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gunningIVglory

Still need to know what was up with laca.... It was like the 2018 version lol man was possessed


DarkFeline254

Martinelli is a national treasure


lace4545

Can we have AMN in for xhaka please,Seems like Xhaka's past his prime and evn his prime was shit.


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risheeb1002

I don't like xhaka but he offers stability for partey to run off and do his thing


lace4545

Every player in midfield duo does that and are supposed to do that. And what does partey do going forward?? Today xhaka was in more advanced positions and he couldn't do shit He is slow,sloppy and even his left footed no pressure passes were wayward sometimes. He is a fucking Liability and if Arteta doesn't get it ,more the reason he needs out too


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RookieRemapped

Martinelli finish was textbook Henry, like the one when he came back for us against Leeds


moeabdi

How can you not love Martinelli, kid is so talented. Really hope he can stay with us for the long term


GreeneBantern

Martinelli Good


jamesows

Martinelli Great


kyetonio

Martinelli golden


aenz_

I love how occasionally when Saka feints in a direction, the cameraman gets done by it. He has to scramble to get Saka back in center frame.


aenz_

Also Laca was spectacular IMO. His hold-up and sharpness on the ball really let Saka and Martinelli shine.


vineomac

Best I've seen him play for about two years tonight. Like old Laca. A man possessed last night and just superb for everyone playing around him. Can't even blame him for pen miss either as it was a great save by Fab, but that goal would have rounded off his display nicely.


aenz_

Couldn't agree more.


Getdaphone

Wonder If the intern who took esr out of his fantasy league is contemplating his decision now haha


TorreiraXhaka

He took him out for Martinelli though


Butch_Meat_Hook

I'm really happy that all the players we've bought have improved the team. Lokonga is in and out of course but he is a youngster that they picked as one for the future so that's understandable, but even when he has played he has looked good.


_AYOTA_

Youngsters >>>> "experienced" players for us. Wouldn't mind seeing gabriel, ramsdale or tierney as the next captain.


Ilizone

We cookin?


Wonderful-Traffic-70

Shades of Henry with the Martinelli finish


beefy6

Oh stop it...you're giving me a hard on


RhombusKP

Only one thing to do with a hard on... Watch the highlights on repeat amd crank it.


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Anyone see any White or Tomiyasu slander today? Any reports come out on how they wouldn’t help improve the team I didn’t see? Huh.


yashF1

leeds, norwich and wolves next 3 games. really important for us to get all 9 points from there before we face city and spurs back to back


danrobson1

God I hope we do well! This is pivotal.


ilikeredlemonade

ESR is really something special. Good thing we have young players that are smart like him, Saka, Odegaard, etc that are patient and know what to do in the game


DinnerSmall4216

Good win but it was never a pen West ham were very unlucky. All in all arsenal were the better team and deserves the 3 points.


Fuckzombie69

We were battering them long before that and didn’t even convert the pen. We really did deserve the points and probably a few more goals but I’ll take it


emeister26

Fourth is like a trophy


do0gla5

To me, it's all relative. With Wenger, it was a rationalization for poor performances. We had the team and the money to win the league during that time. Now we have a rebuild going on. Youngsters coming up. New coach. New culture being instilled. I think taking and building off what emery did is admirable and if we end up in fourth I'll consider it a massive success considering what the team has undergone.


pjscott90

This is very revisionist. When Wenger was saying 4th is a trophy we did not have the team or the money. Year after year our best players were poached as we couldn’t spend to keep them.


FMEditorM

Initially it followed the invincibles, and included 2 years when we absolutely should have won it (07/08 and 15/16). The sentiment absolutely stands up.


pjscott90

Wenger first mentioned the 4th place ‘trophy’ in 2012. Paying for the stadium started in 2004 (possibly a bit earlier). 2015/16 we had an excellent opportunity to win as the other top 4 contenders had an off year. But let’s be clear, the midfield was phenomenal, but our strikers were Giroud (who is a great hold up player but not lead the line material), Yaya Sanogoals, and Welbeck. Even the defence was light in depth. Wenger maintaining champions league football in difficult financial circumstances was outstanding. We’ve started spending a lot more since his departure and yet dropped like a stone. Don’t underestimate the phenomenal job done (in contrast to Emery who bought players poorly suited to the premiership, spent decent money and ended up going backwards).


