Bellerin on why he couldn’t be arsed to high-five Alexis at Palace

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At this point, we’re not sure anybody really cares whether or not certain Arsenal players chose not to celebrate Alexis Sanchez’s goal at Crystal Palace back in December.

We’re not even sure we cared at the time.

That said, having been asked about the situation at the Oxford Union last, Hector Bellerin gave his take on why he didn’t bother congratulating his teammate at Selhurst Park and how the striker’s demanding nature sometimes roughed people up the wrong way at London Colney.

“[He is] one of the best in the Premier League, for sure, but he is a player who always wants to win,” Bellerin explained. “He demands from everyone, sometimes it can be too much.

“The great thing is he wants to win, to give 100 per cent.

“This season maybe things weren’t going as well for him but I truly believe he was giving 100 per cent.”

“There was one game against Crystal Palace,” he continued. “We celebrated a goal and some of the players went I stayed back, I was talking to Calum Chambers because there was some tactical stuff.

“For me that was more important than celebrating the goal.”

So there you go. As you were.

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Boom Xhaka Laca

Stay tuned next week for Bellerin’s fascinating explanation of why he couldn’t be arsed to fly all the way back to Barcelona for the 32nd birthday party of an old acquaintance he still has on Facebook but doesn’t really talk to much any more.

Ashburton+Red

Too right.

Mootilated

No wonder we never win anything if ‘wanting to win’ is asking too much! Lolz.

ForeignGooner

We win more trophies than Liverpool and Sp*rs win though.

Mootilated

that’s not very difficult to do considering they haven’t won anything since I have been alive.

Except Liverpool winning the Champions League. I would trade the last FA Cup wins for one Champions League trophy.

Gargoyle

We don’t even compete for the most important ones though. Winning the FA Cup is a great honor and a couple decades from now we’ll probably look back on these last few years with pride, but there’s a reason the atmosphere now is so toxic.

78/79/80

And that reason is that the majority of the fanbase has been attracted to the club since Wenger’s reign and doesn’t remember what it was like to be an Arsenal fan in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s

Dave M

Newsflash not everyone in the world is >50 although you baby boomers seem to think that is the case

GUN

Before Wenger Arsenal were second to Liverpool when titles are considered. Along with Man Utd. Arsenal weren’t a piss-poor club like you are trying to make it appear. We were one of the most successful clubs even before Arsene

clins

last season when we were facing bournemouth we were down 3-0 with first fifty minutes and it took a huge effort by the team to draw level .that great performance was driven by sanchez , giroud and perez who were the ones who i thougt gave the most that day . and the fact that our tema messed up so much to be there in the first place , you could see the frustration on sanchez face when he threw the gloves to the ground despite leveling .

and this season when we face bournemouth again the difference couldnt be anymore clearer. we were down 2-1 , but this time there was no sanchez to rescue and there was no olliver giroud for goals. all of the players with balls and will to win are replaced with mkithriyan who granted in talented but still doesnt have the character of those players

Dave M

Exactly…who is going to yell at people now for playing like a bunch of soft panda bears. This squad is all too buddy buddy and there is no hard personalities to drive and demand success. The media are forever calling out the mentality at Arsenal, and we just got softer by selling off more of our tougher, gritty personalities. Maybe the squad didn’t “like” those guys as much, but this isn’t a high school hang-out group. Its a pro-freaking football team. Wenger just loves his squad harmony with each other a little too much. Sadly the wankers in the media have it right this time, Arsenal has a soft mentality and Wenger is doing ABSOLUTELY ZERO to fix that

OdalGooner

These days I’d rather pay to see 11 pandas mill around the Emirates than watching our team play.

It’s like everything has dragged everything else down with it. Wenger out? Sure. But what about the board, then? New striker? Yay. Giroud out. Booh. We’re shit all over, so what should have been celebrations over Auba arriving becomes “why the hell don’t we fix the midfield”.
I hope there’s a way out of this awful mess. I just can’t see it. There isn’t one thing we need to change. There are lots.

clins

in my view the one change we have to make above all else is to change the manager and appoint a really good forward thinking manager . look at tottenham they were a shit club for decades but all that changed after they appointed pochettino . there performance improved dramatically and due to that board , owner all started supporting him

John C

It has to be one of the most shocking statements you could expect to hear from a professional sportsman but let’s be honest it only confirms what most of us having been thinking for a long time and that is our players have been more interested in winning the Premier League best haircuts and tattoo competition! And they both require lots of time to invest in reaching Hector Bellerin standards.

