Arsenal vs Watford: Don’t screw it up boys 🚨🚨🚨

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It’s match day. Finally, a bit of football goodness, back in my life. Also, back in your life. It’s in all our lives. It never dies.

Arsene Wenger says we have to bring some urgency to the game.

“The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency, and urgency is something that keeps you alert, so we know what will be expected of us.

“We have to be conscious that it will be a different game at Watford, but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on.”

He’s right. A slow start can’t be on the agenda. I want to see us destroy quickly and then get some players in the changing room having a rest.

Watford won’t be a breeze like United was. They won’t play to our strenghts. They’ll likely have a plan to nullify what we’re about.

I’d imagine they might try and capitalise on tired legs. They’ll start fast and try and catch us napping.

Big questions around resting players. This game isn’t a major one in terms of toughness, and it’d probably be smart for the boss to bring some rotation. Sanchez was played last week and he’ll have contended with a long flight. Last thing we need to be doing with him is throwing him into a 90minutes slog.

However, the form he’s in might make the temptation too strong. He can’t play all the games though. This would be a good one to leave him on the bench for.

Wenger also took time out to state the obvious.

“I would say the Premier League is the most important competition for us.”

Yep. The Champions league was a slag anyway.

“[We] are back and capable to get the best players. I think Man United game can increase the belief and hunger of the players.”

Yes Arsene. The belief is key here. Belief and hunger. Hunger is the most important thing for me. Sometimes we’re hungry, sometimes we’re the cat that won’t eat cat food because  it prefers butchers cut ham. I’m not sure how we get our team to starve in the week. Because sometimes there’s a collective sigh of ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ and it kills us time and time again.

It’s a motivation issue. Wenger has struggled with the new breed of players he’s brought in to get them to bleed for the cause. How do we get some nasty into the side? How do we find our winnertivity? How do you break through the glass ceiling of comfort into a higher place of competitiveness?

This is what our next 6 games aim to address. We have a group of quite uninspiring games. A group of fairly winnable games (bar the Bayern matches). A group of games we’d normally screw up in.

We can’t screw up if we’re serious about the most winnable league in decades.

Enjoy the game wherever you may be.

 

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  1. Leedsgunner

    Here’s a thought… although they didn’t score Deeny and Ighalo looked a handful and if we are honest they SHOULD HAVE taken the lead in the first half. Worth a look if they keep improving? Deeny reminds me of Ashley Young when he was with Watford… and he was very good with them. I believe Ighalo were teammates with Sanchez back when he was at Udinese…

  2. underrated Coq

    Mourinho goes from “Hazard is just as good as Ronaldo and Messi” last season to “Hazard must work harder to make the first 11” this time around.

    Hilarious stuff.

    I’ve always felt Hazard was grossly overrated. For all the praise over his technical ability ( I actually think he is a one trick pony– sideways dribbling ) , his end product has always been decent, at best. I mean, take away the penalties and his numbers are bang average.

    Forget Messi and Ronaldo, he isn’t even on the levels of Suarez, Neymar and now Sanchez.

  3. qna

    What a relief. Came out of the international break without too much to worry about injury wise and we also managed to get the three points. A real banana skin avoided. Great stuff.

  4. gonsterous

    Well having just Seen the highlights, it seems Ramsey stayed more on the right than usual but kos looked all over the place.. he seems to be losing his pace now !!
    Also to all those haters, another 2 assists for ozil !!!

  5. N5

    I’d never stick up for Maureen but the two comments are not mutually exclusive! Even the best players can have off periods. I bet even Messi has been told to work harder before.

  6. qna

    Gonsterous. I agree that Ramsey has his limitations. But I think the stick that he has been getting this year has been very harsh. For one thing he is not a right sided forward, he is a central midfielder. It is hardly his fault that a club the size of Arsenal doesnt have a genuine player in this position. But I think it is incredible that he has managed to come in and do a half decent job in that position and keep out the players that we do have. I feel a lot of sympathy for any player who gets played out of position (not by choice) and then gets hammered for not being as good as they were in their favoured position. We do need to go out and buy somebody to play that position. But until then, I am grateful for the job Ramsey is doing and hope that in time he can fight his way back as the brilliant central midfielder he has shown glimpses of being.

    As for Ozil. Wasnt his best game, but he ran his feet off and after an international break I am just happy that he isnt injured and got his assist.

    Kos did look rusty and if his legs are not gone already, they will be soon. But not ready to call it yet as it was his first game back after a layoff. He still has plenty to offer. But the job for squad management now is to provide better cover as we now have two very senior first choice CBs. I would like us to go and get Rugani this winter. Chambers should be sent out to develop on loan and make the decision on him on loan.

    Sanchez is incredible. He got back from a grueling trip on Thursday if I read it correctly and was still the best player on the ground. Glad we were able to take him off. We are going to really struggle if he gets injured.

  7. gonsterous

    Qna

    True, that Ramsey is not playing in his favoured position, but honestly, we would be getting so much more from ox or Theo if they played there. Ramsey is in the team coz Wenger likes him a lot. Maybe next season when cazorla can’t do a job anymore, we will see Ramsey in his position !!
    Also we need to sell glassy mcglee ( wilshere) while he still has some worth !!

  8. underrated Coq

    ” Even the best players can have off periods. I bet even Messi has been told to work harder before. ”

    The point was about how good a player Hazard actually is. He’s grossly overrated, as simple as that. He is an excellent dribbler, I give him that but other parts of his game, especially end product aren’t all that.

    Which is what makes Mourinho’s statement all the more hilarious, I’d say right up there with Wengers ” Sanogo might become a 50 million pound player one day ” in terms of ridiculousness. Atleast Wenger was making a point of view to the future. Mourinho meanwhile flat out said, I think, that Hazard is on par with Ronaldo and Messi.

    Sanchez, in his first season in the PL, outscored him ( and I think got similar assists as well ) without having the advantage of taking spot kicks.

    Mourinho talked up Hazard throughout last season and it probably played a role in him getting player of the season accolade. If Alexis was Chelsea and Hazard was Arsenal, is there any doubt in who would have scooped up the prize ?

    IMO Hazard isn’t all that. Maybe it is Chelsea’s defensive style that is holding him back, no one can say for sure but what can be said is that he is certainly not worth all that praise and hype he gets.

  9. WengerEagle

    underrated coq

    Can’t agree on Hazard.

    He was phenomenal last season in particular and won all the individual player of the season accolades for a reason.

    Can’t believe that you’d call him a ‘one-trick pony’ sideways dribbler tbh, defies belief.

