need to find the right blend and I think Arteta will. I think once he is done with the experienced players, they are out. Xhaka might well be out. I think he wants to figure out this season if Pepe should stay or go. This team is still very much in transition whilst having little to no time to train on specifics.

      I am confident we will finish in the top half of the table no problem.

      1. Pirate Dandy says:

        The Art of Teta. Well put.

        He is seeing what to prune. But I wonder whether we have a stem – maybe it’s Partey and a few youngsters.

        I’ve actually never liked Willock too. His and Nketiah’s game is too unstable compared to their counterparts, so far Saka, Azeez and Smith Rowe.

        But top half? I think we’ve got the same chances of finishing in the top half as Brighton do in our current state – and they play better football.

        1. Jack Kelly says:

          Arteta should never have got the job and has been found out in this regard. Bring in a top Quality coach to rectify the situation within the club.

    3. Loose Cannon says:

      i wrote off the season before the season started knowing that with bellerin, Mustafi, Socrates, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Laca around a top ten would be difficult. To add to it the better keeper was let go for money, a discarded winger signed due to his nationality, Cabellos loan deal, that makes a team. No sane person expects miracles from deadwood. Am i surprised with 15th position? Not at all, as long as the moss is on the floor, the surface will be slippery and Arteta is slipping. The board needs to be sacked lock stock and barrel. then you may think of the manager.

      1. Dan kit says:

        A keeper that’s been at the club for 10 years , did you call for him to be made 1st choice in them 10 years ?I very much doubt it .

        1. Loose Cannon says:

          notice you brag about the past, please learn to live in the present. He was the better keeper just as the jersey merchant is of no use anymore currently. Years ago he had 1 fluke season and years ago Emi was the reserve keeper.That was the past.

          1. Dan kit says:

            How am I bragging that makes no sense? Im asking where was you in the last 10 years asking him to be our 1st choice keeper .
            You jumped on his bandwagon because he played well in the absence of Leno .
            Leno along with Auba have been our best 2 players for the last 2 seasons .
            Now Martinez as gone your again using it as an excuse to have ago at Arteta and the team .

          2. Mobella says:

            He wasn’t the better keeper. Do you know he has conceded 13 goals this season in 10 matches while Leno has conceded 15 in 13. He has more organized defenders in front of him and plays in a more stable and inform team.

      2. Pirate Dandy says:

        Loose Cannon. True.

        I don’t think we’ll be with Leno in the next 2 seasons. I think his is a case like that of Mignolet.

  2. towny254 says:

    Arteta does not feel Saliba is up to the EPL what the point with these sort of players Pepe is the same not good enough for EPL buy people like Grealish who will be ready instead of messing about no wonder we are in trouble

  3. Roachie says:

    I agree with using the younger players more, as I’m sure most fans are but to “write off” the season with 2 thirds of it yet to play sounds defeatist. Every player needs to give everything for the remaining games. It’s been a strange year and the league is no different. Get a few decent results on the board and the table can change quickly.

    1. The Art of Teta says:

      I agree Roachie. Way too early to write the season of.

  4. Bur says:

    I personally wrote off the season 8 weeks ago as far as the premiership was concerned but there is hope in the cups.
    All the dead wood has to go in January including xhaka.
    The point last night does not take us out of the mire, there is a lot of heartache to go yet.

    1. jon fox says:

      Bur, Sadly for us all It is not going to be possible to get ALL the deadwood out of our club in JAN. NO ONE WANTS MOST OF THEM , UNDERSTANDABLY. Many such as Ozil and others too, will stay til their contract expires. Just lifes reality, however much we wish it were not so.

  5. Linsagunner says:

    I agree GoonerP. Panic stations and sacking isn’t the way forward. let the youngsters prove themselves, let’s target an Aouar to play alongside Partey, possibly a striker to support Auba (whom realistically wherever his form goes from here has already given his best years in Germany and at Arsenal up to his half-century of goals). Get rid of Laca and other deadwood, look for a CAM (Eriksen perhaps) and let’s go again next season. Most we can hope for now is a mid table finish and maybe an amazing cup run (Europa, EFL, FA Cup) take your pick.

  6. Shortboygooner says:

    I agree with all of this. I think k we need to do our upmost to get rid of the dead wood.