That said we have potential to slide down that table too now that Walcott, Giroud and The Ox have left but Jack’s back and he’s got strong sleeve game so he might just keep us up there. Aubameyang looks to be an asset as well.

Mkhi Most

Jack’s got a lot of tattoos

Mpls

Nah. Everyone who’s played has played with ‘that guy’ that you don’t want to give the time of day to otherwise because he’s just a dick about it. Well, everyone except that guy, because he’s the dick. You don’t condescend your teammates and workmates and expect them to be cool with it. It’s pretty obvious that’s Alexis.

I’ll never believe anyone who tries to tell me Hector doesn’t want to win.

Dave M

Binary vision: Ever thought one guy might want to win, but another guy wants it more? Well Alexis and a lot of guys not on the Arsenal roster want it more than most of the guys on the Arsenal roster. Hector’s statement smacks of “sure we want to win too, but its just not everything”. He’s absolutely right, but when you are being paid copious amounts of money and are a pro footballer for such a short part of your life you are never going to reach the peak with that mentality and our squad is rife with that mentality and you sure as $hit don’t want fans supporting your team paying a huge amount of what they earn to hear you say that. And Wenger doesn’t challenge them to rise above that. Come out into the media one day after a shit performance screaming piss and vinegar after literally doing that to the squad in the sheds. Let them know and us as fans know publically that piss-poor performances aren’t acceptable…

Mpls

Here’s the thing, you don’t know jack about Hector’s interpretation of what he said. It’s a statement that can -as we clearly can see- be read a few different ways.

I read it as 100% Alexis can be a real condescending dick and that Hector sees pretty clearly.

Dave M

Good for you mate, but impressions are everything and that is what he said. You read it like that because you don’t like Alexis. Plain and simple. But there are problems with this squad and if you’re happy with the team’s mentality then I guess you’re loving Europa League too…that is what its delivering

John C

What a dick, it must be painful playing with someone that makes you look that bad.

Mpls

I read it that way because that’s what Hector implied. Why would I believe the reason some may not have liked him was because he wanted to win? It’s not at all ridiculous to think perhaps they didn’t like him because he was a dick about it that pushed past the respect line and was leaving anyway.

But perhaps it really is because Hector is a useless loser and should be flogged off at the first opportunity. And we should get some ‘winners’ – the type that go around insulting and disrespecting their teammates because that’s what a ‘winner’ with a ‘winning mentality’ does.

Sorry, I’ll never believe that narrative.

It’s telling to me that the only complimentary words you’ll hear about Alexis from those at the club these days are that ‘he wants to win’.

Damo Dinkum

Think I’d be more interested in what Gunnersaurus is doing on Valentine’s Day

Yellow Ribbon

Yeah! Could help me get an idea or two on how to go about my day as well!

Pedant pedant

Dinosaurs are known for their comet-ment.

Post January Blip

…Only if the budding couple finds a Jurassic spark.

Sorry.

Liam

Haha, reminds me of obituary quote code,

People who were:
Focused
driven
independantly minded
didn’t suffer fools gladly
highly professional

All code for ” A right bastard pain in the arse & I’m glad he/she’s dead”

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

“But he is a player who always wants to win”
Well fuck me sideways and call me Jonny, that is a total joke. So you’re saying you don’t always want to win ey Hector. Get a grip, wanting to win should be the single bloody default for a professional sportsman. Incredible.

Eddie McGoldrick

He didn’t say that.

“The great thing is he wants to win, to give 100 per cent.”

John C

He did say that, read the article again.

Here’s the quote:

“[He is] one of the best in the Premier League, for sure, but he is a player who always wants to win,” Bellerin explained. “He demands from everyone, sometimes it can be too much.

Cannonball

Don’t read too much on things that are not even there.

Thanks for the offer, btw.
I just don’t swing that way. And it is awkward to call people Jonny during sex.

