Mikel Arteta: Blinded By The Lights

What does Mikel need to do to keep his job in your opinion?


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Trilly

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Willian has played 1600 minutes this season, far less than almost every player we've used. But man like @Trilly gonna blast Arteta cos Willian is his favourite. Trilly posting has gone down hill massively.
Do you think people like my posts because they fancy me/think I'm cool/I pay them? No man. I'm clearly not the only one who thinks Arteta has his favourites.

Using WIllian's minutes to try and counter that is just you being wilfully ignorant. We all know how Arteta feels about Willian.
 

Riou

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Seriously though, lets not mock Arsène and big up Klopp...we are Arsenal fans ffs :lol:

Arsène may never have won the European cup, but he still gave us all amazing memories and won a lot of trophies.

And in the same vein, lets all get behind Mikel and the lads for the rest of the season!
 

Trilly

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The normal totally disingenuous crud.
The early spring shoots of a HairSpray x Jury link up?!

nooo GIF
 

HairSprayGooners

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Do you think people like my posts because they fancy me/think I'm cool/I pay them? No man. I'm clearly not the only one who thinks Arteta has his favourites.

Using WIllian's minutes to try and counter that is just you being wilfully ignorant. We all know how Arteta feels about Willian.

Sorry what? :lol::lol:

He's played way less minutes than most of our squad, and you still think he's a favourite? Despite being dropped pretty much since Ødegaard came in and ESR became fit? Jesus.
 

El Duderino

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Willian started every game until it became quite clear he was a dud and Arteta could not carry him anymore. He was tried as a CAM, false 9 ( :lol: ), left and right winger. It was his injury and lack of form that forced Arteta to bring in ESR into play, which in turn made the club go after a #10 in the winter window.

But yeah, he's not a favorite who Arteta championed Edu for 🤷
 

Trilly

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Sorry what? :lol::lol:

He's played way less minutes than most of our squad, and you still think he's a favourite? Despite being dropped pretty much since Ödegaard came in and ESR became fit? Jesus.
Willlian had to stink the place up like nobody ever has just to get dropped. It got to the point where the media were starting to question why he kept getting starts before he got dropped. The guy had something ridiculous like 2 shots on target in twenty appearances before Arteta finally gave up on him.

Even now, all he has to do is not play terribly in one of his cameos and he seems to back in at the expense of others who are playing better than him. That's before I get into the more difficult to prove stuff like how Arteta specifically recruited him, his lack of punishment for the Dubai fiasco, and how there seems to be a pattern of Arteta trying to force the signing into a success by selectively subbing him into easy games.

You're not stupid, stop acting it.
 

Trilly

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Willian started every game until it became quite clear he was a dud and Arteta could not carry him anymore. He was tried as a CAM, false 9 ( :lol: ), left and right winger. It was his injury and lack of form that forced Arteta to bring in ESR into play, which in turn made the club go after a #10 in the winter window.

But yeah, he's not a favorite who Arteta championed Edu for 🤷
I'm annoyed at myself for even replying to him. What we've both said is basically obvious to anyone with eyes.
 

HairSprayGooners

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Willlian had to stink the place up like nobody ever has just to get dropped. It got to the point where the media were starting to question why he kept getting starts before he got dropped. The guy had something ridiculous like 2 shots on target in twenty appearances before Arteta finally gave up on him.

Even now, all he has to do is not play terribly in one of his cameos and he seems to back in at the expense of others who are playing better than him. That's before I get into the more difficult to prove stuff like how Arteta specifically recruited him, his lack of punishment for the Dubai fiasco, and how there seems to be a pattern of Arteta trying to force the signing into a success by selectively subbing him into easy games.

You're not stupid, stop acting it.

It took longer than expected for him to be dropped, granted, however we didn't have ESR/Ødegaard at that point.

