Arteta pulls no punches

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Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has left nobody in any doubt what he thinks of last night’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Bolton.

The Gunners failed to capitalise on Chelsea’s dropped points against Swansea, spurning a number of good goalscoring opportunities during the 90 minutes. The Spaniard says that while the team won’t give up on the fight for a top four finish, they’ve made life tough for themselves.

“This result is not good enough,” he said. “We have got the players and the quality to have a better result. It is going to be tough to finish in the top four but it depends on us.

“We have got the talent and the quality in the side to do it but we have to show it day by day. We had the chances to score and we didn’t.

“You are not going to get 15 chances to win a football game and nowadays when you get it, especially away from home, you have to take it.”

Arteta’s thoughts were echoed by Per Mertesacker who says socks need to be pulled up and quick smart.

“I think there is a lot of room for improvement,” he told Arsenal Player.  “We have a very good side and good potential but we have to be good on the pitch. At the moment we don’t use all our opportunities.

“We are always looking for clean sheets and good performances. In the first half we created good chances to score but it wasn’t enough. I think in the first half we deserved to lead but it is only one point in the end.

“We are one of the first teams to play at the weekend so we have to go for the three points to show the others we are already there.”

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vladiziv
vladiziv

like to see Arteta trying to bring up the intensity..
he’s the only one (and Koscielny) that I felt were really feeling the urgency of the game.. trying to speed it up. to more pressure on Bolton..

also I really feel the latest bad run comes a lot on poor (or less good) play of Song.. (other than the lack of fullbacks)
in that run we had at the end of the last year he was immense.. both going forward and defensively..
not sure if he is just tired or what…

Ryan
Ryan

I’ve been trying to overlook the fact, but I agree, Song does seem to have become fairly invisible in the recent few games. This is not to take away from his tremendous ability to breakdown opposition attacks or that wily dribble, once in a while, but to be fair, he deserves a break once in a while. For the past few years, Song and Sagna have been playing their butts off for the team and at times, one tends to forget that despite their power and the intense conditioning they recieve*insert wisecrack about their slick hairstyles here*, they will at times, cease to be top of their game if they’re not given enough rest.
Honestly, I think Ramsey is suffering from the same lack of rest. Yes, he seems energetic enough in the game, but as a player, your 1st pass sense tends to jade when you’re always looking for the same target(RvP) day in day out. A rest for about two games may bring him back to the same form that saw him ace the midfield when we played Udinese and the subsequent stretch of 4-5 games.. Just my opinion…(daggers…ouch, I feel em already!)

freakstreet
freakstreet

The lack of depth in all the positions is worrying. Up front we have no adequate replacement for RVP. On the wings, Arshavin has lost all his mojo, Gervinho won’t be back for two weeks, Benayoun doesnt have the pace to penetrate defences. In the midfield, Rosicky could ease the load on Ramsey. The only player I can see replace Arteta is Wilshere. Le Coq can provide backup to Song, but we’ve had to play him at full back. Surprisingly, the only depth we seem to have is in the center back position, but we’ve had to play them at full back too.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

But the man who earns 7 million a year can’t see it, and he TRULY believe our squad is too big.

vladiziv
vladiziv

agree about Ramsey.. being tired as well..

also i always get a feeling he’s trying to do too much.. like he has “to create” and it’s always on his mind..
I think he would look much better just playing it quick, safe and moving all the time.. it always seems he gets the ball… the turns one way, then turns around..
and those back heels are not helping either..

gunner16
gunner16

Ramsey: Inconsistency and lack of finishing ability. sounds just like walcott.

Spooner
Spooner

I’m still hanging on to the idea that Rambo is quality. I think given the lack of rotation possibilities Song really should stick to his defensive role, so each of our midfielders are relieved of constantly covering each others positions, which means they cover so much ground they tire out quickly. Song is one of the best DMs around, but in tough times needs to realise that’s his main job.

I hope I’m right on Ramsey, though I reckon I’ve probably been guilty of defending Theo for too long, so I can’t be sure..

Spooner
Spooner

Forgot about Coq.. There must be some good rotation options there. He is one of the very few bright spots of this season.

