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Time for Emery To Mollycoddle Ozil?


By Merlion
February 6 2019

Like Brazilians yearning to re-discover their carnival-like flamboyance and spontaneity in football as a reflection of their tradition and culture Arsenal fans of the past two generations are yearning for a return of the “One-touch One-Pass Breathtaking” WengerBall of the 1996 to 2006 Era where aesthetics is a given and winning with Beautiful Football is everything.

But there is a fatal flaw in the French Spine – lack of mental toughness and lack of grit to win ugly.

And when Ferguson discovered this fatal flaw, serial fouls, physical intimidation and hard tackles were fully deployed to upset the rhythm of Wengerball passing games. Other mediocre managers follow suit with Pulis, Big Mouth, Pardew and even Mark Hughes had successes against Arsenal too. Today, lesser lights like Burnley, Brighton and Cardiff followed suit with physical intimidation to disrupt Arsenal passing game.

Our failure to win consecutive titles and the CL Cup is the lack of mental toughness and grits during the wintry months. Arsenal failed virtually every season to slug it out to win ugly at muddy pitches and frozen pitches then. Of course, a thin squad is no help with plenty of injured, exhausted and mentally drained players when we hit the crucial stretch during February to April where titles and silverwares are lost and won. The debt burden of Emirates started to bite into the team from 2003 onwards.

The Decline of WengerBall actually started to decline from 2003/04 onwards, ‘the Invincibles’ were the height and the swansong, with no chance of rejuvenating the ageing squad. Errors upon errors in the transfer market and the failure of the Youth Project doomed Arsene Wenger to failure and reached its nadir in 2017/18 season. Silent Stan must be regretting that he listened to the siren song of Arsene Wenger begging for one last contract to put thing right.

The end result is that the new manager Unai Emery is settled with a squad of mediocre players on huge salaries and a civil war between him and the only creative player in his squad - Mesut Ozil.

The downfall of Arsene Wenger was his delusion that Arsenal fans care only about Beautiful Football and not winning. Instead, he produced a team that cannot win with style but just rollover and let every team walked over them in contempt.

The downfall of Unai Emery?

Will he betray the legacy that Arsene Wenger left behind that Arsenal fans expected Beautiful Football, that is, win with style and even when losing, not being taken apart by Guardiola Man City without a whimper of a reply, without even one shot on target in the 2nd half?

 Or is Unai Emery is a limited and dogmatic tactician who does not process the forward-thinking of Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino in flexible tactical formation to counter other tactical formation. Trying to force square pegs into the round hole of his tactical formation, playing high-tempo and quick passing football with mediocre players that:

  • cannot pass accurately,
  • lack tactical awareness to spot passing channels,
  • poorly coached to spot the runs of team-mates,
  • poor first touch and lack that skills to hold the balls.

 

It is a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Team now – exhilarating football beating Tiny Totts 4-2 and Chelski 2-0, battling ManU and Liverpool to 2-2. But “Mr. Hyde” appeared after than 22-game unbeaten run, with us being torn apart by Tiny Totts, Liverpool, ManU and Man City, losing away to Saints and WHU.

During his 22-game unbeaten run, Emery had a fully-fit squad and able to vary his tactics during the 2nd half. But a decimated Back-4 destroyed his high-tempo passing game with wingbacks and a soft-centre that is so vulnerable to route 101 Football during counter-attacks. It was compounded when he split up his most successful Xhaka-Torreira partnership and they never rediscovered their early season form.

One must realize that during the 22-game unbeaten run, we averaged at least 2-goal per game and most of the goals are generated at the left flank with an on-form Kolasinac, ably supported by Holding and Iwobi, rampaging through defence setting up telling crosses.

And when managers woke up to that fact and devised counter-strategy during 2nd half of the season, Emery started to struggle, clueless, trying to find another tactical formation, and not helped by a decimated squad. Emery has 13 league games and at least 4 more Europa Cup games to get his tactics right. Otherwise, he is staring at 6th spot or worse and branded a failure by May 2019. Therefore, his priority now is to setup the squad to win the Europa Cup to be a success this season.

Mesut Ozil?

He must come to term with Mesut Ozil and setup his squad to harness his best attributes and to build the midfield to protect his weaknesses. Why is Emery that daft not recognizing that Mourinho got the best out of Ozil with Alonso-Khedira riding shotgun behind him, protecting Ronaldo and Ozil, both are not renowned for tracking back and put in a defensive shift? Plus, a hardworking De Maria running box-to-box down the right flank as well?

If Emery wanted to avoid another ignominy of zero “shot on target” during either half, he needed a creative playmaker like Ozil to support Lacazette and Aubameyang. In fact, Aubameyang had hinted he needed Ozil on the pitch. And how long will both Lacazette and Aubameyang be disenchanted at the lack of services and at Man City during the 2nd half, just half-heartedly chasing after balls and closing down defenders? A pair of despondent figures on the pitch with half-hearted effect during 2nd half.

