Arsenal strategy for this evening: Keep Sanchez fresh

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I move the last of my stuff last night, which was Halloween. 4000 screaming kids descended on my building making it tough to move, then my very pleasant Colombian removal man pulled up with basically the smallest car in America so he strapped my stuff to the roof, then I had to deal with a parade down my road, so I waited roadside with a mattress while he found somewhere to park.

‘HEY DUDE, DID YOU DRESS UP LIKE A PIECE OF BREAD?’

‘YO DICKHEAD, WHAT ARE YOU, A BED BUG?’

It was like the intro to a ‘WELCOME TO AMERICA’ teen coming of age video.

Anyway, what’s that? A game? Jeez, get me to NLD already!

We play Ludogorets this evening in Bulgaria, a potentially tricky game, mostly because we’re Arsenal. They’re not a good team. They’ll play with a 4-4-2 that’s been pretty generous to us so far. The big hope is we go there and take them to pieces, because there’s always that worry that players will protect themselves against injury so they can be part of the Spurs game at the weekend.

It’s also November… we really don’t need a bad start to the BLACK MONTH OF HELL AND LOW POINTS.

Injury news, I think reads like both first team full-backs are missing as well as Santi and Theo Walcott.

Who did not travel is Monreal, Cazorla and Bellerin, Walcott – both are more or less injuries. Some of them being very close, like Walcott, Bellerin had a little incident in the last minute of training so they are not here. For us it’s a big game because as you said, if we win we can qualify. But if we lose, you can as well be in a difficult situation. So we know the importance of the game is massive.

My strategy for this game would be to blitz them hard in the first half, then go for a bunch of 60minute subs. You can plan for a game like that against a shit team. My nightmare would be an 89th minute hamstring strain for Sanchez. That little man is so important to Spurs. We need pace and high energy, Giroud really will change our game plan and I don’t need to be seeing him on the starting sheet this weekend.

So we have a lot resting on this, win and we qualify, lose and we make it tough over the next two games. I just really hope Wenger has a long term view (5 days) of tonight’s game. He usually panics under pressure and just goes with his best line-up. Thankfully, Poch is anti-rotation as well, but he has a very young squad.

Right, that’s your lot. See you at the finish line.

COME ON YOU GOONERS! x

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  1. Samesong

    We play 6 games this month likes of Chelsea only 3.

    Now is not the time we needed 8 players out. This month is a big test. We simply must not lose any games. Even if we draw against Tottenham and United I’ll see that.

  2. Pierre

    15 games….. Won 12….. Drawn 3……. Lost 0

    Joint top of prem

    Top of champions league group and qualified

    Last 8 of league cup

    Scoring goals for fun

    Not bad for starters ……

  3. Jeff

    Just saw the goal from Ozil. Superb. Really enjoyed that and to top it all it was the goal that sends us to the next round.

  4. Steveyg87

    Piss poor performance from the lads, not too sure if it was a motivation factor or not, but atleast we got the result! Unbelievable goal from Ozil, fantastic composure lad.. People need to lay off Gibbs and Jenko, both have been out of action for a while and need to be cut some slack. Hopefully Wenger will persist with Gibbs till he comes good again.

    Lastly, thank fuck Ramsey had a stinker, here’s to hoping we don’t see him near the 1st team any time soon. What a prick, he still hasn’t learnt his lesson, we need to get rid of him as in yesterday

  5. Emiratesstroller

    Ludogorets were a team of two halves. Offensively they were very dangerous as we saw in both games. Defensively they are poor.

    I will not criticise too much our right flank, because both Jenkinson and Ramsey have been out injured and clearly are not 100% match fit.

    However, that is not the case with left flank. We have played Gibbs and Sanchez on a number of occasions and that combination has looked always suspect. We know that Sanchez does not track back so we need a left back who
    is more disciplined and intelligent playing behind him.

