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Tuesday
Sep272016

Chelsea victory means nothing

Lots of goals across the Premier League this weekend and after six games, champions Leicester City are already trailing Man City by 11 points.

I watched some of the City game and Kevin De Bruyne was out of this world. He prevented an almost certain Swansea goal, running the length of the pitch to make a last ditch intervention, then intercepted the resulting corner and ran half the length of the field again to set up Raheem Sterling who bagged three points for the away side.

De Bruyne would not have done that for Manuel Pellegrini, and I doubt the reprised Sterling would have had the confidence to finish his goal with such aplomb either.

Even at 3-1, Pep Guardiola was going berserk on the touchline. In victory, he was both complimentary and abrasive, suggesting his team is nowhere near the finished article. Man City had a similar start last season and faded badly, but Guardiola will not allow that to happen under his watch.

If they fail, it won’t be for the same reasons that Pellegrini failed, Guardiola’s players are too motivated. Everyone is fighting – not just for their place, but for the manager’s respect. And, of course, Guardiola lives and breathes the game and demands flawless focus and preparation from his underlings. That’s why the mercurial, but idle, Yaya Toure has been discarded quicker than a toilet wipe.

When asked in a press conference whether Man City could win the quadruple, Guardiola’s response was, “what the f*ck?” The question, although not entirely unrealistic, is an insult because it assumes that Guardiola’s meticulous pursuit of perfection is based on anything other than countless hours of surgical tactics and training.

Liverpool continue to batter teams out of sight, but most impressive is how they are now capable of squeezing results out on the road. They’ve already taken eight points away from Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs on their travels, which could be meaningful at the end of the season. Their goals are coming from everywhere and Adam Llalana and Roberto Firmino, in particular, have been rejuvenated.

Top-class managers can squeeze talent out of players that would otherwise be ordinary.  Some managers sacrifice individual talent to create a team that is greater than the sum of its parts, but managers like Klopp enable individuals to sparkle while remaining an integral part of a team’s collective resonance.

Klopp and Guardiola are truly modern managers. Mourinho is a supreme organiser and man motivator, but is currently being made to look one-dimensional by comparison. Still, he’s capable of creating a powerful dimension and there’s more than one way to skin a cat. As Utd proved on Saturday having humbled the champions 4-1, his squad may be flawed but they’re ready to share his ambition.

Having watched Chelsea feebly succumb to Arsenal on Saturday, it makes you realise just how great a manager Mourinho is at squeezing blood out of a stone. Without John Terry changing his diaper, Gary Cahill is a donkey, Ivanovic is a rudderless brute and Edin Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are almost impossible to motivate. They both want to be the centre of attention – in adversity they’re utterly useless. Cosseted by Wenger for eight years, Fabregas has failed to develop any mental resistance, but Hazard’s perpetual refusal to work hard for his team is utterly loathsome.

When Cahill gifted Arsenal a one-goal lead, the Gunners went for the throat and blitzed Antonio Conte’s slothful mercenaries who finished 10th last season because they’re egos would not climb down from the pedestal that Mourinho put them on. I always said that Chelsea made a mistake sacking Mourinho and should have just written off the season and started ditching tossers like Hazard instead.

As for Arsenal, they don’t beat so-called ‘good’ teams very often, and when they do it’s invariably because the opposition plays beneath themselves. Sometimes managers make laughable decisions (Coquelin/Cazorla) and still win.

But let’s be realistic. We’ve been here before – countless times. The pressure for Arsenal to get off to a flyer resulted in five points dropped, but now the pressure is off the handbrake is released. History has told us again and again and again that Arsenal fall apart every season because of Wenger’s inability to inspire or provide a semblance of tactical flexibility. Anyone who’s optimistic that things will be different this season is either naïve or an idiot.

As Pochettino proved again on Saturday, last season was not a flash in the pan for Spurs. They have the best defence in the Premier League, depth and quality in midfield and numerous options up front. They are the most resilient team in the PL.

Last season, I mentioned how much I liked the look of Son Heung-Min, but he struggled to get into a side that was performing optimally with him on the periphery. Now with Harry Kane injured, he has an opportunity to show what he’s all about, and did that scoring twice against Middlesbrough.

The wheat is already being separated from the chaff. After Saturday, I’m throwing Chelsea out of the title race.

