Brighton Preview: Seagulls and Smeagols – Arsenal Looking for Their Precious

It’s not ‘honk your horn for Jesus’ but this morning’s media want us to ‘give Wenger a fanfare’. If only we had seven ram’s horns to bring the walls of his empire crashing down. Yeah, I’m getting biblical on your arsenal’s today.

Wenger previously claimed he wants to walk away without a fuss. That’s the likely outcome with the Heil claiming Joachim Löw is favourite to succeed. He’ll bring a Teutonic air to Arsenal where once the French were feted and all those talented German youngsters we are linked with, will immediately sign for us. Yah!

We’ll have plenty of space in the squad. We’re flogging Aaron Ramsey this summer and then selling him. Contracts are the issue once again. We’re playing hardball now our quota of huge salaries is filled leaving the Great British core, reduced to Ramsey and Wilshere, in danger of extinction.

Unless they reach agreement on new deals, the pair will leave the club this summer is the message. While both rejected the initial offerings, talks are ongoing with Wilshere’s agent while Ramsey’s will resume at the end of the season.

Wilshere will leave on a free transfer, leaving the new man in a pickle if Ramsey goes in the same window. Losing one homegrown player is bad enough but if that would mean five categorised as ‘homegrown’ have left the club in twelve months. Arsenal will be the byword for ‘home shopping’ in English football.

I say the ‘new man’ as if it is a done deal which we know isn’t the case. The value at which Stan considers his investment hurt when Wenger leaves. My guess is we aren’t there yet although penalty clauses in the new commercial deals will be painful to suffer. Then Stan will take notice of the club’s predicament.

I Did Not Put You Here to Suffer

Normally, football is the antidote to off-the-pitch distractions. When the manager is involved, that isn’t the case. A win will provide some relief from the gloom and with professional pride stung through the media portrayal of their team meeting, today must surely see a reaction?

You can’t be sure with 2018 Arsenal. Usually, when our form is this miserable, we’re crowned Calendar Year Champions. Not this time; we’re just crap. No away wins in the Premier League and three defeats in matches we expect to win. Great stuff.

The flaw in it all is that the football is joyless. Where there were verve and delight, there is now panic and self-inflicted discombobulation. Fearless became fearful; the spritely and impish spirit found bags of wet cement tied around their ankles.

It’s been so long that you forget we go into this match with just two wins in eight Premier League games and one win in seven on our travels. We are hopelessly out of form with no sign of it returning.

One-nil to the Arsenal, anyone?

After the decimation of the first half against City, I don’t know where Wenger goes. For the first time in around five years, he didn’t make a single substitution. The bench offered no escape route from the misery on the pitch or was he just protecting individuals from a wretched reception? The truth, my dear Mulder, is out there.

I don’t think we’ll see Danny Welbeck in the starting line-up although he needs to sharpen up for Milan. But Wenger’s options are limited. The back four will remain; Wenger’s dismissal of the five after Wembley was such that is cast to the mists of time. In its’ place, Elneny and Xhaka in front of the four with Wilshere’s ankle knack saving the Swiss’ bacon.

Get Out and Have a Good Time

After the second 3 – 0 defeat, Wenger spoke about how quickly confidence is lost. ‘Stairs and lifts’ are more intelligible than ‘seagulls and trawlers’ but it is a footballer’s “precious”. We’re bereft of any belief in ourselves and while we need a win, we equally need a performance which brings some self-belief back.

Whether we’ll get both today, I don’t know. We’re looking down the table rather than up at present, knowing a defeat today wreaks havoc on what little is left of our aspirations.

The XI to avoid that isn’t at the club so this one will take the field instead I should think:

Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Özil; Aubameyang

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it.

’til Tomorrow.

215 thoughts on “Brighton Preview: Seagulls and Smeagols – Arsenal Looking for Their Precious

  1. Bufallo says:

    viceologist i have to believe they want to win and surely if a manager offers them that path then they’ll seize it with both hands, this is the major problem, the leadership or lack of it….

  2. C says:

    Viceologist,

    With a new man I would put my money in the, buckle down and improve drastically. I mean think of some of the managers that are players have thrived under: Ozil under Mourinho and Low, Mhkitaryan and Aubameyang under Klopp and Tuchel, Mustafi at Valencia and under Low.

    The real shame is that we sold Gabriel and Szczesny…

  3. Viceologist says:

    Bufallo,

    You are probably right. Chances are all of these players we have, that look like shit, may actually be really good football players with the proper direction.

