Can Arsenal start a new unbeaten run against Tottenham – with no defence?

Our unbeaten run came to a miserable end this weekend, but tomorrow we can start another one by beating Tottenham in the Caraboa Cup. It is obvious the reason we lost to Southampton is because we had nearly all our usual defenders missing and of course a couple of schoolboy errors from our keeper Bernd Leno, who admitted that he failed to stop Southampton’s winner. “The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” Bernd aid on Arsenal.com. “I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.

“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’. That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”

But despite that, Leno thinks we could easily have won the game, but he feels that our lack of defenders played a big part in our defeat. “We came back twice and I think we controlled the game, but we made too many mistakes, too many easy mistakes, and that was the reason we didn’t get a draw or win the game,”

“It was not easy defensively because this line of defence didn’t play together before. We have a big squad so we have many players who can play in defence or at centre back, so hopefully it won’t be a problem. I hope there will be no more injuries.

But we are now back at home and although both sides will be playing weakened teams, there is every hope that we can get back to winning ways. I do believe that Emery will play as strong a team as possible to keep the fans onside, and of course give us the chance of winning a trophy! Leno thinks that losing our unbeaten run could take the pressure off us as well. “After 22 games you can lose a game, so it is disappointing,” he concluded. “but now nobody talks anymore about the unbeaten run and we can look forward. We have Spurs on Wednesday – another big game – and maybe now we can start another unbeaten run.”

We can certainly hope so, but this ignominious defeat may make us a little more wary going forward, but it had to happen sometime I guess. At least Leno has admitted his mistake but is still feeling positive for the games ahead. But can we go on and have another unbeaten run without a full defence, or if Leno has another off day?

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36 Comments

  1. Aniekan says:

    Hate to say this.
    But I don’t see us beating spurs, with such shitty defence. Southampton made us look like amateurs. Spurs will do the same.

  2. McLovin says:

    Stop talking and stop performing.

    2 silly mistakes in the past month. 1 against Southampton, 1 against Spurs.

    1. McLovin says:

      Start performing*

      We are currently linked with:

      Pepe of Lille
      Rabiot of PSG
      Pavon of Boca Juniors
      Calero of Valladolid
      Bailly of United
      Benatia of Juve

      Any thoughts on these players?

      1. Invisible says:

        While the likes of Madrid, Barca etc are hovering over the Emirates for the signature of our terrier.

        1. Sue says:

          I saw that… they can sod off!!!

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Paper talk Sue. What we should do is put £200 Million buy out clause in his contract. It seems every time we’re interested in a player these Europeans seem to have buy out clauses attached coming to silly money. Well it’s about time we done the same.

  3. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I’m so gutted that United has sacked mourinho and we didn’t get our 3 points from him.??.
    Leno’s mistakes cost us and not Ozil like some people keep claiming, but it’s gone now, focus is on tomorrow, I hope we whoop Spurs again…
    Grrrrrrh!!! Not getting that 3 points from Mourinho suddenly hurts me

    1. Sue says:

      We only got a point from him ?

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        I’m gotted they sacked him because he was a disaster. The clubs in turmoil and long may it remain.

  4. koss says:

    Arsenal should sack Emery too, we seem not to be making any progress so far.

    1. Invisible says:

      @koss

      I’m at a loss for words

    2. Eddie Hoyte says:

      Lol..this is a joke right? Feel free to sack him yourself then??

    3. Ks-gunner says:

      Do you share beds with Wenger or what, lol.

    4. jon fox says:

      Whats up? Is that straitjacket hurting you? Don’t worry , nurse will be round with your medicine soon!

  5. Grandad says:

    Czech will line up against Spurs and I hope the Manager reverts to a back four system which excludes Lichtensteiner who is frankly finished.If Emery does not trust his young defenders against Spurs who are a cut above Southampton, he should seriously consider playing Elneny along side Socratic at centre back with AMN and Monreal at full back.The suggestion to sack Emery was made in jest?.If not it is the words of an idiot.

    1. amo says:

      i agree with your line up. he can as well bring in the academy boy. Arsenal will not sack him, it is too earlier but he needs to reorganize his players at the back.it is a collective aspect. the only thing i think the owners might not do is to fund him to the maximum.

    2. Goona says:

      not Elneny grandpa,anybody else but Elneny

  6. amo says:

    sack Unai?You are crazy but that is your opinion. the only fear ihave about him is his capacity to handle big time players.. am not sure. this could turn out to be the deciding factor on how much investment the owners could be willing to invest in next season. in business it is called risk capital. say if they had Pep as the CEO they are likely to give him all the cash he needs but when you have a CEO who is not ready to utilize the biggest investment you have in the enterprise you then start getting worried. football is an entertainment as well as a big business investment for the owners. i have a feeling Owners of Arsenal will start seeing Unai as a stop gap manager unless he optimizes their assets well. they might even decide to supply him with just enough cash while waiting to recruit one of the so called ”super manager”… just the way i look at as a capitalist, the investor, the risk taker. bring your opinion on this forum…remember.. it is just an opinion, nothing serious.

