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16 Jan 2021 12:06:40
Against palace we were missing the spine of the team which MA has worked to put in place, Gabriel instead of luiz, partey ( fit) in the middle and martinelli creating up top, plus our player of the season so far KT, that’s the first 4 names on the team sheet every time surely?

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16 Jan 2021 13:00:23
Yep those 4 plus Leno and Saka plus PEA . Good start that COYG Lots of talent in squad but they’re definite starters. Not sure how many of those 7 are unhappy though! Maybe just PEA.

16 Jan 2021 14:22:00
We definitely still need another attacking midfielder in the squad.

16 Jan 2021 14:55:19
PEA can’t play ball he can score for sure. KT has been so impressive it masked his failings. He’s been playing every minute since he’s back and scored a tap in.

Saka going back or starting at left back is a waste. He’s just dislodged Pepe and or Willian so why should he played else. MA moved Saka there because AMN was bad.

To me the squad is woeful and the Palace game exposed so many weak areas showing we need a striker, AM, DM, LB, RB and RCD.

16 Jan 2021 15:00:27
Yard mate I agree, but we are not going to get all those players at one go.

If we could get a class rb, am and a back up lb in the summer I would be very happy.

16 Jan 2021 22:50:38
I would like to see another decent CM come in to partner Partey, and definitely another LB for cover. A decent RB who can be another Tierney would be good.

Otherwise we don’t need any more squad players. We need first xi players. We don’t need another striker. We already have PEA, Lacca, Eddie, Balogan and Martenelli who play that role.

If a manager can’t get the best out of those resources, then we need a new manager, not striker.

{Ed047's Note - new manager it is then

17 Jan 2021 14:55:01
Well at first I thought we didn’t but if Martinelli don’t play and Pea plays left that leaves Lacazette as striker. If he’s not on form who’s coming off bench? And that goes for PEA who will be around for another 3yrs. Majority already agrees Nketiah need game time away from the club and Balogun don’t even make the bench some games and he’s apparently off soon.

Do you expect Nketiah to come at 80-85mins winning games for us?

17 Jan 2021 15:08:37
Hi 47 I’m not so sure just yet about about changing the manager. Some here were talking about Chris Wilder last season and Hasenhuttl early this season.

{Ed047's Note - I know yard, I’m probably being impatient but I really wanted to see at least a definitive style but do we even have that yet.

Defensively it’s suggests we’re better and I’m happy about that, we don’t look as totally vulnerable as we have before which is obviously a plus.

If Aubamayang was as prolific as he was at the end of last season then maybe things we look at lot brighter.

17 Jan 2021 16:34:14
I’m still concerned and also at how reliant we are on players like Tierney to drive the forward momentum when the manager should be getting that done. Also concerned that he thinks AMN is a good plug at left back.

17 Jan 2021 17:27:04
I get your point SY4 maybe I’m wrong but who else would have played there? Saka like he did later on in the game? People would have criticised that starting line up with Pepe or even Willian out right. No one would have expected AMN to be so bad. MA recognised that make the change and Pepe offered nothing.

17 Jan 2021 17:57:00
He was atrocious on the left earlier in season. Why not switch to a back 3 and show versatility. I would have played Saka there or a back 3. I wouldn’t have played PEA and Laca either but I would play Dani

My main piece is if Tierney isn’t creating forward momentum - who is and why isn’t the Boss addressing that.

17 Jan 2021 18:09:58
The thing is YG, I personally don’t really think PEA should play on the left, for me it’s either him or Lacca competing for the striker role. However even if he is, then if Laaca is playing poorly we still don’t need Eddie to come on at all, we can switch PEA into the striker role and bring someone else on to play either on the left, or somewhere else to change the formation and set up as required.

When you look at those giants Leicester and Southampton looking down at us from their high perch, I wonder if their fans would agree that with only PEA, Lacca, Martinelli, Balogun and Eddie to choose from for our single striker role we are really suffering. Maybe we should swap them all for Adams, or Vardy. Sadly it goes back to, The single biggest reason we are slumped in the bottom half of the league is the manager, it’s certainly not to our lack of resources up front.

17 Jan 2021 20:17:55
Couldn’t agree more - we have an embarrassment of riches up front and we’ve received an embarrassing return. I really don’t think Mikel has the 🥜 🥜 to drop PEA and just play Laca. I’m also shocked that over the past year Balogun hasn’t been given a chance. I really don’t think Arteta can manage a squad or big names. He’s also very stubborn. You need a big set of 🥜 to make the big decisions and you need experience to fall back on. We have an inexperienced Edu and an inexperienced Arteta - we are a big club, invest in quality and get the foundations right.

Leicester, Everton, Southampton, Spurs, Aston Villa - come on guys, we’ve got higher expectations than this and for our sanity - don't say he hasn’t had time. He doesn’t have the experience or know how. We are all HOPING he can do it rather than EXPECTING him to do it because he’s done it at X, Y and Z

Turn up the pressure and don’t put all the expectation on Tierney and Saka when Arteta should be coaching the squad to perform at the right level.



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