  4. Viceologist says:

    I suppose players don’t go from being solid international team members to complete shit over night. It is painfully clear that our problem is Wenger…

  5. MikeSA says:

    Viceologist,

    I strongly suspect that if a new manager came in he’d do way better with exactly the same squad and everyone would be commenting along the lines of “where have these players been all this time”, or “who stole our players and replaced them with this lot”.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t go to Pool because he wanted to be inveigled in the city’s culture, he went there to receive proper training, which seems to be starting to bear fruit.

    Wenger was incandescent about him going because he knew it would show him up as a fraud.

  6. andy1886 says:

    If I were Brighton I’d be lobbing crosses into our box as often as possible. Note how quickly they counter while we bumble around making nothing passes on the edge of their box.

  7. consolsbob says:

    Brighton defence is a shambles.

  8. YW says:

    You can see why Chelsea and Liverpool scored four and five here.

  9. Bill says:

    Much better second half so far. If we can avoid conceding we might still get a point or even 3.

  10. C says:

    Thats not a foul just a coming together of players.

  11. Bufallo says:

    Bill i’ll put the champagne on ice…

  12. andy1886 says:

    Kolasinac got lucky there, obvious intent.

  13. andy1886 says:

    C,

    The slow-mo suggests he drove his shoulder into the player’s head, could easily be construed as dangerous.

  14. Bill says:

    Kolasinac is really lucky the ref did not have the right angle to see that terrible challenge. Sead should have been sent off

  15. Wavey says:

    andy1886,

    Looked like it. He was never getting to the ball first. Ref didn’t even give a free kick.

    Should go with two up front if Welbeck is coming on.

  16. Woolwich Freddie says:

    Dunno if Kolasinac meant that. Was looking at the ball. Guy ran into shoulder.

  17. Bufallo says:

    thank god iwobi is off, brighton have us at the moment….

  18. C says:

    YW,

    I didn’t think it waz a foul either but the slow mo, I could see why some might.

  19. Woolwich Freddie says:

    There aren’t many football players of our build…I had to stand up for him. Guys run into me and fall over all the time. Refs always fall for it.

  20. C says:

    Welbeck hasn’t scored in 14 PL matches, surely that can’t be right

  21. Wavey says:

    Should also take off Sead and put on AMN. Sead looks like a second yellow just waiting to happen.

  22. andy1886 says:

    Luck that the Brighton player clean through had all the pace of a snail with a limp.

  23. Bill says:

    A challenge like that looks completely different depending on which angle you see it from.

  24. Bufallo says:

    how many chances have we provided for auba today…..

  25. Woolwich Freddie says:

    Bufallo,

    Two, I believe. He took one. And twice he made corners on his own, in the touching belief the delivery would beat the first man.

  26. Woolwich Freddie says:

    We have been lucky on more than one occasion. Flattering that we are still in touch.

  27. Bufallo says:

    this cannot be described as a reaction second half……please let this end, sack the manager.

  28. Woolwich Freddie says:

    A generous seven minutes.

  29. C says:

    I don’t think Arsene has moved from that seat other than to walk the tunnel fir halftime

  30. Bufallo says:

    we are rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish…..

  31. Woolwich Freddie says:

    C,

    He has enjoyed his customary pointless argument with the fourth official.

  32. Wavey says:

    Shocking effort from Wilshere from that corner.

  33. Viceologist says:

    8 losses in 2018…we should be fighting relegation… fuckin joke

  34. Wavey says:

    For all of the alleged firepower on the pitch, we haven’t had that many chances.

  35. Bufallo says:

    that was a total and utter disgrace, second half could have been 450 minutes wouldn’t have made any difference….zero reaction from the players after the first half just reverted to our normal nonsense….

  36. Viceologist says:

    Just resign already Arsene… it’s fuckin embarrassing…

  37. Woolwich Freddie says:

    C,

    It’ll probably constitute an Arsenal “highlight”.

  38. consolsbob says:

    More records for Arsène!

    First defeat against Brighton.

    First win against a Top six side for Brighton.

    First time that he has lost 4 games in a row.

  39. andy1886 says:

    Can’t wait to hear what positives AW can take from that one. Brighton deserved to win, we were better in the second half but that isn’t difficult after a lousy first 45. We look what we are, a random bunch of individuals thrown together with no idea of how to play together.