Dave M

I’m sorry they are there a little bit…”but” means a contradiction to the previous statement and as a spanish speaker “pero” would be used in EXACTLY the same context (so not a translation thing), thus stating Alexis is one of the best, “but”… the second part of the comment becomes a negative…”he is a player who always wants to win”…
To say that as a negative part of the statement is worrisome. It just shows the air of complacency at Arsenal. An air of sure we want to win, but its not everything. It was everything for Alexis and that is why he no longer plays for Arsenal…sad fact…
IMO this complacency comes down to Wenger always backing his players no matter what and never challenging them publically, never calling out pathetic play and weaknesses.
Pretty piss-poor statement from a pro IMO, I really like hector, but I think this is more a team sentiment than just being on Hector. Alexis pushed people hard and some of our extremely well paid precious flowers didn’t like it…sorry but Alexis isn’t the problem here…

Mpls

Yes, Alexis was part of the problem. Fact is you can’t just say whatever the fuck you want to someone and try to cover it with a bullshit ‘well, he wants to win’. Some people just go too far and go about expressing things in ways that are unacceptable to others. ‘Wanting to win’ does not make everything acceptable to everyone. And it shouldn’t.

Dave M

and that is why Arsenal is mired in mediocrity. Because Alexis was the only one yelling and calling people out and rocking the boat…you think Koewn, Tony Adams, or Viera would have sat there when someone was jogging around or not playing the way they thought was right saying “shall we get a new stylist after the game mate?”
Maybe Alexis wasn’t always right is what he said, but f*ck at least he showed some drive and passion, while the rest of them say $hit like this, “oh we didn’t really like him because he wanted it too much”…pathetic

Mpls

Speaking of stylist, that’s quite the series of leaps of logic there to paint your picture relating it to players from an entirely different time and place in football.

Dave M

Yeah two from an invincibles era and one that wouldn’t take $hit from anyone. Hmmm… I wonder why they were such successful teams and such great captains?

Now we are lead by the drive and determination of Ozil, Koz, Cech, Bellerin. Great footballers, but none of them should even be close to captain material. Been said so many times…no leaders…couldn’t be clearer and Hector is just driving it home with statements like this

Yankee Gooner

The issue isn’t with the coordinating conjunction but with the antecedent of “it”–if you think the antecedent is “wanting to win,” then Dave M’s interpretation is right; if you think that the antecedent might be the unstated “and Alexis expressed it like an arsehole,” then Dave M’s interpretation is wrong. Given that people almost never speak in grammatically unified sentences, we really can’t be sure, so we’d have to think about it logically, as in: Is it more logical that a professional athlete on a struggling team would say (when asked about snubbing a teammate) that wanting to win is a problem or that the snubbed teammate is an asshole? Logic tells me it’s likely the latter.

Dave M

Either way it doesn’t matter that is what the issue is here. So what if you think a team mate is an arsehole. As a pro footballer you deal with that and you don’t complain because its a team, and at times you should be using it to drive you performances up. Like I said before you think everyone loved Viera, Adams or Keown to bits? I am almost certain no, I am sure there were many people scared shitless of them and probably thought they weren’t very nice, but they sure as shit weren’t going to tell them that and they were absolutely respected and listened to. Where is that today? We don’t have it at Arsenal and its a huge reason we are always performing below par on the season, because those hard nights when you go behind or get a bad decision or two who picks this team up and drives them forward? Alexis tried because he hated losing so much, Giroud did too, how many times did he save us off the bench? Now we have two less guys who will do that.

This whole “clicky” buddy, buddy squad of precious flowers is the issue…complaining about a driven, determined, and uber competitive, but maybe somewhat prickly teammate after he leaves (if that is your interpretation) is just petty and unprofessional.

