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02 Sep 2018 13:43:08

One thing I will say about mustafi is that he’s one of the best defenders in the prem at attacking headers.

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02 Sep 2018 14:05:29

Laca looks very sharp. Best player on pitch.

01 Sep 2018 16:22:31
Where’s Mina and Gomes for Everton?

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28 Aug 2018 00:06:20

To continue the Ozil debate.



Struggling to argue with Dunn\'s point on Ozil - just not sure how to achieve it



\"If you\'ve got a player of that talent, sometimes your job within the club is to get the best out of that talent, so you can cover for Mesut Ozil, \" Dunn said. \"That\'s what being a team is all about, it\'s what other players in that team recognise. They are there not just to facilitate him, but to get the best out of him. \"



Can\'t argue with Rednspp:



When I look at the Arsenal squad Unai Emery has inherited, the two real gems are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, \"



Find it difficult to argue with a number on the site about the fullback and us getting exposed.



So - why not 3 5 2 with Lacca and PEA playing to their strengths as a front two.



The balance isn\'t right - thoughts?



Address the spine of the team and build around players who will be here for the next 5 years plus a few experienced heads to get the balance right.



Onwards and upwards.

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28 Aug 2018 08:48:05

For me it\'s a no brainer to play both Pea and Lacasette down the middle SY mate but we fans tend to think of the present while I think Dick is trying to install a system that will last us for the next 4 or 5 seasons, I\'d personally would play 3 5 2 with the players we have and so probably would Dick if he was thinking short term people pleasing.

Apparently top snooker players think 4 or 5 shots ahead where the likes me think 2 shots at most, it\'s frustrating at the moment to not see us make the best of what we have but I think Dick is sowing seeds that will hopefully blossom into a prize winning garden of the year at some point while we just want the garden to look pretty right now.

City fans must have been frustrated with Pep in season 1 especially with his goalkeeping tactics but I\'m sure they are happier now.

28 Aug 2018 09:27:11

Anything that provides more width, playing 3 behind PEA and mainly using players who lack pace and prefer to come inside, means relying on the full backs too much for the width and leaving them exposed when out of position and a lack of cover, 4231 clearly isn\'t working if he sticks with it for a 4th game I don\'t know what to think! Problem with 3 at the back is all our cbs are rubbish! Does putting more of them on help them out, or just give them more people to get muddled up with and fall over? 😂 But totally agree laca has to start! When we played 433 end of last season with PEA out wide it didn\'t seem to diminish his out put, probably because less of the focus was solely on him 4213?

Guen torrira

Ozil

Miki laca PEA

I\'m not convinced miki offers much out wide though, but who do we really have with pace to threaten opposition full backs and make them apprehensive about being caught up field, totally left field option that would never happen of bellerin on the right, at least he would track back and cover lich well.

28 Aug 2018 10:10:36

That\'s some good faith you have there g62 😊 and fair play to him if that is what he\'s doing and it works out, but surely if the players don\'t fit the system and you\'re stuck with the players til January at least, you have to alter the system to get the results or you could not have the chance to see the end of your 4-5 year masterplan, but then when I play pool I only think about potting the first ball and then snookering myself 😊.

28 Aug 2018 10:37:51

Sometimes you have to suffer to achieve things. If some players are not up to it and that is what i think, it will be a case of suffering until Dick and Mislintat decide which players can and which can\'t and steadily bin them and replace, with the type of player required. Please remember, it is all new to the players and coach, until this summer neither had met. Like the saying goes you can\'t make silk purse out of a pigs ear. And wenger left a few pigs ears.

28 Aug 2018 11:09:52

Eden mate i personally would go for the shortest route to top 4 challenging and go from there but Dick seems to be putting the system first then finding out who can or can\'t fit into it.

Mate if I can pot a ball without the cue ball following it in to me that\'s my two shots ahead;-)

28 Aug 2018 13:06:10

I am generally not a fan of the so called 3-5-2 as it really is a 5-3-2 unless you play two attacking players as the wingbacks rather than fullbacks. However, watching the game on Saturday I think it makes sense currently, as we probably should sacrifice an attacking player to make space for a defender, which i think will give us a better balance. let\'s be honest, you could easily remove Iwobi from the team and replace with Holding, and it wouldn\'t really make much difference to us as an attacking threat, but probably would contribute more to our defense. I would also like to see Lacca and Auby up front together but you then have the issue of having lots of (expensive) players competing for the 1 attacking midfielder spot (Ramsay, Miki and Ozil) ? In fact currently, with us being so fragile i could argue that we should sacrifice all 3, especially in the next 2 away games, and play a slightly more solid (on paper) midfield 3 of Torreira, Xhaka and Ghouzi.

