PALACE PREVIEW

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Some Arsenal squad news has been leaked by an academy prospects DAD. Marcelo Flores, our young Mexican/Canadian attacking midfielder, is apparently in the squad and we know because his old man dropped a ‘I’M PROUD’ tweet he probably didn’t expect to go viral.

This is an interesting move. Arteta has been rotating a group of youngsters on the bench over the last month. He hasn’t used them. But it’s all good experience at this stage and it keeps those players motivated to keep on pushing in training.

Flores has quite a lot of press around him. He recently made his debut for the Mexican national team, coming on as a left-sided winger. He wants to make his full debut for Arsenal and Mexico by the age of 19. He said this:

“And I’d like to get my proper international debut for Mexico and hopefully be involved in the Qatar World Cup. I idolise players like [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Neymar, who have all done the same thing.

“Looking up to players like them, you want to match what they did because like any player, my ultimate dream is to win things like the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.”

You gotta love the players he loves.

It’ll be interesting to see if his inclusion has come at the cost of a more senior player with fitness issues. Gabriel was in Brazil, Saka had COVID, you never know what is going on with ESR. Hopefully, he’s just taking a space on the bench because he’s been impressive in training.

There are also rumours that Irish left-back Mazeed Ogungbo has also made the cut. I know less about him than Flores, but he seems to have a blend of excellent delivery from deep, good crossing, and an eye for goal. He’s also quite a big player for a left-back, which maybe has appeal for Arteta who has a right-back that is also a decent centre-back.

I suspect Ramsdale will be rested, it sounds like he’s the sort of player that will lie about the state he’s in. It’d be no good to lose him for the rest of the season, especially when Bernd Leno has looked so solid.

I wasn’t writing as prolifically last week, but I did notice Gary Neville popping off at Arsenal again. This time, he’s suggesting that if Arsenal does manage to make Top 4 this season, that will be the height of our success, and because of that… Arteta should move clubs.

Let’s be clear here, a big weakness in G Nevs armour is his lack of vision or ability to see beyond the now. He couldn’t see what was happening at United under Ole G, he couldn’t see how damaging the signing of Ronaldo would be to the system, he doesn’t give Ralf Rangnick any slack despite him only being there a few months… and he went on record to say he couldn’t see what Arsenal were doing at the start of the season, despite it being painfully obvious what the strategy was.

Why would anyone pay attention to someone that has no vision? How are Arsenal anywhere near finished if we make top 4? We have the youngest team in the league, the youngest manager in the league, and we’re 3 signings away from being extremely competitive at the top of the league. Especially if you believe like many that Pep and Klopp will likely move on to new projects.

Thierry damaged himself for the same reasons. I’ll always love him, but when you go against the club, you’ve got to be sure that it’s grounded in something more than naked ambition, otherwise you might look silly.

Palace news is looking positive on the injury front. Michael Olise and Wilfried Zaha look likely to miss the game. McArthur and Ferguson are late fitness tests. The game will still be tough. The atmosphere will be electric and I’m sure Patrick will have a bit of a chip on his shoulder because he thought he should have been considered in higher esteem over the Arsenal job. This has a bit of the David Oleary / Leeds about it.

… but Arteta needs to focus his team. The biggest thing we have to battle with is inexperience or as Klopp put it… maturity.

The average age of the Liverpool starting 11 this season has been about 29. They are pure winners. There is no situation that squad of players hasn’t been in. There is no situation they haven’t turned around. It’s a winning machine.

Arsenal don’t have the muscle memory. Every exercise is a new one. So far, we’ve managed everything really well, the naiviete of youth and the lack of Banter Era baggage has seen us through. The hope is that continues, but I do think we need to ground ourselves in reality and not kid ourselves that the next ten games are going to be wins.

The next 3 games would be a success if we take 7 points. If we can drop 9, even better. That then puts a whole heap of pressure on Spurs to beat Arsenal in their home game, and it also makes their Liverpool game, that is at Anfield, even more crucial.

3 points tonight would be delicious, let’s see what Arteta and the boys have ready for us.

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Karsa

2-0 to the Arsenal.

Kegunner

Need to win this one for fourth

Kegunner

Fourth place

DM

Tr4phy

Kegunner

Got the trophy

Mb

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Killroy-TM

We need a better goal difference any idea where that will come from. If we loose out on 4th because of GD then Arteta and Edu will be judged on the January TW decisions.

