NO INJURIES PLEASE FOOTBALLING GODS 🚨🚑🙏

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Quick one today because I don’t have a lot to say before this Champions League game outside…

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NO MORE INJURIES!

That’s what is crucial this evening. I don’t really care for the result. Getting through to the next round of a competition we know we can’t win is exciting, but ultimately, it’s just delayed disappointment.

The thing I’m really not looking forward to is the prospect of playing in the Europa Poverty League and having to suffer the ignominy of Spursday night football. No one needs that in their lives. In fact, I think I’m such a fucking snob that I don’t know how the competition works… it’s too boring for me to care.

Well, guess what, I’ll be doing some swotting up if tonight goes really bad.

So what do we have to choose from at the moment?

I mean, does Wenger go all out or does he rest key players to preserve the fragile squad?

Aaron is back in contention, which is massive news for us. I’m gonna guess and say Flamini will play next to the invincible Santi. Then up top, Sanchez won’t get a rest and we’ll see Olivier and what, maybe Campbell (oh my)?

Who knows what the lineup will be, but I imagine he’ll go hard at it. He likes to give the impression he’s focused on winning that trophy despite rarely learning his countless lessons after being schooled hardcore over the years.

Wenger has lit a match to a can of Lynx Chambers. He reckons he could be a DM.

“He has played in defensive positions so I think he can develop in the future in a position like defensive midfield.

“It is very important to balance our team, so the defensive role and the efficiency in this position is very important, because we are a team who like to go forward.

“All teams needs a strong, reliable player in every defensive aspect.”

 

I mean, it’s feasible. But at the moment, he doesn’t look like much of a player. He’s only a kid. This kind of feels like David Luiz at Chelsea… DM or CB. In the end, neither position!

Anyway, I don’t mind experimenting with younger talent. It’d be more interesting than having Flamini playing there, I have to say.

Right, that’s me tapping out… SO MUCH TO DO.

Have a good one.

X

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  1. Wallace

    “…Arsène Wenger made his first substitution. As the board flashed it became clear the player coming off was not, as expected, Alexis Sánchez, the Premier League’s most overworked attacking whirl, a man who has been cheerfully buzzing his way through the dreaded “red zone” for the last two months, and who has now played 90 minutes seven times in four different countries in the last seven weeks. Instead it was Olivier Giroud who departed. Sánchez, who had already scored one and made one, took his place up front. There are players who might have let the throttle drop at this point. Other players.”

    – B Ronay

  2. Cesc Appeal

    Alfie

    Didn’t think Walcott would relegate Giroud to second choice ST, you know, being a RM and all, but he utterly has. This was Giroud’s window to show something before Walcott returns, and he hasn’t.

    His presence seems to adversely impact our best player as well. Campbell, whilst not god enough for Arsenal, can do more of what Walcott does with Sanchez, whereas Giroud just can’t, he’s physically limited.

  3. DUIFG

    Sanchez in 20 mins up front did more than giroud did all night

    lets play sanchez uyp top, rambo right, jc left saturday, giroud is utter shite at this point in time, he is a decent bench option

  4. Mickey G

    Putting Campbell up top at the weekend would a radical move. It would be very exciting to see if it would work. Giroud only ever seems to play well when his place is under threat. At the moment there is no other centre forward and he is pony. He did make a great run off the ball for the first goal, stretching the centre backs and making room for Ozil. Apart from that he looked pretty useless. Starting Campbell would be an exciting move. He needs a chance, we will never know if he’s good enough if he doesn’t get it. When Theo and Wellbeck are back he will not get a look in so this could be a missed opportunity. Worst case scenario it doesn’t work and Giroud gets the kick in the arse that he needs. He is usually quiet useful off the bench. Throwing a completely different type of CF on late in a match is always tricky for defenders.

  5. DUIFG

    didnt giroud miss 4 clear clut chances to take 3 points v spurs? why do you keep defending a really poor striker who pads his stats out at any given opportunity?

    the above does not even take into account the negative effect he has on our all round play being so immobile

  6. Alfie

    Giroud –

    League – 7 goals
    FA Cup – 3 goals
    Champions league – 2 goals

    Campbell –

    League – 1 Goal

    Yeah makes a lot of sense to replace Giroud with Campbell.

  7. Alfie

    “Has Campbell played upfront as a lone striker before? If Walcott can do then maybe Campbell can.”

    On this logic we may aswell give Pat Rice a go upfront.

