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18 Mar 2019 12:04:35
Interesting to see which players withdraw from the top 6 teams due to 'injury' and how many play in the match immediately following the international break. So far:

Robertson - Wisdom teeth removal
Henderson - Ankle
Keita - Knock
Oxlade - Hamstring
Gomez - Broken ankle

Man C:
Stones - Groin strain
Otamendi - Ankle
Delph - Knock
Kompany - Muscular
De Bruyne - Hamstring
Mendy - Knee
Fernandinho - Muscular
Bravo - Achilles

Winks - Hip flexor strain

Bellerin, Welbeck and Holding - All season ending injuries.

Man U:
Martial - Knee pain
Lindelof - Personal reasons
Lakaku - Foot
Sanchez - Knee ligament
Darmian - Knock
Valencia - Calf

Lotus- Cheek - Back
Van Ginkel - ACL

Of course some are genuine injuries. I am always suspicious that certain teams withdraw players with minor 'injuries' and then they return immediately after the break.

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19 Mar 2019 01:59:17
Add Shaqiri to that list, out with 'groin swelling' - maybe he met some overeager fans?

20 Mar 2019 03:08:36
More injuries:
Ramsey- Thigh

The concern is how many the total amount of injuries are and how many of these play the first fixture following the international break.

23 Mar 2019 04:22:33
Only Robertson, ottamendi, kompany, lukaku, martial, lindelof and Loftus-cheek who played the previous game, hardly making the most important players stay home.

17 Mar 2019 22:24:28
Kronke out.

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17 Mar 2019 22:19:32
Happy St Patrick's day Reds and Eds.

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17 Mar 2019 15:51:51
Leno / Martinez / Macey

Bellerin / TAGLIAFICO / Sokratis / Koscielny / Holding / Monreal / RUGANI / Mavropanos / Kolasinac

Mkhitaryan / BANEGA / Ozil / Torreira / Maitland-Niles / Guendouzi / Xhaka / Smith Rowe / Willock

Lacazette / Aubameyang / Iwobi / SARR / Nketiah / Nelson.

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16 Mar 2019 17:49:47
Just reading an article on a Spurs site and it's shocking how football has changed. A young centre back joined Spurs from Aberdeen before coming to his senses and joining Arsenal.

Asked about his start with Spurs and adapting to life :

WY: Yes, the lodgings were run by a great lady called Jay Norris. She really looked after the young players, kept us on the straight and narrow and even taught us how to play bridge.

Can you imagine a Jack learning to play bridge at 19 or any player :

Off the pitch, once Linda moved down we became good friends with John Duncan, Don McAllister and their wives and used to get together for social evenings playing charades and Monopoly. Even though we only played for smarties or matchsticks, the burning competitive spirit within John Duncan always made for lively evenings!

Times have changed so so much willie-young-talks-exclusively-to-the-tribute-trust/

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14 Mar 2019 21:37:29
Chelsea fan here
The fact that aubatarang or whatever his name is, has put that bloody mask behind the opponent's goal in case he scored is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in my life.

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15 Mar 2019 08:18:04
It was meant to be fun, but yes it was a naive and has to start and stop at last night.

12 Mar 2019 06:57:57
Having had a look at the remaining fixtures, in order to finish top four, we need to win the remaining 3 home fixtures and a minimum of 2 away wins and 3 away draws.
The effect of having to play at least 2 Champions League matches may hinder Man U and the toot. Whilst Chelsea arguably have the most difficult run in and look certain to have at least 2 more EL matches. It will also be interesting to see how the teams deal with the International break. Of the 5 remaining away matches, which are we likely to win?

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12 Mar 2019 15:21:07
Strangely RG we agree :-) I think 18 points from 24 available is what's going to be needed to clinch top 4.

12 Mar 2019 21:01:02
I think 74 or 75 points will get top 4. There are lots of points going to be dropped over the next 2 months.

13 Mar 2019 09:35:09
The points per game average at the moment for 4th place is exactly 2pts per game which suggests 76pts for a 4th place finish.
Obviously that pace could slacken off or increase as the pressure increases in the closing stages but you'd be extremely unlucky not to get top 4 with 78pts.