Note: Arsenal Truth is now on Twitter @TruthArsenal.

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Of course the win against Chelsea meant something. 3 points towards the title in a long season.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanC

Well I would agree the win against Chelsea means nothing if we don't follow up in the next five matches before we face Tottenham and Utd. Whilst we play Burnley at the weekend, the Spuds host City. Now I have watched plenty of City, and whilst going forwards they look pretty good, at the back they look like a particular Pep team who will sore goals but sometimes they will be outscored.

Now of course we still have a long way to go before we talk title aspirations. In fact, after the Spurs and Utd games I think we can see where we will be in the title race. You can discount Chelsea now and to be honest Utd haven't looked great. The teams this season for me are City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton.

I feel the the title will be close, two points in it, but I wouldn't like to say who will win it just yet.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Too bad you live in the past. too bad you think I am naive or an idiot because I don't buy your thoughts of Arsenal. I have played football and I believe that Arsenal have a better chance this season than others because of a more mature and competitive team.

Perhaps you have also forgotten that history is never permanent but always rewritten. Perhaps you thought Leceister would win the league this time last season.

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AT

Unlike Leicester, Arsenal are not capable of punching above their weight. Or even punching their weight.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterakin

Here's to the naïve idiots who fill the Emirates every week and watch Arsenal on TV. I feel sorry for the others waiting for the sky to fall/oligarch to arrive etc. I hear Chelsea are looking for supporters...

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AT

Arsenal already have an oligarch - two in fact. I suppose they will just have to try and win the league using the paltry £300,000,000 Wenger's spent on players over the past five years.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNaiveidiot

So you can't enjoy an Arsenal win against the last so-called big team we haven't beat in five years.

Do you still think our new players are not good enough or are you hoping you can make statements with no truth and hope we forget.

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AT

The big team that finished 10th last season?

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

You are churlish to the extreme and still have the gall to diagnose someone with a personality disorder. Are you talking about the same Cesc Fabregas who you felt Wenger was too egotistical to buy back from Barcelona? The same Fabregas you have waxed lyrical since his departure on how he has improved tactically and professionally.

You say that the result means nothing yet you are impressed by Liverpool thrashing 10 man Hull. While the Man City result was unlucky for Swansea. A better team would have got a result and they will, I do not count Man Utd in that bracket.

Having read this blog for years. I understand how you feel some resentment towards fans who have an opposing view. I get it. You are protecting yourself. You find it hard to be wrong (predicting a top four place for Chelsea). You find it hard to challenge yourself and feel comfortable about being challenged.

I say this, as I know others will agree. Your headline was predictable.

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AT

Everything I write is predictable because Arsenal are predictable. That's why I only average two or three posts a month - otherwise I would bore myself.

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterI am Arsenal

Ha ha AT, you know how to pick a fight. That's one of the things I love about you.

These contributors are completely correct of course, and the last decade of drivel should now be forgotten after humping a team that didn't even make the Champions League this season. Theo is reborn (and his IQ has miraculously doubled to the point that he now knows what the small round thing bouncing about the pitch is for) and is now unstoppable.

Our title challenge will prove irresistible and next season top clubs will be climbing over themselves to hire arrogant pricks with meaningless degrees who they hope will sign midgets to play monotonous 10 yards passes in the pursuit of their own version of Wengerball. They will also mortgage the long term future of their clubs by building the most soulless football grounds imaginable and doubling the price of tickets in the hope that this high price will give the illusion of quality.

The press will drool over Wenger's 2nd coming to reclaim the throne that is rightfully his. Previously lauded managers like Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho will be dismissed as idiots and will be forced to leave these shores wondering how they were so comprehensively outclassed but united in agreement that they were bested by a superior manager. With inferior resources.

Following this outstanding triumph, Leicester's title win will be completely forgotten with even Claudio Ranieri stating publicly that he has "no idea how Wenger did it." Wenger's memoirs, "Against all odds" will be released, to worldwide acclaim, with many debt laden nations adopting the economic plans detailed therein, leading to a new age of prosperity worldwide. And, yeah, the mongs who posted above will become completely insufferable.

To "I am Arsenal" (perhaps a better title for Wenger's memoirs), AT said that he is throwing Chelsea out of the "title" race, not the race for top 4. Please read posts properly before commenting in future.

