CHAMPIONSHIP SCOUTING REPORT COME GET IT

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GUEST POST FROM THE MAIN MAN MIKE MCDONALD (FOLLOW)

I can’t remember a time in the last 20 years where there has been so much potential Premier League talent available in the Championship.

I think this has snuck up on us as coaches. Championship teams have suddenly made the conscious choice to ‘play football.’ In previous decades there has been a marked difference in the playing style as you looked at the lower leagues.

The result is two-fold. Potential becomes easier to spot as teams like Leeds/Brentford have players who not only understand modern football but they play it too. Secondly, you can slide them into a PL team with significantly less adaptation.

Arsenal not only need to look at some of these gems because finances may dictate but also because they are good enough. Some could even be elite.

You will enjoy these videos. Some will dazzle you. I haven’t priced these players as prices will depend on each club’s Covid impact.

CREATIVE PLAYERS:

Arsenal need a modern midfield, centre backs that can handle stress, and arguably need a creative player or two more than anything.

The Championship has more of this type of potential gem than any other type of player.

Said Benrahma (Brentford)

An inverted right-footed, left-winger. Can play both wings and as an attacking midfielder.

A difference maker with delicious feet who brings joy. If you see potential in Pepe, you will see the same here. Perhaps the player we hope Nelson could be.

Chelsea are allegedly very interested but have much competition in this area already. Arsenal could use him as a ‘wandering left-winger.’

What a talent!

Ebe Eze (QPR)

A powerful, direct, line breaking attacker. Has an equal eye for an assist as a goal. Reminds me of Martial with a similar toolbox of skills.

Can play as an 8 in a 4-3-3 or anywhere across the front 3 in a 4-2-3-1.

Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool on loan at Reading)

Very similar in playing style and looks to Eze, but taller and stronger.

Another fantastic natural footballer with a bag of creativity.

Much like Eze he can play as a line-breaking third midfielder or across the front three.

Would Liverpool sell or probably want to loan?

Matheus Pereira (West Brom)

After speaking to a handful of fans of Championship clubs, most felt that he is the best of the creative players. His loan from Sporting Lisbon is now obliged to be triggered for €9M.

Plays as a 10 or as a right-winger. Six goals and 12 assists to date. His primary qualities are his vision and high technical level. Has a wicked reverse pass.

If you watch this video, you will note a left-footed, elegant player who seems to glide around the field. Never known West Brom to have this type of player!

Michael Olise (Reading)

Yet another gifted creative player. Olise is a left-footed, attacking midfielder with the proverbial wand of a left foot. At 18, he may be the cheapest of the ‘creative’ list and a worthwhile investment due to his high ceiling. Seems to use the sole of his foot to bamboozle. Love it!

MODERN CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS:

Even though we all see the improvement in Xhaka and Ceballos, we all see the need for modern, athletic central midfielders.

Max Bird (Derby)

Arsenal need modern, athletic, tall, powerful midfielders to at least be on par with the vast majority.

Max Bird may not be this in the PL yet, but he has the profile. His most impressive quality lies in his ability to see both opportunity and danger quickly.

Bird plays alongside Rooney in the centre of midfield. Rooney recently claimed that he “wouldn’t be surprised if he was in the England squad within a year.” Much like Olise, at 19 years old it might be a wise investment?

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)

With Leeds likely to go up, it’s highly unlikely that a hometown boy would reject the opportunity to play at least one season for Leeds in the PL.  I’ve included him however as I think he potentially has everything we need. An athletic centre or defensive midfielder who can deny and create. You will remember him as the hub of the one sided first half at the Emirates in January as Leeds totally dominated. It is hard to find a central midfielder who is a specialist in both areas, you normally have to find two.

Arsenal are pursuing Partey as he can do both, but so can Phillips. I’ll be very surprised if he’s not very close to England’s Euro 2021 squad as he’s a far better footballer than both Rice and Dier.

Kalvin Phillips will also be the player with the highest value in the Championship at around £35M.

Conor Gallagher (Swansea…. on loan from Chelsea)

A two way, two-footed creative central midfielder. An impressive eye for a pass in the final third as well as counter opportunities. A modern-day number 8, with boundless energy and goal threat.

