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Arsenal play Man City again but this time we will have a goal keeper

By Bulldog Drummond

I was just doing my usual meander around the history of the Arsenal v Manchester City fixture and was looking up the runs of matches on the usually very accurate 11v11 web site when I noticed something rather strange.

They quite rightly have the first game between the two clubs listed as Woolwich Arsenal v Ardwick in division 2 on 11 November 1893, and they show the score as the classic 1-0 to the Arsenal.  But when one looks at the Arsenal team it is shown as a rather unusual 3-3-5 formation, which when one pauses to think, doesn’t actually include a goalkeeper.

In fact they have the right team, but haven’t realised that after three consecutive horrific defeats prior to the Ardwick game Arsenal conceded 15 goals.  As a result the Committee of the club who selected the team (we didn’t have a manager in those days) dropped the goalkeeper, and not having a suitable reserve available, put the Arsenal left back, the wonderfully named William Wall Jeffrey, in goal.

Jeffrey played six games in goal, starting with the Ardwick (Man City) game, winning three, drawing two, losing just one (a 6-2 defeat to Burton Swifts) before Williams (the regular keeper) went back in goal and Jeffrey went back to left back.

And that wasn’t the end of it, because in February 1984 Jeffrey got another three games in goal before moving back to left back again.   It really must have been quite difficult to run a blog and predict the teams in the 19th century.  Especially as internet connectivity wasn’t nearly as good as it is today.

But to return to the present, tomorrow we take on the money.   It is I suppose a little amusing to see the newspapers defend Manchester City’s position in the financial league table by saying that Arsenal are fourth, and therefore ought to be able to compete.  But we’ve been through exposing that nonsense so often it hardly bears repetition.

If we look at the last ten games of Manchester City it is of course as impressive as that much money would lead one to expect.

Date Game Res Score Competition
09 Jan Manchester City v Bristol City W 2-1 League Cup
14 Jan Liverpool v Manchester City L 4-3 Premier League
20 Jan Manchester City v Newcastle United W 3-1 Premier League
23 Jan Bristol City v Manchester City W 2-3 League Cup
28 Jan Cardiff City v Manchester City W 0-2 FA Cup
31 Jan Manchester City v West Bromwich W 3-0 Premier League
03 Feb Burnley v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
10 Feb Manchester City v Leicester City W 5-1 Premier League
13 Feb FC Basel v Manchester City W 0-4 Champions League
19 Feb Wigan Athletic v Manchester City L 1-0 FA Cup

Seven wins, two defeats, and a draw including of course a spot of hoo-ha at Wigan.

And as we have noted before, counting from 2010/11 onwards Manchester City have won the Premier League twice, and the FA Cup once.  Three trophies.   Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times.  Three trophies.  But of course I forget, our trophies don’t count.

Anyway, what we can all agree on is that Manchester City score goals: 26 in the last ten, obviously 2.6 a game.   Our run of the last ten gives us

Date Game Res Score Competition
07 Jan Nottingham Forest v Arsenal L 4-2 FA Cup
10 Jan Chelsea v Arsenal D 0-0 League Cup
14 Jan AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
20 Jan Arsenal v Crystal Palace W 4-1 Premier League
24 Jan Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-1 League Cup
30 Jan Swansea City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
03 Feb Arsenal v Everton W 5-1 Premier League
10 Feb Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
15 Feb Östersunds FK v Arsenal W 0-3 Europa League
22 Feb Arsenal v Östersunds FK L 1-2 Europa League

Four wins, five defeats and a draw – not the best form we have ever seen.  19 goals, or 1.9 goals a game – against 2.6 for the Sovereign Wealth Fund.  On that basis they ought to win – although not necessarily by that much.  3-2 probably.

However if we have a look at recent Wembley appearances in cup finals and semi finals and community shield games in the past four years we find we have played nine and won the lot.  Man City have played two and won both.

Turning to the League Cup, as you’ll know, we have won it twice and been runners’ up five times, while Man City have won it four times and been runners’ up once, their last two wins being in 2014 and 2016.

