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Post #498521  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:45 pm 
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I was only 1.5 out on my predicted 11. Giving myself the half for hedging by bets between Aubameyang and Lacazette to start up top. Only other one wrong I had Xhaka and Emery has gone with Elneny.

Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, holding, Monreal, elneny, Torreira, iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang

First starts for 3 of them

Smith-rowe and Nketiah make the bench


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Post #498522  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:11 pm 
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The Gazidis departure and announcements about the new structure. Totally uninspiring and that ridiculous photo of him with the replacements looked pathetic

If ever you needed a reminder the club is going nowhere under Kroenke.

Emery is basically a sacrificial bunny.


Indeed, what does it say about Arsenal, that Gazidis wants out to an AC Milan that have be stagnating for years and sound like they will (also) be hamstrung financially by their owner(s)?.

I actually think he did a reasonable job, given that constraints the club were (are) put under by the wiggy f*cker and his favouritism toward Wenger's bs 'moneyball' model.

A half empty Emirates in a crap Eurovision league game against a team no one has ever heard of...... kind of sums up a Arsenal under Kroenke, oh well at least it saves me money and there is no sign of that changing, I won't be lining that crooks pockets.

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Post #498523  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:13 pm 
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Initial observation is Torreira is dictating everything


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Post #498524  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:30 pm 
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Full game. Attack v 11 man defence. Not testing the gk with any kind of shot. Seen this a few times


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Post #498525  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:34 pm 
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Aubameyang 1-0. That’s how you counter attack.
Edge of our own box, Mkhitaryan travelled with it, quick ball to iwobi on the left, early ball across the box to Aubameyang on the back post clinical finish


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Post #498526  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:44 pm 
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I’m pretty sure Torreira just tried to make a tackle with a diving header along the turf.

Sokratis has impressed me


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Post #498527  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:47 pm 
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Aubameyang hits the post just before half time


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Post #498528  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:51 pm 
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Not easy against a mass defence, but a good counter attacking goal has eased the pressure and I'm looking for a couple more after the break.


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Post #498529  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:02 pm 
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Arsenal should get a couple more goals in the 2nd half. Good to see fast counter attacking play. Aubameyang is warmed up for more goals.

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Post #498530  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:03 pm 
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I’m pretty sure Torreira just tried to make a tackle with a diving header along the turf.

Sokratis has impressed me


I agree about Sokratis. He has impressed me too.

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Post #498531  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Welbeck 2-0. Mkhitaryan cross. Iwobi involves again, most good things coming through iwobi in some form


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Post #498532  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:11 pm 
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Nice work all around there. Good header from Welbeck :53big-emoticons:


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Post #498533  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:15 pm 
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Anyone that thought Sokratis was going to be a slow lump can breathe easy. The guy has a turn of pace. So he might not keep up with the absolute flyers, not many can, but he’s a lot quicker than you think


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Post #498534  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Aubameyang 3-0. 25 yards bent in to the corner. How easy does he make that look? Such a natural finisher


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Aubameyang and Torreira get a rest. Özil and guendouzi on.
Would like to see smith-Rowe get some minutes


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Aubameyang!! 3-0 :53big-emoticons:


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Post #498537  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:29 pm 
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Smith-Rowe coming on for Iwobi. Motm today for Iwobi


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Post #498538  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:34 pm 
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4-0 Özil. Fairly poor defending


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Post #498539  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:36 pm 
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Oh well still no clean sheet. Even against part timers


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Can't even keep a clean sheet against a dad noise from Ukraine. Come on Arsenal.


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Too easy :20hospitals:


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Post #498542  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:55 pm 
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Annoyingly sloppy at the end 4-2 having been 4-0 up.

Emery should be furious at the team for switching off at 4-0. Ridiculous that we only ended up 2 ahead. We were so far better than them.

There is a big difference between conserving energy to see out a game and switching off and not being professional.

Standards need to be set that weren’t set under wenger


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Post #498543  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:23 pm 
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It's been an Arsenal trait though hasn't it to not close out matches in good order. To get too lax.

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Post #498544  Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:27 pm 
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Rich wrote:
Annoyingly sloppy at the end 4-2 having been 4-0 up.

Emery should be furious at the team for switching off at 4-0. Ridiculous that we only ended up 2 ahead. We were so far better than them.

There is a big difference between conserving energy to see out a game and switching off and not being professional.

Standards need to be set that weren’t set under wenger



Agreed ... I only saw from the 67th minute so didn't get the buzz live of our first three goals but I hate this goddamn superior 'stroll in the park routine

.. play little triangles that crept in the last ten minutes ... Smith Rowe ,Guendouzi aside

You don't have to bust a gut but at least pass it forward , try and create something and their late goal exemplified how stupid that attitude is .


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What has happened to Exiled? Bernard do you know? You used to meet up at bar 101, seen him lately?

He gave up his season ticket so doesn't go now. Not seen him but I got the impression from a mutual friend that he's okay.


