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On Arsenal- What Wins Against City and Liverpool Mean

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Arteta and Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez
Emiliano Martínez and Mikel Arteta celebrate Arsenal's FA Cup win over Man City at Wembley on 18th July 2020 Photo: Courtesy

On Arsenal, many look at it from the last two wins- against Liverpool and City. Big wins, no doubt, but no reason to get carried away. A deflated Liverpool after winning the league. But it works well to remove one of iilhttp://www.onetisa.com/sports/somethings-gotta-give-at-arsenal-after-sunday-shambles-at-liverpool-but-what/– hasn’t beaten LFC in the league for five years, never wins against big six anga ndûî.

Against Man City is more important, both in terms of money (needed for transfers, because Kroenke is no Mansour or Roman) and motivating the right things. Players get confidence from such wins. Auba may get convinced to sign- we’re expecting the worst, btw. A cup win would silence a lot of unwanted noise.

But there have been a lot of positives.

In the wake of the Mikel Arteta takeover, there has been a lot of decluttering. No taking BS from anyone. No special players. The team has actually appeared to play with desire. Great coaching detected.

In the last two matches (LFC and City), Mikel has shown great match management. Tactical awareness. Defending one-goal margins for close to an hour is not what Arsenal is famed for.

Definitely not ‘the Arsenal way,’ but you don’t strut with broken legs. You hop on crutches. Crawl if you must. Just get moving. With that leaky defence, there really isn’t a chance of being Arsenal. So its ‘park-the-bus-until-the-window-opens.’

On a leaky defence, we have been lucky in the last two outings. Errors like those seen yesterday (Musti and Hector) are unlikely to go unpunished much longer. We pray!

Impressive Emi

Then there is Emiliano Martinez. Boy! In King Julianry, he has been the impressiviest of them all. He stepped up as a deputy, and, like a typical Kenyan deputy principal, he’s acting way tougher than the head. Emi has worked for himself and for the defence’s errors for the time he has been called upon. If Leno regains his first place anytime soon, it will be more because of respect for his name than Emi’s inferiority. It doesn’t look like Arteta does his stuff that way, though.

Arsenal keeper Emi Martinez in the FA Cup 2-0 semi final win against Man City on Saturday, July 18 2019.
I’m the Captain now: Emi Martinez has taken the gloves seriously since stepping in for Bernd Leno. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

A march into the finals adds to a list of already exciting prospects. Can we do it against yet another traditional rival? A record 14th FA Cup title from a record 21st final appearance? Which good players are impressed by our ‘project?’ How about Auba and ‘Da Ting?’

We wait!

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