Moving on to the last ten games between the two sides…

Date Game Res Score Competition
29 Mar 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City D 1-1 Premier League
10 Aug 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City W 3-0 Community Shield
13 Sep 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City D 2-2 Premier League
18 Jan 2015 Manchester City v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
21 Dec 2015 Arsenal v Manchester City W 2-1 Premier League
08 May 2016 Manchester City v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
18 Dec 2016 Manchester City v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
02 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Manchester City D 2-2 Premier League
23 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Manchester City W 2-1 FA Cup
05 Nov 2017 Manchester City v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League

Four wins for Arsenal, two wins for Manchester City, four draws which edges it in our favour.  Overall the sides have played each other 192 times and Arsenal have won 96, Manchester City (including the games when they played as Ardwick) 51.  From 1994 to 2004 the clubs played each other 12 times and Arsenal won each and every one of those games.  Those were the days.

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17 comments to Arsenal play Man City again but this time we will have a goal keeper

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    This is the clash of the gladiators, as history and tradition shouldn’t be ignored tomorrow evening at Wembley as Arsenal gladiators under the banner of the Gunners from Woolwich Arsenal clash with Man City gladiators called the Citizens from Ardwick.

    In this clash of the gladiators tomorrow at Wembley Stadium, the Woolwich Arsenal now simply known as Arsenal will of course prevail by 2 goals to nil over the Ardwick who has in disguise transformed as the Citizens from Manchester City.

    My 3-2-4-1 and 7 Gunners bench for the match are as the below.

    Le Boss has said is Ospina he’ll start for the match. So, If not it’s Cech to start for me. For, he has the height advantage over Ospina that gives him the advantage to deal better with aerial ball than would Ospina dealt with it. But Ospina has proved he can save penalty for Arsenal while Cech is totally unconvincing it this vital aspect of the game for Arsenal. And let’s take note that I’ve changed from our well know 4-2-3-1 playing formation of:3-2-5-1 playing style formation which I believe will give the Gunners a better midfield balance and nullifies Kevin De Bruyne midfield freedom in the game. I as well believe Bellerin and Maitland should not lose focus to allow Aguero, Sterling and outwit them to pace in the game but block the even before Augero, Sterling in particularly and Gundogan get close to their box but make sure they are blocked or their threats are rendered ineffective as the Arsenal back three mop up the remnants of their goals scoring threats And Xhaka MUST police Silva to stop him attempting to score or gives assist to score.

    Starts:

    Ospina……………………………………………..
    ……………………Mustafi……………………….
    …..Koscielny……………………..Monreal….
    Bellerin……………………………….Maitland
    Wilshere..Ramsey..Oezil..Xhaka..Mkhi’
    …………………Aubameyang…………………

    Bench:
    Cech Chambers Holding Kolasinac ElNeny Iwobi Nketiah

  • Josif

    “And as we have noted before, counting from 2010/11 onwards Manchester City have won the Premier League twice, and the FA Cup once. Three trophies. Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times. Three trophies. But of course I forget, our trophies don’t count.”

    Manchester City have also won League Cup twice (2013-14, 2015-16) but I guess it’s not a trophy either, eh.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    This is the clash of the gladiators, as history and tradition shouldn’t be ignored tomorrow evening at Wembley when Arsenal gladiators under the banner of the Gunners from Woolwich Arsenal clash with Man City gladiators called the Citizens from Ardwick.

    In this clash of the gladiators tomorrow at Wembley Stadium, the Woolwich Arsenal now simply known as Arsenal will of course prevail by 2 goals to nil over the Ardwick who has in disguise transformed to the Citizens from Manchester City.

    My 3-2-4-1 and 7 Gunners bench for the match are as the below.

    Le Boss has said is Ospina that he’ll start for the match. So, If not it’s Cech to start for me. For, he has the height advantage over Ospina that gives him the advantage to deal better with aerial ball than would Ospina dealt with it. But Ospina has proved he can save penalty for Arsenal while Cech is totally unconvincing it this vital aspect of the game for Arsenal. And let’s take note that I’ve changed from our well know 4-2-3-1 playing formation to:3-2-5-1 playing style formation which I believe will give the Gunners a better midfield balance and nullifies Kevin De Bruyne midfield freedom in the game. I as well believe Bellerin and Maitland should not lose focus to allow Aguero and Sterling outwit them to pace in the game but block them even before Augero, Sterling in particularly and Gundogan get close to their box but make sure they are blocked to render their goals scoring threats ineffective as the Arsenal back three mop up the remnants of their goals scoring threats. And Xhaka MUST police Silva to stop him attempting to score or gives assist to score.