You know who else was uber competitive, win at all costs, and known to be a bit of an arsehole with a massive competitive gambling problem?? Michael Jordan…greatest basketballer of all time, who wouldn’t take losing at any cost. I guess if he was a footballer this Arsenal team would drive him out too because he didn’t fit in with the cool kids, because that is what really matters at Arsenal

Mpls

Oversimplified. Delivery is everything. Getting on someone and giving them a good shout to get their focus up properly with the intent of building up the overall can be useful in measure. What if Alexis doesn’t use it properly? What if he’s just not passing to some players (we’ve seen it) throwing his gloves off in a hissy (we’ve seen it) laughing on the bench at the wrong time (we’ve seen it) and most of all, what if his super competitiveness is just not delivered in a constructive manner but rather just in a divisive, disrespectful way? We don’t know. But Hector certainly doesn’t seem the type to me that can’t handle a proper shout for constructive reasons.

Those leaders you speak of in the past were 1. in a different time of professional standards and behavior (obviously), 2. actually seen as the leaders of the team, and 3. Not throwing a fit and looking for a new team when things didn’t go their way. You also knew they had your back.

Alexis has, other than training and matches, seemingly kept himself aloof and separated from most the rest of the team. He was never seen as a ‘leader’ for the team in anything other than performance metrics, and you could tell that by just watching the matches.

Dave M

You’re so focussed on Alexis you’ve missed the whole point most people on here are making. As I’ve said you’re making Alexis a scapegoat for why we are shit, yet we still get beaten (and on the performance quite easily) by our biggest rivals with barely shrug of the shoulders from the squad. We’ll continue to be mediocre post Alexis, so scapegoat all you want you’re just completely missing the point

Look at the table. Are you happy with that? Look at the fragility of this squad mentality. Are you happy with that? How are we doing in the Champions league this season? Are you happy with that? For all your defending of this incredible squad of brilliantly head strong talents you keep ranting on about, then why are we still shit?

Robins Boost

No problem hector. We live in a world focused and serious bout going green and energy consumption.Running from right back all the way to left forward area for a high five is inefficient energy use.

ramgooner

Only Flamini has the right to run everywhere and high five everybody because he knows how to use energy efficiently.

Tankard Gooner

Flam always maintained a tactical balance between high fiving and finger pointing.

Yellow Ribbon

Alexis Sanchez was the reason we fucked up the first half of the season and here are struggling to pick it up in the second half of the season trying to incorporate all the new players in! That bellend who was supposed to be our main player on the pitch couldn’t give a rat’s ass and score goals. Blame Arsene Wenger for not selling him in the summer and end up messing up with a lot of things this season. What Arsene doesn’t understand is not all people are as professional as him and respect their contracts. Simple as that.

IamaGoober

Alexis Sanchez wasn’t the reason why we’ve been so poor this season. We were awful last season and he was our top goal scorer..

Alexis Sanchez wanted to leave. We should’ve sold him as soon as we realised he wasn’t signing an extension – which was months and months ago.

Ultimately we are in this position now all because of a failed transfer window back in 2015 where we only bought a goal keeper. We completely neglected a genuine opportunity to push on from our recent FA cup victories by bringing in the one or two top class additions the squad desperately needed, in order to compete for the league title that coming season.

We didn’t do it, and Leicester City, as we know, went on to win the title that year.

I 100% believe that if we had done what was necessary, and won the title that year, Alexis Sanchez would still be in Arsenal colours right now. And we probably wouldn’t be sniffing around 6th place.

Adam Guillette

I used to believe this, but I think it’s been proven that we can bring in any players we want and it still won’t solve the problem unless we replace the manager…

IamaGoober

@Adam Guillette

I completely agree with you.

The only reason why that season was a genuine opportunity to win the league was due to the other top teams all having awful seasons as well. Hence Leicester were the eventual winners…

Dave M

You’re both right!

Dave M

Can’t up vote that comment enough. Well said. But people need a scapegoat. Apparently “always wanting to win” is a problem these days for Arsenal players

ronaldo

at least he tried, unlike some of our players

Dpg

This is a first I dare say. Alexis messed up our season….how? By scoring and creating more goals than our supposed darling? Or showing his obvious indignation about d fact that we have a poor poor squad. Half of them do not deserve to play alongside him. Ozil can accept mediocrity, which he is most times. Alexis won’t. Let’s not hate Alexis for being a winner

Kwame Ampadu Down

Yeah, if we’d sold Alexis then Cech would have become 5 years younger, Kos’ Achilles would have healed itself, Mustafi’s arse would have shrunk & Elneny would have gone from average to brilliant in less than 6 seconds. Not to mention all our wonderful little boys would have turned instantly into Strengthy McMentalstrength.

