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Post #497441  Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:43 am 
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We are really under the cosh now. Not looking good.


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Post #497442  Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:45 am 
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We are so predictable. Our creative players just don’t seem able to impose themselves on any game. Everything seems so telegraphed

I’m surprised Emery hasn’t called up Saka into the main squad. If nothing else to offer something different.


Why the *%^@ is Mikitaryan even on the pitch. Might as well be playing a man down before Maitland got sent off



He’s my latest pet hate. 170 k a week and the third highest paid player at the club and his touch and distribution let him down so much.

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Seen the two bookings again - I rate Oliver as a ref, but that is a joke.

First booking was a complete joke.

2nd probably right.


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Very harsh that from Oliver, usually a good ref.

two absolutely stupid fouls. It is not as if they were bearing down on goal. So many players lack even any basic football nous. I am pretty sure that Mustafi and a few others on the field are not the ones to impart it. For instance Iwobi continues to run down blind alleys, stupid fouls, failure to stay on your feet it just goes on and on. Mental strength of a soft marshmallow. Otherwise all is going okay.

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Post #497445  Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:52 am 
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Seen the two bookings again - I rate Oliver as a ref, but that is a joke.

First booking was a complete joke.

2nd probably right.


2nd is the kind of challenge that rarely gets booked to be honest. Either way, we're not good enough as a team to keep getting screwed by refs as often as we are. I don't think its a grand conspiracy, but you look at the way the other 'big' teams get treated by refs and the way we do, and there is a clear discrepancy. Lacazette got a penalty which was a part-foul/part-dive a few weeks back, but the guy has been fouled in the area so many times this season and hasn't been given a damn thing.

That said, we've been pony today, red card or no. The red just reduces our ability to fix it.

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Why the *%^@ is Mikitaryan even on the pitch. Might as well be playing a man down before Maitland got sent off



He’s my latest pet hate. 170 k a week and the third highest paid player at the club and his touch and distribution let him down so much.

Sometimes he can do some decent things but nowhere near often enough

Well, it could be because Ramsay is always injured, Wellbeck is always injured - so I suppose he earns his money because he is on the pitch instead of the injury room. I don't think anyone has ever scored from the injury room although I think Messi may be able to do so.

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We are so predictable. Our creative players just don’t seem able to impose themselves on any game. Everything seems so telegraphed

I’m surprised Emery hasn’t called up Saka into the main squad. If nothing else to offer something different.


Why the *%^@ is Mikitaryan even on the pitch. Might as well be playing a man down before Maitland got sent off.

Utterly woeful. I've said it before but if Emery hasn't made major improvements by December then he's not the guy for the job


Mkhitaryan is just so useless and doesn't bust a gut for the team. Shys away from tackles.

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Very harsh that from Oliver, usually a good ref.

two absolutely stupid fouls. It is not as if they were bearing down on goal. So many players lack even any basic football nous. I am pretty sure that Mustafi and a few others on the field are not the ones to impart it. For instance Iwobi continues to run down blind alleys, stupid fouls, failure to stay on your feet it just goes on and on. Mental strength of a soft marshmallow. Otherwise all is going okay.

The first one was a good foul it stopped a dangerous counter attack. Don't often see a yellow brandished after 7 minutes but can5 complain about it really.

Second one of course a foul but player was just a little late after a miscontrol. Leicester still had the ball in a dangerous enough position. Not every foul is a yellow. I think that should have been a warning, not as if Niles had been making fouls all half. Harsh decision imo.

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The BBC seem to agree both yellows were a joke. Particularly as Ndidi only got a yellow for studs half way up Xhaka's leg - not saying that's a red but far far worse than either of AMN's

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Even before the booking I thought we were outclassed in every area of the pitch. Leicester were quicker, stronger, more aggressive and even played more incisive football.

Mika and Iwobi are just lightweights, Torreira and Xhaka are unable to control the midfield even against moderate opposition and our defence is just hopeless. How many free headers did Leicester get?

The sending off has just been the icing on a pretty stale cake.