    Starts:

    Ospina……………………………………………..
    ……………………Mustafi……………………….
    …..Koscielny……………………..Monreal….
    Bellerin……………………………….Maitland
    Wilshere..Ramsey..Oezil..Xhaka..Mkhi’
    …………………Aubameyang…………………

    Bench:
    Cech Chambers Holding Kolasinac ElNeny Iwobi Nketiah

    Please, I’ve for clearity do some corrections on my first comment posting and repost it. Sorry!

  • Ferg

    Sadly, you’ve still picked Mkhi, who’s ineligible.

  • Jjgsol

    There are also 13 players.

  • Jjgsol

    12 not 13

  • Gord

    Nketiah played today for the U23 in their 2-1 win. Willock got our first goal today. Nelson was also in that game.

  • Ha is this not Wengers, 13th final?

    13th Club FA Cup!

    I have selected 13 as my lucky number.

    City haven’t coped with Aubameyang with us, Kompany isn’t fit, he and he’d leave him for dead anyway! He outmuscled Laporte and Stones and leaves them and Otamendi for dead who he outpowers and towers over.

    I’m apprehensive but this is a Cup final, where we usually come alive, Hull, Birmingham aside.

    My concern is whoever usually wins the league fixture loses the cup and visa versa, we need to buck that trend.

    Tactically the team will have to be disciplined and proactive about their attacking. They will have to employ to the letter whatever the manager asks of them.

    Although Wenger will surely be pensive this evening a season he finalised any tweaks to the midweek preparations.

    In his shoes I would certainly adopt a similar approach to Chelsea’s successes on recent times, but a Jose is a step too far.

    The threat will surely be Ozil and Aubameyang, who will likely have fathered the need to time his runs to absolute perfection, ok no, adding a reasonable margin of error. But if he was quick at Spurs and Everton. He should be grease lightning with 2 weeks to integrate amd recover from the bug which saw his put Spurs to the sword early on in that sordid Derby affair.

    Jack will have to again look direct and link the midfield to the attacking lines, with a disciplined performance required from those on the flanks.

    As fans, we are all unsure Ogbomosho the attacking shape and defensive format of the team. That bodes well as Pep must also be pondering those matters fervently. Wenger you sly Ol’ fox you!

    With recent reports suggesting City are close to being able to select an 18 from their 19, definite first team package. Our problem won’t be so much who, but how do we take the lead as early a second possible and force City into that informal air territory of being behind to a team that isn’t a minnow and can pose a certain threat on the break. More so with Aubameyang at the tip of our spear.

    Key men, well we all know Ozil and Aubameyang will need to perform, but with the latter coming to bluster our ranks in our hour of need, forcing through the deserve death and somewhat belated move, I a king not concerned about his ethics of desire. Ozil has been similarly afforded an extended break since the Derby and has sinned himself and his partner by some clear shores, that evervescemt smile has returned so, my doubts are allayed more by these factors than even a contract extension. If he purs, we are sublime.

    The rest will need only do their duty.

    Meanwhile City, they will look to the lady’s other favoured player. It was Yaya, permanent hysterics about the birthday cake, but she has a good eye for quality and immediately identified De Bruyne as to her liking. Incidentally her favourite Ian Ozil. I would be put off by the link betweenness looks, what she finds attractive, ex’s and ability, but well if I find someone’s attractive O don’t hide it so.

    Anyways De Bruyne, the pivot, of its going to happen, he will become integral. If he tempted to sit someone’s on him, this could be a useful deployments of Xhaka. He effects a particularly high number of tackles, reconverted and interceptions, also aerial duel wins and may relish the task. But there is currently always that risk, reminiscent of Patrice’s early career.

    However the occupation of Fernandinho is also import, leave him too deep and he begins to dictate, let him advance and he may just score. Where he isn’t least effective is stuck on the halfway, with limited options.

    That leaves Gundagan or Silva, both have similar creative ability, albeit effected differently, and with both taking very controlled shots to low wide areas Ogbomosho the goal, you must be ever vigilant even in a congested finale third.

