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Re our defenders, none were individually that bad, but they are still messy as a collective and need a better defensive shield than Xhaka because none of them are top of quality. Bellerin might be with better coaching and Monreal is solid and consistent, but none of them would be first choice for a really top side.

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Hope all's well with you, and COYI!

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Switched back to pro evolution soccer this year. Been 10 years!!! A good decision though it is top class.

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Switched back to pro evolution soccer this year. Been 10 years!!! A good decision though it is top class.
Take your word on that. Are Billy McCullough and Ian Ure on it?

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Hope all's well with you, and COYI!


They must be pulling their hair out at Chelsea and Southampton to have lost a fan of your dedication...


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Although am puzzled because I thought you had a historic antipathy to everybody's favourite second team? Or is that all part of coming to terms with ancient enmities????


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Was critical of Lacazette after Chelsea but fair play he was excellent yesterday.

If we are going to persevere with playing out from the back Leno has to come in. Čech clearly can't play that way. And Torreira starting is a no brainer.


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I can't imagine growing up in the hooligan days or even now under the circumstances you describe. I am less fearful of some of murkier Philly neighborhoods than I would be going to hostile away grounds. Maybe because I'm more familiar with the "known' elements of the city than going to away grounds with hostile supporters and complacent cops.

I fear you will never be really happy Babu. But I think once Emery turns things around and we're back in the top 4 and challenging (whenever that happens), you'll come back to the fold and we'll let bygones be bygones with wayward Gooners such as yourself. :icon_mrgreen:

As for me, things are great. I flirted with semi retirement this year. Bored sh&tless. I traveled through SE Asia, Philippines, Malyasia, Thailand, etc, and didn't know what to do with myself. The only thing that kept me motivated was my trading but then Trump opened his mouth once too often and even made that tough. I'm much too energetic for the leisurely life.

So for now I'm working with an old boss of mine on a project for a few months just stave off the boredom and watching The Arsenal week in, week out. Posting my musings on here for no other reason just to 'vent' what I've been thinking, to no one really, just to get it out. I've mellowed with age. :icon_mrgreen: I've been a good boy on here, 'scouts honour'. :icon_mrgreen: Reading the various thoughts about the club, etc. Some I agree with, some I don't but that's what this forum is for anyway.

I'm going to take a trek throughout eastern Europe at some point. Southeastern (Hungary, Slovenia, etc. ) I've heard good things.

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I thought Xhaka stank the place out at times, but also was influential at others


I agree and think this is the dilemma with Xhaka as he is good at taking the ball off the back 4 a distributing it to our more attacking players but is absolutely horrendous at protecting the back 4, sensing danger and proving energy and interceptions in the middle of the park. He also has that ability of when being under no pressure what so ever literally giving possession back to the opposition. He has to start right now but he’s just a bloody dilemma.

At the moment if we aren’t picking Torreira then Xhaka has to start as quite simply we don’t have a player better in the centre of park at passing. Ramsey just wants to lay it off and get in the box.

If we had a fit Santi Cazorla right now he would be getting a lot of games I think. It’s another conundrum Emery has to fix and one that probably can only be solved in the transfer market.

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I fully agree, Torreira should start games. I would rotate Xhaka and Guendouzi, although I favour the latter.


https://thisisfutbol.com/2018/09/blogs/ ... a-in-team/

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Just noticed Watford is one of 3 teams with a perfect record. That is a surprise, although that win against Spurs is the best of their lot. It will be very interesting how they long they will keep themselves up there. The longer it goes, the more people will associate them to that Leicester season. 29 Sep will be an interesting match.

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Newcastle away will be an interesting test. It was expected that we would lose to city and Chelsea....it was also expected we’d beat West Ham at Home, and Cardiff are by far the worst team in the league for my money. Newcastle away is tricky, a game that any of the top 6 could drop points if they are off their game and the magpies are really up for it.


