Saturday, 5 October 2019

Rival Lines: 'Under Emery I don't think there's any fear factor'

Rival Lines
Match Preview: Arsenal v AFCB
Blogger Interview: The Daily Cannon
Twitter: @DailyCannon

This week I had a chat with Lee who is the correspondent for The Daily Cannon. Arsenal have had a reasonable start to the season and no doubt the have been enjoying the Champions League results of Tottenham. But not all Arsenal supporters are content and the questioning of Unai Emery is far from quite, so are Arsenal in good shape to take on the Cherries?

CC: Unai Emery has taken a lot of criticism from the media in recent weeks, but are the fans mainly still behind what he is trying to do at the club?

TDC: Not really, if I'm honest. There is real frustration with him from the way he is treating Mesut Ozil to the defensive, cowardly way he plays in the league. A very large section of the fanbase would be happy if he went tomorrow. We're scoring less, conceding more and playing far worse football than Wenger's last days.

CC: Are Arsenal playing a bit too open at times, like in the recent game against Man United when they looked vulnerable to the counter-attack?

TDC: That's just Arsenal now and the way Emery sets us up, especially in the league. For some reason he has no clue how to field a balanced midfield.

CC: What have you thought about David Luiz's performances - has he added some leadership?

TDC: He hasn't been as good as some expected nor as bad as others said he would be. He's not really stood out, beyond the two penalties he gave away but that's standard for an Arsenal defender these days.

CC: What can you tell us about Bukayo Saka (left winger) and Dani Ceballos (midfielder)?

TDC: Bukayo Saka looks like he's the real deal despite only being 18. He's already now being looked at as a first-teamer rather than a member of the second string for the cup competitions. He's direct, fast, and keeps it simple to great effect.

Dani Ceballos is one of the most skillful midfielders we've had at Arsenal and it baffles me that Zidane doesn't like him. If Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla had a lovechild, he would be Dani Ceballos.

CC: Were you pleased or disappointed to see Iwobi leave in the summer?

TDC: I think if the club could have found a buyer for Ozil, Iwobi would still be at the club. It's always hard to watch a player who has come through the youth ranks leave, but I think he needed a fresh start for his own sake. He'd gone a bit stale in recent seasons and had stopped progressing as he should.

CC: Does Pepe just need a goal or do you think he is going to find it hard to win over fans this season?

TDC: I think Pepe is struggling a little with the pressure of playing for Arsenal and his price-tag, but he'll come good. He's just in his head a little too much at the minute but you can see the talent is there.
CC: Do Arsenal rely too much on Aubameyang for the goals?

TDC: At the minute Auba is scoring the bulk of our goals in the league but isn't that what your club striker is supposed to do? Nobody asks that of Spurs and Kane or United and Rashford. Lacazette should be back later this month and he is criminally underrated in England.

CC: The last home match you had against Aston Villa was a really difficult game for Arsenal. Do you think more teams this season are being more adventurous against Arsenal at the Emirates? Has the fear factor gone for opponents?

TDC: Under Emery I don't think there's any fear factor, especially not in the league. He's a defensive coach so that encourages the opposition.

CC: Arsenal have been linked with Ryan Fraser. is he be the sort of signing that Arsenal need, especially for the assists he is noted for at Bournemouth?

TDC: As good as he is, I'm not sure where he would fit in the side at present. He would be competing for a spot with Saka and the club, in order to keep money down, are trying to field youth where possible. That being said, I wouldn't rule us out going for him again in the summer.

CC: Who is injured at the moment for Arsenal?

TDC: Arsenal only have Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (concussion) unavailable.

CC: How do you think Arsenal will line up against Bournemouth?

TDC: Leno - Kolasinac, Sokratis, Luiz, Chambers - Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos - Saka - Aubameyang - Pepe

CC: Where do you feel Arsenal and Bournemouth will finish in the league this season?

TDC: If Emery doesn't burn his main players out so much that we collapse again at the end of the season, we should get top four. As for Bournemouth, they should finish in the top half and if United don't sort themselves out I can see you finishing above them.

CC: What is your score prediction for the game?

TDC: 2-1 Arsenal, we'll absolutely concede at least one.

CC: Thanks to Lee for giving us the inside information on the Gunners. Bournemouth have a few new players in the Arsenal squad to get acquainted with. I watched Saka against Man United in Arsenal's last match and he does look a raw talent. But I am hoping Bournemouth's defenders can live with him while the big job will be whether Aké and Steve cook can stop Aubameyang. Bournemouth really need to stop the service to Arsenal's striker and I think they can get to Arsenals' new midfield.

Make sure you check out all the Arsenal news on the Daily Cannon before the game.

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