    The game will likely be determined in the middle of the park, if either team takes a stranglehold here, they are sure to win. Making it likely that both will have spells of superiority. Which in fact suggests that the game will he won, by the players deployed in wide areas. And I would be very tempted to put Nelson against Sane, who is like you to start ahead of recently recovered Sterling, and Iwobi against Bernardo Silva who I expect to get the nod ahead of the cup tie.

    With the FA deeming that no action for punching fans isn’t necessary and a pitch invasion is not worthy of sanction, as Arsenal were not involved.

    Sergio and Jesus will be available and as with the Derby am early goal will be important, given that, the expected selection, leaves , Sterling, Jesus and either Gundagan or Silva available from the bench. Whilst we are struggling to put out an 11, thanks for that Stan.

    With Ramsey’s availability shrouded in mystery, albeit he is listed as available for Sunday or Monday, we are looking at Nketiah, Nelson, Iwobi or Welbeck from the bench, with the possibility of Elneny, Xhaka or Rambo coming on in the middle.

    As much as I hate to wish anyone injury (ok not the likes of Ben Thatcher, Pogba and a few others) from an Arsenal perspective, an early injury to any City defender, or from the midfield trio would be a god send. and Sergio taking a tumble would also reduce their threat significantly, also reducing their ability to make a late impact from the bench.

    I’m not saying hack them, but given Silva and Sane aren’t 100% and Gundagan and Sergio are a little susceptible, it may be time to take the gloves off, combining tenacity and technique applying a measure of the G Neville clean out tackle, not to your Xhaka. This should come in around 30 – 45 -46 – 65. You don’t want to get stuck with an early intervention sub because Granit is charging about with Shkodran.

    Even in some of his lesser performances, Hector has been massively impressing me this season, I see the pain she of growing, trying to adapt and change, with experience whilst maintaining that clear attacking intent.

    With Danilo likely to start ahead of Zinchenko, due to the suspension of Delph, this man Ian going to have to be particularly aware of their attacking threat. But that threat gives opportunity and taking your chances isn’t a must.

    I’d counter the threat with pace, pure unadulterated PACE!

    City are used to playing the old Arsenal, but without Alexis always coming narrow, and a load of pace up front, with the potential to play pace on theor weaker flank, keeping them honest.

    Our biggest plus is their uncertainty and this Coty aren’t used to Cup finals. With few of the players having ever featured in one let alone won any.

    If we play to or strengths which exactly counteract their weaknesses. If we can put away our chances with at least 1:3 conversion rate or that rarely no seen 100% rate we kill games in 20mins with. We can kill this game in the first half.

    All in all we need to be Sergio Aguerro clinical, Jose impenetrable, Spurs formidable, Contencontrolled and Kop like ferocious. Which all in all is the ARSENAL WAY!

    NB: to self, we are invincible!

    IWIT

    For Arsene, God knows he deserves!

  • Gord

    Other cup, Carabao.

  • Charlie boy, you said it! Gooner!
    .
    “At least if they win then there’s an argument back to saying what is being achieved under Wenger, with those backing him at least able to say he’s still winning trophies.”

    However, Nicholas insists that the club’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke must share the blame if the club fail to make progress again this season.

    Europa League success now looks Arsenal’s best route back into Europe

    “I think it is just as important for the owner as Wenger,” he added. “What does Kroenke want? Just a franchise for the sake of owning it or to actually improve the club?

    “For me, the question from the Arsenal fans should be as much towards the owner as Arsene.

  • In other news, FA sanction Pep in contravention to his ECHR right to freedom of expression!

    I love his response, I don’t want him changing putney team, hence I didn’t want him, but I don’t doubt hos quality.

    Big man, I found they listen to Pep, in about the entire day result. But Pep, Klopp and even Jose have come to aid Wenger! Albeit for their own end and also! But he isn’t not alone with online Martinez and Howe!

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11679/11263888/manchester-city-manager-pep-guardiola-charged-by-the-fa-for-wearing-a-political-message

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    It’s a blunder starts that I’ve make from time immemorial.12 starts and not 11 is an unpardonable error committed by me that is deserving canning. And I completely forgot Mkhi is ineligible for this match. But why should I forget if I know my onions well. And all the 4 Arsenal feature first teamers of: Nketiah, Willock, Nelson and Dragomir by my own reckoning have all played against Dinamo Zagreb U23 today which renders Nketiah out on my bench. I am Sorry for my blunders. I’ll be much careful in making my starts next time. I’ve decided to shift Oezil to the left side in the midfield front in my starts. He once operated from there for Germany and Arsenal before, hadn’t he? And he can still do it efficiently for Arsenal against Man City tomorrow, can’t he? And I prefer to see the sometimes goals scorer Kolasinac start this match ahead of Maitland who is struggling to break the duck in Arsenal shirt for the senior team.

