Burnley beat us? When will Arsenal fans wake up from this nightmare?

Arteta does it again! By Konstantin Mitov

Lovely Arsenal people, I honestly think I’ve never seen such a low bottom. I wish this was like that nightmare where you wake up and you realise it was just a bad dream, but it isn’t.

At this point, if we had an actual Board, they’d be making a decision. Either we sack the manager, or we give him funds for like 8 players at least in January. One of the two things is not happening for sure.

I was reasonable enough to not bother watching last week at all, because I knew we were beaten before the game started, but this time I don’t know what got into me that I had the game running in the background, and I thought of looking at the second half.

Thankfully, Granit Xhaka spared me 35 more minutes of misery because I had the TV off after 10 minutes of watching since the restart. But let’s not talk about why he is one of the biggest wastes of 35 million in the world, and think about why on earth is he on the pitch?

I expect this from Xhaka, I know he is a league 2 player, why isn’t the greatest coach in the world able to see that? How is Bellerin a professional footballer, when he has close to 6 false throws so far this season?

I could go on and on, but you know what? I was spot on from day two of this season (the Fulham game and the FA cup did trick me for a moment). But it was there in the making. Our football has gotten progressively worse under Arteta and I warned you all fair readers of this site what will happen.

It’s impossible to play a negative resemblance of schoolboy football and expect to win games. The kids from the academy play better in the Europa than this ‘first team’. And I told you this would happen and I’m sadly right.

I can’t wait for the hateful comments against me, about all the positives we should get – like that we dominated possession against the mighty Burnley! Can’t we just admit that we made a horrible mistake for the second time in a row and not cheap out on a manager again?

I was disappointed with 8th place last year, but never did I think it’s relegation we might be fighting. We’ve scored like 2 goals in 8 games. We’ve had at least the same amount of red cards if not even more in the same period of time.

I feel no pride, no passion, in fact, no disappointment either. I used to be excited about Arsenal before, now I’m just numb. I kick my feelings about football in a little dark corner, harder than Xhaka grabs a man’s throat!

But what can we expect when we hired a former mediocre player with zero managerial experience, who was incredibly hyped for being Pep’s listening man?

We need a manager who will get the respect of the princesses we have in the dressing room and boot them out like now. If I am the Arsenal manager, Xhaka will be told to look for a club before my first press conference starts.

I’d dig deep into who signed Willian and have him fired as well as the guy who agreed to give Auba 300k. Hello Ozil number 2. Did we learn absolutely nothing about giving ridiculous wages to ageing players? Legacy? What legacy is captaining us to relegation? If I was the boss, I’d send Bellerin to the U21 team until he finds a club.

These players failed this club so many times, probably only Chuck Norris can count that high. But I can’t blame them anymore for the ability and mentality they never had. It’s time to point the gun at whoever is in charge that hasn’t realised that yet.

I think Arteta is going before the end of the year. Either that or Kroenke should think of selling the club, before he loses a ton of money, because the championship doesn’t pay nearly as well.

But we still have the Europa though. That’s of course only until we put Laca’s goals’n’talent in a number 10 and 650k p/week of over 30 past-their-best charity players on the wings and expect to win football games.

Enough is enough people. There is no excuse in this world to give to those set of prima donnas. They’ve hidden far, far, too long, in a galaxy pretty much right here. It’s time for a massive clear out, starting with the manager.

Let’s get the new man a chance to bring something in in January, before we look at the likes of Sam Allardyce to save us from relegation with 8 games of the season to go.

Maybe then, we’ll get to win some games in an attempt not to go down? Who knows? Luckily, Christmas is around the corner and if we all wish hard enough to Santa, he might give us, a new starting XI, a new owner, or more realistically, a manager who can sort this mess out.

That’s me done, hopefully your holidays will be filled with more purpose than a team managed by Arteta. Until this nightmare ends, I wish you happy holidays.

Konstantin

Tags Arteta Burnley Xhaka

53 Comments

  1. Danny says:

    Arteta should have been sacked immediately after the game the job is to big for him and starting to loose the dressing room when that happens you know its only a matter of time before hes gone!!

  2. Highbury Hero says:

    Arteta should swallow his pride and throw away the leash. The leash he used to mistreat some of the players is the same used by players to pay him back. His favouritism and I suspect Ceballos has a lot to do with it has to stop. Another bigger clean slate is in order along with sincere apologies to the way things have been dealt so the players can start to play for him again.