Goonerific
Goonerific

I have said for a very long time now, song is not the world class player people think he is, he never had an experience def mid player to teach him the game. He is overrated in my opinion, he will have more ave than excellent games this year, seems like another Diaby, huge expectations delivering very little.

TomC
TomC

I’d like (genuinely) to know where the £7m a year AW reportedly gets? Is this just unsubstantiated bullshit to make the poin that he should be sacked, or has someone (anyone) looked at the annual accounts?

Cygan?

Goontang
Goontang

I agree that song has been abit flat of late, however for the past 2 seasons song has been every bit World Class. i could not think of a better defensive mdifielder in the league besides maybe YaYa Toure.

I think the problem with the squad is that there is 9 players in the outfield, all waiting for Van Persie to score the goals. It’s almost as if they just think their job is to try and find Van Persie ALL THE TIME. Player’s in our Midfield need to step up. In the past our greatest asset was the fact that we had such a good spread of goal’s coming from our midfield….. now we dont have any midfielder’s scoring. Rambo is terrible at finishing, even Jacky Boy look’s for the assist rather than a shot on goal which is why i find it very suprising we didnt buy a midfielder………

why not put Van Persie behind the striker? i would even say that Arshavin would be a great striker because atleast he can beat the first man and isnt afraid of taking a shot… + he wouldnt have to do so much tracking back. 2 season’s ago when we had a striker Injury Crisis and we played Arshavin up front, that is when we saw the real russian.

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

TomC,

Do you think Arsenal account or Asrene salary are a top secrets?

How do we know how much is Theo, Almunia, Denilson, Nick etc on?

You know that Arsene once said, “the Football Manager” should be the one that earn the most, more than the star player as in any job the manager should be paid the most!!!!!!

If you only know a little more about the beautiful game you will stop asking those silly questions.

billymac
billymac

I think Wenger should play Arteta as the forward midfield player next game with Song/Coquelin or Song/Ramsay. Alternatively, he could do something radical and put Arshavin in that position (which is where he’s played for most of his career except at Arsenal) and keep Arteta/Song. He could try it for 45 minutes just to see what happens.

7amkickoff

I just watched the video on the dotcom, Arteta was exasperated.

mark-Louth..
mark-Louth..

I’m sick of these shitty results week in week out! Its becoming the norm for us now and its not good..4th is gonna be massive bonus for us and I just don’t see happening I’m afraid ..

StongTackleBacarySagna
StongTackleBacarySagna

“You are not going to get 15 chances to win a football game and nowadays when you get it, especially away from home, you have to take it.”

The truth is painful, even when presented by a handsome Spaniard. In fact, it hurts even more because it reminds me that my team underperformed and I’m not a handsome Spaniard.

Piss off, Arteta!

Ryan
Ryan

Haha .. your name!! EA sports seems to have rechristened Bac:)

StongTackleBacarySagna
StongTackleBacarySagna

Hahah, yeah man. “Strong Tackle Bacary Sagna” is a cult catch phrase thanks to either EA recycling the commentary from FIFA11 into FIFA12, or Martin Tyler just loving to say it. When my friends and I play, we’ll just repeat it whenever a right back makes a tackle… doesn’t matter who the right back is.

Vox1977
Vox1977

Two words : piss poor.

Leejones
Leejones

Its unfortunate we r all watchn whle our darlin team cntinues to slide into mud..inspite of cnstnt aggitation for a nid of quality players who will take us to d next level…i c no reason why an Aron ramsey shld start ahead of rosicky who has clearly shown incredible form of late…questions that wld continue to beg 4 answers…wenger shld hv realised ramseys nt d man to marshal that midfield, hes slow, wasteful and inconsistent.

aaberg
aaberg

You mmissed some vowels

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Are there certain vowels you don’t like or is it just all vowels and punctuation?

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

I was gnna call hm a cnt

mattpenhaligon
mattpenhaligon

I ”literally” do not understand what you are talking about……

Oz
Oz

txt chv cnt

The Ox
The Ox

Still don’t understand why Arshavin can’t play behind RVP. I know Ramsey “runs around a lot” but to what end

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Yet again last night Ramsey tried one of those stupid back
flicks last night and as usual it ended up with the
opposition.
Why does he try to be too clever?
It’s bad enough that he has missed so many chances
recently without trying to Showboat.
I like Ramsey when he plays the simple game but he let’s
himself down at times.
P.s. Does Walcott know how out of form he is?
Wenger certainly doesn’t .

