On Panic and Problem Solving

Clive Dunn was a man ahead of his time. Lance Corporal Jones “Don’t panic! Don’t panic!” filled the living rooms and lounges of the nation on a weekly basis. With repeats, it really does seem like it was every week and this in a time when we had just three – count ’em – three television channels.

We may need some cheerleaders to become Jonesy’s in the Arsenal world. The last six games saw us drop 11 points; the reaction of a team which forgot how to lose. 22-games undefeated morphing into a run of indifference.

It’s not a dissimilar reaction to the Invincibles following defeat at Old Trafford. Not dissimilar to George Graham’s ’86-87 side which went something like 17 or 18 league games unbeaten and didn’t win for a couple of months after.

What’s happening now isn’t unusual and based on the fixture list, a situation which isn’t going to change soon. Chelsea and City in a fortnight, United in between; it’s not going to be pleasant reading at the end of the season.

On the plus side, we have plenty of time to put things right before the back-to-back games against United and Tottenham in March. Whether we can is a separate issue.

If you think this feverish inquisition of Unai Emery’s performance as coach and the squad deficiencies is hard going, I think we’re some way off the nadir of reactions. That will come post-Chelsea and City; we’re fighting for fifth and sixth for a good reason with little funding to improve the squad.

Do I want to hear from the club about what is going on? Not really; Ivan said the fine words and the situation never got close to the Twiglet Zone he inhabited. I don’t need fine words from Raul and Sven; I need action.

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Unai Emery is rightly being questioned over what’s happening on the pitch but it’s a matter of time before eyes are cast at other aspects of the club. Recruitment, commercials; all feed into the resources available to the coach so as much as he is front and centre, the others aren’t out of the picture either.

But that is the solution. Raising a half-decent fee enables squad regeneration to take place. We won’t get market-rate for him; we never do. We’re Arsenal and that is such a vulgar concept.

Or maybe we will get market-rate for him. Maybe Ozil is only worth roughly what we paid for him, perhaps a little less? He’s at the dreaded three-word in terms of age so it’s all downhill from here in a footballing sense.

There is one high-profile issue to be dealt with which is heading toward a summer resolution. Finding a new home for Mesut Ozil is a big issue that isn’t necessarily going to be straightforward. In a football sense, on ability, selling your chief playmaker is counter-intuitive to our situation.

Of course, the script is being written for Ozil to come back into the XI on Saturday, score a hat-trick and create four others as we thrash Chelsea 7 – 0.

Positions over whether to pick him or pack him off are fairly entrenched. We’re desperate for solutions, even ones we know or at the very least suspect, aren’t going to work.

Or lose 8 – 7 given our defensive woes.

The problems within football teams are rarely solved quickly. Team changes can influence results, make them better and we think that’s what is needed. It’s all a bit superficial because we know that is tinkering around the edges.

Doctor, Doctor, I Think I’m A Pair of Curtains…

Therein is the rub. Even a signing or two won’t fundamentally alter our season, not in the Premier League anyways. They might in cups but in the league it is a collective solution we need.

Whether we’ll find it is another matter.

’til Tomorrow.

20 thoughts on “On Panic and Problem Solving

  1. ferkov says:

    Whatever it is, Don’t tell em your name, Pike.

  2. ferkov says:

    So, Petr ‘s wages are off the payroll for next summer.
    Right. Who’s next.

  3. andy1886 says:

    ferkov,

    Good Luck to him. Past his prime for sure but served us well and by all accounts a good bloke all round. Let one of our young ‘keepers step up and understudy Leno.

  4. ferkov says:

    According to reports Dejan played a stormer for U23s last night, and since their main players have been training with first team, he has been a busy lad this season.
    Where does Emi get his gametime??

  5. Bill says:

    Another top post yogi

    When is Mkhitaryan supposed to come back from injury? After the 22 game unbeaten streak a regression to the norm was inevitable at some point and I think its a coincidence that his injury occurred about the time our form started to dip, however I am surprised no one has mentioned the correlation between his injury and our run of poor results.

  6. Bill says:

    ferkov:
    According to reports Dejan played a stormer for U23s last night, and since their main players have been training with first team, he has been a busy lad this season.
    Where does Emi get his gametime??

    Ferkov.

    We still have a chance to finish 4th and a chance to win the Europa league so emery can’t just give up on the season and start rolling out the academy players. If something happened to Leno we need Cech so I think any spare minutes have to go to Cech in order to keep him as engaged and sharp as possible.