Sydneysider

In the first half of the season if you remember right.. we played so many boring matches in which we failed to score..playing 0-0 till the latter part of the second half and then lost after conceding a cheap goal! I don’t know how many points have we lost this season up until now like that! I am sure there have been a lot.
Had we scored earlier in those games I am sure we could have ended those matches on a different note.
I am sure you wouldn’t agree with this (I am sure most people wouldn’t!) but Arsene made an extremely interesting point after the January transfer window that it is important for an attacking side to score goals first!
Alexis Sanchez was our main goalscorer and he literally sucked playing for us this season.
So I do in a way agree to what has been writtern in the above comment.

Yellow Ribbon

Sanchez was our best player! Sanchez was our top goalscorer! You guys surely don’t remember watching how Sanchez played for us this season.. do you?
And for calling Ozil average at best in one of the above comment.. when he clearly has been our best player this season and has shown commitment by signing the contract! Classy. You make us all proud. Keep going!

Gutbukket Deffrolla

Sanchez was playing for himself and his last big contract at a top team with plenty of money. He wasn’t playing for the team, merely with the team.

jeff wright

Once again this Bell-end Bellerin nonsense shows that some footballers are very childish.It’s time that goal celebs were banned anyway for time wasting . Sanchez himself once threw one of his tedious strops when Giroud celebrated scoring a goal . I suspect that Giroud will prove a more significant signing for Chelsea than Sanchez for United or Wenger’s latest panic buy that failed miserably against Tottenham.

Pedant pedant

jeff wrong

Dawn

Jeff wrong, except in the point about Giroud being more significant!

santori

Just to point out we won the reverse fixture with Alexis.

There was no Aubameyang or Mhkitaryan I can only pass with my right foot.

Mpls

You are correct, we did have ‘I can only cut to the right and refuse to pass to Lacazette’ Alexis in the squad. He also did basically fuck all by his standards half of his time here this season.

I’ll go ahead and say it. I’m happy he’s gone. Wish he had gone in the summer.

Benriz

Jesus wept. Why not ban fucking smiling and rainbows. You must be fun at parties. Is Bellerin childish for replying to a stupid question with a sensible answer? What’s childish and stupid is all the bloody over-analysis of celebrations and handshakes etc if you ask me. I was as disappointed with the Sp*rs game as anyone else but give the new boys a chance ffs, it’s only been 2 games and they were good against Everton, no?

BenG

So Bellerin didn’t like that Sanchez wanted to win all the time and all that players give 100% all the time. Fucking hell what a barsted Sanchez is

Benriz

Yeah, that’s exactly what to take from this article mate. Fuck me.

Dave M

Great player “BUT” he always wanted to win…
If that doesn’t ring some alarm bells about the attitude of our squad then nothing will and we really are doomed to this Europa league mediocrity

santori

I see nothing wrong with Alexis and his attitude.

If anything we were unable to match his appetite.

Yes he became a bit selfish with the balls over this season but his frustrations were not met by our actions in the market.

RVP was another who you could see lost confidence in Wenger’s tactical decision making and was not convinced we were spending enough to cover for the gaffer’s flaws.

And he was right.

I still remember the match (not sure against which team) where we were losing but the young Ox was having an inspired game and we were close to pulling it back. Instead Wenger pulled off the Ox. That was when we saw RVP shakes his head at the bench and mouth “no no no”. You could just see him finally give up the dream at Arsenal and decide to thorw it in then (money of course not withstanding otherwise)

It was the same for Alexis. That match where we conspired to lose when he had a wry smile.

Its says it all.

Make yourself feel better by casting them as villians

but they were correct.

We have not fixed tactical flaws, nor constructed a properly balanced team. If anything, our new buying team have further compounded issues but I don’t think Wenger cares too much anymore.

Those who wish him gone don’t have to worry. He will leave sooner than later (likely for the France job after the Wcup)

Meanwhile if you think that’s the end of our problems you are delusional. It’s just the beginning.

