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Post #560121  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:54 pm 
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Jesus still looks dangerous. He really needs a goal to tell himself he's fully back.

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Post #560123  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:55 pm 
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???? weird substitutions


Not sure what the line up was at the end. Had a kind of preseason feel about it, players popping up in places you don't expect


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Post #560124  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 3:58 pm 
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Time to believe now. No Brazilians called up over this international break, no distractions, COYG.


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Post #560125  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:03 pm 
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That's 6 straight league wins since we lost to City. Superb response.

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Ash wrote:
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???? weird substitutions


Not sure what the line up was at the end. Had a kind of preseason feel about it, players popping up in places you don't expect

Was it notionally Partey in at right back when White went off and Jorginho came on. I did think of that as an emergency solution as Partey has played there before and in reality is so good that he’d be the best back up to White but I’m not a fan of swapping out so many players from their main position


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Another 3 points :53big-emoticons:
The team plays beautiful football :58big-emoticons:
Happy for Holding who did well today

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Tierney really playing well.


Sadly unlikely to be with us next season

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Post #560129  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:19 pm 
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White has been majestic today.


And importantly so, Zaha needed to be tamed

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Sakaaaa!!!!!
Finishing a brilliant passage of play stretching back a couple of minutes. Superb.
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Sorry soc on a mate's dodgy streaming subscription.

Goal!!!!!!! Deadly finish Martinelli!!!!!
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Xhaka enjoyed that!

Classy.

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Lovely. Saka was due a few goals and assists. That should be that.

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Post #560134  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:28 pm 
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The key is keeping as much of these 11 for because when we get them out I think we are the best team in the league.

We’ve only been able to put out what most Arsenal fans would consider to be our best 11 six times in the league this season.

The first 11 in the invincibles season only started 2 games together


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Post #560135  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 4:35 pm 
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Really pleased for Holding to put a solid performance in, I’m sure there were a number of Gooners nervous about him coming in to the team.

I wrote before the game I was worried about White up against Zaha, but White had a great game and it was Zaha not really tracking back with must gusto that was tactical suicide when facing Saka on our right


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gooner7 wrote:
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White has been majestic today.


And importantly so, Zaha needed to be tamed

Yes, he was a menace throughout. But we also saw the other lackadaisical side of him and his lack of defensive effort.

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Post #560137  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 5:25 pm 
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Saka and Martinelli should absolutely walk 1 and 2 in young player of the year. Both should really be in a conversation for the main award but I suspect Haaland will win that even if we win the league


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Post #560138  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 5:27 pm 
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Rich wrote:
Ash wrote:

Not sure what the line up was at the end. Had a kind of preseason feel about it, players popping up in places you don't expect

Was it notionally Partey in at right back when White went off and Jorginho came on. I did think of that as an emergency solution as Partey has played there before and in reality is so good that he’d be the best back up to White but I’m not a fan of swapping out so many players from their main position

It doesn't make sense to shift Partey. He's just too good where he is. I'd rather stick Tierney there if necessary. Tierney as an emergency centre back is not the worst option either.

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Post #560140  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 5:55 pm 
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Rich wrote:
The key is keeping as much of these 11 for because when we get them out I think we are the best team in the league.

We’ve only been able to put out what most Arsenal fans would consider to be our best 11 six times in the league this season.

The first 11 in the invincibles season only started 2 games together


Next game is big. We are home to Leeds while City have Pool. If City draw or even loose (not impossible) it could be 10 or 11 points at the end of that day. It would leave City with a mountain to climb.

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Rich wrote:
The key is keeping as much of these 11 for because when we get them out I think we are the best team in the league.

We’ve only been able to put out what most Arsenal fans would consider to be our best 11 six times in the league this season.

The first 11 in the invincibles season only started 2 games together


Next game is big. We are home to Leeds while City have Pool. If City draw or even loose (not impossible) it could be 10 or 11 points at the end of that day. It would leave City with a mountain to climb.

It could well turn out that way. Liverpool won't roll over at the Etihad. Also, City have really tough CL games and there's no doubt that is their No.1 priority.

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Blimey Fulham have lost their heads! Handball on the line when 1-0 up and the better team, red card and penalty….then the manager is sent off and Mitrovic barges the ref and he gets sent off as well.

