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20 Aug 2018 13:30:53
Much debate on what Emery needs to do, who he should play etc, but perhaps are we missing the single biggest potential difference he needs to concentrate on, and that's getting Ozil back to his best? With our current attack, getting Ozil back to playing something like what he achieved during his first season, and we will be scoring for fun, whilst alleviating some of the other worries such as our CB pairing or even Xhaka playing?

EppingGooner

1.) 20 Aug 2018 20:10:14
Ozil needs to buy in to the way ww play, i'm not going to hold my breath but IF he does, happy days all round.

{Ed002's Note - Willie Wonker?}


2.) 20 Aug 2018 21:00:57
The way "we" play. Thank you Ed, damn my sausage fingers.

{Ed002's Note - I prefer Willie Wonker Steve. And I still have a slight fear it will turn out that way.}


3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:26:40
The problem is that we have very few players that would be capable of getting into the squads of the top four teams:
None of our keepers
None of our defenders: I would have said Bellerin, but he has been poor for a long while.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, perhaps Ramsey although I'm not convinced
Attack: Aubameyang and perhaps Lacazette.
Not a single player of ours would get anywhere near a Premier League best eleven. This shows the magnitude of the job Emery has.


4.) 21 Aug 2018 18:59:19
RG, i think the truth is wenger left a squad of players where probably only 4 or 5 are actually top four potential everyday performers, the rest are either not good enough or just too inconsistent.


5.) 21 Aug 2018 21:59:42
I think it's a case of working out what can be salvaged from what Dick inherited and then adding to that over the next two windows to form an 11 to 15 man reliable squad for next season bolstered by the best of the rest Steve mate.
It won't happen over night:-)


6.) 22 Aug 2018 09:22:21
It shouldn't be a case of our individuals getting into a pl eleven. We need to work as a team first as that is the most important thing. That may mean some bigger names not playing week in week out. Look at Leicester, Wales and Iceland in the euros. Its a team attitude that wins titles.


7.) 22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!


8.) 22 Aug 2018 20:30:18
EG, i would be very wary of anyone with a name like Willie Wonker, especially around children.


9.) 25 Aug 2018 00:58:50
Late to the post on this. But I have a strong feeling Dick has a half idea who he wants to keep and who to let go. I think the ones the jury’s out on he wanted to give enough rope to hang themselves with so he can eventually bin them with no resistance.
Cech who has my sympathy, is having to re-adjust and it could prove difficult due to his age.
And the likes of Xhaka et all, were played last season even though they were dump but still have that flicker of hope that, it was the coaching, that there was room for improvement.
Hopefully Dick will be given the freedom and he has the fortitude to bin the ones he believes offer no long term benefit.
Then I think we will see the likes of Torreria and Leno.


10.) 29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.


 

 

10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!

EppingGooner

1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.


2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!


3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank

X.


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}


5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}


6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.


7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!


8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.


9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.


10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.


11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.


12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?


13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}


 

 

 

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21 Jan 2019 14:41:10
Not sure if already covered but i thought our formation really worked well at the weekend. Not always a big fan of the 4-4-2 "diamond" formation but i thought it best matched the players we have. It allows us to play 3 in central midfield with Torreira and Guendouzi adding the energy, and which i thought really helped protect the back 4, and helped snuff out Chelsea's midfield. Ramsey worked well in the hole, adding more energy and some defensive cover when required, but ultimately in the team to support the front 2. Also, going forward, you could easily see Ozil or Miti playing in that position instead of Ramsey, as having the extra protection of 3 midfielders may help Ozil, allowing him to concentrate more on supporting our attack, without the pressure to fully engage in our defense. Finally, this formation allows us to play both Lacca and Aubey, with both being able to play more central, where they do the most damage (oh and it also prevents us having to play Iwobi, who was again extremely poor when he came on) . A few issues with the formation, we were still very narrow, especially in defense, and teams with wingers will cause problems, but overall, i thought it was a case of a manager playing a style that suited the resources at hand, rather than trying to "shoe-horn" a favoured system onto players that don't fit. Finally, was really pleased with the great "home" reception for Giroud, (and he responded very well to the applause at the end of the game, doing a full lap of the ground! ) .