    Changing the manager is not the solution as the similar scenario happened with Unay so the players are the problem here. But unlike Unay who was not given the support he needed rather unjustly fired (karma?), Mikel with the help of the board seem to have brought this upon himself.

    1. Mohsan says:

      But what players we have almost recycled all the team since Wenger era. Only few players are left. We bought load of players in last 2-3 windows. In other clubs it’s the manager takes the fall always but when it comes to Arsenal since Wenger left we always blame the players. Same players won the FA cup last year and no one had problem with them even in league when Arteta took over. So I do not agree it’s the player issue. He has brought in 3-4 of his own players since he took over and frozen out the players he does not like. It’s very simple everyone wants to be Messi or Ronaldo but that does not mean they are, in managerial world it’s the same same everyone wants to be klopp or pep but they are not. Changing manager it’s always the better option then changing the players, that’s why in most clubs areound the world managers are sacked even big names but players are kept. Chelsea, Madrid , PSG are clear examples of this and they have been winning way more successful then us with this strategy.

      1. Fire says:

        Mohsan…

        Your points are noteworthy because you have made effort to support your opinion with reasons. I appreciate the seriousness with which you have expressed yourself, without necessarily trying mock anyone. And I cannot fault you, moreso because the results are downhill at the moment.

        But I plead for some second thought, if you will. Anyone who supports the sack, I will not fault, because it is based on the present reality of results. But because we as humans do not know the future, we therefore must rely on past experiences to predict and make judgements about the future.

        Now to my questions, and I pray you answer: Unai had a great record before taking the realms at Arsenal, he started well with good results, but slowly drifted and declined. He left Arsenal and picked up a weaker team and he is doing well presently.

        Ljungberg took over briefly and could only pull a win out of these players before he left.

        Similarly, Arteta took over with considerable performances even leading to a cup before now things are drifting.

        Do you think all these coaches are strictly and fully to be blamed? What better project can any other coach offer us that will simply not just be theoretical at the start? Please I will be glad if you can kindly answer, particularly, if it pleases you.

        Finally, I do not exempt Arteta from blame because he decided to pick the same players that have failed to deliver. But it is a matter of putting his faith in them and they have let him down. Luckily, if our pressure does not get him sacked before the next match, then at least, nature has forced two of those players out of his squad, and I pray it helps him out.

        Mohsan, it is gloomy times and I can understand if positivity cannot be upheld during such times. Further, I do not intend to change your views, but I request that our collective decision as fans should be critically examined to ensure that it is the best decision made without future regrets, as many are displaying now: for example, regrets are ringing such as bring back Wenger, bring back Giroud, bring back Ozil, and many more. It remains our Arsenal that we all love so much and our best decision is all that matters!

        Remain blessed!

        Stay safe!

        Cheers!

        1. Mohsan says:

          Hi Fire, I am not saying manager should take all the balme of course the players have to be blamed but putting all blame on players to say they are not good enough is not right for me. if UE would have been kept with a reason that he will turn around the team based on his previous experience and winning teams he created i would not have agreed with the decision but would have agreed with logic behind it. When it comes to Arteta there is no previous record or history that we can point to so if we do same it will be great risk. Now coming back to players under performing under 3 managers. Let’s divide this into three parts …(this is my view only)

          1) UE had lot of old regime players in his team and the new ones he bought were mostly injured in his second struggling season or were settling in. So he can be forgiven for this to some extent. Players like Mari, Cedric, Tierney were injured most of the time. Pepe was in settling phase.

          2) Freddie was a very short tenure and he benched the senior squad mostly to play with youngsters so we can not really comment on that.

          3) Arteta has been given mostly new team to play with, it is his choice that he benched or got rid of some players from old regime also the old regime players he is playing like Bellerin, Laca, Auba (obviously), Luiz, Xhaka are his choices he can replace all others apart from Auba with his new players or his own players like Partey, Cedric, Cebollos , Mari. Some he has brought into the team like Elneny, Nkeitiah n co. So if he has a choice and he keeps playing n relying on old regime players then it’s his choice n no one forced him to do. Even if you look at so called old players they made it to UEFA cup final and one point from 4th finish plus some of them won FA cup with Arteta as well. That is enough evidence to suggest they are not bad quality plus most of them are international players who are regular for national teams. You can not be a bad player while make it into a national team. To get the desire performance out of these players is manager’s responsibility as well, along with players responsibility to apply them self fully.

