Arteta hasn’t built in proper squad depth, hasn’t built a proper squad. He thought Tavares was satisfactory back-up for injury-prone Tierney; he isn’t, and it was naive to think he would be. He thought Lokonga & Elneny were satisfactory midfield depth for Partey & Xhaka —
Edu Gaspar: “It’s a big, big, big responsibility to find a player, a process to find the right player. Talking to the finance, talk to legal, talk internally, talk to Mikel, talk to the board. I started to be really tired! I lose a little bit of hair! This is me.” [Amazon] #afc
Ten Hag has some dilemmas to resolve, problems to solve, no doubt. Will he make the right decisions? Will United sign a CF and CM before 9/2? Will Ten Hag manage to shape #MUFC into a good team this season? Hard to say, but he has a big task and it will be interesting to watch.
2-0 to Brighton at Manchester United, Pascal Gross with his second goal!
#BHAFC playing like the slick, well-oiled machine that they are.
#MUFC playing like a team at the start of a new project and not looking comfortable at all.
Peak Potterball. Cristiano Ronaldo warming up.
To take the next step, Saka needs to improve his shot, the power of his shot, needs to look to shoot more. He has dribbling, intelligence, combination play, but he needs to develop the ability to score from 20 yards out, needs to become a goal-scoring threat in & of himself. #afc
Arteta's post-match comments are dishonest. “The disappointing thing was that we didn’t score more goals b/c we had so many opportunities and we looked a real threat." This is nonsense. Arsenal's xG was 1.46 (Palace's was 1.23) & Arsenal were a non-entity in the 2nd half. #afc
Both teams had 10 shots and if either team could complain that they should've finished more of their chances, it would be Palace. An honest manager would've said that while he was happy with the win, Arsenal need to create more chances and need to keep Jesus better involved. #afc
Also, Jesus looked great in the first thirty minutes, but he was completely invisible after that. To finish top four, Arsenal need Jesus to be involved and central to what they're doing for the entirety of the match. #afc
One good set piece, Saliba excellent, a good save or two from Ramsdale, a deflected second goal, but little else. This was not a top four team performance, and Arsenal do not look like a top four team. #afc