    He’s by far and away the best dribbler in the BPL and is only second in Europe to the great man himself, Messi.

    Agree that he needs to improve his end product to go to the next level and that he is struggling badly so far this season but class is permanent as Alexis has shown in his last few matches for us.

  10. WengerEagle

    On his day he is capable of pure and utter magic.

    No other player in the BPL is capable of producing that run he did last season to win the penalty vs us in the 2-0 win.

    Consistency and end product is what he needs to improve on, also I do agree that Chelsea negative tactics restrict him.

    He’ll be a Real Madrid player within 3 years I think.

  11. nasri's mouth

    Hazard is an excellent player. He probably doesn’t have enough end product though.

    He’s been dropped for two reasons.

    Firstly he’s out of form / knackered etc. and secondly Chelsea have forgotten how to defend. This isn’t Hazard’s fault per se, there are others who are worse than him, but as the ‘flair’ player he gets dropped so a more defensive player can be brought in to cover the deficiencies of others.

    Mourinho is being sensible. It’s back to basics stuff.

    Defend first, don’t concede. Then build on that. It’s uninspiring, but it will slowly improve results and confidence.

  12. nasri's mouth

    Ramsey is a tricky one. On one hand he missed a couple of big-ish chances, one of which could have been very well influential on the game. On the other he ran his socks off, got into great positions and dovetailed really nicely with Bellerin.

    I don’t get the argument that he’s not suited to his current position. He’s playing well there and its a good fit for the team. The issue is his shooting, and that isn’t going to magically improve if he starts in CM

  13. underrated Coq

    Yikes, some of my grammar and spelling went to pots in that post.

    WE

    ” He was phenomenal last season in particular and won all the individual player of the season accolades for a reason. ”

    Reason being Chelsea winning the title. I acknowledge that Hazard played a big role in that, but in all honesty: Sanchez was better overall IMO, as far as individual performers go.

    ” Can’t believe that you’d call him a ‘one-trick pony’ sideways dribbler tbh, defies belief. ”

    Haha, fair enough. Might have exaggerated that a little bit but the point remains: other than dribbling ability, other aspects of his game still do have that question mark over them.

    Maybe playing for the likes of Barca or Madrid might make him a far better player or it might not. However, at this moment in time no way he is this amazing,special player that many make him out to be.

    ” No other player in the BPL is capable of producing that run he did last season to win the penalty vs us in the 2-0 win. ”

    Oh come on now, I think you are guilty of over-exaggerating here 😉

  14. Sukky

    To be honest, I think hazard was better than alexie last season. Last season, sanchez was so frustrating sometimes-Holding the ball too long, losing possession cheaply, poor combination play. Those were the areas hazard excelled last season but he’s struggling this season and he’s clearly tired. Alexie has improved alot this season. The chances he has created is unbelievable, his combination play and running behind has really improved. If both players are in their prime, alexie will still be ahead of him because of his end products.

  15. underrated Coq

    NM

    ” The issue is his shooting, and that isn’t going to magically improve if he starts in CM ”

    Hopefully that was a consequence of a lacking in confidence. Now that he got his first goal, he should be more relaxed in his decision making.

  16. Dusty Kart

    I’d rather have Sanchez any day over Hazard he’s a fucking serial diver and a cheat he’s at the right club with the other annoying cunt!!

  17. WengerEagle

    ‘Reason being Chelsea winning the title. I acknowledge that Hazard played a big role in that, but in all honesty: Sanchez was better overall IMO, as far as individual performers go.’

    Bale won it twice with the Spuds and they didn’t get near the title. In fact 5 of the last 6 PFA Player of the Year winners haven’t come from a BPL winning side with Hazard being the only one so I’d dispute that being on a title winning side determines that straight away.

    Sukky has it right in that last season Hazard was better, everyone and their dog in the BPL agreed on that.

    ‘However, at this moment in time no way he is this amazing,special player that many make him out to be.’

    Haha fair enough but you’re kind of kicking the man when he’s down, it’s easy to come out and say this sort of stuff when a player is badly out of form.

    He’s not the only one to have gone through a rough patch, Aguero and Sanchez did until very recently (Sanchez from January to May didn’t come close to matching his pre-Christmas output).

    Hazard will come good very soon.

    ‘Oh come on now, I think you are guilty of over-exaggerating here ‘

    Game of opinions mate. 😉

  18. Nasri's Mouth

    underrated Coq: Hopefully that was a consequence of a lacking in confidence.

    Yeah, I hope so. The rest of his game isn’t lacking in confidence. He never gives up, always ready for the ball, always making runs, always tracking back.

    I’d be tempted to give him an extra hour a day of shooting practice to be honest

  19. Sam

    At least me n Redtroll have something in common
    We both hate messi but I don’t go extreme to call him crap prayer
    That’s silly!
    I like neymar

  20. Sam

    Ramsey supporters now coming out after that fluke goal, Lol!!!
    The boy should join Giroud on the bench n stop costing us chances that could eventually cost us points in big game.

    Hmmm our next game is against Bayern
    Play a proper winger or we’ll be F@cked
    It’ll be too late when we sub him after 60 minutes
    Possibly 2 nil down n no way back

  21. Nasri's Mouth

    Sam: Play a proper winger or we’ll be F@cked

    We don’t play with wingers. We play with attacking midfielders who come inside, allowing the full backs to go past them on the wing.

    That’s pretty much been a standard of Wenger’s style since he came.

  22. Nasri's Mouth

    @Sam

    And the fluke goal doesn’t suddenly make Ramsey a good player. What makes him a good player is the fact that he constantly gets in those positions in the first place. His finishing has been pretty poor this season, but his overall play has been good.

  23. Sam

    Good for you Dusty

    All the barca twats that used to wind us up tapping Cesc Fabregas can all f@ck off
    Especially piquet,

    Oh yes, Pep Guardiola too can f@ck off, The arrogant cunt

  24. GuNZ

    Cracking weekend! Great results for all my faves: nougat , rare French vintage champagne and truffles handed out all around, and I have even branded my wonderful lavender, garlic, and chilly home-made bread ‘The Sanchez’ so that I can enjoy him even when he’s not playing.

    Bayern don’t phase me for some reason – the whole thing will only become important if we do well in the first match. Wouldn’t even be surprised if we get 4 points out of the two games. On that note, I shall go and dream sweet dreams.

    Night all. Enjoy your Sunday lunchtime sessions – I certainly gave mine a fair old nudge . . .