        2. Mohsan says:

          @Fire, Another example I would like to give you is of Madrid. Look what happened to them when Zidane and Ronaldo left they went through three different managers. They knew Ronaldo had left and it would take time to plug the whole he left, they knew their players are aging, they knew hazard was injured but did they still accept below power performances and result from the managers hired. No they did not and sacked them straight away. This is the mentality of a big club and also most of there fans because they put club first instead of any person. Even now when Zizu struggled for few matches talks started in their ranks to find a replacement. Can you imagine this sort of thing with Arsenal board or fans? If Zizu won the same number of trophies and types of trophies for Arsenal he would not have been questioned by fans n board alike for years n years. If we only set high standards then no one would even try to meet them. Why are we setting such low standards? Also the example I quoted about Madrid, did the same 3 champions League and league winner players became crap over night …no then why does Arsenal fan think our players who made it to UEFA cup final, one point got top 4 and winning FA cup became crap over night. Why are the players all of a sudden are tainted as relegation squad.

      2. The Art of Teta says:

        Mohsan, I don’t disagree that keeping a manager for the sake of keeping him out of fear of changing managers too often is not proven to be a guarantee for winning. Chelsea and Real change managers often and win often.

        However, one can turn your message around in that these same players won the FA Cup so there is no reason other than their bad attitude for them not beating Burnley.

        We have been unlucky with Partey’s injury. Is Arteta to blame for Aubamayang going cold? Or for Pepe to not be good enough for his price tag?

        Sure, Arteta’s team selection frustrates me. AMN played a key role last season but can’t buy any playing time, we have zero creativity yet ESR doesn’t get a chance in the PL. Willian has been a disappointment yet Reis Nelson doesn’t play enough PL minutes for my taste. Show us why Salida is not good enough. Play him in at least one PL game so we can understand why you don’t trust him.

        But despite all these frustrations, IMO until Arteta loses the dressing room, there is reason the stick with him and give him a little more time. There is no way we will keep losing with these players that won the FA Cup and CS if they are still willing to play for their manager.

        1. Mohsan says:

          Hi the Art of Tea, but has he not lost the dressing room yet? He has issues with 5 players for the team. Ozil, MG, Luiz, Sokratis and Saliba. Plus see the level od performances from some of the players that also shows that some players no longer have confidence in his plans or him. How else do you loose dressing room it’s not like players will come out and start fighting manager physically? It’s not only about Burnley we have lost 7 matches in 11 played even the ones we won apart from first gainst Fulham and Man United we were awful in most others. So we are not seeing beautiful football and we are not seeing results either so what is he bringing to team. There is an argument that he has improved the team defensively but we have issues on the offence side. I don’t agree to it but even if for argument sake accept this even then problem on any side will cause the team to loose if it’s attacking side or defending side. How does it matter if loose because of attack or defence we are still loosing points. We need a manger who can bring balance to both sides because with out the balance we won’t progress further.

          1. The Art of Teta says:

            Mohsan. Perhaps he has lost the dressing room. As we have seen with other clubs when this happens we will see this in the next few games. The British media makes stuff up and tries to stir the pot so what we read in the press we can not believe 100%. The press says Luiz and Arteta don’t speak anymore, Luiz comes out and denies this.

            You can not fake making an effort so we will see the level of effort over the next few games. If the players have downed tools Arteta will be gone soon.

            I am neither convinced Arteta is the guy to take us forward nor that he is not. Player’s downing tools I find unacceptable at their level of compensation. Last year it became clear to me that the players stopped playing for Emery, I am not sure we are their yet this year with Arteta.

        2. Mohsan says:

          Also with regards to Auba going cold I completely balme Arteta for it. Because like Messi and Ronaldo, Auba is proven goal scorer for years n years. He is very consistent so him not scoring under MA has to be some thing to do with Arteta Tactics which is clear for everyone to see as well. We play too much defensive football and we don’t have a creative quality in middle. No one can suggest that Auba has gone bad/useless overnight this is not logical. If he was a one season wonder I would understand but he is not. So obviously issue is with the tactics manager is playing with. It’s the same what happened to Sanchez at United, he was thriving in Arsenal bec the tactics suited him but when he went to Man United the style of football Morinhio played did not and we all know what happened.

