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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PC40R2iJIc
imagine this dude doing the arsenalfantv interview after our shitty games. that would be hilarious, and inappropriate. but mostly hilarious. haha
I can't believe i watched the whole thing....
Something to fill the stomach

Morgan Schneiderlin
Christoph Kramer
Tyrone Mings
Marco Reus
Stephan El Shaarawy
Krystian Bielik
Virgil van Dijk
Sebastian Giovinco
Mattia Destro
Marek Hamsik

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/11306375/Arsenal-transfers-Arsene-Wenger-targets-Morgan-Schneiderlin-Christoph-Kramer-and-Tyrone-Mings.html
Morgan Schneiderlin - yes please.
Christoph Kramer - just announced a new deal with Bayer Leverkusen until 2019.
Tyrone Mings - 6"3 left back who could be developed into a CB? Would rather we get a natural CB right away.
Marco Reus - allegedly off to Real Madrid. Would love him but not at the expense of defensive reinforcements.
Stephan El Shaarawy - no thanks.
Krystian Bielik - never heard of him. He's the Polish guy that we've recently been linked with?
Virgil van Dijk - depends on the price - would rather get Winston Reid for £15m than someone from the SPL.
Sebastian Giovinco - not what we need.
Mattia Destro - not what we need.
Marek Hamsik - another CAM? 100% yes lol. (Sarcasm may not be easily identifiable)
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@ Skool. So it did help cheer you up after all :).

@ Deffy. The Kramer deal could still happen. It's a deal that would help his current club get more money from us. I don't think we'll push for him if we can get Sneiderland.

I agree about Mings not being ready right now but is one for the future. This means he won't help us right away.
I'd like both Schneiderlin and Kramer please. Arteta is not getting any younger and neither is Flamini. We might as well start blooding the next generation. I dream of Pogba though.
I think Mings is ready for the PL. He is strong, his physique is perfect for our team and surprisingly very athletic for his size which is what we kind of lack in defence since Kos has his injury issues. I think he has loads of potential but he can make a big impact early, even more than Chambers did which certainly can be great. Plus the fact that he's versatile is essential and a bonus.

Morgan Schneiderlin - hell yes please! He is the player we REALLY NEED. Our CBs are only low on form (except Debuchy) mainly because Arteta has been injured a lot like Kos. Monreal did very well there who also is a player that exceeded my expectations in that position and Debuchy is actually our best CB next to Kos. Merts and Chambers haven't been at their best but i think that is due to the fact that the fit DMs we have don't really compensate with their speed or vision.

The rest of players we're linked with are ok but we don't need them... however, that Krystian Bielik dude is an awesome prospect and we should grab him fast so we won't have any future DM problems either
Haha GSS I like how you keep insisting it's Sneiderland instead of Schneiderlin :p
Im assuming GSS has autocorrect sabotaging him with sneiderland haha ;) I like krahmer a lot, amazing work rate. If reus goes to madrid, maybe we can do our customary swoop for whoever gets left out in the cold. Also where would reus even play with bale on one wing and ronaldo on the other plus Isco/james in the middle is he gonna play up top?
Did you guys see Phil Neville's views on BBC?
Otherwise you can read them here
http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/30571842
yeah I read it this morning. Shows how important it is to defend as a team. Flamini was hung out to dry by Cazorla/Ox and that space was exploited.

I wish our coaching staff had identified this and done something about it. Either force Ox to sit deeper and help Flamini or sub in a more defensive-minded midfielder to do that task.
Yep and the late equaliser was mainly Chambers fault, I went back over it and had another look. Mertesacker was marking Lambert and should've done better but he got a call from Chambers at the time which probably made him hesitate. Crucially however, Monreal pointed out Skrtel to Chambers before the corner was taken, Chambers glanced and saw him, then let him run in un-opposed.

Zonal marking relies on co-ordination and keeping shape, my own team has played it for 3 seasons and we've barely conceded any set pieces. 2 lines of 4 players, usually 1 forward in there as well to watch any runners. You mark a 90 degree cone around your front vision and peripherals. If a player you were marking moves beyond you, you pass them on to the next defender by giving a shout, you don't give chase cos you destroy the defensive shape. If any players run in to attack the corner, you hold them back physically by blocking the space with bodies and this last part is what Arsenal simply don't do well enough.

Liverpool scored because a 19 year old raw defender was told by Monreal to halt the run of the most dangerous aerial threat in their team. Had Giroud still been on the pitch I imagine he would've checked Skrtel's run. Mertesacker had his hands full with Lambert, there was no other physical presence in that backline to challenge Skrtel because Flamini always sits deepest near goal to shield the Keeper if he comes to claim it.

