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Post #389601  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:13 am 
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https://www.football365.com/news/emery-arsenal-laughing-stock-underrated-aston-villa-watkins

So the media decided Emery was a laughing stock during his time at Arsenal, they constantly ridiculed and belittled him, now he comes back and is doing well for Villa and the same media delight in telling people he’s proven them wrong.


Arteta had a mid table showing. I think had we stuck with Emery we'd be fairly close to where we are now, but the problem would have been how long it would have taken. It would have taken longer.

I don#t think we would be where we are now with Emery. Emery thrives in the slight underdog status and his style of football is one that can be successful but I don't think it wins league titles.

Also, worth watching out for Villa when the next scrutiny of accounts is done, they have massively overspent and their turnover to wages ratio is one of the most precarious in the league. Champions League money will help them but they can't keep spending as they have done based on their resources. I'd predict a big player being sold or some sanctions of some kind down the line


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Post #389602  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:20 am 
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With the title in Germany well gone before this weekend Bayern rested virtually their entire team on saturday.
It is one of the big disadvantages of the prem being so competitive in terms of the European prospects. Also, some other european leagues move their best teams games to friday nights to give them the best possible chance in their midweek game - I'm pretty sure the Portuguese league did this for Porto - can you imagine the uproar if the prem did that for the champions league sides?


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Post #389603  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:27 am 
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The prem is becoming the bundesliga. Bayern/City win every year. Leverkusen have had to go unbeaten all season to win there, Liverpool got 82 points out of 87 in the first 29 games to win the title here.
City haven’t even been on their best form this season!

The sooner those charges are bought the better. It’s a farce how long it’s taken for them to be heard considering how quickly Everton and Forest were dealt with. People say they were quicker because they complied with the process, well not complying should carry an automatic points deduction in itself. Everton got 6 points for 1 breach. City have 115 breaches.

No matter what happens to City the league has been tainted since they and Chelsea ‘arrived’. Even if the charges are massive and titles are stripped it’s like being given the Olympic gold after a drugs cheat failed their test. You didn’t get to celebrate your win to feel like you did win it.

City have been charged. I don't understand why nothing appears to be happening.

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Post #389604  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:35 am 
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The prem is becoming the bundesliga. Bayern/City win every year. Leverkusen have had to go unbeaten all season to win there, Liverpool got 82 points out of 87 in the first 29 games to win the title here.
City haven’t even been on their best form this season!

The sooner those charges are bought the better. It’s a farce how long it’s taken for them to be heard considering how quickly Everton and Forest were dealt with. People say they were quicker because they complied with the process, well not complying should carry an automatic points deduction in itself. Everton got 6 points for 1 breach. City have 115 breaches.

No matter what happens to City the league has been tainted since they and Chelsea ‘arrived’. Even if the charges are massive and titles are stripped it’s like being given the Olympic gold after a drugs cheat failed their test. You didn’t get to celebrate your win to feel like you did win it.

City have been charged. I don't understand why nothing appears to be happening.


Gunny,

City have the best lawyers in the business defending them. They will run circles around the PL and I suspect most, if not all, of the charges will eventually be thrown out on technicalities or from lack of definitive proof.

Don't hold your breath for any significant punishment such as demotions and/or stripping of titles.

They are already talking about the PL removing FFP or at the very least watering it down substantially at some point moving forward so I suspect this will all get glossed over in the fullness of time.


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Post #389605  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 8:50 am 
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I do think that the run-in, as Ferguson famously said, is squeaky bum time.

It separates the men from the boys. You have to find a way to handle the pressure and find a way to win. Today we found a way to lose the game.

I get that but I think it’s too black and white. Win the title and you’re mentally perfect. Don’t win it and you’re mentally weak. Liverpool under Klopp have only ever lost the title on a tight run in. The one time they won the league they were 20 points ahead coming in to the run in. They could cruise it under no pressure, would people consider Klopp’s Liverpool teams mentally weak?
Ultimately too many people give it a binary importance. Win and you’re brilliant lose and you’re a failure

I agree with you Rich. It's not a 'mental issue'.

Its like someone who is no 3 or 4 in the world at tennis or snooker repeatedly losing in finals to the number 1. Being in contention and then losing isn't choking. Choking is when you should win and don't.