  8. Highbury4ever

    “didnt giroud miss 4 clear clut chances to take 3 points v spurs?”

    Only 4 ?? Is that a joke ?? He missed a dozen chances to score lol

  9. Dream10

    Louis Almeida

    Campbell struggles with his back to goal and does not possess the yard of pace to get away from his marker. Either Giroud or if necessary, Alexis.

  10. Louis Almeida

    It was a question lol! Walcott does a lot of hard running when upfront to create space for Ozil and Alexis. Maybe Campbell can do similar? We should always be looking to maximise the impact of our two big signings.

  11. DUIFG

    “didnt giroud miss 4 clear clut chances to take 3 points v spurs?”No.

    what the hell? ozil dropped the ball on his head 3 times in the second half alone 5 yards from goal, hes shocking, lets get some movement up front, the monster, the legend, SANCHEZ!

  12. Louis Almeida

    Dream – thank you. That was my question. Walcott struggles with his back to goal but he has that searing pace which pushes defences back, creating space for Ozil/Alexis. Campbell lacks that raw pace/acceleration Theo has.

  13. Alfie

    “How many games has Giroud played this season VS Campbell?

    Is it fair to compare goals stats?”

    Fair point – how about the fact Campbell has scored 15 goals in his whole career. From 2009.

    Thoughts?

  14. DUIFG

    Really dont know why we got rid of akpom knwing that welbeck was done in for most of the season, he would defo got some game time, prefer him to giroud

  15. Alfie

    “Was he playing with Ozil & Sanchez during this time?”

    Giroud had scored 63 during the same time frame prior prior to “playing with Ozil and Sanchez”. Heck, even before he joined Arsenal……

    Next?

  16. Phlo

    Noted…….just pains me to see how your beloved Giroud slows our entire game down recently…….and I prefer to live in the present

  17. Wallace

    DUIFG

    “didnt giroud miss 4 clear clut chances to take 3 points v spurs? why do you keep defending a really poor striker who pads his stats out at any given opportunity?”

    how does a striker pad his stats out?

  18. Alfie

    “Noted…….just pains me to see how your beloved Giroud slows our entire game down recently…….and I prefer to live in the present”

    Its pointless talking to some people. As soon as I throw in a couple of stats it gets childish.

    Im not saying he is my “beloved Giroud” – Im saying that on paper, and from what my eyes can see, Giroud is far more a threat then Campbell.

    Now you get to call me an AKB I guess?

  19. Alfie

    “didnt giroud miss 4 clear clut chances to take 3 points v spurs? why do you keep defending a really poor striker who pads his stats out at any given opportunity?”

    What does this even mean?

  20. DUIFG

    i.e he very rarely scores critical goals at desicive times that win matches or points, loves to score in a hammering or against poor sides, its like a cricket player averaging 50 per test and getting all his runs versus bangladesh.

  21. Alfie

    “i.e he very rarely scores critical goals at desicive times that win matches or points, loves to score in a hammering or against poor sides, its like a cricket player averaging 50 per test and getting all his runs versus bangladesh.”

    So whats the argument? That he doesn’t score against the better sides? Then why would anyone advocate Campbell over him against Norwich??

    Or Sunderland? Or Aston Villa? Our next 3 games.

    Does the fact that he is 2nd only to Vardy for goals per minute count for anything?

  22. Cesc Appeal

    If you’re arguing for Sanchez up top and Campbell wide, it doesn’t really matter, the point of having that sort of ST is that Sanchez interchanges with them.

    Giroud’s stats are decent, but then look at last week, he scored, for sure, but played like utter shit and we lost the game 2-1, last night, played like utter shit, against Spurs, played like utter shit and missed a whole host of chances…

    There comes a point where you have to say, you know what, playing like utter shit isn’t actually acceptable, so you’re dropped. I thought being dropped was the best thing that had ever happened to Giroud, in his little 20 minute cameos he looked great, since starting, not so much.

    Would all have been academic had we bought a ST, but you know, so would the CDM problem right now.