    Gibbs is neither disciplined nor intelligent and that has always been his problem. My view is that we need to replace him with someone who is defensively
    better in the squad.

    Monreal is not getting any younger so perhaps buying a top quality left back
    should be a priority next summer.

  6. tunnygriffboy

    Stevey g

    We had a piss poor 15 minutes. After that we rolled our sleeves up and got better. If the whole performance was piss poor we wouldn’t have won.

    I didn’t think Ramsey had a stinker. It was solid rather than spectacular. Why give Gibbs and Jenkinson slack yet get on Ramsey’s case ? He’d only played 10 minutes in 10 weeks prior to yesterday

    Samesongs

    Yes that number of games means we have to use all our squad like yesterday. I’m really hoping the players left behind yesterday was precautionary and that they’ll be ok for Sunday.

    Spurs will try to press us and be really physical like they did v City. After half an hour they lost some of their intensity and it became easier for City who got right back in the game.

    We’ll need a strong ref because their not adverse to sticking the boot in. The likes of Alexis/Ozil will need protection.

    Emirates

    Loads of talk in the press about LB signings in the summer. Wenger has suggested he’s got some prospects coming through at RB. I agree that LB will be a priority in the summer.

  7. Redtruth

    “Wenger has suggested he’s got some prospects coming through at RB.”

    I thought Wenger was leaving at the end of the season…lol.lol.lol.lol.lol lol lol.lol lol.lol

  8. Emiratesstroller

    tunnygriffboy

    There seems to be a dearth of top quality full backs in the market.

    Clearly the left back position has been a problem at Arsenal for some time. Monreal played quite well last season, but at 31 is reaching the end of his career as first choice.

    My view is that if we are playing Gibbs in the team then we need to play someone like Iwobi in front of him who is more prepared to track back. Also I think
    that Koscielny who is supposed to be the captain needs to open his mouth and
    remind Gibbs of his defensive duties.

  9. tunnygriffboy

    Red

    I presumed he meant Jenkinson, Maitland_Niles and there maybe another.

    Nit picking as usual, picking people up on little things. Anyway you should be happy you’ve got me to respond to you.

  10. Ankit_gooner

    This november month is going to be very very difficult to navigate.Wenger will probably have to rest some players against utd,bournemouth and soton.This is a great opportunity for ox and elneny to try to establish themselves in the team.

  11. Steveyg87

    tunny

    Ramseys problems lay way deeper than fitness… He plays for himself and only himself, he would have been out on his arse if he didnt get his shit together a few seasons back. Unfortunately he has reverted to type. This will not sort itself out and Wenger has shown that he does not have the man management skills to rectify the problem, the only solution is for one of them to leave, and its not gonna be Wenger

  12. vicky

    Is anybody else concerned by the way Xhaka tackles an opponent player ? Unlike Coq, his style is not smooth. Lunges too often to my liking and looks a bit reckless in his style . Yes, he is better than Coq in passing and spraying the ball around but looks like he is a prime candidate in our team for receiving red cards.

    Regarding Spurs and United game, I hope we field our best 11 in both the games, no need to flirt with the idea of putting Giroud and Ramsey in the starting line-up.

    Cech
    Bellerin Kos Mustafi Monreal
    Santi Coq
    Theo Ozil Iwobi
    Alexis

  13. Ozrus

    ‘Your support is shallow whereas my support goes much deeper than passion and emotion…’

    Ruth’s support comes from the depths of the bottomless pit where he lives with a bunch of likeminded trolls. Sometimes they surface to frighten little children.

  14. Romford Ozil Pele

    Last night was pretty much why you saw Pep’s Barca greater than any imitation since. Lucho is too reliant on the front three, they don’t control anywhere near as well. Pep is an unreal manager. Think City are gonna storm so much with that midfield this season.

