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15 Aug 2018 21:38:51
Nacho is available for Chelsea game if Dick thinks he's match fit.
Kol Kos and Maitland Niles only 3 players not available for Saturday.
4 3 3
With Torreira Guendouzi Elney in the middle Ozil in the hole behind Lacasette and Pea both down the middle.

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15 Aug 2018 23:10:23
Tori, Guen and Laca have to start IMO.

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15 Aug 2018 23:48:57
Can't play Xhaka and shouldn't try to make Ozil Miki Laca and Pea all fit in somewhere somehow.
A result would give us all a lift and get out new start off the launch pad.

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15 Aug 2018 23:48:34
No wingers? No chance, never happen.

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15 Aug 2018 23:50:12
Cech

Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Nacho

Ozil, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan

Aubameyang and Lacca

Mavropanos - replace Mustafi at some point.

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15 Aug 2018 09:03:28
The biggest thing that concerned me from the weekend was Cech, he can’t play with his feet, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks .

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15 Aug 2018 09:36:51
How old is he? 34 35
It's not old in reality only in football terms but in human terms mentally Petr is still a very young man.
Physically he is slowing down but mentally he should be sharp as a button and very capable of learning new skills.

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15 Aug 2018 09:42:47
I disagree mate, to suddenly make him good with his feet is a huge task, he’s not naturally gifted that way, he’s a good keeper but I think time has run out regards footwork.

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15 Aug 2018 09:59:13
Maybe so mate but most of us start off playing the game with dreams of being a striker who scores winning goals but as time goes on we find our natural position.
Cech would have started life as an outfield player who probably got shoved between the posts because of his height, all players should be capable of playing simple passes, as we all know 90% of the game is played in your head and while you can't teach people vision reading the game or pace but simple passing shouldn't be to tough for any pro to do.
I'm not saying Cech should be our number 1 keeper just that he has to be capable of learning to play simply with his feet as must all professional keepers to some degree, obviously some will do it better than others of course.

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15 Aug 2018 10:13:48
Understand your thoughts mate, be interested to see if Dick thinks it’s too soon to play from the keeper just yet, he might decide to get the starting XI and structure right first.

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15 Aug 2018 10:27:43
Very true mate, I'm more than happy to back Dick in whatever he does simply because how else can he find out what works and what doesn't work.
I reckon by October time he will have a good idea of what is possible with the players he has, we just need to be patient and understand its not all about this season but more about the 3 to 5 seasons that follow this one.
Serious top 4 challenging in 2019/ 20 season is realistic while if it happend this season it would be a very nice and very welcome bonus for us all.

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15 Aug 2018 10:55:10
Why is it even a question, we have a new keeper who can do it.

Cech will never be comfortable with the ball at his feet, how long has he had during his career to perfect kick outs and how many times do they simply fly into touch.

No more cosy club, remember 62? 😜.

{Ed001's Note - I really don't get why this is even a discussion. Cech has looked a shadow of his former self since the day he arrived. Leno looks a top class keeper. The moment Leno arrived it should have seen Cech sold, he is finished at the top level, sadly.}

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15 Aug 2018 11:13:09
I’m with you Stoner, he’s not a keeper who is good with the ball at his feet . I’m wondering just how long he will keep his spot in goal.

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15 Aug 2018 11:14:36
Also agree Ed, I thought Leno would come straight in.

{Ed001's Note - it is a really bizarre move not to bring him in when he is suited to the way Dick wants to play while Cech isn't. Why pay out for a keeper if you are not going to use him?}

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15 Aug 2018 11:45:34
Totally agree Stoner definitely no more cosy club for anyone at all Cech or any other players at all.
The only thing I would say is mid 30s isn't to old to learn new things and add to your skill set.
If Leno is the best man for the job then happy days and if Dick thinks he can rejuvenate Cech then happy days there too :-)

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15 Aug 2018 13:32:01
I think he might just letting Leno set out and see the aggressiveness of the game in the PL first. Or he may opt to play a more PL experienced keeper against city.
But I’m sure we will be seeing Leno and in goal very soon.