  40. Dukey says:

    A nuclear fallout won’t remove him.

  41. Dukey says:

    No width, no creativity no nothing. Utter nothingness. This is as bad as I’ve ever known. At least when we were bad under gg we knew we had some quality to score. Cannot see where any goals are coming from. What has Wenger done to us…

  42. Woolwich Freddie says:

    andy1886,

    I think he’ll make it seven. That’s what it will take. Surely that’s the absolute limit? Us out of everything and give the next guy time if nothing else.

  43. Viceologist says:

    I have a weird feeling that the new players we acquired were told this was Wenger’s last season and the rest of the team found out as well.

    Wenger was already out of ideas, but as a lame duck coach he has no ability to get the players to respond any more.

    Just a hypothesis, but seems plausible to me.

  44. Viceologist says:

    I can see us getting properly smashed away to AC Milan on Thursday… the only thing that might prevent it is if Wenger were sacked tomorrow morning.

  45. Woolwich Freddie says:

    Viceologist,

    Possibly, although Mikhi and Aubu had bad situations at their previous clubs and Ozil was offered rather a lot of money. Hope you’re right, though.

  46. G4E says:

    Arsene Wenger will talk about how unlucky and how the team needs to pounce back.

    The fact of the matter is, he can’t pounce back himself. He is losing support in huge numbers, I don’t think even the die-hard Arsene supporters can defend the current state of affairs.

    He needs to come out and take total fucking responsibility for his and this SHIT.

    It is time for change, they or he should announce this is his last season. I don’t really care what happens from here till the end of the season.

    His presence in the Club at this point is generating nothing but negativity and bad reputation for Arsenal. That’s what happens when you overstay your welcome, he should have gone winning 3 FA cups in 4 season for a 67 years old manager was the perfect exit.

    Now he’s lucky to get out with tomatoes and rotten eggs.

    Wenger is in critical condition and on life-support……Only he or the board can put him out of his misery and pull the plug.

  47. Bufallo says:

    I think you might be right, seriously as somebody said why otherwise would you sign up for this as a professional ? he couldn’t motivate a ghost

  48. Bufallo says:

    looks like the lift wire snapped and we fell through the basement arsene….

  49. Bufallo says:

    i wish he’d just announce that’s it, this is his last year and then everyone could give him a friendly send off, would take a huge weight ioff the fans players and club but it’s all about him, as usual.

  50. Dukey says:

    The players are crying(no pun intended) out for coaching…they are lost.

  51. Bill says:

    YW:
    I didn’t think it was a foul.

    I thought Sead lowered his shoulder and barged into him shoulder down and pushed away with his arm. I suspect if that would have happened to us we would have all thought it was a yellow card offense. It’s another example of how different things look at full speed and at a different angle. Plays like that are why I argue all the time that judging refs based multiangle slow motion replays is not realistic.

  52. Woolwich Freddie says:

    Fuck the senior players for sending Chambers out to face the press on his own.

  53. Damon says:

    Where’s JonJon when you need him?

    Might be time the revolution rolled on a bit? Momentum building here.

    I can see us getting beaten in Milan. Possibly quite heavily if they’re as nervy as they were the first half today.

    Watford haven’t been an easy three points for us of late, no matter what form they’ve had. Then Milan again, away to Leicester (direct competitor for Europa League place via league position (no joke)) and then Stoke come visiting. 4 on the spin could easily become 8 or 9, looking at that and our present form.

    We leak goals for fun and can’t give our hundreds of millions of pounds worth of strikers a half decent couple of shots on goal in a game against a relegation candidate team. And yes Bob, they are my local team. Thanks fook I watched this one at home today

    Tally ho!!

  54. Bill says:

    For those who still think arsenal players don’t dive. Nacho tried against Man city and Xhaka made a very feeble attempt to win a penalty with a dive today.

  55. Bill says:

    Our $18M/year worlds greatest #10 didn’t have much influence again today. He popped up a couple times today but he has been mostly invisible since signing his new contract.

  56. andy1886 says:

    Arsene blaming “heavy legs”, keeps mentioning playing Sunday, Thursday and early Sunday. Why no subs on Thursday then Arsene?

    “We have to stick together” yawn.

    Q: Are you thinking that it’s the right time (to go)? Ans: “No”

    Over to you Junior, do the right thing.

  57. C says:

    Just a thought but maybe Mert can start his coaching role tomorrow and manage the team against Milan…

  58. Wavey says:

    He was never going to fall on his sword. He’s too arrogant for that. It has to be down to the owner.