    Now my reviewed Arsenal 3-2-4-1 starts and 7 Gunners bench to face Man City are as per below.

    Starts:
    Ospina…………………………………………….
    ……………………Mustafi………………………
    …Koscielny……………………….Monreal…
    Bellerin…………………………….Kolasinac
    Wilshere…..Ramsey…..Xhaka…..Oezil
    …………………Aubameyang…………………

    Now Le Boss must have 3 Gunners on the bench who can edequately replace Bellerin, Wilshere and Kolasinac who actively played in the Ostersunds FK ELC match at the Ems last Thursday night. Immediately when fatigue starts to show in any them. Le Boss should not hesitate to make a substitution for them. Any Gunners who starts to show fatigue in the game should be sub immediately. For to wait, is keeping a passenger Gunner on the field instead of to keep a driver Gunner. To keep a passenger Gunners on the field may be exploited by Man City which can cost us problem in the match.

    Bench:

    Cech Chambers Holding Maitland ElNeny Iwobi Welbeck.

  • Ok so having now watched highlights of the match, I observe that it went as expected. So I willing rewrite the post which was wiped out when I put it together the other night.

    Ostasund learned a lot from the defeat. You learn more from the battle system you lose than those you win.

    What the did was essentially look to be most effective on the wings and asked the CF to match the runs of both wingers with the remaining 7 staying behind the ball.

    This exposed putney persistent weakness, no insurance. Who takes responsibility for covering the defence and slowing down counter attacks? Our DM??!

    The thing is if you don’t have a Gilberto, Vieria, Petit, Parlour or Edu, you have a problem. Deploy a traditional DM and you kill the philosophy. Kante suited us, but didn’t have enough attributes to be worth £32m as Chelsea’s are proving. Without Matic in a Moreno traditional role, he is less effective, where at Leicester he played Matic role and dronkwater played his new position.

    Callum was naive throughout, he should never have attempted to play the ball whoch resulted in the OG! He misreads the trajectory, which highlights that he was disoriented, a striker disoriented isn’t handy, a central defender disoriented in the box I said close to disastrous as demonstrated.

    I think what I said required for Holding, Chambers and Mavrapanos is loan time with a guaranteed start at Championship level.

    Both goals were due to a disjointed pairing at CB and being caught with both FB/WB high, occupational gazzardbat Arsebal. Which demands a DM.

    In this situation both CB need to split, leaving the 3rd man runner free, this isn’t where you utilise a 3rd defender or DM.

    As I have touched on before a back 3 is essentially a 4 with WB am deathly a CB who steps out. The only person with this proficiency is Elneny and for me he has to start.

    Callum is having very unlucky spell and his confidence will be taking a hammering. But he should have played at FB for me. He has pace and aggression and is general you a good tackler who play some on the front foot, better to get up to pace at FB.

    I see that Niles was given a run out to keep sharp, and was tested for a DM birth, but saved from dismissal and also with an eye on Sunday, with it looking likely he will make the bench, but fail to start or feature ideally.

    With Nketiah and Nelson playing the full match against Zagreb it looks as though the manager is opting for first team personnel only.

    In terms of the midfield, against Everton they peaked and then failed at Wembley. After the thumping of the blue dock workers, this was my immediate concern. Peaking too early. A la, Spurs, Liverpool and City.

    Concentration Ian taxing, as is physical input, combining these for a dead rubber match, I laden no effort to view, opting not for dinner instead, seems wise.

    When working at the bar, I often lower my output in slow periods letting colleagues actually work, then turn it back up during peak times. This is part of game management. Bellerin was done, by a great move, Holding didn’t stay goal side, Callum cut out a ball he shouldny have touched, Ospina should have said as much.

    Communication seems to be a big problem in our defence. A lack of leadership is indeed an issue. The best places person is always a DM.

    So we need a captain, game reading, physical presence, mobile, aerial duel winning, technically capable metronome who relishes tackling and takes responsibility for everything derensive, while everyone else has fun.

