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Post #517121  Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:52 pm 
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It is Mustafis fault and god knows he’s hopeless but our defence is always under constant pressure because we as a team are unable to move the ball up the pitch or retain possession. It doesn’t help.

This is a full blown crisis again. We’ll be 12th and a couple of wins off relegation again with Luiz serving a 3 match ban.

Luiz 3 match ban is a blessing. A useless member of them at CB.

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Post #517122  Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:53 pm 
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This may actually be a good time to turn to Sky to see what COBRA is all about.

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It is Mustafis fault and god knows he’s hopeless but our defence is always under constant pressure because we as a team are unable to move the ball up the pitch or retain possession. It doesn’t help.

This is a full blown crisis again. We’ll be 12th and a couple of wins off relegation again with Luiz serving a 3 match ban.

Luiz 3 match ban is a blessing. A useless member of them at CB.


We Will now have a half fit Holding who hasn’t looked right since he came back.


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Mustafi shoots himself in the foot, Luiz says I can top that!

I blame the players, and a blame a manager for continually picking them - but in this instance Arteta doesn’t have any other options, chambers injured, sokratis ill and holding nowhere near fit.

Mustafi actually played ok v sheff Utd but then he does that. We need to get rid of these players ASAP, whilst they’re still here there is always the chance that they play


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Gunfire wrote:
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It is Mustafis fault and god knows he’s hopeless but our defence is always under constant pressure because we as a team are unable to move the ball up the pitch or retain possession. It doesn’t help.

This is a full blown crisis again. We’ll be 12th and a couple of wins off relegation again with Luiz serving a 3 match ban.

Luiz 3 match ban is a blessing. A useless member of them at CB.

I think 3 games is only for serious foul play or violent conduct. Straight reds can be only 1 game, such as handball on the line or what Luiz did. I’m certain it’ll only be 1 game.....and that could be the FA cup game.


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I can’t blame Luiz, sometimes I just wish they would let them score and try and try and keep 11 players on the pitch. This is over now


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Wtf!!!

Mustafi is a complete joke.


Unbelievable ...... and he looks so f***&& stupid in the aftermath .

If Mikel persevers with those two clowns I'd be rethinking my loyalty

6 - 0 revisited could be on the cards .


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I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.


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Wtf!!!

Mustafi is a complete joke.


Unbelievable ...... and he looks so f***&& stupid in the aftermath .

If Mikel persevers with those two clowns I'd be rethinking my loyalty

6 - 0 revisited could be on the cards .


Every time he plays, he looks as if he’s going to make a massive cockup any second. Just not good enough mentally

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I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.


Tell you how bad I think he is; I’d rather Cygan than him

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I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.

Described by someone a while ago as being an exploding clown car. Certainly doing nothing to disprove that. Just dreadful. Certainly worse than Stepanovs and he was pretty dire.

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Why play Mustafi, a player who knows he is on borrowed time at Arsenal? His heart is not in it.
Özil is ineffective, takes too much time on the ball. Same goes with Pépé.

Wish more would play like Torreira, Saka and Martinelli.

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I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.

*cough* Gus Ceaser *cough*

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Statement of the obvious, but we have no creativity and offer no threat (a well as having a joke defence).

The only hope is that Martinelli does something special individually again. Pépé still not looking like a £72m player unfortunately.

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Gunfire wrote:
TOP GUN wrote:
It is Mustafis fault and god knows he’s hopeless but our defence is always under constant pressure because we as a team are unable to move the ball up the pitch or retain possession. It doesn’t help.

This is a full blown crisis again. We’ll be 12th and a couple of wins off relegation again with Luiz serving a 3 match ban.

Luiz 3 match ban is a blessing. A useless member of them at CB.


Agree, he is too casual and slow. He has reverted to his lackadaisical style.

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grantyboy wrote:
I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.

Are you too young to remember Gus Caesar, Granty?

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I don't even remember Senderos or Djourou being as bad as Mustafi. Surely the worst Arsenal defender ever.

Are you too young to remember Gus Caesar, Granty?


Gus Caesar or Mustafi?

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Luiz's attempt to clear the ball is ludicrous, such a stupid challenge. So clearly a foul rather than an attempt to defend.

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Statement of the obvious, but we have no creativity and offer no threat (a well as having a joke defence).

The only hope is that Martinelli does something special individually again. Pépé still not looking like a £72m player unfortunately.


Pépé is not even looking like a player. He is such a whiner. Play on, instead of "putting hand on head" after every miss, or "appeal for a foul" when you lose the ball. Giroud used to do that too.

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Statement of the obvious, but we have no creativity and offer no threat (a well as having a joke defence).

The only hope is that Martinelli does something special individually again. Pépé still not looking like a £72m player unfortunately.


Agree on Pépé, he’s very sadly starting to move into potential flop territory for me. Apart from anything else he’s apparently suited to a counterattacking style of play, a style we aren’t aiming for. Although in his defence (I wish we had one) we’ve not got near a recognisable style of play since forever.

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If he takes Martinelli off and leaves Özil on I will be dismayed. Get Özil off and at least leave us with some pace up top on the break.


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If he takes Martinelli off and leaves Özil on I will be dismayed. Get Özil off and at least leave us with some pace up top on the break.


Özil has done nothing has he?

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Pépé has amazingly quick feet and dribbling ability but he just isn't able to impose himself on a game.


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If he takes Martinelli off and leaves Özil on I will be dismayed. Get Özil off and at least leave us with some pace up top on the break.


Ceballos for Özil, Holding for Xhaka


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We’re hovering above relegation.

We’re where we are. We’re who we are. We’re what we are.


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Pépé has amazingly quick feet and dribbling ability but he just isn't able to impose himself on a game.

Because we give him the ball on the halfway line and he has ZERO supporting runs or people making themselves available so he has to beat 7 players to get to the goal.

Where are our midfielders trying to place that killer Freddie ljungberg type pass between centre half and fullback. We can’t play football full stop


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It's going to be difficult getting a goal from open play. We need force corners and free kicks as close as possible to try to score from dead ball sets.

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...route 1 is going to be the easiest route, that may work once if get the right bounce.

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If he takes Martinelli off and leaves Özil on I will be dismayed. Get Özil off and at least leave us with some pace up top on the break.

Thank goodness that he agrees with you.

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Help me out here, I’m getting old and forgetful.

Does Pépé actually have any pace?

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Leopards never change their spots. Terrible back pass from Mustafi. But the decision making by Luis in fouling and being sent off shows that he is not and never will be good enough. Lazy defending by both but I am even more annoyed with Luis because Mustafi I expect mistakes.

But in the first 25 minutes we did not turn up again. Where is the much lauded change. Arteta was out outhought by Lampard from moment one. You never know we still might pinch one but this game has said a lot to me about Pépé, Lacazette, Luis, Xhaka and Mustafi. A number of them are just not motivated - Mustafi is mentally blown.

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Wow - well done son

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We needed a little bit of luck and got it.

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Martinelli is a star.

Miles better than pretty well anyone else that we’ve got.

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Wow wow wow Martinelli


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Martinelli !!!!!!!

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Our first shot of the game according to the pundits.

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We are going to get some counter attacking opportunities now.

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Now, keep the concentration. Stay focused.

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