I get pissed in moments like this because there are consequences for moments like this.
Everyone knows our collective level, but we can rarely show them in big games with blow-outs because Arteta is not loose and limber with the way he uses the squad.
We don't have often have blowouts because our most suitable players to facilitating blowouts are either on the bench or not used in a way that allows the coach to be comfortable being flexible when it's crunch time.
I don't see why we haven't yet used Gabriel Jesus in another role beyond striker yet. It's a stupid, infuriating thing to have the most hybrid forward on the planet nailed only to just one role when you have two other good options for the same role. If tomorrow were against a top side and Saka obviously can't play 90 minutes 3X in 7 days, not using Jesus on the right already causes it to be uncomfortable to use him there under pressure to win.
And then we've got the consistent misuse or unuse of our most significant weapons in the transition. Martinelli with an injury only further highlights it. We've got no big space carrier or runner (maybe Nketiah as a runner). Granted that Smith Rowe may not be ready to play yet for some reason, then what about Vieira? And don't tell me about no Vieira on the left because that is not the best angle for him and he needs the whole pitch suitably open to him on the right. It doesn't even make sense to play him on the left without a runner there because you force him to become the runner himself as we saw on Sunday with him and Trossard.
This is why we don't have blowouts. Too often, we rely on gamestates in these games to even create a distance, as well as a bit of Emirates fever. And we still don't have blowouts.
Last time we did against a top rival was Tottenham at home in 2021. Someone might say we are still too young a team to have just arrived arrive and immediately expect blowouts but we are running out of time to show it. If there's no blowout against Tottenham next weekend, then when will we ever get one? We don't even do that many blowouts against weaker teams.
I believe the reason why is because we don't have a KDB-like figure yet. A ruthless punisher in all ramifications and moments. Too often we rely on doing a perfect process. We don't often slap teams in the face with a ridiculous show of quality like KDB often so does to us. And for me, that's because we don't play our best slappers in their best roles. The team mentality to turn on the screw in a game we are already winning and just keep going like it's the first minute is not even there yet. Either we get overly excited and begin to lose balls or we start to play within our shells and allow a team a foothold back. This is a bit different to my point but I think they are linked somewhat.
We have never turned on the screw because we have never turned on the screw. We can still slap teams without our biggest slappers if we played each minute, winning or drawing, like it's the first minute in terms of our concentration, expectation and execution. But we don't do that because we have no memory of doing that.
It is time to start building those instincts and neural pathways. It is time to arrive in a big way on the big stage. It is time to start building a new culture, a new tradition.
Liverpool and Bayern can always do blowouts in any game because they as a club and an institution have a collective memory of always doing so. It even goes beyond the on-pitch things and seeps into things like recruitment and fan expectations. Their crowds can tell when the screw is ripe for turning and their crowds can help them do it because they recognize it and have lived through it.
The way to begin all that is by consistently putting your most effective offensive threats on the pitch. Let them build it. Better late than never.
Why the obsession about blowouts, when what you really need is a blowjob?