FIXTURE PILE-UP CONCERNS

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Had to fly in here after seeing Spurs lose to Sporting Lisbon. Finally, a dreadful performance catches Conte out. Only Don Unai was better at making winning look so damn painful.

Reasons to love Spurs losing? It means there’s more chance they’ll have to put a proper team out for the last games of the group stages. I want to see tired Harry thinking about the World Cup and mailing it in.

Arsenal lost their Thursday night fixture against PSV. The game was postponed because of Royal things. Not much you can do about something like that, but if we can’t get is back in the mixer, we forfeit the result.

Some folk are talking like passing on the three points is a good option, versus taking the game back on and causing fatigue in the system during a fixture pile-on. I’d rather just play it to avoid the whiners jumping on us because we took advantage. I’m also not sure UEFA would like that move. Clubs could just cancel games in easy groups if they let us do that.

Our game on Sunday is still on. Brentford is 12pm. That’s very early, especially for me in America. But at least the game is on and our return is not against Spurs.

Arsenal might consider some friendly minutes to avoid having under-cooked players. We’d normally play Brentford, but that might not happen, so let’s see what happens there.

The good news about these two delays is our squad will be a little closer to full fitness and any niggles or discomforts have the chance to heal themselves.

The best news is having Thomas Partey back in the mixer. He’s the difference-maker. We’re better with him in our side. The job now is to make sure we keep him fit. There’s a Brazil vs Ghana game that I think is being played in France. Then Ghana go to Murcia in Spain to play Nicaragua. Does Thomas need to play those two games? Do Ghana really need to see anything new? Will Arsenal allow it?

Hopefully, we learn from last season, Thomas doesn’t travel well, and I think he likes to have a little too much fun. Keep him at the club.

VAR is amending rules to allow some fancy tech to take over.


They use AI to build a better picture of whether something is offside or not.

Do I hate it? I think so. But if it’s semi-automated, at least we’ll get to a decision nice and quick. I just hope the fans are brought into it instead of letting them sit around like lemons not knowing what’s going on.

None of these fancy tools are much good in the wrong hands though. Until we’re willing to accept that Premier League refs are terrible, we’ll keep putting lipstick on that fat pig hoping it’ll look a bit prettier.

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Gommit

Why couldn’t they just switch the home and away fixtures against PSV?

Marko

Ruben Amorim doing his future arsenal credentials no harm tonight. My pick for potential next arsenal manager he’s on the up and up

SAGG

Gommit:

It seems UEFA didnt allow it. Because nobody agree with England Medieval Protocols, that works against the well being of their citizens.

Why on Earth international schedules should be re arranged because the death of a person nobody (Except England people and not all of them) cares.

PSV are in their right to ask for the game to be forfeit.

We are in PSV hands.

Rich

Brentford away is tricky, Toney is in good form, we can’t afford to slip up though.

If we go with our strongest lineup, we should have enough to get the 3 points::

………..Ramsdale
…….Saliba Gabriel
White Partey Zinchenko
Odegaard Xhaka
….Saka……….Martinelli
…………..Jesus

We played well at United for the most part, just needed a bit more cutting edge.

englandsbest

None of us need reasons to love Spurs losing, it’s always good news.

Jujune

Top ten?

Obum

Why didn’t we offer the option of changing the game to an away game. Play at PSV rather than canceling

LoveSausage

They trialed the new offside system in the Dinamo-Chelsea game and people seemed to like it. Apparently, they blow the whistle immediately, which is smart. A lot of the controversy stems from the linesmen being told to hold the flag down, a dodgy goal being scored, and then the final decision is put in the hands of an incompetent ref anyway.

Dissenter

It’s not that Spuds lost that tickled me. It’s how they lost
They played like shit and were coasting to another undeserved result until nemesis struck.
Sporting Lisbon got their first scalp of an English club in Europe with Spurs.

Dissenter

Marko
“Ruben Amorim doing his future arsenal credentials no harm tonight. My pick for potential next arsenal manager he’s on the up and up”

He better start working on his English now.

Marko

True… fluent English is apparently a prerequisite for arsenal these days

Pedro

Oh wow, Marko and Dissenter all of a sudden getting frisky over 37 yr old managers with a bit of special sauce.

Pedro

Makes a change from Sean Dyche and Don Unai’s ghost

Samuel

Hated missing the Arsenal on the weekend but maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Brentford are no joke, we need Partey out there if big Mo is not available. Sambi is not ready for an away game like that.

