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  1. Omar Khadine
    19/08/2018

    Arsenal vs Man Ciy 2-0 and Chelsea vs Arsenal 3-2 exposed and more so exhibited the amazing potential within the existing squad that Unai Emery will horn and fine tunein the coming weeks.
    Team selection where Aubameyang and Lacazette must be played together from outset in a 4231 where where Torreira & Guandouzi must occupy in front of the back 4 which must include Lichsteiner & Sokratis.

    As evidence showed in the match against Chelsea,the back 4 failed time and time again having moved forward to nearly halfway line when Arsenal had possession in attack then palpably failed to foresee/anticipate and lacked pace to cover, Chelsea runs with pace behind them with a long pass by Chelsea when Arsenal had lost the ball in attack; leaving Cech exposed by himself to 2 Chelsea attackers! which led to Goals!

    Totally in contravention to what Unai Emery has been asserting; move forwards as a unit with high press when in possession of ball but run back to defence when not! This is primarily the responsibility of the back 4 and Lichsteiner will keep this orderly defence in place.

    It is difficult to see hoe Emery will not have Arsenal in the top 4 by end of January. Given that Chelsea paid £71m for GK Kepa Arrizabalaga then on this evidence Petr Cech must be worth £100m !

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  2. WalterBroeckx
    19/08/2018

    Wow this is strange.
    Arsenal lose 2 matches in a row and non of the abusers of past seasons has come to tell us how useless we are. No this is not an invitation 😉
    But still last years each defeat we saw them coming and telling us that if we just would get rid of Wenger all would change and be fine.

    Well it wasn’t that easy it seems.
    And no I am not criticising Unai for anything. He has to learn, so do the players. But the simple: sack Wenger and all will be fine did not happen to realise so far.

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    • Tony Attwood
      19/08/2018

      Although Walter, we are receiving quite a bit of abuse from supporters of other clubs saying “so you thought if you could get rid of your manager you’d win everything ha ha”. I don’t publish it, as it is very boring, but that’s the main activity!

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  3. Peter Parker
    19/08/2018

    Honestly, after seeing them together I pre-season I think the Greek Gods should be the CB pairing, everything else around them would coalesce.

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  4. Bobome
    19/08/2018

    Unai is on to a good trajectory, yesterday was another avoidable blip, but we need not pay attention to them lot. If AFC is brilliant or dross they would still hate the Club. There is still plenty of room to make up for lost ground and not time for reacting to the nay sayers.

    Of course we knew getting rid of Arsene would not immediately translate into footballing excellence but the Board of AFC was more concerned about the cash till than the trophy cabinet.

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  5. peter shipton
    19/08/2018

    How many times during Wengers reign did we begin the campaign against the current champions and another top 5 club? And if we beat West Ham next week it’s exactly the same as last season 1 win and 2 defeats,or lets just take the first game of the season as the start of a campaign ( I think most people would agree that the first game is the start not the first 2) I seem to remember us getting beat by Aston Villa at home 1-3 and more recently West Ham 0-2 and remind us all of the manager at the time? so I think your point is moot,unlees you are going to set some parameters for how many games constitutes the start of a season!

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    • Tony Attwood
      19/08/2018

      No Peter I think it is more a case that you haven’t got my point – and that is to some degree my fault for not explaining it in a way that you would get.

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  6. Josif
    19/08/2018

    Things are never simple. Mr Emery has arrived two weeks ago and he was handed the most difficult start I can think of.

    Our defending is still a reason to be worried. We are yet to show full focus on defending and that’s why Cech – despite conceding 2.5 goals per game – deserves a positive rating. On the other side of the pitch, Aubameyang was bought to score goals but he is yet to score one v Top 6. For his price tag, experience and reputation, he has to finish better than he did yesterday. Same goes for Lacazette who had his big miss last week. And, at 350k per week, I expect Mesut to take games like the one yesterday by the scruff of the neck. Like Hazard, who is a diving bastard yet the best player in the league by a countrymile, does.

    Guendouzi is such a bright prospect though. He has something special in himself that suggest he might become a star one day. Not today or next week but in a year or two. He skipped a few steps, you know. He has heart and intelligence and that’s something you can’t train.

    Hopefully, we’ll start a 8-game winning streak next week.

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  7. Andrew Crawshaw
    19/08/2018

    Our U18s won their second game of the season yesterday away st Brighton. Cohen was on the bench last week for the U23s!

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  8. Nitram
    19/08/2018

    Tony

    “”We are receiving quite a bit of abuse from supporters of other clubs saying: “so you thought if you could get rid of your manager you’d win everything ha ha” “”

    I get it that fans of other clubs will be enjoying our poor start to the season, and I accept they are going to enjoy rubbing it in, but surely, given Untolds unwavering support of Wenger to the end, this is the last place they should come a gloating ?

    A lot of us didn’t even want Wenger to go, let alone expect a change of manager to bring us instant success.

    I think any gloating of that nature would be much better aimed at certain other sites, wouldn’t you agree Tony ?

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  9. paul
    19/08/2018

    ha the media having a go, at the arsenal. going on as long as I can remember it will never change so just let them go on and on and on. our job is as always to get behind the team. and forget about the media.

