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Post #493321  Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:21 pm 
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I wouldn't worry, we have absolutely no chance of beating Atletico Madrid over two legs.

Roma knocked Barca out of the CL last week. Liverpool beat City twice. It's no foregone conclusion.


We knocked out Milan. I agree it's not foregone at all. I would bet on Atletico but wouldn't feel it was a dead cert.


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Mustafi. Not good enough (putting it mildly). Chambers. Not good enough. Koscielny. Past it and injury prone. Bellerin. Probably leaving. Mertesacker. Past it and being a great guy not really enough. Monreal. Good but getting on. Čech. Past it and increasingly error prone.

If you had to rebuild an entire defence I think even Hoy might agree that Arsene Wenger would not really be your go-to manager.

Mertesacker is retiring and is, as you say, past it. But at the moment, however past it he is, I'd still rather have him in the team than Mustafi. I largely agree with what you say about the others. Chambers simply isn't good enough. Koscielny was once, but even when he is fit these days, he's no longer the player he was. He's nearly 33 and sadly needs replacing. Monreal is 32 now and past his best; even when at his best he still wasn't at the level of Sansom or Cole. Hearing rumours the club is looking to move Bellerin on so I think you could be right about him leaving. Čech isn't as bad as Ospina but is another in the 'past it' category.

You didn't mention Kolasinac or Holding. After bright starts to their Arsenal careers (Kolasinac this season and Holding last season), they've both gone seriously downhill. Hence there are solid arguments that we need a brand new defence. However, as you imply, Wenger is the last man you'd select to sort it out.


Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper, Mislintat has been very busy and he realises that massive changes at the back are needed if we are going to compete for silverware next season. A


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Win or lose against Athletico, the day after the second leg the club should release a statement saying Wenger is leaving at the end of the season. The Emirates can give him a wave goodbye at the last home match and they can make a presentation. Then we can go back to being a football club again and not Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. He is no longer fit for purpose and every day he stays damages us more.


If he was planning to leave they would have announced it by now. The club are waiting to see if he wins Europa and if he does he stays for another year minimum. There won’t be any movement till the season ends. He has pretty much nothing else going


Kev’s hunch is that he’ll just slip away out of the country at the end of the season if it’s anounced


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I’m sorry it’s a foregone conclusion :laughing7:

Now if it’s not thats even worse

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Pete on the beach wrote:
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If he was planning to leave they would have announced it by now. The club are waiting to see if he wins Europa and if he does he stays for another year minimum. There won’t be any movement till the season ends. He has pretty much nothing else going


Kev’s hunch is that he’ll just slip away out of the country at the end of the season if it’s anounced


I can see him returning to Alsace and seeing out his days pondering topics like who invented the question mark.

I really still don’t believe he’s going to go voluntarily and if we win the Europa I can’t imagine the season ahead next year as he definitely won’t go.

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I’m sorry it’s a foregone conclusion :laughing7:


Further evidence it is not a foregone conclusion.


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Breaking news.

Jeremy Corbyn demands further evidence that our defence is *%^@ and says the best way to resolve whether Mustafi is an immobile ball-watching muppet is to ask him.


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Mertesacker is retiring and is, as you say, past it. But at the moment, however past it he is, I'd still rather have him in the team than Mustafi. I largely agree with what you say about the others. Chambers simply isn't good enough. Koscielny was once, but even when he is fit these days, he's no longer the player he was. He's nearly 33 and sadly needs replacing. Monreal is 32 now and past his best; even when at his best he still wasn't at the level of Sansom or Cole. Hearing rumours the club is looking to move Bellerin on so I think you could be right about him leaving. Čech isn't as bad as Ospina but is another in the 'past it' category.

You didn't mention Kolasinac or Holding. After bright starts to their Arsenal careers (Kolasinac this season and Holding last season), they've both gone seriously downhill. Hence there are solid arguments that we need a brand new defence. However, as you imply, Wenger is the last man you'd select to sort it out.

Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper, Mislintat has been very busy and he realises that massive changes at the back are needed if we are going to compete for silverware next season. A

Mmm, I'd wait to see whether it happens before saying "Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper." Just because we all think it should happen is no guarantee it will.

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Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper, Mislintat has been very busy and he realises that massive changes at the back are needed if we are going to compete for silverware next season. A

Mmm, I'd wait to see whether it happens before saying "Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper." Just because we all think it should happen is no guarantee it will.


Agree. 3 new defenders and keeper it's gotta be 130m plus on the market at the moment. We won't do that! May get a couple in but some of our defenders who are failing this season are likely to be in the side still failing next.

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It's not just Arsenal though, is it? The game is meaningless now, a spending wankathon dominated by the biggest teams in Europe. The top European leagues are even less competitive than the PL so all the same teams more or less compete at the business end of the champions league. It's boring, end of story.
Quick question . Without googling the answer. Liverpool played Roma in the 1984 European cup final. In the semi final Roma won the second leg 3-0 at home having lost the first 2-0 away. Who did they beat?