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The BBC seem to agree both yellows were a joke. Particularly as Ndidi only got a yellow for studs half way up Xhaka's leg - not saying that's a red but far far worse than either of AMN's


I thought both yellows were probably yellows in the context of what you get yellows for these days.


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The BBC seem to agree both yellows were a joke. Particularly as Ndidi only got a yellow for studs half way up Xhaka's leg - not saying that's a red but far far worse than either of AMN's

Agree, Sky saying harsh as well.

Somehow still at 0-0 but don't fancy us holding out long into second half. Our passing and movement is woeful. Still had a great chance via Iwobis effort but it was tame again.

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two absolutely stupid fouls. It is not as if they were bearing down on goal. So many players lack even any basic football nous. I am pretty sure that Mustafi and a few others on the field are not the ones to impart it. For instance Iwobi continues to run down blind alleys, stupid fouls, failure to stay on your feet it just goes on and on. Mental strength of a soft marshmallow. Otherwise all is going okay.

The first one was a good foul it stopped a dangerous counter attack. Don't often see a yellow brandished after 7 minutes but can5 complain about it really.

Second one of course a foul but player was just a little late after a miscontrol. Leicester still had the ball in a dangerous enough position. Not every foul is a yellow. I think that should have been a warning, not as if Niles had been making fouls all half. Harsh decision imo.

I know what you mean. But when you watch City you will see how many times their players do not foul but just try and shut down the play. A lot of our fouls are lazy players just not wanting to keep tracking the player, panic from having lost the ball or a foul demonstrates their slow reactions. Maybe it is because they lack the skills. If so then we need to get rid of them.

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two absolutely stupid fouls. It is not as if they were bearing down on goal. So many players lack even any basic football nous. I am pretty sure that Mustafi and a few others on the field are not the ones to impart it. For instance Iwobi continues to run down blind alleys, stupid fouls, failure to stay on your feet it just goes on and on. Mental strength of a soft marshmallow. Otherwise all is going okay.

The first one was a good foul it stopped a dangerous counter attack. Don't often see a yellow brandished after 7 minutes but can5 complain about it really.

Second one of course a foul but player was just a little late after a miscontrol. Leicester still had the ball in a dangerous enough position. Not every foul is a yellow. I think that should have been a warning, not as if Niles had been making fouls all half. Harsh decision imo.

I know what you mean. But when you watch City you will see how many times their players do not foul but just try and shut down the play. A lot of our fouls are lazy players just not wanting to keep tracking the player, panic from having lost the ball or a foul demonstrates their slow reactions. Maybe it is because they lack the skills. If so then we need to get rid of them.

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Post #497455  Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:59 am 
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Even before the booking I thought we were outclassed in every area of the pitch. Leicester were quicker, stronger, more aggressive and even played more incisive football.

Mika and Iwobi are just lightweights, Torreira and Xhaka are unable to control the midfield even against moderate opposition and our defence is just hopeless. How many free headers did Leicester get?

The sending off has just been the icing on a pretty stale cake.

At least Leno looked okay today. Can't disagree with much of all the other things you say.

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A point would be a good result now with United to play Chelsea later.

Kos on here for Iwobi.

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What is Mustafi doing there well out of position.

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General demeanor and body language of most of the players from the start said there is no sense of urgency. If we score, and its hard to see that happening, it may be from a moment of individual brilliance rather than a well built up team display.

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Ever since Santi Cazorla went out injured and Xhaka came into our midfield we have never been able to control the middle of the park. Coquelin and Santi was a more effective combination when what we have right now. What I’d give to have an even aged Cazorla back in our side.


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So 10 minutes of the half, Kos an absolute stupid ball, Mustafi anywhere and totally under the pump , Xhaka with a stupid shot - totally lacking skill and another Xhaka loose touch, no pace in the team. So that is the experienced players - need I say more. Aubameyang has little pace. Do they ever practice 10 agaisnt 11 or 9 against 11 or can't they bother. The send off will give them an excuse.