No idea why Fulham argued the penalty so much it was absolutely clear. But 20 mins left don’t handball on the line, let the goal go in and start again at 1-1 with 11 men. The only time you can justify a handball on the line is literally the last minute of extra time when you’re drawing or leading


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Post #560143  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 6:12 pm 
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dec wrote:
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Next game is big. We are home to Leeds while City have Pool. If City draw or even loose (not impossible) it could be 10 or 11 points at the end of that day. It would leave City with a mountain to climb.

It could well turn out that way. Liverpool won't roll over at the Etihad. Also, City have really tough CL games and there's no doubt that is their No.1 priority.

City will be eyeing up a treble now. They’ve got sheff Utd in the cup semi….although to be fair they beat us and Chelsea in the early rounds. Certainly a far herder cup run than anything Man U have faced this year


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Once again I’ve watched a Man U game where they are second best for most of the game but are still going to win the game.

Glad they have got Brighton in the semi final. They’ll give them a proper game


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Rich wrote:
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It could well turn out that way. Liverpool won't roll over at the Etihad. Also, City have really tough CL games and there's no doubt that is their No.1 priority.

City will be eyeing up a treble now. They’ve got sheff Utd in the cup semi….although to be fair they beat us and Chelsea in the early rounds. Certainly a far herder cup run than anything Man U have faced this year

United have had home draws in every round of both cups.

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Post #560146  Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2023 7:32 pm 
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Back from the game. Canonbury tavern does a banging roast pork on a Sunday if you get there early.

The game, well stroll like I said. Ben White man of the match just superb. Holding had a great game but I feel when he gets man tight to his striker there’s always the chance the player could roll him and have a clear run to goal. however he did well today. I thought despite scoring xhaka had a so so game where he was guilty at times of not pressing enough but we won so who cares really.

I think the cameo from KT showed what a good player he is. 1 assist, created another great chance and his intelligent tracking back prevented a goal. He’s a far far better player than just a minutes sub.


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Saka now has more goals and assists this season than Ryan Giggs ever had in his entire career


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If you were making a team of the season I think you could make a case for most of our players. Part of that is because City have rotated a lot and have 1 stand out star.
Maybe it’s easier to look at any outside competition.
Haaland for sure
Kane - in any other season without Haaland would be much more heralded for his goals
Rashford will get in but why not Martinelli ahead of him. 1 goal less but 1 assist more…. Pretty level pegging but everyone will go for Rashford because he’s just been all over the media
Trippier will get mentioned but White has been superb
Newcastle defence based on goals conceded but Gabriel and Saliba are just better players and play high line and 1v1 defending - totally different to what Newcastle do
Casemiro - not a chance over Partey for me. 8 games suspended for Casemiro for a start


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6 in 6 for Martinelli. He’s come back in to form with a bang.
6 in 6 for us since the City game.

Martinelli player of the month and Arteta manager of the month for March - it should be - any other result would just be the voters not wanting Arsenal to win it every month. We’ve won every game, no-one else has


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Rich wrote:
6 in 6 for Martinelli. He’s come back in to form with a bang.
6 in 6 for us since the City game.

Martinelli player of the month and Arteta manager of the month for March - it should be - any other result would just be the voters not wanting Arsenal to win it every month. We’ve won every game, no-one else has

Gabby was unplayable again in the first half. It was a ruthless finish. He doesn’t really get too much acclaim for some reason. He’s almost scored as many goals as rashford who is being lauded by the media as the best player in Europe right now. 13 goals is a great haul for a left winger


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11 more points for St Totteringham’s day….and that is on the assumptions spurs are going to win 10 straight to end the season.

I think we can safely say without being too arrogant that we’ll finish above Spurs this season and welcome champions league football next year


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6 in 6 for Martinelli. He’s come back in to form with a bang.
6 in 6 for us since the City game.

Martinelli player of the month and Arteta manager of the month for March - it should be - any other result would just be the voters not wanting Arsenal to win it every month. We’ve won every game, no-one else has

Gabby was unplayable again in the first half. It was a ruthless finish. He doesn’t really get too much acclaim for some reason. He’s almost scored as many goals as rashford who is being lauded by the media as the best player in Europe right now. 13 goals is a great haul for a left winger

It has been noticeable that he doesn’t take his man on as much in the wide areas but when he gets in the box in more of a striker position he’s very good. A bit different to Saka who thrives at driving at his man from wide areas.
Whatever he’s doing he’s doing it well, no need to try him as a CF because he’s doing it from the left wing.