My own team plays a variation of zonal marking on corners that I like. We have our smaller midfielders nearer to goal and let the GK claim the 6 yard box, while our bigger stronger defenders sit further out and halt the runs of attackers. This works doubly well for clearing the ball as the defensive line is already further up the pitch and as the midfield sweep out of the box, the attackers are pushed offside.


The Yellow cone represents the angle of vision which each player is responsible for and then you pass on any player who moves outside of that cone.
The Orange oval represents the area that the Keeper must control and claim the ball inside of. You can see how with the high defensive line, we can easily push their attackers offside with the midfield sweeping out right after the ball is cleared.
This article and picture(s) seems to point towards it being Mertesacker's fault:
Http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2883211/Per-Mertesacker-ducks-issue-Martin-Skrtel-s-header-secures-draw-Anfield.html
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Dailyfail gotta luv em. They dealt with Mertesacker not blocking the header, any excuse to run a story bringing down a player. He probably should've done better BUT the real question is why the header was allowed in the first place. That's what I've answered.
'You hold them back physically,' that's just it isn't it? we can't do that. The evidence is the last several years. Too soft and communication wise, toothless.

Nonetheless no point roaming over this same situation, it's the players and managers job to do that. Onto QPR, at home so regardless of they're win last time out we should be winning comfortably. I don't know about you guys but I'd play Le Coq next to Flames just for the defensive assurity as we left huge gaps in the middle yesterday which on another day it might not be so forgiving.

I'm honestly also not confident facing West Ham, they've got real balance in the team now. Pacy strong attack and a good midfield with Song who I think would've been a fantastic option for us. After that Southampton, well just expect a draw there as we're probably not gonna win there.

Your thoughts on the next three games, do you think we're gonna win all of them?
No we can't hold them physically sadly :( I wouldn't mind seeing Coquelin play, he's very static though, very little movement. Westham might be tricky but Southampton are not the same side without Sneiderlin and we should beat them. QPR should be a win.
I'm being objective here. With our makeshift backline zonal marking is probably the worse defensive approach. Isn't it? Add to that a young Chambers who doesn't have much experience in that position.

Listen, if we're going to have our backline get exploited then I think we should try to see if we could add more goals as a firewall. A two goal lead is better than one simply because we just cannot close out games.

Tracking back at games this season how many goals have we leaked within the last ten minutes of the game? A lot points dropped because we can't close it out and yes Arsene was trying to close out this game much like last year, the only difference is last year we had Kos pairing with Merts.
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I thought Match of the Day broke it down really obviously. We were zonal marking. Every single person stood their ground except for Monreal.

Monreal followed Sakho's run instead of letting him go. He stayed goal-side, like man-marking, leaving that huge gap for Skrtel to run into.

I don't think it was Merts or Chamber's fault. Nacho abandoned the zonal marking. You could see Sakho's run is going straight into like 3 of our players so Nacho should've passed him off and stayed in his zone.
Was anyone else surprised how many times you saw coquelin carrying the ball forward into attack? I wouldn't have minded earlier in the game but he was clearly subbed on to shore up the protection for the defense and instead he seemed to be doing his best b2b impression and dribbling forward, I was going crazy each time pool hit us on the quick counter
Interesting Stat. Telegraph recently created a poll asking which position Arsenal needs to fill. 35.98 said Central Defense. 48.24 said Defensive Midfield.

Telegraph is also reporting Sneiderland, age 25 will be our primary target and we'll produce a massive offer (regions of 25m £) enough to see off Tottenham and Liverpool. If the above fails then our second target will be Kramer, age 23 which btw is said to be a bit more complicated since he's currently on a season's long loan. Leverkusen currently values the player in the regions of 20m £.

Last note, 6'3" Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings is expected to join Arsenal in January.
I have one major question with Mings, is he ready?

Another question, should we spend massively on a proper well experienced Central Defender in January and possibly go in for a proper DM during the summer? Or, a proper DM during January and maybe a Tyron Mings would be suffice?
Tyrone Mings is a great lad, motivated and hard working. I first saw him as a kid at Bristol Rovers. It will be a shame to see him go but he's ready for Premier League football.
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Thanks Wingson. Cool that we have someone from the lower leagues here. Hope to see you around more.
Nabil Fekir.

21 year old French/Algerian currently plays for Lyon. His father recently came out and said he'd rather see his son play for Arsenal instead of Manchester City. While comparing him to Messi is a far reach (Lyon President) he still has an Arsenal feel to him. His strengths are dribbling, passing and shots on goal.


We've heard football player parents say that before. But they only want the best for their child, children can be stubborn.


And tbf Im only interested in his soccer mom. XD
Worst season ever.