26 Aug 2018 03:30:50
There has to be something going on with Ozil he has been 'sick' far to many to times wether it's mental illness or drugs. I'd like to see him come out and say what it is we've all been touched by both through ourselves family members or friends and some things are bigger than football. Would be great to see a footballer be truthful in what's going on in there lives to help other people or maybe I'm just reading into it to much seems very strange to me though.

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26 Aug 2018 07:59:24
Giving Ozil a new deal at absurdly high wages was a huge mistake,
If possible we need to sell him and Iwobi and replace them with creative midfield players that can also defend.

26 Aug 2018 11:33:56
00 I totally agree with the fact that whatever Mesut problems are he should come out and share them simply because of his job being a high profile very public one.
If you have an every day job then it's much easier to keep your struggles to yourself and under the radar especially mental health problems (obviously not the best course of action) , 1 in 4 people from all walks of life are struggling mentally in some way shape or form at any given time and footballers are people like everyone else so are far from immune to it.
Everyone struggles at times in their life's to varying degrees and compassion rather than judgement should follow if that is the problem mate.

26 Aug 2018 12:05:43
There is obviously something going on but whatever it is, I've all ways though Ozil is someone you wouldn't want to go into a battle with in a war.

26 Aug 2018 14:18:56
Thought Ozil.

28 Aug 2018 00:29:14
if you haven't got a very think skin being publicly criticised and bashed on a regular basis must affect you quite a bit and i know its argued that they get paid millions and should just suck it up and I've seen people say "if you pay me x amount a week you can say what you like about me" i wonder how many people in practice wouldn't be affected by it? all the money doesn't stop you having feelings. its striking how many rich and famous people who on the face of it should have perfect lives have demons and struggle to cope, off the top of my head, robin williams, gary speed, kurt cobain, demi lovato, dale winton. fair play to danny rose for opening up about his problems.

26 aug 2018 00:23:37
will the real aubameyang please stand up, please stand up.

please stand up!

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25 Aug 2018 17:06:29
Well that papered over the cracks, it’s like watching a different team, we are worse than last year.

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26 Aug 2018 11:47:52
Sometimes you need to a step back to take 10 forward crybaby mate.

25 Aug 2018 15:31:56
Emery out.

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22 Aug 2018 20:26:06
Its reported that ramsey wants near on double his present wage. For me its bye bye and goodnight, he ain't worth 250k a week. I would rather get rid and put the money towards a wide player or a defender. Him and ozil on 2 mil a month, now that is a ball and chain, when it comes to the team. Get someone in who is actually giving value for money, not just a gold digger.

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23 Aug 2018 23:20:37
He will very lucky to get that as a free agent next summer Steve, personally I think 125k a week is way over the top already.
I doubt the premier league average wage is even 50k a week and Aaron ain't 5 times your average premier league player by any stretch.

19 Aug 2018 08:34:22

Right, first thing none of what has happened has anything to do with emery. The big problem is he is dealing with fat head footballers like bellerin, xhaka, ozil and muztaffi, all useless wenger signings. The start has been tough and any person who thought it was going to be different doesn\'t understand football. The wenger cozy club are not going to be shifted easily. The signings made since mislintat came in the main are very good players. The attitude of players like xhaka, bellerin and ozil is like a virus that will take time to cure. Our season starts really on Saturday. Guendozi and torreira look like they are playing the emery way and you can see others slowly buying into it. As soon as that useless xhaka is moved we will be better. The wenger untouchables are letting us down. Not Dick.

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19 Aug 2018 11:23:53

I think your 100% wrong branding Belerin as having a poor attitude mate, the lad works tirelessly even if not always brilliantly.

It\'s unfair to class him in the same group as Xhaka who isn\'t mobile and often looks disinterested, for all his failings it\'s not fair to brand Hector lazy because that simply isn\'t true.

19 Aug 2018 12:15:11

Gunner bellerin, when his defending job is needed is downing tools. I actually don\'t think he\'s upto it, rather than an attitude problem, i actually think he can\'t defend and never has been able too. The lad looks lost and out of his depth, being kind.