It is time for Emery to make peace with Ozil, sit down and discuss a mutual plan to motivate Ozil to give his best, to support him and mollycoddle him like Arsene Wenger to give his best for the next 13 games, making him the “Main Man”, “lynch pin of the team”, etc. generally, to show trust in him to deliver on the pitch.

After reaching the pits at Etihad, there is nothing really to lose by playing Ozil at Huddersfield and away at BATE – a positive signal to Ozil that he is still trusted to deliver. Everything is to be gain if Ozil delivers. Failure to deliver again is the growing threat that Arsenal FC is ready to cut their losses to such an extent that allowing him to leave on a free transfer in the summer to give Unai Emery the chance to rebuild the 2019/20 squad he wanted.

 

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Time for Emery To Mollycoddle Ozil
Discussion started by Arsenal Times , 06/02/2019 18:55
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:02:11:00:32:47 by Padre Pio.

younghansolo
08/02/2019 21:45
I actually think our football was at its most beautiful later on. It was the team of fabregas, rosicky and hleb that were, at times, then isn't beautiful thing I've ever seen in football. There was one game against Blackburn in particular where we were perfect I nevertheless aspect. Not one misplaced pass.

Bergmars
09/02/2019 10:06
Earning 1-4 million a month @#$%& mollycoddling him in fact if he doesn't want to put in the effort or number of games @#$%& him off time to get real with our players perform or go.



Under new managment



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Boston Gooner
09/02/2019 15:20
Get rid of the ill cnut.
Cut our losses.



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goonerred
09/02/2019 15:27
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Boston Gooner
Get rid of the ill cnut.
Cut our losses.
I totally agree. I've never known anyone with so many little niggles and illnesses. Free up his wages, take the hit and get someone in who cares about football.



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Gooner Sod
09/02/2019 17:10
I was a big Ozil fan but i've gone off him big time this season.

Emery's treatment of him does not help. But with the amount of money we are paying him. He should fight much harder for the club and show respect to the club by not always claiming to be sick.

It's a shame we gave him such a good contract. Now a player we could have sold last yr for a profit, we can't even give away for free unless China comes calling.

Our finances and player contracts were seriously mismanaged

goonerred
09/02/2019 17:17
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Gooner Sod
I was a big Ozil fan but i've gone off him big time this season.
Emery's treatment of him does not help. But with the amount of money we are paying him. He should fight much harder for the club and show respect to the club by not always claiming to be sick.

It's a shame we gave him such a good contract. Now a player we could have sold last yr for a profit, we can't even give away for free unless China comes calling.

Our finances and player contracts were seriously mismanaged
It was ridiculous giving him that contract,he was too old and his form wasn't that good.

Gooner Sod
09/02/2019 17:31
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goonerred
It was ridiculous giving him that contract,he was too old and his form wasn't that good.

Agreed, they panicked due to Sanchez leaving but in hindsight we'd have been better off getting rid of both. Give Ramsey new contract and use any funds incoming for a midfielder that fits the new managers demands.

goonerred
09/02/2019 17:57
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Gooner Sod
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goonerred
It was ridiculous giving him that contract,he was too old and his form wasn't that good.

Agreed, they panicked due to Sanchez leaving but in hindsight we'd have been better off getting rid of both. Give Ramsey new contract and use any funds incoming for a midfielder that fits the new managers demands.
I'm not sure about Ramsey, he had one very good season but is a bit consistent and injury-prone.

Gooner Sod
09/02/2019 19:10
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goonerred
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Gooner Sod
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goonerred
It was ridiculous giving him that contract,he was too old and his form wasn't that good.

Agreed, they panicked due to Sanchez leaving but in hindsight we'd have been better off getting rid of both. Give Ramsey new contract and use any funds incoming for a midfielder that fits the new managers demands.
I'm not sure about Ramsey, he had one very good season but is a bit consistent and injury-prone.

Yes, it depends how much we offered him. But overall getting a player of his quality and age is expensive. So makes sense to keep him as our club doesn't want to spend much.

I'm just glad we found Guendouzi. We'll need a few more of these type of players if we ain't spending.

goonerred
09/02/2019 19:19
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Gooner Sod
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goonerred
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Gooner Sod
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goonerred
It was ridiculous giving him that contract,he was too old and his form wasn't that good.

Agreed, they panicked due to Sanchez leaving but in hindsight we'd have been better off getting rid of both. Give Ramsey new contract and use any funds incoming for a midfielder that fits the new managers demands.
I'm not sure about Ramsey, he had one very good season but is a bit consistent and injury-prone.