To "Akin", please use a different engine when trying to translate your comments for an English speaking audience.

September 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

"Anyone who’s optimistic that things will be different this season is either naïve or an idiot."

Ah, the beauty of being a football fan, aye. Being an idiot or naive. Isn't that whats its all about?

I haven't come across a single Arsenal fan that is getting carried away with the last few games. Obviously, it's a long season and everyone knows that and the nature in which arsenal can implode.

Come on, praise the team when they do well. No need to be critical and belittle a fan base every time you get the chance.

September 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercollop

The titles of your last 5 blogs.

Chelsea victory means nothing
Wenger signings won’t make any difference
How to cash in on Wenger losing his job
Chump change Wenger/3-way battle for fourth?
Arsenal fans’ big chance to get rid of Wenger

Cheer up or stop. There is little point in you continuing if this is going to be the narrative for the whole season.

You clearly will not enjoy a single result or any aspect of Arsenal this season unless it is Wenger being forced out...why carry on?

Even after Wenger leaves, I'm sure your blogs will be about how poor Arsenal were under Wenger and if he had gone sooner yadda yadda etc etc.

September 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercollop

Just watch them use the current England Manager vacancy as an excuse to re-sign Wenger for another three years.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDB10

I see you didn't answer my question on our brand new signed in this transfer window spent some players.

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AT

Sort your English out. Then see blog called "Wenger signings won’t make any difference".

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

By the way, you said it a big team that finished 10th last season now that never happened under our manager.

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AT

3rd/4th/10th, what's the difference?

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

Why I wrote it that way on purpose as for our new players do you still think they are worthless will make no contribution to the team?

How about last night, was that win of no consequence also maybe it's just me but I find it hard to understand why you just can't enjoy the wins?

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AT

When did I say they were worthless or would not make a contribution?

The missing part of the equation is not players but Wenger's non-existent tactics and inability to motivate or inspire.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

Hola AT! New year, same naïve basket of deplorables following Arsenal. I think if you want to show what a low standard club this is, just witness the street parades and euphoria for beating a shocking Chelski team. Didn't this same Chelsea get beat at home by Klopp? When was the last time Wenger won at Stamford Bridge then?

AKBs are brilliant because they are so dumb they copy/paste their stupidity season in, season out. EVERY season, Arsenal get a result like this and a small purple patch of form.

Remember the euphoria over thrashing LVG 3-0 last season? Or the "new dawn" after beating Citeh 3-1 at home?

Lately, Walcott has played well for 8 days so the past 8 years are conveniently brushed under the carpet. Hilarious.

As for the Specialist In Failure? I see the "new contract" talk has surfaced, all based on beating a Chelski team in mid-table and not in Europe, and a win against, errr, Basel. Oh and Hull. High standards again.

Wenker is a joke of a manager, he is using the England interest to secure himself a fat contract. It's a joke - let's be clear here. Wenger is a Failure. His record in the CL is hilariously pathetic. He and his fans have such a low benchmark of success that they show off finishing 2nd last season. Let us just recall:

* Last season, ManYoo finished miles behind Leicester. Fans unhappy, LVG sacked
* Chelski also finished miles behind Leicester. Fans unhappy, manager sacked
* Liverpool were cut adrift under Rodgers. Fans unhappy, manager sacked
* Citeh only just scraped 4th towards the end of the season. Fans not content. Pellegrini sacked.
* Spuds blow the chance to win a league title. Finish 3rd. Fans unhappy with implosion.

So...guess who the only fans in the top 6 of the PL that were delighted with their season?

That's right: Basket of Deplorables FC! LOL.

From now on, the retard sheep that populate the Emirates should be known as nothing more than a Basket of Deplorables. Just as Hillary refers to the majority of Donald Trump's fans like this, therefore I think the tag suits the AKBs perfectly. I mean think about it.

