Morning all.

Football London reckon this might be our kit for next season. Real or not I don’t know but I like it. A lot.

(Image: JCRide via Footy Headlines).

 

Patrick Bamford has been quoted as telling Leeds United’s official channel:

‘Do you know what? He (Alioski) said in the changing room, I can’t wait for Sunday. I was like “why?”. He said “because I’m playing against my mate Pepe again”.’

Pepe was stupid that day at Elland Road because he bit to whatever it was Alioski was doing. The oldest trick in the book is to wind someone up in order to provoke them. They want a response and in football, any kind of reaction will always end only one way. The perpetrator walks away laughing whilst the one who reacts heads off down the tunnel for an early shower.

Pepe’s red card was one of too many Arsenal have received this season. I still don’t think Luiz deserved his but Pepe and Leno, of course they did. Gabriel and Xhaka have also been sent off this season for simply being stupid. Having already been booked, our players need to wake up a bit and control themselves. We’re struggling to beat sides with eleven players so even though Leeds are already trying to wind the Arsenal players up, the only way to respond is by beating them on Sunday afternoon and convincingly with all eleven players on the pitch when the final whistle blows.

Apologies after the game are all well and good but they’re worthless. Especially if we’ve just lost a game because of it. The subsequent ban for that player is another negative for Mikel Arteta to deal with.

Officials for Arsenal v Leeds Utd.

  • Referee: Stuart Attwell
  • Assistants: Dan Cook, Simon Long
  • Fourth official: Simon Hooper
  • VAR: Andre Marriner
  • Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis

Stuart Attwell and Arsenal have history, or rather David Luiz and Stuart Attwell as just last year against Chelsea, our Brazilian centre back received his marching orders for a foul on Tammy Abraham.

I don’t think Attwell has officiated an Arsenal League game this season.

But that’s David Luiz, brilliant one minute, a total liability the next and honestly, Arsenal really can’t afford to give Attwell a reason to wave another red card in the direction of an Arsenal player. As said, Luiz was hard done by against Wolves but Leno was stupid, ridiculously stupid. We could have nicked a point, won even with ten, but nine? Virtually impossible.

Against Aston Villa, a different kind of error cost us points. It was schoolboy stuff from Cedric. A simple pass went so badly wrong and had we not gifted Villa their opener, the game might have been more open than it was. Perhaps we might have even found a way to breach their defence as they searched for a goal. Ok, maybe not but Mat Ryan did his job to ensure we didn’t concede another.

Anyway, the moral of this story is stop giving officials a decision to make and get back to winning ways. We’ll have to do without both Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney though as both are ruled out through injury.

See you in the comments.