  23. Phlo

    Alfie

    I was talking about this season……you brought up the past with your goal stats, all I asked was how many GAMES has Giroud played VS Campbell. That’s all. I feel that we can’t say that Giroud is a better option until we give Campbell the same amount of chances. I am be no means pro-Campbell it is just that when Giroud is subbed off our game always seems to change for the better (recently),

  24. DUIFG

    “i.e he very rarely scores critical goals at desicive times that win matches or points, loves to score in a hammering or against poor sides, its like a cricket player averaging 50 per test and getting all his runs versus bangladesh.” So whats the argument? That he doesn’t score against the better sides? Then why would anyone advocate Campbell over him against Norwich?? Or Sunderland? Or Aston Villa? Our next 3 games. Does the fact that he is 2nd only to Vardy for goals per minute count for anything?

    again the above argument for goals per minute was used last year for giroud, it takes no consideration for the fact his negative impact on our overall play being so static. chicharitois goals per minutes are pretty good, in no way means i want him in the team as his overall contribution is turd.

    In totality giroud contribution is likely to be whats its always ben at arsenal, between14-18 pl goals this season , on a per game minute basis this might be quite good but again will mean another year having to compete with a striker who fails to score +20 league goals. The chances of us winning the league in such a situation are very slim

    In short giroud is not a viable option for saturday or any other saturday if you want to do anything meaningful.

    Sanchez through the middle is the option

  25. DUIFG

    Giroud’s stats are decent, but then look at last week, he scored, for sure, but played like utter shit and we lost the game 2-1, last night, played like utter shit, against Spurs, played like utter shit and missed a whole host of chances…

    exactly

  26. useroz

    Not sure why Campbell is harshly critqued here. He had a good game last night.

    May be he’s not Arsenal grade but hey many in our first team + squad arguably aren’t either.

    It’s not Campbell’s fault to stick around and waits for his chanace.

    Players like Theo, Ox, Welbeck and the like aren’t partixularly rosy, and from the few ppearances, Campbell aint worse than say Ox on average. At least Campbell didn’t so far make stupid defensive mistakes that cost us, nor disappears for. Large part of the game after a 10 – 15 burst (eg Ox.)

    As long as Campbell keeps driving forward and not tippi tappi, I’d say give him a chance, no difference to Denilson, arteta, flamini, ox??

  27. underrated Coq

    I don’t recall CA or anyone saying anything close to ” Campbell is a better striker than Giroud ” to warrant all this outrage, all the stat comparisons.

    All that was pointed out was that our combined attacking play looks to suffer with Giroud as the focal point whilst also hindering our best player Sanchez.

    Looked way better when Theo was playing and our attacking style was a more simpler, direct one. As the ones who are capable of providing this, Theo and Welbz, are both out at this moment in time, maybe, MAYBE its worth giving Campbell a shot there as he is a lot closer in style to Theo than Giroud.

    Fairly straight forward suggestion IMO. The reaction though… its like some people purposefully act disingenuous.

  28. DUIFG

    no difference to Denilson, arteta, flamini,

    just because we have had bad players (arteta only recently when his legs went) does not mean you should keep dross, thats his first decent game in 5 matches, lets see if he can keep to that level before we hail him as a fixture in the squad.

    When ox blows up properly lot of people here will need to do some back tracking

  29. I am arsene

    There’s only one arsene wenger!!!
    Sailed the ship through stormy seas again.

    It’s funny, I said for the last two seasons that Walcott would bring us much more up front and now everyone is calling for him as our no 9!!!
    I’m still predicting wilshire will have a tremendous effect for us in midfield. Let’s see….

  30. Cesc Appeal

    Underrated

    ‘Fairly straight forward suggestion IMO. The reaction though… its like some people purposefully act disingenuous.’

    Absolutely, I feel this all the time, spot on.

    Like last week, I was saying Dier was pretty impressive against us and would like him in our squad taking Chamber’s position (though likely more active in the first team) as that RB, CB and CDM physical presence, utility player.

    That turned into ‘so you’re saying you’d prefer Dier to Cazorla.’

  31. I am arsene

    I say in the absence of theo lets play like this

    Rambo cazorla
    Ox ozil Campbell
    Sanchez

    Ozil Sanchez and santi need to be rested however so let’s keep
    Jeff Giroud and flamini/chambers
    Accumulating minutes to keep those key players fresh

  32. Mickey G

    Giroud has scored a nice few goals this season, but a lot of those came when he was fighting for his place. Getting displaced by Walcott lit a fire under him. He also got a few coming off the bench. But lets be honest here, Ozil is playing out of his skin. Any striker worth a fuck will score in this team with Ozil feeding them. I’ve always been a Giroud fan but it’s now painfully obvious the guy just isn’t that good. He is a useful option but shouldn’t be in the first 11 in my opinion. I’ve seen Campbell play up top at the WC and he did really well. Even when Costa Rica were down to 10 men. He was well able to play with his back to goal and hold up the ball. Giroud needs to know he will be dropped if he’s not performing. He is missing chances and giving the ball away too much. Playing Campbell instead would be radical, but I think worth a shot. Sanchez on the other hand gets too easily isolated and tends to waste too much energy when he plays through the middle. Also he gets dispossessed too easily. Campbell would be the better bet and they could switch at will anyway. If it gives Giroud a kick up the arse it would be well worth the experimentation.