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Post #498546  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:28 am 
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Emery needs to look at how we conceded the goals, and work on improving these. No Xhaka on the pitch to blame for it, so who is/were the midfielder/s who failed to track back? My first suspicion is Mkhitaryan. I think we have not had a single clean sheet since the start of competitive season.

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Post #498547  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:01 am 
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We seemed to lose focus after Torriera went off, surely he has to start against Everton.

Was impressed with what I saw of Smith-Rowe, looks very promising indeed.


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Post #498548  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:08 am 
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Leno good with his feet yesterday. Not sure how much chance he had with either goal. They were maybe 1/10 saves


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Post #498549  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:10 am 
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Torreira has to start v Everton. Play him alongside Xhaka, Torreira’s hustle and defensive cover can release Xhaka to dictate play


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Post #498550  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:25 am 
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Bernard wrote:
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What has happened to Exiled? Bernard do you know? You used to meet up at bar 101, seen him lately?

He gave up his season ticket so doesn't go now. Not seen him but I got the impression from a mutual friend that he's okay.

Good news Bernard, thanks.


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No Xhaka on the pitch to blame for it,.

Don't be such a spoilsport. Xhaka can surely be blamed for both of their goals. It seems over fussy to point out that he wasn't on the pitch.


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Post #498552  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:34 am 
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Moreover, do you seriously think Arteta is comparable to Guardiola?


No one knows how good he is as he has never had a manager's job. I merely saying he could well be a good manager. I don't think it is far fetched to consider him for the Arsenal job.

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Post #498553  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:08 am 
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Some good individual performances last night despite the team switching off for the last 20 mins.
Very encouraged from what I’ve seen of Sokratis. Times his tackles well, muscles players out of it, decent turn of pace and not too bad with the ball at his feet. For £20m it is looking so far like a very good deal.

Torriera is very likeable, always looking forward, not scared to try a longer chipped ball in to space, technique is sound and rarely out of position. He’s going to nail a first 11 spot pretty soon

Iwobi looked very lively, motm for me as everything decent we did had him involved. Still needs to improve that final pass or shot but I liked his willingness to drive and take on the full back. Still only 22

There still needs to be additions to the squad, some genuine width would be good and the team still had a tendency to play too slow in the first half.


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Post #498554  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:21 am 
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I thought Sokratis looked very assured last night and also Guendouzi looks like a bargain. However, it’s a bit worrying that we conceded 2 goals against a really poor side. As for the poor Atttendance, the club should hand out free tickets to schools.


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Attendance last night was recorded as 59,039.

Have to say it's a bit annoying - only a bit, mind - that these group games in the Europa count against the 7 home cup ties for Season Ticket entitlement. I know my tickets for the Europa are only £23.50 but the additional match-day costs rack that up quite a bit, so unless it's a fixture I fancy, I don't attend. Because these fixtures never sell out, STs can't be posted on the Ticket Exchange so it's a £23.50 hit each time - not a massive loss but a bit annoying, as I say.

I managed to give my tickets away for last night. I had to spread the word far and wide but I was happy that eventually there were takers - friends of friends of friends. I like to see the tickets used. On several occasions last season, there was no interest whatever. Can't say I'm surprised.


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Rich wrote:
Some good individual performances last night despite the team switching off for the last 20 mins.

I thought Mkhitaryan had a good game as well, got two assists, and was part of the build-up for our first goal. Guendouzi looked really good when he came on as well, think we’ve found a real gem there. Hard to rate these kind of performances. The opponents were one of the worst teams I’ve seen us play in a competitive game. We should definitely win this group without too much trouble.


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Post #498557  Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:14 am 
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Sokratis looked good and Iwobi looks a new player under Emery

God knows how we managed to still concede twice to that shower though


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Moreover, do you seriously think Arteta is comparable to Guardiola?

No one knows how good he is as he has never had a manager's job. I merely saying he could well be a good manager. I don't think it is far fetched to consider him for the Arsenal job.

You can surely say that about anyone that hasn't been a number one. I believe the post-Wenger job at Arsenal suggests experience would make an appointment less of a risk than just giving the post to somebody you admit is an unknown factor as a number one. Especially an unknown who never appeared as a particularly forceful character. Personally I reckon we may well have dodged a bullet by not giving it to Arteta.


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At first, I was very annoyed at the goals as some on here mentioned. After a night to sleep on it, I am not making more out of it than is needed. If I were City or Liverpool I would be making more of it. Right now, at this early stage in the Emery era, the win is all important. The two goals are just part of a long process we have going forward. He knows it needs sorted. The win and certain individual performances are what is more important. After a nights rest I feel a bit petty harping on it. Not saying anyone else should be as dismissive. Can't tell one fan how to feel about their own club's deficiencies.

We're winning, going from strength to strength hopefully and trying to figure out our best XI and tactics and style of play.

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Bernard wrote:
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No Xhaka on the pitch to blame for it,.

Don't be such a spoilsport. Xhaka can surely be blamed for both of their goals. It seems over fussy to point out that he wasn't on the pitch.


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