19 Aug 2018 13:03:12

Disagree on Bellerin. He\'s often given little cover by the right winger and is tasked with getting forward.



Should have had an assist for Auba too.

19 Aug 2018 13:47:02

Two of the goals came from right back. Its funny last week niles was supposedly exposed but the minute lich came on he wasn\'t, why? Because he can defend. Being exposed and being innept at your job are teo different things. Ask yourselves why didn\'t our superstar right back who had the world at his feet not go to the world cup, even as back up. Because he isn\'t that good.

19 Aug 2018 16:44:02

I thought Belerin looked very good going forward yesterday and when it came to defending which Arsenal player did have a good game?

Sometimes you\'ve got to remove those preconceived glasses to stand any chance of ever seeing things differently to what you\'ve already made your mind up to believe no matter what someone does.

19 Aug 2018 17:16:45

One moment I thought was shocking yesterday, bellerin stormed up field, lost the ball, stood hunched over for a few seconds, catching his breath, then ambled back and was no where to be seen when a cross came in from his wing! If you can\'t get back don\'t go forward!

19 Aug 2018 18:06:46

Gunner, my opinion is bellerin is part of our problem, he was last season and is this. His positional sense is non existent and he is an awful defender. The sooner lechenstiener takes his place the better for arsenal defending.

19 Aug 2018 18:11:38

Eden, he finds energy to sprint forward and he doesn\'t work hard enough on the job he is actually on the pitch to do and that\'s defending. He finds it beyond him.

19 Aug 2018 18:15:33

It\'s unfair to blame Hector when you look at what ManC and Chel had protecting their FBs - Mahrez/ Sterling and Willian/ Pedro - we played 3 number 10s behind Auba - 1st week Walker takes on Mkhitaryan, Niles gets injured trying to help. Yesterday Alonso had a field day - i would rather play Welbeck or Nelson out there knowing they can put in the shift. We\'re demanding too much of our FBs - provide width, get caught in a 1 vs 2 but still defend.

Crazy too to play a high line w/ o pressure on the ball.

19 Aug 2018 18:55:23

Eden \" if you can\'t get back don\'t go forward \" has always been my motto for defenders, a full back is primarily a defender not a winger.

The problem comes when people moan when a full back doesn\'t offer enough going forward if he does his job at the back properly and vice versa, we need to be realistic of what people can possibly do and being in two places at the same time is impossible for any player, well I say any player, maybe Kante but apart from him it\'s impossible :-)

19 Aug 2018 18:59:33

Gabo, my opinion is, even if bellerin had the \"protection\" you say, his defending is not resolute enough, he would still struggle. He isn\'t an out and out defender. I have said it before he is a right footed kieran gibbs.

19 Aug 2018 19:19:22

Id say with Bellerin its more of no protection and no leadership next to him or in the team in general. let\'s not forget he is still a kid! He could learn a hell of a lot from watching litch play 10/ 15 games and then give Bellerin another shot. For me he always shows commitment and he is possibly behind Nacho the most mobile and highest working player in our team!

19 Aug 2018 19:32:47

Nacho isn\'t brilliant but for the time being, is at least reliable.

19 Aug 2018 20:06:58

I think for you Steve mate once the dye is cast that\'s it, no going back no room for other possibilities other than what you\'ve already decided upon.

Sometimes it\'s good to look for what a player does right rather than wrong just for 90 minutes and it really is possible to come away with a different opinion than you had before, it doesn\'t always work but it\'s worth giving it a real genuine go mate to see if there might just be something you\'ve missed.

{Ed025\'s Note - just like you have done with xhaka hey mate?.. :)

19 Aug 2018 20:33:06

Hi Ed025 mate, yeah I really have.

I watched him contantly for 90 minutes in the world cup trying to see something that those who really rate him see, I saw one excellent long ball pass but most of the time he seemed to spend 20 yards either side of the halfway line totally uninvolved.

I watched Mesut for 90 minutes once just concentrating on him rather than the game itself and was really shocked how much work he got through without the ball so hoped watching Xhaka might have a similar positive effect on my opinion but unfortunately it didn\'t work out that way.

It\'s easy to miss stuff during a game so if you really don\'t rate someone but others do then I think you owe it to yourself to at least try and see something you may have missed.

