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Good morning Europe!! :D So excited for Champs league draw later in the afternoon! ;)

Here are the pot seedings

Pot One: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, FC Porto

Pot Two: Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City

Pot Three: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao

Pot Four: Anderlecht, AS Roma, Ludogorets Razgrad, APOEL, BATE Borisov, Maribor, AS Monaco, Malmo
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Does this mean we wont have
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, or FC Porto in our group?
Instead of another grueling encounter with Dortmund for topping the table...i hope we travel to Italy for a change...We're never going to get teams like Basel, but out of the big boys i'd rather face off Juve and hope we avoid Monaco...
So we get SoTon in the league cup..Hope Chambers leads the rest of the young gunz well
Sanchez v Besiktas:
http://youtu.be/A28zavCPhsM
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Flamini stepped it up big time IMO, he would probably be solid with a few more 90 min games under his belt
Yes led the way in breaking down besiktas's attack
was really impressed by ox last night.. great pace, for a second i thought it was theo.. :D
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His forming a solid partnership with Debuchy..
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I thought Gibbs was playing RW for awhile.
you got me there deveus. haha
I'd like to see Poldi get a couple games on the left if Alexis is gonna be central, I just think they'll get a lot of goals playing next to each other
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Could work wonders.. though i would like to see Sanchez on the left, someone with that constant work rate will really be good for Monreal(great shift last night). Not to mention they both speak Spanish better than English
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Wanted to get an idea of what you guys think about Sanchez playing Center Forward. I am highly opposed to the idea.

I understand that he is strong and play the role and Le Prof backs that too, but I just feel mobile players like Sanchez need to be afforded more space and freedom to cause havoc. He would always be preferable as an inside forward or a hovering second striker imo. Giroud leaves a big hole in the wake of his injury and Le Prof needs to bring in a big forward to complement Sanchez. Any thoughts?
His not a back to goal player. But when we are leading and there is space to exploit. It can be very dangerous. Last night if Ozil was sharper Sanchez could have had two. There was a break we had when ahead which Ozil misused the ball. If he was his sharper self he would have played him in. But the movements Sanchez was making was causing all kinds of hell for the high back line
i am seeing sanchez in aguerro role. he is the type of SS forward.. need a big CF who can play along with him.. i would like to see wenger back to using 2 striker..
but which position we will sacrify to be using 2 striker?
We might see the best of him in 4-4-2 with sanogo accompanying him. I am not sure about him playing alone up top although thats what prof is thinking. We might sacrifice some of our fluid passing this year for pace and counter attacks which is very evident from the first few games. Debuchy, sanchez, theo, ox are all capable of taking on players
Giroud suits the lone CF role perfectly, I don't think Sanchez does. Giroud plays well with his back to goal, holding the ball and linking play with the supporting runners.

If we want Sanchez to do exactly the same thing, it will not work. He needs to be facing goal, running at defenders, running off the shoulder of the last man and using his pace to hurt them.

I'd like to see Sanchez paired with another striker in a two-man strikeforce while Giroud is out. However to do that you need power and discipline in midfield, and the wide midfielders also need to put in a shift defensively.

City can do that (4-4-2) because they have strength in the middle and the attacking midfielders do a lot of tracking back, too. If we are to do that, we will need Diaby and Ramsey in the middle and players like Ozil/Cazorla/Wilshere/Ox to put in a few tackles to help out.

Currently we don't have all the right players fit to try a 4-4-2, but in the future I'd like to see Sanchez paired with either Podolski or Sanogo up top. Might be worth experimenting in the cup games.


Edit: @ Dilwik, logically the CAM role would be sacrificed. We'd still keep the 2 man base in midfield and still use two wide midfielders/wingers. Therefore Sanchez would drop into the hole behind the main striker and be the shadow/support striker.