16 Mar 2019 11:16:05
Dont we hold the record of 75 points being the most not to get 4th.

10 Mar 2019 21:46:27
Before the Derby and the United game, I'd have loved 4 points. Looking back, we could have had 6 and be in 3rd already, it's all to play for and what's more important is that it's in our hands. We have the more favourable run in, with none of the top 6 left to play.

Getting top 4 could make all the difference in the summer, and this set of players do seem to have a togetherness that we haven't seen for a long time.

Auba and Laca have now both given eachother a penalty to get the confidence flowing again, Xhaka was brilliant with Ramsey (really really going to miss him. ) We didn't miss Torreria and today could have been a big step forward in the coming of age for AMN, brilliant at the back today. Leno looked good too, very assured of himself.

A stark contrast to the game in France a few days previous and the result was one i never would have thought we would get against a in form United.

Spurs have to play City and Liverpool, Chelsea and United play eachother, there's points to be dropped all around us, we just need to not f**k it up! Please Arsenal


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10 Mar 2019 23:47:03
Some fair points there Akie nice post mate.

12 Mar 2019 07:41:28
Before the last 3 matches, I would have taken 2 draws in the 2 PL fixtures, so I am extremely pleased to have secured 4 points, it's such a shame we didn't collect all 6.
I am not sure that we have the easiest run in, as we have only 3 home matches and 5 tricky away matches. Yes, the other 3 contenders for a top four spot have to play top four clubs, but Manu and toot have easier matches on paper aside from the top four clashes. Chelsea seem to have the hardest run in. Other factors to throw into the equation is CL and international commitments. If we were to exit the EL, which I am hopeful we don't, it could benefit our top four hopes, as there will be much needed recovery time between matches. I would also expect the other contenders to have more players playing international football during the next round of matches, unless they pull players out with 'injuries'.

10 Mar 2019 21:08:48
Good game today lads, you took your chances. Race for top 4 is on! 🤝.

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10 Mar 2019 22:07:24
Well played sir 🤙🏼 It’s gunna be nail-biting.

10 Mar 2019 23:48:43
We did well mate and for you it wasn't your best day at the office in recent months mate.

10 Mar 2019 21:07:13
Didn't see game obviously but rennes won 3-1 again today. Ring a bell, caen got a player sent of for a second yellow in the 35th minute when caen were leading 1-0 at rennes, the same player, sarr was involved. let's hope the ref is wiser on thursday and our croud can support like they did today. A very good atmosphere at the Emirates at the moment, let's see if we can put rennes under pressure away from home, they are very clever at home but so are we. I hope.

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10 Mar 2019 23:26:57
Refs never give any dodgy decisions our way Steve:-)
I mean the way Lacasette was dragged to the floor after being clearly be chopped down was obviously the clearest penalty in the history of football which VAR would have lead to a retrospective straight red :-)

11 Mar 2019 02:04:51
It was a penalty gunner 100%. Fred was stupid enough to make the challenge, he didn't get the ball and he did get lacca. Was it soft? Maybe but it was also pretty stupid, to even give the ref a decision. It made no difference to the result in any case.

{Ed001's Note - 100%? No way. Sorry but that is bias talking. If that is a penalty then all contact is a foul. Not even close to being a pen.}

11 Mar 2019 07:53:17
It is a100% pen this season under Dick Ed001 mate but obviously last season it would have been the ref doing Arsene a favour and clearly not a foul :-) .
The real Steve has obviously been captured and replaced with an Emery drone:-) ,

{Ed001's Note - ahhh now that makes sense....}

11 Mar 2019 08:08:11
Last week Steve couldn't wait for VAR but this week he's confident the Ref got it 100% spot on without any help at all :-)
I can't help but wonder if that penalty had been given against us and cost us 2pts would Steve be so supportive of the refs decision :-) .

11 Mar 2019 11:19:39
It was more of a penalty for me than the one in Paris.

11 Mar 2019 11:29:28
I am finding it very strange gunner how you are scrutinizing every thing i say positive about us. Get on board mate, stop being so anti arsenal and begrudging. We beat utd gunner, we drew away at spuds, we have moved into the top four, we have doubled our points tally this season against the top six, we are going to beat last years points total. We are becoming competative again. Enjoy the ride mate your missing the fun.

13 Mar 2019 09:29:00
62 mate, steve have a point here. Its maybe because you are not used to him this way but this steve is way more fun. ;)


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