    I play this role, but I get so bored, I can create much much better, see Jack. A footballer understands this, and fills in wherever a gap emerges. But when you know you are missing personnel, you can only tell the manager, if the manager is receptive, but says he’s being held to randsome over potential signings and the board are unsupportive, well you can only hope something changes.

    In front of goal, Iwobihas gone backwards, Mikhi is trying too hard, trying to make a point and Jack was in unfamiliar territory, where the threat of injury increased in and around a congested box.. meanwhile Danny gets into great positions, but lacks that class of touch and real confidence to s dispatch on his first or second touch or the composure to take a settling touch before the finish. The components are there.

    In stark contrast to his England career where Tehran style and ability of the team suit his game entirely, with many goals coming from direct play on the break, with England often relinquishing plenty of possession.

    Can he make the plane, to appreciate is the question, well it’s Kane,…… err…… has to be Vardy….. and basically with his international records and no real competition, Danny with Rooney retired. I think keeping him over Walcott and Giroud incredibly astute. I do however still believe he is better off elsewhere.

    Simple minds, the media try to undermine us repeatedly and s systematically. So when they say why did they sell Giroud, Walcott and Chamberlain. Giroud unused at home to Barcelona ajd 31, Theo crushed along with his new compatriots, an drew Alex glued to the bench, having left for game time, clearly they want to help us. I got one man wasn’t missed, Coquelin would be that man. Ostesund was his job, but with his wages vs Elneny’s and Xhaka commanding such a fee, a shame it remains. Enjoy the sun, son!

    At least Ospina was not at fault, all though he could certainly bother to use his mouth a little more.

    Now the breakdown.

    4-2-3-1 over 3-4-2-1

    If we play a back 3 Sergio will pull one out of position, Both wingers for City occupy tue area behind the WB’s and Silva, De Bruyne or the overloading midfielder will pull out second CB out of position and isolate the sole remaining central defender.

    It creates confusion, becuase you cannot man mark City’s system and zonally, if someone gets caught in two minds you are going to lose shape.

    With the four, each FB is responsible for a WF, the two CB’s hand over the CF between one another and the others picks up the AM, be it De Bruyne or Silva.

    With a 3 man midfield, one player picks up the 4th attacker and one presses the architect, arguably Elneny in the former role and Granit picking up De Bruyne. That allows Ozil to use his movement to combat Fernandinho attacking and creative threat and make shirt high intensity runs to assist Aubameyang and press Fernandinho.

    With Aubameyang’s pace he can move to either flank and occupy space vacated by the FB’s and also split the CB’s or isolate the one he deems weakest, probably Stones or Laporte.

    It looks as if Ozil will play at a narrow 7 and Ramsey, Iwobi, or Welbeck at a narrow 11 both drifting in and out. Essentially a 4-1-2-2-1. Close to out old format which proved near invincible although the actual invinvible format was 4-1-1-3-1

    Jack is annoyed because ot was easy when he knew he had quality around him.

    Gk
    RB CB CB LB
    Song
    Cesc Jack
    LWF RWF
    CF

    That translates with available personnel to.

    Ospina
    Bellerin.Koscielny.Monreal.Sead
    Elneny
    Wilshere Xhaka
    ??no Mikhi?? Ozil
    Aubameyang

    Again as with the game at WEMBLEY, without Alexis the defector, tax avoider, underpaid, employee complainant. The position goes straight to Aaron, ‘God boy FA Cup winner third man runner master always put a shift in, check out my performances for Wales in the Euros’ Ramsey.

    Is he fit?

    Without Lacazette available, now being the time for surgery if ever, you wouldn’t bother if it was a Sumer sale surely. amd Mikhi Cup tied due to that singular Cameo under Jose (hmm… a bit like Dortmund stalking until they qualify for EL). It seems that the bench will Ben made up of little to nothing, one thing Pep knows is we need a fast start, he can wait.

    His options for a game plan, all play into our hands, putney options demand we peak. If we do it on Sunday, we can certainly do it with Rambo and Mikhi available for selection, if we can do it against City, we can repeat ot against United.

    United will play anti foootball for most of the remaining games in the league, and with United facing most of putney direct top four rival San we are certainly no team out of that race yet.