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15 Aug 2018 16:49:31
Im sure over the next few games there will be many changes as Dick works out what he actually is working with.

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15 Aug 2018 16:54:22
Although i appreciate that playing out from the back is now part of a GK's remit, I still think you should play your best GK, not the best passer. If passing out from the back is so important then why play a GK at all? Just stick a GK shirt on an outfield player and let him play in goal. Being a great GK is the priority, and if that great GK can't pass, then play a sweeper who can. If your best CF was 5ft 9 you wouldn't insist on playing with 2 wingers who keep crossing the ball, so if you have a GK who can't pass then don't ask him to pass! Or as we have done, go get a GK who is both a very good keeper, and who can pass.

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15 Aug 2018 19:42:15
Absolutely Epping mate, a full back is a defender in my book and if he can burst down the line and produce fantastic crosses then brilliant but 1st and foremost he 100% needs to be able to defend.

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15 Aug 2018 08:54:38
Ed001 has created a new site which is a humorous Football Player Top Trumps type site. It is on our Player Ratings site if you want to take a look.

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15 Aug 2018 10:13:52
I enjoyed them! 😊 Don't let sanogo see the Wilshire one! 😂.

{Ed001's Note - he will agree completely I am sure....}

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15 Aug 2018 11:47:30
I do ed. He’s a life long West Ham fan so he said. #tosspot 😂.

{Ed001's Note - hahaha.}

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15 Aug 2018 16:38:15
Infact cue the picture change.

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15 Aug 2018 18:47:12
Joking aside ed. I’ve always been a sucker for people who don’t realise what’s in front of them, when they have potential. I’ve managed so called bad guys, young upstarts etc etc in my line of work who get grief in the work place, I like to see what’s under the nonsense that’s put out for show and discovering their actual ability. It was a similar pipe dream for jack in my eyes. Probably been babied for far to long and had lists of excuses. If he really is any good then he should become a West Ham legend. But never an Arsenal one.

{Ed001's Note - I agree mate, the problem is they are spoilt and then it is always someone else's fault. I am writing the Legends article on Jack Charlton now and there are a number of players that credit him with being the reason they made it, including Gazza and Souness. They all say that they were going off the rails and he told them straight that they needed to buck their ideas up. I think the likes of Wilshere needed that too and when he didn't get that as a youngster it was all over for him. He needs to hit rock bottom to realise now, and going to the club he supported as a boy on a large salary is not that. What he needed was a shock, to have no one want him and then have to work his way up from the bottom, like Vardy etc. Staying near the top is not enough to shake him from the path he is on. Young players get mollycoddled far too much. They don't need the old bullying culture, but they do need someone there to tell them straight when they slack off.}

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15 Aug 2018 06:31:43
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 15th August 2018

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14 Aug 2018 16:43:44
Xhakas stats in the citeh game are so embarrassing, compared to torreira (who replaced him) and Gouendouzi. He had 55 touches, no key passes 8 misplaced passes and one tackle. Torreira had two tackles two key passes. Gouendouzi made four tackles, 2 blocks, 4 key passes and 88 touches of the ball, more than any other player. It begs the question, we were playing citeh that are going to have the ball more in midfield than you, where on earth was he hiding? . For me he left the young kid exposed and hung him out to dry. Disgraceful.

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14 Aug 2018 17:23:09
Normally, i think stats can be misleading but in this case, they back up what i thought i was seeing. The guy is a disgrace to an arsenal shirt.

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14 Aug 2018 19:49:43
His one tackle resulted in a yellow card. I think Gouendouzi had an excellent game, especially since he was covering for Xhaka as well.

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14 Aug 2018 20:43:15
As I said when we got Xhaka, waste of space Steve more money wasted.

