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31 Dec 2019 13:15:31
Hello Eds. Has there been any interest from arsenal in Giroud? And anything to imply we might be serious about Joe Worrall the forest defender?

JimGoon

{Ed002's Note - Giroud is out of contract in the summer Jum and as of tomorrow he can talk directly with non English and Welsh clubs - and several have already declared an interest. He would like to leave in January and Chelsea will not stand in his way and will ask only a reasonable fee for him. There is interest in him from the PL but I am pretty sure Arsenal has not spoken with Chelsea at all. Right now I expect Aubameyangadingdong and Lacazette will stay until the summer and with Martinelli that should end any need to add a striker in January - although the club have enquired after a couple.}


1.) 31 Dec 2019 13:28:23
Thanks ed2. I did wonder as a safe and cheap backup option if either of our lacadingdong strikeforce were to go.

{Ed002's Note - The point is that he wants to be playing on a regular basis at this point in his career.}


2.) 31 Dec 2019 13:33:40
Ah yes. Of course. Don't always think of things from the player's perspective. Thanks ed. Good luck to him to - I always thought giroud was under appreciated (even when he wasted chances)


3.) 03 Jan 2020 15:13:14
Please no, joe Worrall will not improve arsenal in any way shape or form. Suffered watching him last season at Ibrox cannot stand to see him in an arsenal kit also. Saying that we have heard that yous have had scouts at Ibrox this season. anyone know anymore info on this?


 

 

30 Dec 2018 11:25:35
Hi Eds.
Are there any rumblings about us taking Cahill on a 6 month loan on January?

Although we're after top quality for longer term, with Baines and Boruc free agents in the summer, has arsenal shown any interest at all?

Lastly, with alderweireld's contract up in the summer, is spurs option for an extra year completely up to them, or does the player have to approve it too? Although I can't imagine he'd come to us, is there any interest from arsenal?

Thanks! And happy new year.

JimGoon

{Ed002's Note - (a) Gary Cahill is available and has turned down two options and priced out of a third. He would be a good option for 6 months if Arsenal really are that desparate - but they have (I think) four fit CBs so it doesn't make too much sense. There is certainly no agreement between clubs or with the player who knows another interesting option is due to be proposed when Chelsea meet another side to discuss a transfer on (I think Wednesday). (b) I would not hold your breath over Baines or Boruc. (c) TA signed a contract allowing for an extension, so he agreed to it. And no, Arsenal has no interest in him.}


1.) 30 Dec 2018 13:17:49
Personally, i think cahill will and would be a back up back up back up option, when all else has failed. I think we really are scraping the barrel, if we end up with three defenders over 33 and one at 32. We are desperate but that would be suisidal. I would rather we blood a youth than potentially end up with litch, cahill, kos and monreal playing in a back four, if we can't get decent quality in.


2.) 30 Dec 2018 13:42:43
Thanks Ed002.

I generally agree Steve, but if we're playing xhaka as a CB it might have to be considered and an experienced prem CB for 6 months on loan is low risk and hopefully wouldn't affect any transfer plans in the summer regardless of high wages.


3.) 30 Dec 2018 13:48:57
Ive read it would cost us upward of 4 mil with wages and fees. For the prospect of a combined age of 130+ in defence, no thanks, that would turn this site toxic.


4.) 30 Dec 2018 15:25:08
Fair point Steve.
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More or less toxic and more or less costly than being short on CB, playing xhaka at CB and then finishing 6th or 7th though?

I'm not saying it's ideal, but if Emery feels the need to play 3 at the back ( and with hector out and Licht looking far from a calm head recently it's more likely imo) and we don't have enough players, I can't see many other options to ensure coverage.


5.) 30 Dec 2018 23:12:30
utd seem to have extra year options as standard in most of their contracts but other than this alderwield one i don't remember seeing too many others, is there a reason more clubs don't do it, it seems like a good policy, you don't take it up if its not working out and you can get an extra year if the player won't sign a new contract.


6.) 31 Dec 2018 09:54:03
Let’s go for Joe Worrall or Ezri Konsa

Two strong British centre halves with the qualities we want and age on their sides for the future.

Preferably Ezri if we don’t want too many youngsters.

We need so many positions that we can’t spend 50m on each one.

This along with Mavropanos and Holding gives us the opportunity to build a future defence.