  25. underrated Coq

    WE

    ” Bale won it twice with the Spuds and they didn’t get near the title. ”

    Think that’s a bit of an unfair comparison. I’m sorry but NO way did Hazard, last year, have as good a season as Bale did in 2012-13. Bale was unplayable that year and won it deservedly.

    ” In fact 5 of the last 6 PFA Player of the Year winners haven’t come from a BPL winning side with Hazard being the only one so I’d dispute that being on a title winning side determines that straight away. ”

    Fair enough. But when there are two players who have performed to comparable standards then it would matter. Don’t think Hazard had an exceptional season, most certainly not significantly better than Sanchez.

    And the others you talk of are van Persie, Suarez, Aguero and the likes who had exceptional seasons which again, I’m sorry, but Hazard did not have last season.

    ” Haha fair enough but you’re kind of kicking the man when he’s down, it’s easy to come out and say this sort of stuff when a player is badly out of form. ”

    Nah,mate. Not talking about his current struggles. Speaking in general. Even at his peak, which was arguably last year, Hazard wasn’t close to the complete package. Nowhere near the likes of Suarez, Neymar etc.

  26. Nasri's Mouth

    Listening to the journos on sunday supplement the consensus seems to be that Arsenal could win the PL, but that the defence is still shaky.

    A quick check shows that the number of PL goals conceded since the start of 2014/15 is as follows.

    Arsenal 43
    Southampton 45
    Man U 45
    Man C 46
    Chelsea 49
    Liverpool 58
    Spurs 60
    Everton 61

    This would suggest that as far as the league is concerned, our defence is actually the best.

    So what is it ?

    Are the journos just simply wrong?

    Are the results skewed in some way?

    Is it because the view is out of date because people tend to watch highlights rather than the full games?

    Are we just lucky?

    There are comments on here saying that we could have been 2-0 down, but is that we’re more critical of ourselves than other sides, that we forget other teams mistakes quicker than ours?

    Thoughts?

  27. Mick Kartun

    NM

    Nice stats. A true gooners will enjoy a win. Period.

    Although first half is shaky and remind of OLYM Shit could happen again,

    but relieve that our players seems improved, even WOB like me still enjoy a win.

    Maybe we didn’t notice stats too much, but nice that you brought it up, cuz we only see sometimes we tends to have shaky defence. that’s all.

    Bayern next is the real test of all.

  28. qna

    Nasri on Ramsey: I don’t get the argument that he’s not suited to his current position. He’s playing well there and its a good fit for the team. The issue is his shooting, and that isn’t going to magically improve if he starts in CM

    His shooting is already more than adequate as a CM. But not good enough for a RW. Scoring goals is part of being a RW isnt it. Providing that threat and end product. Its probably the most important part. In our case our best forward happens to play at LW, so we can afford to have a little bit weaker player at RW. But without Sanchez in the team, the pressure would be right on Ramsey and Wenger for having a RW that doesnt contribute goals.

    But in Ramseys defense we havent been getting goals out of Welbeck, Oxlaide, or Campbell, from the RW position either. So out of this list, yes I agree Ramsey is the best because if we are sacrificing a genuine goal scorer anyway, we get more movement and play making from him than any of the others.

    The biggest problem is that WALCOTT IS NOT A CENTRAL STRIKER. He had a few good minutes of football against United and he has taken some very good chances to get his goals this season. But the rest of the time he is anonymous. He doesnt give options which closes up the fluidity of our whole attacking game. Again, if not for Sanchez, we would be at DEFCON crisis mode here.

    For me Walcott is the best solution we have at RW. I understand the issue about balance in defence with Walcott, Sanchez and Ozil not able to contribute. But this is the reason we need a central midfielder like Vidal (or Pogba) to replace Cazorla or in some cases Coquelin.

    I think the balance problem comes from our squad and this is why we are left with two strikers (Walcott and Giroud) that are not quite up to it, a RW who is not really a RW and a central midfeild that has a number 10 doing the duties of a central midfielder.

  29. underrated Coq

    NM

    That’s down to pundits and journalists regurgitating their tried and tested bs. They usually pick one of ‘poor defensively’, ‘no bite or presence in midfield’, ‘no leaders in the side’ and ‘where is their Patrick Veiera? ‘ depending on whichever they remember first when asked the question. That they try to pass off as expertise or special insight is what is shocking.

    Latest one is ” Mertesaker’s lack of pace might expose them “. Lol. You hear that before every game.

    Think Wenger was spot on in his assessment of television pundits and media a few weeks ago.

  30. WengerEagle

    underrated coq

    Fair argument, Bale was exceptional in 2012/13 especially. However, Man United won the title by miles and RVP was instrumental in that, was also the BPL top scorer with like 26 goals so it was far from a one horse race.

    In 2011/12 when RVP won it, he scored 30 BPL goals, Rooney from memory had a great season for United, scored something like 26 goals which got them to within inches of winning the league. Aguero scored 23 goals in his debut season for the BPL winners, David Silva and Yaya Toure were also exceptional for City.

    In 2009/10 when Rooney won player of the year I’d argue that Drogba had a better season, he scored more goals (29) and was heavily influential in Chelsea winning the league.

    Just my tuppence on it.

    ‘Even at his peak, which was arguably last year, Hazard wasn’t close to the complete package. Nowhere near the likes of Suarez, Neymar etc.’

    Agree but Sanchez is nowhere near this level either, you’re not being fair to Hazard here. Suarez and Neymar are 2 of the best 3-4 forwards in world football, Neymar has his name written on the Ballon D’or in a few years time he’s that good.

  31. WengerEagle

    ‘That’s down to pundits and journalists regurgitating their tried and tested bs. They usually pick one of ‘poor defensively’, ‘no bite or presence in midfield’, ‘no leaders in the side’ and ‘where is their Patrick Veiera? ‘ depending on whichever they remember first when asked the question. That they try to pass off as expertise or special insight is what is shocking.’

    Fully agree with this. It’s just become synonymous with Arsenal that we have ‘no leaders’, have a ‘weak spine’, are ‘poor on set-pieces’ and that we play ‘pretty football’, the latter two certainly haven’t been true for a few seasons IMO.

    Nearly all pundits just come out with the same shite, we could have a complete new team of personnel and they would throw up the same criticism.

    ‘Latest one is ” Mertesaker’s lack of pace might expose them “’

    Lol, Jamie Redknapp was literally banging on about this not yesterday.

  32. WengerEagle

    ‘Are the journos just simply wrong?’

    IMO they are wrong on the defence which is the best we’ve had since the Invincibles era. In the big matches in recent seasons when we’ve imploded I’d be more inclined to blame the invisible midfield than the defence that get left to pick up the pieces. Also being wasteful in front of goal which is down to the forwards.