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14 Aug 2018 20:56:01
I think Gouendouzi could be a special talent but he needs help and guidance from his team mates. During the game, i kept thinking, is this kid our only midfielder, he was a one man machine and got absolutely knackered but he kept going. I really hope with what i have seen, him and torreira can become a double act. I don't think torreira would leave him isolated.

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14 Aug 2018 23:53:08
Guendouzi and Torreira could provide an outstanding balance of technical ability, vision and grit to the midfield for a long, long time. I was one of those who wanted to see Xhaka in a slightly more advanced midfield role playing with a disciplined, defensive-minded midfielder. But the sad truth is I just don’t think he’s cut out for the premier league. Far too much speed for him and he doesn’t make up for it with creativity and he’s not adept at breaking up the opposition’s attack. His spot in the starting XI is in serious jeopardy. That is if it’s not already been taken.

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14 Aug 2018 23:58:55
Xhaka offers very little apart from the odd howler of a shot on him. He is kind of a nothing midfielder not good defensivly and contributes very little offensivly, you need to be good at one side or the other and he ain't. I am not a great fan of Ramsey either but at least with him he does make good intelligent runs offensivly. I hope given time Emery can see this and gets him replaced. N'zonzi has signed for Roma today so that opportunity has passed. Shame as I would have happy sold either Xakha or Ramsey to get him.

Guendouzi you can see has talent but don't forget he is a 19yr old that was only playing in the French 2nd tier last season so you can't expect too much too soon. Torreira you can see already that he will be a vital player for us this season. At present I would play Elneney alongside him in a DM role with Goudouzi getting game experience from the bench. Ramsey play further up with Ozil.

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15 Aug 2018 05:43:43
Agree Ryan but if he's good enough, age isn't a problem, how old is mabappe,19. If he isn't ready, i'm afraid none of the ball winning midfielders we have are good enough to play with torreira. I appreciate he is young but i hope he is the player he looks like he can be.

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15 Aug 2018 06:49:16
Should start with the team that finished game, all be it with a decent left back should we have one fit Ramsey and xhaka are done both looked slow lacking anything for the team torreira must start the young French lad was a breath of fresh air made 1 big mistake but cech covered him lacca and PEA look good together mikka is still not doing what he can but I’d give him 5-10 games to build confidence same for the other new players.

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15 Aug 2018 08:55:39
Why didn’t the two start Steve - I can’t work that decision out. That or passing out the back against City. stupid.

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15 Aug 2018 08:30:49
I agree with your Xhaka assessment Ryan which begs the question how is he a professional footballer in the fist place?
The occasional long shot and the occasional long pass, I played local park football with loads of people who could do that plus they could tackle head the ball and put in a shift despite the fact they were builders postman or office workers who paid £2 a week subs to play each week.
£34 million we paid for him so there has to be more to his game than we have ever seen, there has to be, personally I don't think we should hang around waiting for Xhaka to finally show us what he's really capable of as 2 years of doing nothing is too much time wasted already, we should off load him before the European window shuts.

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15 Aug 2018 09:35:00
The problem there is we just renewed and gave him an improved contract which I don’t know how this happened, its not like he had an outstanding season last season and we are afraid to lose him for nothing.

I really hope Emery can see he was the weakest link in our midfield last sunday and that he is a waste of space.

I was really hoping he can prove us all wrong and be bossing the midfield.

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15 Aug 2018 10:17:07
There has to be something about him somewhere Moe but I've looked and watched him closely and it's totally beyond my footballing knowledge to see what it is, he offers absolutely nothing other than the very occasional long shot goal which most full backs are more than capable of too from time to time.

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15 Aug 2018 10:30:03
This summer was the most surreal thing regarding xhaka a large number of posters were praising him as though they had completely forgotten last season. He was then given a new contract to back them up, but nothing changed once he got back on the pitch.