  15. tunnygriffboy

    Stevey

    We just have different views in Ramsey bu that’s ok 🙂

    Rop

    I like Jenkinson. Not greatest footballer tbh. However to be fair that was only his second game in over a year. Wenger has mentioned he’s got options at RB though

    Do you have information on the state of injuries to Walcott, Santi, Bellerin and Monreal ? Were they left behind as a precaution and will they bee need fit for the weekend ?

    We really need to counteract their press early on and keep things tight for the 1s

  16. Jim Lahey

    “Andre Santos was an utter liability that Wenger overplayed just so that he could save face”

    Gibbs is exactly the same, a complete liability. His positioning is terrible. Every time he plays the opposing team focuses on his side as he is constantly out of position. He is awful in the air, physically weak, and its not like he offers much going forward.

    The guy is 27, he should be at his peak but is still a Championship level player at best.

  17. Romford Ozil Pele

    Tummy, Cant fault his hard work, endeavour and love for the club, but plainly put, he’s a trash footballer. I know he’s only come back from injury and there’s rust there but the talent there is minimal. There’s a lot more mileage to go with Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is a great dribbler and much more ingrained in the collective of the team.

    Yeah all those four guys you mentioned really need to be back this Sunday, its critical. We definitely know our best team right now. Not too worried about Spurs’ press if Theo and Özil are playing. They’ll retreat that high line soon enough.

  18. Jim Lahey

    Gibbs has been at the club 10 years now, broke into the first team in 08. We criticise Walcott for his contribution to the team in those 10 years, so why not Gibbs?

    His defining moment as an Arsenal player so far has been that slip in the 09 Champions league semi final to allow United to score their first against us.

  19. vicky

    Yes, Gibbs and Jenko are not good enough for us. Jenko is good at crossing the ball but there’s little else in his game. Gibbs is steady in attack just like Monreal but his positional sense is terrible and is rarely able to stop crosses from opposition. Fullback position is probably the weakest link in our team in terms of squad depth and overall quality.

  20. Redtruth

    Xhaka is not good enough to be a playmaker and the primary role of a DM is to be able to tackle which he is hopeless at so what a waste and pointless signing

  21. tunnygriffboy

    Rop

    Cont ………..

    We have to counteract their press and remain tight. We have to see out the first half hour. They crucified City in that period but the intensity dropped there after. Need to use the pace of Iwobi, Alexis and Theo (god I hope he’s fit) to push their fullbacks and line back.

    Clattenburg has to have a strong game as well They are a dirty side and Alli and Lamela are sly little shits. We could wind Alli up tbh. If Xhaka comes on he needs to be careful. He could have had a red for that tackle last night.

  22. Red&White4life

    Red Truth is complaining more than me, an mostly, much more often, I never though that could happen on Le Grove lol

  23. Romford Ozil Pele

    Tunny, we can counteract that by pressing back, playing quickly through the lines. Honestly I’d be astonished if they come with that high line if Theo is fit. It’ll be the most suicidal thing ever and we’ll steamroller them.

  24. Savage

    Vicky, most clubs in the league struggle with fullback positions. I listen to a lot of the podcasts from other teams, and fullback problems come up regularly in the conversations at Liverpool, United, Chelsea, City, West Ham.

    Jenkinson and Gibbs were actually great in their previous games, so statistically we’re talking from a small data set right now. The key with Gibbs is that he’s a better attacker than Monreal, so you can pick them according to the opposition. As with Jenkinson, clearly he’s only just back from a very long injury, so we can definitely cut him some slack.

  25. Bamford10

    “Mesut Ozil’s wondergoal showed why Arsenal bought him – but the truth is he does that every week ” – Arsenal News (@FromtheEmirates)

    No he doesn’t. That was probably the best thing he has ever done in an Arsenal jersey. Fantastic goal, but if he were doing things like that every week, I would never have said a single critical thing about him.

    Superb goal, but let’s not misrepresent the record.

  26. Wallace

    Red

    “My mate said Pogba was overrated at Juventus by the British media which says it all…”

    joe lives in Canada, and if he’s telling you he’s a keen student of the Italian game he’s telling you porkies.