GD4

Diss,

What’s the wager on Jesus making the plane to Gulf for the World Cup? No way he is left at home … hey I won’t mind if that happens cuz he will light up the EPL after a needed rest

DivineSherlock

Conte’s record in CL is horrendous , winners mentality yeah .

Venga, Dani

Spurs crashing out of that group would be so so funny

Samesong

Brentford and their crowd be well up for this. Better get ready for a physical game. Toney will definitely be standing next to our keeper on corners.

Topside Northbank

Good to hear Todd Boehly coming in with his ideas of how to save the British game.

All star match, North v South.

What a terrible idea, just what the players managers want extra pointless games.

Yes imagine Man City, United, Liverpool fans turning up to support the North. Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, WHU doing the same.

One of the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Would be played in front of no-one, Klopp reaction to teh idea made me laugh ‘did he really say it?’.

Topside Northbank

I see we have another 12pm Sunday ko Chelsea away is now at that time 6th November.

Habesha Gooner

Dissenter Jesus is going dude. There is no way Tite leaves him out when he doesn’t have a genuine No 9 in his squad. Rodrygo is a very good player but he is too young to lead the line for Brazil. Firminho will play very little now that Jota is back. And he has been an impact sub for Liverpool for a while now. He is also 30. That Pedro guy isn’t better than Jesus either. At worst Jesus is going as a squad player. I don’t know who will bench him saying that too. It’s not emotions, it is… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

This is how these things end, Spurs drops into Europa league, Conte and Generational face each other ……
I will let Ptah tell us how it ends.

AFC Forever

Topside

“All star match, North v South.What a terrible idea, just what the players managers want extra pointless games.”

It’s this American razzamatazz bollocks. Boehly is off his trolley. Can you just Imagine the Northern cabal of PGMOL refereeing it,?

Colney Gooner

SAGG… Nothing whatsoever to do with “England Medieval Protocols” (sic) as you suggest. Our game has been cancelled due to police concerns regarding the well known trouble caused by the 3000 PSV ultras expected to attend the game. Police resources being deployed elsewhere not being available to stop the ensuing mayhem. Decision made by UEFA, on advice of police, not us!

Leedsgunner

I want us to batter Brentford… 3-0 and put them back in their place would be lovely.

On other news Tierney has been called up to Scotland. If he had any sense of perspective he should turn down his place for these friendlies. He’s not going to be dropped. However, considering he’s just made his return for us – he should give his best for the side who actually pays his wages.

The same goes for Thomas Partey… ask to sit out these matches! It’s not like they are going to drop you!

Ray+in+LA

Rich

I have heard the suggestion that Tomiyasu might be preferred to White to deal with Toney

Dissenter

Re: Roman needing to up his English…Portuguese might be the dominant language at Arsenal by the time we need to replace Arteta

Dissenter again

Time said that he was using this International break to observe players that he’s interested in but who haven’t played for him extensively…so both Jesus and Gabriel are still strong contenders and — hopefully for his sake — Martinelli

Colney

I heard that it was the PSV Ultras that were the main police resource concern

Ray+in+LA

Roman –> Romin

Time –> Tite

Autocorrect –> autofucked

Terraloon

Topside

One of the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Would be played in front of no-one, Klopp reaction to teh idea made me laugh ‘did he really say it?’.

The idea itself should lead to another debate as to how the PL could and should help the pyramid

Personally I would move the Charity Shield abroad and use its proceeds to support the Lowe leagues.

Goobergooner

Haha putting lipstick on a pig is exactly right.

Hope every one is having a cracking day!

Goobergooner

Ray 😂😂

Goobergooner

LS, Pedro,

If this AI helps quicken things up then I’m all for it.
The one thing about it that surely the pgmol will love is that it won’t put as much pressure on the refs.

Those cheeky dogs avoid real responsibility at all costs

Goobergooner

Also, who’s got any advice on getting the missus keen on football😂😂😂😂

dSidstathopoulos

Tatoo Arsenal on the longstuff

WengerEagle

Show her Real Madrid’s alumni of the 2010s Goober aka FC Zoolander.

That ought to peak her interest.

Goobergooner

😂😂😂 love it fellas

Goobergooner

I think Arteta would be pulling the ladies but every time I’m watching the pressers the better half is like why does he look so weird 😂😂.
I’m just going to assume she’s the weird one.

Sid, should that tattoo insinuate anal hahahahaha.

Weagle, it’s funny as you say that, because I dated a Norwegian for a while who absolutely frothed on those Real teams. Especially Ramos

Terraloon

So as I predicted the other day the City game is postponed to allow the PSV game to be played

Was pretty obvious it was the only option

englandsbest

Leedsgunner

Imagine Tierney returning injured?