    A win against Spurs was important, a win against City in either game, seems a must, but Pep respects us and quite rightly along with our manager with the margins in their 2 victory’s dismissible of you factor in the PGMO intervention.

    City come off a loss in a must win fixture and Pep will haven got into them about their pressing game and work ethic, changing their style a little, making the move Loren defensively responsible. Against everyone’s else that works, it was what was missing against Liverpool, their solitary significant loss in the league, it wasn’t what was missing at Wigan, the demise of the hopes for Ann unprecedented quad.

    It works very well against Arsenal, if you intend to wreck out game and counter ehej we have 70% possession. It doesn’t help if you are as good if not better at present a time controlling a game and maintaining possession.

    Because ignore we drunk up 7 behind the ball 3 ahead, as we should. Harry’s their midfield 3 and cut off supply to Theo CF with someone shielding the back four, Mirroring Fernandinho’s role. What happens isn’t we cancel each other out.

    Making the game about our front 3 v their WF and CF. an drew both full back pairs:

    Sead and Ozil beat Bernardo and Walker. The former overpowers Bernardo and Sane and if he meets them on entry to the final third which is where they’d will loiter, he cuts the pace at source. How you stole Walcott and his lack of box tricks.

    And on the right. Ramsey’s work rate and dvetter defensive awareness out wide, yes very ironic, shackles wither option on the left and a Bellerin fresh from the extra work at Ostasund and the calamities of the CB, should have learned something more. Plus they have a lot of attacking threat. But even Danny here is good, he’s better wide tight than left and works harder wide than at CF and he learned text book WF from Fergie and usually not Ian far less selfish and pressured to score here than Iwobi hasn’t proven of late. Playing to the criticism and hype simultaneously. Thanks for that, Evening standard, Metro, Telegraph.

    Our lack of a strong benchmark forces out hand and demands we got to hem first. However, hopefully Nketiah, Nelson, Willock, are all given to the beach. Pace is going to win the day: and with those available I don’t expect anything other than a forced change before 65-75 mins.

    This is a don’t blink first game, but who scores first will probably win.

    City can’t strike it around ignore we gift them something. We expose ourselves all to often chasing game, Swansea proved that, Spurs certified it.

    But Ciy showed that, their favourites tag weights a little heavy and they dont havr answers to teams parking the bus, and pressing deep. Nor do they cope well of you justness attack wave after wave.

    Hence you sit 7 ten yards off the 18 amd 4 yards into their half. Occupying for every area where they aren’t effective. Leave a space short enough for putney sweeper keeper akd say can you oust the no:1? And you say have to he ball, let Ozil and Aubameyang do whatever they think best.

    You don’t coach the best. You just mould them to your game and mould your game to them.

    Jack wants to stay, Wenger wants him to stay. The deal isn’t £120k, incrases to 160 after 50 league games. Assists, goal scoring bonus, appearance bonus, medal bonus. It’s obvious. He doesn’t want to a ignore. Something’s Ian wrong with the offer. 4 year deal negotiate again after 2.

    It’s not Wengers or the been negotiating team. But owners affect wages. Alexis slipped it in. Henry comment wasn’t silly because I thought didn’t reflect what he meant.

    COYG

  • Dexter

    Fuck sake. What is it with people posting dissertations?

  • Pat

    Nice one Dexter.

  • Ferg

    Note to self… scroll down before reading.

  • Why comment and fail to maleness any observation on the post, fail to critique a comment and succeed in only displaying a mental health problem demonstrated by an blatantly disregard for less common decency and a discourteous jibe which fails yet again to illustrate or illuminate and basis.

    Its ok to have thought out opinions. You have no opinion, just a desire to be antagonistic.

    The breakdown wasn’t for you, it’s too highness brow. ITs to demonstrate something to certain people.

    But Pat once in a blue moon may as well copy and paste something I’ve said in a previous comment. Gripes about something or someone, I read nearly all the posts. I only say something derisory when the comment or warrant as much and compliment anyone who say she something worthwhile. Go support Tottenham, Point!

    You ever written a dissertation? They are a lot longer, I’m teaching some people about their team and trying to catch certain ears and eyes.

    This is the point!

    Disseminate where I have erred, you can see my name and remain ignorant, justness swipe over it. On a personal computer it’s even easier, it’s highlighted!

    Tips hat!