Mikel Arteta: Blinded By The Lights

Do you think that Arsenal should continue with Arteta during the 2021-22 season?

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yorch44

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The day we do a goal like this then I would say Arteta deserves to stay. We actually can't make the 3 first passes of that play. I hate modern football and that zero creativity way of playing. Press until you force a goal... Boring!!!
 

Iceman10

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I think we should just all admit, no-one's an impartial, objective judge of anything on here. We've all got our biases, pro or anti Arteta, same as with the players.

Whether fans like it or not, he's going to be manager next season that's the crux of the matter. People need to accept that. Hopefully he can end this season on a high through climbing the league table or winning the Europa League and then maybe we can go into next season with a bit more positivity.

The poll results above tell the story that there is still some patience with Mikel but I wouldn’t disregard how quickly things can change. Can you imagine the overall mood around the club if we go out against Olympiakos again, lose the NLD, and West Ham confirm current superiority over us? I personally wouldn’t go on record saying Mikel is guaranteed to be manager next season. It is for sure likely, but coming out of Covid this is a sensitive time also regarding the next round of season tickets, merchandise, etc.

We have massive swings with this club, pretty much match to match. When we beat Southampton comfortably in the PL match everyone was pretty much satisfied and chilled for the moment, and then two matches later the overall mood completely changed again. Perhaps a similar situation more recently beating Leicester and then dropping points against Burnley. I certainly don’t think Mikel should assume his job is safe.
 

El Duderino

99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One
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Good first half, despite the slopyness.

Second half much more of a mixed bag. I’m done with Ceballos.

Good subs though, can’t really argue with that. The Elneny made sense because Dani is just not that good/press resistant and we’d lost the midfield after Partey had to come off.

It would’ve bugged me if Pepe wasn’t introduced along with him and that’s all I can ask, really (though Pepe should be starting).

I’m not sure you risk Parthey on the weekend, though. At least not for a full 90.
 

ThePortugueseGunner

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Ever since it started to be (almost) consensual that the Wenger era had to come to an end, that Arsenal's focus should have been in hiring a manager that could come and set up another dynasty. I remember thinking that Arsenal should have gone for Klopp, during the season where Dortmund was in the relegation zone and he eventually got out of there. Liverpool did it, and it turned great for them.

Emery was not a great decision, but I gave the board the benefit of the doubt. And I was fond of getting Arteta as a transition option - I never thought that he would actually be the manager for the long-term. Recently, I thought that Tuchel might have been a good option, but oh well.

Maybe it's me, but I just think that it's a matter of time until he has to be sacked. He may have good football principles, but when the time comes, it's always more of the same. Playing from the back may be a very nice philosophy, but when you start players like David Luiz (who has had a dream career path without knowing what he's doing most of the time) it's nonsensical. There's not a single game where Luiz doesn't scare the crap out of me with a bad pass inside the penalty area, or a terrible approach to an attacking player.

Either you admit that you don't have the players to play the way you want to, or you have to make an effort to play accordingly to the players' characteristics.

Nice win today, Arsenal would have to concede 3 at home to be eliminated - doubt that it happens. But I think that there should be an investment in a coach with credentials and in giving him the right players to start something like what Klopp has done at Anfield. Just my two cents.
 

Token Yank

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Shambolic and cowardly. Bailed out by 3 individual moments of brilliance. Might be good on the training ground but game management is severely lacking.
 

Iceman10

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Good first half, despite the slopyness.

Second half much more of a mixed bag. I’m done with Ceballos.

Good subs though, can’t really argue with that. The Elneny made sense because Dani is just not that good/press resistant and we’d lost the midfield after Partey had to come off.

It would’ve bugged me if Pepe wasn’t introduced along with him and that’s all I can ask, really (though Pepe should be starting).

I’m not sure you risk Parthey on the weekend, though. At least not for a full 90.

If Partey was carrying something right from the start it would help explain a lot because I thought our CM was pretty weak all the way through until later on when space opened up.
 

Hunta

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Just don’t enjoy this tippy tappy bollocks, it works for City because they’ve got the players to play that way. We literally give goals away every game due to the lack of ability in the squad.

Arteta is to blame for insisting with it despite the harmful results.
 

mirrorstare

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Awful way to beat the ghost of Olympiakos but congrats to Arteta for eventually doing it.

Plenty to criticize today, but starting a Willian that is delivering an assist per game was good and so was his other criticized decision in the lineup. I'm glad he doesn't believe this nonsense about Cedric being better than Bellerin.

Game management wise thought subbing Partey off to take care of his fitness was the correct idea despite what happened after and of course, the inspired decision to bring Elneny to kill the match

The rest was just poverty, Olympiakos put us into a lot of trouble having to do almost nothing. Really feels better teams will murder us if we keep playing this way.
 

hydrofluoric acid

Many Men Wish Death Upon Me
Just don’t enjoy this tippy tappy bollocks, it works for City because they’ve got the players to play that way. We literally give goals away every game due to the lack of ability in the squad.

Arteta is to blame for insisting with it despite the harmful results.

It is a difficult thing to coach and will probably take a long time but hopefully, we will be rewarded in the end by sticking with the game plan!

Remember even Pep struggled with these things in his first season with City.
 

Hunta

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It is a difficult thing to coach and will probably take a long time but hopefully, we will be rewarded in the end by sticking with the game plan!

Remember even Pep struggled with these things in his first season with City.
I cry myself to sleep at the state of the club mate. Might need to stay a few weeks in your cabin.
 

say yes

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Just don’t enjoy this tippy tappy bollocks, it works for City because they’ve got the players to play that way. We literally give goals away every game due to the lack of ability in the squad.

Arteta is to blame for insisting with it despite the harmful results.
Did you see his post-match interview? Seemed genuinely quite angry about it.

Not seen that from him before.
 

Iceman10

Established Member

This is all last month mikel need to stop forcing it to play from back. Not in position throwing the games

He’s going to persist, like it or not, he is just doing what City and Liverpool are doing and he will double down on the training pitch. I don’t like excuses of players not being good enough because we can’t replace them all, but still.
 

hydrofluoric acid

Many Men Wish Death Upon Me

Start by telling your players to stop forcing play from back.

It is difficult for sure to play out of the back with terrible passers like Leno, Ceballos, and Luiz, and players that struggle under pressure like Xhaka. But we are getting better at it with every game.

Just need to be smarter about it and keep improving on it!
 

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