One answer might be to make the country pay his wages while out recovering. It would discourage risky call-ups to international games.

dSidstathopoulos

Kane would bankrupt England

AFC Forever

They’ve postponed our game with Man City on October 19th so we can play PSV on the 20th.

AFC Forever

By postponing the Man City game it means we will have two extra games to fit in, both home ones.

AFC Forever

By postponing the Man City game it means we will have two extra games to fit in, both home ones, after the World Cup finishes. Depends how far we go in all the cups before we know if that will be a problem. No doubt we will have to prioritise.

Emiratesstroller

I thought like Terraloon and AFC that the PSV fixture would be arranged on October 20th and
the midweek fixture against Man City would be postponed.

The two postponed EPL games can be slotted in sometime when teams return from World Cup.

The idea that Arsenal would forfeit the game would be absolute nonsense and would have jeopardised our qualification for later rounds.

Goobergooner

Well we get a chance to play city, hopefully, with a depleted/fatigued squad.

We need to make the most of that position l postponement for sure

AFC Forever

Tom Boerhly has given an interesting interview on the sacking of Tuchel. He’s claiming there was no symmetry berween the academy and first team “Our goal is to bring a team together that with the academy, first team, with the clubs we want to acquire and develop, all of that needs to be a well-oiled machine and the reality of our decision was that we just weren’t sure that Thomas felt the same way we thought.You have to make sure you are aligned with the people in the business, and Tuchel is obviously extremely talented and obviously someone who had… Read more »

Emiratesstroller

If the games take place in New Year it will afford Arsenal the opportunity to strengthen our squad when the transfer window reopens.

AFC Forever

*Boehly

Habesha Gooner

https://twitter.com/nickvann1987__/status/1569758320956960768?s=20&t=DQgj6a0hZVVI699nE_feOw

This never fails to be funny. It makes me crackup every time.

Goobergooner

And good point as well ES

Goobergooner

Habesha that is a proper piss take 😂😂

AFC Forever

Emiratesstroller Yep. It was the only solution because we have a brutal run of games leading up to the World Cup. In hindsight, it has also given us a bit more time with some of the injuries we had to Zinchenko and Partey, to get them properly monitored and recovered. Could end up being good for us. I hope. About the International friendlies. I agree with others on here. It’s ridiculous that the clubs pay fortunes for players and yet they can be broken or overplayed by their International Managers. Not all the International teams are as professional as they… Read more »

Rich

Brentford Away Sunday Spurs Home Oct 1st Bodo/Glimt Home Oct 6th Liverpool Home Oct 9th Glimt Away 13th Leeds Away 16th PSV Home 20th Southampton away 23rd PSV Away 27th Forest Home 30th Zurich Home 3rd Nov Chelsea Away 6th Wolves Away 12th Difficult to predict this type of schedule, as injuries will play a big part. I’d expect us to qualify for the knockout stages, the sooner we wrap that up the better. 5 away games, 3 home in the league. How many points should we expect from that? 16/24 would be a healthy return, anything above that would… Read more »

Habesha Gooner

I am really glad Our fixture vs city has been moved. I was uncomfortable with having 3 home games against the big six with in a space of 4 PL games. It was skewed against us because if we fucked up all three, we would have had to go away to all these away games needing to win. And City straight from Leeds away was less than ideal. Now it is PSV.

Pierre

AfC
“Yep. It was the only solution because we have a brutal run of games leading up to the World Cup”

Hardly brutal, no difficult away games, home games against Tottenham, liverpool and city , games that we can rest players in Europe, whilst city liverpool and Tottenham have to field close to their strongest sides.

I would say that it is a very favourable run considering we have had a nice early run of games.

The brutal run of games will come in the final third of the season.

Habesha Gooner

Goober
What is more funny is the fact that he said “It is the history of the Tottenham”. The “the” makes all the difference 😂😂😂. It empathizes the institution 😂😂😂.

Wicked Willy

while we await the resumption of football, for those interested, a cracking video on the origins of the ukraine war….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zveUHZCvrzc

Glad to hear PSV is still on, and hopefully means we’ll be able to focus on turning Spurs and Liverpool over….

CG

Absolute idiocy to cancel the EPL fixture Arsenal v Man City fixture.
1st v 2nd.

The EPL – the biggest and richest league on the planet being usurped by the Europa Cup.

Bonkers.

CG

The Premier League said it would find a new date “in due course”.