    Ozil
    Sokratis
    Mustafi – he should not be taking up game time
    Lacca – opinions on lacca vary but I will say this. Is he so much better than the 3 youngsters. Martinelli, nketia and balogun? If he is miles ahead keep him. If its even remotely close sell him as they can all be just as good if not better than him
    Willian – should have payed the money and got a younger player who can still learn
    Bellerin – he lost his way since he lost his pace.
    Luiz – this should be his final contract
    Toreira – doesn’t love England
    Cebellos – he is just not arsenal standars
    Xaka – LOL

    Once we get all of these players off of the books lets re evaluate and see what the budget is and work out what we need if we don’t have it within on of the youngsters already.

    As far as the manager goes. We obviously need a new one. The rebuild is too much for him. It would have made better sense to stick with Freddie if we wanted a rookie. Atleast he knew all the players and had worked with them some what. Arteta appointment never made any sense and im not gotta just accept it just because he is here now.

    Arteta showed some flashes of brilliance but arsenal is too premature for him. He should have done like Frank and got his experience making choices and dealing with losses on a small club before this.

    They rejected him the first time for a reason

  7. gotanidea says:

    I predict Arteta would be replaced if Arsenal lose at Goodison Park. Lacazette must also be transfer listed in the summer, if he can’t show a lot of improvements in his attacking stats

    We need to recruit specialists, not a jack-of-all-trades

    1. jon fox says:

      I BET YOU MA WILL NOT! The club are rightly standing by him and will give him, I firmly believe , an extended chance to change the culture at our club, which he is doing under difficult circumstances, many out of his control.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I hope not too, since Arteta has shown some smart tactics and given us an FA Cup within a very short amount of time. But there’s a limit on the amount of red cards and losses we get, before it’s too late to survive in EPL

        1. The Art of Teta says:

          Let’s not forget he managed to get us EL football and its cash inflows as a result of winning the FA cup.

        2. jon fox says:

          gotanidea, It is fanciful to even fear going down , even with this squad We are miles above THAT standard.

  8. jon fox says:

    Some well considered questions Patrick and I believe many will agree that we urgently need to give several younger players an extended run of Prem games in place of these older failed regulars ; Xhaka(WHY is this statue still here? Anyone??) Bellerin, Laca, Elneny(a willing but limited journeyman) Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolas, Chambers(borderline either way , perhaps keep as cover for time being) Ozil(goes without saying).
    Those to give an extended Prem chance to include AMN(SHOULD BE ALREADY A REGULAR , NO DOUBT!) Nelson, Willock, ESR, Balogun(and in front of Nketiah too).
    I fully accept we cannot reduce squad numbers TOO much, so will need proper incoming replacements first. But the huge ongoing handicap of Kroenke remains our MAIN problem.

    1. Marty says:

      Jon IAgree, we need to give these young players a chance to find out how good they are, not just 15 minutes at the end of a game, put them in for 3-4 games and give them a chance to feel confident in the team. One of my all time heroes Ray Kennedy wouldn’t have been the player he was if we hadn’t given him a chance back in the 70’s. Different times I know but life seemed to be simpler then.

  9. Gunner since 71 says:

    The club still needs to give the season a full go and make the correct decisions otherwise the relegation zone is going to become a major threat.

  10. Armoury says:

    How can you say that ‘we finished impressive last season’ when we couldn’t qualify for Europa through log standings? With Arteta, I lost hope because the guy lost hope by himself

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Armoury your last sentence doesn’t really make sense, ‘I lost hope because the guy lost hope by himself’ what do you mean by that.

  11. Grandad says:

    I think most Arsenal fans would settle for a mid table
    position at the end of the season.I certainly would, because there are clearly areas where we need strengthening and we will not be able to do so until the current wage bill is reduced significantly.I will not go into details as to who should go, and who should stay,but to me there has to be accountability for the numerous errors of judgement made by our recruitment team.As an example, we have more centre backs than any other side in the EPL,but from what I have seen we do not have one of top quality, a shocking endictment on our Club which used to be renowned for its uncompromising back four led by Adams. I do not absolve Arteta from criticism .He has made some glaring errors and needs to show more trust in our younger players as a means of not only getting back to winning ways, but to produce the energy needed in the EPL.

