He's been ok - just not what we hoped for, and was repeatedly put in positions to expose his weaknesses.I've always maintained Xhaka has been a disaster for this club but I have no ill will. We shouldn't have exposed him to so many situations he's not capable of traversing. The abuse he got is horrific
Didn't see Auba as a villain at all. He comes across as a lovely bloke, who everyone likes, but too flakey to be captain and wounded by what happened. No shock really - always been a guy who needs to feel the love, and who has wobbles in his professionalism.Arteta is coming across as very good in this series. Intense but also likeable. How much of that is by design only Amazon can say. They do seem to have given Mikel an easy ride.
Auba comes across as a super villain.
I think its quite revealing, and not that damaging for Auba. Makes the player look a bit flakey, but that aside no one has a bad word to say about him, and even Arteta says that he was great for the club- the revealing bits are how much it was just Arteta and the club only wanted him off the books when it became clear the relationship was done, and the bit of Arteta talking privately to the doc, basically admitting that he feels he has to act because the club has been a **** show professionalism wise for a decade. (which I think many of us suspected)Yup, the show is designed with Mikel first in mind.
Not good PR for Auba of course, but everyone knows how it really went down. And for me that's what matters.
I would imagine they wouldn't be allowed to interview anyone who had been done for a breach of discipline about said breach. Also, tbf, what could he say bar being upset and feeling it was unfair under the specific circumstances, which his reps leaked early anyway - if there is literally a file of lateness and other ****, and you've been warned and publicly disciplined about it before, and the whole world knows from prior clubs that you are quite often late, all that Auba could say would be that it was an overreaction and why now?Very suspicious that they didn't interview Auba'. Maybe he refused.
Would have been interesting to hear his explanation for coming back late. Maybe he had a valid reason.
Always find it hilarious when players say Mikel is a tactical genius.
Explain the league finishes and cup exits then.
You mean he was dropped almost the amount of time after signing his new deal that @samspade said their form had dipped for?Auba was dropped in December 2021 so if he was poor for that long as people claim, why did Arteta give him a new deal?
Who's been lambasting him from pillar to post?Honestly, I don't blame players for doing what's best for them. I may not like which club they choose to go to and that's my entitlement as a fan, but seeing how clubs vilify players and cast them off like day old rubbish.
Get your paper, boys. Auba won Arteta his only trophy in football and without that I think fan sentiment towards him would have been a lot worse. Yet he gets lambasted in the media from pillar to post. Shameful.
It’s 15 months in this thread, but people on A-M and Twitter were saying 18 months at the time.
And it worked great for Wenger when he had great pros running the dressing room, but by his last few years it was a **** show. Several ex players have commented on it.I wouldn't have a set of inflexible "rules" in the first place. As long as the players generally arrive on time, aren't rude to the staff and don't start **** with each other. Go nuts.
I don't think Arteta's level post contract was his fault so I disagree with the premise behind the question. But I'll play along, if his level dropped because of attitude issues and he kept on breaking the rules then I'd talk with him in private or fine him.
That situation got blown way out of proportion, it wasn't that serious IMO. Bending a rule like that shouldn't have resulted in being dropped from the squad. Wenger would have handled it a lot better. Explain to Auba that he has to set an example for the young players who all look up to him. or whatever.
Other players, namely Xhaka have done far more stupid things that cost us on the pitch but Arteta didn't say a word about that because Xhaka is his pet and follows his stupid behind the scenes rules.
Yeah - I kept noticing that - Clearly his vocal technique is rubbish. Feel like I should offer him some lessons on abdominal breathing, voice projection and tension release. By half-time ever game he sounds like a 40 a day man.Mik's voice cracks a lot when he's shouting I noticed.
I think its quite revealing, and not that damaging for Auba. Makes the player look a bit flakey, but that aside no one has a bad word to say about him, and even Arteta says that he was great for the club- the revealing bits are how much it was just Arteta and the club only wanted him off the books when it became clear the relationship was done, and the bit of Arteta talking privately to the doc, basically admitting that he feels he has to act because the club has been a **** show professionalism wise for a decade. (which I think many of us suspected)
I thought that was already out there? His mum was sick and he was genuinely worried about her - its why the club let him go when normally no player would be allowed to go so close to a game. The only issue was he came back the morning after he said he would, missing the pre-match training session, and apparently hadn't told anyone the night before that this would happen.Like I mentioned previously, those that were criticising Auba back then didn’t take into consideration why he even made the trip to Paris in the first place during the season. It must have been something serious for him to go visit his mother which is why at the time and even now, I’m taking the angle the club tried to use with a pinch of salt.
Feel really sorry for some of you. Can't even enjoy this for what it is: a bit of insight into the club mixed between some PR. Just have fun with it ffs.
Whilst implying it was far less. Either way, I don't know why people are still going to war on this one. He'd been poor for a while, while being very very expensive. We got him off the books, allowing us to a) give Eddie a chance- later than we should & b) Get Gabby Jesus this summer. He got to play for Barca and have a lovely time while still being hugely paid.It’s 15 months in this thread, but people on A-M and Twitter were saying 18 months at the time.
I think on a human level, Auba's 'crime' was entirely understandable, and very relatable, but equally if you've been given allowances to do something unusual, at least drop a bloody text or an explanation in advance if you are going to be back the day after. For a first offence, this would probably be a little fine.