    ‘Is it because the view is out of date because people tend to watch highlights rather than the full games?’

    Yes, in a nutshell.

  33. Nasri's Mouth

    qna: His shooting is already more than adequate as a CM. But not good enough for a RW. Scoring goals is part of being a RW isnt it. Providing that threat and end product. Its probably the most important part.

    I’d say yes and no.

    If we were talking about Pires or Overmars or Wiltord or Reyes I’d say absolutely yes. But maybe Ramsey is more of the Parlour / Ljungberg role and while the goals are nice, they’re not the ultimate reason for him on the pitch

  34. underrated Coq

    WE

    ” Bale was exceptional in 2012/13 especially. However, Man United won the title by miles and RVP was instrumental in that, was also the BPL top scorer with like 26 goals so it was far from a one horse race.”

    Hmm, yeah, true that. I think its fair to say emotion plays a bit of role in the voting. RvP had won it the previous year and Bale’s future in English football looked uncertain. Probably that thought was going in the other pro players’ minds while casting their votes.

    Much as in the same way, there will be this general feeling that Sanchez rather unfairly lost out on the award last year. That will likely influence the voting this time around. He’ll probably win it this year.

    ” Agree but Sanchez is nowhere near this level either, you’re not being fair to Hazard here. ”

    Perhaps but Sanchez is the more rounded player IMO atleast and I’d rather watch Sanchez bulldozing his way all over the field– and score spectacularly cracking goals in the process– than Hazard’s more sophisticated elegance and dribbling. Depends on one’s taste I suppose.

  35. MidwestGun

    NM-
    The journos aren’t completely wrong. Our defense still is vulnerable to teams who are able to be organized sit back and have the speed to counter attack quickly after a give away. Taking advantage of Mertesacker and the fact we like to push our fullbacks up the wings.
    It’s just that, not all teams play that way against us. Bigger teams try and play more fluid , and most of the smaller clubs don’t have the stamina or the organization defensively to keep it up for 90 minutes.
    Also, our defending always looks better if we score first, forcing the other team out of their shell.

  36. Nasri's Mouth

    @WE

    Pires role was creating going forward. Certainly his goal ratio was better than Ljungberg too.

    Ljungberg isn’t a really a great comparison with Ramsey but he’s not the ‘2nd striker playing as a midfielder’ that Alexis, Walcott Reyes etc. are/were.

  37. WengerEagle

    NM

    Yeah but with respect to Freddie, Pires was a far better player.

    I just meant that Pires wasn’t as reliant on scoring goals, as you said he was also our main creative force from midfield.

  38. Nasri's Mouth

    Midwestgun: Our defense still is vulnerable to teams who are able to be organized sit back and have the speed to counter attack quickly after a give away

    I’d agree with that, (though not to the same degree as 3/4 seasons ago.

    But, is that just the same for other sides ?

    If we were Man City fans and we analysed their games in the depth we analyse ours, would we be commenting on the way Bournemouth broke through their middle and scored against them? Would we be nervous that when Aguero doesn’t quite click, we’re susceptible to pace going through our midfield?

    I can imagine myself as a fan of pretty much any other PL club (with the possible exception of Chelsea 12/13 and 13/14) and thinking our defence could be a little tighter, not just across the back 4, but in midfield.

  39. WengerEagle

    underrated coq

    Not a bad point, the bizarre decision to crown Giggs the 2008/09 player of the season when he clearly wasn’t puts some weight into that argument.

    I don’t think that Hazard ran away with it last season, Aguero had a phenomenal season as did Alexis, Costa, Terry, Kane, etc.

    But he was that little bit better than the rest. When Chelsea were wobbling it was him who stepped up in the latter stages and ground them out some big wins.

  40. underrated Coq

    ” Our defense still is vulnerable to teams who are able to be organized sit back and have the speed to counter attack quickly after a give away. ”

    To be fair, ALL teams are susceptible to this. Conceding on the first counter attack used to be the norm for Arsenal but that has changed ever since Coquelin was introduced to the side. Arsenal rarely concede these type of goals anymore, in the Premier League.

    ” Also, our defending always looks better if we score first, forcing the other team out of their shell. ”

    Again, this also can be said for most teams. The fact that this Arsenal side look better equipped to play counter-attacking style than a possession based style also helps.

    I think one off games are given too much weight sometimes. Look at how Manchester United’s defense was taken to the cleaners in the last round of matches. Doesn’t mean United are bad defensively.

    It has been a long time in the PL since Arsenal have showed the usual defensive frailties often associated with them. The Champions League though, is a different matter- its put on show almost every game.

  41. WengerEagle

    Coquelin and Gabriel are the two key players that have made us far less susceptible to being blitzed on the counter attack.

    Having Arteta and Mertesacker playing in their place if they get injured/suspended against the likes of City is a very real and scary thought.

  42. MidwestGun

    NM –
    Actually, I feel much the same way about Citeh’s defending. Altho, they tend to score goals in bunches so teams can’t sit back on them. And they play a deeper line then us. But you are probably correct in that every top team has defensive frailty its just whether the other team can take advantage of it or not. I actually don’t worry too much about Mert because he is excellent at starting position and stepping in to make the tackle, his timing is excellent most days. Which is why he partners well with just about anyone.
    Not every team has the speed to beat Bellerin back to his corner flag either when he is caught up the pitch. I agree Journos dont do much research but usually their comments are based on some grain of truth.

  43. WengerEagle

    So we’ve drawn Bosnia in the Euro 2016 play-off, could have been worse.

    They have some top talent in Pjanic, Dzeko, Ibisevic, Lulic and Begovic.

    First leg away is a positive though. A draw in Bosnia would be a great result.

    Sweden-Denmark should be feisty.

  44. Emiratesstroller

    It was a good result yesterday against Watford a team very difficult to beat particularly at home where they had conceded previously just one goal.

    Incidentally we defeated Leicester at their ground who are another team who are also difficult to beat albeit on account of their goal scoring potential.

    Both were contrasting games. The first against a team who are well organised
    and difficult to penetrate and the second who play an expansive game and are
    capable of outscoring opposition.

    Arsenal have learned recently to adapt their game to both situations. We have
    a more solid defence with introduction of both Cech and Coquelin. Apart from
    the occasional aberration we are no longer conceding large numbers of goals
    although I would still like to see Arsenal improve their play at corners and set
    pieces.

    When we play against teams who choose to play open and expansive football
    again we will generally outplay the opposition with our passing game as we
    proved against both Man Utd and Leicester.