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Post #389606  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 9:11 am 
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I thought the first goal had a lot to do with tiredness. We pressed like maniacs in the first half and paid the price for not scoring with our leggy performance in the second. Villa did a rope a dope job on us, and Arteta didn't change it up in time.

We played on Tuesday, whereas Villa played on Thursday. As far as I know, they have played more games than us this season. To my eyes, this was a performance like those in the second half of last season. Zinchenko making the backline less secure and Jesus huffing and puffing up front but not particularly dangerous. What has been so impressive for the last few months is our fantastic team defence. Our centre backs are great but also get plenty of protection. Put Zinchenko in there and Gabriel is having to cover the left back position and that defence is considerably less secure.

Yesterday we ran out of steam because of the way we pressed in the first half and because too many of our players (Havertz, Ødegaard, Rice, Saka, Gabriel and Saliba in particular) are being asked to play 180 minutes of high intensity football twice a week. We could have won yesterday (we had plenty of chances) but didn't.

It's stochastic. The wheels might not have fallen off yesterday but they were very likely to at some point. Similarly Liverpool. You mention Villa playing on Thursday. Yes they won yesterday but got smashed by City and Spurs recently and couldn't beat Brentford or West Ham. So they are also struggling with the schedule.

City on the other hand can rotate very easily so are always going to have a massive advantage at this end of the season when other sides are suffering from injuries or struggling on too many fronts.

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Post #389607  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 10:08 am 
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I've seen a lot of pundits and fans slate the line up yesterday. Very much a why change from Havertz up top and Jorginho holding and Kiwior at left back when it was that that had us going on this brilliant run. I have lots of issues with this. Firstly I didn't see any complaints on the line up when it was announced by any of the pundits, secondly it made total sense. Zinchenko, Trossard and Jesus all had an impact from the bench v Bayern and are all solid first team players it shouldn't have been a risk starting them. Similarly playing Rice as a 6 instead of Jorginho wasn't a shock, especially when Zinchenko drifts in to midfield to do part of the job Jorginho does well.
I think there is far too much analysis based on the result in football, too much hindsight.

Sometimes you can look at a game and say Arsenal should have had the game wrapped up in the first half and then they were a bit gassed and Villa played very well and clinically took advantage. It can happen.

Earlier in the season City were 2-0 at home to Palace with 14 minutes remaining and drew 2-2. The only reason this as an isolated moment wasn't called mentally weak was because City had proven they can win things. But as an isolated performance why is it any better than some of the results we and Liverpool got called out for?


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Decaf wrote:
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I get that but I think it’s too black and white. Win the title and you’re mentally perfect. Don’t win it and you’re mentally weak. Liverpool under Klopp have only ever lost the title on a tight run in. The one time they won the league they were 20 points ahead coming in to the run in. They could cruise it under no pressure, would people consider Klopp’s Liverpool teams mentally weak?
Ultimately too many people give it a binary importance. Win and you’re brilliant lose and you’re a failure

I agree with you Rich. It's not a 'mental issue'.

Its like someone who is no 3 or 4 in the world at tennis or snooker repeatedly losing in finals to the number 1. Being in contention and then losing isn't choking. Choking is when you should win and don't.

Exactly, if that is the measurement for mental weakness then every single team from 2nd to 20th are mentally weak. Do sheffield U get described as mentally weak because they can't handle these pressure games that could save or commit then to relegation? no, people just accept their players are inferior to the teams above them.


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Post #389609  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 10:31 am 
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City have mastered the small squad, no injuries and optimum rotation. It obviously helps to have top class players to rotate in, but Pep manages it really well. Despite De Bruyne's big injury this year they've once again (as last year) been hugely injury free - even more so than ourselves.

If you look to match up ourselves and City on the basis Arteta is very much from the Pep school of thought I'd argue there is not much between the defences. Both sets of defences are tall, physical, quick and crucially very flexible.