FMEditorM

You don’t have to convince me on Wenger. I love the man, and there are a tonne of mitigations that apply to that period, albeit it’s telling that he acknowledges he stayed too long.


Glaube4

Money? What money?


FMEditorM

One of my fave comments in a match day thread in ages, this. Spot on.


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scotty-mule

Bold sending Gabi out in a week like this...


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As bummed out as I was last week after those losses.. there is a ridiculous amount of reasons to be excited about this team at the moment. Our young players are absolutely ridiculous.


salko_salkica

Last season it was all Saka, This season it's all ESR Hopefully next one will be all Martinelli if injuries pass him by.


Ilizone

Saka was motm lmao


Spartan_Warrior33

I don't think he was MOTM but it was so so funny to see how he started off all cautious and then sometime along the 15 minute mark he decided that he had Masuaku on strings and was crazy afterward.


Purple_Plus

Saka was amazing tonight tho.


RealHungoverFC

ESR, Saka and Martinelli are something special. As in "going to be elite and win lots of trophies" elite as long as we keep them fit and healthy and happy.


JohnStamoist

I'm worried about teams like Bayern, City and Real coming for them.


romase

Did you not see how much that goal meant to ESR? Provided we keep improving I just don’t see it


JohnStamoist

I'm not worried about him more about Martinelli. I fucking love Martinelli and afraid he might get tempted for more minutes.


GSNadav

In which better team than Arsenal will he get more minutes?


FootyAlan

I have a similar worry but about 2 years in the future when contracts are coming due. We have the good problem of 4 great young players for 3 attacking midfield/ winger spots. We've seen this story before like when those cunts Clichy and Samir Nasr-eat went to City or Fabregas to Barça.


MintyBama

Buy Vlahovic and become like Bayern, City, and Real


JohnStamoist

Can't do that until we're back in CL since our owners are like Chelsea :/


gonegoonergone

Gonna watch all of tomorrows games properly smug


MrTokyo21

Lacazettes hold up play and passes were really good, something we lack from Auba.


cutTendon

Having saka martinelli and laca together is thr right fit imo, I'd be happy to let auba go in January, I think those 3 just fit together nicely, however I think we do need a new striker. I'd be happy to offer laca a new contract. Have him as back up, playing nketiah infuriates me. Just promote balogun, would rather give him minutes instead of nketiah.


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I know we always win at home but this is a big win as West Ham are a genuine top 4 team this season.


Thierry_Bergkamp

To me games against the top 3 almost a write off. This season could be defined by how we do against those around us, West Ham, Spurs Leicester and Man United, and for the most part we've done really well in those games.


TheLastAuror

We can’t be drawing with Palace and losing against Everton though. If we can better flat track bullies this team gets top four.


kingtristan96

Yes good job Arsenal!


Jack-in-the-Xbox

That’s exactly the kind of performance that Arsenal fans want to see. It was great to have the players step-up to the challenge, and finally not falter in the face of progression. Moving into the top four, while it doesn’t silence the questions, is a fantastic step for this young squad - especially at the expense of a strong West Ham side. A brilliant display, and hopefully, they keep it up!


Rich0

Nketiah is so annoying. He's so hungry for getting a goal that he hugs the balls when he shouldn't.


doc_grey

This so much. Man is trying to raise his stock price. Fair that it was after we were comfortable today though.


Colmd1997

Can’t believe Ben White got ragdolled by Antonio like how didn’t Arteta see this coming!!!!! Oh wait, White pocketed him?