Jonnygunner

Hello all

Positive pete

Killjoy-the GD count would help enormously if we played crap like West Ham(Not their home form),Everton & Newcastle on the bounce.Unfortunately we had Leicester,Liverpool & Villa.A far different kettle of fish.

Bob N16

Kilroy, if we score more goals than our opponents our goal difference improves and we get three points as well – fairly straightforward a concept I’d have thought.

NJ Gooner

Made the bench. Good day to all on a big day.

NJ Gooner

I’m a bit nervous about Leno’s ball distribution. He was atrocious in the last game at Villa, regularly kicking the ball into touch in the second half and putting the defence under pressure.

Palace will see that, press, and we could get hemmed in. Leno needs to have faith in the capacity of the defenders to play through the press and relieve any pressure. Otherwise, it will be a long evening.

MidwestGun

Literally sitting here bouncing off the walls waiting for game time. So ready for this one., But time seems to moving in some weird matrix like slow motion.

I do think Leno puts a little more pressure on our backline to be accurate and precise with their passing but the good news is our counter attack once we break the press through Odegaard and Partey has been on point with releasing Marti and Saka into space, so it will be interesting to see who is fit for the starting lineup.

S23

3 points nothing less,Arteta just needs to point out if the chaps want to play in the champions league,they only have to win the remaining games-totally in our hands.
Tough run in,but I have faith in the boys-although I feel a nervy 2-1 win for tonight.

AFC Forever

NJ Gooner “I’m a bit nervous about Leno’s ball distribution. He was atrocious in the last game at Villa, regularly kicking the ball into touch in the second half and putting the defence under pressure.” Yep, me too. It was a big problem last season and one of the main reasons we played so slow and lacked penetration. It all starts at the back. I spent last season lamenting the problem, as time and again Leno played the ball into touch, to opposition players or chose the wrong pass. It was so easy to get set against us. He is… Read more »

Rich

Partey, Odegaard + Saka are all in good form.

Just need to avoid brain-farts, stay patient, and try and edge over the line.

Can’t see Vieira risking players who are in the red zone, they’ve got a Semi Final coming up, they’re safe from relegation, hopefully that influences his thinking

Rich

NLD Thursday 12th of May at the toilet bowl

We play Leeds Sun 8th 14.00 kick off (Moved from the Sat)

Newcastle Mon 16th 20.00 kick off (moved from the Sun)

AFC Forever

Midwest …. but the good news is our counter attack once we break the press through Odegaard and Partey has been on point” Great comment. I think Odegaard and Partey have been outstanding of late; to be fair Xhaka deserves praise too. We have a lot of players in good form at the moment and developing patterns of play and good rhythm. Saka and Martinelli are nowhere near their ceiling but we’ve already seen how dangerous they can be. I expect a battle tonight; they’re an athletic and physical side and we know PGMOL will let them get stuck in;… Read more »

TheBayingMob

I’m too a bit nervous about Leno being betwix the stix. I think he’s (obviously) a very capable keeper, I think he’s a good shot stopper; but his dist and aerial domination are nowhere near where they need to be for the riggers of PL football. Overall I think Pedro is right, best to keep Ramsdale fit for the longer term but it’s still a worry. Fingers crossed.

AFC Forever

Rich “NLD Thursday 12th of May at the toilet bowl.” Yep, what a surprise; TV talks. I’ll have to have a word with my mate who works in their kitchens, see what he can do with the pre-match Lasagna or Pasta Bake. Jokes aside, everyone is talking about us and Spurs battling for 4th but nobody is talking about Chelsea. They just got wiped out at home to Brentford. They have two big CL games against Real Madrid to factor in and also play in the semi-final at Wembley, 3 days before they play us. Plus they have the club… Read more »

Rich

AFC Forever

If we take somewhere between 7-9 points from our next 3 games, then the game at their place is massive.

We’ve won once in the league at the Bridge in 11 years, but providing we’ve got something resembling a full team, I no longer dread these types of games.

We’re playing well, we look like a cohesive unit, we’re capable of giving most teams a game.

Time Up

All we’ve to do is get one point today. We’ll still be one point ahead with a game in hand.

Three points will be great buy one point is not going to damage our top 4 hope.