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It's an SNRI,


Interesting. I got prescribed them a little while back but never took them. They're still sitting in my drawer, not really sure why I chose not to.

Proper sleep, exercise, and the occasional Xanax usually enough to see off the anxiety demons. And stay on top of the booze - there was a surprisingly good Adrian Chiles documentary about that recently. I have at least four drink-free days a week now and really notice the difference.


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I still have not forgotten the Zen.


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Quite interesting comment on the Čech distribution thing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45402149

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bubblechris wrote:
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Fantastic news from Watford......................

:22encouragement:

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Daz wrote:
Although am puzzled because I thought you had a historic antipathy to everybody's favourite second team? Or is that all part of coming to terms with ancient enmities????

Why does 'enmities' look so odd?

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Post #498298  Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 am 
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Switched back to pro evolution soccer this year. Been 10 years!!! A good decision though it is top class.

I'm not convinced.
I would so love to be convinced by POS and not have to buy anything to do with FIFA, but have always bought FIFA.
I had a spell of more than 10 years where I bought the previous year's FIFA when the new one came out, so at least I was buying a 2nd hand product, and not so directly giving FIFA ( and easports ) my money, but I caved in and bought FIFA 18 when it came out, so bypassing FIFA 17, which I didn't want particularly, as FCZ had been relegated in 2016, so weren't in FIFA 17.

Why is it better, in your opinion.
I am easily convinced.
I still have not forgotten the Zen.
I have money in my pocket, and will buy FIFA 19 when it comes out, end of this month.

I know proevo has Celtic and Rangers now, but lost the Champions League to fifa, but they still have the swiss league, don't they?

And I really like FIFA...even the name makes me think of playstation as opposed to those greedy bastards on the hill.
Do you want a game of fifa? That has a nice ring to it.
What do you think of FIFA, on the hill over there? That does not.

But sometimes I notice the amount of times FIFA is mentioned in the game, and it does piss me off, and could possibly trigger me...so ProEvo would possibly get rid of another "bad thing " in my life.


The Zen was a magnificent piece of kit. Didn't you get decades out of it?

I've had FIFA since '08 (all the way up to 18) so I wouldn't slag it off as I've enjoyed every version and might still buy 19.

With FIFA you get all the licensed teams, leagues and stadiums and online there is no shortage of players to pit your wits against. I only play matches online and don't bother with
career mode which I think I read before you like to do. So, if that is your interest you'd be better off sticking with FIFA for the depth of coverage and the licences.

Pro-Evolution's actual simulation of football I am finding far superior - though there is a steep learning curve coming from FIFA and I'm getting hammered unless I get matched with
fellow "noobs" like myself. Yesterday though, I pulled off a magnificent 1-0 win away to PSG after assigning Torriera a man marking job on Mbappe resulting in me nicking a
94th minute winner via a flying volley from Aubameyang. Get in! The moment the ball hit the net gave me more satisfaction than any of my nicked wins in FIFA.
The football is less ping pong; though it is a lot slower than the FIFA version. Offline offerings are not as good as FIFA.

The lack of licences has always been PES' major problem but within minutes of downloading I had a community created option file installed on the PS4 with all the real names etc. Class.
This is only good for the PC/PS4 though so if you have an xbox go with FIFA.

Overall though, I'm pleased with it. Nice to try something different as well as FIFA has not really changed in the last few iterations.

I'd definitely be up for giving you a good beating online though. Are you on PS4?

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Niall wrote:
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I'm not convinced.
I would so love to be convinced by POS and not have to buy anything to do with FIFA, but have always bought FIFA.
I had a spell of more than 10 years where I bought the previous year's FIFA when the new one came out, so at least I was buying a 2nd hand product, and not so directly giving FIFA ( and easports ) my money, but I caved in and bought FIFA 18 when it came out, so bypassing FIFA 17, which I didn't want particularly, as FCZ had been relegated in 2016, so weren't in FIFA 17.

