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Everything posted by chris79

  1. don't know if it was mentioned but England only won one of their last 5 games at this WC if you exclude pen shootout
  2. Hysaj, Ajeti and Memushaj having a really good game for Albania. Nobody's worth mentioning in the other team, especially the leftback was poor.
  3. Surely 'Tomas Rosicky's thread' Second game away at Leicester is far from ideal, they may still be carried by the euphoria and not influenced by having to play more games due to CL.
  4. Job's done. Shame Ni are not looking like they can take points off UKR or GER. Kapustka's such a great prospect, he was a bit stressed at start, but grew as the game continued. He's only 19 FFS We were poor on set pieces and lacked good final ball/good cross, which is the reason it didn't end 3 or 4 to nil. However the decision to play Szczęsny ahead of Fabiański is going to cost us at some point.
  5. But he didn't have Arteta in 3-0 vs MU. But that's not important, the thing is you indirectly agreed with my original point that there was a huge problem deep in the centre of midfield. You believe it will be addressed by Xhaka and I hope you're right.
  6. We struggle while adequately pressed (probably just like almost any team in football) I agree of course, and yes, Cazorla's presence was not preventing this. He was helping organize the play, especially in the transition. For me the simple thing was we were able to use quick attack with him, we struggled at it when he got injured. We scored all 5 goals at Leicester from counter attacks. Of course if Xhaka is going to be so good at the ball then great, as I said I don't know him.
  7. 1.No they were not. I know he was moved from your 'liked' to 'hated' group for some reason, but with him in the team we had our best spell last season. Not to mention the season before. 2. I know nothing about Xhaka, from what I read here and there, his game is based on aggression and he's best at defending and not at controlling play - that would mean he is an upgrade on Coquelin and not a younger Arteta/a stronger Cazorla. But of course I would love him to be a solution - as I said I don't know the player but what was advertised wasn't exactly what I believe is needed. But since you appear to know him better - do you think he could be effective paired with Ramsey? Or Wilshere?
  8. I thought it was obvious the problem was in the centre? After Cazorla's injury we started to get worse and worse and nothing Wenger tried was helping. In many games we looked like having no midfield at all, noone to control the game, just 4-5 players forward waiting for the ball, we stopped being dangerous from counter attacks etc. Ok, maybe Cazorla's going to stay fit all season but he's not getting younger.
  9. Iwobi, Gabriel and Flamini starting, Campbell on the bench, Chambers not making the squad
  10. Ok I'll start. It won't be what the audience is expecting I'm afraid but then again I am sure they will get what they came for eventually. The whole situation could be and perhaps should be analysed in wider perspective of club management, player handling and selection etc. But I will just address some details. 1. We've been playing badly starting at Christmas, with that Southamption defeat. We were lucky on some occasions like Newcastle, we were decent in some games like Barcelona to a certain point but generally something was wrong, we didn't look like hitting some sort of form. We were one man team at some stage and maybe that carried us through late autumn period but something changed around Christmas. 2. The first months of the season it looked to confirm the team was being built with the thought of a rapid counter attack being its main asset. If you go back to the win away at Leicester, I think all 5 goals were scored after quick, precise counters. It suited us very well IMO. At some point, I think it was the time we looked like real favourites to win the title, it seemed to to have completely change. We started to go all out forward with 4 players totally committed to attack. At the same time we started to get ourselves exposed the 13/14 style, with teams often running with 4-5 players at our 2 CBs and maybe a mispositioned DM. For me this is no coincidence. 3. We are poor defensively and actually do not have an effective midfield. Don't want to start a Ramsey discussion, the thing is he has been playing well (apart from finishing ofc) but I have a feeling it is not helping the team much. Maybe he's not really ready to be the CM in this team and be better played out wide. Yeah, I know some will say this team is not ready for him being the CM in it, but then again the so criticised Cazorla was doing extremely well as a CM in this team. I said last year Cazorla was the one who is going to be hardest to replace in our new system and it seems to have been true. 4. Wenger's stubbornness and sticking to his 'original concepts'. Campbell was and is in good form yet in many recent games he was omitted or Walcott or even Iwobi preferred to him. Just because Theo is ranked higher. I am a big fan of Walcott but since return from injury he has been mostly useless. Yet Wenger refuses to take form into consideration when he has his principles like playing Ramsey/Sanchez/now Walcott no matter what. I believe it cost us a few points. 5. Gabriel is not good enough and probably will never be. All that said, what has recently happened is just absolutely unbelievable and unacceptable.
