If Ozil and Ramsey won’t play the Emery way – then they won’t play at all

Unai Emery has spent his first couple of months at Arsenal trying to teach his players to follow his tactics of playing out from the back and pressing when they haven’t got the ball. But it is not easy getting all the players onside and teaching old dogs new tricks, according to the Gunners legend Ray Parlour, Emery may need to be as ruthless as his fellow countryman Pep Guardiola up at Man City.

Parlour said: : “I know he [Emery] is trying to play out from the back. There were occasions during the Manchester City game especially when it wasn’t working.

“And they are trying to play out like the manager said but as a football player you have to make the right decision and if it isn’t on – you go a bit longer.

“It’s the right way to play, [Pep] Guardiola has cracked it. He knew he had a problem with the goalkeeper and he addressed it with Ederson.

“He had a problem with the right-back, he addressed it with Kyle Walker, so maybe Emery has to go through some sort of situation as him.

“He needs to find out what his players can do and if they can’t do what he wants them to do, he may have to change some personnel and find the players who do that because that is the way he wants to play.”

“You have to demand out of your players. If Ozil isn’t doing his job for the team then he’s letting other players down around him,” the former Arsenal defender added.

“It’s a team game, it’s not about individuals, and it is about getting that team format saying we can win the game now.

“I like that in a manager, if you are not doing your job, look at [Granit] Xhaka at half-time, he took him off and put [Lucas] Torreira on, because he was having a poor game.

“And Aaron Ramsey, he was on the bench, he’s made a big decision already. He has put a young 19-year-old in midfield instead of Ramsey.

“He’s not scared to make these decisions which I personally like as no one is bigger than the manager and he wants to make the decisions.

“If you don’t stick to those decisions and play the way he wants you to play then you won’t play, simple.”

Emery already looks like he won’t be picking his team according to his favourite players no matter how they are performing, and to be fair he will not be given oodles of time to get it right so will need to be ruthless. The Arsenal players were said to be “stunned” when Emery dropped Ramsey but if it gets the message across that no-one is indispenable then it will be worth it….



  1. Sarmmie says:

    Sincerely, it’s just so so simple

  2. Tim says:

    Dropping Aaron Ramsey wasn’t a difficult thing to do after all he played shit against Man City, likewise subbing Granit Xhaka at halftime and Ozìl on 67 minutes against Chelsea but I was surprise to see the name of Matteo Ghendouzi on the starting lineup in these two matches.. This is what the previous coach Arsene Wenger can never do. Wenger will prefer to play his favourites Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Elneny etc instead of playing the best players. So I think Unai Emery has done well but a lot still need to be done, Bernd Leno should be starting the match against west ham because for me Petr Cech is struggling to adapt to the philosophy of playing from the back

    1. Patrick_G says:

      Cech has been one of our best players for the first two games, he did improve in the second. Give him atleast 5 – 10 games to start judging him. Matteo was also one of the stars in the first two games.

      We will improve.

      1. Sarmmie says:

        Yeah, he really made good saves that kept us in both games, however, he improved on playing from the back in the second game. But one thing I noticed about playing from the back, it’s your players opening up for the ball well that makes it work well, though it’ll be better if the goalie has good distribution skills but players opening up for the ball makes it a whole lot easier for the goalie

    2. Ashburton Grove says:

      Totally agree on all accounts.

  3. Lola says:

    I will support Unai even if Arsenal fails to qualify for UCL or europa. His philosophy is simple and clear. GET THE FKIN BALL BACK AND COUNTER

  4. JUSTJOY says:

    this is change…
    and hoping for more ruthlessness.

  5. Bernard says:

    Pls i hope this site can get thru to arsenal bcos i want emery and sven should rememba we need wingers like (steven bejgwm of psv or leon bailey) or give reiss a chance

  6. Goonerboy says:

    Parlour has really echoed my thoughts there, Emery has shown willingness to bench or sub underperforming players which was one of the major frustrations we faced with Wenger.
    He clearly knows what he is doing but my fear is, does he have the financial backing to be as ruthless as he wants?
    Pep could do that because he has the money, the bitter truth is Arsenal cant spend as much as City, therefore Emery has to, for the time being, make the most of what he has to work with.

