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Manchester City v. Swansea City 3-1
Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion 2-0
Arsenal v. Manchester United 1-1
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool 1-2
Hull City v. Tottenham Hotspur 0-1
Manchester City v. Swansea City 2-0
Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion 4-0
Arsenal v. Manchester United 4-3
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool 0-1
Hull City v. Tottenham Hotspur 0-2
Manchester City v. Swansea City 2-0
Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion 3-1
Arsenal v. Manchester United 0-2
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool 7-1
Hull City v. Tottenham Hotspur 2-1
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Manchester City v. Swansea City 2-0
Chelsea v. West Bromwich Albion 3-0
Arsenal v. Manchester United 1-2
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool 1-1
Hull City v. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0
My general feeling about the forums is fans of some teams need to go to specsavers. They have a distorted view of what will shape up in the next two months
After appointing Malky Mackay as manager, old man Whelab seems to have put the other foot in his mouth as well.

In a recent interview to the Guardian, while defending Mackay's appointment, here's what he had to say.
"It's telling the truth. Jewish people love money, English people love money; we all love money."

Typically, the media has only decided to focus on the first sentence and the first part of the second sentence. Although it is a ridiculous comment to make, the latter part of the quote seems to make it an all inclusive statement rather than a stereotype.

I am posting this only because this is a football related incident, and do not wish to flout site rules. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Umm, I don't usually read Guardian - in my country we have different media. Anyway if they just quoted the first few sentences then it's just confirming that today's most popular media isn't discussing facts anymore but they discuss any unusual word that anyone says (in this case it's the sentence: "Jewish people love money").
Lol wow. I only read the headline of the article on some papers and they all only say "Jewish love money".
Berahino could have starred and played 2 full 90s with the U21s for England but instead was called up to the senior side where he was an unused sub in both games. Even the "friendly".

Not the way to do it, England.
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Scotland game was the one he should have started..star players should have been rested sure.. worried about having so many gunners under woy
Definitely. I was very surprised to see both Rooney and Wellbeck starting against Scotland. I know there's an issue of pride, but get over it, be practical, and think long-term.

You should be worried about Woy playing with your Arsenal players like they're his toys. He's doing his best to break all of LFC's players.

He already broke Stuzza and Hendo and cried when he wasn't able to excessively play with his new "Waheem" toy
If Hodgson fielded a weakened side against Scotland, the english media and fans would have plowed into him (even more so had they lost with that weakened side), and the Scotland fans would do likewise for Hodgson not showing them proper respect.

Sad but true, that game was no typical friendly. Fielding a strong team and winning was the only way out for Hodgson, all other scenarios would have people criticizing him.

But i agree with the Berahino call up fiasco.
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How did Roy Hudgson even become England's manger?
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"If Hodgson fielded a weakened side against Scotland, the english media and fans would have plowed into him (even more so had they lost with that weakened side), and the Scotland fans would do likewise for Hodgson not showing them proper respect. "

He needs to have the balls to do the right thing, regardless. (ew, hodgson's balls)
The only England manager who is destined to lead this nation to greatness, is one who will not let the media dictate how he picks his squad smh
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@KL
Ask Harry and Spurs fans.

@Bplittle
Exactly, sadly Hodgson has none.
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Arsenal vs United Thread
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-Few comments/stats/previews for the game
-Lineups?
-Form players? Who to watch out for?
-Who's defense is more vulnerable?
-Who should win? Is one manager under more pressure than the other?
-Score Prediction?
too hard to predict lineups. Both sides suffering several injuries to key players with some hopeful/expecting to be fit. I reckon late fitness tests will determine the lineups.

I'd say that on paper, Utd's defence is slightly weaker but the their vulnerability is influenced by the rest of the team. Arsenal also seemingly can't defend, and that comes from the top back to the goalkeeper - poor discipline, no shape. Both teams are equally suspect, I feel.

Form players: Rooney and Sanchez. Both on impressive runs at club level that has continued with goals from both of them during international break.

Arsenal are pretty reliable at home, I can't even recall the last time we lost in the league at the Emirates, so I'm going for an Arsenal win, but it will be a tight game - 1-0/2-0/2-1
- Form players from both the teams Alexi and Rooney
- Watch out for a RVP goal with celebration
- Arsenal Defense is more vulnerable recently
- Winning or getting points is more important LVG ...Because Wenger is under no pressure considering he is very safe and the Arsenal board backs him no matter what.
- 2 - 2 Draw
But what if Arsenal's top 4 chances are in jeopardy (not saying they are), will the board not even act then?