    So the question is what does the team/squad need to convert potential title
    holders into the reality?

    At the start of the summer most intelligent members of the media and supporters were pretty clear what was required to strengthen the squad.

    A top class goalkeeper was the main priority. The general feeling was that whilst both Ospina and Sczcesny were both talented they did have flaws. Cech
    was a proven world class goalkeeper and his arrival has added composure and
    confidence to defence.

    Some believed also that we needed a world class defensive midfielder. For my
    part I have disagreed with that view. Personally I think that Coquelin is an outstanding specialist in that position and more importantly he is a ‘team player’
    who rather like Sanchez fights for the cause.

    However, every time he makes a crunching tackle I cringe, because like everyone else who is a genuine supporter we know that there is absolutely no other
    player in the squad who can replace him if he gets injured. That is the dilemma. Wenger has not recruited anyone who can do the job in Coquelin’s absence and the concern is that his potential replacements are Flamini and Arteta both of whom proved in the past that they were not good enough.

    The other major dilemma in the squad is who plays striker and are either Giroud or Walcott good enough for position. The answer there is that neither
    is the solution. Giroud is a competent goalscorer as he proved yesterday.
    Despite limited appearances recently he has still managed to score 4 goals
    in EPL. On the other hand his lack of pace will be always criticised.

    Walcott has on the other hand plenty of pace, but has limitations in other areas of his game. If the opposition plays an open and expansive game then he
    is the right player. However, when the game is tight and against physically
    strong opposition then frankly he becomes a “luxury”. He is never going to
    head a ball or outmuscle the opposition in the way that Giroud manages to
    do.

    The question is can Arsenal find a better and more complete striker than these two? The answer is only if the club is willing and able to outspend most
    of our opponents. On current evidence that will never happen so long as
    Kronke is major shareholder and Wenger the manager.

    You can recruit good players in most positions which Arsenal can afford
    to pay as is proven with acquisition of Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla, but not when
    it comes to the striker.

    Nevertheless Arsenal do have the making of the best team to represent the club in a decade and I am beginning to think that with a little bit of luck and
    investment in January we will finish in top two places in EPL.

  45. alexanderhenry

    Emirates stroller, that’s a reasonable and thoughtful assessment of where we are at the moment. Personally, I think wenger didn’t sign a top striker because he wasn’t given the funds. That’s not because the funds aren’t there, rather they were withheld from him by kroenke. In fact that’s the way it’s been at arsenal ever since kroenke joined the board in 2007. The thing is this: it’s not about wenger anymore. He’s off in a season and a half and what arsenal fans expect won’t be what they get. Initially kreonke might sanction a cash splash to placate
    fans- maybe he won’t even do that. Then it will be business as usual at arsenal and the club will drift in to mediocrity. Arsenal fc is a gold plated investment for kroenke as long as fans continue to pay the enormous ticket prices. In return he offers nothing. He won’t even invest the money htat’s already in the club, instead stockpiling it and continuing to run things on the cheap. It’s a big con trick. Anyway, having said all that, this season I think we do actually have a chance of winning the league. The best chance in 10 years anyway. City are favourites but they are hardly convincing. After that it’s a toss up between us, man u and chelsea. I’m just going to try and enjoy that and not think about the future too much.

  46. Marc

    Alexanderhenry

    Why would Kroenke stockpile cash?

    Why would Wenger allow his reputation be destroyed by not being allowed to spend?

    I think you’ve got it completely wrong, Arsenal not spending is down to Wenger.

  47. steve

    “You can recruit good players in most positions which Arsenal can afford
    to pay as is proven with acquisition of Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla, but not when
    it comes to the striker.”

    A supposed top club who cowers away when competing for players. How lame is that?

  48. Nasri's Mouth

    Marc: Why would Kroenke stockpile cash?

    Financially it might make sense, it might makes things easier with his creditors, and/or it would make selling the club easier / making it worth more

    Marc: Why would Wenger allow his reputation be destroyed by not being allowed to spend?

    £8.5m/yr maybe. Wenger isn’t like most managers and desperate to spend, so maybe the money persuaded him.

    Meh, only the B.o.D. know for sure. Everyone else is just guessing really

  49. Uwot?

    Emiratestroller.as always a well reasoned & thought out piece.if we are to stay the course this season.it will require a min of two additions(not those coming back from injury,arsene!)However we’ll be lucky if we get one.short again.so frustrating…..

  50. bennydevito

    Alexanderhenry,

    I don’t believe that at all, the signings of Ozil & Sanchez prove to me Kronke’s holding nothing back. It’s well documented that it’s Wenger who decides to spend or not. I believe that the club have decided now only to purchase the very best and as such they genuinely weren’t available although I agree that lesser players were available that would have been an upgrade on the usual suspects but with Wenger’s impending departure they’ve decided on a galactico approach and are keeping the powder dry for when these players are available.

  51. Uwot?

    One thought.can someone tell me why hasn’t usmanov made a move to purchase the club yet.it’s not as if it’s getting any cheaper?any thoughts?

  52. Marko

    WE considering the Irish are such a poor poor attacking team it’s hard to know what will ever happen these days when they get onto the field. Decent defensively but more hit and hope attacking wise. Be great for the country to qualify

  53. Marc

    Nasri

    Kroenke can’t just take the money out of the club, he could borrow against Arsenal as an asset but that would be the club and all of it’s assets.

    As for Wenger he could earn similar money elsewhere, Madrid were sniffing round him a couple of years ago. Why not just go and have a crack elsewhere? Why take all of the abuse for not spending when it’s not your choice?

  54. Nasri's Mouth

    @Uwot?

    Simple answer is that Kroenke doesn’t want to sell. If Usmanov offered him over market value, then he might be persuaded, but Usmanov has never really purchased any of his shares above market value.

  55. Marc

    Uwot

    Kroenke doesn’t want to sell and Usmanov will not bid enough to make it an offer he can’t refuse.

    Personally I still don’t want Usmanov running the club.

  56. Marko

    Stroller as per usual talking sense with novella like comments. Thing is though it’s usually tough to sign decent players in the January transfer window especially with our manager and especially before a major summer tournament but mostly the manager. We’ll just have to look about and see if some players aren’t playing as much or are disgruntled for whatever reason. Isco? Maybe a short term solution in Nolito? I dunno

  57. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marc

    Well, Kroenke can take money out of the club, £3m last year, £3m this year.

    We don’t know the finances of KSE because they don’t publicly release their financial information, so it’s impossible to know the details.