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1.) 21 Jan 2019 15:08:09
I think, Dick changes team and formation to suit. I only think he will use three or four at back when he thinks it suits, or he thinks the players he has available suits. I thought we played far too narrow at the back but on saturday against a team with no focal point up front it worked a treat. The only scary thing for me on saturday was allowing their tricky players into the box before trying to tackle when a tackle outside the box was on, especially by the unfortunate Bellerin but again it may have been a tactic.


2.) 21 Jan 2019 18:23:13
Dick does seem more flexible and open to taking into consideration who we are playing before deciding his own plan of action, which I welcome.
I've always believed If your a dominant team like Barcelona and The invincibles were or City and Liverpool now then you should stick to what your brilliant at and let your opponents worry about tactics but if your playing a team at your own. level or higher then good tactics or best of all tactics that catch your opponents out can and do make all the difference to your chances of success.
It's no good us going to City in a couple of weeks time and playing the same way we line up with Cardiff at home a few days earlier.


3.) 21 Jan 2019 18:35:29
Never been a massive fan of the 3 at the back, which in my book means your playing 5 defenders, not something i want to pay and watch! I would like to see the stats on goals conceded with 3 CB's versus the flat back 4. I remember when Wenger first switched to 3 it worked well, but i would wager its made no real difference since. Therefore give me a choice between adding say Mustafi and having to remove either Guendouzi or Ramsey to compensate, or sticking to a back 4, I would take the later all day long. However, i do understand that we will change our tactics depending on the opponents, and i probably wouldn't expect us to play that way against say, Palace, as you would get exposed down the flanks. However, for me, you have to always play your strongest team with your best players in their preferred position. If that means playing 2 up front, with both playing central, and no-one having to play as a Left Forward instead to enable us to play the "correct" 3-4-3 formation, then so be it.


4.) 21 Jan 2019 20:37:38
The thing with all formations, they have their strengths and weaknesses, being able to change and adapt is massive. Dick is a coach who likes to study and coach, i think he is adaptable to different situations and expects his team to be as well. Some of our players look upto it, some don't and that's where we will see the changes in the coming windows.


 

 

31 Dec 2018 11:18:15
Have always been concerned that we are too similar under Dick versus Wenger and in particular the way we defend. We still hold far too high a line for too long, making us far too easy to be hit on the break, and don't attempt to stop teams crossing the ball, which just seems to help teams see us as a team that will always give them a golden chance, no matter how much of the ball we have. We also concede goals at bad times, such as just after scoring, or close to half time etc, which is a basic problem of concentration. What i am not so sure about though, is how much this is down to our individual defenders and recent injuries, or the way we play and set up to defend as a team. Although i suspect the former has hurt us more in recent games, i think its the latter that is causing us the same issues season upon season. I think it was Gabriel who made some comments about how we defended as a team didn't help him, and that no matter who plays in CD they would look poor due to the way we set up. A good example for me is our game against the Saints versus Man Citys yesterday. The saints always seemed up for it against us, knowing they would get chances, and played down the channels and put in crosses, which worked a treat, as we never tried to stop them. Yet yesterday, they were well beaten by Man City, who yes are a much better team then us, but who played a midfield 3 containing David and Bernado SIlva, and only 1 defensive player in Fernandiniho. This is not exactly a powerful and dominating trio you may want in a difficult away game, and yet they comfortably controlled the game whilst protecting their back 4 for most of the time. This for me shows its more important how you set up as a team to defend, and how your attacking players must be used as part of a pack to help protect your back 4. For me, unless we change our set up, i don't think we will see much of a change no matter who we sign as a CB.

EppingGooner

1.) 31 Dec 2018 11:57:27
Playing with a high line depends on defending as a team. Aside from PEA, few of our forward players can do that effectively. This is the reason Ozil is conspicuous by his absence in tough games, the problem is what we have in his place is not much of an improvement. This does not absolve from blame a truly dreadful set of central defenders where surgery is most definitely needed in this window and the next, but it does indicate why Emery is looking at attacking forward players in the transfer window (if of course reports are to be believed) who can play that role.