In midfield the big advantage City has over us is the ball players, creative types. De Bruyne, Foden, Bernardo are all elite. We only really have Ødegaard in this role for us - the back ups being Smith-Row and Vieira. Remove those two from our squad and bring in players of Bernardo Silva's ilk and we close that gap. defensive mid, Rice/Partey/Jorginho v Rodri/Kovacic/Nunes. Likely an area we're going to need replacements this summer as well

forwards - the only difference is Haaland. In an up and down season he has 20 league goals. I don't see huge difference between the sets of saka/martinelli/trossard/jesus v grealish/doku/alavrez/Bobb. A top goalscorer can make all those wingers look a lot better as well


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Post #389610  Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 10:34 am 
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Thinking again, the comparisons with last season are miles off.
Last year, 2-0 up against Liverpool- got battered and were lucky to come away with a 2-2
2-0 up v west ham, went in to our shell, missed a pen and drew 2-2
then the ultimate bed wetting was at home to Southampton, went 2-0 down early through some nervous play and ended up scraping a 3-3.

vs Villa the plan was fine, we were getting behind them all the time with Havertz runs, Trossard missed a glorious chance, Jesus poor header, Saka just wide - we battered them for 45 minutes and ran out of steam and Villa adjusted superbly in the second half and we did react.


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I’ll wait to the end of the season before going into meltdown or throwing around a lot of excuses. Let’s just see where we end up. This City team is not as good as previous incarnations but they still have a great manager. But one thing I will say right now is that harping on about City’s alleged financial advantages has nothing to do with how we perform on the pitch. We neutralised them in games this season. Now we need to produce against other teams and systems. I look forward to us progressing at Bayern in our next match.

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We're tired. That was obvious. Not an excuse but what seems obvious. Had Timber stayed healthy the defense would have been far more solid from what I saw of him in the CS game.

For the rest of the season, I'd like us to at least have some pride and finish no worse than 2nd. And for the fans that stuck by you, I'd expect them to beat Spurs and Man Utd. Chelsea would have been a given 48 hours ago but I'd add them too. Drop points elsewhere but not to them.

We can win at BM. We may not see a BM team this weak in a while. They will certainly buy in the summer and not let Leverkusen have so easy again. Gnabry is out I hear for the return leg and that is huge. Not looking forward to the possibility of City in a semi but lets give it a try anyway.

Let's take the 'Arsenal bottled it' accusations with some class. Accept it, smile and move on.

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Decaf wrote:
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I get that but I think it’s too black and white. Win the title and you’re mentally perfect. Don’t win it and you’re mentally weak. Liverpool under Klopp have only ever lost the title on a tight run in. The one time they won the league they were 20 points ahead coming in to the run in. They could cruise it under no pressure, would people consider Klopp’s Liverpool teams mentally weak?
Ultimately too many people give it a binary importance. Win and you’re brilliant lose and you’re a failure

I agree with you Rich. It's not a 'mental issue'.

Its like someone who is no 3 or 4 in the world at tennis or snooker repeatedly losing in finals to the number 1. Being in contention and then losing isn't choking. Choking is when you should win and don't.


Very fine margins and think we’ve always been up against it with the run in that we have. Tbh we could hav easily been 2 or 3 up but the finishing was too casual and poor for this level. As painful as it is to give up the top it ain’t over yet and City are still capable of being beaten.


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A real bugbear of mine has been how far behind we are other top 6 clubs in our turnover. I can accept that Man City's figures are farcical and cheated, and can also accept that Man U and Liverpool have a bigger worldwide fan base than us, but the gap generally and to chelsea and spurs is unacceptable

22/23 figures below in euros

City:
825m total, 399m commercial

Man U:
746m total, 355m commercial

Liverpool:
683m total, 298m commercial

Spurs:
631m total, 261m commercial

Chelsea:
589m total, 242m commercial

Arsenal:
533m total, 195m commercial

I know we've signed a few deals recently, £10m for the training ground sponsor but how on earth is it we're some near 370m per season behind Spurs? There is no reason for that gap, it should be the other way given the size and success of the clubs. That extra £70m should be so easily attainable and it would effectively give us a top name striker


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I’ll wait to the end of the season before going into meltdown or throwing around a lot of excuses. Let’s just see where we end up. This City team is not as good as previous incarnations but they still have a great manager. But one thing I will say right now is that harping on about City’s alleged financial advantages has nothing to do with how we perform on the pitch. We neutralised them in games this season. Now we need to produce against other teams and systems. I look forward to us progressing at Bayern in our next match.

