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. nepGunner

    Stinking Mouth

    Yea..diversions are your specialties..nothing concrete, just your BS AKB rants..strip that off and you are just like your God…nothing to live for, so hang on to the only thing you know…for as much as u can… Alas ev1 gets found out one day

  2. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dissenter

    Might see that in the last 20-30 mins if we need a goal. Bit risky at the moment with Watford still full of running

  3. Samesong

    Lol. What is it with some people’s obsession to take a dig at Ramsey? He’s been heavily involved so far

    What is it with fans that are quick to defend players when they have done something shit?

    Scoring goals wins you games

  4. Bamford10

    Except that wasn’t really ever one of my “ideas,” though no, I don’t think Coquelin is a great or reliable long passer. Does he occasionally hit a nice long pass? Yes. Does that make him a good long passer of the ball? No, it doesn’t. That would depend on the ratio of good long passes to bad ones.

    As for other “ideas” of mine, no one here has rebuffed a single point I’ve made today, and most of the attempts have been somewhere between pathetic and disingenuous.

    Look at Nasri’s last response: he can’t answer either of my questions honestly — because to answer either honestly would implicate Wenger — so he tells us that he only meant there is a “correlation” b/t spending and success, not a causal relationship.

    Except that if there were only a “correlation” b/t these two things — and no causality — then Wenger has no excuse for not competing with the bigger spenders, and NM has contradicted his initial point.

    But of course there is a causal relationship b/t the two — though never one to one, as there other factors, like management/tactics — and it is of course foolish to be sitting on so much cash.

  5. Sam

    Opposition full backs don’t worry about Ramsey, he can’t run fast can’t beat defenders, won’t even score
    As compared to Chamberlain, he started game against Chelsea n gave ivanovic hard time

  6. Bamford10

    Koscielny has been great defensively. Problem is he’s having to work too hard against a Watford.

    Why are Arsenal so spread out? Why do Watford look dangerous at all?

    One reason: poor management.

  7. Goondawg

    Not really poor management.

    We are playing well. Watford are just up for it that’s all. Playing two solid banks of four and letting the two strikers link up.

  8. underrated Coq

    “That was a very bad miss from 2 yards away from the goal line.
    That’s why Ramse got some abuse here.”

    No, it wasn’t easy. See it again. He had to hit it first time, from a tight angle with the goalkeeper blocking very close to his feet. Just missed, brushed the post.

  9. gunnergetyou

    Poor performance from us so far, no real urgency, not enough creativity, complacency is our middle name.

    If it’s still goalless at HT we need to move Walcott over to the right and bring on Giroud.

  10. Goona

    @coq….he missed, missed the target….from point blank range….keeper didnt need to do anything!….he aint good enough

  11. Johnty79

    I told you all that he shouldn’t of played a full strength team today.That means against bayern and the league game after we have no chance.

    A defeat would be deserved today for wenger being so stupid and not rotating.

  12. Berg

    i must be watching a different game to most as Ramsay has been shit as usual. hanging on to the ball, slowing game down and giving ball away

  13. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: so he tells us that he only meant there is a “correlation” b/t spending and success, not a causal relationship.

    What ARE you on about ?

    Go back and read

    Nasri’s MouthOctober 17, 2015 16:34:45
    Unfortunately saying it’s an excuse doesn’t make it an excuse. There’s a correlation between money and success.

    Now you’ve read that, go and look up what correlation means, and you might just understand it.

    Success in football is dominated by the rich teams. And vica versa

  14. Bamford10

    Actually, that we are so spread out and that they look so dangerous on nearly every counter is poor management.

    If only you knew something about this fucking game.

    The basic underlying premise of all good team defending is compactness. For a team to have lost this 20 minutes in is poor management.

    Nice effort, though.

  15. S Asoa

    Arsenal against ManU was set up by Bould. This match setup tinkered by Le Grande Imbecile.
    Walcott wasting crosses. Shows how negligent Wenger has been trying out shorties in the box who is a chicken

  16. Bamford10

    Nasri continues to misunderstand the difference between correlation and causation, and what it means to say that two things are only correlated.

  17. nepGunner

    Sanchez’s heading prowess putting Giroud to shame…I just admire how he can fox a header in the box..and Per & Kos messing up at the other end…very mixed half…need to up it at 2nd half…Wenger sure will have ice cream served to the boys during his half time talk

  18. Goona

    @bishop lol i agree….anyone would think its not their JOB…..how much do they earn? Wheres the leadership drive passion in this shower of shit?

