12 responses

  1. Geoff

    Ozil? Willock is more likely to start as he puts in a shift and doesn’t go missing too often. Xhaka shouldn’t be anywhere near the first team! And Lacazette does track back, hence why he concedes quite a few fouls, as well as winning the ball back. I’m sure Pepe will be instructed to do this too.
    I’d give Chambers a start with Holding, Sokratis and Luiz can both be very irrational and give away needless fouls at times.

    Oh, and if Laca is on the beach when we play the Spuds I guess he won’t be getting any game time at all?!


  2. Tallman

    My team would be

    Chambers Luiz Sokratis Montreal

    Torreira Cabelos Mkhatarian

    Pepe Lacazette Aubeyang,


  3. Cheadle

    Playing all three front men is a mouthwatering prospect but I do agree we need to play 2 and hold one in reserve. Our midfield needs to improve quickly. I know that is easier said but if they manage to string some strong performances together it would help them move up a notch or two in strength and confidence.

    Big teams usually have the personnel to work their way through the middle or sides and also the capacity to connect long or medium balls for the surprise goal. Guardiola’s Barca used long balls to great effect when the intricate passing failed to make a breakthrough. City does it too.

    Spurs next at home. After the Liverpool experience we should be thinking about putting our campaign back on track. that’s 3 points mentality.


    So Arsenal never beats or draws City but Spurs have done both…….. if we add CL games. Then Spurs lose to Newcastle who were beaten by Arsenal. So what will happen when Arsenal meet Spurs?


  4. Wilber Ssembajjwe

    My team would stand as…


    Maitland Luiz Sokratis Kolasinac

    torreira Gwendouzi


    Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang


  5. paul

    lacazette is just getting over his ankle injure so if he ready he will play with our other two front men, according to todays media not the most reliable source I know. as for the rest let give them a chance to shine it only been three games so let not throw players to the side line yet and remember north London is red


  6. Gooner S

    If Lacazette is fit he will against Spurs. I’m sure of that.

    My team would be


    Maitland-Niles,Luiz Sokratis Monreal

    Willock Cebalos, Guendouzi
    Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

    Luiz to score!


  7. Nitram

    I don’t get this downer on Özil.

    He’s our most creative player by far and as I showed elsewhere his goals and assists stats stack up well with the best in the PL.

    His offensive stats are better than Ramsey’s were.

    He scores at the exact same rate as De Bruyne and Silva at City and matches Silva for assists and isn’t far behind De Bruyne.

    Defensively he’s not so good but he’s nowhere near the liability he’s made out to be, and haven’t we got other players supposed to do that job anyway?

    Yes if you don’t give him the ball it’s pointless having him in the side, but give him the ball and he can win you the match.

    I’m not having this ‘goes missing’ ‘doesn’t put in a shift’ and all the other derogatory things that are thrown at him, at least no more the most players of his type.

    Artistry is a rare and precious gift. Any fool can run around like a headless chicken.


  8. Alex

    @Nitram: bravo! Dare i also add that he doesn’t have the personel guys like Silva and de Bruyne have.


  9. Paul

    Nitram well put love watching ozil play media slag him all the time so the downers go a long with it can’t think for their self’s I hope we see him tomorrow


  10. LE GALL

    thanks, nitram, for your defense of our german genius
    city and ‘pool almost made 100 points last year
    city always play with five of the following players: bsilva/de bruyne/dsilva/sterling/aguero/mahrez/jesus/sané
    as for ‘pool, and barring injuries, klopp would not even consider playing without one-third of his wild bunch salah/firmino/mané, plus the powerful, goalscoring wijnaldum right behind them, and two full-backs who are actually wingers
    and we couldn’t play pépé/joe/mesut/auba/laca together (all the more so since laca is very effective defensively, very good at biting the calves of the opposite team’s CBs, as geoff rightly put)… i just don’t get it
    must say i’m a bit worried ahead of unai’s NLD team selection, would love to see: leno/chambers-holding-luiz-kola/lucas/pépé-joe-mesut-auba/laca, but that’s just wishful thinking, unfortunately
    COYG, anyway


  11. Nitram

    Thanks lads.

    As I said on the other thread, as much as I love Ozil and wish he was played more often we don’t actually know why he isn’t.

    Is it just Emery doesn’t ‘fancy him’ as they say?

    Is it he’s not showing enough in training?

    Is it his fitness?

    Apparently Emery has been talking about Ozil and has said:

    “Last week he was sick for some days and he also lost a lot of training with his circumstances before with sead. My message to him is that first we need him to be consistent in training and then to be available for each match”

    Apparently he has missed 96 games since signing for us but has actually only suffered 1 serious injury.

    I can neither confirm or deny that but it’s in the Sun so it must be true !!

    So what to make of it?

    Is he like I said to Rosicky, and to use a horse racing term, just ‘hard to train’.

    Fragile ?

    Poor constitution ?

    Is he a hypochondriac ?

    Who knows?

    Either way, the critisism of him when he does play is totally unwarranted.


  12. DEW

    My midfield trio is ozil/Willock, Xhaka, Torreira. Unai drops Lacazette probably due to his desire to dominate the mid field in some games. but his biggest challenge is to show the team performs better with out Lacazette in those circumstances.


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