Why is it better, in your opinion.
I am easily convinced.
I still have not forgotten the Zen.
I have money in my pocket, and will buy FIFA 19 when it comes out, end of this month.

I know proevo has Celtic and Rangers now, but lost the Champions League to fifa, but they still have the swiss league, don't they?

And I really like FIFA...even the name makes me think of playstation as opposed to those greedy bastards on the hill.
Do you want a game of fifa? That has a nice ring to it.
What do you think of FIFA, on the hill over there? That does not.

But sometimes I notice the amount of times FIFA is mentioned in the game, and it does piss me off, and could possibly trigger me...so ProEvo would possibly get rid of another "bad thing " in my life.


The Zen was a magnificent piece of kit. Didn't you get decades out of it?

I've had FIFA since '08 (all the way up to 18) so I wouldn't slag it off as I've enjoyed every version and might still buy 19.

With FIFA you get all the licensed teams, leagues and stadiums and online there is no shortage of players to pit your wits against. I only play matches online and don't bother with
career mode which I think I read before you like to do. So, if that is your interest you'd be better off sticking with FIFA for the depth of coverage and the licences.

Pro-Evolution's actual simulation of football I am finding far superior - though there is a steep learning curve coming from FIFA and I'm getting hammered unless I get matched with
fellow "noobs" like myself. Yesterday though, I pulled off a magnificent 1-0 win away to PSG after assigning Torriera a man marking job on Mbappe resulting in me nicking a
94th minute winner via a flying volley from Aubameyang. Get in! The moment the ball hit the net gave me more satisfaction than any of my nicked wins in FIFA.
The football is less ping pong; though it is a lot slower than the FIFA version. Offline offerings are not as good as FIFA.

The lack of licences has always been PES' major problem but within minutes of downloading I had a community created option file installed on the PS4 with all the real names etc. Class.
This is only good for the PC/PS4 though so if you have an xbox go with FIFA.

Overall though, I'm pleased with it. Nice to try something different as well as FIFA has not really changed in the last few iterations.

I'd definitely be up for giving you a good beating online though. Are you on PS4?

You could pick up a copy of PES 2018 cheaply now. Might be best to try it out; otherwise wait for the inevitable Pro Evo price drop around November.

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There is a player on a team I don't like that has the same surname as me. I am thinking of getting the shirt just for that name. :icon_mrgreen:

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...while online looking at the price of his shirts, I saw he plays for his national team. That makes things a bit better.

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...while online looking at the price of his shirts, I saw he plays for his national team. That makes things a bit better.



didn't know we had anybody in the squad called Massive Wanker.

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Although am puzzled because I thought you had a historic antipathy to everybody's favourite second team? Or is that all part of coming to terms with ancient enmities????

Why does 'enmities' look so odd?


Because it's not how most people pronounce it?


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Not like it's Smith or Johnson and its a British name which I thought was fairly common and a bit surprised I haven't seen it much other than this one time.

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A bit worried about the 'Toon Army'. Traditionally its been said London sides don't well in the north east (and visa versa). One of the worse moments as a gooner was losing a 4-0 lead there. There are a few records that aren't good to be part of that came at our expense and that is one of them. I think (though not 100 percent sure) at the time we were the first PL side to lose a 4-0 lead. Another that the Cardiff match comes to mind and I think I read this somewhere was that Cardiff was the first non English side to win the FA cup (and guess who they beat?) In the late '20s maybe? Not gonna open another screen to google it. :icon_mrgreen:

Any other records that came at our expense?

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https://www.derryjournal.com/sport/foot ... -1-8604658

Could there be a world class Arsenal player in the near future? After all this time.

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Niall wrote:
https://www.derryjournal.com/sport/football/jordan-mceneff-hoping-to-capitalise-on-arsenal-s-coaching-shake-up-1-8604658

Could there be a world class Arsenal player in the near future? After all this time.


I hope so. I was looking for the usual youtube highlights but didn't see much.