  19. Bamford10

    Holy Christ, Ramey is gash. What an awful miss, ten yards over the bar.

    Tom – Has Ramsey played well this half? What do those trustworthy eyes of yours tell you?

  20. Cesc Appeal

    Ramsey is incredibly frustrating out wide, holds onto it for too long, wastes glorious chances. Annoying.

    Going forward, long term, we need to sort our middle out centrally so that we don’t feel the need to play a CM wide. We just seem to lack physicality still in the centre but we can’t drop Ramsey in to add more because then our passing goes to pot.

    Needs sorting.

  21. bishop

    Ramsey is a bastard

    Ozil is overated TBH..just flashes of brilliance not consistent.

    This team can’t win anything meaningful over the course of a season cos they are too inconsistent.FA cups can be won playing about 6 games or so.

  22. daz

    “Arsenal against ManU was set up by Bould. This match setup tinkered by Le Grande Imbecile.”

    When did bould tell you this?

  23. Goondawg

    Bamford you 40 year old Virgin

    We are the better side you MONG. Obviously we will be leaving gaps when pushing for the goal. Whereas Watford are happy to sit bank deny space for the midfield and restrict Theo’s pace, this is a total different game to Man U. Watford will probably be ecstatic with the point. It’s defence v attack atm. Watford proving resilient and tough to break down but I’m confident they will tire and we can capitalise

  24. bishop

    I just can’t believe a day will come I will start hating Ramsey again.
    That guy is getting on my nerves.

    Ozil just can’t prove us wrong completely. Matthias said recently one day he’s world class,next minute he’s no where to be found. TRUE very TRUE

  25. Bamford10

    Ramsey leads the league in shots without a goal (21). He also leads in number of times beaten off the dribble (20). Tied with Fabregas for the latter actually.
    – from Memz Dogi on Twitter

  26. Nasri's Mouth

    Goondawg: Watford proving resilient and tough to break down

    Which is what they’ve been so far this season, weird that people would expect them to be different today

  27. Bamford10

    Goondawg

    You continue to prove you haven’t a clue. Good teams don’t leave “gaps” when they go forward, as gaps are precisely what good teams seek to avoid.

    Move up together, move back together, and never too much space in between lines (D-D-F). This is Football 101.

    Keep at it, though.

  28. Al

    Taking off Coquelin is never the answer…we always need him on.

    We need to get ozil in this game…and ramsey simply needs to keep it simple and stop coming inside so much

  29. underrated Coq

    “See why Ramsey gets abuse?”

    No, I don’t. Its frankly embarrassing how every single thing done by Ramsey on the pitch is being overanalyzed to find faults.

    Again, he’s been heavily involved in both attacking and defensive ends, made good passes, always showing for the ball and getting himself in good positions.

    Yes, he’s struggling to put the ball in the net at this moment in time but hey, at least he’s trying. Can you say the same for the rest of the team?

  30. Jeff

    The urgency will come in the last 15 minutes when it suddenly dawns on us that we are in danger of dropping points. This is a very predictable pattern by Arsenal. I have seen it countless times when we come out after a good win and just flop. It is really weird.

  31. Dissenter

    Bishop,
    I’m not sure what Ozil is doing wrong, to be honest.

    Wait for Midwest to explain what a “force-multiplier” means because Ozil is a force multiplier. We are not playing well, Walcott has reverted back to the walking version.

    If we press Watford, they’ll cave in.

    It’s almost as if we are trying to be efficient with one eye on the midweek game against Bayern.

  32. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: Nasri continues to misunderstand the difference between correlation

    Lol, so you are telling me there ISN’T a correlation between spend and success then ?

    This will be fun

  33. Al

    We are a now well and truely a counter attacking side… so will always look better when teams come on to us.

    We need to improve in games when we have to force the issue because at the moment we seem to always struggle.

  34. Dissenter

    Underrated,
    It’s not because he’s not scoring, it’s because of the poor choices he’s making.
    Like I said, I give him credit for his industry, he never stops running.

  35. Nasri's Mouth

    Watford are working harder than us.

    Can they keep that up for 90 mins ?

    Probably if they get a goal. Probably not if we get one.

  36. Bamford10

    Underrated

    The useless and ill-advised back-heel in the box and the silly miss ten yards over the bar are reasons Ramsey gets much stick. And he deserves it.

    Does he do other fairly valuable things? Sure, but good players give you those without the boneheaded plays.

    That’s the problem with Ramsey: too many dumb moments for whatever good moments you get.