Nick
Nick

Same with Theo!

Cygan's Left Foot
Cygan's Left Foot

And Arsene said;

“It’s part of football when you lose three games like we did, when you do not lose the fourth game it is already not too bad.”

How can the player gets motivated when the manager makes them feel as if they have won?

-Song for the whole world looks like needing rest and Le Coq ready and waiting there.
=Ramsey has been running into dark allies since the Chelsea game and Rosicky had his best two games in a long time, who he drops?
-Theo needs to be taken out of the firing lines, re coatch again or sell him (85/90K no thanks).

Arigo Sacci all over again. He was one of the great stayed to long after he lost it, and he became a laughing stock.

Jekyll
Jekyll

True. Wenger sounds more like a guru than a coach. Always trying to be positive, always propping up their egos. He tries to make the recent run of results sound okay. 1 point out of 12 is not ‘not too bad’, it’s unacceptable. Per and Arteta – who are not Wenger schooled players – can see that.

Arsenalkid700
Arsenalkid700

yet you dont know what probably happens behind the scenes.

gooner
gooner

That’s a fans favourite you are asking to be dropped. ‘he works hard and runs a lot’ that covers his ineffectiveness. As for rosicky, despite his good form ‘he’s too old’. You’ld think he’s 90 or not an arsenal player presently.

Comedian
Comedian

Thats why everyone saying rotate.even if rosicky is 30 he can still put in a shift with great energy atleast for the 60 mins every alternate game.
Ramsey started off nicely this season then started tiring after 60 mins of every game(too many games).
Again rotate players( not like rafa though)

gooner
gooner

Sorry that was a reply to this

The Ox
FEBRUARY 2, 2012 AT 3:49 PM
“Still don’t understand why……..”

heihaci
heihaci

talk is cheap

I would be very impressed and nicely surprised if we finished in the top 4 with this squad!

northerngoon
northerngoon

You’re all bang on. The recent poor performances are a result of tired, jaded players brought on by Wenger’s inability to rotate.

Certain players – like Arteta – can play through mental fatigue and others like Walcott, Song & Ramsey can’t. They’re all very young, mentally that is. Drop the three of them for a couple of games and on their return we’ll see the players we had at the beginning of the season.

Unfortunately the one common denominator preventing this is le professeur.

Aaberg
Aaberg

Would love to see Theo on the bench… Maybe it’ll remind him of when he got passed over for the wc and he’ll train and play like he did at right after that

superanderslimpar
superanderslimpar

NG if we drop Ramsay, Song & Walcott, who’s replacing them?Yossi? No thanks. Arshavin? Do me a favour.

Long & short of it is this is probably the weakest Arsenal squad since before GGs days – at least in the mid 90s, we still had a great GK, the best back 4 in the business & a selfish striker who’d get you off your feet.

After Fulham & Swansea, I was so frustrated as I thought the the team has gelled so well in Nov & Dec that things would only get better in 2012. And now? The team looks so jaded, Im finding it hard to rouse myself,

After Saturday, the fixtures are Sun, Milan, prob Sun again, Sprerz, Milan, Liv, Toon. All in the space of about 4 weeks. Anyone else think we might be 8th & out of both cups? I never, ever, ever want The Arse to fail, but maybe it would take something like to make the board & the manager realise that something isn’t right.
Another scenario is that we get bundled out of the cups, but somehow
manage to scrape 4th. If that happens, the club might turn & say that we’ve had another successful season.
Certainly wouldn’t feel that way to this particular gooner……

Matt
Matt

When I used to get bored of playing football manager I’d just see how much I could f*ck a club up until they sacked me…. reminds me of Wenger at the moment!

Andrew
Andrew

Ramsey should not be on the pitch! Ramsey slows down our game, then either makes a bad pass or had the ball taken from him! Ramsey should be dropped and Coquelin should take his place as he is more urgent attacking wise an better defending wise!