* One random event (e.g. beating Chelski) instantly negates several years of evidence
* They messianically and fanatically follow an incompetent Cult of Personality, who pretends he is sacrificing himself for their good - all the while, he's actually coining it in at their expense, and their stupidity subsidises his lavish lifestyle. The truth is, he doesn't give a toss about the peasants
* They devote themselves to a serial pathological liar, whose lies go unchallenged by the media, and who descends into outright nasty hostility on the odd time he is called out on his various lies (see Jacqui Oatley interview with Wenger)
* As with Trump, the AKB Basket of Deplorables, HATE facts. Therefore, when you point out that their pathetic excuses for failure (e.g. "no money") are easily contradicted by Arsenal's obscene wage bill, they ignore this. When you point out that Wenger is a dishonest liar for talking about the "600 employees" he has a responsibility for - despite collecting £8m a year for himself, this is irrelevant. When you point out that he has consistently failed in the PL and that it can't be down to money, since even Ranieri managed to win it on nothing....errrr....inconvenient FACT, this will also be shouted down.
*As with Trump, the Arsenal FC Basket of Deplorables continue to pretend that there is no better alternative to their clearly inept leader. You could easily point to a variety of alternatives to a guy who is clearly unsuited and unacceptable for such a massive job....yet when you point to the most obvious candidates to replace him (e.g for Hillary, read "Simeone") the AKBs Basket of Deplorables will put their fingers in ears and shout that down too.
* Like Trump's sheep, the AKB Basket of Deplorables are continually proved wrong week in, week out. So much so that they make constant attempts to rewrite history. So for instance, when Pep was free and many people clamoured for AFC to appoint him, the AKB Basket of Deplorables made up all these bullshit excuses for not hiring him "Ooooh I coulda won the Treble at Barca, my granny coulda won what Pep did in Germany...he will struggle in a competitive league like the PL". Yet look at that. Pep turns up, absolutely smashes the league, making it look easy. The AKBs say..."errrrm....well....yeah he has all the best players". Oh but hold on, I thought he would struggle no?

Same as how they all didn't want Klopp, even though he's clearly light years ahead of the French Dinosaur.

Overall AT, everything you have written is spot on. Beating Chelski means nothing. If anything, it is a perfect component of the annual Groundhog Day. For the Wenker FC Groundhog Day to work properly, it needs an injection of ridiculous optimism - usually based on one or two results. Last year it was ManYoo 3-0 at home. Year before that it was winning 2-0 at Citeh. All the "dawn of a new era".

Ultimately, all the fuckwit Basket of Deplorables writing to admonish you for using FACTS and basing your observations on a DECADE of evidence....just remember AT we live in a post-factual age, where a bunch of morons are running the asylum. Your logic isn't based on blind optimism, you are making the mistake of basing it on evidence. And if there's one thing the AKB Baskets of Deplorables detest, it is cold, hard, evidence!!!!

12 years, not a single PL title. Ranaieri managed one though. Mourinho managed 3.
Wenger, has zero. Not even close.

20 years, just ONE CL final. Pathetic. Knocked out SIX successive years in the last 16. Pathetic. Couldn't even deal with easy draws like Monaco.

He is a Specialist in Failure. I know it, you know it. Come February, when AFC get knocked out the CL by Bayern, then he plays a weakened line-up in the PL game before it and drops enough points to be out the title race....just you watch the FC Trump idiots completely try and rewrite history. All of a sudden, the real "success" will be 4th place and a possible FA Cup. And when 4th is achieved it will be "Arsene's greatest achievement". People claimed he couldn't compete with Pep, Klopp, Koeman blabla....

So you see. When he fails...he is actually WINNING!

Wenger is a Charlatan. England job? Hahahaha. Like Wenker would leave the cushty £8m a year con he has running. Accountable to nobody, no pressure to deliver, not answerable to anyone and whenever he utterly fails he can just buy his way out of trouble. Poor Wenker, so hard-up on money he spent £17m on Lucas Perez, a piece of garbage with zero international experience and zero "resale value"....bought him just to silence the dissenters. Purposely wasting club funds on a piece of shit who is obviously never going to displace his beloved rentboy Giroud.

Pathetic.

Let us talk again at the end of Feb. Save this post so we can laugh at the Basket of Deplorables who will have all run off to hide up Arsene's rectum.

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AT

What makes me laugh is Walcott. After 10 years, he's decided he wants to be a team player, doubled his work rate and started tracking back, and Wenger acts like it's nothing to do with him.

For however long it lasts, Walcott's recent performances are a crushing indictment of Wenger's pathetic man management and his refusal to motivate or instil physical discipline into his players.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov

What a short or selective memory Raskolnikov and you seem to have in regards to Theo. I suppose a twenty goal season is rubbish? How about the good start to last season, ended by injury. I seem to remember the season he was pelted by coins by Spurs fans, that was a good season as well.