I think four things swing this game in Arsenal's favour

-Giroud and more importantly Arteta's return
-Walcott against any defense is dangerous, he forces the opposition to defend deep
-Arsenal are at home
-ADM's AND DDG's fitness concerns

That being said, United are coming off a clean sheet and win while Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in 5 home games and are coming from a poor defeat. But i think Arsenal will just about nick it 2-1 or 3-1.
Another scoring draw. We have yet to win away but we have a great record vs arsenal. even last season we did decently.
Scoring draw for me...unless Sanchez is the player who can finally show the team how to stand up to our rivals
I'm picking, a 2-2 or 3-3 draw. Both teams are weak at the back at the moment.

Surely with another season apart from the Gunners if rvp scores he will celebrate. Lets hope we don't give him a chance!
England have tiki taka too!

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The team is showing signs of consistency and improvement. I think its partly because some players like Wilshere and Welbeck are starting to get in form and are putting on consistently good preformances for England. Not mention they've got quality in Hart, Sterling, Henderson, Sturridge, Rooney and Cahill and if the team calls up players that deserve to start for England like Gibbs and Clyne then the team is going to improve by a lot by the Euro 2016 tournament if they can get more and more comfortable with each other.
England can play tiki taka too, but it depends on who the opposition is :P

Anyways, 5 things I learned from the England game

1) There is no need to ever see Glen Johnson in an England shirt again
2) Jack Wilshere, woof. Honestly, this England team looks better w/o Gerrard in midfield
3) Milner is very VERY underrated, he should start over Henderson imo, and Smalling over Jagielka?
4) Sturridge may not be guaranteed of a starting place when/if he returns with the current form of Welbeck
5) Liverpool contingency losing their places in the England side?

Thoughts?
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I'm sure this will spark outrage but it seems like there has been an improvement since the retirement of Lampard and Gerrard.

This new team is lacking international experience in comparison to the aforementioned but they still have a lot of experience at the top of domestic/european competition.

The good thing is that the majority of them are in their early twenties and can stay together for the next 5 years. We've got a lot of pace and trickery in the forward positions and out wide. I won't get carried away but I think that, if the core of this team stays together, the future won't be all doom and gloom.
I have never seen England score that kind of goal in this era.
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I have been saying for years that gerrard is keeping the team back and everybody said it's because i didnt like gerrard.

Most of the Liverpool contingency didn't earn their place in the england squad in the first place. remember euro? liverpool finished 7 yet they had the most players there.
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Improvement?? Please wait till they play a big team and i'm very sure they will get humbled even now.

I agree with Somere on the Gerrard matter..Anyways its for the good that he is retired now.
But lets not blame anyone for having most players from Liverpool in the National team, because they have most no. of overrated English players in the squad..So its obvious to see them fill the NT squad.
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IMO, Liverpool would look much better defensively w/o Gerrard. He has his moments of course, but he also has games where he offers no protection to the defense, he's just not a CDM, he's a box to box CAM/CF but doesn't have the legs anymore.

Yh, i'll reserve my judgement on whether this really is an improvement until some more games. But here's my ideal XI

Hart
Clyne Cahill Smalling Shaw
Wilshere
Milner Ox
Sterling
Rooney Welbeck
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As a LFC fan, I agree on the matter of Gerrard as a DM.
The whole "Gerrard doesn't offer cover to the defense" thing is such a red herring. I can count on one hand how many times Gerrard's defense directly led to a goal this season (hint: its 0).
They haven't made a huge improvement but its a consistency that's going to help them improve on the long run. They face France and Germany so will see were they stand.
Lol no body, but Gerrard? Are u kidding me? If anything u just showed that hate Gerard now. The whole England team in that era sucked. In case u haven't noticed there a lot of young players like Sterling, Ox, Welbeck, Wilshire etc developing as players and nearing their prime. Most of the England squad is different from defenders, to midfielders, to forwards. For u to just single out 1 player like that says a lot about u.
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The main key we have to look at is freshness of the squad. England has a lot of excitement going forward. However, there's a weakness in defense. Smalling to me is a weak link. Jag seems to not be the same playler in an Engkand shirt as well.