Sokratis being the fatherfigure in the middle for the next couple of seasons. Kos could play that role also.


7.) 31 Dec 2018 14:40:23
I guess it depends on the club's plans Sy. Like you, I'm happy with Sokratis, and Mavraponos and Holding for the future, and tbh Holding and Sokratis are my first choice CB. but we still have Mustafi, Chambers, Kos. If we sign one of these two guys (who I'm sorry to say I don't know) would it be overkill for now and would it scupper any plans for a proven quality CB in the summer?

when city were being lauded for signing stones for 50m, after his first couple of games I thought 5m holding who I didn't know before looked great. Although a long way to go, I think he will be a great player so I'm happy to give them a go if you say so Sy ;) My only concern is that chambers looked great at soon and Mustafi and paulista good on paper. Do we need someone proven now? Why do you think these two guys?

Btw my s"#t phone, and I thumbed you down. Soz. Gave you thumbs up too lol.


8.) 31 Dec 2018 15:28:18
Ed as a new year treat, can i ask which club chelsea are meeting and for which player if possible? Thanks alot.

{Ed002's Note - I don't want to get in to it.}


9.) 31 Dec 2018 17:50:42
Fair enough can i at least ask if the meetting for chelsea player being sold or player chelsea want? Appreciate it.


10.) 01 Jan 2019 10:39:27
No worrIes Jim - happy New Year. Just been reading up about this se two and wanted a “British core” in defence.

I like Holding a lot so t have 3 or 4 youngsters with quality will set s up for a long good future like Liverpool’s young defence. Similar to Pool, we need a leader of supreme quality to lead the line.


 

 

04 Jun 2017 14:49:49
Are you aware of anything to suggest Ramsey, the Ox or Walcott might be on the move this summer?

I can't see any wanting to stay without knowing they'll get some decent game time. Although ox is hopefully getting that now, I understand there might be interest from at least 1 other club for him. Unless Ramsey starts alongside xhaka, can't see him getting regular time, and not a great position for him anyway. if ozil is demanding crazy money I'd let him go and give Ramsey his chance in the position. Theo getting even less time with new formation.

JimGoon

1.) 04 Jun 2017 16:49:14
No disrespect Jim where would they go?
Ox maybe to Liverpool but Theo on those wages, who else would pay him so much? Besides he had his best ever season with us last season so personally I'm happy if he stays but wouldn't be gutted if he left either.
Ramsey! Where would he go, who would want him? Chelsea Spurs Utd City Barcelona Real? He was awful last season and I like the lad but he has had one good season so far in his career.


2.) 04 Jun 2017 18:36:43
He's played out of possition though g62.


3.) 04 Jun 2017 19:34:31
True Sanogo mate but where is his best position? I'd say Ozils position myself and if Mesut leaves I'd be happy to give him every chance there.
He was excellent for Wales at Euro 2016, wide right he's poor and in the middle undisaplined usually which we just can't afford for him to be, he likes to try the spectacular which when it comes off is brilliant but apart from that one season more often than not he's wasteful through trying to much clever stuff.


4.) 04 Jun 2017 23:01:06
Hello Mr 62.
I hear what you're saying but I don't really know the inner workings of football hence my questions to the eds!

From a layman's point of view, if I were Theo and felt as though I was a decent player, I'd not be happy to sit on the bench behind Danny, Olly and Alexis and get limited games in the prem and some cup games in my prime years so I'd take a pay cut to go to someone like Everton or west ham if they'd want me and hopefully prove my quality. I really don't think he's happy just taking the money. I still wouldn't be surprised if he stays with a view to keeping squad depth though, but surely we don't want those kind of wages for a squad player and figured the club and him would want him to move on.

As for Rambo, I think it's similar to the ox who most had written off the past 2 seasons. he's been played out of position and shown flashes of his ability but let down by his defensive work. I think a lot of clubs would want him at a reasonable price and if played with freedom to get forward could still recapture his forn from his great season.


5.) 05 Jun 2017 00:58:04
Can see Walcott moving on. He had a decent season for us but despite the good stats he's just too unreliable injury wise. Ramsey I think has found his position next to Xhaka in that 3-4-3 and I have time for anyone who's won us two cups. Ox looks to be staying this summer, but needs to find his position soon, whether wingback, winger, or CM because his time is running out.


