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Don't know if anyone noticed but Villa had several open header chances against us on Gibbs's end. That's a cause for concern. Villa was riding the wave but got knocked back psychologically when we scored the first.

It's a better performance by us but I kept on screaming to sub Chambers because he's on a yellow and still committing himself into challenges too much.

Revisiting the areal issue, against a team like Chelsea Costa will be ruthless in the box and is way more physical than all the forwards we've played against so far.

So the real question is how do we stop him as well as stopping Cesc's deadly final 3rd passes? Are there any weakness to Costa? Can we potentially play up falling down a bit more allowing the referee to see how physical he can be? I'm not saying playing acting but let the ref know that this guy's being way too physical.

I may catch some flack for this but I'd say use his strength against him.

As for the Southhampton game, I'd rather rest some of our defenders. Id rather not risk another injury to the most meaningless cup than lose an already depleted defense. So what if we lose against them, we get criticized for a week then we'll move on by responding to Spurs. This will give Spirs some false hope against us while not knowing what's ahead.

These are just some thoughts ahead of some important games.
we have koscielny who can man mark him as an option. But i think both Mertesacker and Koscielny will have to take turns and zonal mark him..depending on who's zone he enter's. We can't let him pull Koscielny out of the way and leaver Mertesacker exposed. As for cesc..i think we just have to hope flamini is up for it. We're going to need him to bully Chelsea early on and stop them from asserting any dominance. It's not a game for Arteta..also the tracking back from gibbs and chambers needs to be spot on for that one. What's important is we keep our shape. Let them play on their half and press them in the middle, don't make it easy on cesc.

Reason why am saying flamini will be key for us..is he has a way of inspiring more defensive efforts from the team..and if he can inspire wilshere and ramsey i think we have a chance..from all the years i've watched fabregas i'd say the best way to stop him is to bully him.
Great game ;) :D 3 home games (Soton, Spurs and Galatasaray) then Chelsea Away..

Hope to win all these games in London ;)
All hail Paderborn 07

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXE5Z1yBTBs

Stoppelkamp 83 metre goal
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Dat placement too.
sign him up !
Have you guys seen the Real Madrid highlights from yesterday? They scored 8 goals and basically all of them could have been goals of the week!

http://www.lastminutegoals.org/deportivo-la-coruna-vs-real-madrid-la-liga-highlights-full-match/
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I was just thought of the same thing. But their defence is terrible.

Another thing that puzzles me, how on earth does Gareth Bale look normal despite scoring 2 goals? If he'd done that in the premier league, he'd be all over the papers.
Chicha spending too much time with Ronaldo..The way he shaped his body for both goals just reminded me of how Ronaldo would approach things
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@Malik
Yeah, I get that, but it's unreal. You'd think that the fact that he disappeared off the radar of the tabloids would mean he's not doing well, but his stats indicate otherwise, he's still performing well, but there's almost no publicity on him at all. Same thing happened to Isco and Modric. On Barca's end, even Neymar's publicity has disappeared. Is the Ronaldo and Messi factor that overwhelming though?
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@LGW , That hype and exposure is a thing he sacrificed in order to play with ronaldo ( or e.g neymar and suarez with messi )

There never gona be a player that can overshadow either of messi and ronaldo while playing with them .
I feel like on a different day 2 or 3 of their wonder goals don't go in and coruna finish two or 3 of their clear chances and its a very different game.
According to footytube you can't criticize a player ever and if you wish he tries/does better, you are really wishing he is sold? lol

I will say I am one of the people to criticize Ozil's performances but I think that's just. Don't think he should leave or he's bad but I do wish he would try harder and today he did so. He even filled Koscienly's spot at one time when there was a risky play which I was happy to see. I don't take back any critiques of him though, I just hope he can carry this form and mentality into big games like he did in RM.
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Regardless of view points, surely we can all co-exist no?
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This is F@#%$&* awesome
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PaW Update
Co-Winners this week!

Congratulations to AussieGooner and Diontan! They correctly picked the winning combo of Arsenal & Southampton, and they can't be mathematically overtaken tomorrow. BUT, tomorrow's matches could still play a big role in the monthly tournament, especially for Riglore and Mugiwara since LFCRockz didn't pick this week.

Week 3 Leaderboard (Sept 20 - Sept 23)

46 -- AussieGooner14*, Diontan524*
25 -- Ninja4ks, Sjsung, Gunnzo, YungGunner, Miniature1313, .....cont....
25 -- .....Goonerincali, Riglore, Herrera18, Badge
00 -- Mugiwara, Zakulon, Puttu86, Godspeedysick
never thought i'd say this, C'mon city!
think it's good if city wins...We might drop out of top four but more importantly we remain 3 points behind. I want our players to head into the NLD knowing that a win will give them a chance to be tied at number one
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hope city and chelsea get a draw.
Nice!
Thanks again for doing this Sj.
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Common Everton!!!! Xd
Someone want to shed a light on the slight formation reversion today? It seemed closer to the 4-2-3-1, and even if it was 4-1-4-1, this time we had a CM pairing of Ramsey-Ozil rather than Ramsey-Wilshere with Ozil given a free role from the left side.