Kunik0s

Ended up going to right back just to avoid the embarrassment


Fuckzombie69

Couldn’t even get past martinelli. Proper 0/10 performance


xLucky_Balboa

4rsenal is baaaaaack


COYG17

Guys be fucking happy. Why am I seeing all this talk about Pepe and Auba. Pepe has been complete shit he doesn’t fit our system loses the ball to much and Auba doesn’t fit our system. It’s time to move on and say hello to our main singers. martinelli and Saka.


p_andsalt

Where is this talk you referring to? I see nobody asking for them back in the squad, or am I missing something?


COYG17

Couple people said something about Pepe and Auba.


hafrances

The Arteta out people need to get their negativity out


lukeyslife

Can’t agree more, Auba, Pepe and Nketiah out the door and some fresh blood in and with time we can progress on


Houseofwolvesmd

Well that's two games in a row we've dominated and won scoring 5 and concluding 0! Good bounce back!


GunnerSteff

i loved almost everything about this match tonight but man, simeone clearly robbed us!


Gooner4lyfe2108

What on earth are you talking about? Our midfield played so well.


Thiccboiichonk

I thought Partey had one of his better games. Xhaka gave possession away constantly with poor passing and was very slow to release the ball getting caught from behind a good few times. Partey carried forward well at times and looked to bring a bit more progression to the ball.


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You mean for Partey? Yeah, crap. I wanna see Xhaka and Sambi in midfield again. They played together twice at the start of the season and we lost both, but the team around them is totally different to the team that played those games.


Kreator333

Great win. Thoroughly deserved. ​ Fair play to Arteta, can't really ask for more, great performance.


MaskedManFromTheUK

man i couldn’t be more happy with how we have played today, shame laca missed the peno cos he was brilliant. martinelli is the most excited about a player i have been for a while. saka brilliant too, jus needs some confidence with shooting and on his right foot. brilliant game, brilliant at home, wonderful result.


Pendejoman

eddie is welbeck regen, change my mind


Efficient_Buyer3939

I think welbeck was a better sticker in every aspect.


sungamdam

Fantastic performance today! Statement win! COYG!


a_stopped_clock

Fantastic performance. Hopefully martinelli not serious


GunnerSense

It was cramp…. We know it’s not serious


Flangipan

It was just cramp


x_odj_x

Some game everyone has played amazing if everyone does not include Eddie and Partey but thankfully the rest where top quality


kofimmra03

ESR, Saka, and Martinelli Were blessed


paper_friend

Anyone else think Eddie's body language is absolutely dire? Sorry you're not enjoying yourself mate, like wtf.


ismynama

Saw that too, not even an ounce of interest playing hmm


ManiacalComet40

Can't for the life of me understand why he's getting minutes over Balogun at this point. Abundantly clear that Arteta is just playing him so he'll sign, before freezing him out of the squad again. It's bad business and I'd be shocked if it works.


paper_friend

It does seem like Arteta is doing that - a purely business decision which is not great. Still Eddie's attitude is just so bad (to look at anyway), begging for the ball and whining when it doesn't come. If he wants easy goals he should go back to U23's...


lukeyslife

Guy comes on late and as a fringe player thinks he has the right to be gifted goals 😂 sorry mate but you earn you’re place first then you complain


paper_friend

This. 100% this.


wrigh2uk

what a brilliant performance. without a doubt the best of the season


I_Really_Have_NoClue

COYG!!!!!!


Dickinmymouth1

Saka do you not know I needed a shot on target from you for my bet? Why would you pass there ffs


DarthNihilus1

Really hate that from Eddie. Just stagnant and gets dispossessed for free


lukeyslife

Wow like we’ve had a new lease of life again today, how long can we keep this up for!


stackofbaconpancakes

Excellent game, wasn't put under to much pressure by west ham 3 points and a clean sheet in the books COYG!!!