    1. Reggie says:

      Grandad, i would be really upset by a mid table finish. We aren’t a mid table team we should be bare minimum in top 6 blind folded. I will have no confidence with this set up for the future if we drop to mid table the end of season. There are too many very good managers and very good teams that are improving and moving into challenging for top 6 when we are dropping. They dont have the resourses we have, we have no excuse to finish outside top 6, that would be disastrous for the future. I wont accept that scenario, there is no excuse for it.

  12. Mohsan says:

    Do fans realise what Wright off means, it easy to say let’s stick with the manager give him a season and judge him at the end. If we finish bottom somewhere or get relegated then sack him but what about the impact that will have to the club not in near future but years to come. Once you are down there it’s hard to come back up. We will be a finencial mess, big name players we have will abandon the ship and not to mention as we are in team building state, for get about the quality players no even potentially good youngster will sign for us. No big name manager will take the job because we won’t have the lure of Europe neither cash to back him up in the transfer market. World wide merchandise sales will drop, less money share in TV rights and no big sponsorship deals. It is an absolute must for us not only to stay up but to stay atleast in Europe (UEFA cup) to have any chance to glory in future.

  13. S.J says:

    If we can finish 6th this season then that will be tagged success in the league.

    I am not really giving up yet. A good run of 10 wins for the remaining of this season can take us up the table.

    Let us prepare for the worse and hope for the best.

  14. Sue says:

    This season so far has been an absolute car crash!! Luckily there’s still time to turn it around and survive relegation 🤞

    Didn’t take long for Gabriel to apologise, hey Granit??

  15. Reggie says:

    Pardon! Write off this season, no way! It would just be another acceptance of mediocrity and another level we would have to bridge to get us back. I say it should be NO SURRENDER ATTITUDE. Nothing less will do and accept nothing but winning.

    1. Reggie says:

      Defeat should mean accountability and not acceptance, players first then manager second should systematically be treated for their performance. If that means axing players or managers then so be it.

      1. jon fox says:

        Reggie, Grandad(below) is correct. We fans need to use our heds now not our emotions and see the facts as they are. If we go on changing manager like Chelse but without thre funds THEIR owner allows them we will keep jumpoing from thre fryingpaninto the fire and repeat adinfinitum That is not sebsibleas MA has a huge task to get rid of a forest of deadwood, not of his own making(in th main)- I agree Willian was a daft deal – in a difficult econonoc time wirth Covid.
        He has brought in two of our three best players, Partey, Gabriel – Saka being the other. Changing the culture of player entitlement to huge wages and laziness will take sometime. THAT is WHY we all need to use our heads now and not overreact. We are not remotely in danger of going down and to think so is not using our heads.

        1. Reggie says:

          Jon, i would agree with you but the fact our players and manager have us in the position we are at the moment for me says, someone is not getting the most out of this squad. Why? For me looking at the way we play is not getting the best out of what we have. Im not daft enough to think we should be automatically be top 4, i did say 5th would be an improvement for this squad at the beginning of the season. My expectation aren’t too high but my expectations aren’t so bad either that we should be toiling so badly in games and quite firmly in 15th either. Im not an Arteta out but i am an Arteta out, if he cant improve our position in the next few games because he has nothing to back him up that this job isn’t too big for him. If it is how much damage is he allowed to cause before he is released. I had high hopes for him but i dont like at all what he is doing at the moment. I am worried.

  16. Grandad says:

    Where do you expect us to finish this season Reggie?The no surrender attitude is very admirable but in itself ,without quality, it achieves little .Indiscipline has cost us three consecutive red cards so we need to players to use whatever brains they have, before they plunge into the deep end.I do not fault our players for a lack of effort, but they are all culpable of making reckless and damaging decisions on the pitch, which is the reason why we are in deep trouble.

    1. Reggie says:

      Grandad, it is easy to say we dont have quality, we do, we have enough for top 6 minimum. The ill discipline was something i brought up weeks ago and it is not only red cards, that is down to the manager and what he instills into his players. We are deep in trouble because we are not performing, not just red cards. Its everything, lack of discipline, tactics, attitudes and preparation.