Ryan
Ryan

That Coq sounds like a “wise” Coq..

Trevor
Trevor

As someone noted in the Live blog yesterday…this is the same team that went from 17th to 4th. So the quality is there, it’s just been missing unfortunately the past few weeks.

Ramsey does look gassed. But I doubt anyone thought Wilshere would be out this long, surely he would have helped in the rotation department.

Goonerific
Goonerific

Wenger knew about Wilshere suffering a set back, but still did not buy anyone. Unless he plans on playing Eisberg.

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

Is it wrong I keep getting distracted by the advert to meet single mums underneath the main story?

Mooro
Mooro

Sorry, what did you say?

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

Click on it Mooro you know you wanna. . . .

mattpenhaligon
mattpenhaligon

All the hate for Ramsey….why? We can all agree he’s looking pretty jaded but give the lad a break. He’s been asked to step in and do the job of Cesc off the back of of an horrific injury. He’s been working his arse off and clearly cares for the cause. Cut him some slack people.

Arsenal0714
Arsenal0714

I completely agree! I don’t understand the whole “Ramsey has to be sold” brigade. When was the last time that Ramsey didn’t start a game? I think he definitely needs a rest because he looks tired and jaded but that doesn’t mean he needs to be sold. Theo on the other hand is a different story I feel. You’d think that the Ox would have a lit a fire under his ass but clearly not. I don’t know if he needs a rest, to be sold or what but he needs to step it up quick time. For every moment of sublime luck he’s had moments of shocking abysmalness. The breakaway stare at the ball until he smashed it wide without troubling the keeper miss in particular stands out in my mind.

Ryan
Ryan

Most people here seem to agree that Ramsey is not as bad as he’s being persecuted for. OK, some are baying for Rambo’s blood(first blood?) but IMHO its just a symptom of the kind of results that the team is spluttering out. That said, it’s going to take some significant shuffling on Wenger’s part, to get this team playing like it was during that purple patch(it was the SAME set of players remember? fine, we’re missing a massive sun-reflecting, retina-burning forehead but pretty much that).
As for Theo, it’s his head that’s the problem: if he’s going to think that the linesman, the pass provider, the ball-boy, the Queen and Freddie Mercury have all messed up and thus caused the ball to have run out of play, rather than his own abundance of scintillating footwork(NOT) then it’s never gonna work, is it?

VK
VK

This is one of the comments from AW: ‘But I cannot fault the effort, the commitment and desire to win the game. On the positive side we haven’t lost and we haven’t conceded a goal. Of course we have regrets because we did not take our chances tonight.’

Bull—fucking–shit Arsene.

This is what the press should have heard:
‘We pay a lot of money in wages and it seems like some of our players are not pulling their weight. Theo should focus on scoring the chances he MUST be scoring instead of asking for a raise. In real life you have to perform to receive financial rewards. I guess some of our players are delusional.

I am losing my patience with a lot of players and will clean house if I need to. At this moment we will need to be very active next transfer window. It appears that we need a striker because Theo, Chamakh and Arshavin are spectators most of the time and we depend on RvP too much. We also need to strengthen the midfield since we had a setback with Wilshire while Ramsey is not playing up to his potential. We are getting Frimpong back immediately since the form of Song has dropped off drastically. I have my eye out for another leftback. Thanks for your time, now its my time to ream their fucking asses in the changing room.’

vladiziv
vladiziv

that would be so great 🙂

reporter’s heads would explode..
even if he din’t use profanities 🙂

kimpa
kimpa

Not to worry! I saw that Morocco has been eliminated in the group stages, so soon we should get our savior Chamakh back, and then getting goals will not be a problem any more…

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

I feel for Arteta. He’s traded Everton for…uh…Everton, basically. It’s a problem we’ve had for years now. We have one or two excellent players, but instead of surrounding them with reliable quality and experience (didn’t have to be world class), we shoved them alongside youth players still learning their trade. Cesc could look only to Denilson and Song beside him; and yes, Song matured into a good DM, but imagine Cesc beside an accomplished midfielder/s. Now we have Arteta and he’s having to cover for Ramsey and a struggling Song. What might he do with an experienced midfielder beside him. I seriously can’t understand how Ramsey starts. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No team in the top four, let alone the top five or six, would have someone like Ramsey as an automatic starter, no matter how much potential and character he may have. Anyway, my feeling has always been that we let down Cesc. Now I think we’re letting down Arteta. The cycle continues.

