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Review Of The Day 24th September 2018

24 Sep 2018 07:29:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 24th September 2018

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24 Sep 2018 05:52:18
Interesting take on Gazidis departing having watched yesterday's Sunday Supplement. I couldn't understand why he was departing having finally seen Wenger replaced and his ability to influence matters increase. The inrsease of a million in salary could have been matched by the club, if they wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay. My take is that Kroenke has taken complete control od the club and Josh Kroenke is becoming far more involved at the club. Possibly decisions were being taken above Gazidis and hence having been dominated by Wenger, he found himself now having Josh Kroenke being more influential at the club. Quite frankly I doubt we will miss him, as he oversaw a poor-ish era at the club, with players contracts running down being a major failing. Since the new guys came in contracts are being tied up, except Ramsey, and decisions such as allowing Wilshere to go are being made. The new Managing Director seems to be a 'res' man. I'm not sure about Sanllehi. I do still mss the days of Dein and Fiszman, who were awesome.

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24 Sep 2018 03:37:16
Pleasing result and the first clean sheet under Emery, despite an unconvincing performance until we scored after an hour.
Superb performances from Cech and Torreira, whilst Holding came on after 30 mins for Sokratis and played well.
Ozil was dreadful.
The interesting thing under Emery is that we seem to have discovered the art of winning whilst not playimg particularly well. The strange thing is that the improvement defensively which was expected, hasn't really happened and perhaps the lack of defensve cover from the three attacking midfield players is virtually non-existent, which results in being decent going forward, but still struggling when defending and against the top teams we son't get away with it. In our great teams of 98 and 04, anearly all the midfiled players could and did defend, except perhaps one player in each midfield, Overmars in 98 and Pires in 04. We barely get a tackle out of Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang. Perhaps we needs to bring in a midfield player in the 3 when we play top teams. Guendouzi or Maitland-Niles when fit could come in and give more defensive stability.

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24 Sep 2018 10:21:52
Yeah I think you can only play one of Ozil. Ramsey or Miki in the single Central AM role 3 into 1 does not go, as when you try and play more than one of them the team is to top heavy and unbalances the side. We should play both Lacca and Pea up front Emery then needs to pick one of Ozil or Miki behind as a AM, Sell Ramsey tbh he is not worth 200K+ he wants.

Then have 3 more combative midfielders behind in Torreira, Elneney and Guendouzi. We have no natural wide midefilders so we are still trying to put players out there that are better more central.

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24 Sep 2018 12:04:05
Totally agree Ryan Ozil Miki Aaron in the same team is like doing a weekly shop that consists of champagne chocolate and custard only, all look very appealing on paper but come midweek your going to run out of steam without some dependable sustenance.
Keep the champagne because let's face it we all like a bit of champers in our life's but ration the chocolate for when the champagne isn't available and ditch the over rated custard completely.

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24 Sep 2018 12:33:55
yeah like buying all Chocolate and Champagne in your weekley shop but no bread and Milk, like the analogy.

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24 Sep 2018 13:56:56
I think we won yesterday more because of Evertons problems. They haven't beaten us away for 20 odd years, i think and have no wins away against the top six in 28 games or 1 win in 45. It is a bit like us, no cajones.

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24 Sep 2018 14:22:56
I can't see any benefit having Ozil on the right, he has to play as number 10 for me. Ramsey always looks better as the advanced one of a midfield pair - preferably Torreira who looks more accomplished than Xhaka at putting himself about and sniffing out threats. In the absence of a natural wide player, I would be happy to see Mhiki on the right and Auba on the left (even though he sometimes looks a bit lost there) with Lacca up front. All bets off if we secure a serious bit of pace in January.

All in all though, scraping a win after playing badly is a good sign.

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24 Sep 2018 14:56:06
So far we have lost the two everyone expected us to lose and won the 4 in which we were favorites.
So by that calculation we could lose home and away to Liverpool Chelsea City United and even Spurs and still get 84 points and top 3 finish.
It's been a while since we achieved to our capabilities in the league and so far that's exactly what we are doing, no more admittedly but very pleasingly no less and that's got to be progress in anyone's book.