  59. Dukey says:

    We have lost the most games in 2018 out of all the premier league teams. Wow.

  60. Orson Kaert says:

    Up shit creak without a paddle! What next Wenger?

  61. Paulie Walnuts says:

    There’s no point telling Arsene to get his coat.

    He couldn’t zip it up anyway.

  62. James says:

    Can’t see us winning the Milan tie if Wenger is still there on Thursday.

    But if he leaves, or more likely is ‘let go’, a win is really possible over two legs.

    Depends how much revenue Kroenke wants to lose before he takes the inevitable action. Can’t be long now. Bouldy could do a decent job until the end of the season.

  63. Harry says:

    Arsene: I will resign. Sorry, re-sign.

    As Dukey says….just utter nothingness. It’s all gone.

    Amazing to think we probably haven’t yet reached the nadir either.

  64. MikeSA says:

    andy1886,

    Did he pull out the ” we need to focus on the next game” one?

    Or perhaps “judge me at the end of the season”? (Perhaps he’s reluctant on that one seeing as it’s close and everyone will remember his statement and be keen to do exactly that).

    I see he recently made some comment about “we will analyze it in detail at the end of the season, don’t you worry about that” – except we DO worry because he’s said the same thing for close on a decade and all that’s happened is its got worse.

    All he does is try to delay or distract.

    He needs to fuck off, now.

    If he doesn’t want to fuck off he should get dragged out by the scruff of his neck.

    It won’t happen and there’s a fair chance we’ll have this idiot sitting there telling us how experienced he is next season as he guides the side towards a relegation battle.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we got relegated and the board decided to give him yet another contract “because there’s no one better in the footballing world to get us promoted again”.

    Just think, Wenger keeps on breaking new (truly shit) records.

    What’s the ultimate record for Arsenal that could be broken?

    We’ve never been relegated.

    I wouldn’t put it past Wenger to get that one under his belt if he stays next season.

  65. MesutsLeftFoot says:

    At this rate, I’d take wenger out and Henry as manage til end of the season. But it won’t happen. They don’t have balls to sack him. And he wont walk. He’s here til. Summer at least and then we have another issue and that’s how quickly they bring someone in of its at their usual pace well get a manager on deadline day

  66. MesutsLeftFoot says:

    Realistically, it’s not the quality of players. But I don’t see what they do in training… There’s no change of tactics there’s no plan A or B we pass it sideways and backwards and bizarrely steam forward to do so and leave cbs completely exposed. Ozil shouldn’t have to think about defending our midfields job should be get ball to him or myka but there getting dragged back and pegged down with horrendous slow football.

    Cech is past it. Kos looks overwhelmed. Ozil disinterested and I don’t blame him. Auba must be furious as he gets no service at all.

    Unfortunately I sense a lot of changes needed and even more so unfortunately I sense wenger maybe getting another year.

    Dark day for arsenal. I think if we lose to AC they need to consider letting him go and bringing in an interim manager til end or season. Horrific to watch no drive to tactics nothing.

  67. andy1886 says:

    MikeSA,

    Just this about the Milan game:

    On their Europa League last-16 game against AC Milan on Thursday: “It is important to recover mentally and physically, we are still jaded today, we gave a lot on Thursday night and you can see that today.”

    To be honest he hasn’t had any answers for years, just recycled sound bites. It’s a shame he gets away with it apart from “What is the next level Arsene?” Ans: “The next level is the next level” What a Genius.

  68. The Arsesores (AITG) says:

    Do you think if we don’t win another match this season the board may consider that they have backed Arsene for too long?

  69. consolsbob says:

    There were no Arsenal Board members at that match. No Chief Executive, no Kroenke, no one senior at all.

    No one cares.

  70. Ras says:

    Nobody can’t say they did not see this coming.

    Their is a first time for everything He’s gone at the end of the season. He may want to remain, See out his contract and insist he’s the Man for the job etc.

    The sound of beating drums grows louder and incessant every day.

    In a perverse sense it’s good that Young Josh is here in person to witness this mullarkey.

    Those involved are can’t be immune to All that is happening. Arsène is alone.

    The final coup de grace is not to far.

    YW The G Souness interview in the Times is very revealing. Why has AW settled for mediocrity and passivity, as I term it as opposed to being active and demanding success?