China1

The EL final is going to be arsenal against Spurs

I feel it in my bones

And we will naturally win

AFC Forever

Pierre, we have 9 games in October that’s brutal.Just a guess but I reckon you would start an argument if you were stuck in a lift alone!! I agree that the second half of the season is going to be tough to but it’s over a longer stretch of time with no Europa group games. The deciding factor regarding the brutality of the new year, is how far we go in cup competitions. It’s harder to prioritise then because fans expect you to win everything.

Frenchie

In all this talk about VAR and offside and I have heard no one mention the technology required to determine when the ball actually leaves the passing player’s boot. On TV it’s just a blur – this is surely as critical as deciding which toe nail is in front of another.

Emiratesstroller

CG

You have an obsession with this.

First you tell everyone that you do not rate the Europa Cup and now you tell us that it would
be better to play Man City in midweek rather than a game against PSV who would allow us
to play some of our squad players rather than our first eleven forced to play two game in four
days.

Use a little common sense!!!

Wicked Willy

Frenchie

Good point!

TallestTiz

Frenchie

That’s a critical one

AFC Forever

Frenchie I’ve said it all along; you can get any result you want doing VAR, within reason. The issue is the fact that we have an offside where we are measuring millimetre accuracy, and using any part of the body. Ridiculous, I’ve never seen a head or a shoulder stand offside. They’ve disallowed so many goals where the striker has held his line but his shoulder or head has strayed offside. Talk about making it hard for yourself. They even bought in the silly wider lines which haven’t made any difference. In days gone by we all gave advantage to… Read more »

CG

ES

The Europa Cup is good for Azerbaijan teams like Qarabag or Belgium teams like Genk or Gent
but Arsenal have billionaire owners, play in the billionaire EPL and should set their heights higher. than Europa,

Our third team should be able to qualify out of this group. PSV, Zurich and Bodo! All garbage.

The EPL must be bonkers to cancel this plum weekend fixture ( 1st v 2nd )for a Europa Cup match!!

The Premier League miss Scudamore and Arsenal miss Dein.
Men of vision.

AFC Forever

CG “Our third team should be able to qualify out of this group. PSV, Zurich and Bodo! All garbage.” This comment probably explains why you are always so unhappy and miserable, you think every game is easy, we just have to turn up. Dropped points are like WTF moments, with the sky falling in for you. I pointed out the other day that Bodo beat Mourinho’s Roma 6-1 in the Conference League Group Stage last season. In fact they were unbeaten in their league. Roma went on to win the conference league beating Feyenoord in the final. Luckily the Arsenal… Read more »

Ray+in+LA

Englandsbest I like the suggestion for the National Team to pick up the player’s salary if they come back injured…some sense of consequence might introduce a better perspective Frenchie Excellent point, absolutely crucial to accurately identify the moment the ball is kicked A person running at 25 mph would cover over 400 inches in one second — if the separation between two players is one inch on VAR, then they would have to identify the instant the ball is kicked down to a millisecond in order to have any confidence that the player was actually offside A study by the… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

“Our third team should be able to qualify out of this group. PSV, Zurich and Bodo! All garbage.”

Correct, better than loaning them to ligue 1.

Rich

We need to get out of Brentford and the international break unscathed. Reiss Nelson has a opportunity if he can get fit, he’ll start our 5 remaining Europa games + league cup game. Marquinhos should get the same workload. 1080 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but their availability to take a share of the workload, is going to be vital to our chances of keeping others fit + fresh. We need to keep Partey fit, give Sambi experience as a single pivot at a lower level, iron out some of the creases in his positioning off the ball. It… Read more »

CG

Forever ”””’I pointed out the other day that Bodo beat Mourinho’s Roma 6-1 in the Conference League Group Stage last season. In fact they were unbeaten in their league. Roma went on to win the conference league beating Feyenoord in the final.””” Don’t get me started on the Conference League. A complete and utter waste of time. Soccer for the sake of it. No one catch watch that without dozing off. Can you believe they even have VAR in these games??? I don’ think, I have watched more than x 5 Europa Cup matches. 2 when AW were in charge… Read more »

karim

Too much technology will kill the game, if it already hasn’t.

Everybody championed the Var system because they were fed up of all the obvious mistakes being made by the Ref and linesmen and we all thought it would actually benefit the game.

The situation is even worse as of now, because there are at least as many mistakes as before, but it also reveals the complacency/corruption/bias of the whole refereeing system.

Some beautiful goals are also being denied for a nanometer, it’s embarrassing.

englandsbest

sSid and CG – truly a meeting of the minds. An IQ tst might help

Rich

CG

If you don’t even watch the games?….

How are you asserting with so much confidence, that our third team should be beating these teams with such ease?….

