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Does not look good... Even with just 2 more losses and one more draw out of 14 remaining games, it puts us a point behind City. Bad robot...

http://www.thesportbible.com/articles/football-manager-2016-predicts-outcome-of-premier-league-season-2015-16-040216
Must win games are the ties with Leicester, City and Spurs.

Those points are crucial as it is in our hands
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City will be crucial. Penult game of the season
If we were to lose a few point out of those it better not be against spur city or leichester those game are crucial. I think we can afford to lose 5 point if you look at our rival schedule i be surprise if they win most of their fixture all of them had some tough game
it will get interesting again once europe resumes. leicester city just may win the league
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Like we've said from the beginning (10-15 games in), this season will probably be a tight season with a very low level of points for the champions.

If we continue with the same ratio, we'll finish with 71 pts: (45/24) * 38 = 71.25 pts. We are averaging 1.875 per game.
The lowest ever in the PL while finishing champions are ManU with 75 pts (1.97 per game).
So it would need to be a record.

But more likely, we need to finish stronger. The best players are coming back now, we're getting our best attacking player (Alexis) and our core midfielders back for the final rush (Coquelin, Cazorla). So it's possible to finish with a higher average of points than now. Given the way the other top teams have been performing, averaging around 2 points a game would be enough to take it.

The Barça draw, I see it as positive. In the end, we have less pressure than if we played against a so called weaker team than us. We would have played our best players anyway. Now we either go out and have less games to play, without feeling like we should have gone through, or we go through Barça and it could be a massive confidence boost. Either way we'll be relieved or boosted.

It's very difficult to anticipate right now for the title: who would have thought the top 4 would include Leicester and Spurs right now? And it's probably going to be the final top 4.

But we do need to win the next game imo because more than 5 points could be tricky to climb back.
The player i want the most for Arsenal is Neymar. Imagine him as our number 9? Him alexis and ozil 😋
Realistically i think him leaving will not be within the next 5 if we're lucky 4 years. By then one of those two if not both will most likely be looking to move for a new challenge😖
keep dreaming :3
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I think we can afford to lose 5 point out of the remaining points
Theo is well described by this Godspeed...[ I like this moderator because he is so critical on the untouched facts about arsenal players and the manager]. Some-one's love to a player and reality is totally different. This dude has never been great. It is true, once in a while he scores some beautiful goal. Once again, apart from his speed, he is almost....
Theo should go to the Chinese league. That'll do good for him and his career imo. They're buying up everybody anyway.
Its getting ridiculous lol. Only reason to even play in Chinese league is clearly for the money.
+3
Flamini to Chinese League for 20m. lmao
the whole texiera thing is hilarious. i thought he wanted more exposure in brazil so he could join the NT? so the solution is to move even further away, to some obscure league that not many if any brazilians will watch.
Maybe he got a thing for Chinese girls
+1
Man it's funny how you've completely turned on Theo GSS. I wonder if you'll stick with that when he get's some form back
+3
Let's compare Arsenal bold stats for Alexis, Giroud and Theo (goals per game, all competitions):

A - 0.51
G - 0.58
T - 0.39

Theo is not a consistent player and drops of form come to him more often than to the others.
- Rosa injury is a rupture. Doubtful he will play for Arsenal again. Pity...

- Benik will kick tires on Sunday to score against us)

- Ashley Cole's move to LA Galaxy will see the 35-year-old receive just £4,000-a-week in wages - poor Cashley.
Rosicky body cannot play anymore, a least not in Premier League. He should retire or come play in MLS in USA. lol
+2
Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Ox, Walcott.

whats the need to pick 4 defensive players as subs at home? We had only ox and walcott to bring in. we could have had a creative player iwobi or a runner elneny. probably wont change the result much but i'd rather have the options.
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Iwobi is ahead of Walcott in my opinion.

Here's a comparison:

STRENGTHS
Iwobi: conversion rate, holdup play, ball control, decision making, stronger, (striking ability possibly better), composure, linkup play.

Theo: Speed, nice guy, married.

Iwobi wins hands down. I don't wanna put pressure on the kid but play him on the wings like United with 19 year old Martial who to me is the current best young striker in the league though deployed on the wings.
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I would also put Ox ahead of Theo... He is equally pacey but has better composure, shot and trickery. Both are prone to decision making mistakes though, but Ox is younger and still can improve
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U forgot English for theo
Walcott is ahead of Ox and Iwobi. He's out of form at the moment, benched and playing on the wing doesn't help either.

At the moment, I would start Walcott up front with Sanchez and OX just for a change....Giroud can sit on the bench against Bouremouth. lol
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I think people need to get of Theo back for a bit.. yes he is not playing well, he is out of form.. He was beasting before the injury, when he played upfront.. Everyone praised him and now all of sudden 19 years old kid is ahead of him..
+2
Listen ppl the problem isn't theo the problem is that he shouldn't be playing on the flanks
Exactly what Arsenal718 said. Theo was very effective when played as a striker, so much memory loss around here.
I want to see how Wellington Silva will do in our team. I think he look really promising.
Well he's better than Walcott and Ox on the wing i'll tell you that much!
^Are you being watching Bolton Wanderers?
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Yes i have and that kid is dynamite when he gets going on the wings, his shots aren't very good though and he needs more composure but his trickery is top rate. Sure fire Brazilian on our hands.