    That is why am prepared to support, understand and be patient with him as long as remains our manager, because i know if he has his way, many of these players wont be here anymore.

  7. Sean Williams says:

    If the Emery way is energetic pressing for the ball then I’m in. If the Unai Emery way is Cech throwing to the back four when they are being pressed, then I am OUT. I have never seen such suicidal football as in the City, Chelsea games. With Cech throwin out to the pressed and marked defenders who didn’t have a clue what to do, Arsenal hardly crossed the halfway line for most of the first half in both games. Surely if Cech for 20-30minutes would have kicked longer, then both City and Chelsea would have had to have played deeper, and most importantly we could have got into the game gradually. These were not even Plan A tactics, never mind plan B. Both games were suicide football.
    Changing the point, when we play with Xhaka and Ozil we are playing with 10 men because the sum total of Xhaka and Ozil is one player. Not in skill but in effort. We play with 10 men. Bellerin is a wing back and not a full back. He spent so much time in the Chesea half he couldn’t defend in the Arsenal half. Bellerin couldn’t get back. Play Lichtsteiner. Suicide football. Just to finish we must, as supporters, get rid of Kroenke’s ownership. He has five clubs and cannot focus one iota on our beloved club. He couln’t give a monkeys’s peanut. We will always be two players short with him as owner. Kroenke is a nightmare. About ten years of him prove it. Our team is losing it’s soul.

  8. barryglik says:

    Sick of hearing about Ramzil.
    I don’t think it matters one iota
    who is in the team or what
    the formation is.
    Also it does not matter if you play out from the back
    or hoof it 65 yards into the 18 yard box all day.
    All sides have a minimum of a dozen possessions inside the 20 yard red zone.
    Against City and Chelsea the Arsenal had enough chances to win both games.
    Finishing is the key. Train the front men to be totally goal focused.
    Arsenal should forget tiki taki and just hoof it long all day
    shoot on site and win the rebounds.
    Then get 10 men behind the ball when not in possession.
    Arsenal 9 Westham 2

    1. jon fox says:

      “It doesn’t matter one iota who is in the team or what the formation is.” As they say, there is always one idiot! Your statement is the silliest thing I have ever read on here. If only football was as simple as your brain!

  9. Lola says:

    Who can remember our ITK clowns from 2011 to 2018?
    I can only remember paul, leo , resource, kev.
    May be they are same person with different ids

    1. Goonerboi says:

      The Leo alias got abused the most lmaooo

  10. Red and white says:

    Subbing those punks was no brainer, i would have subbed them off in the first minute itself. They dont deserve to make it to rge match day squad. They cost their national teams in the world cup. Id rather play the youngsters,if we loose its ok at the least they will learn something. These guys will never learn anything now.Period

    1. gotanidea says:

      Agree, Emery had better experiment with younger players, instead of starting senior players that consistently disappoint us

    2. Phil says:

      So you are saying it was Ozil that resulted in Germany getting knocked out of the World Cup and Xhaka responsible for Switzerland going out.Is that seriously what you are saying?
      Germany were dreadful but in the two games Ozil played he was probably their best player.Xhaka never played badly either.But you ate blaming these two players for their countries demise.
      Let’s look a The Chelski game last Saturday.There is no doubt we conceded more possession in the second half than we did when Xhaka was playing in the first half.And when Ramsey replaced Ozil we seemed to always be a player light in midfield.So your reasoning as always is not only wrong but flawed.Im not saying they both did not have too much impact on the game while they were on the pitch but without doubt we gave away more possession and more chances when they were replaced.It was the same with Iwobi.He went off and we absolutely lost our defensive shape to the extent that Hazard had the space and time to murder us when he came on.Would that have happened if the changes were not made?
      You are just jumping on the bandwagon of Xhaka and Ozil out at all costs brigade with no valid and reasonable thoughts of your own.Im not a great Xhaka fan but he at least tried to keep his defensive shape and we missed him in the second half when he was substituted.
      So if all you can do is offer recycled comments that don’t stack up then don’t bother pal

      1. Red and white says:

        Thats why I called Emery deluded for snubbing Iwobi (the lad is improving every match, lets not target him alone always), bringing on Ramsey (who should never have been an arsenal player along with other basement buys). I reiterate along with other gooners that your golden boy Ozil is a waste of space & money (@350000/week) with his sick demeanor.Your defense of Ozil in every post is pathetic.Agree that hes done and will never improve at 29 years.We should have settled for a draw and crowded the midfield rather than introducing Laca. Great managers know when to settle for a draw and when to go for a win.Best of luck to Emery for WHU.