Tocrat
Tocrat

It’s RVP we are letting down and he’ll repay that the same way cesc eventually did

Young Gooner
Young Gooner

“I think there is a lot of room for improvement,” he told Arsenal Player. “We have a very good side and good potential but we have to be good on the pitch. At the moment we don’t use all our opportunities.

I don’t really think we have time for improvement. We should already improved long time ago and now the focus is to play at your best and win the game. That’s all.

deanodoes
deanodoes

Wenger is done. Sad but true.

Thejollygunner
Thejollygunner

When the most handsome gooner since Le Bob makes a statement of such force, well gentlemen, to use the language of the plebs, “Shit got real…”

When you create 6 clear-cut chances and don´t score, the other team´s keeper should have played a blinder and I´m not sure he did. The fact is we are consistently wasteful in front of goal. Manu Petit (commentating on the Leeds game for French tv) said he couldn´t believe that a top flight side were able to take so many shots on goal and fail to hit the target as often as we do.

I fear Wenger has become a grandfather figure rather than a manager for too many players at the club. Why else would he make excuses for not making signings because they would block the progression of younger players? Walcott never getting benched is becoming a joke, it smacks of AW not wanting to upset him with a year left on his deal (although why we´d want to re-sign him on improved terms on current form is anyone´s guess). Rambo & Song need a break to rediscover their best form (it might work for Walcott too). A couple of games on the bench would be a start, and with the form and enthusiasm shown by Le Coq, The Ox, Rosicky and Arteta, we could definitely cope.

COYG

RocCityGunner
RocCityGunner

Slide Ramsey into a deeper mid-field role and let Arteta be the “attacking” mid…because Ramsey isn’t doing anything for our “attack”. Arteta wouldn’t have missed all those chances that fell to our other players Wednesday.

Thorough

Sorry I disagree. The last time Ramsey played the deep midfield role he gave away 2goals (Swansea). I am about to say what a lot many are thinking but are afraid to say: Ramsey is not good enough for Arsenal and will never be. If players like Vermaelen n VP will struggle to enter the ‘Invincible’ team of Patrick Vieira and their likes then Ramsey will never make it here. Mark my words.

TomC
TomC

A genuine question for all those anti-Wengerians (towards whom I
sadly tkeg steps daily): who will realistically both replace AW and improve on him? In every other post the board is rightly castigated for not spending on players. Why would would they suddenly do so on a manager?

Another question is who in the current board would have a clue who to appoint as AW’s replacement and how to go about it?

Oz
Oz
gooner
gooner

To be clear about it, there’s nobody spreading the hate on ramsey nor is there any call for him to be sold. He’s still young and can always get better. But as some body said out there he’s being asked too much to step into cesc’s big shoes. He looks a big prospect but from the start of the season though he has given his best he hasn’t looked ready yet to play the key role this stupid formation was built around. If at the start of the summer AW had told us that he would sell cesc and not buy a replacement because he had internal replacements then i can only imagine what would have gone through most people’s heads. But that’s what he did. As much as i like ramsey this is his first full season as a starter at the top level and the boss asked too much of him. To be fair to him, alongside the two wingers they have been a very big step back from what we had previously and the results don’t lie. Everyone begged the boss to buy but he insisted he had faith in what he had and this is no hate on rambo or the wide men we have but his faith looks misplaced because they are not producing enough to take the team up. They are producing mid table goods and that’s where we are. You could talk about the lack of fullbacks but at least you knew they’ld come back but here you know you are stuck with average starters.
And why is it okey to mention some players who under perform and not the others. Take song for example, the man has been a beast for the last two years but if he has a bad game or two then he’s open for criticism. And when playing rambo in the hole fails and song actually does his own job plus lay on a few assists and the most through balls in the team then he’s open to it again.

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SDDutchGooner
SDDutchGooner

Might be stating the obvious, but Arteta is by far the best signing we made this last summer and maybe for the last few years.

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