  27. Louis Almeida

    “The key with Gibbs is that he’s a better attacker than Monreal”

    Not sure I agree with this. More athletic, yes. But that doesn’t translate into being better in the final third. Monreal is better adept at combo play and makes the runs in behind at the right time. Much more dependable both going forward and back. Maybe age is catching up with him but he’s definitely better than Gibbs.

  28. tunnygriffboy

    Bamf

    That was a seriously good goal. It is singularly the best thing he has done for us. He does however do really good things every week. He’s the oil that keeps us fluid.

    Klopp summed him up perfectly. It was something about him not necessarily being seen all the time but a team really misses him when he’s not there.

    7 goals so far this season. He’s making loads of runs into the spaces Alexis vacates and is making late runs into the box regularly. I’m hopeful this continues, he gets more confidence and the goals will flow.

    Rop

    If spurs do play that high pressing game won’t they have to play a high line ? Also they at Wembly tonight.

  29. tunnygriffboy

    Bamf

    Barca had some key players missing last night in defence and midfield

    I just asking the question. Has their defence been starting to show cracks this season ? Are they lacking in a few positions in the back ? Is Iniesta starting to show his age ?

    The key is to try and stop MSN to some extent. If you can do that I think you could create chances against their back four.

    Personally I don’t think they’re the team of 2/3 years ago

    Ps. Just heard that Danny Ings out for another 9 months. Done his other knee. Got to feel for him.

  30. Bamford10

    Tunny

    I agree that Ozil is a fantastic player; my point is simply that, one, he has not been doing things like last night’s goal every week since arrival, and two, he has put in many disappointing performances, esp. in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

    However he has clearly upped his game last season and this, and I am happier with his play. May it continue.

    And again, bravo to him for last night’s goal. That was one for the ages.

  31. Bamford10

    Tunny

    I think you’re right re Barca missing players. Can anyone tell us, off the top of their heads, who Barca were missing? Alba, Iniesta, Pique …

  32. Red&White4life

    Agree with Bamford about Mesut.
    If only he had shown the same level than this season since his arrival at Arsenal…

  33. Romford Ozil Pele

    Pep’s Barca would dismantle this Barca no problem. This one is still a great team but rely too much on the front three. Nothing really gets close to prime Xavi and Iniesta. Busquets also looks to be on the decline. Not really a surprise. He peaked at such a young age and won everything by 25. Plus with the way Lucho relies on the front three, it puts even more pressure on the guys in midfield if they are caught in transition.

  34. Bamford10

    “Nights like last night is the reason I’m working hard to come back stronger than ever before! #ProudGooner #RehabGoingWell” – Per Mertesacker (@Mertesacker)

  35. Jim Lahey

    @Bamfrord –

    “I agree that Ozil is a fantastic player; my point is simply that, one, he has not been doing things like last night’s goal every week since arrival, and two, he has put in many disappointing performances, esp. in 2013-14 and 2014-15.”

    To be fair, we didn’t buy Ozil to do what he did last night, thats a bonus. We bought him to fill a massive creative gap that was in the team and that is what he does, and has been doing that since the day he arrived.

    He has had quite a few awful games for us throughout that time, but he has been the creator we’ve missed since Nasri and Fabregas left.

    I don’t understand how people can only see goals as a contribution to a team.

  36. Paulinho

    Three years ago I said Busquets was made to look a lot better than he is by Xavi and Iniesta and we are seeing that now. Immobile, slow, stiff. Only looks good when allowed to play at a pedestrian pace and speed things up on his own terms.

  37. Romford Ozil Pele

    Paulinho, maybe so but you’re doing him a bit of a disservice. Not the quickest sure, and slow in transition but what he see on the front foot more than made up for it. Plus Barca’s pressing under Pep was much more cohesive which masked any individual flaws a lot of the players had defensively.

