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14 Sep 2019 07:17:45
Tough match v Watford, as they enter the honeymoon period with their new manager. Whilst we are without Lacazette. Of course Aubameyang will replace him in the centre, but we are short of other options for the main striker role. I have a feeling Emery May select a 4-2-3-1 formation:
AM-N Sokratis Luiz Kolasinac
Guendouzi Xhaka
Pepe Ceballos Nelson

I would prefer to select Torreira alongside Xhaka, with Guendouzi in the centre of the 3, Ceballos moved wide in place of Nelson.
Perhaps in view of the injuries Torreira and Xhaka are reportedly carrying, we may start with Willock and Guendouzi in front of the back 4.

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04 Sep 2019 21:12:20
I really hope there's a chance we sign ceballos. Seeing how passionate he is on the pitch and even on the bench the other day we really need players like him going forward. Amazing player with an amazing attitude.

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03 Sep 2019 11:32:54

Xhaka's had enough chances and needs to be dropped. I've defended him a lot but it's too much now. He must be unbelievable in training and have an awesome tactical awareness, but simply can't deliver consistently. I don't understand why noone will drop him -even if just to give him incentive to work hard and concentrate! Drop him and let him fight to back in the team.

Until Tierney and Bellerin are fit, I'm hoping Emery goes for back 3 with Torreira and Guendouzi in the middle behind the mountainous ALP's attack. If Ceb can do the necessary defensive job, then start him instead of Guendouzi.

For variation, Ozil behind Lac and Aub up top. Obv Ceb could do that too, but don't write off Ozil yet. I still have faith he'll dazzle and he's NEVER played with a solid team around him and clinical strikers ahead. Let's take our bright red Bentley Turbo out for a spin now that we've put on new tyres, brakes and some high-octane fuel (can you tell I know nothing about cars) and a massive 2tiered spoiler with white go faster stripes.

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03 Sep 2019 12:30:49

Hey Jim, 3 @ the back, Tor and Guen in front of them and 3 up front. That's only 8 outfield players, maybe I'm missing something. I too have run out of patience with Xhaka, I know he's supposed to protect the back line but maybe when our back line is more competent, our defensive mids will be able to do a better job. Who would want be goalie in this set up.

03 Sep 2019 21:16:34
Sorry Davy. I meant with Kolasinac and AMN as wingbacks whilst Tierney and Bellerin are out. I agree with you. I have defended xhaka for ages for similar reasons I still defend Ozil (asked to play in a wa or positions you can't/ other players undermining their role) , but ozils strengths are clear whilst Xhaka's aren't and until we're water tight at the back, he's too big a risk now that we have other options.

01 Sep 2019 17:35:29
No changes at halftime- coach must be happy with how we are praying and set up. Has he been watching the game?

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01 Sep 2019 17:09:42
We need a proper beast in CM so we don't need.3 players doing 2 people's job so we can have some creativity.

This game is painful - crap selection from the Boss. Poor back 4 and no creativity in midfield. come on boss - earn your corn.

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01 Sep 2019 17:31:16
Luiz’s positioning is criminal for the goal, just like the Pool game. Not sure what Leno or Papa we’re doing. Thought it was Mustafi for a second.

Xhaka - say no more about the penalty

Laca - hero goal. Absolute beauty. Love that guy.

COYG - make some big changes coach - Chambers on for Xhaka, Luiz into CM, Chambers into a back 3. Take a Matteo off and put doe creativity into the game as we’ve been terrible and it’s down to your selection and coaching plus some stupid individual errors but our set up put us in that position.

It’s a game of two halves so let’s double down and turn it around for a heroic win 👍👍👍 COYG.

31 Aug 2019 10:09:03
Best of luck for the future Nacho, always gave 100% in an Arsenal shirt even when many around him didn't look to be doing the same.
Maybe not always the best player in the world but always gave it everything he had and you can't ask for more than that.

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31 Aug 2019 12:25:35
A great fan of Monreal, a true professional. However, his lack of pace hindered him at the top level.
I have to disagree with G62, alas giving everything is not enough at the top level. Indeed, players are expect to give everything, but what separates the top players is the optimum levels of skill and pace in addition to ‘giving everything’, which is a given at that level.
Monreal will be remembered fondly by Gooners, but will not go down as one of our top LB’s, which in my humble opinion are: Cole, Samson, McNab and Winterburn.

31 Aug 2019 14:36:34
911 - interesting how you apply your logic to players. What if you applied this to our manager? Surely if he’s any good with the squad investment he should beat Spurs, Utd and Chelsea. All of them you’ve stated are there for the taking and the weakest they’ve ever been. I not trolling you, I’m just interested I. Your opinion and you post a lot, say a lot of good things, mentioned some experienced LBs so you have supported us a long time. So I’m genuinely interested in your opinion and trying to tie you down to why you think he’s brilliant but at the same time 3rd is unreasonable despite this investment in 3 years :

PEA, Laca, Mavropanos
Kola, Mkhitaryan, Torreira
Leno, Sokratis, Matteo
Pepe, Tierney, Luiz
Martinelli, Ceballos, Saliba ( future )

Plus a wealth of great youth Wenger left for him - Holding, Willock, Reiss, AMN etc etc

It’s the strongest squad we’ve had for years and years.

