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23 Sep 2018 17:33:16
I've never seen Xhaka or Iwobi run so fast or with so much intent and deliberate effort than they have today, very different.

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23 Sep 2018 19:08:42
You must have had a power surge on your telly gunner. Lol.

23 Sep 2018 20:47:17
I must have Steve :-) but they ran and chased like I'd fast forwarded live TV :-)
Never seen that from either before hence the shocked but very pleasing surprise it was to witness:-)

24 Sep 2018 16:19:30
Im surprised no one has had a go at me for making xhaka look good in a previous post. I said he gave the ball away 3 times in the game, apparently he gave it away 4 times in the first 12 minutes. Me and my red specs!

23 Sep 2018 17:13:53
Hope to god Ozil is off in January another terrible performance from our “best” player.

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21 Sep 2018 17:20:49
How many preservationists does it take to change a light bulb?

What do you mean change!

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19 Sep 2018 23:01:50
Who let Mikel Arteta drive the bloody car 😂.

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19 Sep 2018 22:16:41
Oooops, mikel arteta, i think we dodged a bullet there. Lol.

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20 Sep 2018 18:24:07
How? Pep prob picked the team.

08 Sep 2018 22:00:25
3 defeats on the trot for vastly overrated Southgate. Any manager that plays 5 Toots in his team, will remain trophyless, I couldn't believe he played Trippier ahead of the excellen Kyle Walker.

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10 Sep 2018 21:18:07
I never bought the hype over England and the world cup, it doesn't matter who plays, they aren't good enough and the manager isn't either. Just look what his counter part in the Spain dugout has done managerially to him. We don't have clever enough footballers or coach to compete with the top ten teams at least.

05 Sep 2018 08:09:54

Tony Adams was an awesome player, but has been a poor manager, coach and pundit. His latest outburst was a criticism of Emery's failure to start his 5 new signings and he considers Holding to be a fine young player who should be playing.

He has a point and I wonder what fellow Gooners think of the following side, including the new players and Holding:

Leno

Lichtsteiner Holding Sokratis Monreal

Torreira Xhaka

Guendouzi Ramsey Aubameyang

Lacazette



It doesn't make sense to sign Leno, an experienced keeper that can play out from the back for £19m and then continue to play Cech who is clearly uncomfortable playing out from the back. In respect of Lichtsteiner, he had a fine World Cup and Bellerin could learn so much from a defensive perspective from watching him play. Torreira looks to be our best DM by a mile and you could argue that he needed a longer rest after the World Cup, possibly a couple of matches, but 4 matches without starting seems excessive. Mustafi and Sokratis appear very similar and I am a fan of Holding, who admittedly needs more defensive coaching, which he may now be getting and match time.

Of the new signings the one I fail to understand most was signing Sokratis at the age of 30 for a reported £17.6m. He looks extremely similar to Mustafi and neither player possesses blistering recovery pace which is necessary when playing such a high line, which is so reminiscent of the line we played so unsuccessfully under Wenger. The result is that we have conceded 8 goals in 4 matches, including 2 against a Cardiff team that hadn't scored a single goal in the 3 matches they had played in this season's PL. I wish we would drop the line approx 10 yards further back, compressing the space between the defence and the keeper, making it far more difficult for opponents to get in behind the defence. The other point I have noted is that Guendouzi, a fine young prospect, not only looks like Elneny, but plays in a very similar situation fashion.

I know some of my comments are contentious, but I would appreciate constructive comments, opposed to critical comments of my points, made as a reflection of the first 4 competitive matches of Emery's reign as our manager.

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05 Sep 2018 18:26:03
I can't take any team seriously that has xhaka and holding next to socratis. The rest is near abouts.

05 Sep 2018 18:38:31
And RG, you are right in your initial critique of adams. Great player, awful pundit. He comes out with some right twaddle.

02 Sep 2018 15:40:27

Well I’m going to start with the negatives. Can’t defend still, cech can’t play from the back and the whole prospect turns him into mr jelly. Xhaka can’t start! Out of his many poor quality’s like possition, slow reaction, poor concentration, tackling, timing, and poor discipline, his worst quality by far is none existent right foot! It makes us so one dimensional and slows down transition immensely! The good news is that it can be solved! For starters just play torrira instead of xhaka. Far more comfortable on the ball, have better agility and look forward with head up. Guendouzi is amazing the only critisism of him is that his energy and concentration drop around 60 mins. This is not worrying as it will come and he will be fine. Both two footed job done. Leno has to start next game.

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02 Sep 2018 15:54:00

Agree with the lot Sano but I just don’t understand what Dick sees in Xhaka . it’s a mystery.

02 Sep 2018 16:00:04

His range of passing 😂😂😂.

02 Sep 2018 21:15:54
I don't think I've seen many players with an eye for a pass and when to play it like Gouendouzi. The opposite to xhaka really. The bloke has got to be ejected, he is a fraud at best.

03 Sep 2018 07:23:35
It was like chalk and cheese watching Torreira when he came on compared to Xhaka, every time he’s come on he’s looked the part. Even had a great assist yesterday.

Xhaka is utterly woeful, it’s a struggle to think of a poorer midfielder in the Premier League.

He is literally completely out of his depth. It’s every single game he makes a mess of something that gifts the other team a golden opportunity to score.

He doesn’t have one endearing quality and I actually cringe watching him.

It was bad enough that Wenger thought he was a good buy but now Emery has been sucked into the same thought process. What are we missing that they were and are seeing. Bafflingly.

03 Sep 2018 07:41:48
Both Guendouzi and Xhaka are prone to the odd mistake. I would like to see Torreira start alongside either player or in the centre of a three with Guendouzi on the right and Xhaka on the left. With a front three of Welbeck, Lacazette and PEA. I can't say I am a fan of Ozil, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan.

03 Sep 2018 11:25:29
Agree stoner, i cringe at xhaka, i just don't get how he seems bomb proof, compared to thers. We have far better players on the bench and in the youths than him.

02 Sep 2018 12:26:16

Leno

Lichtsteiner Mustafi Sokratis Monreal

Torreira Xhaka

Micheal terrain Ramesy pea

Lacazette





Until kos comes back that’s our best team and needs to be played but I see Cech in bell in and Ozil in which is a weak team for me.

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02 Sep 2018 12:39:14

Iam just happy pea and Lacazette are playing together they seem to hit it off and it was obvious because I took laca out of my dream team lol.

02 Sep 2018 12:52:06

I'm surprised bell made it past the eds! 😂 Torreira still not getting a start is bloody odd.

02 Sep 2018 13:14:47

It is odd.

02 Sep 2018 13:45:45

Twelve players?

02 Sep 2018 12:50:44

How’s Torreira not starting again today?

He could be our key to success, been screaming out for a player like him for years yet we persist with that lump Xhaka!



3 points is a must today surely.

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02 Sep 2018 13:14:30

15 out of the next 5 is a must mate.

02 Sep 2018 13:24:59

I’ve resigned myself to Xhaka being a regular I’m afraid, what is wrong with Torreira?



As for the Ozil debate I ignore his work rate stats due to what he creates.

02 Sep 2018 21:20:11
On the plus side Banners, we have a gear to go up in midfield. I just hope it doesn't take a disaster for him to actually do it.

 


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