Episode 8: Is this Arsenal? What is Arsenal?

Oct 10, 2019, 07:56 AM
This week's episode of Saved by the Bellerin considers the question of Unai Emery's influence on the club in the second year of his tenure as manager.  

Dean, Sammy and Rafael consider the question of identity - is club, hanging just a point behind Manchester City in third place, playing "Arsenal football?"  

To many fans, it's not. Points have come, but at the cost of the stylish football, the fans came to expect during the Wenger years.   And if this isn't traditional Arsenal football, is that necessarily a bad thing, given the team's current place in the table?  To that end, how should Arsenal football look?  The guys also consider whether Emery might be leading a stealthy youth movement behind players like Mateo Guendouzi, Bakayo Saka and Joe Willock?  And if he is, why won't Unai tell the fans?  

They then revisit the Dani Ceballos saga, as word has broken mid-week that the Real Madrid loanee may, in fact, be leaning towards a permanent move to the Emirates. Lastly, Dean and Sam take a closer look at Gabriel Marinelli the 18 years old Brazilian whose Europa League performances have earned him some time as a late substitution in recent Prem matches.  Is he a youngster on the come, or should Arsenal take a more patient, deliberate approach with him?  

In the final segment, Marissa rejoins the podcast to update us on the Arsenal women's strong start to the campaign.  She recounts a thrilling last-minute win over Manchester United and the ladies' two cup victories.  She also nominates her early "player of the year."  There's much to consider and much to enjoy.  

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