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  10. Gord
    19/08/2018

    The women are in the second half versus West Ham.

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  11. Polo
    19/08/2018

    Reading some of the commentary from the ‘experts’ in the media and blogetta’s lately, one would have thought that AW had left a squad so dysfunctional and useless that it would take UE many transfers and seasons to fix up, even though looking at last season stats it is not as bad as it is claimed. Granted the away form was atrocious but is it necessary with all these AW bashing even after the man has left?

    https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/clubs

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  12. Gord
    19/08/2018

    Congratulations to the women’s team, 3-1 over West Ham. Two goals to Katie McCabe and one to Beth Mead.

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  13. Scuba
    19/08/2018

    TBF, Walter, most of us hoping Wenger would leave are also realistic about the ridiculous opening fixtures that we had. A point out of that start would have been a success.

    I’ve seen enough so far to make me fairly happy. We’re nowhere near as good as City or Chelsea on paper, but didn’t look that bad against the champs, and probably should have won yesterday despite looking awful at the back. There’s work to be done, for sure, but I’m happier with what I’ve seen early on than with most of what I’ve seen over the past 5 years. Progress.

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  14. GoingGoingGooner
    19/08/2018

    We were completely outplayed by City but yesterday we had flashes of coherent play and as has been mentioned we could have scored a few more (though, so could have Chelsea). For me, the good part is that though we were having difficulties playing the ball out of the back and were pinned back for minutes on end, the team didn’t give up and eventually created opportunities. Things are coming together but the boys need time.

    I am reading very little of the media coverage because they are not being honest nor charitable to Arsenal. It is all about criticism to get clicks.

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  15. Brickfields Gunners
    20/08/2018

    I an sure the manager and the players will eventually get it right , There were flashers of it at the end of the first half , where some of our play was breathtaking . And at breakneck speed ! And so many chances created .

    Sadly we slowed down in the second half , and they deservedly won. Am not too perturbed with that loss , and am looking forward for a better display against the hammers.

    Up the Gunners !

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  16. Menace
    20/08/2018

    What good VAR when all the CCTV & evidence gets a serial brawler off ‘not guilty’. Then to make things worse straight into the England team as though all the TV replays are not worthy of the truth.

    Shame on this corrupt society.

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  17. WalterBroeckx
    20/08/2018

    Scuba,
    I rather enjoyed 3 Fa cups and 3 CS in those 5 years. I wonder if we will see progress on that in the next 5….

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  18. Jammy
    20/08/2018

    It really is quite sad how many of our own “fans” love to ignore those 3 FA cups that we won in 4 years. It’s a wonderful testament as to what their personal agendas are.

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  19. Scuba
    20/08/2018

    I enjoyed the 3 FA Cups as well, Walter (don’t care about the CS though, it’s a friendly). Being honest, though, I just can’t really get very excited about either domestic cup anymore. Most clubs play backups until the semis, because it’s just lost a lot of the luster it used to have.

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  20. Rosicky@Arsenal
    20/08/2018

    With 0 points from 2 matches we have a poor start since decades.
    Wonder what the Wobs got after getting their prized, objective forcing Wenger to leave.

    In fact we drew with CFC in the corresponding fixture last year.
    And now we are beaten by a unsettled CFC team also with a new manager.
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    I expect a poor campaign this time and a poorer finish than last year.

    Let’s keep the WOBs happy…..

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  21. omgarsenal
    20/08/2018

    Rosicky @Arsenal………..if after only 2 difficult games, you can boldly state that you expect a poor campaign and a poorer finish than last year, you are merely adding to the media BS and aaa hyperbole. Back up your expectations with hard and understandable facts like shots on goal, defensive stats and errors, tactical and positional date, etc. I expect a gradual and impressive improvement as the team chemistry gels, the understanding and positional awareness between the old and new players, the better form players like Ozil and Ramsey will start to show, the clearer understanding of what Emery wants begins to penetrate the players’ awareness, the fitness improves and
    the new players get used to the PIGMOB robbing AFC whenever they can. We will see who is a better analyst by Christmas.

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  22. Rosicky@Arsenal
    21/08/2018

    Omg Arsenal

    Pls see stats comparison as well

    Last year CFC vs Ars

    Possession 51 : 49
    Shots on Target 11: 6

    This year

    Possession 62: 38

    Shots on Target 4: 2

    Clearly shows we have regressed in keeping possession and creating chances.

    Also my prediction that we will be poorer than last year is based on the fact that everyone knows Wenger is a better manager than Emery so how could he produce better results than the great. Man.

    Maybe the AAA know…..

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  23. Yommex
    21/08/2018

    @Scuba. CS was not considered a trophy for as long as Wenger won it but go and read the reports of the match between Chelsea and Man City, Guardiola was reported to have picked up from where he left off last season by adding to his trophy haul. The CS was counted alongside trophies won by Alex Ferguson but not for Wenger. This I see as a manipulation and a lot of Arsenal fans has fallen for it.

    The media make us believe that both Liverpool and Tottenham are far ahead of Arsenal but they also say you’re judged by the number of trophies you won. I request that you make reference to an article where the last time either of these two teams won the League was mentioned or that it”s now 6 seasons ago that Man United last won the League.

    Don’t allow them to think for you.

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