I do think that this is a three year project to transform the style of play and who is playing it. It's worth noting that if we are not going to buy world class players, for reasons of parsimony or poverty, we might be better moulding the young talent into the team Emery wants, rather than buying second best; Toreirra style finds are likely to be less, rather than more, prevalent.


2.) 31 Dec 2018 12:00:50
I think it was pretty obvious before December and before all the defensive disruptions, that he was trying to change things. We had just gone three at the back and were playing bellerin and kol as wing backs. December has been a bit of a disaster in every way. I have a tendency to look back, to see where all these problems may stem from. One of the common themes is obvious but the other common denominator in all of this is Steve Bould. I may be barking up completely the wrong tree but does he (being an ex defender) have any input into the way we defend?
He is a coach, i doubt he is involved in the attacking side, he was involved before in our troubles at the back, is he part of the defensive coaching problem?


3.) 31 Dec 2018 12:24:56
Spot on Steve - Stevie was not accountable or given the authority to coach the defence (? ) and now we are still the same. why wasn’t he banging on the bosses door day 1 - Boss we need XYZ and make XYZ changes.

Get Keown in.


4.) 31 Dec 2018 13:00:33
Emery is the man and all and any coaches have to take thier direction from Dick if not there would be total confusion for the players, imagine Hector being told by Dick attack but Keowen defend?
Coaching meetings should be held by Emery where he and his assistants all speak freely and emerge with one clear plan that everyone sticks too.
Many voices is good in a private meeting but when presenting the plan of action all voice need to talk the same language and ultimately everyone has to pull thier Wight in Dicks direction.


5.) 31 Dec 2018 13:29:46
Very true but you have a defensive coach for a reason and his / her vision must tie into the managers overall strategy for the team. The goalie coach works with the goalies and the attackers with the attackers while working on specific areas but as you say they must all tie into Emery’s overall goal / direction.


6.) 31 Dec 2018 13:44:58
Yes correct, Emery is the boss and steve bould is one of his coaches. People are saying nothing has changed, a lot has changed but bould is still there. Emery will ultimately take the can for what goes on around him and quite right in the long run but he relies on things in his set up. Can he rely on bould?


7.) 31 Dec 2018 13:47:32
Gunner my question was, is he part of the defensive problem?
Or not.


8.) 31 Dec 2018 16:59:34
That's something only Dick can answer and sort out Steve mate.
All teams are only as strong as their weakest member.


9.) 31 Dec 2018 21:25:50
Hi Steve, I believe the problems stem from the Wenger era and still need addressing. In Emery's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation we simply have no players that can defend in the '3' of the formation. This leaves us vulnerable defensively . Hence why Ozil and Ramsey are playing less regularly even in an injury hit team. We clearly need to bring in players such as Ever Benega who can perform defensively as well as offensively. In addition, we need a RB that can defend and as I stated repeatedly last season, neither of our LB's are good enough and we reportedly tried to sign a LB late in the summer window.

The injury to Holding didn't help. The defence needs a rebuild. Koscielny is well past his best, Mustafi has been a disappointment. We need a couple of CB's. All 5 of the players signed by Emery were defensive, Leno has improved the goalkeeping situation, but Cech needs replacing in the summer, Lichtsteiner was clearly a stop gap and needs replacing. Torreira has been our best signing. Guendouzi is a fine young player. Sokratis is decent, but is now the best or our CB's. I expect a CB and a wide attacking player to arrive in January, p.


 

 

27 Dec 2018 15:21:49
Ok, so Father Christmas arrived and said Arsenals Christmas present is that they can have 3 players from other premiership teams, and you get to choose the 3. The only rule is that you can only pick a max of 1 player per team. Which 3 would you choose? For me, would probably go for Maguire, Kante and Salah, as all very good and address the areas we need. but hard not to look at the likes of Aguero or Sane but probably not areas that we are desperately in need of.

EppingGooner

{Ed025's Note - alisson, D silva and kane..


1.) 27 Dec 2018 15:41:42
Mendy, Laporte and Van Dijk.


2.) 27 Dec 2018 15:51:11
Van Dijk, De Gea and Kante.


3.) 27 Dec 2018 16:16:46
Van dyk, auderweld and mendy.


4.) 27 Dec 2018 16:22:26
You took the 3 names right out of my mouth Stoner, those 3 for me too mate.


