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Post #569761  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 2:06 pm 
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Gabriel and Saliba are for me the best defensive partnership in the league, it’s maybe not spoken about enough that we signed this pair for £50m combined at the ages of 23 and 18.

Individually they are both in the top 5 CB in the league for me, where else in the league has anyone recruited such quality, at such a young age for such a small price?

Saliba went from not even good enough to train at Colney and had to go out on loan to one of the best CBs in the league and Europe as a whole.

Water under the bridge, but my 'Spider senses' says he was good enough to at least be on the bench all along an just needed minutes to get acclimated to the pace and physicality of the league.

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Post #569762  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:21 pm 
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No changes to the high scoring team, as far as I can see. Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe on the bench.

22Raya
4White
2Saliba
6Gabriel
15Kiwior
8Ødegaard
41Rice
29Havertz
7Saka
19Trossard
11Martinelli

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1Ramsdale
10Smith Rowe
14Nketiah
17Cédric Soares
20Jorginho
21Fábio Vieira
24Nelson
25Elneny
31Hein
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Post #569763  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:04 pm 
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Sloppy start, and a yellow for Rice.


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Post #569764  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:13 pm 
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Saliba being careless twice in the opening minutes

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Post #569765  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:16 pm 
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Luton leading Pool 1-0

And Pool leads 2-1 now :20hospitals:

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Post #569766  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:21 pm 
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Take Rice off for Jorginho. The Portuguese will be play acting like hell.

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Post #569767  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:23 pm 
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Proper let-off there.


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Post #569768  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:23 pm 
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Porto should have scored. Unbelievable how they didn't.

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Post #569769  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:24 pm 
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Bloody hell we got lucky there, I can't quite believe that stayed out.


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Post #569770  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:24 pm 
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Post #569771  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:30 pm 
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Have we had a shot on goal?

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Post #569772  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:30 pm 
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We need to get it to Martinelli and Saka quicker. There is space behind their defense.

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Post #569773  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:40 pm 
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Now I see why we put out such a strong XI.

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Post #569774  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:43 pm 
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Our reputation for corners precedes us.


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Porto defenders all fall down at corners


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Listening to Arsenal radio coverage but seems we are pretty blunt. They keep saying they will run out of puff: I hope so. Our EG for first half .26: out possession 71%.

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Post #569777  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:49 pm 
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Porto made way more of their few opportunities. They really should be up 1-0. We have not had any decent shot at goal.

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Porto defenders all fall down at corners

A clear policy. The think is the ref isn't giving too many frees to them. Also Odegard needs to have a quiet word with the referee.

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Listening to Arsenal radio coverage but seems we are pretty blunt. They keep saying they will run out of puff: I hope so. Our EG for first half .26: out possession 71%.

Cagey. Porto definitely carry a threat so we're right not to take liberties. But I felt we had the opportunity to play the ball over the top a couple of times and just didn't take it. We were a bit more purposeful towards the end of the half, with Saka coming into the game more.

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If we retain the lions share of the possession and keep the passes tight, we can get out of town with a 0-0 draw. I'd prefer a scoring draw but looks like we won't score unless we are down 1 nil and desperate.

Second half we are either going to have to score from a corner or show them something different than the usual pattern of predictable passes.

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Porto defenders all fall down at corners

A clear policy. The think is the ref isn't giving too many frees to them. Also Odegard needs to have a quiet word with the referee.

They are backing into our players and then falling over when they get out the way. Ridiculous.

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Too much fannying around on the ball and too slow moving the ball through the lines.

Get the ball out to Saka and Martinelli quicker. By the time they get it the space has been closed down.

Why doesn't Gabriel play the ball into Martinelli as soon as he gets it, he always turns back inside and gives the ball to Saliba or Rice. One touch and get it into Martinelli's feet.

We've had 70% possession but zero real threat.

Porto 30% possession and could have had two goals.

That said Saliba and Havertz should both have scored


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Post #569783  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:56 pm 
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Sub Rice. A second yellow could come with any tackle.

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Post #569784  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 8:59 pm 
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Sub Rice. A second yellow could come with any tackle.

Warned as well. Porto have gotten away with a lot worse and no yellows.

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Too much fannying around on the ball and too slow moving the ball through the lines.

Get the ball out to Saka and Martinelli quicker. By the time they get it the space has been closed down.

Why doesn't Gabriel play the ball into Martinelli as soon as he gets it, he always turns back inside and gives the ball to Saliba or Rice. One touch and get it into Martinelli's feet.

We've had 70% possession but zero real threat.

Porto 30% possession and could have had two goals.

That said Saliba and Havertz should both have scored

Havertz also guilty a couple of times of knocking the ball back to midfield when he needs to drive forward or get it wide.

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Post #569786  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:01 pm 
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A clear policy. The think is the ref isn't giving too many frees to them. Also Odegard needs to have a quiet word with the referee.

They are backing into our players and then falling over when they get out the way. Ridiculous.

Yep. Typical Portuguese nonsense.The ref isn't really buying though.

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Post #569787  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:05 pm 
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Hope Arteta gave instructions for more over the top passes to our front line

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Post #569788  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:15 pm 
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I think this game is a good example of why we need a No.9.

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Post #569789  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:17 pm 
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Kiwior got skinned

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Post #569790  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:20 pm 
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That yellow is ridiculous


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Agreed. Referee is booking anything that moves, mostly us.

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Post #569792  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:21 pm 
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Take Rice out!!!!!!!

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Post #569793  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:22 pm 
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Porto with cynical fouls at any indication of a decent counter.

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Post #569794  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:23 pm 
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Porto players are faking injury at every opportunity

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Post #569795  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:23 pm 
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Far more attacking Arsenal this half. Whatever was said at halftime, is working so far.

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Post #569796  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:25 pm 
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gooner7 wrote:
Take Rice out!!!!!!!

Agree. The ref is somewhat unpredictable!

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Post #569797  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:26 pm 
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Kiwior is not having a good game

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Post #569798  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:28 pm 
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DHD wrote:
That yellow is ridiculous

The ref is worrying. He could easily give a red card. I'd take a 0-0 to get it back to The Emirates.

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Post #569799  Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2024 9:29 pm 
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A draw would be a good result at this stage. It's getting a bit precarious.

Arteta needs to change things up.

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Jorginho for Rice
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