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Best of luck tonight lads, should be a cracker of a game for the neutrals. :)
Good Luck lads. I like Both BVB and Arsenal , make it an interesting one!
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Martinez confirms on Twitter that Bellerin is starting tonight. Big night for him, he can handle it though.
Time to shine youngster!! Much luck to him!!
Arsenal have the most wins ever in the CL of sides who haven't won the title, with 71. That's 21 more than Lyon in second place.

f****n hell it's time I think...
We are getting back into a position where we could fight for the trophy. All these past years, we were in there but winning wasn't a realistic target. WIth the new signings and the new players, we are building a competitive squad again. All these injuries need to stop though.. Better now than in Febraury-March I guess, but still, it's mind-blowing!
Our time was in 2006. We need to wait for the future, build a time machine and re-write that dreaded night..A simple tranquilizer shot at Eto'o when he went one on one to put him asleep at just the right time will do...Belleti too JIC
Eto'o was offside, that's the really painful part.
We also do have the record for most times in the group stage right? At least consecutively.
Big game today boys. We definitely need Ramsey and Ozil to pick up some form soon.

Hopefully Bellerin and Campbell get their chance soon with all these injuries. I think they would make a great combo down the right.
I want us to give them a both a break. Use them as super subs. Bring on Cazorla and Chamberlain..Am sure they will get it together against Villa
I just wanna see Diaby play this season, it might be his last and he deserves to make a proper name for himself with Arsenal instead of 'the glass man' lol. Campbell and the Ox will certainly get their chances and I think the Villa game will see Santi, the Ox and Campbell getting game time.
Realmcoy i don't think we will see Campbell till Soton...
Debuchy would have missed the game today anyway and I am not mad at AW for lack of defensive cover because if we are down to 3rd or 4th choice, then it's already unpredictable at best.

I also think Bellerin is ready to step up, or at least he should be. If we always have to buy first team players then what is the point of employing these U21s? It's not like we sell them for huge sums. Hector should take his chance and save his club a 10m investment in the next transfer window.

I am desperate for Ozil to find his groove. I love to watch him play and it would be so great to see him link up with Alexis and the other speed merchants.

We have a chance today!
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I agree, that is the purpose of having a youth academy, so that the players can progress to the first team. Bellerin has been with us for a few years now and has been earning praise from all quarters.

If regular first teamers are out, the academy will supplement. The players already know eachother and are familiar with the style/philosophy.

It may even turn out to be a wildcard selection. I doubt Klopp has had the guys studying footage of Bellerin in the U21 league. He could be that "X-Factor". We all know what he has up his sleeve, but are Dortmund aware?
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I'm off to work, but not before I say COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Arsenal Mathieu DebuchyDefender Injured Out
Arsenal Nacho Monreal Defender No one Knows Out
Arsenal Calum Chambers Defender Tonsillitis Doubt
Arsenal Serge Gnabry Midfielder Injured Out
Arsenal Theo Walcott Forward Injured Out
Arsenal Olivier Giroud Forward Injured Out
Arsenal Yaya Sanogo Forward Injured Out
Dortmund Mats Hummels Defender Injured Out
Dortmund Ilkay Gundogan Midfielder Injured Out
Dortmund Nuri Sahin Midfielder Injured Out
Dortmund Jakub Błaszczykowski Midfielder Injured Out
Dortmund Marco Reus Forward Injured Out

This injury list could be another team imo!

