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Post #528921  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:34 pm 
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Ødegaard is hardly in the game. Why is the ball passing him by? Poor positioning or poor tactics?

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Post #528922  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:34 pm 
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I keep pining for some sort of intensity from our starts to games. We need to win, we need to score, in my mind the best way to do that is to start high tempo, high intensity and put them under real pressure from the start. Arteta seems to be approaching this as a patient approach under the impression that one of our pre-described attacking moves will eventually work out. It just feels like a low percentage tactic considering the state of the game and quality of our team.


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Post #528923  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:35 pm 
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So tense. We need something over the top to Saka or Aubameyang. Pépé is getting in position and being a bit ponderous when he gets in. Or Smith Rowe early higher up, but we’re slowly trying to pass it through the middle


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It would be interesting to see the stats on Bellerin’s passing this evening. Looks like he thinks that we are playing in yellow.

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Oh No, Bellerin gives it away again :36angers:

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Post #528926  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:39 pm 
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So lucky by their keeper. Got away with a complete lash up.

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Post #528927  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:40 pm 
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Decent move. Aubameyang shot nearly fumbled in to the net by the GK


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Post #528928  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:40 pm 
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That's more like it. Move it fast.

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long time gooner wrote:
So lucky by their keeper. Got away with a complete lash up.


Not been convincing at all, we need to keep forcing shots, not you Partey.


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Post #528930  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:42 pm 
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If some of our players start badly they seem to struggle to get out of the funk and up their level to anything vaguely acceptable. Too many players missing passes and too many players not even involved in the game.


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Very nervy when they get anywhere near our goal. This is a hard watch so far.


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My wife is getting really fed up of my painful groaning noises as we take forever to move the ball forward from Leno. Frustrating in the extreme.

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If some of our players start badly they seem to struggle to get out of the funk and up their level to anything vaguely acceptable. Too many players missing passes and too many players not even involved in the game.


They need a spark, a good tackle, something, someone showing some confidence so it can infect some others.


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Very nervy when they get anywhere near our goal. This is a hard watch so far.

Excruciating.

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My wife is getting really fed up of my painful groaning noises as we take forever to move the ball forward from Leno. Frustrating in the extreme.


I hear you. He is very slow to distribute. Too slow.

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My wife is getting really fed up of my painful groaning noises as we take forever to move the ball forward from Leno. Frustrating in the extreme.


I hear you. He is very slow to distribute. Too slow.

It’s not just him. It’s the slow decreasing triangles just around him, and back to him, that then put us under pressure.

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gooner7 wrote:
Ødegaard is hardly in the game. Why is the ball passing him by? Poor positioning or poor tactics?


He’s contributed little if anything for a player of his reputation

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I hear you. He is very slow to distribute. Too slow.

It’s not just him. It’s the slow decreasing triangles just around him that then put us under pressure.


Every time we have a fast break on, we pass the ball backwards. Very little attempt at beating the man either.

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Emile Smith Rowe epitomise the type of energy and bravery we need.

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john1 wrote:
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Ødegaard is hardly in the game. Why is the ball passing him by? Poor positioning or poor tactics?


He’s contributed little if anything for a player of his reputation

It must be a plan to drive down his value and transfer fee. It’s been like that for a while now.

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Post #528941  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:51 pm 
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Hugely disappointing first half. So frustrated with that non-performance.


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Post #528942  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:53 pm 
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The problem I have on many occasions is who on the pitch is leading us, driving us on? We have a manager who is shouting and directing from the touchline and will no doubt have a lot to say at half time but who is pushing that on the pitch? Other than Tierney I can't think of anyone who naturally does this in the team.


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Post #528943  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:54 pm 
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Pedestrian stuff.

If anyone from Utd are watching, they’ll be hoping we scrape a 1-0. They’d be more worried about Villarreal on this showing.

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Post #528944  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:55 pm 
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I get that we need to be patient and cautious because once goal for Villareal and we are out (cant see us scoring three) but it feels ultra handbreak.


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Post #528945  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:56 pm 
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Pépé over elaborate. Play the simple game. Very frustrating for teammates awaiting his pass.

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Post #528946  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:00 pm 
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Arteta has 45 mins to save his job. What will he do with this team? How will he inject more urgency in them?

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A steaming pile of manure with a dollop of extremely stinky dog shite on top.

Where is the energy and urgency?. How many backwards passes ffs!.

This is a european semi-final not a testimonial.


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That's better. More urgency.

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A steaming pile of manure with a dollop of extremely stinky dog shite on top.

Where is the energy and urgency?. How many backwards passes ffs!.

This is a european semi-final not a testimonial.

The awfulness of watching it is exacerbated by having to listen to Carney’s inane insights. Not improving my mood at all.

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Post #528950  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:12 pm 
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Good opportunity to replace Pépé with Martinelli?

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Post #528951  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:14 pm 
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Get Martinelli on the pitch.


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Post #528952  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:19 pm 
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Need to get Ødegaard off and get some help for Partey

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The formation of effectively vacating the middle of the pitch and just leaving Partey in there is a bit strange - It worked against Sheff Utd but not sure it has worked since but we've stuck to it. Feels like a 4-1-4-1 formation.


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john1 wrote:
Need to get Ødegaard off and get some help for Partey

Elneny needed in the middle of the pitch, Martinelli needed up top. I'd take Ødegaard and Pépé off.


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At what point are we actually going to go for it? This isn't just a semi final this feels like do or die for the next 2-3 years for us in terms of progression.


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One key weakness in Ødegaard is that he drops away from the opponent when he loses the ball.

He is Ceballos version II

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Post #528957  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:24 pm 
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An hour in and in a game we must score we've only had 1 shot on target. Villarreal probably can't believe how little pressure they've been under.


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Need to get Ødegaard off and get some help for Partey

Elneny needed in the middle of the pitch, Martinelli needed up top. I'd take Ødegaard and Pépé off.


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Post #528959  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:26 pm 
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Ødegaard off for Martinelli.
Seems to be Saka moving more central and martinelli left and Pépé right


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Post #528960  Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:27 pm 
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Come on Martinelli !

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