Agreed their financial advantage has no bearing on how we perform except in 2 games but it gives them a bit of an advantage in the league, without which we'd already have 1 title in the bag from last year and be on route to defending that title this year.

The conclusion of the charges against City will be one of the biggest seismic moments in english football whichever way the charges go. If they stick and the punishment is sufficient it brings football in to line and returns to fair competition, if they are dropped then its open season for just the richest owner to win - the players themselves no longer become the main factor in winning football matches.

I do agree about getting our heads down and winning our games, win the next 2 and put 4 points between us and City and force them to win it - we can't hand it to them. Make them win their final 6 games. Brighton away is the kind of game that City can lose because Brighton are so brave in their gameplan - the kind of team that if they get it right can win, unlike the 10 behind the ball smash and grab tactic which very very rarely beats City


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I’ll wait to the end of the season before going into meltdown or throwing around a lot of excuses. Let’s just see where we end up. This City team is not as good as previous incarnations but they still have a great manager. But one thing I will say right now is that harping on about City’s alleged financial advantages has nothing to do with how we perform on the pitch. We neutralised them in games this season. Now we need to produce against other teams and systems. I look forward to us progressing at Bayern in our next match.


I actually don’t rate Guardiola as much as his record seems to show. Unlimeted resources everywhere he’s been. Corruptly state financed at Barca, Bayern Munich who win 8/10 regardless and failed miserably in the CL while he was there, then moves to the most financially doped team on the planet where he gets the exact player he wants in every position to suit his system and it still takes him 5 years to win the CL. Tactically clever sure but the best manager ever with the resources he’s had?…bollox


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With the financial backing they have, I suspect Rich's list will include Newcastle in a few years.

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Congratulations to Xhaka !!!!!!
And Bayer Leverkusen :53big-emoticons:

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I’ll wait to the end of the season before going into meltdown or throwing around a lot of excuses. Let’s just see where we end up. This City team is not as good as previous incarnations but they still have a great manager. But one thing I will say right now is that harping on about City’s alleged financial advantages has nothing to do with how we perform on the pitch. We neutralised them in games this season. Now we need to produce against other teams and systems. I look forward to us progressing at Bayern in our next match.


I actually don’t rate Guardiola as much as his record seems to show. Unlimeted resources everywhere he’s been. Corruptly state financed at Barca, Bayern Munich who win 8/10 regardless and failed miserably in the CL while he was there, then moves to the most financially doped team on the planet where he gets the exact player he wants in every position to suit his system and it still takes him 5 years to win the CL. Tactically clever sure but the best manager ever with the resources he’s had?…bollox

I am not saying he is the greatest manager ever but a great manager. He is a cut above some of the others. And just having a lot of money guarantees nothing. You still have to consistently get it together on the pitch. Look at Chelsea’s spending since Roman left as an example.

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Great game. Old school, muddy pitch, etc.


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On to Munich, Tuchel says Gnabry is out and Coman and Sane are doubts. would be huge for us if those other 2 are out. The pace on the wings is where they really killed us.

Ødegaard is a possible doubt for us - which will be a big dilemma for Arteta. Ødegaard missed a 3 game stretch earlier in the season and Arteta went with Havertz on the right, Rice left and Jorginho holding. He could easily do that again with Jesus up top but given what happened at the weekend he might be hesitant.

Can we take a risk on Partey? Probably not as I don't think he's had the minutes in his legs yet.

I'm more and more coming to the conclusion that Jesus needs to be used out wide more now. That more classic mould centre forward can't come soon enough in the summer


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With the financial backing they have, I suspect Rich's list will include Newcastle in a few years.

Quite possibly. Quite how anyone truly believes Man City generate as much commercial revenue as Real Madrid is beyond me. You only have to look at it and say that can't be right. Commercial revenue by and large is going to go hand in hand with the quantity of worldwide fanbase and your success. 15 years of City success (and not even as successful as Madrid in that time) suddenly propels them to the highest revenue in the world


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The prem is becoming the bundesliga. Bayern/City win every year. Leverkusen have had to go unbeaten all season to win there, Liverpool got 82 points out of 87 in the first 29 games to win the title here.
City haven’t even been on their best form this season!