  38. Romford Ozil Pele

    Paulinho, Hearn is trying to milk as much money for AJ as poss before putting him into proper fights. Pretty silly that people haven’t clocked on yet. At least we’ll get more of a heads up for where he’s at when he fights Klitschko next spring. Wilder annihilated Molina, expecting AJ to do the same.

  39. Paulinho

    Romford – IMO Iniesta completely made that team – with Xavi – and now we are saying limitations of the others laid bare.

    Even if Guardiola had the same squad I think they would struggle. People can talk about the pressing but what made them special was Xavi and Iniesta taking the ball in congested areas and taking the piss basically.

  40. gunnergetyou

    Anyone else concerned about Mustafi?

    He seems to be making mistakes in every game, and some of them are leading to goals.

    It’s all well and good directing our anger towards Gibbs and Jenkinson, but we have to remember that they are 2nd choice for a reason, because they’re obviously not good enough to be in the first team. You’d have to be thick not to expect a drop in performance.

    Mustafi is different because he’s expected to start in all of our main games. He’s got loads of ability but the mistakes are starting to annoy me.

  41. Paulinho

    Romford – Hearn obviously little bit wary of Parker, because he should be the next fight.

    Could understand last two tomato cans but a third is bit much.

  42. Paulinho

    “Anyone else concerned about Mustafi? He seems to be making mistakes in every game, and some of them are leading to goals.”

    We are going to concede a shed load of set pieces if we are in the running with those two. Will be like Gallas and Toure all over again.

    Still think there is chance for Mertesacker if he gets back, or even Holding to get a run.

  43. Dream10

    Paulinho and Romford

    I think top of the table attackers like Messi, Suarez, Neymar want to press on a constant basis. It’s more ego than application. Managers have to adjust to what their stars want, not the other way around.

  44. vicky

    Iniesta in his prime was just unbelievable. I have never seen a midfielder with such exceptional control, dribbling ability and intelligence since Zidane. In fact, once he retires I suspect he will be put in the same league as Zidane, not below him.

  45. Romford Ozil Pele

    Mustafi has been generally good IMO. There have been small lapses of concentration, sure. But then again remember he had no pre-season with the team and is still learning all the time. All this considering he’s only 24 sill which is a baby in CB terms, a good 7 years younger than Lolo. Mustafi gives us a lot in the build up phase though and picks out good passes from deep. He’s also pretty good defending 1 v 1. Where I have seen him look a bit suspect is crosses into the box. Lost his marker a few times. Room for improvement but a good 7/10 for me so far. Him and Lolo look comfortable together. The way we play is a bit of a risk considering how high the line is but we’ve already scored over 40 goals this season so I’m happy with the trade off.

  46. Romford Ozil Pele

    Dream, yeah it’s part of the problem. MSN push up so high that they invariably leave you open a bit defensively but it’s worth it considering they get get over 120 goals between them in a season lol.

  47. Romford Ozil Pele

    Iniesta is in the same bracket as Zidane for me. May be blasphemous in some quarters but I actually think he’s been more consistent throughout his career. Would have a Ballon D’Or or too if not for Messi. More of a mystique around Zidane though and he had so many matchwinning moments that it’a hard to argue against him. Iniesta has been clutch too though. Goal in the WC final. Goal in the CL semi final to knock out those rent boys. Mercurial talent.

  48. Dream10

    Iniesta is one of the great footballers of any era. As a midfielder, he is the poster boy for technical bravery. Speaking of CMs with that ability, it’s why I hope we have the opportunity to sign Kovacic. If he ends up being half as good as Iniesta at 25, he’ll be a top 3 CM in world football. Only 22, he is brave on the ball, spatially aware, works hard and is robust. His biggest flaw is he has tendency to over dribble at times (he seems smart enough to grow out of it). Kovacic has all the qualities that people love in Wilshere, he’s a superior talent imo.