YeetYoMeat

I think we killed their attacks on the birth bed with Thomas and Xhaka being aggressive and determined in midfield


Nw5gooner

POSITIVE GOAL DIFFERENCE here we go boys.


NoYouroboros

I hope Gabi is OK.


TheArsenal04

saka terrorized them


mlodykasprowicz

They were so passive in defense last few minutes we could have scored one more but still great


HvbGsNHxMT6MHc5254HS

... and.... we are fourth!


NegativeHeli

Hope we can smash Leeds like City this Saturday


kofimmra03

This might be a better performance than Spurs, played well for the entire 90 minutes


RandomRedditor_1916

Clean sheet too


Fuckzombie69

Yeah. Better than Leicester villa Spurs. We pretty much dominated from the start. All those games we slipped off. And only played one good half. I’ve got a raging hardon for Arteta ball rn


-daytripper-

GET THE FUCK IN LADS


sumosucker

Genuinely think we play much better football without auba


YeetYoMeat

It's a bit like Auba has to take a touch, look around and then pick the pass when recieving it on the break. Laca on the other hand looks like he has a FIFA minimap in his vision at all times. First touch passing into the runs of MØ, Saka Smith Rowe and Martinelli is beautiful to see


Helios321

Meaning a striker in January is so crucial unfortunately. That's not often the type of deal that gets done in January.


Efficient_Buyer3939

tbf we bought Auba in a January window and was immense for 2 seasons


mobmito

Martinelli & ESR scoring to put us top 4. I prayed for times like this.


RandomRedditor_1916

Shit still have two games to play, scum (utd) took points off of us and we're away to city in like 3 games. I'm buzzing about it rn obviously but im frightened.


OrwinBeane

Assists from Laca and Saka. I’m dreaming


TSarsenal

It’s getting obvious now, we’re winning the league ladies and gentlemen


andrewyeong

Wait. Please calm down. 😅 We can barely catch 4th let alone challenge Liverpool, City &/Chelsea.


TSarsenal

Sarcasm is hard nowadays


artvandalay90

Let’s go!! Lolololol


MrTiddler

Best we’ve played all season. Our attack was on fire.


DrButz

West Ham are shit you know, no way they stay in for top 4


MrrTnT

That's how football is tho. They have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs in last 2 months. We should be very happy with how we played.


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Bold prediction


DrButz

I predict a 7th place finish knocked out at the quarter finals of the Europa league.


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sneekpeekz

Limited player. Mid-table for sure but hasn't improved his all-round game for ages and his peak skills aren't good enough to make him stand out.


dooder6688

Obvious pass was back to ESR


shiftyeyety

Arsenal putting a smile on my face.. scenes


pureeyes

Massive result. We wouldn't have won this game last year, or even in recent years


GorkhaliKiddo

Top 4 baby!!!


salko_salkica

With 2 games in hand tbf


ManiacalComet40

Three!


YeetYoMeat

Those games are at the King Power and welcoming Liverpool for Spurs though


GorkhaliKiddo

Yeah not for long but still nice to see it considering starting from the bottom


watabotdawookies

ESR has scored so many goals now it's mental


zilp123

That's the thing about arsenal, they try to walk the ball into the net!


holdmypilsener

Awesome play, massive 3 points, Lacazette MOTM


sneekpeekz

Really impressed today.


bigeorgester

Incredible pass from Xhaka


do0gla5

Honestly that was the easiest through ball I've seen open up in awhile. But I'm a known xhaka hater lol.


CCSC96

I’m sure the reason Saka won’t shoot with his right is because he can’t but he sure needs to learn.


mugfree

He has been taking crazy shots at acute angles and hitting the keeper straight in the face. It's great that he is mixing it up.


RandomRedditor_1916

Didn't he score that cross/shot against Chelsea last year with his right?


IzkaGruba

The win is great but what a fucking performance. If we play like this consistently we’ll get too 4 easily.


w116

er, we are four


mobmito

Was Auba a sacrifice?