Yes, it depends how much we offered him. But overall getting a player of his quality and age is expensive. So makes sense to keep him as our club doesn't want to spend much.

I'm just glad we found Guendouzi. We'll need a few more of these type of players if we ain't spending.

Am I right in thinking that he was asking for the same money as Ozil, if so - no!

Gooner Sod
09/02/2019 22:34
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goonerred
Am I right in thinking that he was asking for the same money as Ozil, if so - no!

From what I read, he was looking for around £250k a week. Which makes sense as Auba & Mhyrkitarian got big money contracts Jan last yr. Still way less than Ozil

goonerred
10/02/2019 10:03
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Gooner Sod
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goonerred
Am I right in thinking that he was asking for the same money as Ozil, if so - no!

From what I read, he was looking for around £250k a week. Which makes sense as Auba & Mhyrkitarian got big money contracts Jan last yr. Still way less than Ozil
Is he really worth that and at his age though? He will be another one that we're stuck with on a huge salary not contributing much.

AJ The Gunner
10/02/2019 16:46
It's NEVER gonna happen. Emery wants Ozil out ASAP to free up money to buy. for me all that illness story is hogwash. he needs to frustrate Ozil enough to opt to leave.



Wenger Is Gone Now So Can We Be Allowed To Breathe Now???

Trent2000
10/02/2019 17:54
Do we really think playing Ozil is like playing with 10 players?

If so, he has conned the world for 10 years as a player, which is total BS.

Emery is going to regret the decision to just freeze him out of the team.

We struggle to create and he was never a player to fight back to win the ball, so why ask him to change now at 30?


I am lost at the direction Emery is taking the team, why close up shop agianst poor teams.


The attack of the team is so disjointed, bottom teams all have a go at us and we barely get a win, what a joke it is becoming.

Gooner Sod
10/02/2019 19:36
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Trent2000
Do we really think playing Ozil is like playing with 10 players?
If so, he has conned the world for 10 years as a player, which is total BS.

Emery is going to regret the decision to just freeze him out of the team.

We struggle to create and he was never a player to fight back to win the ball, so why ask him to change now at 30?


I am lost at the direction Emery is taking the team, why close up shop agianst poor teams.


The attack of the team is so disjointed, bottom teams all have a go at us and we barely get a win, what a joke it is becoming.

Totally agree and that's why i'm conflicted. We are stuck with Ozil so why not use him. Germany won the world cup with Ozil starting every game, so it can't be like playing with 10 men lol.

I understand not playing him in games that are tough and a lot of defending. But Ozil is at his best against teams we'll have most of the ball.. To completely leave him out of them matches is not beneficial to anyone.

We are conceding so many goals & i havent noticed a lot of pressing so i think its a personal thing where Emery just doesn't like the player. Whatever Emery does, Ozil still gets paid. So better off using him until end of season then figure out your next move.

Merlion96
01/08/2019 01:18
If it is "Ozil Reset" then you will need to go back to Real Madrid where he set new records for assists under Jose Mourinho with the following intelligent players running into space and passing channels.

….. ….. ….. Benzema

… Ronaldo … Ozil … De Maria

….. ….. Alonso … Khedira

Alonso was the key, an intelligent player with fine anticipation and superb reader of the game who snubbed out attacking threats before it happened. And Mourinho knowing that Ronaldo's inability to track back, deploy Alonso to ride shotgun over Ronaldo on defensive duties.

Similarly, the tough tackling Khedira will protect the space left behind when Alonso moves out of position to cover up for Ronaldo.

De Maria?
His work-rate and engine at right flank do much to provide another dimension at right flank.

Benzema?
A target-man with skills to turn defenders and acts as a foil to hold the ball for Ronaldo and De Maria to tear into the box.

A well-drilled side playing possession and high-tempo passing game with plenty of pacy runners.

Now, if we will to sign Pepe and Khedira …

….. ….. ….. ….. Lacazette

… Aubameyang … Ozil … Pepe

….. ….. ….. Willock … Khedira

Willock will benefit most from the guidance of Khedira.

The other option is Torreira-Khedira with a world-class old head to guide the youngster.

Ozil will benefit the most with a pacy forward-3 in front of him, intelligent enough to find space, passing channels and the instinct to beat defenders, hold the ball for one-two and the dribbling skill to win 1-on-1 with defenders.

Imagine the open space created by Front-3 for Ozil to ghost in and score as he can from midfield.



'The more things change, the more they remain the same' Alphonse Karr.

mapleleafgooner
02/08/2019 01:48
Ozil is your finesse luxury player who will be the rock star when things are going well. He is not one to lift the team up if the team is in a slump. He needs grafters in the team to do the less glamorous stuff like tackling and marking. He is too old to change.

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