AFC Forever

Rich Yes that’s how I see it. Palace away is a tough one, especially as it’s under lights. Then we have Brighton at home and Southampton away, the latter have been a bit patchy but no push over. However, 7 points is how I see it. I’m nervous about tonight under lights though. Spuds have to go to Villa and Brentford with Brighton at home, so they’ll probably also be targeting 7 points. Chelsea have Real Madrid, Southampton away, Real Madrid (again), Palace at Wembley and then us, so it’s a good time to play them. Like I said, I… Read more »

AFC Forever

Time Up

Yep.

WengerEagle

Palace are really good under Vieira. We saw that at the Emirates earlier in the season for ourselves.

One of the few sides in the league where their quality/performance levels have not always resulted in points and they should be higher. I expect a very tough game today but hoping we have enough quality to clinically take the chances that will come our way.

Nelson

Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Lacazette, Smith Rowe

Subs: Leno, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Swanson, Holding, Nketiah, Martinelli, Ogungbo, Flores

Bradybunch

Ramsdales back !

Mr Serge

I see zaha made it so much for him not playing

WengerEagle

ESR back in the mix, very nice.

Karsa

Anyone know what’s up with Tierney?

MidwestGun

Looks like Arteta was a little worried about Leno too. ESR back in will please a few people on here.

All in all.. Should be good enough… Let’s Go!

Bob N16

Xhaka will have to sit if Tavares bombs forward.

Karsa

Ah, Tierney Knee, Pepe illness.

Nigel Tufnel

Tavares gets his chance again. Gabriel on bench maybe for long travel reasons. Hope Tierney is nothing serious.

WengerEagle

Spuds have an easier run-in than us but as long as we do not lose to them away from home we should be all good for top 4.

If we do lose to them then it’ll probably be a photo finish which is certainly not something we want here.

Bradybunch

Be interesting to see how Cedric and Tavares can dovetail. Pool and Citeh seem to allow both to get forward. Ramsdales distribution will be key.

Samesong

WE

I got a feeling Brentford will give spurs a decent game they still got Liverpool , Leciester and to play us villa still not easy games imo

Topside Northbank

Arteta on Tierney bad news folks.

‘Not looking good’…….thats quoted on BBC website

Rich

I wonder if we’ll adjust the shape to accommodate Tavares:

..………..Ramsdale
………White Gabriel
Cedric Partey Xhaka
..Odegaard Smith Rowe
….Saka …………Tavares
…………Lacazette

Revert to the shape from the backend of last season

Sid

CP are solid defensively, the game will be decided by Zaha vs Xhakalson

MidwestGun

Arteta said Tierney came back from International with something it didn’t feel right in training in his knee so was scanned and they found some damage.

MidwestGun

Then he did say but it’s not looking good.

Nigel Tufnel

Arteta says Tierney came back with “damage” in the knee. Also added….. “does not look good”.

raptora

Tierney is a serial crock. It’s been talked in here before. So annoying and worrying…….

Mysticleaves

Good line up. ESR should be able to do a few things tonight. Come on boys.

TT

I’m not optimistic for tonight 🙁

MidwestGun

Tavares will just have to be the man.. He is very unpredictable.. he had a run of games where he looked amazing especially on the ball moving forward with pace, then he had some that were … like what in hell is he doing? Kind of a Pepe like vibe.

SAGG

I love Tierney but if Madrid want him, just sell him to them.

He is extremely injury prone, he is rushing all the time no matter the consecuenses, he just got injured in a useless Scotland friendly.

Every season is the same problem with him, there is a vergy good money on the table, TAKE IT and bring another one.

Buzzy

Tierney was playing poorly anyway…Tavares can make that position his own if he drops the Pogba like demeanor

Nigel Tufnel

Slow down! The cranks are out already.

Tierney… injures knee….

clowns on Legrave: “sell him”.

Great support for our guy who is worried about his health at this very moment, and gutted to not be playing.

What are these arse clowns like in real life?

TheLegendaryDB10

This weekends results has realky made the battle foe top 4 even more interesting.

I like the fact that the Spuds are breathing down our necks and adding the right kind of pressure for a young team willing to learn to be competitive.

It’s making the final run look so important.

Arteta has a bit of a managing task of keeping this team focused.

For tonight, I would be happy with a draw.

PV4 is not going to make it easy for us tonight but we have the ability to get something out of this game.

