Podcast: Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal | Premier League | Arteta’s First Game In Charge | Ep.221

Harry Symeou and James Cook review the draw versus Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League. It was Mikel Arteta’s first game as Arsenal boss and we discuss the positive signs amongst other things.

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Podcast: Arteta vs Ancelotti | Which club have made the smarter decision? | Arsenal or Everton | The Debate

With Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge of Arsenal and Everton respectively we debate which club have made the smarter decision, which group of fans should be more excited and which managerial appointment will work out best. Harry Symeou was joined by Simon Alavi and Dan De Luca.

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Podcast: Arteta’s arrival is imminent, Beaten again & Euro draw reaction | Ep.219

Mikel Arteta

Host Harry Symeou was joined by TalkSPORT producer Mike Stavrou to discuss the news Arsenal are close to naming Mikel Arteta as Unai Emery’s successor. We also discuss the embarrassing defeat Arsenal suffered at the hands of Manchester City and react to the Europa League draw.

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Podcast: A win at last, West Ham 1-3 Arsenal review

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal ended a baron spell of 9 games in all competitions without a win at the London stadium on Monday night when they came from behind to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United. Harry Symeou looks back at the game itself, talks team selections, midfield balance, Brazilian wonder kid’s and more.

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Arsenal: This is not the time to take a gamble on the club’s future

Mikel Arteta

According to multiple reports Mikel Arteta is now the front-runner to succeed Unai Emery as the Head Coach at Arsenal. Funny that, because we were told the same thing last time and out of the blue a former Paris Saint-Germain boss turned up with his dossiers (a fat load of good they did) and stole the position from right under his nose. Very sneaky, sneaky indeed!

The Butler from the Adam Sandler Movie – Mr Deed’s. The man we ACTUALLY hired when we thought we were getting a three time Europa League winner.

At this stage, I’d still advise caution in regards to taking these reports as gospel but seeing as that’s what’s hot at the minute we may as well discuss it.

Is Mikel Arteta the right man for the job?

Seeing as he has NEVER managed any side it’s impossible to know for sure and there would undoubtedly be an element of risk in appointing somebody so inexperienced – even if he is a former Arsenal captain.

Yes, he’s been working under arguably one of the greatest coaches of our generation but unless you’re a fly on the wall you couldn’t possibly know how much influence he’s had on the success at Manchester City in recent seasons.

Mikel Arteta
Arteta made over 100 appearances for Arsenal between 2011-2016

I take great encouragement from the fact Pep Guardiola was adamant on having him work alongside him but some people are just better suited to being number two’s – take Steve Clarke, the current Scotland boss for example.

We will be looking at Arteta’s credential’s in greater detail during one of this week’s podcasts but I guess my scepticism around this potential appointment is a consequence of how far we’ve fallen from where we need to be more than it being a lack of faith in the Spaniard’s ability to manage a football team.

The club’s demise began during the final years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure but the decline has accelerated since his departure. Arsenal are in free-fall and my personal opinion is that we simply cannot afford to take a gamble on the likes of Arteta because he is a ‘cheaper option’.

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Planning for the longer-term isn’t a bad thing generally but given the way things have gone this season it’s likely we are going to spend a fourth season (next season) staring through the metaphorical railings with envy into the Champions League promise land.

Now isn’t the time for a gamble, Arsenal are in desperate need of a stabiliser and that can only be someone with experience, who is tactically astute and somebody whom the playing staff will believe in instantly.

Arsenal: We need an experienced Head Coach sooner rather than later – Blog

Freddie Ljungberg

So many of us wanted rid of Unai Emery that we temporarily lost sight of the fact that whoever was going to inherit this sh*t show, experienced or not was going to have their work cut out. A leaky defence, an imbalanced midfield and a £72m winger who’s simply not been good enough – perhaps our summer transfer business wasn’t as good as we thought it at the time.

Arsenal are currently on their worst run of form for over 40 years and after Thursday night’s embarrassing defeat there are no signs of it getting any better. The draw at Norwich last weekend highlighted the same old problems but there were some positives to take from the trip to Carrow road.

At the very least Arsenal were entertaining again and throughout the first half played confident, expansive and attacking football. Our defending left a lot to be desired but we expected that.

Fast-forward to Thursday and not only was our defence as porous as ever but our confidence looked completely shot. We are a side who currently find themselves in free-fall and when you’re walking away feeling as though Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac were two of our best players you’ve got to be concerned.

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We all want Freddie to succeed, even more so than I wanted Emery to when he first arrived purely because he’s somebody with whom we have an affiliation, a love and respect for. However, two games into his tenure as interim-boss I’m beginning to have serious doubts about whether or not he’s out of his depth.

During Emery’s tenure Arsenal brought in no fewer than twelve players but it’s impossible to look at that squad and not feel it still needs a major overhaul. That for me, is a tell tale sign of just how bad the Spaniard reign was. The demise started during Monsieur Wenger’s final years but it accelerated substantially following his departure.

Ever since the trigger was pulled on the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss the club have been linked with a whole host of names. If you believe what you read you’ll have seen the club have a fourteen man shortlist. Fourteen!

Arsenal as a football club are at a crossroads. Either make a statement, hire somebody with a proven track record who can navigate the club through these troubled times and end the wait for our return to the Champions League or take another risk with a second-rate manager and watch us disappear into the abyss.

It’s time for KSE to put their money where their mouths are and go get a Max Allegri or a Carlo Ancelotti. The idea of hiring Mikel Arteta or even Patrick Vieira feels slightly naive – you never know it could prove a master-stroke but given our precarious position it’s a risk I certainly wouldn’t be willing to take.

Episode 64: Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal | Unai must shoulder some responsibility

Harry Symeou reflects on our third defeat this week, it was another disappointing performance in the Midlands and we discuss Unai Emery’s part in our capitulation of late.

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Bonus Podcast: Can the Young Guns step up?

Harry Symeou shares his thoughts on whether the clubs current crop of youngsters are up to the task of playing first team football next season on a regular basis.

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Episode 63: A Mauling at Molineux | Wolves 3-1 Arsenal

Harry Symeou and Chris Davison reflect on the ‘Mauling at Molineux’, talk Emery, Tactics and assess our chances of finishing in the top four.

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