31 Aug 2019 16:51:21
In response SY4, Emery has only had one full season at the club and improved on the season before, with only 4 permanent signings. This season the club have made some decent signings, including Saliba for next season. I believe Emery should, assuming progress is seen each season be given a minimum of 3 seasons to form the squad, tactics and playing style exclusively in his own methods. He must also be allowed to see how the young talent we have coming through progress. I would like to us finish in the top four this season, secure CL football and ideally finish ahead of all bar Liverpool and Man C, who are a few seasons ahead of Emery in terms of development under their current managers.

31 Aug 2019 18:27:36
So in conclusion should Emery make top 4 this season yes or no RG?

31 Aug 2019 19:46:08
911 - wouldn’t most clubs expect far greater improvement that what we’ve seen at Arsenal? Especially given the investment. Weren’t you disappointed with the tactical nativity last season, the defensive errors and lack of direction. surely Rafa could have done more with our defence than Emery. I’ve been underwhelmed by what he’s done with our spine / defensive challenges.
Top 4 for me is the bare minimum and based on your summary of Sours, Utd and Chelsea I don’t see why you don’t set the bar at 3rd. A fear of failure restricts ambition in my opinion. I won’t want him sacked if we get 4th but I won’t be celebrating either as I want and expect top 3. I want to improve our goals conceded by circa 16 goals and close the gap on the top 2 rather than the rest of the bunch as they are the yardstick not Sours or Utd.
I’m happy to be a little disappointed but to set expectations high to drive progress

I get your position but don’t get why you aren’t more critical but that’s what’s beautiful about opinions. I respect yours and see why you doesn’t 4th but want 3rd. 👍.

31 Aug 2019 20:55:26
Don’t mind 4th but want 3rd.

01 Sep 2019 07:07:44
SY4 - it was early days last season, with only 4 permanent signings, the majority of the team were from the previous administration. In addition we suffered 2 season injuries to first choice defenders, of which Holding was unbeaten in league matches. We improved on the season before, reaching a European final, finishing a place higher, with more points than the previous season, closed the gap on those above us and only missed out on a CL place by a point or two.

Rafa would certainly have been another good choice, but he was under contract at the time. We have made some excellent summer signings, promoted youth to the first team squad and moved out some more failing players. Liverpool have been rebuilt over a few seasons and and very few players remain from the pre-Klopp era Next season the same will have happened at Arsenal, with core of the team being assembled under Emery.

01 Sep 2019 09:26:27
Thanks 911 - I do understand your logic. I don’t 100% Agree but I get where your coming from.

Defensively, do you really think he’s done his job as a coach and do t you see the constant changing of set up and starting 11 as a weakness

Did you read Petit’s and Kweon’s article on us changing formation too big trends, Wright on our Pool game and numerous other articles on Emery’s tactics.

I understand and subscribe to their points

▪️Doesn’t know his best XI.
▪️Doesn’t have players ­intelligent enough to cope with changing positions and systems.
▪️Has failed again to address the problems with his back four.
▪️And has not been able to put his mark on his team as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have

Petit said: “I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ’s opening games of this season.

“I’ve watched every Arsenal match in ­2019-20, though they’re definitely better than last year. They’ve done a good job in the transfer market, but they have requirements in defence, which has been the case for years now.

"We saw evidence of that against Liverpool where they were poor and short on confidence.

“There was a lack of ­communication, bad ­movement, bad tactics ­sometimes and a shortage of cover for the defence.

Difficult to argue that point really.

Anyway - have a great day and hopefully we are all happy after the game today


01 Sep 2019 11:05:05
SY4 - I admire your posts, we can learn to accept each other's opinions respectfully and you provide food for thought. I rarely listen to anything Petit says, although a tremendous player in my opinion, he is controversial to say the least.
In terms of team selection Emery generally gets it right, although v Liverpool I wouldn't have selected youngsters Willock and Guendouzi, using Torreira and Lacazette instead. However, he explained that Lacazette was still carrying an ankle injury, whilst his use of Torreira has been odd, but perhaps coming back from playing international football in the summer, his fitness wasn't sufficient.
Defensively his strongest back four is arguably: Bellerin, Holding, Luiz and Tierney, so due to injury he has been playing with only one of his first choice defenders, Luiz, and he has only just joined us. In his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation perhaps Xhaka and Torreira are his DM's, again these haven't started together this season. If we play the first choice back four and DM's it will be fair to judge him. I would suggest our best starting 11 is:
Bellerin Holding Luiz Tierney
Torreira Xhaka Ceballos
Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang
This line up has yet to be seen and on most occasions this season has had at least 4 or 5 players absent.
Enjoy todays match, which will be a tough game. A win would be awesome. I just hope the toot leave out Eriksen and Vertonghen again!