  71. andy1886 says:

    Ras,

    Well we know (because Arsene has said so) that he gets rewarded for making the club profitable, so he’s not going to break the bank is he?

  72. Phil says:

    Maybe Kroenke is looking for a tax loss.

  73. James says:

    If you didn’t know how low Arsenal had sunk in recent times, and had lived in a tent in the desert since last year, you might think nothing was seriously wrong after hearing Wenger’s post-match interview. I think the guy needs psychological therapy, he is sick.

  74. JonJon says:

    theres been so many nails in this coffin the hammers fucked so theres no point thinking this guys gonna walk away from his 10 mil a year job. hes an arrogant wanker.

    he needs to be sacked.

    on the face of it and going from previous theres no obvious signs of that either, but
    the positive signs are weve already started bringing in every tom dick and harry we can think of behind the scenes and we are spending 50mil quid on strikers, so we are preparing.

    we just need this to keep happening – we need to keep losing so his power grip is totally gone and so will he be.

    we cant tolerate having a 100mil quid strikeforce and the leagues most best paid player playing like shite week in week out.

    we need AC milan to totally roll us over.

    no trophies – finish 6th or 7th and hes got to go.

    the fans need to turn against him – its not nice but it has to turn ugly…we need this guy gone.
    sentiment is over – he could have walked after the FA cup but he wanted to be pushed so we have to push him.

  75. YW says:

    JJ

    > he needs to be sacked

    “Am I still the right man? Yes, because I’ve done it before. I believe a quality of a manager is to try to shorten a crisis. I believe I can do that.”

    Well, he ain’t walking, that’s for sure.

  76. Bufallo says:

    There was no-one visible in the Brighton directors box that’s for sure, except Jens. Certainly no sign of Gazidis, we know Josh has already gone back to the USA. Of course they don’t care about the football, they’re not in it for the love of the game.

  77. lari03 says:

    Wenger is a narcissist. He will never resign, he must be forced out by all means.

  78. Bufallo says:

    Surely the quality of a manger should be first and foremost making sure there isn’t a crisis. He just shovels verbal shit around and is very handsomely paid to do so.

  79. andy1886 says:

    “It’s the first time its happened in my whole career and it’s not easy. I have enough experience and desire to turn things around”

    Arsene needs whatever the football equivalent of viagra is. I assume that he is talking about football…

  80. Mongolian Gooner says:

    I saw Pat Rice and Jens Lehmann.

  81. JonJon says:

    of course its about the manager.

    man city have been spending millions for years but its pep thats got them playing like the best team on the planet
    he did the same at barca and bayern.

    great players need a great manager to make them a great team – otherwise they are just a bunch of players with arms legs and a heartbeat who can get rolled over like anyone else.

    we had this problem before wenger came – bunch of top players – the best back 5 and the two of the best strikers in the league but we were shit.

    a new manager with new ideas comes in and fixes it

    we are ready – weve been ready for a few years but the cups saved him, like they saved GG

    we were a sleeping giant then and we are asleep again now.

    time to freshen it up.

    if the board dont realise that then they are fucking morons like the rest of the wenger fanatics – or should i say whats left of the wenger fanatics – and we need the fucking lot of them to piss off.

    if rumors are true about kroenkes boy coming in as chairman and he wants henry to take over then i hope to christ its true because we need something to happen different to whats happening now.

    it might not work – but its not working now either – so we do what everyone else does and keep trying..

    the days of fergie and wenger spending 20 years at a club are over…time to get real and accept its going to be one guy 3-4 years max and its time to put that into practice.

  82. JonJon says:

    even if we go on a winning streak now, it doesnt change the fact we’ve been shite for half a season for the past 5 years.

    im amazed hes still got a job here after some of the shite weve seen season after season

    he talks about loyalty – hes full of shit – he stayed because its a 10mil a year unsackable job with full control.

    if he’d have gone to madrid or anyone else they’d have bought all his players, told him to win everything and he’d have been sacked after 6months

    he knows it and thats why he stayed so he can fuck his loyalty and shove it up his arse.

  83. Phil says:

    Well if the powers that be, can’t be arsed attending, what message is that sending to the players, supporters and the football world.

  84. Paulie Walnuts says:

    Watford, Stoke & Southampton all at home should give Arsene some breathing space….or a new manager a decent start.

  85. Alex Ice Cream says:

    No point even waiting till the end of the season to sack Wenger. Milan will turn us over and we won’t get relegated or top 4 so its all over.

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