    1. jon fox says:

      I respect your “non serious” opinion, I also totally disagree with it for this reason. Our club is owned by Kroenke, who has clearly shown us over the decade he has owned Arsenal that he is happy with things provided the clubs financial worth, against which to borrow – and I was ALSO in business at senior corporate level and understand how financiers work and think – continues to rise. He well knows that owning a football club is not going to make him personally richer – his clear long term strategy – IF he invests as any top club needs to if it is to win titles and CL. He is happy with the status qupo and qwould hav ebeen happy to have kept Wenger , had it not been made quite clear that thousands of season ticket holders – the life blood of any club ,as are ALL real fans – were going to abstain from furthe rfinancial support for as long as it took to get WeNGER REMOVED. AND SO IT PROVED. Kroenke , though selfish to his core, unpleasant,arrogant and a non football fan, is NOT a financial fool. I am certain he is happy while we are in the race for top four and CL qual and provided he thinks we can soon re-qualify for CL, will stand by Emery. So that is why I fundamentally disagee with your opinion, which though I respect it, find it slightly odd that you think it “nothing serious”. I believe all real Gooners are every serious about what happens in our short/ medium/ long term future.

      1. Alldwayfromafrica says:

        Really old man? Corporate level?….I actually pictured you working on a farm…

        1. ozziegunner says:

          amo, how can you have a fear about Emery’s ability to handle big name players? The only player he has difficulty with was Neymar at PSG and his ego has caused problems for his managers for Brazil and every club he has been at. He has had no apparent problems at Valencia, Sevilla and Arsenal.
          Alldwayfromafrica, I can only assume from your comment regarding jon fox “working on a farm”, that you don’t read many of his posts.

        2. Kenny Rolfe says:

          What’s with the old man, have some respect mate. You’ll be lucky to reach old age coming Alldwayfromafica.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t blame Leno for that last goal, Koscielny had one threat to watch but instead he watched the play and marked space. Koscielny just hasn’t got it, reminded me of his last couple seasons under Wenger.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Even worse than that, Kos actually had a look at Austin, so he knew he was unmarked, and decided to mark the space instead. I agree with you, that Leno wouldn’t have to come out if Kos had marked Austin. I used to love him, but he has been very poor for quite some time now.

      1. Th14 says:

        If Ozil had trapped the ball, Both Kos and Leno wouldn’t have worried about a Southampton counter attack .

        1. Footballistrivial says:

          But that doesn’t excuse what Koscielny did. However what Koscielny did, kind of excuses Leno, but still it was a blunder by him as well.
          Having said that I hope Ozil is kicked out of the club immediately. He thinks he doesn’t need to help out the team in tight situations. Disgraceful player.

          1. jon fox says:

            A fellow realist(about Ozil) . Hurray! As an older and devoted fan of 60 years attending I have NEVER understood why so many constantly make excuses for and refuse to condemn ALL lazy players. TO ME THAT REFUSAL TO SEE WHAT IS AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE IS MADNESS AND FANTASY. Walcott was bone ide for his entire Arsenal career and I wanted him gone , sold, while he was still a teenager of 18. I could see blantantly and obviously way back then that he just had no work ethic. Neither does Ozil, nor does Mkhi and even Auba is lazy most of the time. Lazy players are the enemy of winning trophies and club harmony. WHY can’t ALL see that simple truth?

      2. Sue says:

        Austin always scores against us… so surely alarm bells should have been ringing!

  8. ThirdManJW says:

    Interesting thoughts on January…

    Wenger will make his comeback in Jan, and the Utd job is open, or Poch takes the Utd job, and Wenger follows in Graham’s footsteps, and takes the Spurs job? Hahaha

  9. Ramterta says:

    We should have played Jenkinson instead of Kos v Southampton.
    Jenkinson should start v Spurs in my opinion Ramsey too if fit

  10. Sue says:

    I’m not worrying too much about tomorrow… we’ll put out a strong team for sure & hope we go for it like we did a couple of weeks back COYG

  11. Jah son says:

    Nobody on here can study Emery but it’s clear he’s having problems with our big name players happened at PSG worrying times next 10 games we’ll see because he has not given our star players a chance

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Jah son, on what basis do you make the claim regarding Emery that “it’s clear that he’s having problems with our big name players”?
      At Sevilla and Valencia he had no apparent problems. Supposedly at PSG he had problems with Neymar, whose ego has caused problems for managers at every club he has played at including the Brazilian National Team.
      Please put up evidence to support your supposition or don’t post rubbish.

  12. Jah son says:

    Amean he’s got the likes of Auba,Laca, Ozil and Ramsey but they only share second half together

    1. ozziegunner says:

      So what? Everybody has an opinion on who should play; Emery is being paid the big money and will rise and fall on his decisions.
      I personally think he got the line ups for Huddersfield and Southampton wrong; however I’m not paid to be Arsenal’s coach.

  13. Aubamezzette says:

    We dont need just an unbeaten run now, we need a winning run.
    Save from avoidable draws against CrystalPalace,Wolves n Utd… yes Man.Utd we should be comfortably relaxed in d top3 now.
    ..
    Those unnecessary draws is what seperates City n Liverpool from d rest of us.

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