          1. The Art of Teta says:

            Hi Mohsan. One could also argue that Auba scored freely under Arteta last season, same manager same tactics. But as soon as he signed his contract his work rate and effort went down a little. Working a little less hard at his level and age can mean a massive drop of in goals.

      3. towny254 says:

        I said it before and I will say it again get rid of the deadwood the trouble is nobody wants them

        1. The Art of Teta says:

          So true. Both because of the ridiculous salaries we pay some of them and because of their skills and age.

    2. siamois says:

      True our players might not be good enough for a top 4 6 but are we really saying that we have a relegation level squad??the same players that won a FA cup/shield, beaten man City, Pool.. Have suddenly forgotten how to play?

      1. sabi says:

        Southampton are way ahead of us
        with Theo Walkott in their team ,
        but with a mere experienced coach

  3. Neath Gunner says:

    Spot on.
    We have to act.
    We are slowly rotting towards the championship.
    Can’t see where we can win a game like this.
    Saints will take us apart on Wednesday.
    Dreading it.

  4. Shortboygooner says:

    Yeah. The fat lady is singing guys. Screaming her lungs off. Lreviously we could drowned out her humms. This is so obvious that the job is too big for mikel.

    What clearly happened is MA came in the players ere happy to see a new face and they showed MA what they were doing before (added their own touch) and MA made small adjustments to UEs structure. The new season began and MAs structure was put fully into place. Unfortunately it has failed.

    We were all fooled. I thought we had a chance with MA. I said it to friends and I said it on this website. Only thing is I woke up and smelt the coffee long ago. Way back I could see that he was making mistakes in the defensive strategy and picking thr wrong players. I think the utd game was the wake up call for me. We were piss poor before that and a huge game we come into with utd playing crap. We didn’t win the game pogba won it and we were awful but for aubas penalty.

    Julian Nagelsmann and Erik ten Hag are my choices for new management allegri is very defensive so I don’t know our current t players fit that. And poch is ex spurs.

    #artetaout. Oh yes I went there and I urge the rest of you to do it also #artetaout

    1. Mohsan says:

      I think Nagelsmann and Erik ten hag would be my choice as well.

  5. Mohsan says:

    Talking about breaking the record Arsenal never lost 4 consecutive home games since 1959 and we have not played Liverpool, city, United and Spuds at home yet. Scary part is we have not even played second round with top 6 yet and we have already lost 7 matches. Surely the board is looking at options behind the scene and should be in place as soon as possible, they can not be that naive to think we can continue with him for this season.

  6. Jim wall says:

    Would have loved arteta to bring us to the top but it’s not going to happen,
    We haven’t scored from open play in ages,
    I good thing about Xaka getting sent off is he can’t play for the next 3 games.
    Why don’t he try out the youngsters.
    He should play 4-3-1-2 system with elneney Willock, Amn in midfield with esr playing as a no. 10 behind nekitha and baloguan….

    1. Mohsan says:

      Hi Fire, I am not saying manager should take all the balme of course the players have to be blamed but putting all blame on players to say they are not good enough is not right for me. if UE would have been kept with a reason that he will turn around the team based on his previous experience and winning teams he created i would not have agreed with the decision but would have agreed with logic behind it. When it comes to Arteta there is no previous record or history that we can point to so if we do same it will be great risk. Now coming back to players under performing under 3 managers. Let’s divide this into three parts …(this is my view only)

      1) UE had lot of old regime players in his team and the new ones he bought were mostly injured in his second struggling season or were settling in. So he can be forgiven for this to some extent. Players like Mari, Cedric, Tierney were injured most of the time. Pepe was in settling phase.

      2) Freddie was a very short tenure and he benched the senior squad mostly to play with youngsters so we can not really comment on that.

      3) Arteta has been given mostly new team to play with, it is his choice that he benched or got rid of some players from old regime also the old regime players he is playing like Bellerin, Laca, Auba (obviously), Luiz, Xhaka are his choices he can replace all others apart from Auba with his new players or his own players like Partey, Cedric, Cebollos , Mari. Some he has brought into the team like Elneny, Nkeitiah n co. So if he has a choice and he keeps playing n relying on old regime players then it’s his choice n no one forced him to do. Even if you look at so called old players they made it to UEFA cup final and one point from 4th finish plus some of them won FA cup with Arteta as well. That is enough evidence to suggest they are not bad quality plus most of them are international players who are regular for national teams. You can not be a bad player while make it into a national team. To get the desire performance out of these players is manager’s responsibility as well, along with players responsibility to apply them self fully.