6.) 05 Jun 2017 01:20:27
Jim if you worked in london would you take a 50% paycut to move up north and drag your settled family up with you. Because that's basically what will have to happen.


7.) 05 Jun 2017 08:17:47
That's the problem we have Jim, we have given very high rewards to players who haven't really achieved all we hoped they would, every player would rather be playing than sitting on the bench but they are unlikely to take a huge pay cut and as Steve said move their settled family to get a regular game.
I don't think Theo is unhappy at Arsenal so it makes no sense for him to move anywhere unless a club that could offer him a regular place plus more chance of winning things plus match his wages.
I think when we all say get rid of this that or the other players we should realise a contract is a two way thing and while a player under contact can't leave without the club agreeing the club can't simply ditch a player who has 3 or 4 years left on his deal.
Bentner is a good example of this.


8.) 05 Jun 2017 10:19:21
Fair point Steve. That's why I thought west might be realistic, but why not palace as well.

And honestly Steve, yes I would take a cut. Better than 3 or 4 more years of a bit part when they could still earn decent money elsewhere and get a lot more enjoyment and see exactly what they're capable of.

Rambo and ox contracts are up next summer, part of the reason I asked, so perhaps if they don't sign new contracts they will have to go this summer? If they stay, I'd presume they are being told they will be getting regular starts which means no new central midfield additions?

Theos contracts up in 2019 though, when he's 30, so I guess if he stays this summer he's staying until then.


9.) 05 Jun 2017 15:11:07
Respect what you say but you are in a minority of people who would take a paycut and move to a less competative company. My opinion. Theo isn't unhappy, so that makes it even more unlikely. But who knows.


 

 

02 Jun 2017 16:30:12
Really hoping the rumours about the Ox to Liverpool aren't true for our sake, but if it's true, might be better for him and wouldn't begrudge him any success.

Personally I'd like to give Perez a proper chance too before selling him. I thought he looked good every time he played.

JimGoon

1.) 02 Jun 2017 16:59:17
I'm with you on the Ox Jim, if he's ever going to be all he can be it won't be with us unfortunately.
At Arsenal he's always subbed or left out regardless of how well he's playing, most clubs and managers have a player or a couple of players who for some reason they find easier to drop or sub than the rest and for us Ox is it.
Good luck to the boy I wish him the best.


2.) 02 Jun 2017 20:32:49
looks mint playing RWB. Unfortunately i believe he will play his best under a new manager, as Wenger has signed a new deal i can't see it being with us. New challenge needed.


 

 

30 May 2017 13:22:36
I saw one online football rag saying Alexis Sanchez will be given 100 million if he stays.

JimGoon

1.) 30 May 2017 13:29:52
hes gone mate. i just don't see it happening, we won't pony up the money but we will gladly take it.


2.) 30 May 2017 18:56:49
Money is one thing and we can throw all we have at Sanchez but the lad wants to win big prizes and compete on all fronts so let the bloke go and do all he can to realise all that ambition that so obviously runs through every vein in his body.
He's been great for us and absolutely no one has given more than him the last 3 seasons, if he goes it won't be him who's let us down and we should totally respect that and if he ever returns with his mew club we should give him a standing ovation.
No more bitterness towards players who leave to achieve their ambitions they couldn't achieve with us imo.


 

 

 

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30 Apr 2020 13:28:39
Hiya Eds. With the cancelation of lots of games across different leagues around Europe and possibly here too or games played behind closed doors, and the associated lost revenue, presumably it will impact smaller teams hardest. That said, there seems to be three main things that could have a key role in affecting how larger clubs un all euro leagues approach transfers/ youth in the short/ medium term and that's their cash reserves and debt, the strength of their youth team and setup, and the mixture of owner/ board types - those that see their clubs predominantly as a profitmaking business and those that don't.

Although it's been made clear that arsenal spent future monies on Pepe, I think we've still got a lot of money in the bank? It would be very interesting to get your thoughts on how arsenal stand compared to other top half prem teams financially regarding a need to sell players to balance the books in the current climate?

But also, if there's a drop in transfer prices due to less money being available, and therefore maybe more reluctance for clubs to want to sell and players less likely to move to lower contracts than they would previously have got, is there any indication of whether clubs (particularly arsenal) are looking more seriously to put more money into their youth setups, or actually to cut the money from youth to help fund the mens team?