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15 Aug 2018 11:57:16
I'm totally with that Eden mate, as soon as the season ended Xhaka status seemed to soar amongst loads of Arsenal fans for some bizarre reason and like you say once he returned to the club and started playing all those Xhaka fans have disappeared back to where they were all last season again. Strange to say the least, he has to be the best close season Arsenal player of all time :-)

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15 Aug 2018 11:46:02
Stupid question boys, but what exactly is a 'key pass'?
Is it a pass that creates an opportunity, so if the chance is scored then it would be an assist?

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15 Aug 2018 12:09:44
I did say they must see something in him at the club that we don’t which was the reason behind his contract, but I’m still trying to find out the special thing he has and its alomst like finding woolly, even woolly was easier to find than xhakas quality.

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15 Aug 2018 13:04:46
Just my opinion Macko but to me a key pass is one that splits a defence that leads to an attack that leads to clear just goal scoring opportunity.

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15 Aug 2018 14:59:36
I think you are right gunner. I know one thing passing to your goalkeeper and defence in your own half definitely isn't a key pass. I jave watched him a while now and most of his passes anyway are just knock about passes to get his stats up.

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15 Aug 2018 18:14:24
I'm not a big fan of stats Steve as they usually paint the picture the artist wishes you to see mate.
Mark Hughes said Eric Cantata taught United players the value of a 5 yard pass m, when no one is available on a good position for the player in possession to make a key pass to then 5 yard one two can be a good thing because within that 10 seconds of the one two taking place everyone on the pitch has moved and all of a sudden there are options available that weren't previously there.
But a 5 yard pass just for the sake of it is about as useful and exciting as a dried up cabbage leaf in tin of out of date spam.

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14 Aug 2018 12:31:29
There appears to be lots of hysterical reactions to the game against city! Not just from posters on here but all over MSM as well. It was the first competitive game under a new manager and a new regime not only was it the first game but it was against the best team in the country. Now whilst I agree that the playing out from the back was suicidal against city it is the style that emery wants to adopt so there’s no point in trying to achieve it when the first game comes. Just cast your memory back to the season before last when pep was been hugely criticised by all for not changing his approach and city were getting mauled for doing the same thing playing out from the back and loosing lots of games and giving silly goals away. That all changed last season when the rest of the prem bar Liverpool could cope with it . We will get more of an opinion when we play Chelsea next as there is not much between both teams. I’m actually glad that we didn’t just buy 8/ 9 players this window as it’s hard to gel so many players straight away and it gives time for emery to work out who needs to go and what we need to bring in. I’m still hopeful that we can challenge for a top 4 slot as it will speed up the transitional period and build some much needed confidence. For me this season is a two horse race between city and Liverpool.

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14 Aug 2018 13:05:22
Totally agree mate, Pep got loads of criticism in his first season for sticking to his way of playing but what's the point in a manager who does stuff to please his critics rather than do what he feels is right.
It makes me laugh how people scream and shout he should do this that the other but if he took thier advice and things went wrong they'd be the first to criticise him for not being true to what he believed in :-) .
We would all like something to celebrate this season, like top 4 or Europa league winners but have we really become such short sighed fans that we can't see beyond the here and now? Building anything worth having takes time and if you rush the builder too much then you'll probably end up with something pretty useless as an end product.

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14 Aug 2018 15:07:56
It’s true mate. people need only have memory’s of the past 5 seasons to understand how volatile the prem is. Go and read back 4-5 years on the Liverpool page. Liverpool look every bit as good as city. And city now look like a team, I was never to worried about the Saudi money and in the beginning it looked poor investment against returns. It’s personnel and getting the right people in.

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14 Aug 2018 16:03:28
Couldn’t agree more mate, it’s going to take time, so people have come out with some utter tosh about it.

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14 Aug 2018 17:17:48
I think many of those (not all) who are unhappy with Emery so quickly would have been unhappy with whoever came in.
Many of those who were happy with Arsene either want changed to be proved right immediately to make it worth it while and some others are still so hurt by Arsene virtually being forced out they can't wait for the new man to fail and are using Emery to vent thier displeasure at.
If Arsene had walked 100% willingly I think there would be much more patience and support for Dick.

