Arsenal vs CSKA, the biggest match in town

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Oh honestly, stop talking about how incredible Liverpool are and let’s have some actual focus on the real European football treat this evening… yes, you know it, it’s Arsenal vs CSKA.

The big one.

The pantie moistener.

The moment two of the most elite clubs in Europe clash for the ultimate hipster prize of the Europa League.

Jokes aside, you have a to be a little bit excited about this one.

I had to reacquaint myself with yesteryear when I interviewed Arsenal striking legend, Alan Smith. I slid two-footed into our heroic CWC run, and I bloody loved it. We played some dross, we played some great sides, but it was fun. I kind of feel we might look back on this run with fondness if we can beat two great teams in the next round of the cup.

That all starts tonight. CSKA is this seasons Torino. A solid side who have more than enough ability to upset an Arsenal side with less mental strength than beaten donkey.

The home leg is very important. We need to take a 3 goal cushion into Russia to be guaranteed a path to glory. Our form suggests we’re more than capable of delivering that sort of a result when we fancy it. Hopefully the boys see glory in their sights, as well as in their wallets.

Back onto the Liverpool game last night. It is AMAZING how badly people want to celebrate the demise of Pep. He massively fucked up his plan yesterday, but to read the carry on about him not having a plan b etc is quite ridiculous.

Klopp pulled off a masterclass. That can’t be denied. I’ll be the first to admit that my assumptions about his demise were off the mark. He’s building quite the force up there, when he adds a world class keeper into the mix and Naby Keita, they’ll no doubt be a formidable side next season.

To City levels over 38 games? I have my doubts…

Amusing to see Liverpool fans go full on Galatasaray before the game, wrecking the City bus. I’m not really game for that type of carryon, but look, City played like shit and didn’t have a shot on target until past 70minutes.

It all adds to the mix.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Liverpool can push the match over the line. When Pep takes the game home, he’ll play his best side and we’ll see how good he is.

Additionally, it’d be remiss of me not to mention the fact Arsenal passed on the talents of Klopp because they couldn’t find anyone better. Arsenal take nights like last night away from the fans becasue we are loyal to an old man with too much power. Just remember that. Wenger’s continued presence is an attack at your weekly joy. Pray it doesn’t go on for another season.

PRAY WE WIN EUROPA THOUGH x

 

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  1. Akilan

    Looks like atletico, us, red bull and Lazio in the semis.
    If we get Lazio, we’ll be in the finals while playing in the second gear all the way.

    Atletico doesn’t count because they’re in it because they were shit in the CL.

  2. WengerEagle

    Leipzig for me would be an easier tie.

    Weren’t at all convincing winners over an average Marseille tonight, I’d favour the French to take the tie back home in fact.

  3. Akilan

    WE,
    Italian sides bar juve flatter to deceive these days. Even Napoli got knocked out of Europe with a whimper. I just think their overall quality isn’t enough and they tend to let the occasion get to them even if it is us.

  4. WengerEagle

    Akilan

    That’s one way to look at it tbf.

    Another way would be that Napoli, along with being drawn into a very competitive UCL group with City and a dangerous Shaktar side, focused most of their energy into Serie A, which at the time they were leading and remained so even when they were dumped out of the EL by RB Leipzig.

    Lazio have nothing to play for in the league, so all of their attention will be spent on the EL.

    They have scored more goals than anyone else in Italy this season, including Juventus and Napoli.

    Dangerous team.

  5. Akilan

    Actually I believe Leipzig is the only team left that could beat atletico. They have Keita, Werner and their manager seems to get his tactics right against big teams. They knocked Napoli out and just recently defeated Bayern.

    And their pressing game could be a nightmare if they get it right for any side.

  6. Akilan

    We
    “They have scored more goals than anyone else in Italy this season, including Juventus and Napoli.”

    Would love to play against them. Their defense gotta be shite as they’re way behind the top 2 even after outscoring them. Could very well be an open game like today’s only with better quality. Would fancy us to outscore them though with Lacazette back in the side. And we have the best striker in Europe ATM, Aaron.

  7. Bamford10

    “Ramsey dazzles as Arsenal thrash CSKA Moscow in Europa League” – @ESPNFC

    The anti-Ramsey crowd will not be happy about this.