Named Chelsea’s Academy player of the Year last season which is no mean feat amongst huge competition.

FULL BACKS/WING BACKS

We need a better option than Kolasinac and many including myself, think Bellerin is overrated.

Nathan Ferguson (WBA)

Ferguson is allegedly on his way to Palace. Smart move as he’ll play. Arsenal should take a look as he’s going to cost below £10M and has played both right and left back.

A fast, athletic, modern full back who at 19 has a very bright future.

Jayden Bogle (Derby)

Want your right back to be hugely confident on the ball? High technical ceiling? A huge attacking threat with the athleticism to recover?

You need to watch this video because people are starting to talk about Bogle.

Probably a better right wing back than right back.

Matty Cash (Forest)

A combative attacking right back who interestingly has the posture and profile of a defensive midfielder. Actually a converted winger who took advantage of Carl Jenkinson’s long term injury. Tough, quick and great in the tackle. Being tipped to get a call up to the Poland team through his grandparents heritage.

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham)

Not the greatest video but you’ll get a little flavour of an emerging talent getting rave reviews at left back for Birmingham City. A tall powerful left back with a wicked left foot. Former winger, like Cash.

CENTRE BACKS:

The best CB in the Championship is Ben White but he is officially a Brighton player and I mentioned him in last weeks transfer blog.

Beyond Ben White there is one more worth your attention.

Pontus Jansson (Brentford)

A warrior. Arsenal fans pine for a Tony Adams type. Here he is. Not saying he is of this level but certainly a similar profile. Aggressive, strong, better on the ball than given credit for. This 29 year old Swedish international is worth a look.

STRIKER

Arsenal don’t need an unproven striker as they have Nketiah, Martinelli, John Jules and Balogun vying for this. What they will be interested in however, is the right profile of striker.

Arteta seems to like a willing presser. The ability to play with your back to goal, perhaps a false nine and I’m sure he’d love someone better in the air as in Saka and Tierney in particular we have good crossers but nobody great in the air.

So…

Ollie Watkins (Brentford)

To add to the list above, Watkins can create goals for himself off the dribble.

Tall, very fast and able to score in a variety of ways. Watkins will no doubt find himself in the PL with Brentford or somebody else, I’m sure.

VERDICT:

Firstly, I think it’s important that we don’t become snobby about this. The Championship truly has some gems. You’ll be aware that Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) has just been signed by Dortmund. They play their youngsters like we do. A reminder that the most sought after creative player in the PL in Jack Grealish has played the majority of his minutes in the Championship.

I think Arsenal should take a close look at Bogle and Ferguson as wing-back options. Phillips would be a dream signing but it’s not happening yet.

We will need more than one creative force to finally connect the front and back. As Benrahma and Pereira will likely get promoted and be more expensive, I’d take a close look at Eze at QPR, who would no doubt need money and sell cheaper.

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  1. China1

    That was a question for Bris since he was doubting English kids national legitimacy based on their parents nationality

  2. Words on a Blog

    London Gunner/China,

    Here’s something sent to me from a Malaysian-Chinese friend.

    A gorgeous and completely naked British woman hails a taxi driven by a Chinese guy. He stops the cab and looks at her from top to bottom.
    Angrily she asks him, what’s the matter? why are you staring at me? have you never seen a naked woman before?

    The Chinese taxi driver replies: I’m not staring at you coz you’re naked. I’m looking and looking and I can’t see where you have the money to pay me.

    Moral of the story.

    You have to be like the Chinese!

    Focus on money and don’t get distracted.

  3. Un na naai

    China

    That wasn’t aimed at you specifically. Just generally I think the choice should be given to the individual.

    Bris wants to remove the element of choice.
    Holy man that he is

  4. China1

    Part of me would love to see what my son would do if he was lucky enough to become an international standard footballer

    I often ask him what nationality he is for a laugh and never tell him which he should choose or put any pressure on him. He changes daily but usually says English haha

    Part of me would love to see him line up for England but I’d also be very proud of him if he lined up for China considering they need a good player far more than we do LOL

  5. China1

    Well my boy has been in China for all 3 (nearly 4 ) of his years apart from 2 weeks visiting this time last year but he’ll probably grow up in England , possibly Singapore

  6. Un na naai

    I really don’t like the new juventus badge
    What was wrong with the old traditional one? A fucking black J doesn’t sum up all that history and prestige
    Same with our badge
    Looks cheap

  7. Pierre

    LFC
    “I would like to see if Saka can make those runs from LW.”