  33. Wallace

    urr Coq

    “I don’t recall CA or anyone saying anything close to ” Campbell is a better striker than Giroud ” to warrant all this outrage, all the stat comparisons…

    Fairly straight forward suggestion IMO. The reaction though… its like some people purposefully act disingenuous.

    is it me & Alfie supplying the outrage?

    i’ll admit my Giroud 6 in 9 post was needlessly provocative(and I was frothing with rage when i posted it), but it was in response to DUIFGs Giroud has been ‘utterly shite’ recently comment.

  34. Wallace

    if anyone can be bothered to check I actually suggested Alexis to replace Giroud up top after the game at the weekend. so i’m not blind to his faults, i just think calling a guy who’s averaging 2 in 3 ‘utterly shite’ a bit….strange.

  35. underrated Coq

    wallace, less of a personal attack and more of a ‘There’s nothing to dissect and debate there lads, move on’ 🙂

    ” i’ll admit my Giroud 6 in 9 post was needlessly provocative ”

    Exactly. How dare you? I had to do a 10 minute breathing exercise to calm myself after reading that sh!t.

  36. Alfie

    “Fairly straight forward suggestion IMO. The reaction though… its like some people purposefully act disingenuous.”

    Ok then.

    Bellerin has as many goals as Campbell – is he a valid suggestion?

    I just don’t think Giroud is as bad as people make out – hence the stats. Hardly outrage.

  37. MidwestGun

    Not sure why the outrage. According to whoscored.com Campbell has played 54 of his 94 career appearances at Cf. That’s how I remember him coming up at Costa Rica. He hasn’t played there since WC mostly.
    But I can tell you from watching most of those International matches, one in person live. He knows how to hold the ball up.
    Think Cesc was mainly suggesting it as a change up, and to allow him and Sanchez to have a free role. And Giroud to come off bench. So by suggesting it, it also allows Giroud some rest time. Seems to play better when he is fresh, not as a permanent option. We don’t really have a ton of options until Theo comes back, whenever that is.
    Also, Campbell isn’t all that slow, he can definitely lose his marker. His biggest criticism over his career at striker is he doesn’t have the stamina to go the full 90 minutes. And he is heavily left footed and not all that great in the air. Start Sanchez or Campbell at Cf its 6 of one half a dozen of the other because they would most likely interchange similar to when Theo plays there, none of them are true Cf’s in the classical sense. I don’t think anyone thinks Campbell can reproduce Giroud’s goal scoring from set pieces and heading.
    Anyhow, it gives something new for people to discuss, imo, lol.

    You seem kind of angry lately Alfie, everything ok, my friend?

  38. underrated Coq

    Alfie, you serious?

    It has less to do with goal scoring records up to date and more to do with their actual positions. Campbell was brought up as an option because he IS one, a wide forward like Theo,Welbz who could be given a shot at CF.

    Also, nothing wrong with experimenting in player positions. Wenger is the master at it, though playing a RB at CF might be beyond even Wenger lol.

    I don’t understand why you’re making this big a deal about the suggestion?

    What’s the worst thing that could happen? Campbell proves to be ineffective so has to be taken off for Giroud? I mean, we are talking about the club that fielded Yaya Sanogo up against Bayern Munich. Campbell against Norwich hardly compares.

    Did you oppose the idea of playing Coquelin at CDM last year in this same way?Risks can sometimes prove very worthwhile.

  39. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Exactly.

    Some people just love to jump straight to you ‘slagging’ this player or that. Was the same in the summer, stating ‘we need to buy a better class of ST’ was ‘slagging’ Giroud. I just thought it was a factual statement.

    Giroud’s decent, when in form he certainly provides something that no one else does, that height and link up play, but he’s far from a comprehensive ST.