Thanks :)

JimGoon

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal are not in a good place.}


 

 

29 Apr 2020 11:53:51
Hello Gooners. I hope you're all staying healthy. I was just thinking about how we're looking for the future, and realised we're actually in fairly good shape.

Our older players make up most of the expected starting 11:

CF - Auba (30) / Laca (28)
LW - Auba (30)
M - Ozil (31) Xhaka (27)
CB - Luiz (33) Sok (31) Mari (26) Must (28)
Rb - Soares (28) Chambers (25)
Lb - Kolas (26) / Soares

But we have a full starting 11 of younger players who have all shown they can player at top level, which is great for the future:

CF - Martinelli (18) / Nketiah (18)
LW - Saka (18) / Martinelli (18)
RW - Pepe (24) / Nelson (20)
CM - Torr (24) Guen (21) Willock (20) Smith-Rowe (19)
LB - Tierney (22)
CB - Holding (24) Mavrop (22) Saliba (19)
RB - Bell (25)

JimGoon

1.) 29 Apr 2020 19:35:21
Yep - but central midfield still looks like an issue as it always has been.

Big problem if we don’t retain at least Auba as I’m not sure an 18 year old can carry our front line all season. I’m not convinced by Eddie yet either.

I’d include up to 26 year olds which gives defence a boost long term but still the same weakness since Silva left.

Not sure I see any real leaders in that pack either - same issue again still.


2.) 29 Apr 2020 23:32:28
And your mid table with all these players as of now.


 

 

16 Feb 2020 15:50:08
Leaving out Torreira and playing Ceballos and Xhaka in front of Mustafi and Luiz, with Saka standing in at LB? Seems like a big call boss, but looking forward to your masterclass!

JimGoon

{Ed047's Note - I don’t get this leaving out Torriera


1.) 16 Feb 2020 16:02:26
I know! There are only 3 things I can think of: that his pushing forward and/ or shooting is completely against the manager's instructions so he's being dropped for players that stick to their instructions, saving him for Olympiakos, or that he still wants to leave/ bad attitude. He seems to have been left out too often for it to be the resting though.


2.) 16 Feb 2020 16:19:46
Although I guess the most logical thing would be that Ceballos has been included to increase the number of chances we create, but why in that position - surely Torreira has to play there!


3.) 16 Feb 2020 16:26:19
I'm actually looking forward to seeing the Xhaka Cellabos combination plus Eddie starting Jim mate.
Disappointed Martinelli isn't staring but let's see how it goes.
It's time to see results as well as performance start to improve after the honeymoon period that's seen a very welcome upturn in effort.


4.) 16 Feb 2020 18:16:20
It turns out to be a good call playing Ceballos he kept the team ticking but it may not work against all. He picked his moment right and that’s a good sight / vision.


5.) 16 Feb 2020 19:19:18
Yes I thought Cellabos had a very good game, let's home he can make it a hatrick of very good games before he leaves in the summer, Burnley at home in the second game of the season and then today also make it two and counting so far.


 

 

12 Feb 2020 00:16:56
Well, I saw no hate for my last post (as there's no thumbs down any more! ) , so I'll do another one.
(and apologies to Ed001 for doing a poor take on the player profiles - although mine is purely a layperson's perspective looking at our team and going back over some of the views that others have posted here) :)

So. Hector Bellerin
(who for 62's information is Vegan, but probably doesn't buy them at Aldi) :

He'll turn 25 next month, having been with us approaching 9 year ago from Barcelona and contracted to 2022. His competitive debut was coming on for Mikel Arteta in 2013! 😊

A few years back the extent of his pace was highlighted by an article comparing him to Usain Bolt when he broke the 100m world record, saying Hector was actually quicker over 40m and would've been 2m ahead of Bolt! 😊 Even if not completely accurate, he's fast. His pace and endurance is a real asset and he's also done an awful lot of running for the team - often supporting the attack then running back at full pace. In past seasons he's clearly been trying to cover when others (e. g. Ramsey) lost possession in the opposition box and we were caught on the counter, and has been blamed for being out of position - but I'm not sure how much of it was actually his fault, others, or team tactics/ discipline generally. His pace has certainly got us out of trouble a lot of times though, and when he's had adequate cover behind him, going forward he can really put pressure on opposition defenders too. So there's a big question mark - has his pace not been utilised properly in the past? and can it be?