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AT

He only played 1 game less last season than the season he scored 21 goals. Even then, only 14 of those goals were in the PL... and only 5 were away from home, which was three seasons ago now - and his only half-decent season out of 11.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

I'm enjoying watching Piers Morgan speaking some sense to the Wenger Fanclub of Ian Wright, Martin Keown and, worst of all, John Hartson on BBC's Premier League Show. Hartson called those Arsenal fans, (who pay the highest ticket prices on Earth) that called for Wenger to go last season "a disgrace".

What spell does Wenger cast on these people? But credit to Piers.

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AT

There's almost no point reading a word that former players ever say. They're either still in the game in some capacity, socialising with former players and managers or keeping their options open in terms of future employment.

Basically, you don't shit where you eat, so very few are going to be hyper critical, or even critical.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRay Allen

Why the need for moderation is it because of insults when you and posters like Raskolnikov don't seem to mind using them about our manager and fans that support him. Is it that you feel it's all right to be insulting but not to be insulted.
By the way how's my English

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AT

Your grammar is kindergarten level. Say something interesting and fact-based or go away.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

Again the selective memory. In both seasons he was badly effected by injury.

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AT

The season he scored 21 goals he made 43 appearances, last season he made 42. It was the two seasons in-between he was affected by injury. You're a moron. Don't post again.

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGunnerjoe

Same old same old every fucking season. Wenger buys players, Arsenal win a few games and the AKB fanclub starts mouthing off about how its all gonna be different and you can't predict the future.

Then AT is proved right and you don't hear shit from those wankers from February to August.

September 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMadMAx

Gunnergettheresomeday. You are correct he did say that in this post. I did not notice that to be fair. My reply was taking account of the last few posts he made. Nevertheless if his stance is that Chelsea are out of the running for the title, how does his headline Chelsea loss means nothing still stand?

Personally, I think it is too premature to call. I personally feel the natural order has been restored but it will be down to who blinks first.

Anyway I respect your desire for you to want your team to do badly just to prove a point.
Or you can take a risk like a man. Dare to dream and accept the inevitable disappointment, because it's only a game son.

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AT

Doubt anyone wants the team to do badly just to prove a point, it's about hoping to get rid of the underachieving tactical fraud in charge of them.

September 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterI am Arsenal

This is the best Arsenal squad we have assembled since the financial restraints. Even with injuries to key players, we now have enough quality to cope. I wouldn't be surprised if we won either the PL or the Champions League, even though that would mean seriously batting above our average.

September 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKD49U

"There's almost no point reading a word that former players ever say. They're either still in the game in some capacity, socialising with former players and managers or keeping their options open in terms of future employment."

This could be true, but it does highlight how cynical you are. Not that there's anything wrong with being a cynic. But, on the flip side, more upbeat people might argue that their experience with the game points to some measured logic to what they say. I certainly like their post-match comments, so think there is a strong point still for reading (or listening) to what they say. But with regards to brown nosing Arsene Wenger, we will never truly know what the agenda is.

What I am sure of is that Piers Morgan is a malignant little cretin who changes his tune when the going suits him. To your credit, you have stuck to your guns over Wenger.

September 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjohn cheese

You have to have a very short memory if you think the Chelsea result counts for something. Just cast your mind back to this time last season when we ran riot against Utd. Our best performance in years they said, yep and it ultimately led to nothing, just like this result will.

Thoughts on the England job? it's very rare for Wenger to talk about being open to other jobs. I think England will approach him and use an interim manager until the end of the season... or is it just wishful thinking?

October 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterhenry8th

@henry8th

re. the England job, once the FA tells Arsene he can't just endlessly shoot for fourth place in international qualifying groups/international tournament group stages, the great man will commit to our beloved club for another 25 years!

October 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

I wonder how many fans were sucked in to sympathizing with Wenger following his sob story on Sky sports last week. Can anyone explain why William Gallas was sitting alongside Ian Wright and Sol Campbell? I actually started to feel sorry for the man until he he started mumbling about loyalty and respect. Respect to the fans is based on honesty and transparency, and although he says he had no option, I think we all know this is not true.

October 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMICHAEL

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