Dave M

#KroenkeOut
#GazidisOut
#WengerOut

Maybe then things start to freshen up and get better at Arsenal…until then welcome to the Fun of Europa league and Carabao Cup…zzzzzzzz

eddymc2

The game was at home against United in the 11/12 season – the return leg of the 8-2, if you will. We were a goal down but Ox was devastating that day, eventually creating an equalizer scored by van Persie. Then Wenger hooked him for Arshavin and the crowd was very audible in their displeasure – and RvP’s reaction was more animated/vigorous than it may seem from your recollection. In that moment I figured he was leaving after that season; considering we went on to lose 2-1 (winner came from Arshavin’s wing, natch) I’m actually a bit surprised Wenger survived that. Never heard a home crowd turn on him like that before or since.

GoonerN16

@eddymc2
Your interpretation of Hector”s comment seems too simplistic equally your understanding of hhhh

eddymc2

My interpretation of what? My understanding of what? I was replying to santori’s comment.

Mpls

He doesn’t use a fucking political speech writer and he’s not constructing an legal document. FFS. He was live speaking.

I 100% read and understood it as ‘Sometimes his demanding attitude and treatment of others is too much’.

Dave M

yes because you want a scapegoat…we get it…good for you. And now he is gone watch Arsene turn this bunch into invincibles eh…because its clear the mentality of this squad is the strongest in the EPL. “That dam Alexis…he demanded so much of us, too much really, how could he…”

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You aren’t looking for scapegoats?

Dave M

No I’m blaming our shit performance and league position on this shitty meek attitude from our squad, this buddy buddy thing going on above winning and a manager who promotes it by always 100% defending his players and never holding them accountable publically. These are exremely well paid pros, call them out! Make them feel some internal pressure enough of this backing them up no matter what because they aren’t getting the job done…end of story

Martin

Tactical stuff? At Arsenal? Are you sure Hector?

Richard Bland

Yeah I got to that line and laughed out loud.

santori

Well we did beat Spurs with Alexis in the reverse fixture and we even kept a clean sheet. There was no need for Aubameyang or Mhkitaryan.

We also beat Chelsea recently (plus FA cup final)and Wenger’s record against Conte has been good.

I don’t think you can say Wenger doesn’t do tactics.

He’s just prone to lapses and goes back to his bad habit of reliance on an open architectured system not supported by sufficient investments in the RIGHT players for the positions we truly need reinforcing.

Mslintat and the new team have not conspired to understand the needs either doing only what is convenient in front of them but not necessarily what is best for the strategic needs of this team.

Don’t be too simplistic.;)

Dave M

He did tactics but they were backwards. He tried to get us to play a higher tempo, but he filled the team with technical players than control the ball instead on two pacey attackers (it was only Auba running onto the ball). Even with the extra technical players we got overrun in midfield, all those lauding Jack week in week out the only thing he did in this game was the through ball that got call (probably wrongly) offside. Otherwise he along with Xhaka El neny, Ozil and Miky all got overrun in the midfield…sad fact spurs midfield dominated ours…Tactically Pochettino dominated Wenger

ronaldo

its a shame a few more of you don’t give a 100%, we get somewhere if you did

BW9

Where’s that dead horse? I want to beat it.

santori

Sir Alex beat you to it.

Dave M

It’s f*cking beating us to a bloody pulp

jeff wright

Benriz, some of the celebs with all the kissing and jumping on top of one another by players look like a group sex orgy! I don’t mind a normal type celeb although with Wenger’s teams ability to lose leads it’s best to wait until the fat bird sings before getting too carried away with things. Yeah the new boys did well at home against a piss poor Fat Sam got it all wrong again against Wenger but I don’t read too much into these these fast-track bully home wins it’s only recently that we saw another away day bottle it job at Swansea. So let’s see how things transpire. Wenger saying that he doesn’t rate the Europa Cup because winning he doesn’t think it deserves a Champions League place was funny given his appalling record in Europe . He celebrated winning FA Cups recently however like it was 1999 when they helped him keep his job . Looks like another attempt damage limitation exercise by le fraud this clap-trap . I expec him to be more cautious though with a low key approach used on the run up to the League Cup final . Unlike with all the hype about we rule Wembley malarkey that spectacularly back-fired against the spuds.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

When did Wenger claim we rule at Wembley? I think you’re getting mixed up between Arsene and Arseblog.

santori

I thought Bellerin was pretty decent against Spurs.

kept Son quiet, did a lot of hard work on the flank, supplied world class Lacazette with an excellent ball which the French man miscued on.