I liked the way we played today. I think today's set-up is better for us - for me it's clear that we have 5 players who can play the central position: Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, and Rosicky. The first 3 needs to be rotated so that only the best 2 starts, regardless of a 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1. I think no matter what formation we play, playing all 3 is suicidal because Ramsey and Wilshere are too similar. If we play Ramsey and Wilshere together, that's okay, but that takes away from Ozil's natural game IMO no matter where he's played.

CDM: Arteta, Flamini (rotate 1/2), Coquelin
CAM: Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere (rotate 2/3), Cazorla, Rosicky
WG: Alexis, Walcott, Chamberlain, Cazorla (rotate 2/4), Podolski, Gnabry
ST: Welbeck, Sanogo, Walcott, Alexis, Podolski
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Another thing that I noticed was Ramsey putting in a better shift defensively.
You're focusing on the wrong end Sjsung, Wenger knows very well that we attack better in a 4-2-3-1, we did it all last season. He's concerned with making us better defensively vs the big boys. You should be looking at our fullbacks and how they work with the wingers selected. Chambers did the job today but honestly Villa didn't throw much at us.
Zomg!! Only 3-0???? 42.5mil for a player and he only gets 1 goal 1 assist? Sell Ozil already, get us a real playmaker...
Welbeck only scored once? Man Ian Wright would've got a hattrick at least, sell him too.
We did better without Wilshere in the middle, sell him as well, as for Ramsey he didn't even get an assist, sell him as well and get us some real players!!! We're Arsenal ffs we want world class players on the bench and on the pitch, spend some money!!!

Wenger out, the guy's got no clue. Now excuse me while I go be the worst kind of fan and having finally won a match I can stop slagging off the team and go back to heaping praise, bragging and laughing at my rivals when they lose.
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*bows*
You've just summed up Footytube.
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Preach
lol
U had me at zomg!! ahaha
lol. One win and ppl ji*z... sums up footytube! #4thplacetrophy
and who was the defender? oh wait "Senderos"...he's awesome!
where is diaby though
I sold him too
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Damn. Ur slacking
Only thing Ozil didn't do right was that volley attempt..would have been some goal...I like welbeck's movement in that one..i think If Ozil wasn't focused on shooting he could have picked him out for a lovely assist
Cat version of Zilch

http://weknowgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/f**k-this-thing-cat.gif
hahaha exactly footytube Arsenal 'fans' right there.
seems to be only supporting Arsenal when they're winning
what's annoying is the same people who we're bashing him last week..will be all over the page this week claiming they always knew he could do it..Just too many fickle people on this site..
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^I still insist we were never in crisis and I still insist we need to try counter attacks. Those views will not be changing any time soon.
We do play counter attacking footy..But normally it occur's when we're ahead. If we get used to siting deep in every game..we will be terrible at breaking down a parked bus..
@ Zilch, when the team dont play well, we do need to say its s**t, when wenger made a mistake (he did made some from the beginning of the season) we need to speak about it..We cant keep smiling and saying its a perfect world when it goes wrong..When some goes mad when we loose, its a great evidence that they cherished that club.. the love showed to the club differ from someone to another
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Zilch is not saying don't criticize at all..His saying be constructive in your criticism with points we can all take...
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Peter's on the money, Chellen you missed the point. I'll try and be more sarcastic next time.
So what team against Southampton, I wouldn't play Chambers because I believe if he gets one more yellow he's suspended for the Totenham game correct me if I'm mistaken.

Ospina
Bellerin Hayden Mert/Kos Monreal/Gibbs
Flamini Wilshere
Ox Rosa Poldi
Sanchez/Sanogo
Might work simply cos Ox is on the RW. Problem with Bellerin is that like Debuchy, he sits further forward than Chambers(who held back) and that means there's space for runs in behind which didn't exist with Sagna playing defensively. The Ox might help simply cos he requires less assistance going forwards and therefore the fullback might not bomb forward as often. This is what Wenger's been experimenting with preventing with this flatter formation squeezing the defensive lines closer together.