London gunner

We need a healthy 4-0 win

I calculated the points we and Tottenham will score and arsenal will end up even on points at end of season.

georgia boy

COME ON BOYS

BITE MY ASS PALACE

Let’s get ready to rumble and fuck this palace team up. Come on !!!!!

WengerEagle

London Gunner

You have them beating us in those calculations I assume?

Samesong

Not easy indeed but if we are being real, Spurs on top of their game have all winnable games left besides Pool at Anfield and us at their patch where they turn us over more often than not.

We still have to play Chelsea and United.

Spanishdave

Zaha will be diving all night he never gets warned by the refs.
Draw .

MidwestGun

Finally, almost kick off. Let’s go! This is a big one. I’d certainly take a draw but not sure Ill be overly happy about it.. I know it will be difficult though.. let’s get those 3 points.

WengerEagle

We have not beaten Spurs away in the PL since Rosicky’s banger in 2014 you have to remember.

We have lost 5 of the 7 PL games there since.

TheLegendaryDB10

Come on The Arsenal!!!!

Havyn

I fear for Zaha against Cedric, the pace and the tricks

Havyn

Happy ESR is playing. Martinelli has no end product. Just run and run.

Leftside

Palace are very aggressive and not letting us set into a rhythm.

I live so close I can hear the game from my place and don’t want to see happy Palace fans tonight.

Time Up

We’re still fucking a sleep

TheBayingMob

Meh. Zero points approaching.

MidwestGun

MMMmm damn.. I believe that was Tavares’s man.

raptora

Tavares ducking. Why???

Leftside

I think thats the first set piece goal we’ve conceded this year.

LoveSausage

This is the thing with Tavares. A headless chicken. He had all the time in the world to deal with that.

Br0wnie

How is that not a foul? Tavares head elbowed out of the way otherwise he was on it

raptora

All started from the most useless foul in the history of the world by White. Why foul there nobody will ever know…

London gunner

We bottled top four we will lose this 3-1 and the cunnt fucks spurs will get fourth

Time Up

No one could hold the ball in midfield and we play with fear.

Also, our Scot LB every time he goes into international he comes back crocked.

Samesong

Some fans saying we are going to win 3-0 loool Palace are dangerous at home. Drew with City

georgia boy

Tavares is terrified

Nelson

Our team hasn’t started properly yet.

Useroz

Tavares indeed loose and where his strength gone and fell without much fight? Var says no foul and.commentator says he’s helped to the ground haha…

Mr Serge

All London derbies are hard especially away

Samesong

Tavares ducking

He looked like he got shoved.

TheLegendaryDB10

Shit.

Now that hurts.

That assist was so lucky as it made the header much easier to make.

Let’s see how the team and Arteta reacts to this.

Let’s see how we

Mr Serge

Zaha nice showboating

Samesong

Can Ode handle these physical type of games. Still early.

Useroz

Tbh, not sure why white.went off his position and needed to foul Zaha with Soares right there

JJ

Cedric and Tavares are weak links. Tavares ducked for their goal. Pathetic. No midfield control. Lacazette doesn’t even face the goal and even pretend to be a threat when he gets the ball.

Samesong

Embarrasing

Useroz

Fuck fuck

Down 2

Mr Serge

It’s over

Left Testicle

Does anybody know what time Arsenal are turning up?

raptora

We are shocked. 2-0

Time Up

No energy

Leftside

Terrible.

Nelson

What is Xhaka doing? He opened up the defense.

LoveSausage

What a fucking joke. We look like a bunch of scared kids. It’s CP ffs, not peak Barcelona.

Useroz

Can’t deal with physical stuff to begin with…

Cut to.the chase , Tavares no where near starting 11

MidwestGun

Personally I think we are missing Martinelli’s threat down the left. we are trying to do overloads instead but Marti really doesn’t need those and can occupy half their defense. CP is getting forward to easy… and now there is 2.

Left Testicle

Gabriel has been shit thus far.

Time Up

It was coming that’s a mess

Wake up boys

georgia boy

Ain’t our night fellas

Leftside

And Jordan Ayew is garbage, wake up Arsenal this is appalling.

Muppetman

Arteta needs to change this now

London gunner

We ain’t getting top four when it counts we are bottle jobs and that’s not just on the manager it permeates arsenal fc

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