We have to be careful talking about the middle as well. This is where the battle is own and loss. Wilshere will never be the typical DM in a destroyer sense so I would personally try to recruit someone big to play along side him. He is a double edge sword and if he could work out some of those kinks I think he could be that one person teams are going to try to figure out how to stop. To cut off the head you need to first cut off the supply line. If Barkley could be implemented somehow he too could be a worry for the opposition because it then becomes a case of who should they double team or put more resources to stop. Unless it's someone like Germany where they can match player for player so even one on one with England's best player should warrant nothing but containment.

If Henderson can step up it should be a nice complimentary move playing with Jack in the middle.
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England has improved without Gerrard and lamps..there was always too much pressure on them to lead the squad.
Its obvious Gerrard and Lampard ( CL winners and Club Legends , Ballon'dor nominees... countless ) were definitely the reason for england's bad for or era, nothing to do with the manager, surely.

Don't talk as if they won the Euros, they beat scotland FFS!
unsurprisingly the Liverpool fans misinterpret this as hatred for Gerrard.

From an entertainment perspective, I think England have played better since the golden oldies retired. There is more urgency and directness in the play, we press high and hunt in packs. We're imaginative and adventurous when attacking.

We've played the same weak teams with Gerrard and Lampard in previous years and still been piss-poor. I think them stepping back has allowed a new style of football to be developed, one that doesn't focus on getting the best out of old legs.

The team is now being built for the future, rather than adding new parts to an old machine.
They wanted Gerrard and lampard to do more than they could do and actually thought they could do more than they actually did. For example neither of them offers any kind of defensive cover. you dont have to break up the partnership but thats where someone like Carrick comes in, which would have allowed Gerrard to play his B2B role and Lampard supporting the striker.
Once gerrard was in the squad there was always going to be that problem because england thought he was superman, so they would play 2 strikers and pair him with lampard who isnt even a central midfielder. which is also too bad. Scholes-gerrad partnership would have been a way better for a 2 man midfield while they were still young.
Ok, so this is my first time posting in this forum. This is after being on this site for over 3 years.

Feels like purgatory.
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wait ! what ! you never posted on his holy forum ?
and you became a mod ?? o.O
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How could it be? I remember seeing your posts here.
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Yeah, I don't think its your first time.
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Whenever I say its my first time the outcome is always awesome lol :P
Yes my very first time.

Shay. I've had a few first times, best [fill the blank] ever.
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and this is my first time replying to u..

...in this page
I think I speak for all of us when I say:

....NO MORE INTERNATIONAL BREAKS UNTIL MARCH 2015, WOOHOOO!
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Is it just me or have there been way more injuries this year than other?

Is it a coincidence that it coincides with the increase in international matches being played? Personally, I don't think it's a coincidence at all.
I agree, I think it's definitely taking it's toll on the players. Especially after already going through a very long season with the World Cup and all.
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Injuries off the top of my head from this break:

Di Maria, Balo, Henderson, Lahm, Blind(?) and I'm sure there are many more.

The top top players already play in the WC, almost all league cups, leagues and Champions League. It's too much.
it's already statistically proven that there are more injuries in years after major international tournaments. the body can only take so much exertion before casual knocks turn into injuries. weeks of preparation, then the games themselves which come every 2-3 days etc takes its toll when that time could have been spent resting and recuperating.

the other aspect is mental fatigue.. when the mind lags the body will pay the consequences. timing and reactions are everything in contact sports, split second can be the difference between jumping out of the way and doing your acl in a 50-50 challenge or something
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"Poor Lukas Podolski. World Cup winner, in the centurion’s club of international caps, possessor of a left-footed shot powerful enough to smash through a pile of bricks like a footballing superpower, cult hero for his affable humour on social media … Yet all is not well in the world of Poldi.

The man with a heavyweight 121 appearances for Germany (before his 30th birthday) is struggling to play enough football to bring him fulfilment. “I’ve had to wrap myself up warm in my winter coat with my hat and scarf on to watch the others playing,” he laments. The Podolski question has come up over the international break as Joachim Löw noted the difficulties that come with irregular football. In order to find the rhythm and sharpness to be effective he needs games, said the Germany coach.

