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Those on the forum who follow German football mind giving some analysis on whats going wrong for Dortmund?
Waaay too many line changes, honest to god it changes every game and there's no consistency as a result. Heavy reliance on players not at 100% due to injuries(Reus, Gundogan etc) and an overall lack of solid depth from the academy like in previous years cos too many of their big game players and veterans are either too old or have been sold. Nobody's really steering the ship, if a side shows confidence and desire vs them, they crumble and lose self belief in games.
I think is psychological, there is no other explanation, in cl they seem fearless, in the league they are afraid to lose thus they lose, but i believe they would wake up, but right now for top 4 looks long off.
Things aren't going to get any better for them considering when January rolls around teams are going to want to make a swoop for their best player Reus.
Also just for fun this is all the injuries Diaby has had during his time a the club.

http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/players/1284/vassiriki_diaby_injury.html?affid=77
Lets go crazy with stats, this is the percentage of the season each player missed due to injury last season.....

http://injuryleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/arsenal.jpg
I got bored of studying so i decided to do a little statistical inference on the number of points, wins, draws and loses the winning epl team has at the end of the season, also the number of points on average they would have currently at the end of October (where we are currently).

So i took my data from the 2006/2007 to last season ( frankly i couldnt be bothered going further back). On average the total points gained by the winning team is 87, with the lowest point being 86 and highest being 90 (united in 09). Average number of draws is 6.375 so saw 7, with lowest being 5 and highest being 11. Loses average is 5 with a low boundary of 4 and high of 6.

What i think would really interest people is that at the end of the october period is average points from the winning epl team is 22.625 so 23, with the lowest point at this period being 18 again united in 09 and highest being 28 City in 2011.

So what we can gain from this is that firstly im a lazy statistician because this is no way the best analysis and i can do better. However Chelsea are well on their way to winning the epl( well anyone can see that) and Arsenal might as well right off this season as well, unless there is a miracle because we are below the lower boundary as well of points gained at the current period.
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Our performances are really worrying, gotta up our game because this is just not good enough.

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Apparently Podolski didn't look happy at all on the bench today, and I caught sight of Campbell late on in the game and he wasn't too pleased either.

Welbeck, Cazorla and Ox were pretty bad the last few games yet they started today. They were not good today as well, and I personally understand as a player its frustrating sitting on the bench when you know you have quality and feel like you could do better than the players currently on the pitch.

Edit: Rosa is also said to be unhappy with his playing time
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Podolski and Campbell will probably leave in January. I wouldn't be mad at all, they deserve to be playing not warming the bench.
I don't think either will leave in January, MAYBE Campbell on loan to a Premiership club but I can't see anything other than that. Poldi will surely leave next summer.
Its has been 9 EPL games now. They have hardly played. I mean what would that kind of treatment do to confidence of a player? Does anyone remember what Wenger used to do during the Invincibles Era? Though I remember Henry playing almost all the games. We had an extremely fit squad at that time.
Problem is Wenger is not learning. He will never win anything big with this attitude.
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Someone on here was talking about wenger trying to maintain fleuncy by not rotating the players, but people forget by not rotating u cause disharmony and low morale in the team, your team is stronger when bench players know that they can come in and contribute as much as the starters or they have a chance to compete for a place, but right now wenger is only rotating based on who is out injured, of course poldi,rosa and campbell are not happy, y should they?, they can understand not starting against the likes of mancity, chelsea, manunited etc but not against the likes of 8-0 sunderland or no win yet burley really!, hmm i think we are losing our credentials has a big club, Piers Morgan was right we are playing, thinking and acting like a small team right now.
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On the contrary, this isn't the time when is expect them to get lots of playing time. This happens every season, especially with rosicky he racks up a bunch of starts and sub appearances in mid-end of season when our attacking midfielders get injured. I also doubt he is unhappy with playing time, wenger has said that rosa's play time will be cut back and carefully managed so he can stay fit as he ages and that was part of the new contract he signed I believe
Kudos to SAF. He recently mentioned he was happy for Arsene's FA Cup victory. I'm actually pleased both managers are friends after retirement.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sir-alex-ferguson-im-happy-4480430
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Listen, this was a tough game, we lacked confidence and cutting edge because of the midweek game away. We then played a Sunderland who came out blazing at home since last wee's defeat. We have yet another injury, but that's normal since we pickup injuries every week.