The sooner those charges are bought the better. It’s a farce how long it’s taken for them to be heard considering how quickly Everton and Forest were dealt with. People say they were quicker because they complied with the process, well not complying should carry an automatic points deduction in itself. Everton got 6 points for 1 breach. City have 115 breaches.

No matter what happens to City the league has been tainted since they and Chelsea ‘arrived’. Even if the charges are massive and titles are stripped it’s like being given the Olympic gold after a drugs cheat failed their test. You didn’t get to celebrate your win to feel like you did win it.

City have been charged. I don't understand why nothing appears to be happening.

I suppose a single charge where the accused fully cooperates with the process is going to be resolved quicker. One of City’s 115 charges is for refusing to cooperate with the investigation. In my mind that should be an automatic 1 point penalty. Like refusing to take a drugs test.
It is pretty farcical that the premier league chief exec has happily hung winners medals on City’s players the past 3 years all whilst being the same person bringing these 115 charges against them.


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We’ve got a bit of a left back problem. All 3 who would play there lack something.
Zinchenko scared the life out of fans but he’s started and impressed in many big games and wins for us.
Kiwior has improved hugely now he’s not being asked to invert but has looked out of his depth in the biggest games
Tomiyasu has shown he can shut down an area or player defensively but doesn’t offer a huge amount on the ball at left back.

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Gaz from Oz wrote:
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I actually don’t rate Guardiola as much as his record seems to show. Unlimeted resources everywhere he’s been. Corruptly state financed at Barca, Bayern Munich who win 8/10 regardless and failed miserably in the CL while he was there, then moves to the most financially doped team on the planet where he gets the exact player he wants in every position to suit his system and it still takes him 5 years to win the CL. Tactically clever sure but the best manager ever with the resources he’s had?…bollox

I am not saying he is the greatest manager ever but a great manager. He is a cut above some of the others. And just having a lot of money guarantees nothing. You still have to consistently get it together on the pitch. Look at Chelsea’s spending since Roman left as an example.

I think Pep is one of (if not the) greatest ever. He should have won more CL for sure but that just signifies the jeopardy of knock out competition. He's only failed to win the league 3 times I think as a manager. But the thing that sets him apart is the style of football and the influence he's had on the game generally. Tika Taka, the great Spain national side that dominated 3 tournaments in a row, his 09 Barca side are still the greatest team I've ever seen. Every innovation Pep makes in football is immediately copied by hundreds of teams. The counter press, the false 9, inverted full backs (started that at Bayern), 4 central defenders, a ball playing gk, playing out from the back all the time. With varying degrees of success look how many teams in just the prem play out from the back now, the way it is done was virtually unheard of in this country 10 years ago, teams just didn't do it, or if they did they were under no pressure at all.


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There is a school of thought that says we may play better now that the pressure is off us to win the league. 2 points with 6 games remaining is generally seen as very much in the title race. This City team can run the table though which makes it a bit different.

I also think if City win back to back trebles (and I shudder the thought), it may make the Arsenal (and Liverpool) bottled it rants sound a bit less accurate.

To be honest, most fans have given up on the team winning the title, but I certainly hope the players have enough pride in themselves to continue the fight.

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We're tired. That was obvious. Not an excuse but what seems obvious. Had Timber stayed healthy the defense would have been far more solid from what I saw of him in the CS game.

For the rest of the season, I'd like us to at least have some pride and finish no worse than 2nd. And for the fans that stuck by you, I'd expect them to beat Spurs and Man Utd. Chelsea would have been a given 48 hours ago but I'd add them too. Drop points elsewhere but not to them.

We can win at BM. We may not see a BM team this weak in a while. They will certainly buy in the summer and not let Leverkusen have so easy again. Gnabry is out I hear for the return leg and that is huge. Not looking forward to the possibility of City in a semi but lets give it a try anyway.

Let's take the 'Arsenal bottled it' accusations with some class. Accept it, smile and move on.

We shouldn't be tired. It has not been a hectic season and we've had breaks.

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Gunfire wrote:
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We're tired. That was obvious. Not an excuse but what seems obvious. Had Timber stayed healthy the defense would have been far more solid from what I saw of him in the CS game.