    Dale’s complaint above that Ramsey was scoring rather than worrying about a counterattack was particularly amusing.

  8. Leedsgunner

    Brilliant win, meaningless season with Arsenal far away from winning the title more than ever but a brilliant win regardless.

  9. Akilan

    It’s almost criminal to restrict Ramsey into a CM role right now. He is the second biggest goal threat(today the biggest) in the side and Jack at 10 is just cringy at this point.

    We know Ramsey will leave Xhaka all alone in the midfield, why not play Elneny to support him? Jack is our 4th best AM and defensively our 4th best CM and is physically our worst midfielder. Dude is only playing became of his reputation.

  10. WengerEagle

    Akilan

    Yeah their defence is shite, would be a cricket score of a tie.

    Wouldn’t be so confident of RB Leipzig myself, Werner and Forsberg were both much better last season.

    Only Keita out of that big 3 has looked the same player this season, Sabitzer has looked very good though.

  11. Champagne Charlie

    “The anti-Ramsey crowd will not be happy about this“

    This is typical Banford nonsense. There’s no “anti-Ramsey” crowd, some people rightly feel he’s not equipped for playing CM.

    Fail to see how us slapping a shit CSKA Moscow detracts from that given they could’ve easily scored 2/3 goals with a constantly exposed midfield.

    Rambo got his goals though so let’s ignore the balance of the team.

  12. Bob N16

    Just got back from the game. At times we were great. Miserable bastards on here can’t get any joy from an Arsenal win should find something else to do with their miserable lives. Sure, I want Wenger gone but come on, smell the roses. If you’re just smelling shit, Walk the f**k away!
    Great finishing in the first half, not so much in the second. Only complaint is that it’s been 7 goals in a row at the clock end in the last two games.

  13. jwl

    I was totally convinced that Klopp was coming to Arsenal when he took sabatical from managing a few years ago and Wenger had eighteen months left on his contract.

  14. Emiratesstroller

    We know that Arsenal are on a good day an excellent attacking team and frankly we should have wrapped up this game against a very weak defence by scoring two or three more goals.

    However, the real concern is that Arsenal need to win our games by a three to four goal margin, because our defence is awful. Moscow could easily have scored two or three goals against us.

    Arsenal need to keep Ramsey and get him to sign a new contract. My view of
    Wilshire is the reverse. His performance tonight was poor and I have seen
    absolutely nothing that he offers, which merits giving him a six figure weekly
    salary. He does not merit it.

  15. Samir

    I would let Wilshere go on a free transfer, he isn’t Arsenal quality! Then again neither is half the squad!

    Great win – yes, but it was only a very poor CSKA team.

  16. Bamford10

    Akilan

    Exactly. Ramsey should play as the advanced CM in a three-man midfield. Play two genuine holding mids in behind him (or one more B2B), and let Ozil play as a roaming, wide-playmaker.

  17. mysticleaves

    Bamford

    I think you will see there’s no anti Ramsey crowd. Just one or two that don’t think he is good enough and then people that say he’s not suited for CM which I am among.

    you were the biggest Ramsey hater yourself when he just got out of having his best season and also when he was playing like a proper CM. How times have changed.

  18. Bob N16

    Wish I could disagree with you Stroller about Wilshere but I can’t. He feels like a luxury player, his skill set is too narrow. We need to bring in a strong CM to strengthen and protect our spine, Wilshere is the man to make way.

  19. Paulinho

    I said when he was here Sanchez was holding Ramsey back, and that when he fucked off we would see Ramsey at his best again.

    We’re seeing it now.

  20. Emiratesstroller

    Arsenal are unlikely to bring in more than one central midfielder this summer and neither Ramsey nor Wilshire are particularly effective in defensive side of game.

    However, if I have to choose between keeping one of these two players it is for
    me a no brainer, because Ramsey has far more in his repertoire than Wilshire.

    Wilshire on the evidence of his performances this season would not get on the bench of a top five club in EPL and frankly should not be starting for us.

    The only case for renewing his contract is that he can leave this summer on a
    bosman. If he had 12 months left on his contract I would be shifting him out for whatever we could get by way of a transfer fee.