    The problem with that is he will be up against possible the quickest and strongest runner in Kyle Walker .
    Very few get the better of him , Mane of liverpool possibly.

    That’s why I thought kolasinac could match Walker in speed and strength.
    Saka or Tierney may find it difficult.

  8. Radio Raheem

    If we play only one of Kolasinac, Mustafi and Luiz we might have a chance later. Anything else we lose and lose emphatically.

  9. Graham62

    People like Kia Joorabchian just get on my wick.

    In fact, I consider all football agents to be sleazeballs of the highest order and totally untrustworthy.

    I think you’d all agree with me when I say that sometimes you’ve just got to look at someone to realise that they’re not to be trusted. He would be one such person.

    Not disputing that he is highly successful and all that, but how the fudge do so many clubs get pulled in by these people.

    Yep, I know the players have these leeches doing all their dirty work for them but it still doesn’t account for…………………….Oh, hold on a sec! what am I thinking? Of course it all makes sense. The reason clubs get involved with leeches like Mr Joorabchian is that they also have the same slimey sleazeballs working in their midst.

    Also, with a name like KIA, how can he be truly trusted?

    CG I’m 100% in agreement with you on this particular subject.

    Silly me.🤪

  10. Daniel Altos

    Hope everyone is in great shape.This is a nice write up.I am a big fan of the championship and I can say that there are plenty of hidden gems there…Ollie Watkins has a 18m release clause,if auba and laca are going we should just go in hard for him and benrahma…that said
    I know a lot of attention goes to Leeds but for me brentford play the best football in the championship.

  11. Un na naai

    The big advantage that emery had over Arteta and wenger in his final season was Aubameyang AND Lacazette both performed for him last season

    Had Lacazette shown his current form I think we’d have picked up a lot more of those dropped points since Arteta took over

  12. Un na naai

    Marc

    He’s coming back though
    Aubameyang has just carried on but effectively we’ve lost our player of the season from last season as well as Ramsey.

  13. Marc

    Un

    Yeah he seems to be getting himself sorted. The rumours are he was caught putting it about – let the lesson be learned “Flies spread disease so keep yours closed”

  14. Leftfootcurler

    Pierre

    Kola is significantly slower than Walker. Saka is faster than Kola too.
    Walker will probably drop into midfield as an inverted FB.
    I want Saka to be on the shoulder of the City’s defence line.
    Walker is not going to recover in time.
    There were chances in the previous game against City where Auba could have been put through on goal but likes of Willock,Nketiah doesn’t didnt see the opportunity.
    Walker was far too ahead in those situations.

  15. Un na naai

    UnYeah he seems to be getting himself sorted. The rumours are he was caught putting it about – let the lesson be learned “Flies spread disease so keep yours closed”

    Marc
    That’s easy to say when you’re an ugly fucker like you 😆

  16. Daniel Altos

    we should just go in hardSteady on Dani Altos
    This warm weather must be getting the better of you

    @Un 😂 I wish you know how cold it is in my country right now

  17. MidwestGun

    I think you’d all agree with me when I say that sometimes you’ve just got to look at someone to realise that they’re not to be trusted. He would be one such person.
    _______
    Say what? No, no I don’t agree with you.. That is literally the definition of prejudice and racism. Judging somebody by how they look. No surprise you would be in agreement with CG then. Silly you indeed.

    You judge somebody by their actions.. and that’s the reason you shouldn’t trust super agents, because for the most part they are in it for the money and selfish reasons, no concern for the Club at all.

  18. Mark

    @ Un
    ” The English built a fucking empire before there were boats in Africa.”

    You really sound Stupid, coming out with crap like this. Answer this you Numpty, Were the Pyramids built before the British empire??

    Wasn’t a 3000yr old boat not found in Tutankhamen’s tomb???

    Stick to talking shit about football cos you obviously know shit about history!

  19. Graham62

    MidwestGuns

    Really!

    Note the word “sometimes”. Served me exceptionally well during my lifetime.