He seems to have changed how he plays in attack over the past couple of seasons, stopping/ slowing the game to bring others in to it, or cutting in on his left foot to shoot or try a little through-ball whereas in the past I'm sure he used to try getting towards the byline and putting in crosses more often. His passing seems more varied than it used to, with more subtle passes or crosses from infield, but I guess with Lacazette leading the line, it makes less sense attempting as many crosses from out wide, but it does seem pretty rare that he tries to beat defenders and put many in. I don't think he's particularly good at crossing though, so perhaps it's a combination of that and Laca (or just not having Giroud) that has seen the change in his play?

His tackling has noticeably improved, as he seems to be winning more important tackles in his RB position, and on the right side of our goal than he used to - especially critical last-ditch ones. He's clearly better positionally too, although that's presumably a combination of both his improvement and the team structure, but he's still a far cry from his polar-opposite, Mertesacker, who used to make me pull my hair out when he got caught on the halfway line with no pace at all to get back, but really did have great positioning to stop players when they were in front of him.

His commitment to the team on and off the field, and his passion is obvious. He always puts in 100% and even when he went through a rough patch under Wenger, getting (unfairly) scapegoated, he kept his head and just kept working away. I think that's was really impressive.

Compared to other RBs in the top teams, Liverpool's Trent AA who already seems like the complete package and Chelsea's Azpilicueta are both a lot more rounded and better overall. Ed001 did a profile about Man U's Wan-Bissaka a while back which praised him highly, and if he's not already better the Hector, it seems like only a matter of a time. City's Cancelo, Wolves' Doherty, Everton's Sidibe, City's Perreira and our own Soares I've not watched enough to feel confident commenting in detail, but all look generally very good. Would be interesting to know how other's think they compare? I'd have Hector over Spurs' Aurier, City's Walker (who has strength to go with his pace, although defensively doesn't seem any better than Hector and maybe even worse) and Coleman too who I was in awe of at his peak. Saying it like that though, we don't seem that strong at RB compared to other teams!

I really like Hector, and I'm very happy to keep him - but I'm more interested in passionate play and occasional brilliance than winning titles lol If Mikel can get the team to utilise his strengths, stretching the opposition, making crosses, or perhaps as a wingback, then he may still really show how good he can be. Ultimately though, if we're not going to utilise Bellerin's pace fully, then it does make me fear for his future at Arsenal. Until I started writing this, I didn't think Hector's place was in any doubt, but now I'm not quite as confident about his place in the starting 11. Was Soares coming in just for cover, or has Mikel got a change in mind for our starting RB for next season, or even the rest of this? Interested to hear what others think.

JimGoon

1.) 12 Feb 2020 08:18:33
Another brilliant post and very good assessment Jim lad.
I rate Hector very highly and never quite understood how he became a target for the boo boys when the team were going through one of our many struggling periods he seemed to cope the flack for some unknown reason.
Soares is has been brought in to cover Hector's injury absences and of course put pressure on him as both will now have to compete for the right back slot which I think will do Belerin loads of good.
In my opinion he's well under rated by many fans simply because of how poor the team have been and once he's fully fit again well see he's just a big Mac and a meat feast pizza away from attracting the interests of other top clubs again as he has in the past.

Thanks for taking the time to do this individual break down of the team Jim, excellent work mate and look forward to either Kol or Tierney when you get chance mate.


2.) 12 Feb 2020 15:27:57
Glad he’s cut his hair - start on the positives 😂😂

I like him but if we got 40m for him I wouldn’t cry about him leaving as he seems to have more pace than defensive capabilities or end product. Not a great defender and needs pace to recover - is he still as quick? Not sure he thinks like a defender otherwise why would he get caught out do much. He doesn’t seem to have it in him to beat the last man and whip a decent cross into the box for no one to run onto. I don’t think he’s the best passer or dribbler either. He doesn’t have a cool head in front of goal but neither did Lee or Nigel yet part of a great back 4. To be fair to Lee he scored at least 2 great own goals 😂😂
Question is - can he benefit from a better defence and training? He’s young enough and seems passionate about our club. We don’t have forwards running in for headers so crossing hasn’t been important while some of his cut backs are effective. With the attack minded left back from Scotland in the team - is he tempted to cash in on Bellerin and get a slightly more defence minded right back and reinvest the large transfer fee into the rest of the team. To rebuild - we need money and so selling him may be a good option. Pace alone isn’t enough.