    What I do know is that Arsenal need to find a central midfielder who can defend properly and reads the game well.

  21. HighburyLegend

    It was a weak opposition, but you must admit that the lads were good tonight.
    After Cr7, Ramsey scored the 2nd goal of the week.

    But I can’t help believing that it will be over for us when we’ll faced Atletico.
    The reason ? Two words: Diego Costa.

    Trust me, the cunt can’t wait to destroy us like he used to do it with the chavs lol

  22. Pierre

    Bamford
    “. Ramsey should play as the advanced CM in a three-man midfield. Play two genuine holding mids in behind him (or one more B2B), and let Ozil play as a roaming, wide-playmaker.”

    So who will you leave out mhkitarean ,aubamayang or lacazette.

    Ramsey was very effective tonight though I wasn’t quite sure where he was supposed to be playing,but it worked…….Wilshere was playing the advanced centre mid (not very well) and Ramsey looked like he was supposed to be playing next to xhaka but ended up in the box more often than not , in the centre forward position.
    It was no surprise that we looked stretched at the back due to a lack of protection.we were fortunate that the Russians final ball and finishing was woeful .

    Wilshere looks like he is playing not to get injured as he knows an injury now would ruin his chance of a lucrative contract.

    Ozil was/is majestic….a joy to watch , a team player until the very end ..will be interesting to see how many chances he created tonight .

  23. raptora

    http://e2.365dm.com/18/04/16-9/20/skysports-aaron-ramsey-football_4274623.jpg

    That graph about Ramsey says some stuff. Hugely impressive stuff.

    Wenger on him:
    “I personally think he has overcome his problems, he has no injury problem at all anymore.”

    Put two mighty CMs behind him, Ozil and Mikki on the flanks, and Auba rotating with Lacazette for the CF position.

    It makes sense because with two playmakers on both sides we need someone who can get in the end of the passes heading in to the penalty area. Just a CF is not enough so someone who can give fight in midfield and be a decent creative force while being a super goal threat makes ideal sense. Still going to need 2 solid CM/CDMs though.

    Anyhow, I’m gutted by the way that Sporting lost. Both goals were caused by a mistake leading to a goal and on the side they missed a bunch of good opportunities including a last minute 1v1. Atleti defo didn’t look great.

  24. arsene's used sock

    we passed on klopp while he was on a sabbatical.
    I can’t follow football news anymore until arsene is out and the club can make moves unhindered by the furniture clogging up the space

  25. Michael24

    Lets be honest, should have been about 8-4.

    CSKA were poor defensively although Arsenal’s play going forward was often very good.

    At the back still incredibly fragile.

    Will definitely score in Moscow unless VP sabotages something.

  26. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘This is typical Banford nonsense. There’s no “anti-Ramsey” crowd’

    Clearly you choose to miss Pierre’s daily Ramsey trashing or DaledaGooner’s continuous Ramsey bashing everytime a match is on. Go to the first page and you can see some bizarre agenda-driven comments.

  27. TonyD

    “Fail to see how us slapping a shit CSKA Moscow detracts from that given they could’ve easily scored 2/3 goals with a constantly exposed midfield.”

    Summed up perfectly CC.

    Same shit different day!

    Just lucky CSKA were abysmal in the final third and had geriatric donkeys in defense.

  28. Dream10

    Just watched the highlights. Good to see Aaron Ramsey back at it again along with Özil & Lacazette. Three of my favourite footballers in our squad.

    As for winning the competition, very difficult for us. Atletico Madrid still the favourites with RB Leipzig the second choice.

    Going forward, RB Leipzig is the toughest matchup next round for us. Atleti are better, but the Germans aggressive pressing style is our Achilles heel. We really struggle with teams that use the Liverpool/Spuds/Guardiola off the ball template on us. Think Salzburg do something similar as well. Timo Werner is murder on the counter attack & the best striker in the competition so far. Although, Griezmann had an outstanding goal last night. Took it with confidence.

  29. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘It was no surprise that we looked stretched at the back due to a lack of protection.we were fortunate that the Russians final ball and finishing was woeful .’

    Yeah you’re right. Ramsey should have played like Elneny, stick to his position, make 5 yard passes left and right and
    never try to exploit spaces that CSKA defenders weren’t able to cover.