    If you consider this to be racism then I can only assume you’ve lived a very very sheltered life.

  20. MidwestGun

    Graham_
    When you look at a picture of Kia Joorabchian, if you didn’t know him or what he did, he looks pretty normal to me.. no different then any number of businessmen I see everyday in South Texas. He would fit right in.

    So yes that is prejudice judging whether a person can be trusted by his appearance.
    And nope not sheltered at all been around the block a few times.. Was in sales once.. and hiring for that matter and that’s the first thing you learn after a time is a persons appearance is not the determining factor nor where they are from.

  21. Un na naai

    Mark

    I could school you into oblivion right now but I won’t. I’d rather not get banned for posting facts about ancient Egypt on the eve of a Massive fa cup semi final

  22. salparadisenyc

    Slightly gutted for Brentford, have been on fantastic winning streak and bottled it at end.

    Still hope though.

  23. Tom

    @ Un
    ” The English built a fucking empire before there were boats in Africa.” You really sound Stupid, coming out with crap like this. Answer this you Numpty, Were the Pyramids built before the British empire??Wasn’t a 3000yr old boat not found in Tutankhamen’s tomb???Stick to talking shit about football cos you obviously know shit about history!

    Mark
    Yeah but is Egypt even in Africa ?
    Un gets all his knowledge from movies and right wing websites, and last time I checked every Hollywood depiction of Egypt had an all white cast so clearly not an African nation then.

  24. Champagne Charlie

    Middy is bang on it, ‘he looks dodgy’ is the laziest form of prejudice going.

    Super agents can be an issue because of their actions and insidious behaviour, nothing to do with how they look – KIA included. That ain’t it chief.

  25. Tom

    Un
    Let’s hear it.
    Btw, easy City win today( unfortunately).
    No Arteta’s City insight knowledge can compensate for the fact Arsenal are uniquely ill suited to get the better of them.

  26. MidwestGun

    I mean, If we had to judge Pedro by his appearance God help us… Definitely wouldn’t trust a slightly balding playboy too handsome for his own good that clearly spends too much time drinking and too much time at the gym. eh?. 😀

  27. DivineSherlock

    I have seen now Pedro has altogether stopped match previews. I understand he cant do it for every one , maybe for big games like a Semi Final or something . Maybe a let some guest or commenter on here do it .

  28. gnarleygeorge9

    It’s times like now, FA Cup semi &/or Final you feel Gr8 to be a Briton. It’s a our tradition, & no one can take it away from us, no one!!!

  29. MidwestGun

    Anyhow… all that aside.. would love to get to that FA Cup final.. don’t even care how we do it. Formation, personnel, screw it…… just win, baby.

  30. Un na naai

    TomJuly 18, 2020 14:07:38
    Un
    Let’s hear it.

    Nope 🤐
    You aren’t getting me. Just know that I’m safe in the knowledge I could school you. So safe I don’t even feel the need to prove it.

    And no. A city win is not a given. We did them in the fa cup semi final in 2017 against all odds.

  31. Kenyangunner

    So Eqypt is not in Africa? I guess it is in South America.
    Below is a list of ancient africa empires.
    Ancient

    Ancient Carthage and its dependencies in 264 BC.
    Egyptian Empire (3150–30 BCE)
    Kingdom of Kerma (2500–1500 BCE)
    Kingdom of Kush (1070 BCE–350 CE)
    Carthaginian Empire (650–146 BCE)
    Kingdom of Blemmyes (600 BCE–3rd
    Ptolemaic Kingdom (306–30 BCE)
    Kingdom of Mauretania (285 BCE–431 CE and again (533–698 CE)
    Kingdom of Numidia (202–46 BCE)
    Kingdom of Makuria (340–1317 CE)
    Kingdom of Nobatia (350–650 CE)
    Kingdom of the Vandals and Alans (435–534 CE)