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It's not just Arsenal though, is it? The game is meaningless now, a spending wankathon dominated by the biggest teams in Europe. The top European leagues are even less competitive than the PL so all the same teams more or less compete at the business end of the champions league. It's boring, end of story.
Quick question . Without googling the answer. Liverpool played Roma in the 1984 European cup final. In the semi final Roma won the second leg 3-0 at home having lost the first 2-0 away. Who did they beat?


All very true but your question has definitely got the pulse racing again, every fibre in me thrills to know the answer to this one...

They say that self-control is one of the critical markers of a developed personality so I shall refrain from googling it to allow the tension to boil a little longer.


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Post #493333  Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:12 pm 
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Clue: it is linked to crocodiles and cake and also has a quality that might stop you falling.

I DIDN'T GOOGLE IT I DIDN'T


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Mmm, I'd wait to see whether it happens before saying "Positive that we will bring in new defenders and keeper." Just because we all think it should happen is no guarantee it will.


Agree. 3 new defenders and keeper it's gotta be 130m plus on the market at the moment. We won't do that! May get a couple in but some of our defenders who are failing this season are likely to be in the side still failing next.


Factor in probable sales of Ospina, Czech,Bellerin? Wilshire, Mustafi? makes it doable.


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Roma knocked Barca out of the CL last week. Liverpool beat City twice. It's no foregone conclusion.


We knocked out Milan. I agree it's not foregone at all. I would bet on Atletico but wouldn't feel it was a dead cert.

If we get the ref decisions Liverpool did v Man City we’d have a chance


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Clue: it is linked to crocodiles and cake and also has a quality that might stop you falling.

I DIDN'T GOOGLE IT I DIDN'T

You *%^@** did.


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It's not just Arsenal though, is it? The game is meaningless now, a spending wankathon dominated by the biggest teams in Europe. The top European leagues are even less competitive than the PL so all the same teams more or less compete at the business end of the champions league. It's boring, end of story

Except some teams can break in to it by buying well, selling well and having a manager who has a clear game plan and importantly improves players.

In Klopps time with Liverpool his total spend ins/outs is very slim. No way was coutinho worth £145m but look at what Klopp can do with that money.

Arsenal have consistently sold players for well under market value. The decision to not take £60m for Sanchez last summer was clearly terrible at the time and has proven so. We squeezed mkhitaryan out of Man U but really that deal meant Sanchez was only worth £30m. So we gave up £30m for 6 months of sulking


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Course I did.

I knew it wasn’t Whogivesafuck United which was my first guess.


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Agree. 3 new defenders and keeper it's gotta be 130m plus on the market at the moment. We won't do that! May get a couple in but some of our defenders who are failing this season are likely to be in the side still failing next.


Factor in probable sales of Ospina, Czech,Bellerin? Wilshire, Mustafi? makes it doable.


Not sure it does Čech and Wilshere would be unlikely to command transfer fees which mainly means we'd need to get around 40 million for Bellerin and Mustafis potential transfer fee could be written on a stamp at the moment !

Plus potentially if the players coming in are decent there would be an increase in wages. I just can't see us signing a whole new defence literally. Our best chance of success is Arsene shaping his existing personnel into a snarling regimented back 4, thou shalt not pass!!

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It's not just Arsenal though, is it? The game is meaningless now, a spending wankathon dominated by the biggest teams in Europe. The top European leagues are even less competitive than the PL so all the same teams more or less compete at the business end of the champions league. It's boring, end of story

Except some teams can break in to it by buying well, selling well and having a manager who has a clear game plan and importantly improves players.

In Klopps time with Liverpool his total spend ins/outs is very slim. No way was coutinho worth £145m but look at what Klopp can do with that money.

Arsenal have consistently sold players for well under market value. The decision to not take £60m for Sanchez last summer was clearly terrible at the time and has proven so. We squeezed mkhitaryan out of Man U but really that deal meant Sanchez was only worth £30m. So we gave up £30m for 6 months of sulking

Yeah but if they do the mega rich clubs hoover up the players who were shining at these clubs. Who can see Salah at Liverpool past next season if he has another season anywhere close to this?


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Course I did.

I knew it wasn’t Whogivesafuck United which was my first guess.

But you get the point anyway.


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Daz wrote:
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I’m sorry it’s a foregone conclusion :laughing7:


Further evidence it is not a foregone conclusion.


It is. They are going to podger us up the ringpiece with no lube.

Thankfully

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John wrote:
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Course I did.

I knew it wasn’t Whogivesafuck United which was my first guess.

But you get the point anyway.


No but I am very tired is it something to do with away goals?


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Daz wrote:
Clue: it is linked to crocodiles and cake and also has a quality that might stop you falling.

I DIDN'T GOOGLE IT I DIDN'T

Still don't know who it is. Though I am *%^@ at crosswords.


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Factor in probable sales of Ospina, Czech,Bellerin? Wilshire, Mustafi? makes it doable.


Not sure it does Čech and Wilshere would be unlikely to command transfer fees which mainly means we'd need to get around 40 million for Bellerin and Mustafis potential transfer fee could be written on a stamp at the moment !