I read that his quick touch away with the right and hit with the left is a typical Brazilian futsal technique.

Both Martinelli and Saka scoring goals with both feet, must be a nightmare to defend against. And even if you manage to keep them under control you have Ødegaard and Trossard or Jesus as well.


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Xhaka has twice as many goals this year as the previous 3 put together.

When pundits and commentators reference the Xhaka renaissance they do it based on ‘that’ incident at home to palace which is understandable but is doing the player a disservice because it doesn’t focus on his improvement as a footballer.

Xhaka is the one people point to in our front 5 who fans think we can improve on, I don’t think that would be as easy as many think. He’s been tremendous and gives a maturity and balance to our play, not to mention the leadership.

Can you remember fairly recently we bemoaned our lack of leaders?
Xhaka, Ødegaard, Zinchenko, Gabriel, Ramsdale, and there’s others - these players have personality


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Rich wrote:
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Gabby was unplayable again in the first half. It was a ruthless finish. He doesn’t really get too much acclaim for some reason. He’s almost scored as many goals as rashford who is being lauded by the media as the best player in Europe right now. 13 goals is a great haul for a left winger

It has been noticeable that he doesn’t take his man on as much in the wide areas but when he gets in the box in more of a striker position he’s very good. A bit different to Saka who thrives at driving at his man from wide areas.
Whatever he’s doing he’s doing it well, no need to try him as a CF because he’s doing it from the left wing.

I read that his quick touch away with the right and hit with the left is a typical Brazilian futsal technique.

Both Martinelli and Saka scoring goals with both feet, must be a nightmare to defend against. And even if you manage to keep them under control you have Ødegaard and Trossard or Jesus as well.


We are a fullbacks nightmare, the ball pings from flank to flank landing with a 21 year old winger on each flank who probes for openings. They don’t get time to think. We can buy our time with confidence that either of them will get the better of their opponent which nearly always happens. Both were unplayable today


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Trossard. 5 starts in the league for us - 1 goal and 6 assists. He's been a huge boost to our title run


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Another big save from Ramsdale early on as he just got a finger tip to Zaha's shot on to the post. It probably won't be lost on some rival fans that it came back and hit him and stayed out after what happened to Jorginho's shot that hit Martinez and went in. I'll say having made the save he deserved the luck.
Another probably unsung hero of our season because he's made big saves at crucial times in wins - the forwards take the plaudits but Ramsdale gave them the platform


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Such kind words, means so much, thank you.

Hi Judith, I remember Steve as an opinionated (in a good way) contributor to the forum, who (although there was the occasional banning!) was always keen to promote views that didn't necessarily line up with his. As an Australian forum member, based in Melbourne, I'm really sorry I never got to meet him.


I never realized you live in Melbourne and are still an avid Forumite and Arsenal fan, fantastic and thank you.


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Decaf wrote:
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Thanks for your kind words, you can not imagine how much it means to me, I remember the names you are mentioning,Steve's life was Arsenal, this Forum and his family! He was very strict and had very high expectations of himself and others! At the start he was regularly approached to put adds on the forum, he was horrified, to make money out of Arsenal was un thinkable! We are very grateful to Warrior who has been just amazing in keeping this Forum going and the moderators. Thanks again.

He was a top bloke Judith, a very vivid personality even to those of us who never met him in person. Warrior clearly is too, notwithstanding the massive salary we have to pay him :laughing7: :laughing7:


Steve had an amazing sense of humor, not from me I might say! Always funny, the center of attention, his friends all said if you have a party and you don't invite Steve, it will be boring! Warrior is fantastic too, both had good humor, maybe that's what made them good friends to begin with!


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Judith wrote:
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He was a top bloke Judith, a very vivid personality even to those of us who never met him in person. Warrior clearly is too, notwithstanding the massive salary we have to pay him :laughing7: :laughing7:


Steve had an amazing sense of humor, not from me I might say! Always funny, the center of attention, his friends all said if you have a party and you don't invite Steve, it will be boring! Warrior is fantastic too, both had good humor, maybe that's what made them good friends to begin with!


Unfortunately Judith, Warrior has changed. £80,000 a week has gone to his head.

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Unfortunately Judith, Warrior has changed. £80,000 a week has gone to his head.

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