5.) 27 Dec 2018 16:52:52
I’d take your 3 Steve and throw in Kante as I’m a nice guy!


6.) 27 Dec 2018 16:59:42
van Dijk, de Bruyne, Hazard.


7.) 27 Dec 2018 17:30:15
SY4 . Mendy and Laporte? Father Christmas said only 1 per team! that's why i go for Maguire and not Van Dijk. can't believe there are no other takers for Salah?


8.) 27 Dec 2018 18:47:20
I think last season Sarah would have had more takers Epping mate but he set such a high standard last season it was extremely difficult for him to maintain it.
He's still excellent but just not as excellent.


9.) 27 Dec 2018 19:21:48
School boy error Epping!

Kante, Laporte and Van Dijk

That’s midfield and defence sorted.


10.) 27 Dec 2018 19:31:24
We have one of the leading goal scorers in Aubameyang Epping so despite his brilliance it seemed a waste whilst we could fill elsewhere.

Would Kante and Torreira be enough in midfield to get the best out of Ozil?


11.) 27 Dec 2018 20:02:48
Stoner - if those two aren’t enough then we should give up on Ozil. The two would generate energy and forward movement which we need plus some useful assists. A setter option than a lead weight rock in CM.


12.) 27 Dec 2018 21:05:22
Is there any real way left for Arsenal and Mesut to ever work out for a prolonged period?
Whether we love or don't love Mesut it's ridiculous for our highest paid player to be sat on the bench or worse still at home more often than not.
It's irrelevant who's to blame the result is its not good for us or Ozil how things are.


13.) 27 Dec 2018 23:41:36
Sanchez, giroud, chamberlain👍think Sanchez and Chamberlain would work well with high pressing Emery likes and giroud, always liked him,100% if not always a stellar player.


14.) 27 Dec 2018 23:47:30
Or, Giggs, Shearer and Vidic, as didn't say whether past or present players.


15.) 27 Dec 2018 23:56:12
If Lich can get a game for us at 57 why not those 3 Ramsgate :-)


16.) 28 Dec 2018 00:27:01
👍😄😄.


17.) 28 Dec 2018 09:21:40
Van Dijk, Kante and I hate to admit it, Kane.
These three signings added to the spine would be awesome.


18.) 28 Dec 2018 23:29:04
Stoner, I would rate my chances of being able to play successfully in front of Torreira and Kante, let alone Ozil!


 

 

03 Dec 2018 17:27:38
I have to admit i have never been a fan of the 3 across the back as you always have to sacrifice a forward player from the team to compensate for the fact that you are in effect playing with 5 defenders. However, credit to Emery as we have looked a much better unit in the last 2 games, and most importantly, it seems to suit the players we have. We seem to be able to take the ball from defence up the pitch much more successfully with the current formation, and we don't get as exposed having the two fullbacks pushed up the pitch. It is also helping our players, with for me, Holding in particular starting to look a very decent player, as much for how comfortable he is bringing the ball out as for his defending. Perhaps he wouldn't be in the starting XI as much with just 2 CB's? Mustafi is also starting to look the player he was, and should be. Perhaps the truth is Torreira is just making them look better? One thing yesterday was Ramsey, who i thought was superb when he came on, perhaps because Lacca and Aubey were parting to leave a big space for the AM to run into, a role he clearly likes and does so successfully for Wales (and Arsenal in the past) . Does this give the management an issue, in that if he can continue do that so well, why would you let him leave on a freebie just to try to find someone else to do the same job, albeit at a smaller salary (but for a big fat transfer fee) ?

EppingGooner

1.) 03 Dec 2018 18:18:54
Maybe if Aaron can continue to impress and starts to change his comportment maybe things will change.


2.) 03 Dec 2018 19:26:34
Ramsey is a good player playing in the hole but will he ever be team player consistently or will his natural instincts to be a self propelled flamboyant super hero always kick in at the cost of the team?
If anyone can change him it's Dick but Aaron needs to seriously rethink his actual ability to £s paid ratio before that can even be thought of by Arsenal.
Aaron Ramsey is in reality only 25% as good as Aaron Ramsey thinks he is.