  49. Louis Almeida

    Dream10, Yes I love Kovacic, great talent. I also love Leandro Paredes at Roma who Romford told me to check out. Dahoud at ‘Glabdach is another. Many good young CMs coming up right now who are press resistant too.

  50. Romford Ozil Pele

    Also I’ve decided I think we need to sign Moussa Dembele from Celtic. Lad is a monster, going all the way to the top. Can’t even say it’s just the SPL either, look what he’s been doing in the CL this season. At 20 too.

  51. Dream10

    Louis Almeida

    Romford loves a technical midfielder lol. Dahoud was getting a lot of praise last year. Seems to have a good engine. Did not see a glimpse of something special like I did with Kovacic though. Paredes a Carrick type?

  52. gunnergetyou

    ROP, Paulinho

    Mustafi is a brilliant footballer, but he does remind me of Koscielny in his early days. He plays on front foot, but he gets caught out trying to make interceptions ahead of an attacking opponent which can leave massive gaps in behind. The Sunderland goal was a good example. We’re gonna have to tighten up because better teams punish much more.

    Not sure I trust the BFG to have much impact on the first team this season but Holding looks like a solid option if he needs a break at some point. The kid looks like he’s got everything.

  53. Romford Ozil Pele

    Lol Dream I do man, Cant lie, it’s my drug. Parades is a bit like Verrati but stronger and quicker. Been playing as a DLO this season because Spalletti loves that but he’s a CM by trade. Replacing the creativity left by Pjanic’a departure.

  54. Louis Almeida

    Lol what Romford said.

    I do want to see more of Rob Holding though. Looks like you’re typical English stopper. I got to see him last week in the cup against Reading and he is even bigger than I imagined.

  55. Vote leave

    I think zidsne shadsd it
    He could do things that intesta couldn’t
    Iniesta could only play one way.
    In pretty much the same team his whole career minus messi for Spain.
    Zidane won games on his own
    He scored left footed super volleys
    He won a World Cup final on his own

  56. Louis Almeida

    Iniesta could only play one way? The guy is an awesome dribbler. The perfect balance to the metronome passer that is Xavi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2mH33Yh8ro

    As Dream10 said, Iniesta is one of the greatest footballers of any era. There’s nothing he couldn’t do. Unfortunately he’s always been overshadowed by Messi but look at some of his performances at WC2010 and Euro 2012 when he was the standout player for Spain. Unreal midfielder.

    Also, his top 10 goals. Can win games by himself too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP7BWKLs-aM

  57. vicky

    Vote

    “He won a World Cup final on his own”

    Yes, but I think his performance in 2006 world cup where he single handedly took France to the final and if not for his infamous headbutt won the WC again for his country was on a different level to his performance in 1998.

    By the way Iniesta also won games on his own, just that his game is slightly more subtle than Zidane and hence less noticeable. Zidane on song was like a tornado, ripped teams apart.

  58. Dream10

    Still have my doubtsthat Sanchez as a #9 can elevate us to where I want us to reach. Don’t think it’s something that will improve our collective level to be a consistently great PL team (85 points every year). We often mention Walcott, Chamberlain, Giroud and Welbeck’s limitations. even though Sanchez is a superior footballer, he has liimitations that stop a team from being great. His are more detrimental as the others are squad options. He is a leading star in an XI.

    Fair play to Sanchez, he is among the top three players in the PL so far.

  59. Redtruth

    Zidane didn’t win France a World Cup on his own…lol
    It took a defender who had never scored in his life to score a brace and knock Croatia out of the Semi-Final…

  60. Dream10

    Zidane at Euro 2000>>>
    He was always technically perfect and still had the acceleration to get past opponents. He dominated the QF against Spain and SF Portugal. The way he controlled that long pass on the right in extra time against the Portuguese?!?!?
    That touch is wanking material

  61. Vote leave

    I’m talking about the final
    Yes he had better tournaments in 00 and 06
    He was more robust and physical
    He had more feathers to his bow
    His left foot was better
    Better in the air
    He could tackle
    He was physical imposing
    He did it in other leagues
    What ever team he played for dominated on the world stage
    He dragged up lesser teams through not just skill technique and vision but will power.
    Don’t get me wrong
    Iniesta is one of my favourite players of all time and for me is no 2 but zidane was more adaptable.