For the rest of the season, I'd like us to at least have some pride and finish no worse than 2nd. And for the fans that stuck by you, I'd expect them to beat Spurs and Man Utd. Chelsea would have been a given 48 hours ago but I'd add them too. Drop points elsewhere but not to them.

We can win at BM. We may not see a BM team this weak in a while. They will certainly buy in the summer and not let Leverkusen have so easy again. Gnabry is out I hear for the return leg and that is huge. Not looking forward to the possibility of City in a semi but lets give it a try anyway.

Let's take the 'Arsenal bottled it' accusations with some class. Accept it, smile and move on.

We shouldn't be tired. It has not been a hectic season and we've had breaks.

Agreed, out of both cups early, playing the slightly easier CL schedule compared with Europa. But the players did look tired in the second half, possibly because they put so much in to the first half, also mentally it must have been draining to not be able to keep the ball and keep up the pressure, but crucially is the lack of or inability to rotate fully through the season. I think if we’d rotated more we wouldn’t have found ourselves in the position we are now. This season isn’t over but Arteta must find that balance better next season. Right now I don’t think there is a player in the squad Arteta trusts enough to be able to give proper rests to Gabriel, Saliba, Rice, Ødegaard and Saka.


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We’ve got a bit of a left back problem. All 3 who would play there lack something.
Zinchenko scared the life out of fans but he’s started and impressed in many big games and wins for us.
Kiwior has improved hugely now he’s not being asked to invert but has looked out of his depth in the biggest games
Tomiyasu has shown he can shut down an area or player defensively but doesn’t offer a huge amount on the ball at left back.

Then we’re pinning hopes on Timber who has never played left back really

Yes there’s an issue there. I don’t think the plan was to use Timber there then you have 3 players who can do a job there but not really generally suitable. Theres no perfect option.

I read on gunnerblog that Zinchenko has 2 years on his deal and the club haven’t started discussions on a new contract which is unusual given the current strategy by Edu.

I think you might see 1 of Tommy, Zinchenko or kiwior moving on this summer. Most likely Tommy or kiwior. I can’t see them not trying to address this now.


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Chelsea players again fighting over taking a penalty last night. They’ve picked up recently thanks to Palmer carrying them but they are still a mess. A good system can lead to lesser players beating better players, Chelsea don’t have that system. We should beat them


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Post #389631  Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:40 am 
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TOP GUN wrote:
Rich wrote:
We’ve got a bit of a left back problem. All 3 who would play there lack something.
Zinchenko scared the life out of fans but he’s started and impressed in many big games and wins for us.
Kiwior has improved hugely now he’s not being asked to invert but has looked out of his depth in the biggest games
Tomiyasu has shown he can shut down an area or player defensively but doesn’t offer a huge amount on the ball at left back.

Then we’re pinning hopes on Timber who has never played left back really

Yes there’s an issue there. I don’t think the plan was to use Timber there then you have 3 players who can do a job there but not really generally suitable. Theres no perfect option.

I read on gunnerblog that Zinchenko has 2 years on his deal and the club haven’t started discussions on a new contract which is unusual given the current strategy by Edu.

I think you might see 1 of Tommy, Zinchenko or kiwior moving on this summer. Most likely Tommy or kiwior. I can’t see them not trying to address this now.

Tomiyasu just signed a new deal until 2026 with a 1 year option. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Tomiyasu at CB a bit more if we rotate.
I like our defence but in the spirit of being greedy and always wanting what you don’t have I’d love to see us go for a couple of really dynamic full backs, pace, power and the technical ability of a centre mid….and high quality CB to rotate in for Gabriel/Saliba in the summer.
Frimpong at Leverkusen is an absolute flyer at right back and has a £34m release clause, I’m certain a big team will pick him up this summer.

Kiwior has made big strides this year but I still don’t see him as good enough for the absolute elite games.


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I also think if City win back to back trebles (and I shudder the thought), it may make the Arsenal (and Liverpool) bottled it rants sound a bit less accurate.

Don't forget that City is inline to get a harsh punishment for their numerous FFP breaches though.

The penalty being discussed is them suspending their water boys Netflix subscription for 60 days however Citys legal team would no doubt appeal such a decision.


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Post #389633  Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 8:00 am 
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We shouldn't be tired. It has not been a hectic season and we've had breaks.