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24 Sep 2018 16:03:23
Gunner, i would like to think we aren't going to lose every game against the top six and i very much doubt we will win every game against the rest either. We just need to get our obvious problems sorted and all the players singing from the same hymn sheet and we have the quality to win most of our games. I don't think we are as good as some are saying but i think we are better than some others are saying. We just need a bit of surgery.

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24 Sep 2018 17:19:23
True Steve but my point was really we are currently winning what on paper should be winnable games rather than drawing or losing those games, obviously we will slip up somewhere at some stage but if we can be dominant in the games we should be dominant 8/ 10 times and pull off 1 in 3 pleasant surprises too then we have a chance of making top 4 which would be excellent in Dicks first season. The odds are obviously still against us because I think Chelsea City and Liverpool will definitely make up 3 of the top 4 so it's 2/ 1 against us getting the other spot.
I'd make United slight favourites for that other place with us and Spurs 50/ 50 due to their lack of investment and having so many players carrying a world cup hangover.

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24 Sep 2018 00:09:31
Firstly very happy with 3 points! Secondly we got away with it yesterday! However in my opinion we should have drawn with Chelsea and Everton but we ended up with 3 points! We are where we should be and I continually am thinking good 3 points and another week to improve things. Cech excellent also COYG.

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23 Sep 2018 22:48:09
Next three PL games very winnable if 9 points were to be collected that would make it a very impressive start to Dicks Arsenal career.

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23 Sep 2018 23:57:39
I think it's pretty good already mate, 4 wins on the trot, 2 at home 2 away, that's been a while happening.
We don't look super brilliant but players who have previously struggled under Arsene seem to be producing much more of a shift under Dick even if not suddenly world beaters.
Mustafi hasn't suddenly become world class but his effort and work rate ate noticeably improved in my opinion.

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24 Sep 2018 11:00:20
At this moment no game is a gimme and although we have won a few on the bounce now every game has been hard work and have been vunrable at the back in all games. I think we would be a lot more effective playing both Lacca and PEA together as two central strikers and just one central AM (ozil or Miki) in behind with 3 more combative midfilders further behind in Torrira, Eleney and Gounduzi. Ramsey has been poor and is no where near worth the 200+K he is after and we are still plugging gaps out wide by playing him there leaving the side unbalanced.

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24 Sep 2018 13:51:07
Totally agree again Ryan, seems madness to me to turn a top striker Pea or Lacasette into a below par winger, yes they might pop the odd goal in from playing out wide but in the long run I think you lose more than you gain.
Rather than try and make the wrong players fit your preferred system adapt the system to get the best out of what you've got, and in Lacasette and Pea we have two top quality strikers.

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Liverpool v Southampton Match Review - A Liverpool Perspective

23 Sep 2018 21:26:23
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Liverpool v Southampton Match Review - A Liverpool Perspective

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23 Sep 2018 19:26:22
Could we see another swop deal involving Sanchez? Özil to Utd and Sanchez home.

We need to accommodate Özil or move on.

Front 3 - Sanchez Laca and PEA

Just no one to feed them 😂😂😂.

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23 Sep 2018 20:13:50
In Pea and Lacasette we have a top of the rage porch and ferrari but in order to accommodate them bkth we are restricting one to the B roads to let the other use the motorway.
Neither are wingers both top quality strikers so find room for both on the motorway.
Mesut isn't a AA man who changes punctures or gives people a tow home he's a highly skilled technician that isn't suited to towing or changing tyres but fine tuning top class motors, he not above a bit of fetching and carrying but that's not where his best ability lays.
Use our best players where they can show their quality rather simply fill gaps in my opinion.