      1. Fire says:

        Mohsan…

        Thanks for your highly considered response! You have made very valid points and I appreciate the decorum with which you have passed your message. It is in such an atmosphere that we all can reason together and come to superior conclusions. Thank you once again!

        I have read both responses of yours and I only want to say that if you feel changing the coach is the right decision, then we must be able to say for certain why such a change will work with the same players that have disappointed over three different coaches. For now, neither you nor I can say for certain that changing the coach will work, so, both changing the coach as well as giving Arteta some more time are all risky ventures.

        OK Mohsan, now that Xhaka and Bellerin are compulsorily out of the next game, although I feel Arteta needs to the end of the season to be judged, however, can we give Arteta a benefit of the doubt for the next game? If he loses, then I will agree, though not willingly that he should be sacked.

        I sure hope he wins, because I feel strongly that he has a clear vision for the club and his principles and processes are ideal to take us further as a club.

        Once again, I really do appreciate chatting with you. Do have a blessed week!

        And stay safe!

        Cheers!

        1. Mohsan says:

          Hey Fire, if Arteta starts playing Arsenal style football I will start supporting him from next game. My conflict has been since start of season even though we were winning that we are playing booring unattractive football. We are destroying the football style which is associated with our club and earned us a big fan following. Based on what I have seen so far from him even in FA cup we play brand of football more closer to Morinhio then pep, klopp or Wenger. This is my personal view and I might be wrong but I think not only winning but winning in certain style is important as well. At the moment we are lagging both the style n result. You stay safe too bro and have fun. Hopefully next mid week game might being some smile on our faces.

      2. The Art of Teta says:

        Hi Mosan 🙂 – Having to play some players from the old regime is hardly proof this is Arteta’s choice. The first time I can remember Partey being ready to play, against Man U Xhaka didn’t see a minute of playing time. Just because Xhaka has played doesn’t mean Arteta is happy to play him. In absence of Partey do we have so many other options in midfield. You mention Mari, how do you know Arteta would not have played him more had he not been injured? Ceballos was not his own player. We had no funds left to buy a creative midfield player so it was understandable to keep Ceballos but this doesn’t mean he was an Arteta player.

        Perhaps we have some promising young players but what Wenger has proven is that you can not win the PL by playing a team of children. It seems to me Arteta is trying to bring them along as fast as he can whilst keeping a healthy balance with experienced players in the squad as well. Wilock look promising in the EL but he looks light in the PL. Nkeitiah has been given minutes but he has hardly proven to deserve a starting spot.

        Our club is messed up in terms of the players we buy. Supposedly Emery didn’t want Pepe, supposedly Arteta preferred an creative midfield player (Aour) but both managers seem to have been over ruled.

        I am sure if it was up to Arteta the likes of Kolo, Ozil, Socra, Mustafi would all have been sold to raise funds for an Aour but this is not in his hands. There is not a button he can press and players are sold. If on top of that he has to fight an unproven Edu on Aour over Partey, you can see how poorly our club is run. Which could happen with the next manager again.

        If Arteta goes we have to go for a PL proven manager and that won’t be easy. If players down tools for Arteta they will do the same for the likes of Ten Hag once they are not happy with the way he wants to play. Nagelsman is hard to judge IMO, in the French league there is competition (and he is struggling there) and his one of success of bringing PSG to the CL final is IMO tainted by the struggles of other European big teams.

        I doubt Brendan Rogers would leave Leicester and Poch would probably be too loaded of a choice but at least both of these managers have a proven PL track record.

        Difficult times, let’s hope for all of us we turn it around against Southampton.

        1. Sid says:

          Good points, but the psg guy is Tuchel. Nagelsmann manages RB Leipzig.

  7. Henry Nsakalika says:

    My goodness me. I can’t believe am an Arsenal fan who shouts #COYG!!! in good or bad times. But this is so un bearable. We are sinking like a taitanic ship. Plz Arteta live us or spare us before we die in ice cold waters. #Damn manager. #Racist.