  62. Leedsgunner

    I’ve long thought LB is a priority for us… if we want to convince Sanchez and Özil that we are serious about winning trophies a top player in that position would be a good start. If we have a solid back four, it gives our attackers the freedom to go forward… at the moment the left side looks more and more vulnerable — especially when Monreal

    I’ve long rated Ricardo Rodriguez but they are others out there. Benjamin Henirichs of Bayern Leverkeusen is also very highly rated and very versatile… and Konstantinos Stafyldis is also attracting plaudits as a left back.

    If Mustafi teaches us anything… it’s worth paying out for a top defender. Although it’s worth pondering… would he have been signed if Mertesacker wasn’t injured along with Gabriel? I guess we will never know.

    Any notable LBs in the youth side that we should be promoting?

  63. WengerEagle

    Good win last night against a tricky opponent in Ludo away, very impressed by their attackers who looked very smooth and dangerous throughout, lucky for us their defence was pathetic.

    ION, the unthinkable is happening. Lionel Messi is declining before our very eyes. Discuss.

    Still scoring he goals but his performances have fallen off a cliff lately. I’ve literally never seen him as poor as I did on Sat vs Granada.

  64. Leedsgunner

    I just had another look at Mesut’s goal last night. The definition of hilarity.

    Had another player scored a similar goal — no doubt we would be roundly condemning him for showing disrespect to the opposition and showboating for the sake of it.

  65. WengerEagle

    Special mention for both Ozil and Sanchez, I’ve been critical of both but fuck me have they turned up thus far this season, especially Sanchez who has been phenomenal, particularly creatively.

    That goal yesterday from Ozil is one that will live long in the memory, up there with some of our very best individual goals like Nasri’s efforts vs Fulham/Porto, RVP’s vs Inter Milan and Shava’s vs Blackburn for the sheer ingenuity and difficulty to execute. That’s 7 goals for him now, he should be pushing for minimum 15 goals now because he’s capable of it.

  66. Emiratesstroller

    There is no question that Sanchez is better suited to a more central role in the team and for the first time he has this season shown better composure and
    scoring potential in front of goal.

    When he plays on the flank as he did yesterday he shows his personal defensive shortcomings in not willing to track back and also highlights the deficiencies of the full back particularly Gibbs.

    My view now is that our best offensive formation is that we play Sanchez in front of Ozil with Iwobi and Walcott on the flanks albeit that all 4 players can and do interchange when required.

    Yesterday the team was exposed defensively on the flanks and lacked the
    mobility we have seen previously.

    Giroud scored an excellent goal, but when you analyse his overall contribution to the game it was fairly minimal. Also Ramsey for all his energy lacks the goalscoring potential of Walcott.

    When everyone is fit I would expect Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Cazorla, Walcott
    and either Iwobi or Ox to play with Sanchez moving to striker role.

    This means that only 4 players who turned out yesterday would have been in
    our best starting lineup or correct positions.

  67. Red&White4life

    I’ve erased all the goals from this ultimate c*nt from my memory.
    Much more easier than I thought, to be honest…

  68. Vince

    Thunk if Sanchez works out as a no 9 and signs a new deal (coupled with Welbz and Perez settling in) we need a winger as a major signing next year, probably 2. my shortlists will be:
    1. Carrasco
    2. Draxler
    3. Mahrez

  69. tunnygriffboy

    Just heard Tony Cascarino and Dean Saunders talking about Ozil’s goal last night. Cascarino is no Arsenal lover btw.