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Aug 2003. must have been our invincible season ;)
Utd fans were sure much more bearable under moyes. A series of good results and the arrogance is back right up, not just in various corners of footytube.
+8
honestly they deserved to laugh back at any rival who make jokes at them, especially at Arsenal and Liverpool who are so confident about ourselves finish above them beginning of the season. I can't blame them for hating Liv as they are their direct rival, but we deserved this from Man Utd fans. Treat it as a lesson.
+4
True that. In that sense some of our fans were disrespectful last year as well, and I'm one of the first to point it out. But still though, arrogance is not pleasant regardless of what team it's coming from.
+1
Their breath of arrogance suffocates the rivals, until it kills themselves in the end.
+1
United - the most hated team in football
+1
Really? I actually like arrogance. I mean whether it comes from me, or whether I am the recipient of the arrogance. Kind of adds spice to an otherwise boring life.
well, things must be going well if other fans hate you again.

all fan bases have their fair share of pricks though, to be fair.
Ever wonder why carzola is in such an amazing form ? yes he joined Illuminati recently and it was confirmed yesterday .

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5ZmWv6IUAAf1UP.jpg

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Lol!
LMFAO! this illuminati businiess is getting out of hand!! ahhahah
Turn the Arsenal crest upside down and straighten the roundness, it becomes a triangle. Simple mathematics. We're losing because they wanna kill us all with heart attacks. Its all coming together now.
Words of advice. If you're depressed then google Arsenal transfer stories. That'll help.
that doenst help at all.
+2
Endless articles about Fukin No Wan.

He can't be all that good, almost like having a body less. Yep still depressed.
GSS forgot to add this to his post ;)

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Claude cheered me up enough, he is hilarious.

Lmao he aint having Christmas, it's abandoned. Some of these fans, muppets.
Guys, Seriously pull your s**t together. Are we gonna bitch and moan about every freaking game we don't win. We played like ass and got a point at Anfield. FFS even United fans were saying there were happy with a point at Villa yesterday. Liverpool are a bit above the ranks of Villa last time I checked.

There's so much up and down with Arsenal fans this year...are you all hungover from our great first half of the season last year?
+1
We have tiny flippin players compared to the entire league. And we wonder why can't defend set pieces??? Your own eyes are deceiving you. Suppose it's Wenger's fault we can't jump higher?

Sure you can compensate that for being ruthless and challenge harder, but we'd get more stupid fouls and cards.
+1
lol those utd fans who said they were happy are kidding themselves, we won away to arsenal and southampton with a worse performance, but happy with a draw at 10-man villa? most fans were left frustrated as hell, but it's certainly better to draw than lose as we were headed for a loss until falcao scored.

to drop 2 points in 9 minute injury time must be a bitch, i dunno how anyone could walk away feeling happy but in the grand scheme a point at anfield is better than you got last season so i can see why some are relieved overall.
+2
no we won't put our s**t together wtf ! thats a plumbers job.
+1
I'm just angry within the confines of the match itself. It was a frustrating 90 minutes, and we had it in our clutch (somehow) and threw away 3 big points in unacceptable fashion. I don't think it'll have a huge affect on the top 4 race, I still expect us to make it there and I do not give Liverpool anymore than a 5% chance of it, probably less honestly. That view wasn't going to change unless they beat us 10-0 today.

I would never ever go as far some of the others on here who, just because we conceded a late goal at Anfield, immediately call for Wenger's head and make ridiculous statements. It's not necessary to analyze Wenger's career and the standing of the club just because we didn't win today. Sometimes we talk too much about the general picture and not enough about the match. I'm really angry at what happened at the end of the match, but in a few weeks when we're maybe in 4th, or a few months, however long it takes, I won't give a s**t about today.
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^ respect.
+1
Next 6 games will be the difference for both teams, I think you guys have to play West Ham, Stoke and City. We are playing some of the teams we've already beaten in Leicester, Swansea and Totts, hardest games for us are West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa. We might not make top 4 but over the next 6 games might overtake you temporarily. Sturridge is also back soon. Will be extremely tight now that most of our players are starting to gel.
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23
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36
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39
22
14
36
2
3
12
17
2
32
12
18
30
3
5
9
17
3
31
10
19
29
4
4
9
17
4
29
15
13
28
6
2
9
17
5
27
9
21
30
4
6
7
17
6
27
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23
22
6
3
8
17
7
25
3
19
22
6
4
7
17
8
23
-5
23
18
6
5
6
17
9
22
-3
24
21
7
4
6
17
10
21
0
27
27
6
6
5
17
11
20
-10
21
11
7
5
5
17
12
19
-3
21
18
7
4
5
16
13
19
-9
24
15
4
10
3
17
14
17
-6
23
17
8
5
4
17
15
17
-12
32
20
10
2
5
17
16
15
-8
27
19
8
6
3
17
17
15
-14
26
12
8
6
3
17
18
13
-9
24
15
8
7
2
17
19
10
-14
29
15
11
4
2
17
20
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6
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8
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