{Ed025\'s Note - that seems fair G62, im not his biggest fan either but he must have something as he was picked by arsene and now dick, and im sure they know a bit more than we do about a players worth mate..well i think so anyway..

19 Aug 2018 20:45:57

No point arguing with Steve it’s his why or the highway nobody else is aloud an opinion lol.

19 Aug 2018 21:07:34

Mate I\'m with you 100% Arsene paid 34 million for him and for Arsenal that\'s huge so he must have seem something in him, some fans think he\'s great and I\'ve even found a few fans of other teams who genuinely rate him but when you ask why they simply seem to say his long ball passing and his powerful long shot!

Is that really enough to make him a pro let alone 34 million worth of pro? I guess the answer is yes for some people it is but I look at what he does and doesn\'t contribute to the team and just can\'t see how 2 or 3 long shot goals a season justify a regular starting place in any side on their own.

19 Aug 2018 23:46:22
Gunner i definitely don't think i'm on my own thinking Bellerin is not up to being our right back. I have my opinion on players and what i like in a player, bellerin fits none of them. Do you think i haven't anylised him? that's exactly why i have that opinion of his ability. He is not my cup of tea. We won't win anything with players as inconsistent and lapsidaisycal as him. You think he's ok i dont, that's just opinion. Bit like xhaka really.

20 Aug 2018 07:40:09
I agree with Steve.
Both of Man City's goals came from the right
2 of Chelsea's goals came from the right.
Too teams are consciously targeting Bellerin, he is clearly the weak link in our defence.
Against city they tried targeting Niles but once Licht came on they saw it was difficult to target our left so they focused all attention on our right.
You can't blame Mkhitaryan for Bellerin's incompetent defending, if he knows he doesn't have in him to come back for his defensive duties after bombing forward then maybe he shouldn't bomb forward at all.
But all said, you have to say no player developed under Winger, Bellerin has played more than 100 games but never improved defensively, you have to question Wenger's defensive coaching l, if there was any in the first place. Same applies to Xhaka and Iwobi.
Iwobi looked better against Chelsea on Saturday, maybe the new coaching has started to kick in.
Mustafi got a lot of stick for saying he wasn't told what to improve on under Wenger. but what if it is true? What if Wenger never taught anything about the defensive side of the game!?

20 Aug 2018 09:15:53
Fair enough Steve if you've taken the time to look for Hector's qualities as well as his weaknesses but can't find then then I respect your opinion mate.

20 Aug 2018 10:14:47
Gunner254 you can blame Mhiki for the lack of cover and the anount of 2v1 bellerin has had to face just 2 games into the season, if he plays infront of him all season then expect the same from every team.
Team vs West Ham
Cech
Bellerin mav Sokratis monreal
Torr. Gouendouzi
Nelson/ Iwobi. Ozil.
Laca. Auba.

20 Aug 2018 14:59:24
You can't blame myki for Bellerin not being good enough. He wasn't good enough last season and he wasn't anywhere near bellerin. Bellerin has had ramsey, tried there and nemerous others and his performances were no better. He isn't a defender, like defenders should be.

20 Aug 2018 15:47:49
Im not sating Bellerin is the best defender in the league Steve mate, i just don’t believe he deserves quite as much stick as he gets, i think he needs a leader next to him to tell him when and when not to commit, like i said previous he could do with watching litch play 10/ 15 games so he can learn, and then give the kid another shot.

20 Aug 2018 16:51:56
JG, its not about giving him stick, for me its about getting lichsteiner in there quick, he's a better defender than bellerin even at 65 years old or however old he is. I want and hope, even though it is west ham, Dick takes out all the flimsy players, xhaka, bellerin, ozil/ myki, and make us more solid. Then start puttng those players back in if they show they are buying into the style bit by bit. If they dont, then it is time to say bye bye.

21 Aug 2018 16:00:46
I agree to put Litch in mate, and also agree we need to pull these players mentioned out even if it ment playing a few youngsters, everyone needs to play the Emery way or they can’t be played, the team needs to realise that no one will be carried anymore!

19 Aug 2018 16:47:27
We think we have defensive problems, Man U don’t look that solid . a tough season for some.

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19 Aug 2018 19:15:58
BG it is early days for everyone but utds problem is Maureen.

{Ed025's Note - i agree steve..

 


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