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23 Sep 2018 20:31:28
While its not totally ideal, lacca and auba have both scored in the same game 3 times out of 5. that's working for me, attacking wise but ozil is not at the monent. Dick has to play lacca and auba, he has to find a solution that includes both. He has to sort the central midfield and he has to sort right back.
Then he can start building his team, with the type of players he wants/ needs. Auba and lacca are at least working for us providing goals.

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23 Sep 2018 20:42:28
They are indeed scoring Steve but would score less or be less of a problem to oppenents if both played down the middle?
There are a lot better wingers than Lancashire and Pea but we'd struggle to attract better strikers than those two, personally I'd shape my team around getting them both on the pitch as what they really are apposed to asking one to do a pretty average at best impression of someone they aren't.
They might share 30 to 40 goals between them of we are extremely lucky as we are but what about if found a way of getting 50 or 60 + from them?
We'd be contenders if we did that in my opinion.

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23 Sep 2018 21:02:45
If they are happy, then i'm happy, if they arent, they won't produce. What the future brings as far as shape of the team, its a wait and see i think. Dick wasn't at first convinced they could both play, at least he is now, so he has to try and work the team around them.

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23 Sep 2018 19:24:21
I think torreira needs a partner!

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23 Sep 2018 19:45:00
Banega?

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23 Sep 2018 20:14:58
Has he tried dating apps or speed dating?

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23 Sep 2018 22:32:31
I suggest match. com.

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24 Sep 2018 02:47:03
I feel he needs someone with long flowing hair and a lovely set of legs, maybe someone like Guendouzi.

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24 Sep 2018 09:23:01
You've done this sort of thing before haven't you JPS :-)
Don't forget emphusia commitment and most importantly passion :-)

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23 Sep 2018 19:20:39
Agree Sharpe a great 3 points an absolute undynamic and unconvincing performance. I will take the win and run though.

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23 Sep 2018 18:08:03
For 55 minutes Everton were looking far more in control than us, in fact we looked like the away side. Talk about goals changing games. The worldy from lacca was a sucker punch and the offside one took them out completely. But hey 3 points and a solid (cough cough) clean sheet. The gunners are back. Splutter splutter. Well done cech, credit where it is due. My MoM.

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23 Sep 2018 18:29:39
Cech was our best player followed by Torreira and Belerin had a 97.2% pass completion rating, plus Xhaka ran with purpose showed real effort and gave some decent passes especially when playing the ball to his left, obviously there were areas you can pick holes in him still without having to look to hard but most definitely a dramatic improvement on his first 2 seasons and 3 games this season.

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23 Sep 2018 18:41:51
Cech was excellent in crosses, decision making and saves. He also looked better on the ball. MOM by a long way

Need to stop Khaka dropping off to sleep as him and Torreira could form a decent pairing .

Holding did a decent job as Sokratis looked solid again before taken off.

Front two still look disjointed but can’t complain about their goal ratios together nor with Laca’s commitment to the badge.

Still trying to work out Özil and Rambo - struggling to fit into the new look Arsenal

3 points and a clean sheet - well done today boys!

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23 Sep 2018 19:00:38
I think you've got to play 4 3 3 to accommodate and get the best out of both Lacasette and Pea and probably Mesut too.
Mesut playing in a Free role behind Lacasette and Pea both down the middle is the only way I see of having any chance of getting the best out of them all at the same time.
I'd pay Aaron's contract up and let him go now as he's so not interested in anything other than personal interests rather than the teams interests.
On the whole it wasn't good but the work rate of most players definitely seems to be increasing.

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23 Sep 2018 19:02:04
Xhaka is a fraud, his tackling is non existent, his midfield presence is below average and torreira spent most of the game, like Gouendouzi mopping up for xhaka. The sooner these fraud players we have like xhaka pretending to be a midfielder and bellerin pretending to be a right back are taken out of the team, the sooner we will start to look more solid. If we are playing with flying full backs (cough cough) ozil and ramsey in the same team, we need proper defending full backs andxtwo tackling midfielders. Until it is addressed we will always struggle to control games. I do actually think we are controlling games less and less as games go on. It is only our attacking that is pulling us to wins and cech.