      2. Sleekwhale says:

        I agree. Notice that Guendozi had more freedom to express himself when Xhaka was on the pitch. There was more stability in our game. We became so defensive minded in the second half when Toreria was brought on. Pardon me if I don’t get the name spellings correctly.

  11. Chiza says:

    Is anyone just like me excited about our future starting line up if everything goes to plan…………….
    Karl Jacob hein

    Osei tutu Holding Mavrapanos Joe lopez


    Maitland Niles Smith Rowe

    Omari Hutchinson Nketiah Nelson

    Who ever becomes the coach of that team in the future would be the luckiest coach on earth….that team wil bel dominant

    Arsenal have to do everything possible to secure the future of Omari Hutchinson…he is a gem….he would make our club become bigger…just like what messi brings to barca………Omari Hutchinson would one day win a lot of balon dor’s or what ever it is named now………..Omari is a gem…..arsenal be wise…if we lose him we will regret it alot

    1. Phil says:

      Yeah and let’s not forget that Dembele will be signing for us this afternoon and we will win the World Cup over the Bank Holiday weekend

  12. ks-gunner says:

    One lacks the brain where the other lacks the legs. Not good enough. Get them out both of them.

    They are earning to much and do to little. If they would be as good as some our fans make them out to be they would be long gone, as the chance of other teams snatching them up now is great.

    Innit reminded me of Ramsey having good stats lasts year. But i am never surprised when i see good stats by players who play for us. We make even the likes of Adebayor and Walcott look good when it comes to stats, but in truth they are average and just profit from just playing for us.

    1. ks-gunner says:

      Oh i forgot Welsh was mentioned and Ramsey having a good time there. Sissoko with France had also a good time with his side but that got him nowhere. Cherry picking is a bad idea we need to judge players by long term perspective and how usefulness they still can become.

  13. Goonerboy says:

    As for Ramsey and Ozil playing in Emery’s way, In my opinion, i think Emery sees Ramsey as a number 10, therefore a competition for Ozil.
    But the honest truth is, none of them is complete enough to be our Number 10
    Ramsey is all about arriving late into the box to score goals, he cant dictate play, cant pass well and he is slow.
    Ozil is frustratingly one-dimensional, slow, and he is all about the final pass thats all, he limits us soo much with his predictable playing style.
    My verdict is, Ozil has no place in this team, but Ramsey can get in but in 4-3-3 set up.



    Here, Ramsey can always bomb foward, with Lucas and Matteo protecting and spraying passes from deep.
    Ozil cant play in CM or wings, he is limited as 10, what to do with this guy eh?

    And if we must use a 4-2-3-1 formation, then no Ramsey and Ozil altogether.




    Welbeck will do fine on that right if not excellent, Mkhi offers more than Ozil in the hole and Lacazette is a better baller than Aubameyang.

    1. Goonerboi says:

      Love The 4-3-3 team. I reckon the midfield balance would be perfect, just make sure Myhkitarian helps out lichtsteiner in defending and I think that side can sneak into the Cl either via top 4 or Europa

  14. Adajim says:

    arsenal fans are too emotional and ridiculous. Ppl complain Emery is forcing the team to play from the back, but did you complain Chelsea and man city too played from the back in the 2 games we played so far. In fact while while arsenal didn’t commit mistakes through this process both our opponents did and misunderstanding on the part of our players didn’t allow man city get punished. had it been we have scored we wouldnt have complained. let’s grow up and understand football has revolutional from what we used to see and the only way of a possession game is playing from the back. if u think pack the bus style still valid ask Mr mou and united.
    I believe our coach is really working as am seeing improvement on the team and players. I quite agree with an article I read recently that football is lost by team mistakes more often than the brilliance of super best players. since football is a team game u can’t afford to play some weak players and a few superstar, then expecting miracle, this is evident in Messi Argentina team, I think arsenal is making too many mistakes that lead to goals or almost goals, this is our major challenge. I am not a fan of Ramsey or oezil but let’s stop blaming oezil for every looses because of his high wages or probably his body language. he isn’t our problems but the whole team way of handling pressure, defensive needs to improve. hope we trash westharm come sat