  17. Ambrose says:

    True, we definitely need young blood, from where we are, we clearly do see some players are out of their depth and we need to find a way to ship them out. Lacazette isn’t cut out for arsenal no. 9 position anymore, he has lost all his mojo, it would be better if we got loan deals for surplus center backs and all unneeded players we have even if It means paying all their salaries when they are away from parent club. That way we will get rid of discontent from players who lack game time and senior players who could be planning a mutiny against Arteta. As for Willock and Nketiah we’ve seen enough to know they need some game time elsewhere for some time. They are good for cup games not epl. Azeez, Balogun, smith rowe, Martineli we need to see them more. Guendouzi and Torreira need to be recalled if all succeeds. My opinion though.

  18. Shakir says:

    The youngsters have potential but putting tgem into a mess can destroy their confidence and a good career.Tgis situatiin must be handled very carefully, just because we topped the table in europa group wont mean that our youngsters has what it takes in tge EPL.
    I am letting MA handle it but i really like ESR be given more minutes😆

  19. Trudeau says:

    I agree with a lot of the sentiment in this article but wouldn’t describe it as “writing the season off”

    Maybe its semantics but I’d like to think of it more as a reset to get of this Europa mediocrity treadmill we’ve been on.

    Mid-table will be a failure if it comes with the likes of Bellerin, Luiz, PEA, Lacazette Willian, Xhaka, Ceballos leading the way.

    But I’ll take it if the young players get a chance and a few more prove their mettle. We need at least two young players to take Saka sized step this season. Then whatever transfer kitty we have can focus on 2 or 3 players of real quality that can get us back to where we want to be.

  20. Declan says:

    Write off the season? No way!
    I’ll celebrate when we get 40 points!

    1. ahmad73 says:

      Our next five league games include Everton, Chelsea, Brighton, Palace and WBA. If we cannot get seven points from these games, then it will be a long season.

  21. Sean Williams says:

    What has always wortied me about Arteta is the grudges he seems to hold against players. His treatment of William Saliba says a lot. Plain wrong. Look how Saliba’s partner from his French playing days is trusted by Brendan Rogers at Leicester. Arteta’s man-management says a lot about him. It’s poor. Human relationships are part of the meaning of life, and that is Arteta’s major failing. It broke my heart to see how he treated Guendouzi, yet excused Xhaka and Ceballos for worse. Until Arteta does some ‘Life’ work on himself he won’t get the dressing room. Being human and having empathy is a major part of life including football.

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      Sean, are you in North America as my post often seems next to yours!

      1. Sean Williams says:

        Stewart

        I’m in Canonbury, London. Lived around, Highbury and the Emirates all my life.

        1. Stewart Macintosh says:

          nice!

    2. Reggie says:

      Agree Shaun.

      1. Reggie says:

        Sorry sean, got a relation spelt the other way.🤗

    3. Joe. S says:

      In less than a year Arteta has fallen out with Ozil, Gandouzi, Torriera and possibly Saliba,all four being players who could have contributed to building something good. Instead he’s put his faith in Xhaka , William and Mr good guy Eleny. Isn’t that a lot of poor decision making even for a young inexperienced manager. I want to believe in him but this season is a case of one step forward and three back. Stuck with so much rubbish and a playing system that is boring, looks wrong and so far hasn’t worked.

    4. Pepe says:

      when it comes to his handling of different players Arteta has been far from consistent. Xhaka will likely be welcomed back with open arms when he is available again from suspension, while Willian received no reprimand for his unsanctioned trip to Dubai over the international break last month.

      On the other hand, Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil have been completely exiled from the squad for their misdemeanours, while Nicolas Pepe was very publicly hung out to dry in front of the press following his red card against Leeds.

      There have been reports that some members of the Gunners’ dressing room are unhappy with perceived double standards from Arteta when it comes to handling squad discipline. Forcing Xhaka to follow the example of Gabriel and Pepe after his red card might help the Spaniard go some way to addressing that. I am waiting to see how this goes for a man who say’s this things are non negotiables

  22. Stewart Macintosh says:

    The goal should be staying up this year and see if we get super lucky in FA or Europa. If we are in danger after Christmas then Arteta has to go in hope of a bounce.