  11. I'd be extremely happy if we signed Rooney. Or anyone as god as him. I prefer him over Higuain not to mention Villa.
  12. We're getting some unexpected help from Aston Villa. I think we are going to make it, even though we were lucky in some games recently. Beating Wigan is vital also because it may guarantee Newcastle's safety before the last game.
  13. Wasn't that the tie where we should have had a clear penalty at home for a foul on Hleb and lost to a dubious penalty at Anfield?
  14. danskjävlar! So, is Fabiański's contract really up in June or does he have another year on it? :confused:
  15. And some second half performances! Razzler, I don't think anyone in here seriously suggests these single results mean we deserved more from these past CL seasons than we got. I'm just saying there is a difference between the Bayern tie and the Milan tie. Bayern were a bit unlucky to lose 2-0 and definitely the better team over the two legs, wouldn't say the same about Milan.
  16. I agree about Bayern, not about Milan, though. They were completely outplayed at the Emirates and just couldn't do anything about it apart from time-wasting. I was pretty certain they would do the same this season when they beat Barca in the first leg. Bayern definitely had a bad day possibly due to feeling too confident but it has to be said we were quite lucky to win it 2-0, they had good chances and we didn't create that much. Which doesn't change the fact we were really close to eliminating them.
  17. I think if that is a tradition in England then there is no reason it shouldn't happen. It is generally totally normal to congratulate a team winning the league in such a style.
  18. I am beginning to think we simply have too weak squad to fully use Cazorla, but am too tired now to explain exactly why Anyway, we need someone who can both pass, press and get into the area in that position and that's what Jack can do, Rosicky can as well but he needs to stay fit and be played every week (both unlikely) and it is what Cazorla just isn't doing. I think in a season or two that is the position Wilshere will be playing and it will be seen as obvious choice for both England and Arsenal. Song was playing the way he was because he was allowed to, at least that's what the consensus here was based on his and Wenger's quotes. And I fully believe it: had he been instructed by the manger not to go forward or not try the killer pass then he saw fit, he wouldn't have done it. Thing is, he had someone to aim them at and it got us a few vital points. In fact, I never agreed with this 'too many killer passes' thing, even if I was often irritated by him just being too offensive at times.
  19. In other words, we need a real defensive midfielder and we shouldn't have let Song go. Wilshere's best position is the old Cesc's role IMO, though I don't agree with SJ that Jack playing deeper leaves us too exposed. I'd prefer Song-Arteta-Wilshere to anything else we played this season. Thing is, Arteta maybe has one more season like this in him.
  20. A few seasons back at this point of year we were in a similar position, we were thinking 'we should win the title this season cause the gap is so small and we have easier fixtures than MU/CFC". Anyway, I agree.
  21. Interestingly, I watched an interview with Szczesny senior a few days ago. I treat what he says as more or less coming from Woj or at least based on what he hears from Woj. He admitted Woj's form was disappointing for everyone including Woj himself and hinted that Wenger made it clear to him. He also moaned for 100th time how Wenger asked his son to play with a serious injury at the end of last season (BTW it was the same with Rosicky and it ended with him being injured at the Euros) and that at that time he had told him the would be no sentiments and Wenger would not 'remember' that and do him any favours in the fiuture. Generally from what he said Szczesny's situation is far worse than just being rested for a few games. IMO he was really good in the first part of this season, but the entire 2013 was his worst spell ever at the club. He may look strong mentally, but on the other hand a lot of things have not been going well for him since the Euros and it probably played its role. National team is very important to him. Before the tournament he was a big star and a certain number one. He lost his place in the team during Euros, then wasn't selected for the prestigious game vs England and now Artur Boruc is back to his best so he will certainly not play in the coming matches.
  22. Cazorla was excellent, for the first time in many games. It doesn't mean the issue SJ described doesn't exist. AOC brought something different to the team, I liked how he worked defensively especially in the first half. Theo isn't in top form, but I am not worried about him. Jenkinson was very good again. As for keepers, Fabianski wasn't really tested today, but in Munich he was excellent. He is 'totally opposite' to Szczesny in many ways. Both are great shot stoppers, have good reflex. Fabian is calmer and less likely to take risks, while Woj rushes out of goal most of the times the ball is played behind defenders.
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