  37. Dissenter

    Nasri’s mouth,
    Yes, Walcott did work harder but I love,bet they are fresher because they don’t have as many (probably none) international players who have flown 43 hours in the past week.

  38. Nasri's Mouth

    AL : We are a now well and truely a counter attacking side… so will always look better when teams come on to us.

    More of a pressing side really, but it’s not working too well today

  39. Marko

    Does he occasionally hit a nice long pass? Yes. Does that make him a good long passer of the ball? No, it doesn’t. That would depend on the ratio of good long passes to bad ones.

    Talking shite as per. Honestly this is why I don’t debate with you. You’ll never admit you’re wrong on anything, will eventuallyend up in insulting someone and you probably enjoy the smell of your own farts. All in all smug ding dong comes to mind

  40. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dissenter

    Yeah, it’s probably a factor. Along with Watford being at home and wanting to show a good performance for their fans, our players having half a mind on tuesday.

    It all makes a difference.

    I’d still expect us to finish stronger though

  41. Bamford10

    Marko

    Are you saying it doesn’t depend on the ratio of good long passes to bad ones?

    If a player hits one good long pass and three poor ones, is he a good long passer? No.

    QED. It depends on the ratio.

    The only person talking “shit” here is you.

  42. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: There is BOTH correlation and causation b/t the two, moron.

    HAHAHAHAHA!!

    Right, so there IS correlation.

    Which is what I said in the first place to Jeff before you decided to join in.

    and YOU call me the moron??

    Impressive irony even by your standards!

  43. Leedsgunner

    Lay if Ramsey – his job is to control the midfield tempo and not necessarily to be an all action all scoring hero. Yes, it is a shame he missed with his chance before half time but hus performance shouldn’t be judged on that miss but to what he his contributing as a whole. He is showing endeavour and industry and trying to go back doing his basics right. The goals will come back to his game… but we need our strikers to step up. Goals from MF players should be seen as a bonus to put leads gained through strikers as beyond doubt.

  44. underrated Coq

    Bamford

    Of course he’s gonna struggle a bit cause he’s not playing at his ideal position. He isn’t blessed with pace and isn’t much of a dribbler either. Thus tries unconventional flicks and tricks.

  45. Bamford10

    I hope someone else is seeing and laughing at Nasri’s continuing silliness re correlation/causation.

    Underrated

    That is no excuse for ill-advised back heels and poor misses. Sorry.

  46. Goona

    There is no drive, desire or leaders in the team. If the game doesnt inthe first 20 mins go to plan…they aint got a fucking clue…

  47. Bamford10

    Am I wrong to think that Walcott has done little to nothing thus far?

    Am I wrong to think Mertesacker has looked REALLY slow?

  48. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: I hope someone else is seeing and laughing at Nasri’s continuing silliness re correlation/causation.

    Nope they’re just sad that a grown man like you can’t read

  49. Bamford10

    Cazorla continues to play well, though. At least one bright spot.

    Coquelin has been decent as well, though what was that pirouette thing he just tried near the touch-line? Then the foul? That was poor.

  50. underrated Coq

    “That is no excuse for ill-advised back heels and poor misses. Sorry.”

    Lol, of course it isn’t, not for you at least. You only ever make excuses for other teams, players and managers.

  51. Leedsgunner

    Özil started that. Sanchez finished it. I swear if I have another boy I’m going to name him Alexis. :). Yes.

    Now let’s press for a second. Whatever you do don’t sit back.

  52. daz

    Was that his first touch, once we made the breakthrough their heads drop, game plan out the window and will be more open

  53. Bamford10

    WE

    I’d argue it was Cazorla’s pass to Ozil that really created the first goal. Ozil will get the assist and Cazorla the key pass, but I’d say the key pass there was even more important.

    Not trying to undercut Ozil but to give Cazorla his proper due.

  54. Nasri's Mouth

    Dissenter: Your were right.

    bow down before my amazing football knowledge!

    Well actually don’t because I thought this would be a really tough game and now we’re winning 3-0 and we look in total control!!

    Football eh?

  55. daz

    Goona we weren’t great in the first half I would put that down to Watford’s work rate but as our tactical genius of a manger knew conserve energy and take them apart in the second half 😉

  56. Al

    As soon as we get ozil involved we stroll to a victory….love sanchez…just an all round professional display in this second half

  57. Nasri's Mouth

    Dissenter: Have to feel sorry for Dubuchy

    A little, but he had his chance recently and looked all over the place