    Then Arsenal would have had a solid 2-1 victory. Would have made things very comfortable in Russia.

    ” Ozil was/is majestic….a joy to watch , a team player until the very end ..will be interesting to see how many chances he created tonight .”

    What utter tripe this is.

    Why is creating chances, assisting considered ultimate team play, sacrifice blah blah while goals are not?

    You think Ozil is unaware of his Assist King title? You think he doesn’t base his game to try and pander to that reputation?

  30. Dream10

    “Ozil was/is majestic….a joy to watch”

    Agreed Pierre. His movement and passing ability is terrific. He’s quite good at this football thing.

  31. Emiratesstroller

    The major concern this season is the fragility of our defence and we should not forget that we conceded 4 goals against Nottingham Forest in FA Cup!!

    Arsenal have conceded this season no fewer than 58 goals in all competitions and that weakness cannot be ignored even when you see that we are winning
    this tie 4-1.

    It will be interesting to see what team Wenger selects in Moscow.

  32. Black Hei

    TonyD

    Milan – Has beens
    CSKA – Noobs
    Lazio – Flatter to Decieve
    Athletico Madrid – Can’t be arsed as they already in the CL

    I think you should just fast forward to 2019 to see if Wenger gets a 2 year extensions.

    Taking a break from Arsenal might be good for your soul.

  33. Dream10

    The Europa league is clearly the main event; Europe’s premier club competition.
    As for the undercard known as the champions league, both Italian sides were disappointing.

    Juve had a couple of half chances,but did not sustain any attacking momentum. Dybala has been receiving heavy criticism, not for the red card, but for an ineffective performance. Really enjoyed Real’s first & third goals. Class finish from Ronaldo & lovely playground skill from Marcelo for the 3rd. Made Buffon look like a buffoon.
    Big Walter Chezzney is forced to warm the bench for a GK who has seen better days. Why didn’t he stay at The Arsenal where he could have done the same? Kids these days smh

  34. DivineSherlock

    That was some performance last night ! It was almost 4-1-4-1 at times . Is it a coincidence that Arsenal play well when we have an abundance of midfield players. Ozil was so good, Ramsey with that finish . Lacazette was excellent. The only disappointment were Mustafi and Wilshere. Bellerin was back at his best after that lashing from Ozil. Overall a sexy football show .

  35. mysticleaves

    Put two mighty CMs behind him, Ozil and Mikki on the flanks, and Auba rotating with Lacazette for the CF position.

    Yes yes, this could work effectively going forward. Though I feel we need a legit winger. Miki offers an outlet when played on the right but on the left he drifts in. I think in this kind of matches it won’t be a problem. But against the bigger and better and more systematic teams, a true winger that can carry the ball down the flank and dribble will come in very handy.

    Divine
    Musa had Bellerina’s number all night. We were lucky his end product didn’t match his game yesterday, Musa.

  36. mysticleaves

    Must also say, big shout out to Lacazettte. Was involved all through taking positions and creating enough spaces for Ramsey to run into. He could develop into a formidable force hopefully, also got two goals.

    We seem to be getting penalties left right center, long may it continue

  37. Champagne Charlie

    “Clearly you choose to miss Pierre’s daily Ramsey trashing or DaledaGooner’s continuous Ramsey bashing everytime a match is on. Go to the first page and you can see some bizarre agenda-driven comments.“

    Oh one or two posters define a crowd now?

    I’d venture to guess the detractors state Ramsey isn’t cut out for CM and should be more advanced. A position I agree with.

    Even last night there was no awareness or defensive responsibility from Ramsey or Jack despite Musa being put through about 4 times.

    THAT is the fault being pointed at Ramsey, and it’s the insistent denial that irks people. You have a handful of posters on here that refuse to acknowledge his faults and insist on bumming up his goal getting. All the more odd when Ozil gets slated for being a wet noodle, despite having about 3% of the defensive responsibility Ramsey has in CM.

  38. TonyD

    Black Hei
    Thanks for your consideration of my soul, but it’s fine.

    Arsenal has taken a back seat in my life for the time Wenger is still with the club. I don’t watch all the matches, but keep abreast of the scores and this blog.