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23 Sep 2018 19:06:44
Sy, ozil ramsey xhaka and bellerin can't play in the same team. Any two from four BUT this team needs more winners when we have not got the ball. Xhaka put us into trouble numerous times today with poor distribution and never won a thing.

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23 Sep 2018 19:15:24
Gunner, i think 442 is our best to suit auba and lacca with sanchez left w., no hold on will get back to you on that one.

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23 Sep 2018 19:20:58
62 - I like the idea of PEA and Laca as a front two with Özil behind them in the middle.

That means we need a lot of discipline in the middle 3 while still giving us options going forward. Rambo ( agree ) can’t be part of that 3.

May be it’s Torriera, Matteo and Xhaka ( for more ) - that’s Xhaka using his 9th life with us.

In the back - Bellerin ( get disciplined or dropped ) Mavropanos Sokratis Nacho ( get disciplined or dropped )

We have two fullbacks ready to jump in if we can’t figure out that one stays back.

This gives us minimal width. alternative is 3 at the back and pack midfield with Özil at the tip in the middle.

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23 Sep 2018 19:51:40
This is what I saw from Xhaka today.

Running back at full pace when we lost the ball.
A defensive header that cleared the ball from danger at a corner.
An interception getting in ahead of an oppenent to be first to the ball when thd Everton player was better placed
He also went past a couple of players although admittedly then went on to lose the ball but he did carry the ball past 2 players.
His passing was quite often neat 20 yards long and aimed forward rather than sideways or backwards or 2 yards, especially when playing the ball to
Although no graet he knows he can't tackle so only challenged oppenents in an attempt to put them off rather than win the ball where he would most likely give away a free kick and pick up a red or yellow in the processes.
Yes he still gives away sloppy passes in really dangerous positions and he also struggled to pass to his right with any accuracy more often than 50% of the time.
If this was his debut and the first time I'd seen him I'd say he had potential once he got used to the premier league but obviously it wasn't his debut but his 100th game for us.
I am not a fan of Xhaka but his in his last two games I've seen more positives than I've seen in his first 2 seasons combined.
Would I want us to buy him if he was at another club? No absolutely not but there is no question he is improving at last under Dick.

Well that's what I saw from where I was sitting.

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23 Sep 2018 19:59:35
I think today was his best game for arsenal i'd give him 5 out of ten. I saw one rating on news now, he got a 4. A bit harsh or maybe i'm being generous. Lol.

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23 Sep 2018 20:21:44
Steve he's been awful for 2 seasons and 3 games but the last 2 games he's not been awful by any stretch of the imagination, obviously he's not going to attract bids from Liverpool City Real or Barcelona even if he maintained his current form for the rest of the season but there is definitely been huge improvement on anything before v Newcastle and Everton, ok It would have been almost impossible for him to have got worse but credit where it's due and I can't believe I'm saying this but I'd play Torreira Guendouzi and Xhaka next premier league game up.

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23 Sep 2018 20:52:00
Gunner, i honestly don't know what he brought to the team today that was what we are needing from our central midfield. I just see his partners covering his weaknesses. He gave the ball away poorly three times, he never made one tackle and he allows players to run past him without responsibility. When we look solid when he is playing, i will cut him slack. While i think and see through my eyes we are slack out of possession and i see him weak at defending and not taking responsibility, i wont. We have a massive problem and in my mind he isn't helping it at all. He isn't good defensively and for me he doesn't make up for it with any other part of his game to compensate.

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23 Sep 2018 21:34:38
Cech has looked shocking at playing out from the back, but in his main remit making saves he's been very good, he's made the 3rd most saves in the league, more than twice as many as kepa, Alison, loris and ederson which is a damning indictment of our defence that he's having to face so many shots.

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23 Sep 2018 21:58:18
Eden, as an out an out goalkeeper, he's been the best in the prem so far. he's got a new lease of life, is he playing for a new contract or just playing better. I don't know but he is playing better.

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