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Quite interesting comment on the Čech distribution thing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45402149


Pretty damn close to what I said on Sunday. When he feels he needs to hoof it up to a player he should do it.

Every should have the confidence in him to make the right choice otherwise he will always be thinking should I or shouldn't I and that's the worst possible scenario.

As a shot stopper and blocker of the ball he has been outstanding this season and saved us several times.

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...As a shot stopper and blocker of the ball he has been outstanding this season and saved us several times...
Yes, he has, and continues to prove John Terry's case that he will earn many points in a season. For the years after Jens left we had such moderate keepers it was almost like playing with ten and a half men. Arsene finally saw sense and brought in a class act in Čech. He was brilliant at Chelsea, and very good with us, without ever having to do what he is being asked to do now. If Dick was in charge of the England cricket team he'd have Jimmy Anderson bowling leg breaks.

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Abu wrote:
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...while online looking at the price of his shirts, I saw he plays for his national team. That makes things a bit better.



didn't know we had anybody in the squad called Massive Wanker.

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...As a shot stopper and blocker of the ball he has been outstanding this season and saved us several times...
Yes, he has, and continues to prove John Terry's case that he will earn many points in a season. For the years after Jens left we had such moderate keepers it was almost like playing with ten and a half men. Arsene finally saw sense and brought in a class act in Čech. He was brilliant at Chelsea, and very good with us, without ever having to do what he is being asked to do now. If Dick was in charge of the England cricket team he'd have Jimmy Anderson bowling leg breaks.

I agree with you both. Čech has had too much criticism this season. His shot stopping, command of the area and cross catching has been good. There have been some scares with the ball at his feet, but luckily we've got away with them.


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And this ...

"The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the war in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey, I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.


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Yes, he has, and continues to prove John Terry's case that he will earn many points in a season. For the years after Jens left we had such moderate keepers it was almost like playing with ten and a half men. Arsene finally saw sense and brought in a class act in Čech. He was brilliant at Chelsea, and very good with us, without ever having to do what he is being asked to do now. If Dick was in charge of the England cricket team he'd have Jimmy Anderson bowling leg breaks.

I agree with you both. Čech has had too much criticism this season.


He has yes, I'm not sure what people are expecting really.

There are very, very few goalkeepers in the world who are brilliant with the ball at their feet and also brilliant keepers. Neur, for one, but not many others.

Even Ederson at City struggles now and again, though I must admit his long passing can be brilliant.

For all the clamour to bring Leno in nothing I have read about him convinces me he is a massive upgrade on Čech.


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For all the clamour to bring Leno in nothing I have read about him convinces me he is a massive upgrade on Čech.


Was Leno brought in to replace Čech (right away) or be his understudy? Replace Ospina's position in the GK pecking order?

If he was brought in with the intention of starting, how long will he stay patient before he asks for a move?

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Daz wrote:
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Why does 'enmities' look so odd?


Because it's not how most people pronounce it?

It's a splendid word.

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Abu wrote:
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...while online looking at the price of his shirts, I saw he plays for his national team. That makes things a bit better.



didn't know we had anybody in the squad called Massive Wanker.

:42laughter:

I think he meant that he doesn't like the team rather than the player ... It's undoubtedly a Spurs or Chelsea player who uses a pseudonym so it would be like Dier and team something like Bunch of Massive Wankers.

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And this ...

"The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the war in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey, I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

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Post #498318  Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:44 pm 
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Guendouzi voted arsenal player of the month for August. Voted for by the fans, shows what a good start he’s had but I think it also shows how ready the arsenal fans are to embrace something different


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Post #498319  Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:17 pm 
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Never a big fan of his...but RIP
Burt Reynolds, heart attack at 82.


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Post #498320  Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:42 pm 
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Zed wrote:
Never a big fan of his...but RIP
Burt Reynolds, heart attack at 82.


Did Ramsey score tonight? :22cry:


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