  32. MLC

    Pedro, please let me comment, I’m a supporter of Corinthians and Arsenal (I’m Brazilian). I don’t think you know the Kia story. In August 2004, a partnership contract was signed between Corinthians and MSI (Media Sports Investmentos), an investment fund based in London, represented in Brazil by Iranian businessman Kia Joorabchian. The contract guaranteed MSI control over the Corinthians football department for 10 years, negotiating contracts and thus making a profit on the sale of players. In the first year, MSI invested around 115 million reais in hiring and brought to Corinthians names like Tevez, Mascherano. In 2006, the partnership starts to go into crisis, with the investigations on the origin of the MSI money, the disagreements between Kia and the leaders of Corinthians. The investigations by the Federal Police generated a series of charges against MSI and Kia Joorabchian. The crimes listed were: money laundering, currency evasion, tax evasion and conspiracy. The involvement of Russian tycoon Boris Berezoski was also found to be the head behind the deal. Boris is famous for his involvement with the Russian mafia, which reinforces the idea that MSI came to Corinthians with the strong intention of making money from obscure sources lawful.

  33. CG

    UN

    “”””And no. A city win is not a given. We did them in the fa cup semi final in 2017 against all odds.””””

    Yes, But Arsene Wenger was at the helm.
    His calmness, nous and knack is missing today,

    The greatest cup final manager of all time.

    Anyway FA Cups are easy to win nowadays though.So no real problems today.

  34. Tom

    KenyangunnerJuly 18, 2020 14:16:38
    So Eqypt is not in Africa? I guess it is in South America.
    Below is a list of ancient africa empires.
    Ancient

    Thanks for the list, half of these I remember from school.
    Ever heard of sarcasm?

  35. Un na naai

    TomJuly 18, 2020 14:23:47
    Un
    School me.
    That win was from the FA cup specialist extraordinaire, different Arsenal now.

    Same fa cup though were anything can and does happen tom. Don’t get your g string twisted

  36. CG

    Tom

    “””””It always warms my heart when CG and I agree on something.””””

    Most folk , come around in the end, to my way of thinking,
    (I accept its a slow process)

    Although this Graham 62 is difficult to dislodge- crikey he is almost as stubborn as our Wenger.

    I am just surprised , he has not blamed Wenger for Brentford’s collapse today.

  37. Un na naai

    TomJuly 18, 2020 14:31:30
    Un
    Let’s hope you’re right.

    Tom
    When am I not? I just say though, I haven’t yet made a prediction on tonight’s result and performance. I just think it will be a much tighter game than many expect.
    As long as we keep 11 men on the field and don’t succumb to 2 injuries in the first half

  38. Mark

    Un.
    ” I could school you into oblivion right now but I won’t. I’d rather not get banned for posting facts about ancient Egypt”

    I doubt that very much sunshine!

    Why would facts be offensive anywhere? Unless what you purport to be facts are more of ‘That’ bullshit ideology that got you banned last time.

    You also didn’t answer my question about the boat in Tutankhamen’s tomb. Which makes your original statement look as dumb as you feel right now.

    Seems like you want to try and draw some inference to the racial make up of the Egyptians, as the basis for your argument that you don’t want to mention.

    It must be hard to accept for you. But let me try to help you. Google castles in Africa. You will find ones in Ethiopia and all over Africa centuries older than anything in Europe (The European castles are actually copied from the earlier African ones). No doubt you will probably to rewrite history on this too.

    You said England had built an empire before Africa had boats. England and Africa were quoted.

    If you really think that Egypt which is in AFRICA and is regarded as one of the (if not the most) advanced civilisations this planet has seen didn’t have boats before the British empire then well, I think you need to go back to school before you are schooling anyone.

    Ps. There’s s a reason Napoleon shot at the Sphinx’s face with canons, must have been as hard to accept then as it is now for some. A monument built like that with the face of the janitor. Mmmm, just doesn’t so that plausible does it.
    The Olmec heads, they were just having a larf, carving heads from 50 ton granite blocks. They didn’t look like that themselves. Yet who were these unknown models, thatvthese ancient Banksy’s decided to immortalise in stone??

    But I suppose your Facts must be bulletproof and would clear all that up for me….

    So trust, me stick to football, or do some actual research and stop spouting crap over the net.

  39. CG

    Quite simply,
    Arsenal can not win today, if David Luiz starts.

    If he does not. By my algorithms. Arsenal well in the running.

  40. MidwestGun

    Finally got around to reading the Post.. I think Mike Mcdonald did a much better write up this time around.. More clear, concise and informative then the first attempt. Less fantasy football. So your getting better dude.. Le Grove will have you molded into shape in no time.