    1. Mohsan says:

      Hahaha, ppl blamed ozil for not tearing up his contract and leaving the club. Will they say same about Arteta if he does not leave on his own? Let’s see

    2. Mark says:

      Man how is Arteta a racist?.. Taking that sh*t too far now..

    3. Dan Smith says:

      How’s he a racist ?
      That’s so offensive to people who actually have been racially abused
      To say that just because a football match didn’t go your way shows how little you take the topic of racism

      1. Mohsan says:

        Agree Dan, i did not notice the #bit. I think it’s better if we keep to football and restrain from personal attack on players and Manager. I don’t like Arteta either but it’s not personal, I just don’t like his managerial skills.

  8. Grant Elkin says:

    MA is going nowhere until the end of season, we will scrape past relegation and maybe finish between 15th and 10th. The worst thing that the club of ours did, was pass up on klop when he was available.

    1. Patrick Hlalukana says:

      My thoughts exactly we should have went for Klopp we had a chance to sign him but we gave Wenger one more season and from we will never recover.

  9. Sean Williams says:

    Arteta’s obsessive micro-management has created a team who cannot breath. All the skills that need to harmonise with each other, have been suffocated by Arteta’s character. He is also too inexperienced. We need fresh football ideas. Arteta is not Pep, Arsenal are not Man City, and watching our players playing out from the back was heartbreaking…. in it’s repetition and it’s naivety. I mean pathetic. Arteta’s inexperience means he cannot change and we are in genuine danger of going down if he is not sacked immediately.

  10. Liam Gallagher says:

    I think it’s about time we accept it’s the players that arent good enough. Out of our 25 man squad only Tierney,Gabriel,Saka,Martinelli, Balagon, EMS and Partey havent let us down week after week. We should be looking to move on everyone apart from them should a decent enough offer come in. Massive mistake keeping Leno over Martinez, makes the whole back line see 100% worse without the Argentinian commanding the area. Holding, Chambers and Mari are just meh, mustafi and Luiz are slightly better but both dont have a future at arsenal. The less we say about Xhaka the better. Elneny and Ceballos are just average and cannot change a game. Pepe is too one footed and struggles with the intensity of the league. Willian and Lacca are past it, I even compare Lacca with Rooney who both aged to quickly. Abameyang need to be in a team that creates lots of chances, even when he was golden boot winner he was 1st in missed one on ones. We need massive reinforcements in January, Grealish and Zaha to be precise but even Buendia and Sarr would change the dynamic dramatically. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    1. towny254 says:

      Liam I agree with your choices BUY from EPL or Championship you don’t waste time settling the players in

  11. S.J says:

    Arteta will make this selection on Wednesday and lose again

    Aubameyang,

    Saka, Lacazette, Willian,

    Ceballos, Elneny,

    Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Cedric,

    Leno.

    We will not be seeing Niles, Smith-Rowe or Balogun.
    Come Wednesday let us see what he does.

    1. Kedar says:

      He may opt for Pépé instead of Willian…
      Rest I am agree with you..

    2. Twig says:

      I suspect Pepe will start. Also Saka has played too many games and deserves a breather.

  12. Sean says:

    Players have to take blame too.

    Drop all the big boys and put the likes of SmithRowe, Nelson, Saka, Balogun in the next starting line up. Add Martinelli to that when hes fully fit.

    Pepe, Willian, Laca & Auba are all failing so drop them. Xhaka replaced the Niles to partner Elneny until Partey is back.

    Give Soares a run at RB, Tierney and Gabriel start and Saliba a go at CB. Gutted Leno is no1, never wanted EMI to go and that was a massive mistake.

    Matteo and Lucas could’ve done a job here this season too. Aswell as Mesut even for sub rules to open defences like yesterday’s game.

    Luiz, Papa, Holding, Bellerin & Kolasnic need to be completely dropped.

    What a mess we are in. How many mistakes have we made!!

  13. Grandad says:

    Sean, Holding had another solid game yesterday. I think the writer of this article, and many others ,need to calm down.Arteta will have learned a lot from yesterday and hopefully this will be reflected in his selection against Southampton.