    I was keen for him to go now, but I really am hoping that Auba will pick up now that the ball has gone in the (opposition) net. IF he gets inspired he can drag more people along with him.
    Incidentally there was a good article in the Athletic on Arsenal’s decline today.

    1. ahmad73 says:

      Arteta has bored the players to death with his ultra boring brand of football. He has snuffed out all the creativity from the team and players. It is quite mind boggling though that the wheels came off the cart on the back of arguably our best league performance at Old Trafford. Personally I think Arteta has no business managing the Arsenal. He is out of his depth. He just could not live up to the hype. Folks were comparing him with Wenger FFS!

  23. Wayne says:

    Firstly, the power struggle between Arteta and Edu must be sorted, as to who decides on players Arsenal buy or sell. Arteta must stop being bias and treat all players fairly to regain trust and commitment. It’s time to give Saliba his chance, as, Arsenal, needs a better defender than Holding and Mustafi. More players from the Europa cup league squad should be playing premier league games. Arteta is trusted by Arsenal, though inexperienced he is the manager and that’s why he must trust Arsenal young talents with opportunities to play in the premier league. In January transfer window Arsenal must buy a creative midfielder and get rid of Ceballos, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette and Xhaha.

  24. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    If Arteta remains in charge at Arsenal next summer, the AFC ill-discipline Guendouzi may not be allowed back to the Arsenal team to play for the club next season after his loan away to a Germany club has ended next summer.

    But as for Torreria, I can’t specially voice what Arteta’s managed Arsenal will do about him next summer when his loan to Atletico Madrid comes to the end next summer. Because his own case at Arsenal that bothers on unsettling in the Arsenal team is different from the ill-manner case exhibited by Guendouzi at Arsenal.

    But all things being equal at Arsenal next January window, the quartet of Sokratis, Mustafi and Ozil should all begone from AFC if the club make the concerted effort to move them out on sale.

    Arteta will not write off Arsenal Premier League campaign this season. To contemplate doing that by him will be honourable for him to voluntarily resigned as Arsenal manager.

    This current PL season is just a game past the one third of the season. Arsenal still have 25 games left to play for Arteta to turnaround the current downturn of AFC in the PL to upturn.

    So therefore, let us Gooners remain hopeful and optimistic Arteta will turnaround Arsenal PL campaign this season that will see the club snatch one of the top-four places to qualify for the UCL next season. And this is a possibility for Arsenal that is sill on the cards this season.

    And again, Arsenal who are still in the Europa League this season playing and contesting to win the competition could win this 2nd tier European major trophy and qualify for the UCL next season. Or even double qualified for it by finishing in the top-four and win the ELC.

    If Arsenal finish in the top-six which is another possibility that could happen for Arsenal this season won’t be bad after all. For, that will enabled the club to remain in Europe next season playing. And the club could even qualify for next season’s ELC early by reaching this season’s League Cup final or if they win it. And winning the FA Cup this season for a record 15 wins will guaranteed Arsenal ELC competition next season.

    So therefore, Arsenal season is still very much on the table for AFC to have a successful season campaign. Though I accept the notion that says Arsenal are out of the reckoning for the PL title win race this season. But an unforeseen miracle that will see Arsenal win the title this season may happen.

    1. Sean Williams says:

      Samuel
      Guendouzi has done no more wrong than Xhaka, Ceballos or others. Arteta is ‘blaming’. He needs some wisdom.

  25. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    If Arteta remains in charge at Arsenal next summer, the AFC ill-discipline Guendouzi may not be allowed back to the Arsenal team to play for the club next season after his loan away to a Germany club has ended next summer.

    But as for Torreria, I can’t specially voice what Arteta’s managed Arsenal will do about him next summer when his loan to Atletico Madrid comes to the end next summer. Because his own case at Arsenal that bothers on unsettling in the Arsenal team is different from the ill-manner case exhibited by Guendouzi at Arsenal.

    But all things being equal at Arsenal next January window, the trio of Sokratis, Mustafi and Ozil should all begone from AFC if the club make the concerted effort to move them out on sale.

    Arteta will not write off Arsenal Premier League campaign this season. To contemplate doing that by him will be honourable for him to voluntarily resigned as Arsenal manager.