    Also, probably wasn’t clear to Graham.. I don’t think your a rascist, I just didn’t agree with your premise that we all can agree on what you said. Had you left that bit out probably wouldn’t have even brought it up.

  41. Tom

    Mark, you actually went through all this to prove that Un is full of shit?
    The best I can say for him is that he can be entertaining at times when he’s not being a raging racist, that is.
    Like the time he compared Ceballos’ haircut to a cockroach with a speck of furniture dust on his head lol

  42. MidwestGun

    Haha some of the discussions on here.. are funny at times. I think I’m gonna skip over the Egypt history lessons, today though. Time to find my lucky Arsenal boxers and get my viewing game plan in order.

  43. Un na naai

    Mark

    I’m not getting drawn in
    I was banned for posting indisputable facts surrounding a certain movement. I won’t be doing it again over a topic I really couldnt give two squirts of shite about.

    But if you’re going to be a Karen about it why don’t you refer back to Bris’ comments about English people and maintain a sense of consistency? Xenophobia is fine though as long as it’s the English eh?

    That’s my last word on the matter shit stick.

  44. Graham62

    MidWestGun

    Maybe you should read MLC’s earlier post.

    No hard feelings though.

    Big day today. Let’s hope we do it.

    🍺🙏😷

  45. MidwestGun

    Graham-
    Yep.. yep.. would love an FA cup final after the shit year we have had..

    I agree Kia is most likely not an outstanding individual. But you can’t tell from what he looks like.. Honestly he looks like a dude I go surfing with minus the suit.

    Anyhow, gonna be tough… for sure. I so want to make a prediction of score but don’t want to jinx it.

  46. Mark

    Un,
    I think you’ve got more history than Gentlebris, for saying shit like this. Even now you mention indisputable facts.

    Hmmm sorry that and what comes out of your mouth (via the keyboard) never the twain shall meet.

    I don’t give a shit about the movement or views that you got banned for. Simply answering my question with facts wouldn’t get you banned either.
    You seem to be confusing Facts with Xenophobia, they ain’t the same mate.

    Stop playing with the Shit stick and maybe your arse will stop bleeding.
    Mug

  47. Chris

    Just watched highlights of the 2017 semi final to get in the mood further.

    What a fabulous ball in by Oxlade Chamberlain for Montreal’s goal, seems we played 3 at the back that day too.

    I’m not feeling overly confident and yet I am not fearing the worst either. I think that we now have the battling qualities to hang in there with teams who have superior quality and that will count for a lot in a one off game like this.

  48. SpanishDave

    Just had a fright
    I was going down a country lane and passed a car with a lady driver sporting a large pair of sunglasses and wearing a mask.
    She was on her own in the car!
    Bonkers.

  49. Nelson

    Up to now, Arteta’s team is losing the big one; against Olympiakos FC and the NLD. He is facing another test today.

  50. Mark

    Xenophobia is fine though as long as it’s the English eh? Please don’t play the victim, it’s embarrassing.
    FYI I took Bris comments iirc to be referencing the sense of entitlement and benefits of a stable society as producing kids who might find it touhh competing with kids who’ve grown up with disadvantage and in unstable or war torn societies.

    Whereas your statement was based on ignorant, incorrect nonsense. Which you are unable to reply to with any creditable facts. Still unable to it seems.

    Anyway I’ve said enough, but you need to be aware you will be challenged on some of the propaganda you spout, snd rightly so.

  51. Tom

    “Just had a fright
    I was going down a country lane and passed a car with a lady driver sporting a large pair of sunglasses and wearing a mask.
    She was on her own in the car!
    Bonkers.“

    Which was it , her wearing a mask , or driving without male supervision part?

  52. Pierre

    I get the feeling that 99%( or thereabouts) of Arsenal fans think that City will dominate similar to Liverpool the other night .

    I dont think so, I think we will have learnt from the other night and at least try and impose ourselves on the game.

    That’s not to say that City won’t have more possession, they will as they always do , whoever they play.
    I just think that Arsenal will have their moments in the game where we will create chances
    Against liverpool the other night we had Zero creativity, I can’t see that happening tonight.

    First goal is crucial.

