Episode 4: International Breakdowns

Sep 10, 2019, 10:16 PM
Episode 4 of Saved by the Bellerin considers Arsenal's start at the first international break.  

How was the club able to navigate the first month of the Premier League season?  What didn't go right at Anfield?  Were expectations realistic facing Liverpool after a promising 2-0 start to the season? 

How can we assess the 2-2 draw with Tottenham?  Was it a glass half full result, after falling behind 2-0 after 38 minutes?  

Was a glass half empty result, given the continued defensive mistakes and several missed opportunities for an outright win in the final 15? Has youngster Mateo Guendouzi forced his way into Emery's starting lineup after a career-best performance against Spurs?  

In the second segment, Dean and Rafael welcome former Arsenal and Turkish National Team player Omer Riza, who currently is an assistant manager at Watford and manager for England's Under 16 squad.  Omer recounts his career and lists the managers who have influenced him the most as a player and as a manager.  He gives his review of Arsenal's first season under Unai Emery and his thoughts on where the club is this year.  In the final segment, Dean and Raf answer questions from the pod's mailbag, which focus on Arsenal's ever-changing backline.  What can fans expect at fullback and at center back once the international break concludes and youngsters Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and the much-anticipated Kieran Tierney begin training with the main squad? 

How will the team's center back rotation look when Holding is available to challenge the incumbents Sokratis and David Luiz?  Is there a role for the oft-injured Dinos Mavropanos in that rotation this year, or is he better off going out on loan?  And what of Callum Chambers, who returned to Arsenal after a year-long loan at Fulham, where he earned that team's Player of the Year award?

Can he work into the four man Prem rotation or is he captain material for the Europa League and Cup squads, which Emery has promised will field youth-heavy lineups?  There are many questions to ponder and we promise to give some provocative answers.

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