    I lean towards Wenger being the deciding factor, but it wouldn’t totally surprise me if Kroenke is gently leaning on (rather than demanding) the club to keep cash in the bank

  58. Marc

    Nasri

    £3 million is nothing in the scheme of things. Our cash reserves are increasing by more than this every year and this will accelerate with the new PL deal. At £3 million per year it would take it would take 50 years to get a chunk of cash while leaving £50 off million against debts etc and that’s if the cash balance remained static. I really don’t think Kroenke grand plan is to take £150 million over 50 years.

  59. Marko

    He looks set for Barca apparently NM. My personal feeling is come January maybe Southampton are 7-10th and might be inclined to accept a bid for Sadio Mane. Fantastic player who’s really stepped up since joining and could play anywhere along the wings or possibly up top. Make no mistake we’d be even more frightening on the counter with him Alexis and Walcott in the team

  60. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marc

    I agree, I don’t think the £3m is the reason for keeping the cash, I was just pointing out that he can and has taken cash out of the club. There’s nothing really stopping him from taking £5m £10m £20m if he wanted to.

    In the meantime the value of the club is increasing each year, which is more likely his real investment.

    But that value is increased by the cash in the club, and as I said we don’t know the details of KSE, so there will always be speculation about Kroenke wanting to keep money in the accounts.

  61. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marko

    We’re being used as a bargaining tool apparently.

    Wenger might buy in Jan, he’s bought some big players in Jan before, but as always, it’ll come down to whether the right person is available.

  62. Marko

    He’s been doing well the last few years. Like I said before going forward we might be looking at instead of spending vast sums on a world class striker who are harder and harder to find we might be better bringing in a couple very good strikers who can share the load.

  63. Marc

    Nasri

    What Kroenke is currently taking is basically an invoice for services provided that the board approves. For Kroenke to take a huge dividend it would be more difficult – Usmanov’s share holding would allow him to block this (to the best of my knowledge) and of course the dividend would be paid out to all share holders so Usmanov would get just under a third of it as well.

    As to huge cash reserves increasing the value of the club how do you value a football club? What’s more valuable Arsenal as they currently stand (lets say finish 2nd or 3rd in the PL and go out of the CL in the group stage with £200 million cash reserves) or Arsenal winning the league, getting to the semi’s of the CL but with cash reserves of £80 million?

    I have no idea.

  64. Bamford10

    1. Hazard is a better all-around footballer than Sanchez, but Sanchez is a better scorer and has a better work-rate and mentality. As talented as Sanchez is, his passing is actually fairly poor and he isn’t as intelligent a player as Hazard is.

    2. Hazard was definitely the best player in the EPL last season.

    3. There is no contradiction whatsoever in Mourinho then saying Hazard is one of the top three players in the world and now saying he must work harder to make the XI. No matter how talented a player is, if he is not working hard, if he is not fully engaged, then he shouldn’t be on the field.

    4. Pundits who say our defense isn’t strong enough are clearly relying on an old, outmoded stereotype. Our back 4-5 is the strongest part of our set-up. Our midfield and attack are our weaknesses, the former especially.

    5. Ultimately we only win the title if we’re better than City, and we’re not. We beat Watford yesterday, not a top eight team. People need to calm down a little.

    City are clearly a level above us, even without Kompany, Silva and Aguero. With those players, they are even better.

    Unless City struggle against middling sides in a way that we don’t, I don’t see us getting above them.

  65. Marko

    I’d love Griezmann (better than Vela for sure am I right WE) but let’s be honest when he becomes available everyone will be interested. The only chance we’d get isif we won the title this season perhaps

  66. Marko

    As talented as Sanchez is, his passing is actually fairly poor and he isn’t as intelligent a player as Hazard is.

    Can’t really comment on both players intelligence I’m not qualified to (either is bamford) but saying Sanchez his passing is poor is much like saying Coquelin’s passing is a hindrance is again complete nonsense and just stuck in certain people’s minds. Take the last two games for example if Ramsey had his shooting boots on he’d of scored against United and an earlier one yesterday and Sanchez would of had two assists.

  67. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marc

    Kroenke taking £3m for ‘services rendered’ (or however it’s been phrased) is just a way of avoiding paying dividends though, which as you say would gift money to Usmanov. Doing it this way means the money goes to him and only him.

    Next season he could present an invoice for £10m for services rendered. He’s a majority shareholder, so it would be hard to stop him.

    There have been cases on a much much smaller scale where minority shareholders have taken majority shareholders to court for attempting to ‘get around’ paying dividends, but that’s a little different to this case.

    How much extra is the club worth to a buyer compared to success ?

    This is extremely hard to quantify.

    Firstly it’s impossible to know how far an extra £100m in players would get us. Which players are we actually talking about, which players are available, how would they improve us, where would we gain points, etc.etc.

    (I’m not saying new signings wouldn’t improve us, they probably would)

    Secondly, it’s almost as hard to know what financial benefits that extra success would gain us. The prize money is known of course, but that’s a one off. What would be important to a buyer would be the increased commercial deals going forward, the increased chances for success the following season etc. against
    the increased costs, which is basically players wages.

    I’d say the cost and ongoing costs (say £20m/yr) of signing £100m worth of players might not match the financial benefits from doing it.

    It’s a big ‘might’ because of how hard it is to quantify, and it all comes down to whether the right players are available in the market to maximise the potential gains.

    Which brings us back to Wenger and whether he was right or not to avoid signing players because he believes the right ones aren’t available at the moment.

  68. Bamford10

    By the way, I watched the City game last night and De Bruyne had another fantastic match. His assist to Sterling was brilliant — one of the best passes of the season thus far — and he was dangerous and creative throughout. Banged two shots off the post, set others up, etc.

    I think it’s funny that people here said I was wrong to say he was one of the best ten players in the EPL at the outset. Not only is he easily one of the best ten, I’d say anyone watching closely would have him in the top five.

    For me De Bruyne is in fact the best player in the league at moment, with Silva and Yaya Toure nearby. He’s just as good a passer as Ozil — if not better — but he is a much more dangerous attacking player as he also brings shooting and scoring.

    Top five players in the EPL at moment, IMO:
    1. De Bruyne
    2. Yaya Toure
    3. David Silva
    4. Alexis Sanchez
    5. David De Gea

    Watch the City highlights and tell me De Bruyne doesn’t have more to his game than Ozil.

    http://www.fullmatchesandshows.com/2015/10/17/manchester-city-vs-afc-bournemouth-highlights-full-match/

  69. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: Watch the City highlights and tell me De Bruyne doesn’t have more to his game than Ozil.