Plus potentially if the players coming in are decent there would be an increase in wages. I just can't see us signing a whole new defence literally. Our best chance of success is Arsene shaping his existing personnel into a snarling regimented back 4, thou shalt not pass!!

I reckon we should bring the old boys back. Spunky, Dicko, Tone, Bouldy and Nutty. Like that episode of Ripping Yarns.


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John wrote:
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Course I did.

I knew it wasn’t Whogivesafuck United which was my first guess.

But you get the point anyway.


Is it how are the mighty fallen where are they now couldn’t happen these days?


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Clue: it is linked to crocodiles and cake and also has a quality that might stop you falling.

I DIDN'T GOOGLE IT I DIDN'T

Still don't know who it is. Though I am *%^@ at crosswords.

Another clue then. Claudio Caniggia never played for them.


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But you get the point anyway.


Is it how are the mighty fallen where are they now couldn’t happen these days?

Exactly


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They're not biting, John.

In fact they're as enthusiastic about your question as a kid contemplating the tangerine in a Christmas stocking.


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My wife said my love of Arsenal and being able to speak Spanish were the two things she first liked about me after the Greek god appearance obviously.


and a wise choice ... that's you third from the left in the fourth picture wearing the winged helmet .



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Quick question . Without googling the answer. Liverpool played Roma in the 1984 European cup final. In the semi final Roma won the second leg 3-0 at home having lost the first 2-0 away. Who did they beat?

Shamrock Rovers ....?


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Still don't know who it is. Though I am *%^@ at crosswords.

Another clue then. Claudio Caniggia never played for them.

Dundee United?


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Dundee United?

Bromley's got it.

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Another clue then. Claudio Caniggia never played for them.

Dundee United?

:53big-emoticons:


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http://global.espn.com/football/club/ar ... -top-again

So obvious for almost a decade

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Wenger on the problems away from home: "I have to be realistic enough to say that maybe our balance of offensive and defensive doesn’t work."

It’s ok folks he’s worked it out now !!! After 13 years and everyone on the planet telling him


At this point he’s a total embarrassment to the club in every possible way. I hope Madrid destroy us in Europe and united and Mourinho give us a hammering in between the ties. He doesn’t deserve ANY redemption from his lack of competence


Oooh, very strong words against the man who brought us the Invincibles ................... but, I concur 100% :53big-emoticons:

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The guy is dead and buried in my mind.

What was he doing sending out a team with so many changes. The time to do that if it had to be done was at Man U not the games before that. This was the perfect time to fine hone the squad, make changes during the game which was well within the means and ability of our best team.

This most definitely was not the right time as he has managed to wreck what was a regrowing team spirit amongst our players.

Damn you AW I will spit on you whenever I see you even if by some miracle you manage to win the Europa which I very much doubt now.



Blimey ! Even Chris has joined the dark side :laughing7:

Next target OMOH?


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Basically the market price of 3 defenders and a keeper of the required quality is probably something like 130 million quid. We don’t have that unless we sell and he still needs another wide player.

More of the same next year and probably worse as we will probably have to make do with aging defenders trying to do their best but ultimately not good enough


Wenger will want to rely on Holding & Chambers to get "better". Both have not improved since joining us.

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Mertesacker is retiring and is, as you say, past it. But at the moment, however past it he is, I'd still rather have him in the team than Mustafi. I largely agree with what you say about the others. Chambers simply isn't good enough. Koscielny was once, but even when he is fit these days, he's no longer the player he was. He's nearly 33 and sadly needs replacing. Monreal is 32 now and past his best; even when at his best he still wasn't at the level of Sansom or Cole. Hearing rumours the club is looking to move Bellerin on so I think you could be right about him leaving. Čech isn't as bad as Ospina but is another in the 'past it' category.

You didn't mention Kolasinac or Holding. After bright starts to their Arsenal careers (Kolasinac this season and Holding last season), they've both gone seriously downhill. Hence there are solid arguments that we need a brand new defence. However, as you imply, Wenger is the last man you'd select to sort it out.


The additional factor is that a defence that is so weak is also so shapeless, lacking in spirit and energy, and tactically inept. Mustafi's problems are so glaring that I cannot believe they could be improved with better coaching.


Is it true that Mustafi wanted a transfer last summer? Maybe this is why he is under performing. The wrong attitude does slow you down, even when you didn't intend it to.

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Once he does go Wenger can only be really judged in terms of the damage he leaves and how long it takes the club to reach their previous highs. I'm even thinking how long it takes us to get back in the top 4 let alone challenge for the title. To finish above at least 2 of the teams above us in the table is unthinkable in the next few seasons even with a new manager such is the rebuilding job at hand.

As others have pointed out, a whole new defence is required. We still haven't got that proper strong defensive midfielder and we have a horrible lack of pace or width.

The squad is a shambles and needs a visionary and absolute wizardry in the transfer market to even tread water at the moment


First off, appoint the right player as Captain. We are leaderless on the pitch for too long now.

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