  14. Davi says:

    I’m not with all this. I still believe Arteta deserves some more time. It’s just the age we’re living in – everyone expects instant success. I don’t think most people really get what a shambles the club has become over the years, starting under AW. Arteta is here to stop the rot, and it’s not straightforward. Remember, Alex Ferguson finished 11th a couple of times in his first 5 years before eventually winning the title; it wasn’t all easy for him either.
    I don’t agree with everything MA’s done so far, but I do believe he is the right direction – it’s hard to see right now, but we need to get the wage bill down and start bringing in quality players who actually care about what they’re doing. We’ve had a culture suited to premadonas for a number of years and we do need someone to change that. It’s the only way we can get back to a winning mentality. That goes for the fans as well – do we really think changing the manager every year is going to take us forward or backward? Would someone like Allegri buy into the club and dramatically change the culture and mentality of the place, or would he give up after a year or two of nonsense?
    We need to face where we are right now – upper mid table team on a very bad run. We need to look at clubs like Leicester and Wolves in terms of what we can accomplish in the short term (good, motivated players, not just after momey) and we need a manager who is committed to the club.

    1. The Art of Teta says:

      agreed.

  15. Davi says:

    We also need a lucky break. Really felt we were going to get the win yesterday (obviously we weren’t perfect but there was some quality and a lot of application) before Xhakas idiocy.

  16. The Art of Teta says:

    I share the furstration of all Arsenal fans. But there are number of cheap shots in this article.

    What can we expect from an former mediocre player with zero management expeirence? There is no proven link between the playing level of a player and his potential as a manager. Look at Henry as a manger, Maradona, was Mourinho or was Klopp world class as a manager? There are great players who fail as managers and there are evergae players who become great managers. Was Wenger a world class player? SAF?

    Aubamayang? Can you imagine the fan outcry if we had not signed him to a new contract? I fully agree that it was a mistake to sign him to such a high contract. Let’s hope there are “outs” in the contract based on performance levels. But let’s not take chaeap shots, did anyone want Aubamaynag gone? Could we have forseen his drop in performance? To blame Arteta for managing to keep Aubamayang is a bit rich IMO.

    It’s time for a massive clear out? Really? Don’t you think they have tried to get rid or the deadwood? Our problems from the past mean we have deadwood that are so average and get paid so much that they are essentially unsellable.

    I share the frustration with Willian but let us be honest, many supposedly expert pundits called it a great signing and questioned Chelsea’s decision to let Willian go.

    Our current situation is scary, I would have liked to see more of the youngsters get a chance, selling Martinez instead of Leno was a big mistake in my eyes, things have to change quickly.

    But there is evidence that Arteta has what it takes. There is no denying that we played with much more purpose when he took over. We got some impressive results. The only reason to fire him IMO is when it becomes clear the lads don’t want to play for him anymore. If he loses the dressing room because of their bad attitude the discussion on whether to give Arteta time or not becomes moot IMO.

    A manager who lost the dressing room is finished. That is the reality of modern day football. For the moment it is not clear at all that Arteta has lost the dressing room.

    1. Hardave Singh says:

      He has lost the dressing room. 2 straight reds in 4 games for the same disciplinary foul says a lot. It’s like the players are intentionally sabotaging him. Either way the next few games will be the decider if arteta is sacked which I believe he will be.

      1. towny254 says:

        You might get a couple more reds if a player wants Christmas off

    2. jon fox says:

      Than God for fans who have a brain. You and I are rare on here right now!

  17. GunneRay says:

    I said I will support MA until the end of January. If the situation is still bad by then, then I believe it will be a case of the club sticking with him until summer. We will all just have to support him because the club will NOT fire MA. Ma is here until summer at least. I personally hope things improve soon but, based on what I have continuously witnessed over the last two months, I doubt this will drastically change!

  18. jon fox says:

    KONSTANTIN I liked your last five words. As for the rest though……!

  19. Braima Gandi says:

    What a trueth! Who is ready to accept his/her fult? They discurageing we the fans.they are bless some of us we are in africa

  20. Sean Williams says:

    Konstantin
    My feelings too. I agree.

  21. Jacket says:

    Arsenal are suffering from too many poor decisions made in the last ten years. They need to get rid of half the team. Arteta is still learning his trade but I think he will get it right.

  22. Sid says:

    Thanks for the wishes, and a very happy holiday to you too, as well as all the Justarsenal family!
    As for the article, I think I still would support MA and instead of looking at only the manager, maybe looking for a football man to fill the DOF position and someone to supervise MA would be better in financial sense. Ralf Rangnick anyone?

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