    So you want us to watch JUST the highlights of ONE game against a defensively poor side to prove one attacking player is better than enough ?

  70. Nasri's Mouth

    I’m not sure Hazard is defensively weaker this season compared to last.

    It’s more that the rest of Chelsea are, and he’s being sacrificed (made the scapegoat if you like) to enable them to play a more defensive player to bolster the current defensive shortcomings of other players

  71. WengerEagle

    Haha Marko that he was playing better at the time in my defence! Look a bit silly now mind…

    I’m still not convinced that he’s the real deal tbh. He has a terrible record vs the decent sides in La Liga (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia).

  72. Bamford10

    The mot important thing to note about Stan and SKE’s “services” is they have nothing to do with improving Arsenal on the football pitch, improving Arsenal’s ability to compete for the EPL or CL titles.

    Neither Stan nor his outfit have the slightest clue about football.

    Whatever input they provide, it is toward Arsenal as a business, and is ultimately connected to money-making, not football.

    Clearly Stan can take whatever he wants. He’s the owner after all. But Gazidis should at least be honest about the nature of these “services”: they have nothing to do with making Arsenal a better football team.

  73. Marc

    Nasri

    I mostly agree with you the thing is even a £10 million return on an asset worth over a Billion is actually a piss poor return – 0.01%. This is ultimately how big investors look at things, I have no idea what Kroenke’s long term plan is but as I said earlier it’s not by making a tiny return.

  74. Marc

    Bamford

    He can’t just take what ever he likes. There are company laws that would prevent this plus the fallout from fans etc, even politicians would get involved.

  75. Bamford10

    Nasri

    Why do you always resort to childish straw-men? No, I assume people here have seen De Bruyne play many times, so this would;’t be their first watch of the boy. However, even in this one game one can see he has more to his game than Ozil does. Of course I could’ve told you that months ago, but this game and others simply provides further evidence.

    Carry on with your nonsense, though.

  76. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marc

    Well basically his long term plan is that the value of sporting clubs will increase faster than inflation.

    Currently Arsenal is doing very well for him

  77. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: Why do you always resort to childish straw-men? No, I assume people here have seen De Bruyne play many times,

    So why not write that rather than the BS you did write ?

    Bamford10: Of course I could’ve told you that months ago

    Of course you could. I’m pretty sure you were there at De Bruyne’s conception explaining to the still panting parents that their son was going to be better than Ozil

  78. Bamford10

    Marko

    What a silly comment. One, when you watch a football match, you can judge a player’s (football) intelligence by the decisions he makes. Perhaps you’re not capable of this, but many of us are.

    Two, simply because Sanchez might’ve gotten an assist or two wouldn’t make him a good or great passer. Not all passes are equal. There are passes every player can make, there are passes only very good players can make, there are passes only a few can make, and there are many levels in between. You also would need to look at his pass completion numbers.

    This is Football 101, FFS.

  79. Marc

    Nasri

    It will be a little more than that. Big investors usually look for a return of 8% plus, I can only assume that Kroenke is looking to take the value of Arsenal from the £600 million when is started purchasing shares to £1.5 – £2 billion.

  80. Nasri's Mouth

    Marc: Also Usmanov owns enough shares to block anything that falls under a special resolution.

    At what level of annual cash withdrawal would it be classed as such though?

    (I haven’t got a clue on this)

  81. Emiratesstroller

    Marko

    The £3 Million paid to Kroenke is nothing more than a dividend even if it is tax
    deductible for services rendered. By paying in that fashion the Board are effectively avoiding paying out to the other shareholders.

    The only shareholders who might rock the boat are Usmanov and his partner who have invested in the club as a “business proposition”. All the other shareholders are Arsenal fans and not interested in making money out of the club.

    Kroenke is a property man and his investment in sports franchises are incidental to that. Obviously sitting on a large chunk of cash is useful when you are developing other projects.

    I agree that it will be difficult to buy top quality players in January, but I do believe that Arsenal will do some transfer business then because they will want
    to avoid landing up with an excessively large tax bill at end of financial year.

    Personally I don’t think that Arsenal will buy a striker, because there are realistically no top notch players in that position likely to be available then whilst
    clubs are in Champions League and/or aspiring to qualify for the competition.

    My personal preference would be to buy a midfielder or winger who are more
    likely to be available.

    For example we should be looking for replacements for Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky.

  82. Marko

    Bam you’re day in day out Man City posts are worrying and annoying mate. They’re a proper side no doubt but ffs every time they win you’re on here waxing lyrical and every time we win you throw in a reference to us still being shitter than City. Which is fair enough it’s just annoying as fuck. Also you’re making it sound like you were ahead of everyone else in spotting DeBruyne. Really? The guy who got 20+ assists in Germany last season you think he might make it in England? You’re foresight is top notch

  83. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marc

    Yeah, I was being overly-simplistic, but given Arsenal’s growth over the last 5-10 years, he’s done extremely well given the global market in that same period

  84. Marc

    Bamford

    People would take your opinion more seriously if you a) stopped acting as if you have the only opinion. b) stop insulting anyone who disagrees with you.

    When you announced the other day that you were a Marxist it really fitted with the way you come across.

  85. Wallace

    Bamford

    “Ultimately we only win the title if we’re better than City, and we’re not.”

    don’t have to be better, only more consistent.

  86. Bamford10

    Marko

    “Also you’re making it sound like you were ahead of everyone else in spotting DeBruyne. Really? The guy who got 20+ assists in Germany last season you think he might make it in England? You’re foresight is top notch”

    Actually the opposite. I’m not claiming any foresight at all. I too thought it was obvious — having watched De Bruyne and knowing his POTY performance in the Bunde last season — that he would be one of the top players in the EPL.

    But when I made this obvious point, I got all kinds of push-back here. ‘No, you can’t say that. I’s too early, blah blah, blah’.

    You are yet another person here who cannot seem to represent another person’s points honestly. In no way am I claiming foresight. I’m simply pointing out facts to s certain contingent that likes to deny facts.

    As for my comments re City, I couldn’t care less what you think of them. They are the best team in the league. To say otherwise is to deny the obvious. Rather than let people get carried away with our performance against a Watford, I’d prefer to remind people of our real competition.

    You carry on overestimating us, though, or misrepresenting others’ arguments, or saying patently silly things, like one can’t judge a player’s intelligence.

    Just silly.