As for Alexis, we are now missing that sort of instigator in the squad.

Which is why the ball goes from side to side against better defenses like Spurs.

Remember we won the reverse fixture.

Also Alexis is the sort of player who can single handedly dig you out of a rut.

You don’t think we miss Alexis and gained with Mhkitaryan?

Delusional.

Consistency is the problem.

Whether Mhkitaryan can sustain his start is key. He is an older player now and look a bit off peak physical.

Make no mistake, we have taken a step back with Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan.

One is cup tied for a very important competition for us.

The other is questionable in terms of the needs of this team.

We now lack creative wide players (Iwobi is the closest) And pace out wide which means Bellerin (and Monreal) have to push forward to make width regardless.

All our players Mhkitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Jack tend to gravitate into the middle. It is so easy to defend against them by choking space in the middle and shunting them wide. Sideways passing ensues.

And of these players only Jack (and possibly Iwobi) have ability to take on players one on one.

We are missing pace in the wide areas too.

Monreal and Bellerin coming forward has other implications as they leave us exposed to counter at the back. Monreal has been particularly culpable in last 3 games.

Which is why I have mentioned we HAVE NOT done the business in ensuring a better balance for this squad and we have replaced with convenience to Mslintat, not to the needs of the squad in mind both in strategic terms and balance.

Don’t even get me started with midfield. We conspire to muck around with the attack when midfield is so blatantly neglected for 4 to 5 seasons now without Santi. We have mediocre Elneny and flawed Granit neither of whom can hold on their own. So its two man for the job of one with further implications to the balance of our attack.

Great decisions in January?

I think not.

Obama Young

““[He is] one of the best in the Premier League, for sure, but he is a player who always wants to win,” Bellerin explained. “He demands from everyone, sometimes it can be too much.”

With that kind of attitude, Alexis clearly didn’t fit in with the Arsenal of recent seasons.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You’re placing an awful big reliance on that comma after “always wants to win” in your interpretation of what Bellerin said. You do realise that none of this is actually available to the public on video yet? So your comments are based on what other people have written about what he said. Do you KNOW they are verbatim and are written exactly as spoken?

Normski-Gunner

People will read/interpret the comments the way they want to to fit any narrative they see fit. If I liken this to being a workplace, not just 90 minutes on a football pitch. I would suggest that Bellerin is saying that Sanchez gives 100%, but is over-demanding of people, even when his performance is poor or in part the reason why others under-perform. I think Bellerin is suggesting that he likes Sanchez for his effort, but is overbearing and blames everyone else for a poor team performance, rather than saying 100% effort is too much. The statement he made was a two-part statement. Anyone who puts a ‘but’ in a statement is normally making more of a point of the second part of the statement… without wanting to make it sound completely negative… basically saying ‘he is too much’ as a person, not that people should play to less than 100%.

Sanchez is the type of individual that takes out any failings on others. Great, when he is playing well (and those failings are less discernible) and can drag others along with him. Then he is the star and others accept his down side, as it helps the team. He becomes the focal point, the cake and the icing on the cake.

He has a polarising effect, so when he is playing poorly he drags the others down and blames them. In effect, the negative Sanchez disjoints the whole team, who have to spend their time wondering what mistake he is going to make next and not focusing on their own game. I’m sure we have all worked with people like that!

Kolokolo

Funny. But yet, Henry is a snake for seeing what most people could see and what appears now to be obvious.

jeff wright

Bellend seems to have rather a lot to say about things he’s taken over from Wally Walcott in the spokes-player excuse maker front for the regime . He should just shut up and concentrate on working on the flaws in his own game . Anyone who believes that he did not high-five Sanchez when he scored against Palace because he was discussing tactics with another player will believe anything. If a big club came in and offered Bellend the sort of money that Sanchez got off United he would be off faster than you can say adios amigo !