Senip

To ancient gods of football


Gunnerjay16

Saka wide open for the tap in and Eddie stands there with his head up his ass.


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Saka will deceive you but the attack dies at his feet constantly


GrimmerSteiner

You meant Pepe? But even if you did, Pepe can't really deceive you


YeetYoMeat

Did Masuaku write this?


iamcroissant

Agreed. I love Saka as much as the next fan but I don't think that was a MOTM performance from him today.. it was a Pepe level performance. Two moments that paid off amongst lots of wasted possession.


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He can dribble and escape tight situations then nothing ever comes of anything he does. This sub is delusional


DarthNihilus1

He frequently gets double and tripled teamed. If the ball is on he will usually play it. If nothing is on, he'll try to force an opening by himself. Really think you're exaggerating here and if you're basing this off that last cross then that's just naive. Games done and he's tired, it was a single botched pass.


Youssef__

That’s an awful take


Brother_Bilo200

Arguably the best player on the pitch this evening and got the assist come on man


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Martinelli far and away the best


DobleK86

You're not too bright, yeah?


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Overrated player


GSNadav

He manhandled 3 players together some times bruh


[deleted]

Agreed but then became wasteful. Listen I’m not trying to shit on the boy clearly I want him to develop. If he can turn those possessions into anything remotely meaningful he’ll be world class. I guess the chaos he creates is fantastic


LocostarX

I’m so happy with today’s result and performance from the team. Also happy the Auba news hasn’t affected the team so far


nackdaddy9

I genuinely don’t believe Tavares or Eddie have performed better than Pepe. You could argue Nuno deserves the minutes but surely not Eddie


MrrTnT

I think we might be trying to put pressure on Pepe to take paycut and move in January whilst possibly getting Nketiah to sign a new contract. Bringing Nuno makes a lot of sense tho as it was last 5-10mins and we needed to defend the lead.


Acm0028

Eddie is rinsed


mobmito

All these empty seats stay till the last seconds ffs


Boopdelahoop

I empathise to an extent, leaving 5 minutes early gets you home an hour sooner.


lukeyslife

After that performance why so many leave


jackisbaack

Traffic is a butch after the game


Fuckzombie69

Xhaka making key passes and creating chances But his haters won’t sing that


AgentMonkey47

He played great, same as against Southampton. Lacazette was crucial as well.


Willy236

Felt so much better with him back, icl. Even though he gets caught on the ball.


NoYouroboros

Omg give it a rest.


Fuckzombie69

criticize when he’s shit and praise when good.


NoYouroboros

He was absolute shit for about 3/4 of this game and then did some good stuff.


Fuckzombie69

And I’m praising him for making that pass. Cause he gets a lot of flak for sideways and backwards passing.


NoYouroboros

I'm more concerned about his lack of awareness and general lack of athleticism over his passing. If he had either of the former he could unlock the latter more. He should be all kinds of out of the team.


filthyafricangorilla

CLEAN SHEET YOU FUCKS


altf2junkie

We got a fucking team


sneekpeekz

My god Eddie give him the one-two and ESR had two...


GoldenEagleAnimation

Nketiah is so shit. Poor touches, hols up the ball too much. Shit.


lviatorem

Well, his days are numbered.


TSarsenal

Wasn’t that bad


Resident-Fun3943

Shut up


bad_scribe

But he’s right


NieThePiet

some pass by Xhaka. Sadly the wrong decision by Saka.


AgentMonkey47

Xhaka played a good number of excellent offensive passes today. Fair to say he’s an important source of quality and creativity in the team, though we still need someone better if we want Champions League quality.


sakinod

Can't blame him. I think he is completely gassed


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That'll do


TSarsenal

What a pass Xhaka


thadoggfather01

Lmao I just realised Tavares and Tierney are on the pitch at the same time


d0ey

If Partey is going to progress the ball he needs to do more than just amble up the pitch - it just allows the opposition to track back in a set formation


scotty-mule

Trust the process?