    This current PL season is just a game past the one third of the season. Arsenal still have 25 games left to play for Arteta to turnaround the current downturn of AFC in the PL to upturn.

    So therefore, let us Gooners remain hopeful and optimistic Arteta will turnaround Arsenal PL campaign this season that will see the club snatch one of the top-four places to qualify for the UCL next season. And this is a possibility for Arsenal that is sill on the cards this season.

    And again, Arsenal who are still in the Europa League this season playing and contesting to win the competition could win this 2nd tier European major trophy and qualify for the UCL next season. Or even double qualified for it by finishing in the top-four and win the ELC.

    If Arsenal finish in the top-six which is another possibility that could happen for Arsenal this season won’t be bad after all. For, that will enabled the club to remain in Europe next season playing. And the club could even qualify for next season’s ELC early by reaching this season’s League Cup final or if they win it. And winning the FA Cup this season for a record 15 wins will guaranteed Arsenal ELC competition next season.

    So therefore, Arsenal season is still very much on the table for AFC to have a successful season campaign. Though I accept the notion that says Arsenal are out of the reckoning for the PL title win race this season. But an unforeseen miracle that will see Arsenal win the title this season may happen.

  26. JJ Pawn says:

    Get a proper manager, but that means having a proper transfer kitty.

    Ancelloti is best–he can bring in big names and knows the entire global system properly. Managing is not just about tactics and taking care of rich footballers, it is also knowing the entire system.

    If not, Porchettino, who is brilliant, and will have an axe to grind in North London and will be against United as well for not picking him now.

    Arteta is out of his depth. Fighting with players at their level is not a good sign.

    There is plenty of money to be spent. Do we want Arteta to spend this or Porch? Or, Ancelotti?

    1. Danny says:

      Porchettino never won a trophy in 5 years at spuds and Arteta already won 2 so where you get he brilliant is beyond me wish spuds would have kept him for ever!!

      1. Pepe says:

        Arteta has never taken a team to the champions league not to talk about going all the way to the final..
        I will take champions league football playing a good football along the way than winning a fluke FA cup or preseason shield

  27. Joe. S says:

    I think the season has already been written off. Isn’t it all about damage control now?

  28. Jimmy James says:

    The season shouldn’t be written off. There never was any realistic chance of top 4. A top 6 finish was also unlikely because the squad isn’t good enough. What we need to see happening is some of the players improving and helping the team to produce more on the pitch. A good cup run would be nice and we have been a good cup team for about 5 years now. If we can improve in the 2nd half of the season and get 3 or 4 good players in next summer, it will set us up nicely for a top 6 challenge next season

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Top 6 challenge? What are you saying? Didn’t we flog out Wenger because we couldn’t get top 4? We need to be aiming for top 4 minimum.

    2. Pepe says:

      We finished 5th two seasons ago with a lot of improvement in player recruitment so what are you talking about

  29. Quantic Dream says:

    Write off my foot! Chelsea made top 4 last season with 12 losses. If we start winning right now and turn draws into wins, we can turn it around.

    1. Joe. S says:

      Do you mean losses into wins, Quantic?

  30. Wiggy says:

    Has the pep water boy gone?

  31. Roachie says:

    Rewind 5 league games. Arsenal are above Man U in the league. The press and Man U fans are screaming for Solskjaer to be sacked. 4wins and 1 draw later they are 5 points off the top with a game in hand.

  32. Chris says:

    And if you still think Pepe was a bad investment for Arsenal, take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARQMiB9vpvo.
    Such skill cannot just evaporate overnight. There must be something the manager is doing to the player. Couple that with the disappearance of Aubameyang’s skill, then you have a strong case against the manager and not the players.

  33. Pete says:

    I agree with TV experts that Arsenal do not have the players. With all due respect the youngsters are not good enough apart from 2 and the majority of the seniors players are also not up to scratch. No Manager has a chance at Arsenal with this squad, they lack quality and respect for the shirt. Next manager will suffer the same fate if they can find a replacement. Dont blame the managers, they are scapegoats for the the board who dont care about the club.. They are only concerned about making cash and using AFC to fund other ventures. AFC are years away from competing and that gap has been growing each year. This owner has destroyed the club and fans should unite to get him out

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