  53. Tom

    CGJuly 18, 2020 14:32:48
    Tom“””””It always warms my heart when CG and I agree on something.””””Most folk , come around in the end, to my way of thinking,
    (I accept its a slow process)

    Sorry CG but I never needed convincing Wenger’s FA cup record was something special, or that he would be a hard act to follow.

    How’s your 87% prediction rate these days btw?
    Mourinho taking Spurs back to top four and Watford cracking top six (amongst others)must’ve made a huge dent in it, no lol.

  54. Jamie

    Don’t think lighting is going to strike twice in a week.

    I’m not optimistic about our chances tonight. Hoping for another miracle. I think we should just attack and what happens happens. Guns blazing. It’s a cup game, so fuck it.

  55. Nelson

    City doesn’t press as hard as the Pools. Our defenders will have chances to pass the ball. On the other hand, City’s passing attack can break down our defense easily even if we park the bus..

  56. Champagne Charlie

    Pierre

    Think you’re right to an extent, I feel like we’ll be better equipped centrally this time.

    Liverpool play through the wide areas be it Salah, Mane, TAA, or Robertson. Centrally they’re less impressive. City is the opposite, very dangerous centrally and through the lines.

    Can see Xhaka, Ceballos, and Torreira sitting, maybe even with Willock as a false 9 again to pack midfield. Auba/Laca possibly in a wide two.

  57. Sid

    We will win the penalty shoot out, there wont be defensive howlers from the opposite team today.

    You heard it here 1st!

  58. MidwestGun

    For me.. No costly errors playing out of the back and we might need Martinez to stand on his head a few times. Set piece defending gives me trauma. But I think we will have more chances and not so much long ball play as versus Pool. Really just need the sharp shooters to be sharp. Laca’s confidence has to be higher then normal, so, all things considered, it’s winnable. Say 35% chance.. we were playing decent until David Luiz, torpedoed the match last time. And injuries.

  59. Mark

    Un,

    Without trying to attack you it must be difficult for you at times, it’s like part of you knows what the right thing is, yet you have this other side. Is there inner conflict? I dunno.
    As some of what you post football wise, even if I disagree with some of it, it’s not always nonsense.
    You make fair points at times and generally have some understanding of the issues different people face. However you still have views /beliefs which go against that understanding.

    I think sometimes, just check yourself, before emotionally responding and hitting submit.
    You can believe whatever you choose, that’s your right. However maybe take the time to look into others opinions, information for yourself. Question what you hear or see more, I dunno. I don’t want to lecture you.

    We’re all Arsenal supporters so that should overide most differences, so let’s try to keep the Poli-trics out of it.

    COYG!!

  60. Sid

    Un na naaiJuly 18, 2020 15:52:40

    You are making a fool of yourself,
    Random fact
    majority of pyramids are in modern day Sudan

  61. Un na naai

    Mark

    Wow!! I’m sure you thought that may be taken as some sort of fatherly advice but it’s unbelievably condescending.

    Anyway. I really don’t want to discuss bloody ancient Egypt or anything that isn’t football related really. It was a throw away comment in retaliation to Bris.

    Now please, can we just leave it there

  62. SpanishDave

    It was in deepest Suffolk!
    Tom you shouldn’t tempt me.
    Can’t see us wining tonight but it our only chance of a trophy, so if they can get some club spirit going who knows.

  63. Leedsgunner

    Cazorla is a free agent next week.

    If we win tonight, I would love to see Santi Cazorla come back on a short term contract to play in the FA Cup final and then retire after us winning the Cup.

    Then we can give him the proper send off he deserved. One of the most likeable players in the latter years of the Wenger era.

    Then he would join Arteta as a youth coach or scout.

  64. G8

    City have too many players to worry about, debrunye on his own can destroy us, add sterling, the Silvas, mahrez and Jesus and it’s almost impossible!
    Their defence is not as good , but they’re the masters of keeping the ball and pass it around
    We definitely need a miracle ..
    11 behind the ball and big sam tactic it’s then!

  65. Dissenter

    City don’t press as hard as Liverpool
    City do however press in a more intelligent manner that Liverpool

    Our season probably ends today. City have dominated these domestic cup competitions for a while. I do<hope we win the last two games of the season to at least have a chance of qualifying for the EL.