  15. Germany bed says:

    Arsenal can spend big but the stumbling block is that Krankey won’t let them. For a team who commands sixty thousand fans who pay top dollar to watch them and pays Ozil over three hundred thousand a week, to say they can’t afford to spend big is ludicrous.

  16. ks-gunner says:

    Emery just needs to make sure to get rid off all Wengers left overs and he will do fine then. Simple. hehehe.

  17. lord wafflebury says:

    Lets get real here guys….
    Ramsey i agree …if he doesnt sign bench him, put him in reserves i dont care..no one is bigger than the club…i have said it before..the club must get ruthless over contract renewal to avoid future problems like sanchez, ozil and even wenger.
    On to ozil…stan would not stand for him being dropped or even sold..he is a cash cow !
    As a buisnessman myself i see it from a business perspective…
    Mesut Ozil is a devout muslim..there are over 4 billion muslims in the world..if only 5% love football and say only 10% of those love ozil, as there are a lot more muslim players around e.g.salah, benzema, gundogen, fellaini to name a few from different clubs ,then the merchandising opportunities are endless.
    From pens to shirts say an average £20 an item is bought by each every season and the club takes only 10% of that on contract…now you do the maths !! . Now divide that by 52 to get a weekly figure…ozil is reportedly on 350,000 a week
    That is why , no way, stan will stand for him to be dropped or sold.

    1. jon fox says:

      What utter nonsense! And there are not “over4 biillion Muslims in the world.” The whole Ozil part of your post is just ridiculous. I agree on Ramsey though. Businessmen who are successful get their facts correct and don’t make up ludicrous figures from out of the air, as you have done.

      1. lord wafflebury says:

        I stand corrected mr fox..i meant to say the population of the world is 4 billion..of which almost a quarter of which are muslim FACT…now that is NOT nonsense. Sometimes people make errors on here..but you are quick to post sarcastic comments..pointing out the error in a nice civilised way instead of resorting to type would earn you more plaudits and respect.

        1. jon fox says:

          Sorry , that too is nonsense. The worlds population is between 7 and 8 billion, according to what stats you believe. These things are easily checked, so why write nonsense? It just makes you look ignorant to those who know the true figures. The Muslim figures are around £1.8 billion back in 2015, again easily checked, which I HAVE done. There are more Christians than Muslims ; around 2.5 billion of them. I just hate incorrect and made up out of the air wrong “facts.” Not sarcasm , just accuracy from me. When you argue against the easily checkable truth you just make yourself look foolish to all who know (or who can check, as many will now do).

    2. Goonerboi says:

      Is he still tho? He hasn’t performed in a VERY long time, he’s lost his zest. I know people are still gonna buy a Pogba shirt but an Ozil one? Not so sure anymore

      1. jon fox says:

        That was NOT what I was arguing abouit. It was the made up figures and the whole Muslim nonsense that I objected to. I very much agree that OIL IS NOT THE PLAYER HE ONCE WAS AND THATWE SHOULD never have given him the current ludicrous contract he is on. i want him dropped for laziness and wimpishness; that Walcott disease that I so much loathed in HIM all those wasted years.

        1. Goonerboi says:

          Apologies Jon, that reply was meant for @lord wafflebury. I totally agree Ozil despite his stats will never be considered an arsenal legend. Henry said it the best. Fabregas>ozil

  18. Grandad says:

    It’s not a question of “if Ozil won’t play” The fact is Ozil and Xhaka are totally unsuited to the high pressing,high tempo game favoured by Emery and used by Man City and Liverpool..Ramsay on the other hand has the energy to fit into such a system which is why Emery will be reluctant to let him go.Ozil, Xhaka along with Mustafi will i suspect he sold by Emery this year or next.

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