Our third team is the under 21s, I wouldn’t be so sure that a team consisting of so many teenagers, will comfortably beat the likes of PSV, Glimt + Zurich.

Particularly as so few of them have any experience at professional level.

G

“Our third team should be able to qualify out of this group. PSV, Zurich and Bodo! All garbage.”

Lol. Could you even name our 3rd team

Colney Gooner

CG… the EPL have not cancelled a plum weekend fixture between us and City so we can play PSV, the cancelled game was on Wednesday 19th October.

CG

Rich

””’CG. If you don’t even watch the games?….How are you asserting with so much confidence, that our third team should be beating these teams with such ease?….”””’

Just compare the budgets.

Arteta earns more in a year than what the whole of Bodo’s playing squad earn combined.

We have a team out on loan that would beat them. In fact we probably have two teams out on loan that would beat them.

They are garbage.

CG

Colney gooner

””’CG… the EPL have not cancelled a plum weekend fixture between us and City so we can play PSV, the cancelled game was on Wednesday 19th October.””’

fair enough, I got that wrong. I hoped no one would notice, after I posted it.

honest mistake,

dSidstathopoulos

FFP should be upgraded, a budget cap on teams playing in Europa and below. Its a mockery for a player with 200k salary playing in Nagorno

englandsbest

The fact is that VAR is inappropriate for offside decisions. The technology works in other areas of play – such as ball over line – and helps in other areas- such as fouls, handballs – but fails to work with anywhere near 100% accuracy in offside decisions. So, too,, for that matter, with the human (the ref’s) eye. The simple and straightforward solution is to change the definition of ‘offside’ to another that is almost impossible to get wrong. The key issue is which part of the body is judged as ‘onside’. For me it would be ALL of the… Read more »

Tom

I would put Sid in charge of VAR reviewing all close offside decisions.
Something tells me he’s great at getting it exact to the last inch.

WengerEagle

Great post Karim @ 13:09.

dSidstathopoulos

@Tom, stop flirting, this is a sports blog but thanks im flattered

Dissenter

“I like the suggestion for the National Team to pick up the player’s salary if they come back injured…some sense of consequence might introduce a better perspective”

I believe that happens with most international teams who have insurance coverage tot such injuries, provided it happened while on national team, duty.

Rich

Tom

Anyone who needs to brag that much about their longstuff, is likely used to dealing in mm + cm, rather than inches + feet.

Which would make Sid even more suitable for the role.

Dissenter

Sid is a tailor whose specialty is making thongs
He’s spent most of his adult life measuring longstuffs.

Wicked Willy

Rich

Comment of the Day :))

Colney Gooner

CG…… 😊👍

Wicked Willy

For those who love their stats, this is gold:
https://www.football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2022/wp388/en/

Positive pete

Diss.😂

China1

The problem isn’t the technology it’s how it’s been implemented VAR is used by refs to take 4 mins every single match to try and find millimeter, dubious infractions. It’s a dismal misuse of a really useful and good tool But how many times did you get wrongly called offside in PES or fifa on the PlayStation? Why is that? It’s because the computer is able to readily know mathematically if a player is off or not. Real football should be just as easy. Simplify the offside rule to cover only the player’s feet and put a chip in their… Read more »

China1

In fact don’t even need to put the chip in the boots. Even simpler is put it inside those silly sports bras they insist on wearing these days

Wicked Willy

China

That does sound very logical!

China1

Secondly remove the nonsensical ‘not interfering with play’ rule regarding offsides because that’s where half the uncertainty comes in

OR

Give it a very simple mathematical rule. A player can be offside if he’s not within 5m of the ball for 3 seconds from the time the ball was played with him in an offside position

Again that can very very easily be measured instantaneously by a computer within a split second and it will be correct 99.9% of the time

China1

Meanwhile set a hard and fast rule that no Var review can take more than 30 seconds from the moment the first replay begins. Var is supposed to exist for clear and obvious. 30 seconds is PLENTY to establish clear and obvious mistakes. 90% of fans watching the replays at home can make up their minds within 2 replays (15 seconds) but the best and brightest, top trained experienced officials who are paid to do this don’t know their arses from the elbows when watching replays. It’s frankly appalling. But as long as they are allowed to be this shit… Read more »

China1

Literally when Saka scored against Utd the other day I didn’t even feel anything. Absolutely nothing. Because I just assumed there will be a length 3 min var mess followed by it being ruled out because someone breathed on someone else 30 seconds prior

How pathetic is it when fans don’t even feel anything scoring away at Utd because they’re so convinced it will be ruined and cancelled? It’s honestly shocking how bad our officials are