Your second point is quite frankly ridiculous. Willian was pretty much dropped when ESR came into the side against Chelsea. Since then the only time he's played more than 45 minutes was against Leicester in the 3-1 win where he was actually decent and he got an assist. He then played against Burnley where he got another assist. Since then he's played 13 minutes (Against Sp**s) and nothing more. (He also played and got assists in the EL against Olympiakos and Benfica)

So please tell me where he's been shown favouritism since boxing day? I'm giving you facts, he's not being played and hasn't played regularly since Ødegaard/ESR were in the squad.

You're simply being purposely obtuse because you don't want Arteta, its poor stuff.
 

HairSprayGooners

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Willian started every game until it became quite clear he was a dud and Arteta could not carry him anymore. He was tried as a CAM, false 9 ( :lol: ), left and right winger. It was his injury and lack of form that forced Arteta to bring in ESR into play, which in turn made the club go after a #10 in the winter window.

But yeah, he's not a favorite who Arteta championed Edu for 🤷

If Willian was a favourite he would be playing regularly, which he hasn't since boxing day. Really dumb comment.
 
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El Duderino

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If Willian was a favourite he would be playing regularly, which he hasn't since boxing day. Really dumb comment.

Pepe plays blinders and can't get a start, Willian gets a pass in and is started the very next game 🤷

Willian is an Arteta project, how is that hard to understand? It had to get really bad for him to be dropped at all. Mikel won't get everything right, it happens. This one is just used because it was a signing everyone could see had massive amounts of warnings lights and yet, it went ahead.
 

HairSprayGooners

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Pepe plays blinders and can't get a start, Willian gets a pass in and is started the very next game 🤷

Willian is an Arteta project, how is that hard to understand? It had to get really bad for him to be dropped at all. Mikel won't get everything right, it happens. This one is just used because it was a signing everyone could see had massive amounts of warnings lights and yet, it went ahead.

I don't understand what you don't get about him not playing? He isn't in the team therefore he isn't in favour, other players are ahead of him. Pepe has played almost 600 more minutes than Willian this season... That is a fact, you can't just drift around that because you dislike Arteta.
 

oh to be a goon

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Merson has been annoying over the years but he's spot on with this.



I'm sorry but that's BS. We definitely played worse in late 2019. Games against Man City were worse. Games against mid-table teams and allowing them to run through our entire team at will and post 20+ shots per game was worse. Hell, even home games against Liverpool have been less competitive. Past few years they've showed up and blown us off the park inside 25 minutes. At least this game they didn't blow us off the park until the final 25 minutes.
 

Gooner416

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I'm sorry but that's BS. We definitely played worse in late 2019. Games against Man City were worse. Games against mid-table teams and allowing them to run through our entire team at will and post 20+ shots per game was worse. Hell, even home games against Liverpool have been less competitive. Past few years they've showed up and blown us off the park inside 25 minutes. At least this game they didn't blow us off the park until the final 25 minutes.
Because Liverpool were actually awful? They were bad, we were shocking. I'm not sure we made a consecutive pass until after the 25th minute.
 

Riou

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Don't agree with everything Merson says, but there is a hint of truth in it tbh.

Liverpool had a massive weakness at CB, but we didn't even try to go after it, don't think we even created a chance against them...we approached the game playing for a draw, which allowed Liverpool to build up confidence and beat us easily in the 2nd half...if we went at them we might have still lost, but at least we would have tried.

We played against Liverpool like it was still 2019 and they were at full strength and full confidence, everyone has been beating them recently...don't even think this Madrid team is that good, but they beat Liverpool like it was nothing!

It's ok playing on the counter in big games, but sometimes you have to go for it imo...Arteta needs to get past his inferiority complex in certain games, sometimes attack is the best form of defence.
 

oh to be a goon

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Because Liverpool were actually awful? They were bad, we were shocking. I'm not sure we made a consecutive pass until after the 25th minute.

yeah I don't disagree. We were sh*t and couldnt string 3 passes together all game, which just piled the pressure on ourselves.
I was just disagreeing with his "never seen worse" comment, as we have played noticeable worse within recent memory.
 

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