I am afraid I am not entirely in agreement with the current positivity on our club. We have just completed two very shaky matches against Aston Villa and Watford. There was very little evidence of the dedication or talent I have seen described in recent Gunners Town blogs. 3- 0 up against the second worst team in the Premiership, with a geriatric centre forward and we end up sneaking off with a 3-2 win!
I wish that Arteta would take an objective view of his players and realise that Cedric has no redeeming assets that would make him into a decent right back. Nketiah will reach his peak soon, but hopefully not at Arsenal. He is fast on the run, but he is not efficient at goal scoring. Nelson looks as if he has talent, but he rarely shows it at Premier League level. Young Saka is the genuine article, but he is getting burnt out by playing too many games in a row. At his tender years this overplaying will affect him. Willock is just not good enough! Willian is around 10 years older than him, yet I would bet that he covers more ground than him during a match and he perpetually runs and harasses opposition defences and scores a fair share of the goals. He is what Willock should aspire to be.
Luiz has now gifted 5 penalties since he came to us, but we have not scored 5 goals from passes supplied by him which would counter-balance those mistakes. He did play to the level we expect against Liverpool and Man City, but he was useless against Aston Villa and Watford. Maitland Niles is a very competent player who is a safer defender than Bellerin, yet he is rumoured to be up for sale!
I dread to think what is going to happen when Chelsea are our opposition next week. They are well set up and their whole team is organised to run fast and to press for the ball all over the pitch. They pass the ball accurately on the run so they will not leave any empty spaces for our men to dither while deciding their next move. We have talented players but unfortunately they want to stroll through the game and if they can pass the ball to a colleague it doesn`t matter if it is backwards or sideways as long as it finds an Arsenal shirt.
Arteta is an intelligent man and it hasn`t taken him very long to realise that he has a much harder job than he anticipated. I hope he has the patience to stay with us and correct the mismanagement that we have suffered from for the last 12 years
A sophisticated, articulate Arsenal Man of Mystery. Aged 70 and a bit.