I remember Arsene Wenger describing him as a breath taking player when asked about him in training.
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Good to know, may be next year Wenger will bring him into the first team.. For me he is some mystery..
You cant say anything from youtube but boy that wellington is really amazing with all the trick and he got pace too i think as of it right now he look way better than waloctt and ox
Seem like this could be Suarez year for Ballondor
He won't even be in top 3, given his past ... unfortunate really
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I know people here strongly disagree with my views but if you actually looked at our club from a different perspective you'd see how much we're underachieving. Now I know many people will say 'we've never been a club to win trophies year in year out so if your looking for that support another club', the foundations that have been set from our previous success and the global support alongside our reasonable amounts of funds will always warrant trophies from fans. It doesn't matter what we were, it matters what we are now.

Which brings me to Wenger, I've been his biggest hater. I can admit that. But I have always respected and appreciated what he has done for our club. From the man management to his early philosophy, he was brilliant. Now most of his success has been from 1997 to 2005, after that of course the several years of no trophy which I believe was an achievement that equals his early years because of how he fought his way through all the debt and settling with little funds and still managing to keep this club as a giant in football.

But now, we're ever strong financially, supported thoroughly. Fans are dreaming big but we see the same things we seen during the last ten years. A weak mentality, bottling games where we should be taking advantage. I can't recall the amount of opportunities we have had to open up a gap at the top of the table, we could have easily been 8-9 point ahead but we've bottled it EVERY single time. Now you could say the same could be said for City, but we have a manager that has been managing in the league for 20 years, such amount of experience, he should've made the difference.

Now I don't believe we will win the title, our inconsistencies will derail us in the end. I'm simply just looking at the bigger picture, I'd rather look at the perspective than the moment. All this brings me to this, this has quite easily been our best chance of the PL in a decade, it's been a long journey already and we've took huge bumps along the way and IF Wenger doesn't win the title, which has arguably been our best chance, should he leave? I genuinely think he should if he doesn't because this is a race we should be winning but we look to be lagging once again.

But I genuinely always am hopping, even when I seem I've given up I'd never lose hope, never. There's a reason why I always come back, because I love this club and it brings me joy.
+7
Wenger's contract runs out at the end of next season so I would give him that time, if only because he deserves to be respected on his way out.

But I have seen a huge change between the 2005-2013 period and the 2014-2016 period in which we were financially coming back.

1) The team chemistry of the Invincibles is finally back even if you have to admit that the players' abilities aren't quite at the same level. The Invincibles were a pretty special bunch. We no longer lose our best players and we've been adding a big name in each season (Ozil, Alexis, Cech). That's not bad at all, given that we still can't match the financial ability of ManCity, Chelsea, and ManUtd.

2) We have youth players who are actually coming through the ranks now instead of our failed proteges of past such as Vela, Fran Merida, Miquel, Nordveit, Frimpong, and the like.

3) We've been competing more for the title this season instead of scraping by for 4th place.

As far as Wenger's performance is concerned, IMO:

1) There haven't been many games this season where it was Wenger's tactics that actually lost us a game. You can't say Southampton was Wenger's fault - just unlucky finishing. Chelsea games involved red cards. I think, actually, in the league there's been very few points dropped that was down to Wenger being outmanaged. The mistake that stands out to me was the too drastic of a change in the UCL.

2) I think he's done quite well to get us in the title mix. In terms of squad strength, I'd say ManCity's squad is better than ours. Spurs have drastically improved too and they probably have a squad as good as ours. Leicester plays about half the games we play. I think we're where we should expect to be if we look objectively at our competitors. The only disappointment has been our recent string of points dropped, and most of these points dropped were not down to Wenger's tactics.

3) Look how quiet the January window was. I'm not sure Wenger could've done more. I do think we could've brought in a DM in the summer but maybe we needed more scouting to be convinced of Elneny.

So while I think this season has been the best chance to win the league for us, I still think we're on the ascendancy. It's not exactly easy to come back to title contention after 10 years, especially when a new financial giant in ManCity has come to life.
+3
Sjsung.

Personally, I think point one is totally invalid when you look at the circumstances of not winning anything. If you think the likes of Ozil and Alexis will sign a new contract through thick and thin you have another thing coming. We'll continue to lose too players if we don't end up winning the league.

Your point 3 is also not totally correct if you look at the reason behind us competing. The only way we've been competing for the title is because City's been s**t but is now grinding out points as well as Chelsea's demise so the default leads us into that position. If fact we've regressed in terms of competition while rivals gain on us...Spurs come to mind.

For the sake of a measuring stick I'll use Spurs as an example. How can a young manager getting into his second season and has already clearly defined what his team should be? His team chemistry is way ahead of ours. Defense is way ahead of ours, plus add to that the youth system is ahead of ours.

What about Leiceter? How about first season doing this much to compete for the title. Arsene's 20th season (or something like that) and we still can't beat Chelsea, we still can't beat Mourinho.

Listen, I'm my own harshest critic because the nature of my job requires me to be so. And maybe I'm being too harsh, but given the financial backing we have including the large resources beyond both Leicester and Spurs you gotta wonder where the problem lies.
+6
Really hard to believe gss has actually critic the team, players and manager, where there was once he was against those who complaint about the team. Tbh, I'm not quite surprise to where are we now, I had actually see this coming, where I said we will go back to where we belongs (4th) weeks ago. Things can change fast and I still think this is the best season we can win the title, its not totally over yet, but if u ask me to expect us win against the likes of man utd away, city away, spurs and Leicester with our current situation, its really hard. I am still here to be hopeful we win the league this season. I do not wanna rant, but just hoping for a miracle


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