    Leno was heavily hyped 4-5 years ago but his form and his star had been fading for the last couple seasons in Germany and at least so far the change of scenery has not started him back on an upward trend. Hopefully it’s an adaptation issue and he will improve with time.

    Last summer we were saying Leno’s ball distribution is world class. You could argue he has been better then Cech but I haven’t seen much evidence to suggest his distribution is that incredible or game changing. Even if he was the greatest ball distributor in history of the sport I don’t think that would out weigh the importance of preventing the other team from scoring goals.

  7. Pete the Thirst says:

    Bill, if that’s the solution ‘We’re all doomed, DOOMED I tell yea’

    If you want correlation what about Koscielny’s return to the side and our poor form?

    Bill:
    Another top post yogi

    When is Mkhitaryan supposed to come back from injury?After the 22 game unbeaten streaka regression to the norm was inevitable at some point and I think its a coincidence that his injury occurred about the time our form started to dip, however I am surprised no one has mentioned the correlation between his injury and our run of poor results.

  8. Pete the Thirst says:

    Bad luck.

    YW:
    Leeds for the remainder of the season apparently.

  9. Jonnygunner says:

    A rumour circulating is that Sven diamond eye is set to leave by the end of the month….

  10. Bill says:

    Jonnygunner.

    Those correlations happen all the time and to assume they are cause and effect is usually a mistake. Some players are irreplaceable and if you lost Messi or Ronaldo or if we lost Pea results would suffer. However, if losing one fairly average player like Mkhitaryan or Kos is the reason for bad form then the squad as a whole is not strong enough.

  11. ferkov says:

    Bill,

    Back to Emi comment.
    Not sure why u interpret my question as a suggestion for him to play ahead of Cech, or Leno.
    Leeds was a much more sensible answer, although a questionable move. Unless he’s going to be first choice. Then it’s ferkin amazing.
    Leno has fitted into the playing style pretty well …considering the bunch of clowns poking the ball back to him. Got decent feet, a good throw, and a big hoof. Not sure why your so dark on him if I’m honest.

  12. JonJon says:

    I dont feel we are anywhere near hitting the panic button
    the situation was very different to when wenger took over and we had a great squad that just needed a few tweaks and in david dein someone in a suit and tie who knew which direction we had to take.

    when emery took over everyone in the whole gooniverse knew the situation had become so stale the club needed a complete rebuild from top to bottom. we reshuffled the pack behind the scenes and its going to take longer than 6 months to reshuffle the squad.

    give him this season at least to see what works and what doesnt – what this league demands and who he can use and who doesnt fit.

    hopefully the guys behind the scenes help him with the necessary changes and i dont really expect anything to click until next season – although the unbeaten run was hopefully a big insight as to what can be done, and more, when the rebuild is complete.

    this is what wenger got hammered for – he was always rebuilding – nearly a decade of the same thing over and over when we knew what was going wrong all the time.

    emery hasnt even really started yet. give him and the rest of them a bit more time.

  13. C says:

    Kane out until March for Spuds who have also lost Son the Asian Cup….

  14. Dukey says:

    Anyone got a spare fiver? I’m skint, I really need a pack of cigs. I’m desperate, I can’t manage without em but I’ve got no money to buy any.?

  15. C says:

    Dukey,

    Can only loan you a cig if you promise to buy in the summer…though, mine will make you a bit hungry afterwards.

  16. Jonnygunner says:

    Bill:
    Jonnygunner.

    Those correlations happen all the time and to assume they are cause and effect is usually a mistake. Some players are irreplaceable and if you lost Messi or Ronaldo or if we lost Pea results would suffer. However, if losing one fairly average player like Mkhitaryan or Kos is the reason for bad form then the squad as a whole is not strong enough.

    Was that remark meant for someone else Bill….?

  17. LSG says:

    Really looks like the banter era is back. Actually it is getting worse—babble, banter, bicker, bicker, bicker, BROUHAHA! It is the Elephant talk era.

    My only hope was Sven—bye bye Diamond Eye!— would help us rebuild this squad over the next few years. I don’t trust Raul. We don’t have a Barcelona budget. Remember this guy bought Vermaelen and Song from us. The Gazidis departure, Ramsey contract goof, the no money only loan players Emery slip. Now with Edu being hired above him, it really looks like Sven is leaving after just one year. This is embarrassing. All my post Wenger optimism is dissipating so quickly. We have to beat Chelsea—seriously. If we lose, this gets dire.

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