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Some random Arsenal-related thoughts

I need to brain-dump a few things that have been on my mind the past couple days.

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I think that Matteo Guendouzi is a fine player who’s only going to get better. But had it been Granit Xhaka who let Raheem Sterling skirt by him without so much as touching him that led to Manchester City’s first goal everyone would have been up in arms over the mistake and calling for his benching. Oh, wait a minute now…

I think that Unai Emery needs as much time as humanely possible to shape this roster into his ideal playing side. And it’s clear there has been a noticeable difference in the way the squad is playing under him versus Arsene Wenger. That said, Mesut Ozil is a 10 and Aaron Ramsey is an 8. This isn’t rocket science.

I think that Hector Bellerin should have been paying attention on Sunday to how explosive and decisive Kyle Walker was when City had possession. If Bellerin’s speed can be utilized in a similar manner, all that’s missing is a couple £60 million wingers and he and the team is set.

I think the media needs to stop talking to former Arsenal players about the state of the club. It’s perfectly OK to have a take about what’s going on. It’s bonkers to walk away from the match on Sunday and think that Arsenal’s players need to display “more fight”, or being dismayed that this team is “nowhere near” being title contenders. City finished with 78 points – eight fewer than Tottenham – in Pep’s first season at the club, with a much more talented roster to work with. Jurgen Klopp had a worse record after 72 matches at Liverpool than his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, even though there were far more similarities in their tactical styles than Wenger’s and Emery’s. People surrounding Arsenal need to chill out and let Emery continue working with his players. The results should, and will, come.