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 Post subject: Re: Emery's Style
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:49 am 
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After the opening duo of losses, we have responded excellently and find ourselves in a position that we hoped - but could not have expected - to be. The table does flatter us though; we have coughed up altogether too many opportunities across the six league wins and more clinical opponents could have added another one or two defeats if we had went behind in games and then descended into panic mode.

However, we can only defeat what we are up against and have been clinical ourselves, putting chances away in games where we are not necessarily creating a plethora of opportunities. To that end, as mentioned previously, the Lacazette and Aubameyang tandem are fundamental; a dual threat where opponents can't focus only on one of them. And although it would seem to limit Aubameyang, in reality it shouldn't; Lacazette is like a happy combination of Giroud and Ian Wright, offering runs and finishing prowess but also frequently dropping deep to link play. His tenacity and work rate also helps to generate space and opportunity for Aubameyang to play as a very narrow inside forward.

In the battle to be the '3rd attacker', Iwobi has the edge currently (albeit not how Emery has used him) and has had an impressive start to the season. There are still too many questions over Ozil and Mkhitaryan, to my taste, is too inconsistent and can ghost out of games too often, akin to Ozil.

We have been more solid defensively lately, and that is not coincidental to Torreira's introduction - who looks every inch a one man midfield - and Cech's injury. Shot-stopping comparisons aside, Leno is just better suited to what Emery wants to achieve. Cech's absence could be a blessing; he is like a goalkeeping black death, spreading the contagion of nerves amongst the backline every time he has ball at feet.

One major area to focus on, though, is game responsibility - a long-term affliction. Examples are Holding's suicidal ball out just before halftime against Fulham, and then Monreal's equally suicidal - and firmly punished - effort barely a minute later. This squad needs to get to grips with managing games and understand that we are not going to be successful by being casual.

Overall, though, we have been impressive lately; clinical and the football we are starting to play is enjoyable and demonstrates the philosophy Emery wants to implement. Ramsey's team goal against Fulham was something else.

Finally, have to give credit to Guendouzi. Although he is rightly out of the limelight at the moment, we have a proper player here.


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 Post subject: Re: Emery's Style
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:57 pm 
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Defensively we are a shambles still and I think the way we play from the back is suicidal. Against Cardiff Petr Cech created their most chances, which says it all. Maybe the players will adapt but it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Cardiff and Fulham we played some dreadful passes when trying to build from the back and against better opposition you'd expect they would have been punished. I'm still hugely sceptical of the style of play he's adopting.

Points in the bag are points in the bag though. I'm also not going to give him credit for adapting. Surely his job is to thoroughly prepare not adapt 45 minutes into games?


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 Post subject: Re: Emery's Style
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:02 am 
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9 wins on the trot, 2nd top scorers in the league, 4th in the league, 2 points from top position, lovely goals being scored (Ramsey Vs Fulham). Come on you've gotta give credit where it's due!! :lol: :lol:


I agree. We have ridden our luck at times and been awful for long periods during matches, but after a horrible opening fixtures quirk, we have held our own. The players seem happy, no one seems to be a nailed on 90 mins player and so far, the team seem to be dealing with the whole 'after 22 years' thing.

It shouldn't have been a surprise, but there were so many articles, some of which involved former players, which stated that nothing had changed, or how incredulous they were that the defence was still porous. It was as if people were desperate for Emery to fail. How the hell was he supposed to revolutionise a defence which, in recent years has been shite, in a few weeks?

The Liverpool game will be the next big test. I expect us to lose it, but if we do, the way in which it happens will tell us more about Unai's progress. So will the response.


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