Whilst its normal for the more pessimistic faction of the fanbase to want to lay blame for every mis-step at our own door, what I saw on Sunday was that Villa played really well. They had a good game, played better than us, and beat us fair and square. No need for any hand-wringing. This isn't the first time in the history of football that a good team has played well and beaten another team that is probably better than them overall.

I seem to recall Hamilton Ricard nutmegging Vieira, breezing past Keown (might have been Stevie), and leaving Adams on his arse before firing a blinder over the top of Seaman in a well-deserved Boro victory at Highbury during our most glorious years. 4 Arsenal Gods being roasted by flakey old Hamilton Ricard. This stuff happens, to better teams than us. For example, Brentford did the double over City last year.

Shame what occurred at weekend happened when it did, but given our outstanding form this year it was overdue. No need for mass introspection, pitchforks and lynching in my book. 3 years ago we'd have all given our left nuts to be in the last 8 of the CL and in a title race. How about "well played Villa"?

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Pompey Gooner wrote:
Gunfire wrote:
We shouldn't be tired. It has not been a hectic season and we've had breaks.


. This isn't the first time in the history of football that a good team has played well and beaten another team that is probably better than them overall.


Very true, as Villa demonstrated at Christmas when they absolutely battered Man City. I do think we looked increasingly tired in the 2nd half though which was a bit worrying given our schedule.


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There is only thing that will make the EPL make changes so it doesn't resemble the Bundesliga most years That something are fans not going to as many games and more importantly not buying tv packages.

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Post #389637  Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 3:54 pm 
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Pompey Gooner wrote:
Gunfire wrote:
We shouldn't be tired. It has not been a hectic season and we've had breaks.


Whilst its normal for the more pessimistic faction of the fanbase to want to lay blame for every mis-step at our own door, what I saw on Sunday was that Villa played really well. They had a good game, played better than us, and beat us fair and square. No need for any hand-wringing. This isn't the first time in the history of football that a good team has played well and beaten another team that is probably better than them overall.

I seem to recall Hamilton Ricard nutmegging Vieira, breezing past Keown (might have been Stevie), and leaving Adams on his arse before firing a blinder over the top of Seaman in a well-deserved Boro victory at Highbury during our most glorious years. 4 Arsenal Gods being roasted by flakey old Hamilton Ricard. This stuff happens, to better teams than us. For example, Brentford did the double over City last year.

Shame what occurred at weekend happened when it did, but given our outstanding form this year it was overdue. No need for mass introspection, pitchforks and lynching in my book. 3 years ago we'd have all given our left nuts to be in the last 8 of the CL and in a title race. How about "well played Villa"?

Very sensible post, Pompey. Way too much hand wringing, as there was with our poor run in December.

City can still lose even if it seems unlikely. We just need to hang on and hope for the best.


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A reminder that it took until Pep’s 5th season in charge of City to make it past the CL quarter finals, and he’d had 7 seasons worth of CL experience before he took over at City and the obvious unlimited money whilst at City.

Arteta has managed 9 Champions League games in total, the same number of CL games played by most of our squad.


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Barca have Araujo sent off for denying goalscoring opp in the kind of challenge that routinely gets ignored in the premier league. Wish we’d had this ref for saka’s one on one with Neuer.


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Looking back at games we’ve dropped points in there are a few that stand out above the others.
2-2 v Fulham at home, 2-1 up with 5 minutes to go and playing 10 men. That felt like a real kick in the teeth and a huge 2 points dropped at the time.
Newcastle away 1-0, hard to say we deserved to win but I don’t think we deserved to lose as we did and the most clear red card for Guimaraes was ignored early on in that game. This is the biggest one where it felt the ref cost us.

Losing away at Fulham was a genuinely bad 90 minutes, we didn’t deserve anything, West Ham 2-0 at home was a classic smash and grab that will happen probably once a season at some point, real combination of missed chances and the opponent taking the only chances they create.
Villa away I thought we played well, generally dominated the game and again missed some very good chances. These games happen in this league.
2-2 away to Chelsea felt like a point gained at the time
2-2 at home to spurs felt a fair result on the balance of the game - we’ll rue the Jesus chance to go 2-0 up
Away draws at Liverpool and City are results you’d take every season.

Those two at the top are the 5 dropped points that have irked me the most this season


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