3.) 03 Dec 2018 21:41:31
Like Walcott, arsenal and ramsey need to move on. The next chapter is just starting.


 

 

26 Aug 2018 14:28:40
What was clear yesterday is that Guendouzi has already become a fan favourite after just two games. Yes, at times yesterday he got exposed and perhaps looked a little out his depth, but he plays with his heart on his sleeve and the crowd lap it up. Personally I do think our current formation is putting a massive strain on him, and I would like to see us play a midfield 3 with Torreira coming in to back him and Xhaka.

EppingGooner

1.) 26 Aug 2018 14:33:57
EG, his problem is, he is pressing, his mate isnt, that's why he gets exposed. His tackle and interseptions rate is so high because of that. That can't be said of others. It amazes me how people can't see the problems are players not playing to the team orders and tactics are causing defensive problems.


2.) 26 Aug 2018 15:53:44
It's easy to read something into people's words they didn't mean but on motd last night Aaron said in his post match interview " the high press is what he wants " not what the boss wants or the manager wants but what he wants.
I could be a million miles off target here but it did sound resentful to me like Ramsey wasn't on board with our new system at all.


3.) 26 Aug 2018 16:45:34
Gunner ramsey to me has looked like a player who is not on board with the tactics or just playing his own game. He hasn't looked good so far, only in small cameos.


4.) 26 Aug 2018 16:53:59
For me Xhaka wasn't the problem yesterday Steve he was as exposed as Guendozi. The problem was Ramsey, Iwobi and Miti who contributed absolutely nothing to the teams defense. Ramsey may have talked about pressing after the match but I think he needs to watch a video on pressing as what he tried was pathetic. For me the balance is wrong, with the 3 attacking midfielders just not contributing enough going forward to compensate for the lake of defensive abilities. I would rather see 3 up top, playing both Lacca and Auby with Miki or Ozil competing for the other place, and playing the 3rd central midfielder instead.


5.) 26 Aug 2018 17:13:34
EG, I've said my bit on xhaka, but i disagree with myki, i actually thought he pressed and worked his position well. Again, it goes unoticed because he isn't being supported. He probably plays it well because he played that type of game for klopp. My opinion is he had a decent game yesterday. He made mistakes like most but i thought his team play when we didn't have the ball was good.


6.) 26 Aug 2018 17:35:54
I agree with you there Steve, he had a very good game yesterday and was by far the best of the attacking midfield, both in work rate and attacking. For me though, for what Ramsey or Iwobi contributed towards the performance was poor, and I think one of those positions needs to be sacrificed for an extra midfielder, especially for the next 2 away games.


7.) 26 Aug 2018 17:48:41
EG iwobi has had his one good game a season all ready. Lol.


8.) 26 Aug 2018 18:50:28
Just had a look at mykis stats, he attempts about 3.5 tackles a game, which is one of the highest in our forward line. Lacca was highest, interesting.


9.) 26 Aug 2018 19:33:14
Change is happening for the first time in over 20 years at Arsena, some we will like immediately some we won't.
We've not had radical change for so long it's going to take us time to accept everything that comes with it.
Under Arsene we went from being supreme to being adequate to being inadequate and were unquestionably in steady decline, it's taken Liverpool and Klopp 2 and half years to get back to being potentially competive and in football terms that's warp speed as United fans will tell anyone.


10.) 26 Aug 2018 19:44:04
62 - if we are to write off 2 seasons which is what I expect and happy with, let’s do the long term changes now. How many of our starting 11 has actually changed and of the players signed - how many will be in the side in year 3 and 4. Not Socrates or the right back. Let’s get a youthful side and start building. If we come 6th - would rather do that with a team that can grow than a team that will be dismantled two years later.

Just think our current plan and expectations have again been poorly communicated by the club and board

Most businesses or teams wouldn’t survive like that as they need to keep their customer or investors up to date with what’s going on.


11.) 26 Aug 2018 20:17:49
It would be brilliant if Dick came out and gave us a game plan
Like this season is all about finding out what I've got
Next summer will be about letting go of who can't adapt and brining in the type of players we need.
Next season will be where the journey really gets started and this season is mainly about prep work.
But would people really be any happier if he did or would people prefer to hope for unrealistic quick fix champions league spot this time round.
Liverpool and City are extremely highly likely to take up 2 of the 4 spots available, Spurs and United are way further down and although Chelsea have a new manager too they were runaway champions 15 months ago.
Top isn't and never was a realistic option for this season it's next season we really need to be well back in the top 4 race.