    Having been a fan for 50 odd years, it’s not something I can totally switch off and life here in Thailand offers many great distractions.

    However there comes a time where one has to reconcile with reality while the total shit show Wenger and the hireachy belligerently offers continues to run its course.

    I still take some positives from games I do watch if there are any to take.

    I’ve never been down on Laca, I think he’s got a future as does Auba if they both get the quick direct service they need.

    Not much of a fan of Mikhi to be honest.

    The rest of it is groundhog day; we can sometimes beat poor teams and paper over the cracks. Players like Ramsey and Ozil often have stellar games in those games and then get eulogised and debated over the following days far too much.

    Just looking forward to a top 5/NLD type of game where I can forget the above and enjoy the football.

    Perhaps the semi will give us one? United game should be fun to watch.

  39. Bamford10

    Lacazette’s second goal was an excellent finish. I want to give him props for that. However, I’m still a little divided over him. I still think Aubameyang gives us a bit more, I don’t think we need two 50m+ CF’s, and I don’t think it makes sense to play Aubameyang wide to accommodate Lacazette through the center. If we are to deploy both, I’d prefer them to be played as a front two rather than in a front three. However, I’m not going to complain too much. When we play better teams, though, I think Lacazette’s productivity might slip again, but perhaps his dull spell in the first half of the season really was down to injury. We will see.

  40. Bamford10

    A couple of these AFTV guys (DT & Troops, esp.) are great. AKBs and positives aside, I don’t get why people don’t like them.

  41. Rambo Ramsey

    Ramsey made 1 tackle and 3 interceptions last night, the same number as Xhaka.

    Wilshere made 0 tackles and 0 interceptions by comparison.

    Some of you running with this ‘Ramsey ZERO defensive responsibilty’ bollocks have to explain to me how he always manages to match Xhaka’s output.

  42. Bamford10

    Champagne

    “You have a handful of posters on here that refuse to acknowledge his faults.”

    Actually, everyone here who defends Ramsey readily acknowledges his weaknesses. It’s the opposing side that is over the top and sees only flaws and “shit,” a word that is regularly used by some here to describe him.

    That you, Charlie, see both his positives and negatives — but ultimately find him “not good enough” — simply puts you more in the middle of the dispute.

    It is completely false, however, to say that some here present Ramsey as without weakness or faults. Complete nonsense. No one here does that.

  43. Black Hei

    TonyD

    Thumbs up for maintaining your sanity.

    You know me, I am AKB through and through. But even I find it HARD this season.

  44. Berg

    Ramsay has 9 goals this year. The second highest of his career. 5 of those came in two matches against 2 poor teams. Now for a player who spends most of his time in the opposition box is that great?

  45. Champagne Charlie

    Rambo

    There you go trotting out numbers to make a one dimensional case.

    Where’s the stat that showed Xhaka as the only midfielder holding position while CSKA broke forward and went through on goal?

    Ramsey could make 5 tackles in their half but STILL be too advanced and allow them to penetrate. Meanwhile Banford is over here stating Ramsey’s fans are measured and identify his weaknesses. OK THEN

    Really don’t know what to tell you, it was clear as day last night. Both Ramsey and Jack went mia in midfield and had no discipline whatsoever. If CSKA has the quality to punish us it would be duly noted, but because they were mank you and others are happy to bury your head. It’s quite pathetic

  46. mysticleaves

    I don’t know the formation used yesterday but I think Ramsey and Wilshere were alternating in AM position yesterday and Ozil was on the wings but always came there because of his free role nature.

    When Ramsey stayed with Xhaka and Wilshere pushed forward, he (Ramsey) put in work. Yesterday, Ramsey was close to perfect. Its Wilshere that should be slated for his performance.

    When Mo came in, they gave Ramsey a base to play as the de facto AM and he didn’t have to worry much about the defensive side.

  47. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Mystic – “BamfordI think you will see there’s no anti Ramsey crowd. Just one or two that don’t think he is good enough and then people that say he’s not suited for CM which I am among.you were the biggest Ramsey hater yourself when he just got out of having his best season and also when he was playing like a proper CM. How times have changed.”

    Vividly recall this as well.