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14 Aug 2018 19:34:24
The game against city was invaluable to the way we learn how to play out, how to press and generally to play how UE wants us to. He can show the team the mistakes that were made so they can learn from them, to show things that can be improved on. That’s the best way to learn, alright the result wasn’t ideal but I think in the long run will benefit us.

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14 Aug 2018 20:02:15
Top post magpie, when you have a list of jobs to do it's always a good idea to start off with the toughest job of the day first because that way your day keeps getting better and better as you go through it.

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14 Aug 2018 20:29:59
The only way for the playerwill learn, if they want too, is by rectifying their errors. Its the mindset of some players that i think is the main problem. The cozy club mentality will be hard to knock out of some. They to me are here for themselves not arsenal football club. But Dick is the best man to do that i have been baffled by some of his decisions but impressed by his attitude.

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14 Aug 2018 21:24:02
It will take time to fully disband the cosy club Steve, some will manage the change while others will be shipped out either sold or loaned out. This time next year they will be of the past one way or the other.

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14 Aug 2018 23:56:25
I think over the next year or so we will see the cozy club disbanded!

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15 Aug 2018 00:05:07
The critisium from these so called pundits is way over the top, especially when most of them have never managed a big club. Give Emery some time for god sake it is going take a while to knock that comfy attitude out of the squad that Wenger established over the last few seasons, it is most likely a shock to the system for many of the player but they have to get on board quickly like it or not. Emery is going to learn fast over the next 10 or so games who he can rely on and who is expendable.

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14 Aug 2018 10:24:42
Apparently Toot's stadium opening has been delayed as they can't find the trophy room. Might be a long wait.

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14 Aug 2018 11:23:07
I did read that it was going to be called the “Armitage Shanks Stadium” due to its unique toilet bowl shape and a major sponsor was going to be “Biffa” one of the largest waste disposal companies in the UK.

I know they slag of Levy but that is two great ideas right there. That man is genius.

#LEVYIN.

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15 Aug 2018 08:43:59
Looks like poch has drove his Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry 😂.

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14 Aug 2018 09:18:46
I was optimistically hoping for a point on Sunday but didn't look like we were going to get one and did not deserve, one. This is as we all know is going to be one long challenging season for, everybody connected to the club, but I am confident in Unai to turn it, round. I was surprised by the Ed's post saying Unai was not first choice when I thought by what Gazidis said and how I personally interepreted it he was.
As for Big Sam's comments he is entitled to his opinions but I cannot reply as if I did in no way shape or form could the Ed post my reply.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know what Allardyce said but if the tactics weren't right and Arsenal lost it would be reasonable to be critical. As for the pick for Manager - UE would have been well down the list as I spent the summer explaining.}

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14 Aug 2018 11:33:22
And they say the board have no ambition?
If Emery was a long way down the list then just think of the quality we were looking at as our preferred options.
David Jason wasn't first choice to play Del boy either but in the end it all turned out lovely jubbly.
There are no guarantees whoever you go for but I'm quite happy with the man we got in the end.
Maybe Dick will be the one that makes us champions again or maybe it will be the 3rd or 4th manager post Arsene that achieves that, there is only one way to find out and that's give it time.

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14 Aug 2018 07:12:43
We must not judge Emery after only a few weeks at the club and after one match against the current PL Champions and favourites to win the league. There is much work to do in order to sort out the mess that was left. We signed 5 players, but only two started against City, one of which was a teenager.
We have another difficult match away to Chelsea, after which it would be good to see some progress, Clearly Emery will use untill Christmas to ascertain which players are good enough to retain, which players have improved and adapted under him.
My own gut feelings are that we need to sign another 2 or 3 players in January and the same again in the following window. Too many players had it way too easy under Wenger, when we had dropped to 6th and won nothing in the final season. We need more players with the type of character shown Lichtsteiner.
Against Chelsea, perhaps:
Leno
Lichtsteiner Holding Sokratis Monreal (if fit) or Bellerin at RB and Lichtsteiner at LB.
Torreira Maitland-Niles (if fit? ) or Guendouzi
Welbeck Ramsey Aubameyang
Lacazette

I was a fan of Xhaka, but I admit he was dire against City and perhaps we should move him on, as well as Mustafi. I also believe that Ozil and Mkhitaryan doesn't work in the same team. I wish we had signed Nzonzi, as he would have been the ideal partner for Torreira.

