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  1. goonersince72
    12 September 2020

    Great start! clean sheet, 3 points new boys bedded in. Great day to be a gooner. There are a lot of positives to take from the performance mainly that AFC played the way they should against a promoted side.
    What stood out for me, literally, was the obvious size and physical presence of Gabriel in the middle. Reassuring.
    COYG!

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  2. Jax
    12 September 2020

    Not only did the Mail praise the team performance, they gave Willian 9, Gabby 8.5 & Auba 8. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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  3. GoingGoingGooner
    12 September 2020

    Prior to the match, during the warmup, the boys were playing a type of Rondo with Ceballos in the middle. Twice Eddie dawddled on the ball and Ceballos came in quickly and strongly. The cameras were far away so it was difficult to see whether he kicked Eddie or not but there were words exchanged and some shoving. The second time, other players moved in and pushed them apart.

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  4. GoingGoingGooner
    12 September 2020

    Just watching Liverpool v Leeds…if it continues like this it will end 8-8. Great stuff.

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  5. Andrew Crawshaw
    12 September 2020

    Halftime in our Women’s match against WestHam and we are winning 4 – 1. We took the lead through Jill Roord, West Ham being very physical and picking up 3 yellow cards. West Ham equalised. We took the lead in a somewhat controversial goal with Beth Mead perhaps being offside before crossing for Miedema to tap in. Jill Flaherty the West Ham Captain must have said too much to the referee who gave her a second yellow card. Since then Arsenal have been in complete command and Kim Little and Beth Mead have added goals three and four.

    It might be a very tough second half for West Ham.

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  6. Andrew Crawshaw
    12 September 2020

    Ten minutes gone in the second half and it’s noe seven one. Jill Roord with a hat trick and Miedema with her second..

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  7. Chris
    12 September 2020

    This is from the Guardian feed of the LIV-LEE game….

    “Deep down, I know VAR isn’t rigged,” says Brad Wilson. “I am a sports writer myself and I hate when people email me saying “the ref hates us” because I know it doesn’t work that way. But it can seem, to the casual observer, that VAR saves the big clubs constantly. That may be because they have the skill to force more challenges that VAR must review, or better defenders who on second look didn’t actually commit that foul. But the impression sticks, I think, with people who (like me) don’t want VAR in the first place, and it becomes, ‘VAR is terrible (which it is) and biased (which it isn’t).’”

    I’m sure there is some subconscious bias with VAR officials, as there has always been with on-field referees. It’s just this suggestion of a grand conspiracy I don’t understand.

    And they give this link a minute later….

    https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/ranking-every-premier-league-club-by-who-has-benefited-most-from-var/

    Maybe soon they’ll not be allowed to report on the PL ?

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  8. ben
    12 September 2020

    on hbc they had ozil down for a yellow card.

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  9. GoingGoingGooner
    12 September 2020

    @ben On my stream (MSNBC) when Cairney (Fulham’s #10) got his yellow card, the drop down menu under the score showed yellow card to Mesut Oezil. 😉

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  10. Andrew Crawshaw
    12 September 2020

    Final score in the Women’s match I sent West Ham 1 – Arsenal 9. Leah Williams with the eighth and Caitlin Foord the last.

    The amazing thing is that we missed several other golden opportunities with the West Ham keeper making several really good saves.

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  11. GoingGoingGooner
    12 September 2020

    Dirty Leeds are going to be a handful this year. Liverpool did create more chances but Leeds took theirs and were unlucky to concede a penalty (it was a penalty, though) at the death. As we saw last season, they press very well but they just lack the expense account to run with the Scousers…first touch and all that. Still…I can see them getting 55-65 points if injuries don’t do them in.

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  12. Goonergerry
    12 September 2020

    Will need to try to go up a level if intensity to matchLiverpool, their media and referee. Leeds put in an effort that would have drawn against or beaten almost any other E P L team. Except their defence let them down conceding 4 goals – the first courtesy of the referee. And they will always get the benefit of any doubt. Fact is their defence is very beatable.

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  13. ben
    12 September 2020

    leeds will beat liverpool i feel at home. dvd wasnt concentrating again and arsenal will take full advantage. another thing arteta said el neny doesnt get dispossed easily hence he picks him.

    @goingoinggooner what do they have against ozil?:)

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  14. Menace
    12 September 2020

    Before the WSL game Caren Carney kept on about West Ham having to get physical and in Arsenals faces to beat us. This get physical and in their faces preached by any pundit should result in an FA fine for bringing the game into disrepute.

    It was difficult for the Referee to officiate as the physicality was incessant and unnecessary. Eventually it caught up with West Ham as they were hard done by with an offside not given that led to a goal. The West Ham players started to question the Referee who got irate and yellow carded the West Ham captain. This unfortunately meant a Red Card as it was her second yellow. The resultant loss of shape and leadership had its effect and Arsenal made the best of their freedom.

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