Pretty hard to beat :P
Sanogo can go in goals.
Debuchy-Chambers-Hummels-Monreal
Kuba-Gündogan-Sahin-Reus
Walcott-Giroud

just need a keeper lol...
+2
Wow i didnt know they had so many influential player out as well.
kagawa couldn't train either today... he might even miss it as well
well this is turning out to be a battle of injuries
Yeah, Shinji is probably also not fit, nor are Ji and Kirch... Our teams have been cursed!
Has Ozil lived up to your expectations?
Definitely no. Maybe 40-50% of our expectations, I'd say..
+5
it's hard for him to play on the wing... It reminds me a lot of what United did to Kagawa
+1
not yet, he is yet to turn up in big games. He has contributed a lot to self belief in the Club and did well for a spell last season. He has not been bad; he is not a Torres or a Veron, but he has not justified his price tag as yet. His main assessment will be in the coming months, when Welbeck, Walcott and Sanchez play with him.
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At least Kagawa was quick to play on wing. Ozil isn't. When you bought a player for 40 mil, you should be building the team around him.
Well he's only played half a dozen games on the wing. What about all the games he played at CAM? There's been some moments of magic for sure but not consistently enough. People talk about how he needs speedy players on the counter attack. But that's a lame excuse. He needs to work harder. A $40m world class CAM cannot be so one dimensional!
+3
Ozil isn't being played on the wing. It's a free role
he's just not in form

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxlRN7FCAAILaKz.png
+2
I'm not into the 'buyer's remorse' thing but one would have to ask if Arsene had the choice between Di Maria and Ozil...

I think Maria is ahead of Ozil in a few departments here and the biggest one is his finishing ability. The other is he's a bit quicker.

Ozil's play however has an 'art form' to it though. Quite similar to Henry where he just gracefully touches the ball and finishes it with beautiful dribbling. Ozil's movement is usually in stealth picking up holes to get opened but it's the way he touches the ball and fake it one way while going the other is great to look at. He's only 24/25 and his best years are still ahead of him.

It's a difficult period for him but he does have to go through the trenches like Ramsey did. It's the only way of growing. You look at a sugarcane for example how much of a process it has to go through to turn itself into sugar...or molasses. Same concept here.
+6
Lol kagawa has decent acceleration for a cam but I wouldn't say he was quick. Part of the reason he can't play cm or lm is players tend to run by him and he can't catch up. As you can imagine he was also really poor at beating fullbacks as he doesn't have great pace or strength. His physical limitations are why he can only play cam. Only one of kagawa and Mata could stay because we have a few players who can play cam but only those two are not versatile. mata has a much better record with us (mostly because he is given more chances in his favored position) as proven with his scoring record. He now has 8 goals in his last 10 or 11 league games for us.

I used to think mata could play rm/lm but he doesn't have pace, he's weak, and he cant defend. so unless he has a "free wide role" in which case he's basically a cam anyways, he is ineffective and a defensive liability. ozil has a bit more pace than mata, but no appetite to defend so he will likely continue to struggle out wide imo.
+1
^ what he said
Guy's there is a reason why Ozil's performances have dipped ever since he signed for us. It's our style and set up. Look at our tactics and the way our players move in comparison to Ozil's previous clubs. His suffered due to first of all not having players making winger type movements for him to pick out. Cazorla comes inside rather than moving behind. A lot of our players move inside to form triangles with him resulting in more congestion in the middle where he is.


In the brief moment Walcott played with Ozil we got a gimps of what Ozil can do when he has a real winger with him. Walcott makes so many types of runs behind defenses it's hard to predict him. ozil was playing balls behind for him causing all kinds of mayhem to defenses. I want to see Ozil play when he has 2 proper speedsters ahead of him or either side. Atm he only has Sanchez providing that killer pace and it's making his killer passing ability useless. I think Welbeck will make a difference in Ozil's game once his learns how to interchange successfully with his wingers and move cb's out of position. To make space for Sanchez, Wilshere or Ramsey.

All am saying is the problem is Arsenal and the way are naturally a possession based team, it's a natural instinct for our players to move where the ball is. If we can just get 2 or 3 to be more focused in running behind rather than offering the safe option he would be more dangerous. Is it any wonder that Ozil's best games have been the one's we're leading and playing on the counter
if sanchez scores tonight he will be 4 goals in 4 games
Let's hope for that


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