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And any points slip further away .... :1cry:


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Kroenke OUT

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Good goal by Leicester to be fair, Madisson picking up some dangerous positions now.

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We have a full complement of defenders BUT. Where was Kos? So much for marshalling the defense. Can you imagine this team in the CL?

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Got to go 4-4-1 surely and try and get Aubameyang in on a counter.

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We have a full complement of defenders BUT. Where was Kos? So much for marshalling the defense. Can you imagine this team in the CL?

Yes but the vision is not a good one.

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Lets think Watford one man down and they put it to us. For three times that wages they just can't bother at Arsenal

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I’d swap Xhaka for Tielemans in a heartbeat.

I’d swap any of our creative midfielders for Maddison.

Leicester have better midfielders than us.

The reality hits. We just aren’t that good


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So 10 minutes of the half, Kos an absolute stupid ball, Mustafi anywhere and totally under the pump , Xhaka with a stupid shot - totally lacking skill and another Xhaka loose touch, no pace in the team. So that is the experienced players - need I say more. Aubameyang has little pace. Do they ever practice 10 agaisnt 11 or 9 against 11 or can't they bother. The send off will give them an excuse.

I think Sokratis has been our worst player today, who you don't mention. He and Koscielny left the goalscorer in acres of space.


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After reconsidering I think Emery should be sacked.

He's had this team for long enough to make a difference and we look completely *%^@ in every department.


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So 10 minutes of the half, Kos an absolute stupid ball, Mustafi anywhere and totally under the pump , Xhaka with a stupid shot - totally lacking skill and another Xhaka loose touch, no pace in the team. So that is the experienced players - need I say more. Aubameyang has little pace. Do they ever practice 10 agaisnt 11 or 9 against 11 or can't they bother. The send off will give them an excuse.

I think Sokratis has been our worst player today, who you don't mention. He and Koscielny left the goalscorer in acres of space.

I agree he has been ordinary. It is just we seem to have this idea that Kos is our saviour. Unfortunately he is part of the problem.

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I’d swap Xhaka for Tielemans in a heartbeat.

I’d swap any of our creative midfielders for Maddison.

Leicester have better midfielders than us.

The reality hits. We just aren’t that good


I'd take Mark Noble over any of this current lot.


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After reconsidering I think Emery should be sacked.

He's had this team for long enough to make a difference and we look completely *%^@ in every department.

Thats a bit harsh. I will give him until the end of the next transfer window. If Mustafi, Xhaka, Kos and a few others are still at the club I will call for his head.

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After reconsidering I think Emery should be sacked.

He's had this team for long enough to make a difference and we look completely *%^@ in every department.


Really ? This is what I mean when I say Emery is on a hiding to nothing.

Completely lop sided squad.

a bunch of creative midfielders only good for making sausages out of.

I hope he gets another year and totally dismantles the squad this summer. This is the most mediocre arsenal side for some time.


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despite being shite I still think we will get at least one big chance before the end.Depends who it falls to as to whether we can take that smirk off Rodgers face.

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Torreira gets Evans' elbow in the face in the penalty area and Vardy gives Sokratis a sly kick in the ribs.


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How many of the Leicester players would walk into our first 11?

Easily Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans and Maddison. That’s 4, surely that’s an indication of the strength of our squad and how far we have slipped.


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Kroenke OUT

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That's not an option....unfortunately. I've said years ago, we are stuck with the family for a very, very long time. When the old man passes, we will just have to hope his son, Josh, takes more of an interest.

I recall a few years back I said if we win things its despite Kroenke not because of and got slated for it. Hate being right.

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After reconsidering I think Emery should be sacked.

He's had this team for long enough to make a difference and we look completely *%^@ in every department.


Really ? This is what I mean when I say Emery is on a hiding to nothing.

Completely lop sided squad.

a bunch of creative midfielders only good for making sausages out of.

I hope he gets another year and totally dismantles the squad this summer. This is the most mediocre arsenal side for some time.

And if he does not dismantle in the summer? Last week he said Mustafi was a good player.

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