01 Sep 2019 11:26:12
True - the Laca decision made more sense when you get the additional info from the Boss.

Really hoping he pushes Luiz into midfield when Holding returns or plays him in a back 3. He scares me in a back 4 as he’s not defensively minded enough and with the way we push fullback up the pitch and have no real CDM it leaves us weak in the middle.

Enjoy the game today and hope the Boss gets all the big calls right. First one is the starting 11 and then adjusting when the game unfolds if needed. 👍

Enjoy and thanks for the back and forth as it helps me challenge my pigheaded ideas. That’s the beauty of banter rather than a thumbs up / down. 😀.

31 Aug 2019 09:24:14
Interesting perspective from a pro. A number of people would slag off Wenger for being unanimated on the touch line and love animation from the coach fir whatever reason.

Here's Dixon's opinion and difficult to argue with

You know most of the stuff that gets shouted from the sidelines, you don't listen to it.

"You've got so many things going on, the last thing you need is a coach to be going 'yeah but you should be doing that, should be doing that'.

"He can't coach everybody so he's coaching the nearest and if the nearest one makes a bad decision, everybody else follows. "

Fans love Emery's animated touchline behaviour and his passion. Fans love vet players running round like idiots to show passion ( not Ozil-like ) yet it's about the impact on the pitch and effectiveness. We all loved Sanchez but how many times did he give the bill away Vs Qzil. I'm not slagging Sanchez off as he was amazing but we loved the energy because he's wearing the shirt - not sure I picked the best examples but it's funny how us fans like to see one thing but Pros say that's not necessarily a good thing.

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31 Aug 2019 10:32:17
Horses for courses mate, yeah it's good for us fans to have a manager and players who are openly passionate but it's thier abilty to do the job that ultimately counts.
Everyone but the very jealous loves Klopp, he's passionate he's funny and also seems like a very kind human being too, but most importantly he's brilliant at his job.
I don't think many Arsenal fans would object to our manager sitting down for 90 minutes if we got the same results and performances as klopp gets for Liverpool.

31 Aug 2019 12:09:47
Agreed - I got to tip my hat to Klopp. I gave him a lot of stick initially but he’s worked wonders at Pool and put a planet size gap between them and us. He’s seems far more tactically aware than Emery who didn’t react to Pool changes., Klopp showed a video at half time to show how to expose us! We just continued and played a stupid formation and made no changes

He seems a far smarter manager than I gave him credit for - I like his passion and Emery's passion to be fair but not all the pointing and gesturing to no effect that Emery dies

I am wrong a lot and was wrong on Klopp but he’s still not won the league and that’s the yardstick for me. Not Europe. Once he wins that.,

31 Aug 2019 12:30:21
Most top managers coach from the touchline. Perhaps the players are not always aware of the instructions being shouted, but I became increasingly embarrassed by Wenger’s general behaviour on the bench, which consisted of sitting bent double clutching his stomach, messing with his coat zip or pointlessly berating the . As a fan I far prefer Emery’s enthusiasm on the touch line. Klopp is extremely animated on the touch line and I’m sure his passion transmits to the players and fans alike.

31 Aug 2019 13:55:29
911 - I too like to see the manager getting pissed off, excited and showing passion. Think Emery does that real well. In terms of shouting instructions - I don’t especially as I don’t see the results. Eg shouting players to protect the goalie, follow markers, getting exposed. Clearly he can’t communicate / can’t be heard or no one listens. So to me pointless and I agree with Dixon on that point. I like the way Jose communicated to players during gaps in play plus show his emotions. It’s a personal thing I guess. If Emery is successful in doing it then I can’t argue but when you see our defence all over the place, defenders pushing forward to much or continue to play from the back when it makes no sense then I question what is he saying and is it in English? Again - I can’t stress enough that I like his passion eg when that youngster tracked back loads to win the wall back. Emery celebrated it like a goal and I loved that. I don’t hate the guy or think he’s useless, I just don’t think he’s the right man for us at this point in time however I really hope I’m wrong but won’t lower my top 3 expectations as the bar. Hopefully we wallop Spurs and you can have a go at me! I’d love that 👍.

01 Sep 2019 07:12:10
SY4 - 3rd would be good, but a top four slot and a return to CL football is the aim.
A win v toot is vital, it would open up a gap between us and them, Chelsea and Man U going into the International break. After which it shouldn’t be long before we see the return of Bellerin, Holding and Tierney to the squad, as we enter a heavy schedule of matches.

27 Aug 2019 21:54:48
Ed47 have you been having fun on the utd page? 😂.

{Ed047's Note - I was just kind of suggesting a poster might want to ease back a touch eden. 🤷‍♂️🙂

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