I think Rosa's more of a super sub these days(getting old) and Poldi is never going yo get the nod due to his poor training performances. Sanchez up front sounds good. Midfield pairing seems a bit aggressive, Flamini hasn't been tracking back very well lately. Just my thoughts though.
Our fullbacks bombing forward at every opportunity has cost us alot the past few games, today with Chambers we looked more assured and stable there because he attacked at the right times and was disciplined in his defensive performance bar some rash descisions which I expect him to learn from of course. Ox as you mentioned doesn't need much assistance as to Sanchez who's more of a hug the ball type of player and he needs runners across him to open some space and that's where the problem lies because if the play doesn't work out we're caught on the counter. That's something Arsene needs to sort and I'm sure he's already got the solution in Walcott.

As to playing the likes of Rosa, Poldi and Flamini it's basically keeping the team fresh, fit and happy. We've lost many key players because of AW being stubborn in regards to rotation.
I think campbell will play. May be in place of Ox/wilshere.
My god we agreed on something lol :) Yeh Chambers helped a lot but the yellow cards are a worry with big games looming. I wish we'd recall Jenkinson but not sure if we're allowed to. I'm a huge fan of Rosa but I think he's a super sub these days unless it's against Spurs lol :D Biggest worry for me is that Arteta doesn't seem to have the legs he had last season, might need Flamini alongside Ramsey for the middle. Ramsey can rotate with Wilshere but cover for Flamini might be an issue. And yes I think Walcott will help a great deal with not exposing our fullbacks.
I thought it was 10 yellows for a suspension btw? Also the key to resting players and keeping the team rolling on is not to rest too many at once. Keep the side pretty much the same and only rest 1 or 2. Too much change causes lack of cohesion.
Canon: I don't think Campbell's being showing much aptitude at training tbh
Oh I thought it was 5, we good then. Just hope we can get to January unscathed, if were still in contention a few signings will do us wonders. Not putting my money on it though, you never know with Wenger.
If Sporting Lisbon hadn't sold Rojo to United and loaned in Nani they would've probably accepted our 24 mil bid but at the last minute they bumped it back up to 35 mil and let's be honest, for an unproven young player that's a hell of a lot. For another 7.5 Real Madrid sold us Ozil for gods sake. I'm sure that annoyed Wenger a lot. The one I was most annoyed with though was not getting Nastasic on loan for whatever reason, maybe City wouldn't budge.
but, its still Carling cup and thats a pretty strong team. we can play likes of ozil,alexis,wilshere from bench.
Well maybe, depends how seriously AW approaches it.
NO!!! venga should not play any of our regular starters in that match. They all need a mid-week break. The squad should only have bench-warmers and young gunz..I wouldn't be upset if we got knocked out as a result. We have bigger priorities e.g playing catch up in the ucl..
nah, for campbell case everyone is just guessing, no one have a clue seriously. He is hungry to prove a point to wenger when he is out on loan and even in world cup he shine as well. He stated he would love to be back at arsenal. Unless AW stated he has a training attitude, else stop judging him like that.
I just remember Campbell's attitude towards diving and how unsportsmanlike he was. I wouldn't be surprised if that carried over to training tbh, hope I'm wrong. And yes Ox has seniority atm.

Peter getting booted out of Carling Cup means a media feeding frenzy, not what we want going into an NLD. Also Flamini should rest cos right now I think he's a better choice than Arteta who really seemed to be lacking the legs.
With Campbell it might be a case of seniority. Maybe wenger doesn't see much difference in what he can offer on the wings compared to chamberlain(he needs to blow him out of the park)..so his sticking to chamberlain cause it would be unfair on him. It's just purely pecking order. Right now he has to prove it in the league cup first...I think he will start seeing more action now that we're juggling the league cup, Ucl and Epl
@Zilch I think that's wrong to assume about Campbell. I remember at his first loan he encountered the problems with training and had a hard time adjusting to the league. The coach however set him straight and he always talks about that loan being a changing point for him to work harder and not assume he will be a starter all the time.
I think that really showed in Greece last year and if that was still true about him the same teams that had him on loan wouldn't ask for him back like they have done.

As for the lineup I think Wenger will picked experienced players with a few yougsters. Southampton are good and so are any youth products they play.
Zilch it doesn't matter what the media say's tbf..they're not on our side that much is very clear. If a bunch of fickle fans start moaning cause they can't see that big prizes need great sacrifice then so be it..My worry is our lack of defenders. If we're forced in a situation where we have to play many starters cause there is no one else due to how far we've gone or how big our opponent, ultimately i think it will hurt us more...Only negative for me is that it's a loss at home. The money we get from that cup is not worth it. Focusing on topping the league trumps whatever the media will try to do. We can't compete on all fronts so let's pick our battles well..
Sorry, I guess I just have a hard time accepting a player who dives the way he does, not just the USA incident either. Also he had a poor attitude in training back in 2013 before we sent him out on loan. Hopefully he's changed his ways, I'd love that. He's very talented.


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