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14 Aug 2018 07:24:09
On second thoughts Emery next to Torreira might be better.

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14 Aug 2018 09:04:44
Totally agree mate judging Dick after 1 game is crazy, I'm really shocked at how upset some people are about Sundays game.
Change takes time to happen and If we are no further forward by October I will worry, I think most of those who have allowed themselves to become so upset by Sunday are also the same fans who think we should make top 4 this season.

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14 Aug 2018 09:38:09
We might struggle if emery plays 😊.

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14 Aug 2018 10:35:44
Agree you Emery needs time to stamp his methods and authority over
the team and a few transfer windows to get the personel he wants. He is still in the learning phase of finding out about the character and attributes of all the players, you can't just fully learn about players from training and Friendlies you need competitive games. So after about 10 games+ or so Emery will have a much better picture of what is needed who is good enough who is not, who fits in with his methods / formation etc.

We not that bad against City taking into account how far ahaed they are depth and cohesion with pep as it stands.

There were positive signs in terms of Emery approach in the game making early tactical changes and his activity on the sidelines.

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14 Aug 2018 06:20:05
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 14th August 2018

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14 Aug 2018 06:52:09
Morning Ed01,

Love reading these, I’m always looking for the bits such as “the IQ of a dense slug” 😂.

Also checked out the player profile page just in case you’d done Bellerin but jeez, did you do all of them? There’s 100’s.

Lastly, I pretty sure you’ve Championed Bielsa, the new Leeds manager. In two games he is winning some serious plaudits and gets high praise from the likes of Guardiola and Leeds are by all accounts playing great football too.

Read of his 3 training sessions a day and getting players to litter pick for 3 hours. Sounds like just the guy we needed at Arsenal.

Would he ever have been considered for the job here and why isn’t he at a big club?

{Ed001's Note - glad you enjoy them. I was avoiding adding in those little bits initially but they asked me to put more personal input in the reviews on the Liverpool page, so I try to add something now when I can find something to dig into.

I did almost all the player profiles yes, there are a few old ones on there that were done by others, but all the recent ones I did.

I love Bielsa! Mad genius but a true genius. He has to have a 'special talent' work permit as he doesn't qualify for one otherwise. Pochettino wrote him a glowing reference, but he could have got one just as glowing from any of Pep, Poch or Klopp. It was a chat with him that saw Rodgers change tactics mid-season with Liverpool which led to the title challenge. Rodgers took his advice and nearly won the league because of it. Just a shame he tried to take the credit and forgot all the advice the following season! Bielsa would have loved a big job but most big clubs do not want to give him the leeway he requires. He even redesigns the training grounds at the clubs he manages. Mind Wenger had similar control at Arsenal, so maybe it would have made sense to turn to him? Shame they sadly never considered him because of his lack of English, which has held him back from getting a job in English football in the past. By the way, it was Bielsa that turned Sanchez into the player he was for you. He was a very tricky winger but didn't have the best workrate until Bielsa took over at Chile. Bielsa taught him how to press.}

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14 Aug 2018 17:15:59
Thanks for the reply Ed, he really does sound like he was made for us. His lack of English hasn’t seemed to stop him getting his methods across at Leeds so far.

Maybe doing really well with them will boost his stock over here.

He clearly works wonders and if they are all praising him then he must have what it takes.

The personal bits are a must mate, adds to it and makes it more than just news and do you have any spare time! 😂.

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