That would force Ozil and Rosicky to adapt to wide roles or rotate with him.
Playing for Chile, Alexis had a very Messi esque role, playing from the midfield at times. He's really good at controlling the ball and keeping possession in the midfield, and is able to turn opponents inside out and play some very, very good through-balls to his team. I haven't really seen that from him at Arsenal, not to mention Barca, and I think that's a shame. I hope that he'll get the chance to do that for Arsenal down the line. That was one of the reasons why I was happy for Alexis that he moved on from Barca as I felt that he was being underutilized here, and I didn't see him ever getting a chance to do what he does best when Messi is on the same team.
Deffy that's a cracking analysis mate, I'll just add to that, this would be projecting for the future but I feel that if the team is forced to learn to play an effective 4-4-2 with Giroud out injured, he and Sanchez(or Walcott) together would be devastating when he's fit again. I tend to think Wenger has a lot of faith in Flamini to be playing this 4-1-4-1 lineup. So far it's been a bit risky but it's early days so I'll reserve judgement. I still feel 4-2-3-1 with Ozil in no.10 is our best shape but I also have faith in Flamini's ability to shield the back 4.
much my own thoughts too Deffy!
I can see a 442 being quite wonderful, Any combination of Sanchez Podolski Sanogo Walcott and even Campbell would be sufficiently strong.
But it does mean changing our midfield arrangement around quite a lot. I think that we have sufficient cattle for the middle of the park, the base of 2 as you describe it, with Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Flamini, Diaby, Rosicky all capable of playing there (though not in any combination). It is the wide positions where I think we would be a little limited.

For the right. Campbell and Ox could play there, and Gnabry could rotate, though I honestly feel that both are not yet consistently good enough to hold the position firmly. Walcott obviously could play there but I feel his best position would be as a strike partner and that he has done his time on the wings. Rosicky could play in a pinch but I feel he might lack the stamina to be a first choice option. So in a sense we have some strong options for this wide right role, but no obvious first team choice.

On the left our options are Cazorla who I think could do a decent job, but may lack the defensive discipline, I do think he is a mature enough player to adopt a new position but may lack pace. And thats it, we really lack the cattle for this position. Wilshere could, but isn't suited to left wing in my mind, so could campbell but I think he is better on the right, Miyaichi doesn't seem to be in Wengers plans. Podolski might do it but I think he favours a more aggressive left wing role. Arteta certainly lacks the pace and stamina but sure has the creativity and attacking instincts even if he is generally told not to use them here.

and it leaves a big question of Ozil who I don't know where he fits in a 442. He is simply too good a player not to have in a team but unless he is paired alongside Diaby or flamini in midfield I see us having problems, and I would still feel nervous with that lineup. And he is wasted on the wings.

All in all I'm glad its arsenes job and not mine!
Wilshere wasn't amazing today. He still makes those passes which put his team mate under pressure. He needs to be more realiable in possesion and in defense (he could have easily given away a penalty).

But I'd say he had some amazing moments. He was getting away with the ball from his opponents today with ease (as oppose to running into them) which is one of his biggest qualities. This combined with his one-twos got him into good goal scoring position, one of them which led to the goal of Alexis. He also did his best to get into spaces to make himself available for the ball more often. Overall encouraging signs for him. I think if he stays fit for the whole season, he'll be the creative source of many goals for us.
He was very reliable in possession. Made more dribbles than anyone else on our team. His link up play led to our goal. He looked like our most reliable player out there and played like a true leader. As for the pk shout incident, he slipped.

This boy has been bashed by so many pundits, people don't see his game when he plays well unless he scores the goal or has 100% pass accuracy something like that. Those guy's are paid to entertain more than being informative. They care more about how many viewers they have than if the viewer got the right message
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The reason Jack could become world class, and I still think he could do it since he's only 22, is that he has a combination of skills that not many players have. How many players can pass the ball superbly, tackle properly (he can get this back, he had it) and can receive the ball in tight spaces and accelerate past people whilst keeping possession. His dribbling is fantastic, he scares the crap out of players when he looks to accelerate past them, that's why he wins us so many free kicks. His play on the edge of the box is always superb, the one problem is that he's usually not the one on the end product. He has to score more goals, he needs 10 this season to really show that he has pushed on in my opinion.

I have to say, the media generally treat him like s**t and forget that he was injured for a ridiculous amount of time, and as a result rival teams fans don't even watch him play and they just talk about how s**t he is without even knowing how he plays. If he can stuff the s**t they've been talking right back down their throat I'd be mightily pleased.

Has anyone else noticed that he hasn't been lying around on the floor nearly as much this season? Good signs in my opinion.
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Dougie I generally agree with what you said. As far him lying around the ground,I don't think he fakes it or anything. It happens usually when he is not 100% physically thus runs into his man or gets fouled more because of his lack of sharpness. The key for him is not to get injured and i can gurantee he is gonna have a good season.
Well done guys! I watched the highlights to the 2nd leg and saw some very fluent combination play.. Hope u guys can keep up against the bigger boys! All the best!
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It's not fair man. What about those others who setup the goal and defended decisively?


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