“At the moment you have to say, unfortunately, he hasn’t had that in almost half a year. Ultimately we need to consider, and he also, what happens in the next year for him,” Löw added.

“He is not for sale and there is no offer,” replied Arsène Wenger. It is a conundrum for Podolski, who is not the kind of person content merely to pick up a handsome salary. He really wants to play more football. But how?

Podolski’s problem, arguably, is that he has no obvious position that fits in with the way so many modern teams play. That’s certainly the case at Arsenal. Wenger dislikes playing him at centre forward because he does not have the physical qualities to lead the line solo. He does not trust him as a winger either, with the discipline ideally required in that role. A generation ago, as part of an old-fashioned front two, lurking to unleash one of his thunder-blasters after a striking partner teed him up? Now that would have been perfect.

It is not just a problem for him. Roberto Soldado is another centre forward who has become lost because he doesn’t have a very workable role for Tottenham. These strikers – not robust enough to play alone up front, yet denied the chance to be half of a front-two partnership – are suffering because they have become square pegs for round holes at their clubs."


Read the rest of the story by clicking here

via The Guardian
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Interesting read, what are your thoughts on the above?
thanks for the share.

For Podolski, the problem is that an Arsenal forward is required to do more than just shoot. Podolski is arguably one of our most clinical finishers inside the box, but when outside the box he doesn't offer the same contribution that our other forwards do.

He doesn't hold up play or win the aerial ball like Giroud.
He doesn't run the channels and press defences with the intensity of Welbeck
He can't dribble or beat a man like Sanchez.

As for Soldado, I am not the expert on Spurs players but I remember reading a telling stat from his time at Valencia. He scored 59 goals in 3 seasons, and all but one of them came from inside the 18 yd box.

He seems like a player who requires service in the box. He is a typical poacher, a finisher who gets in the box in anticipation of his wide players reaching the byline to cut it back. At Spurs, the supporting midfielders don't seem to offer this service. The likes of Townsend, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela etc rarely bomb down the flanks and whip in low crosses to be tucked away.

Soldado is an out and out ST, but the Spurs system seems to favour a traditional CF who can link play with the creative midfielders behind him. For me, at least, he is definitely a square peg in a round hole.

Both players seem to be trying to fit into systems that don't best utilise their qualities. Essentially what the article was saying...
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Long story short he is no arsenal type player..Arsenal like to play with false 9 not a typical center forward who as soon as get the ball shot it at one go. even when we had rvp, he would go wide to assist the no 9 darting into the box unfortunately podlski have none of these qualities. i think he should go to club like southhampton or west ham who are more direct in their play and they have an objective to prove this season i.e. to finish in top 6.
Interesting, but i hope we dont sell him. If he desires more game time, then so be it. We can defo get in someone that'll fit at our formation.

Still, nothing beats Podolski's left foot ;)
For the sake of his and our future we should sell him and try to use that money buying a CDM or a proper RB. He wont get us anywhere.
With Podolski i think it's because he doesn't have a high footballing IQ. This guy has all the talent in his locker. The pace is actually there when he decides to use it, His shooting we all know, and his crossing is also very good his picked out O.G a few times.

The problem with him i think is he never knows where to be on the pitch. He has the ability to track back his just too lazy to do it. Though i have seen him bail our left backs out, but that's such a rare sight. When we have the ball his too narrow he tries to get as close as possible to the target man, possibly to increase his scoring chances by anticipating a lay off. But there is the problem..Sometimes he neglects his role as a winger, you can't expect Gibbs to always be on the overlap...this leaves us with very little options for an outlet from the back. Since his not taking up a wide position it becomes so easy to mark him. This results in him being invisible for most parts of a game.

This guy actually has great precision in his crossing i really wish sometimes he would try to explore this side of his game rather than looking for his danger zones just to make him less predictable. This is why his not our best option on the wing. As for why his not been effective as a striker i think deffy got all the points. If we we're playing 4-4-2 i think he would be absolutely incredible for us..His conversion rate is incredible, he would indeed be rivaling the current top scorers in the league. But we're not and he can't adapt to our system
Since its an international period , here is some clips of uncle Woy's training routine

https://vine.co/v/O5TuuHi7Yhx

https://vine.co/v/O5ntan9D9Ii
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