 

 

 

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Yes, they have doubled their offer by adding a glass of Chianti to the bid Steve.

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29 Aug 2018 13:37:21
I think the thing to remember about Cech is he is still a very good keeper, and has already made some important saves for us. Also, his experience behind the dodgy defense should not be underestimated. Currently, i think this more than makes up for the lack of distribution skills and is probably why he is still being played over Leno.

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22 Aug 2018 13:45:57
Ahh Willy Wonker Ed002. A great right of childhood passage was to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a brilliant book (and decent film, but only the original staring Gene Wilder not the utter trash made by Tim Burton) . With all the smut and adult like content constantly forced on children these days, what could be better than a harmless family story about a strange hermit like man who either chooses to lock himself in a factory with only a workforce of child like people for company, or who when he does finally emerge into the world only looks to befriend children. Now that's more like it, good harmless family fun.!

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08 Aug 2018 12:16:17
I would imagine that if Mr kipling and Betty Crocker ever "got together" they would make exceedingly good kids?

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07 Aug 2018 10:24:06
She makes good cakes ed. Oh hang on, that's Betty Crocker isn't it.!

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21 Jan 2019 18:35:29
Never been a massive fan of the 3 at the back, which in my book means your playing 5 defenders, not something i want to pay and watch! I would like to see the stats on goals conceded with 3 CB's versus the flat back 4. I remember when Wenger first switched to 3 it worked well, but i would wager its made no real difference since. Therefore give me a choice between adding say Mustafi and having to remove either Guendouzi or Ramsey to compensate, or sticking to a back 4, I would take the later all day long. However, i do understand that we will change our tactics depending on the opponents, and i probably wouldn't expect us to play that way against say, Palace, as you would get exposed down the flanks. However, for me, you have to always play your strongest team with your best players in their preferred position. If that means playing 2 up front, with both playing central, and no-one having to play as a Left Forward instead to enable us to play the "correct" 3-4-3 formation, then so be it.

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18 Jan 2019 16:49:46
I think the thing is MG is that MN is only 21, and therefore if given the chance, especially at his preferred position of CM, then he stands a good chance of getting better, unlike say Xhaka, who has consistently shown he is both not good enough to play in the premiership as part of a 2 man midfield, and at his age, is unlikely to improve. Yes, MN won't get physically bigger, but as Torreira, and for Man City Bernado Silva show, you don't have to be large to make a physical statement on a game. Saying that would i like a physical beast to play alongside Torriera, hell yes (Geoffrey Kongodbia would be my choice if we had the cash to splash) , but as that's not currently an option, perhaps a high level of workrate you get from the "youngsters" such as MN and Guendouzi, will help make up for it?

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18 Jan 2019 10:17:33
I agree G62, in that sadly we don't really have anyone who can supply power in midfield, so for me, you might as well try and make up for that with energy, and playing the 3 of Torreira, MN and Guendouzi might just be worth a try. I still look at the Man City midfield 3 played against Liverpool in total awe. They played a 3 of Fernandihnio with David and Bernando Silva, not exactly the massive power you think you would need against a team such as Liverpool, and i thought they were going to get totally dominated. How wrong i was, with Bernando Silva especially a total revelation with his energy and work rate. There are more than 1 way to skin a cat as they say, and perhaps youthful energy could be worth a look.

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16 Jan 2019 13:31:38
Thats right, thanks for correcting me PG. Like others i hope this news item is not true, as we seem to have some decent people in high places at the club at the moment (owner excluded of course! ) and a spell of consistency at the board level would be good, but if it does turn out to be true, I guess when you take someone on who left a previous employer under a massive cloud, you shouldn't be too shocked when they start acting up at the new employer. Sadly, as they say, a leopard doesn't change its spots.

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16 Jan 2019 11:43:16
Isnt Mislintat the guy who fell out with Klopp/ Dortmund supposedly over his smoking at the training ground?

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