3.) 12 Feb 2020 17:15:34
Oh my God! What's going on?

I agree with sy4

Quick get the bong and the Valium.


 

 

06 Feb 2020 15:29:51
We talk about clear outs and problems with the team or who's doing well, and i thought it might be interesting to go through the team one by one to get peoples opinions on specific traits and comparing them to players in the same position other top half teams, rather than the normal general views repeatedly!

For instance, I'll start with Leno as there's less discussion about him (and I know little so would be interestedin others opinions/ observations) .

For me, he's shown excellent reflexes/ show-stopping ability. I've not seen any real command of the defence. He's had a real tendency to commit to punching the ball from corners (and missing) but I'd be interested to see if that was due lack of confidence in the defence, poor judgment which can be trained, or a longter weakness. Distribution seems okay (putting some of the clear mistakes down to team issues/ confidence for now) , and generally confident with the ball at his feet although nothing to show how good really.

Compared to other keepers, he doesn't seem anywhere near lloris, de gea, ederson, allison for presence/ command/ leadership, and not sure if that's age/ newness to the team, not as good with distribution, but as good as them in raw shotstopping ability and excellent positioning (aside from the punches) . I'd have Leno over Kepa, but I think the others I've named are definitely better right now, although de gea and lloris seem to be on a decline imo. Leno doesn't seem a huge amount better than Fabianski or Schmeichel (or Cech or ospina did worh our defence) , but I guess it's how he performs with a better defence that will really show us.

Personally, I think he's doing a decent job, and no huge concerns, just not setting the world alight. Until we've got the rest of the team settled I don't think we'll know, but I'm happy to have him and hope he develops but not sure if he'll be an elite keeper.

Anyone else any observations or know a thing or two about keeping and want to enlighten me?

JimGoon

1.) 06 Feb 2020 18:10:28
Hi Jim,
I jump out in front of a train on Leno as I’m not sure he’s the right keeper for us, at present he’s perfect as we allow opponents to unload on our goal so shot stopping in key. However, I don’t rate him on crosses, decision making and commanding the box. I’m not sure he bosses the defence either. I think we probably have bigger issues at the moment and may be he can develop those skills. Hope so and I hope we reduce the number of shots against us. I remember interacting with the Eds about players being a better fit at certain clubs due to how they play. Think he’s one of these - great shot stopping stats.
👍.


2.) 06 Feb 2020 18:57:28
Solid keeper, decent distribution and right age. No complaints.


3.) 06 Feb 2020 19:37:42
He's as good as most in my opinion even though not in the top bracket of elite keepers, be hard pushed to find better we could both afford and attract.
All keepers make errors and Leno has faced more than his fair share of action during his 18 months with us in which to make errors.


4.) 06 Feb 2020 20:00:04
Sy and 62, Unsurprisingly, I think I agree with that.

911, do you think his distribution is actually good? I've not been convinced and the only thing I could say is that he seems pretty calm playing out from the back under pressure. using the leeds keeper as an example, he had noticeably good distribution - not just picking a good pass, but also the right pass to set things going.


5.) 06 Feb 2020 20:14:25
Hi Jim loving your brilliant idea to you go through the players one by one and invite people's views on them, well done geezer keep up the excellent work mate and look forward to your next installment which I guess will be Hector?


6.) 06 Feb 2020 20:40:45
Can’t wait for Luiz and Matteo ✂️

😂😂.


7.) 06 Feb 2020 21:26:53
It's definitely a hair thing isn't it Baldie, I mean SY:-) I'm guessing you are not a fan of rock bands either, more right said Fred and the Mitchell brothers :-)


8.) 06 Feb 2020 21:47:53
That’s not the root of the problem. But you are Hil-Hairious.


9.) 07 Feb 2020 07:59:38
This is just an EXTENSION to your mean STREAK SY mate :-)


10.) 07 Feb 2020 14:43:04
I think de gea had more howlers than Leno this season and the season before, bad defense can lead to such bad decisions imo. I think he is quiet decent but I think szczesny much braver.


11.) 07 Feb 2020 20:02:28
I like Leno. His command of the area could be better but I think we have actually defended set pieces quite well as he tends to be brave in that uncertain 6 yard area between defence and goal line. Ultimately he's saved us a hell of a lot more points than he's cost us.