    I think, especially as it is an away game, and with have Ramsey back so we can overload the middle, it might be better to play a counter attack pace game, Campbell isn’t ideal but at least he has pace and change with Sanchez…Giroud has no pace and cannot interchange. He does what he does well, when on form, but he severely limits what other players around him can do, the balls Ozil can play, the game Sanchez can have etc

    Giroud off the bench at the 70min mark for Campbell, hopefully at that point we can take Sanchez off as well, so long as Oxlade doesn’t have another ‘set back.’

  40. Mick Kartun

    @cesc app: “it might be better to play a counter attack pace game.”

    That’s what I posted earlier that fast counter attack system is our best options right now.

    Cheers.

  41. MidwestGun

    Wasn’t Alfie picking a fight with London yesterday too?
    I don’t know, we all get in those moods sometimes, it happens.
    To me the notion that Sanogo is a Cf is way crazier, as Underrated said.

    Still waiting to see solid proof of that. … altho according to some he won the FA Cup for us.
    Talk about exaggeration.

  42. Alfie

    “You seem kind of angry lately Alfie, everything ok, my friend?”

    1) Her indoors is 9 months and acts like we’re Kim K and Kanye with money

    2) There’s a guy at work who eats apples like Jaffar from Aladdin

    3) Im still carrying some holiday weight from 2009

    4) Virgin promised me 100mbs but im only getting 3.1

    5) ISIS

    6) I had to watch through a whole 98 minutes of Wallace and Gromit two days ago

    7) West Brom

    8) My Primark underwear lasts longer then my Ralph Lauren

    9) Taxes

    10) Phil Jones face

  43. Emiratesstroller

    The loss of Coquelin at the start of the WBA game was obviously very bad news and a shock to the system.

    However, I don’t believe that alone contributed to the bad result on Saturday.
    I think that you have also got factor in the international break AND also what
    went on in Paris as well. Messrs Giroud and Koscielny have obviously been
    affected by what happened there and I am pretty certain that Sanchez travels
    to South America will have taken a lot out of him in recent weeks.

    Also the injuries to other midfielders and forwards has put additional stress
    on the likes of Coquelin,Ozil, Sanchez and Cazorla in particular.

    So moving forward there are no international breaks this side of New Year and
    only one midweek fixture before Christmas.

    Also we know that Ramsey is returning to fitness and both Ox and Walcott will
    return soon as well.

    That should alleviate most of our current injury problems and also reduce our
    heavy competition schedule.

    The one major issue which needs to be resolved as quickly as possible is that
    Wenger resolves the one major gap in our squad which is the lack of ‘COMPETENT’ defensive midfield cover.

    Last season we had a similar problem with Centre Back position. Wenger failed to bring a replacement for Vermaelen and it impacted on our form early
    in the season because Mertesacker was not playing well following World Cup
    and Koscielny was suffering from an injury. We landed up 12 points behind
    Chelsea by Christmas.

    However, Wenger did eventually learn the lesson and bought Gabriel. Whilst
    he did not play very often in second half of season the fact that he was available as backup if required eased the pressure on team specifically we did not
    land up playing either Debuchy or Monreal as Centre Backs, which had been
    the case in first half of season.

    My view is that by now Wenger must know that Arteta is no longer a reliable
    alternative for Coquelin and also Flamini is not a realistic starter, because he was prepared to let him leave last summer.

    Also we know that playing Wilshire in DMF position for any length of time in
    view of his injury record is too great a risk.

    From my point of view Wenger will be forced to buy a player whatever is the
    outcome of Coquelin’s injury.

    The one advantage that Wenger does have is that he spent very little of his
    transfer budget this summer so that spending it on a player who will get almost certainly playing time in absence of both Coquelin and Wilshire is not
    a gamble.

    Whilst our number one target Schneiderlein was not recruited in summer
    there are in this position plenty of alternative players who are playing in unfashionable clubs and are of the right quality and probably available.

    I doubt that many of these players cannot be secured for a realistic transfer
    fee and when you factor in the sort of wages we pay.

    Both Krychowiak [Seville] and Bender [Bayer Leverkusen] who are now in their prime would be my personal choice. The one major issue for any potential recruit is of course whether we could guarantee him a regular starting
    place. Obviously we cannot but the fact is that Cazorla is now 31 and Wilshire
    is injury prone so that anyone coming in has a very good chance of regular
    football.

    Both the above players are at least as good defensively as Coquelin and probably more creative. Also they are probably more reliable than Wilshire.