Yet, based on how choppy our team is (because of injuries) we still picked up a valuable 3 points. I think we'll get there but need some form of mental strength which we will eventually get back sooner or later.

What I really want everybody to do is look and study Welbeck's movement up front, ball control, his workrate. Unfortunately, I don't think he has that cutting edge about him that we'll need in a Striker/CF. He somewhat makes this up by great workrate upfront but he lacks vision to lay off the ball into open space. He tries to hold it up himself but slows our attacks down.

Once again, look at why we're playing so dicy up front, no Giroud. His iq is above a lot of CF's plus he's dominant in the air and is unbelievable in open play while only lacking speed and great finishing ability.

I hate when you have people come on and claim how worthless he is but yet fail to notice how vital his defensive headers are, this includes his power, his 1-2 touches, his workrate, his holdup plays, his attitude, his areal ability in attack, and his good looks. This is one of his best attributes because the opposition stares at him all day while we play 1-2's through their defense.

Overall, I hope Welbeck gets to learn more but if he doesn't he'll be definitely seeing the bench more often than Campbell's buttocks.
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No man isn't a little gay for Giroud, I agree. Welbeck just doesn't have the looks to be a top CF in the league. I can't believe Wenger is such an idiot and hasn't recognized this, it's a sackable offense in my opinion.

+1
Giroud and Welbeck up top could be lethal, we have one player who has fantastic hold up play, and the other that loves running through the defence, they could make a formidable partnership
I think welbeck has good movement and it will only improve as he plays more with the team. what I don't like is his first touch/ball control. whenever he needs to make space by nudging the ball ahead/turning a little he falls on the floor. The most annoying thing is he always passes backwards when he should do 1-2s. (afterall thats one thing we overdo)
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Welbeck is too one dimensional right now to be considered a top player. He is by no means a bad player but if we are being honest he is a step below Giroud, who himself is not top class. But I certainly hope Welbeck improves and gains a real striker's instinct.

We miss Giroud, he was never as bad has people made him seem, he just needed help up top. His finishing is questionable sometimes but he is useful in a lot of ways for us.
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No Xgoon.

We have only two CF options, no way we'll risk playing both at the same time. Plus we have Theo coming back, Ox, and a whole host of others who'll be waiting to get on in a different position.

Maybe if we're throwing the kitchen sink but I don't see us doing that. Giroud will be back before Ozil so I'd rather play Ramsey behind him with theo on the right and Alexis on the left.
Wait. Who on here was saying a few weeks ago..."Welbeck, the next Henry"???

Well, don't look at me. Who on Gods' green footy would blaspheme such a thing?
WOW we were so so lucky today!! AGENT MANNONE!!!! xD
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felt bad for him. The defender is at fault too, passing onto his weak foot in that situation.
Either foot, that pass back was so unprofessional. I can't believe that. Totally set Mannone up for failure.
I watched our clincher again, and I'm pretty sure Alexis starts celebrating and then realizes none of our guys are coming to congratulate him. You can even see Santi turn away and start walking back after we've just sealed the match, looking more depressed than anything.

It's good to be disappointed when you've played poorly but we just seem to be low on happiness almost, I know that sounds ridiculous. It's like we aren't enjoying ourselves at all at the moment, but that's one thing that's key to being successful. The only guy who plays with a smile at the moment is Alexis. After he scored, he takes one look at puts his arms up and then himself looks depressed.

WHY IS THIS HURTING ME SO MUCH?!?
+9
Yeah Santi used to always be smiling. Was strange how no one celebrated.
+2
our players seem to be hopeless
+4
My 2 cents (sense).

Players are being reserved because they see how much we've been conceding. They're looking for the inevitable.

I also don't think the players aren't happy with Alexis, it's more like they're all disgusted with themselves not playing up to standard.

What I did enjoy is actually seeing Arteta coming up and congratulating him. It was also Arteta who tried to comfort Vido in the end as well. That's a classy move by our captain.
+6
Could've been a sign of respect for Mannone b/c he completely blundered that s**t. I wouldn't cheer for a gift of a goal like that on my ex-keeper/teammate.
When he stopped celebrating I thought the goal was getting called back or something. Santi was down in the dumps today and had an unusually terrible game.
+1
Good weekend so far, Arsenal win, Liverpool draw and City lose. Hopefully a draw tomorrow and it's the perfect weekend.
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