12.) 08 Feb 2020 12:51:09
I think the whole questioning lenos command of his area is purely created from THAT attempted punch which is still fresh in peoples minds, one thing I would say is I feel Leno has saved us far more points this season than many other gk’s have their respective teams, I’m very happy with Leno and being relatively young for a gk think he has a lot more to come.


13.) 08 Feb 2020 14:01:58
Wire, yep, I agree. Marshall too, but that punch and a few others I looked at separately simply as mistakes tbh. By command of the area I meant more organising the defence and taking ownership when the balls in the box. Not that he hasn't taken charge, but I can't always see it (or hear it) and wonder if he's been deferring to Luiz or mustafi who are naturally vocal, or trusting individuals to do their job without direction, and therefore some cases of confusion?


 

 

 

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11 Jun 2020 22:12:13
Hiya 62. Yeah. Shame about theo not being played through the middle earlier. As for injuries, with him, Aaron, jack and the ox I can't recall how often they were injured (well, Jack I can) but as they were injured whilst employed by the club, the club had some responsibility and with Wenger's loyalty, took some wrong decisions.

With Tierney, the club made a decision to sign him with all the injury information out there. If they get rid now, the decision makers to sign him need to go too.

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09 Jun 2020 19:27:17
As for theo he wasn't sold because of his injury record. He used to get so much unwarranted flak on here and fans generally. He used to make runs but either the players or the tactics meant they were generally wasted. The season before his last, he was mostly played from the bench all season and at the end of that season people wanted him gone. He actually scored 19 goals in 39 appearences that season. From the bench! What more can you ask of a loyal player than that! (Admittedly the salary seemed high but that's down to the club) . I just checked and Laca scored 17 in 39 the next season and 19 in 49 the following. Theo wasn't strong enough and maybe not good enough really, but don't think it's fair to slag him off. It wasn't always his fault especially that we would knock the ball around the opposition box rather than a quick ball to release him. Just saying. :)

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09 Jun 2020 19:19:11
I did a post when we were rumoured to be signing him showing how much time Tierney had missed through injury and it really was a lot. I wouldn't have signed him for that reason, but now we have, surely he has to be given the chance as his talent warrants that now we have him, and there aren't exactly tons of better talented options available. If we do sell, it just highlights ed002s explanation of the clubs deterioration and makes the club look ridiculous. We can't decide to sign a player whos injured and with a long history of injury then sell him after 1 season because he was too much of an injury risk!

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31 Dec 2019 13:33:40
Ah yes. Of course. Don't always think of things from the player's perspective. Thanks ed. Good luck to him to - I always thought giroud was under appreciated (even when he wasted chances)

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31 Dec 2019 13:28:23
Thanks ed2. I did wonder as a safe and cheap backup option if either of our lacadingdong strikeforce were to go.

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{Ed002's Note - The point is that he wants to be playing on a regular basis at this point in his career.}


 

 

 

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02 Jul 2020 12:13:43
Absolutely D16. I was thinking the same - he has held on to everything! I really hope he's given the role and told its his position to lose when Leno is back. Got to be good for the team.

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16 Feb 2020 16:19:46
Although I guess the most logical thing would be that Ceballos has been included to increase the number of chances we create, but why in that position - surely Torreira has to play there!

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16 Feb 2020 16:02:26
I know! There are only 3 things I can think of: that his pushing forward and/ or shooting is completely against the manager's instructions so he's being dropped for players that stick to their instructions, saving him for Olympiakos, or that he still wants to leave/ bad attitude. He seems to have been left out too often for it to be the resting though.

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08 Feb 2020 14:01:58
Wire, yep, I agree. Marshall too, but that punch and a few others I looked at separately simply as mistakes tbh. By command of the area I meant more organising the defence and taking ownership when the balls in the box. Not that he hasn't taken charge, but I can't always see it (or hear it) and wonder if he's been deferring to Luiz or mustafi who are naturally vocal, or trusting individuals to do their job without direction, and therefore some cases of confusion?

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06 Feb 2020 20:00:04
Sy and 62, Unsurprisingly, I think I agree with that.

911, do you think his distribution is actually good? I've not been convinced and the only thing I could say is that he seems pretty calm playing out from the back under pressure. using the leeds keeper as an example, he had noticeably good distribution - not just picking a good pass, but also the right pass to set things going.

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