  87. Marko

    Bam I’m not getting into a debate with you over Sanchez or Coquelin and their passing abilities. You’re too stubborn, too wrong and you’d never admit it so what’s the point. You just need to consistently watch Sanchez to see his passing isn’t poor (your words) he doesn’t lack football intelligence (your dumb words) and Coquelin can pass it more than 5-10 yards without fucking up

  88. Nasri's Mouth

    @Bamford10

    I’m not sure what you expect really. You come on here and say really dumb things and you expect people to take you seriously. Why on earth would people do that?

    Man City are playing really well, they’re top of the league, but they’re 2 points ahead of us. TWO. We’re top of the form guide, and over the last 38 ish games we actually match them on points, if you look at all the stuff the analysts are throwing up, we’re matching them in pretty much every area too, so to say they’re A LEVEL ABOVE us is exaggeration at best.

  89. Bamford10

    Marko

    I’ve been watching Sanchez game in and game out for a long time now, clown, and while he is a great player, two things are obvious and I’m not the only one who sees these things:
    – he isn’t a great passer of the ball
    – he isn’t the most intelligent player

    Great player, but that doesn’t mean he does everything well.

  90. Nasri's Mouth

    ES: All the other shareholders are Arsenal fans and not interested in making money out of the club.

    They’re not, but they are extremely interested (= annoyed, pissed off) in other people making money out of the club

  91. Marko

    I’m simply pointing out facts to s certain contingent that likes to deny facts.

    What are you babbling about? No one is debating City or DeBruyne. Pretty sure no one all season has said City aren’t the realdeal though you’d expect it after spending 150 million or whatever it was in the summer. But come on pal you’re not the voice of reason or the smartest person in the room with your insights you’re just a smug bloke who loves pissing on everyone’s good moods

  92. Bamford10

    Nasri

    Except I don’t say “dumb” things. I say things you dislike and disagree with, but you are never able to reply with counterarguments or counterpoints that disprove what I’ve said.

    All you do is reply with distortions, insults or sophistry.

    Talking to you is pointless. This will be my last response to you. Cheers.

  93. underrated Coq

    Bamford10

    ” Hazard is a better all-around footballer than Sanchez ”

    And just how did you come to that conclusion ? If you cherry pick some statistics ignoring others like goalscoring, I’m gonna throw in Coquelin’s stats that shits all over the likes of Schneiderlin, Matic etc.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    Also, how exactly do you judge the intelligence of players ? Its a sport ffs, not rocket science.

  94. Marko

    Come on bam I’m a clown? For disagreeing with you? What are you an infant. Maybe you need to ejaculate more so you’re less pissed off

  95. Marko

    Except I don’t say “dumb” things. I say things you dislike and disagree with, but you are never able to reply with counterarguments or counterpoints that disprove what I’ve said

    You are literally the worst. You say people don’t use counter points or counter arguments to your statements? Look you say Alexis is a poor passer and a dumb footballer I say you’re talking shite and wrong. Do I need some graphs and PowerPoints to disprove you

  96. Romford Ozil Pele

    Lol Bamford has moved on from Coutinho to KDB. What happened to Coutinho? It’s like every time you’re just keen to demean our own players, and then you wonder why people will question you on your support. It’s like you have to be forced to say something positive about your team.

    As for City, no shit, they have an amazing squad. They spent over £100m on two players in the summer. They have back up CBs costing £30m+, why would they not have an advantage over everyone else? Yet despite their awesome squad, they’re only two points clear, why? Their first title win came on goal difference and they only won the second one because Liverpool choked. So despite their supposed awesomeness, they’re not impenetrable and often get made mugs out of in Europe. You could even argue they’ve massively underachieved for what they’ve spent.

  97. Romford Ozil Pele

    Lol Steve/Tom – whatever your name is now. Good to see you. Nice win for the rent boys yesterday. Surviving well in that relegation scrap I see.

  98. Marc

    Bamford

    You keep talking about how much football you watch. Let me tell you something you don’t get the whole story from stats or even a televised match.

    If you keep refusing to engage with other posters every time they disagree with you you’re going to run out of people to be condescending to very soon.

  99. Romford Ozil Pele

    Cheers Eagle. Yeah I’m overdosing on footie this weekend after being starved in Italy this week. Saw some awesomeness from Neymar yesterday. Napoli-Fiorentina is pretty even and then Juve-Inter later! What about Celta Vigo though!

  100. underrated Coq

    People take lightly the fact that last year was Alexis Sanchez’s first in England. When was the last time a player made such a big impact in his first season in the PL? He’s only gonna get better this season, as you can already see in his improved passing, better combination play and making smart runs in the opposition box.

  101. WengerEagle

    Romford

    Yeah Nolito with the winner in the last second, I actually watched the second half. Well deserved, was one way traffic after Villarreal had a man sent off.

    Neymar was quality last night as was Suarez.

  102. Romford Ozil Pele

    Alexis’ combination play and decision-making in and around the final third has definitely improved. It was my main criticism of him rather than his constant ball hogging. Long may it continue. MÖ to improve his goal tally and we’re onto a winner. Already has six assists and should be into double figures for that if we’re being honest.

  103. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: …but you are never able to reply with counterarguments or counterpoints that disprove what I’ve said.

    Err… I just did.

    Look, I’ll repost it for you.

    “Man City are playing really well, they’re top of the league, but they’re 2 points ahead of us. TWO. We’re top of the form guide, and over the last 38 ish games we actually match them on points, if you look at all the stuff the analysts are throwing up, we’re matching them in pretty much every area too, so to say they’re A LEVEL ABOVE us is exaggeration at best.”

    that is a counterargument.

  104. Nasri's Mouth

    To be fair to Bamford it’s no surprise he struggles to see other people’s views or arguments.

    With his head so far up his own arse, it’s amazing he can see anything

  105. Nasri's Mouth

    RP: MÖ to improve his goal tally and we’re onto a winner.

    I think he’s trying. Seems to be taking more shots, trying to get into more goal scoring positions. (Sanchez goal yesterday was from Ozil trying to score)

  106. Nasri's Mouth

    RP: . You could even argue they’ve massively underachieved for what they’ve spent.

    Now you’re talking my language 😀

  107. underrated Coq

    Romford

    With Alexis looking even better than last season and Ozil being much more influential and effective in his contributions, barring any serious injuries I think Arsenal can do well. If Ramsey gets anywhere near his 2013-14 form, I think we’ll be looking seriously good, could match City all the way.

  108. Dissenter

    If it were left to me, I would put out a weaken team against Bayern.
    Wenger’s ego won’t allow that so expect that Saturday’s game will suffer.

    We aren’t gonna beat Bayern; they have better players and a better manager. They are so well managed, they came to London two days early.
    The only consolation is that Cech will keep the score very low.