    They reckon only a handful of players in the world could have scored that last night. They mentioned the skill, awareness, balance and poise that was needed to score it. They also mentioned that it was in the 89th minute, he was sprinting and players get fatigued by then. On top of that it was an important game tied at 2- 2 not a side leading 5 – 0

    Leeds

    Lay off my Rambo 🙂

    Seriously though Wales need him and getting game time in his legs is very important for us though I’m not sure how much he’ll get for us in the next couple of games so a run out for Wales will do him good.

  70. Romford Ozil Pele

    Vince, agreed. Another wide forward for me. Somebody who can replicate what Theo does but with greater dribbling and reliability. Don’t think Mahrez offers that running in behind though. Carrasco and Draxler do that.

    A wide forward with playmaking abilities and a LB should be our next priorities.

  71. Dream10

    Romford

    I don’t think Draxler has enough pace to be an elite wide forward. He has the tools to be an excellent #10/second striker though. Move inside needed. He would look dynamite behind a #9 like Cavani or Higuain.

  72. tunnygriffboy

    Jim

    I apologise mate. You are right. There’s 6 months between them but only one gets sympathy fornbeing young

    Elneny is young so is Mustafi though he looks like a 35 year old 🙂

  73. vicky

    WE

    Yes, Messi doesn’t exhilarate me anymore the way he used to till a couple of years ago. Rarely see those mesmerizing mazy runs these days. I think losing finals for Argentina has had a big impact on his mentality, I don’t see the same hunger and drive in him.

  74. Romford Ozil Pele

    Dream, you don’t think so? I think he’s deceptively quite quick. Like Özil, he eats up ground pretty quickly and glides rather than sprints. Anyway it doesn’t have to be him though he is a very silky player to watch, just someone of that ilk.

  75. Romford Ozil Pele

    Probably important to remember how long Messi has been playing top level football for. And this is someone who clocks up 60 games a season so physical decline is inevitable. How much he has declined, if he really has done remains to be seen. He’s still already scored loads of goals this season and remains a fantastic creator so maybe he could try and reinvent himself. We’ll see.

  76. Leedsgunner

    tunny

    Perhaps an unfair question to purely mess with your head… 🙂

    You alone have the power to put Arsenal or Wales in the finals of a major tournament.

    Wales — it is the next World Cup
    Arsenal — it is the next UEFA Champion’s League in May.

    You know that Ramsey will score the winning goal but he can only play for one of these sides and he will be injured for finals the other.

    Who do you choose? 🙂

  77. Romford Ozil Pele

    Last night showed the negatives of rotation. Changed 5 players and really struggled for fluency. The 6-0 in the first game whilst great probably didn’t tel the whole story. Ludogorets are very good going forward and you can see why they’ve caused Liverpool and Real Madrid trouble in the past. It was a good response after a dreadful start. Now we have Spurs, United and PSG. Let’s see where we stand after this.

  78. Pierre

    It appeared that the main problem last night was our lack of pace going forward…… No Walcott, no ox , no Iwobi and no bellerin…..If he had just brought in giroud and played ox wide right then we could still have broke with speed……
    Put Sanchez up top and bring back Iwobi and play Walcott/ox wide right against spurs. Giroud and Ramsey slow our play down so put them on the bench…. Come on Wenger get the selection right. The best thing that happened to Arsenal this season is the early injuries to giroud and Ramsey . This enabled Sanchez to get regular games as striker and allowed Walcott to have a run of games instead of playing Ramsey wide right. Coquelin, elneny, xhaka , cazorla are also all more influential and effective in centre mid…

  79. Vote leave

    Yeah totti was immense
    Del piero missed so many sitters
    Delvechio too
    I wanted Italy for the 2000
    Really loved that side

  80. tunnygriffboy

    Leeds

    Re Ramsey

    He can score for us in the CL final anyday.

    Much as I love my country I think seeing Arsenal win CL would be the ultimate. I’d just have to make do with Wales winning the WC in egg chasing 🙂 🙂 🙂