ArsenalFootball is such a welcome diversion from the pandemic that hope is still eternal, despite our worst start since 1974. Yeah, so far, it’s a 3/10 season – but a full change of fortune is only a matter of stringing a few good results together. Stars and Flops The only glimmer of hope comes from Saka, Tierney, Martinelli, Smith Rowe, and Gabriel’s young heart.
It was appropriate to bring in Aubameyang as a passenger as long as he was regularly scoring goals, but we can’t literally afford to have Willian join him in the back seat. Pépé has yet to prove that he was not a huge waste of resources, and we depend on Partey’s return with Xhaka’s midfield engine room looking too much like it’s playing backwards. Happy with the manager? If Arteta had a full house of fickle Gooners shouting at him, he would be feeling a lot more sun right now.
Some think that he’s in over his head, but there’s a less vocal opinion that things can be turned around.
But the failure to accept the blatant error of signing another retiree from Chelsea has to go against him. 3/10 In midfield, we need to show more imagination.
If we can’t do it from inside, Julian Brandt, Houssem Aouar and Emi Buendía should sign. Moment that made me smile in 2020 The all-too-brief return to the Emirates brought tears to my eyes after nine months of not loving it and realizing how much I had taken it for granted. -Goonersdiary.co.uk @GoonerN5Aston Villa9.5/10 by Bernard Azulay – and it’s just not a 10 because it all happened behind closed doors. We play attractive, productive football, the best we’ve seen in years.
I would have been happier with 15th position at the end of the year in August, instead of finishing 5th.
The chickens will not be counted – the goal is still 40 points – but the shape and momentum make it possible to dream of a single-digit league finish. Of course, the relentless joyride that was soccer in 2020Read moreStars and Flops Grealish, if not greater than in the last three years, was fantastic.
Strange how a “slow, greedy diver” in public opinion can become the new Gazza overnight. He’s the hero of every Villa fan; I started to wear strange slippers to be more of “Jack” Cash seems to have played 200 games in the premier league and not just a few, Martínez seems delighted to have landed in a major team, and Traoré can match Grealish for tricks and haircuts. The summer signings were all great. Konsa should be in the squad in England, so you should expect a call-up in 2025. Happy with the manager? I’m pleased with Dean Smith, who earns no attention from the outside but has evolved magnificently. Every day, he has to pinch himself: he’s really living my dream.
He brought a new flair to the squad, along with his new assistant, Craig Shakespeare, and made us stronger. 10/10We need to sign Watkins, who did his job very well, but it would be good to take the burden off him from another center-forward. Moment that made me smile in 2020 Without that moment, after selling Grealish, we would play Luton and Birmingham – so it must be the target of the big man at West Ham to hold us up. Jonathan PritchardBrightonI thought we’d be in the middle of the table by now, but we’re headed for a relegation battle as it stands. We play entertaining soccer, but we had a lot of trouble scoring up until last night.
Perhaps a treble against Wolves is going to do something. 4/10Tariq Lamptey is an emerging superstar for Stars and Flops; Yves Bissouma was excellent, Robert Sánchez is a necessary step forward with his range and goal distribution, and it must be a priority to keep Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck healthy. However, our attack obviously needs reinforcement: Neal Maupay lacks confidence, and while Aaron Connolly can be a threat, he still has a lot to learn. There is a controversy for the first time about whether Graham Potter will inspire the players. The look of his schoolteacher is beginning to lose its charm, his substitutions are doubtful, and in the second half of games we are always worse.
But Tony Pulis is, even if Sam Allardyce isn’t available, so we should be careful about what we want. 5/10We need to sign It is unlikely that we will spend cash, but as Percy Tau endlic, reinforcements are on the way