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Will Monreal or Gibbs start at the weekend? FPL question.
Let me call AW.
+2
Your guess is as good as mine at the moment Doc. Seems they're both fit. Gibbs is the starter but Nacho has been solid as a replacement recently.
really not sure at the moment, Doc. Gibbs is usually number 1 but while he was injured Monreal hasn't put a foot wrong since stepping in.

Gibbs played the FA cup game, but there is adequate recovery time for him to be in contention for the weekend.

You'd be better off going for a different Arsenal defender. Bellerin will likely get the nod at RB ahead of Chambers. Probably cheaper than Gibbs/Nacho, too.
+1
I think it's edging closer to Monreal. He has a bigger chance cause of his consistent performances this season. But am i've already played it safe and gone with bellerin. That's what you should do
L'equipe says that we'll open our offer for schienderlin at 20 million euros in the summer time

http://bit.ly/1ER1Lmg
i think many club will go for him in the summer
Spurs bid more than that last summer and they didn't let him go.
We need to outbid everyone if we really want him. From what he was saying in summer about Spurs i don't thinkw e would be his number one choice if we simply matched bids
Whichever team has european football will have the edge. We have the benefit of a french manager as well
(Not so) random fact: if wenger manages 27 more CL matches (2 of them are already assured this year against Monaco), he will stand alone as the manager with the most matches in the CL. He is second to SAF atm
+4
27 is quite a lot though. That's about 3-4 years of CL.
+1
if he stays as manager for the next 3-4 years then its easy ;) if we make it past R16 then it could be even quicker?
Yes Jeroen, I think it depends mostly on whether wenger stays as manager or not. With the current developpment of the team, I would expect AFC to qualify in the next few years.
Destro leaves Roma for AC Milan on loan
That price to buy him though
Talking about good vibes (earlier post) i somehow feel much safer with Ospina in goal, compared with Szczesny, I just think he is more level headed. Who would u guys choose?
Ospina, feel more safe with him between the sticks. But has to cut out the hoofing it down the field when Giroud's not there as we tend to lose possession.
+1
Ospina tex is going insane
+1
Yea despite is lack of height i think he has a good head and i think he would be a good shoot stopper as well. However i was watching highlights of him at Nice and he never seemed to catch the ball, he always parries it.
tex is lehmann??
He parries it cause of his height but if you watched him at Nice he parries it away intelligently which is why he was considered so damn good at Nice. Whenever the ball came through he would have a quick glance as to where would be a safe place to parry it which wouldn't put his defense under too much pressure. He's good at reading the game amd organizing his defense, his shot stopping (despite not seeing much of it as of yet) is excellent.

Atm I prefer Ospina in net because Tex has some sort of confidence issue which he needs to resolve
+2
I've noticed the parrying in his games and it makes me nervous but if he knows how to do it right then that's ok
When asked about how arsenal looked in games he's watched this season, Gabriel said that we had room to improve. I like that he didn't just pander and say we looked great and he'd love to play with us
+2
he's honest which is good, keeping himself grounded
+2
idk why but I got a good vibe about this dude he seems like a feisty honest character which we need, hoping his qualities on the pitch reflect that.
+2
I get the vibe too, I think he will be a long term starter for us.
+2
8 - Gabriel firmly believes revenge is a dish best served hot. After getting nutmegged by Diego Costa in a game against Atletico Madrid he invited the striker to a dinner party with the sole aim of feeding him sausage rolls with a filling hotter than the sun. As the Chelsea man suffered third degree burns to his tongue Gabriel laughed and refused to give him a glass of water. This is why Costa looks so old.

http://news.arseblog.com/2015/01/10-facts-you-never-knew-about-gabriel-paulista-probably/

lmao
+7
True story.
+2
Is there even one fact in that sheet that's really a fact? haha
Arteta signed a new 1 year deal btw if no one knew lol
We all knew, you're slow.
+15
losing your touch mate, surprised we offered him a new deal considering he hardly featured this season.
+5
lmao damn so harsh :(
+2
Slowpoke Cloudst. Your mod powers have aged you too much lol
+1
He'll be a good mentor for Coquelin and Bielik (unless Bielik goes out on loan). One year is all he'll get though...

Gosh our squad is seriously aging! Giroud, Kos, Merts, Flamini, Rosicky, Cazorla all approaching/passed 30 y/o. Sanchez, Theo, Ramsey, Welbeck, Coquelin, Wilshere, Szczesny all in the mid 20s.

The only young players we have now is Ox, Chambers and Bellerin! With perhaps Sanogo and JC on the fringes of the senior team as well.
+2
wow damn, only seasons ago we used to have a team average age of below 25-26. Now the team is old.
#overreaction #selltheold #raisetheyoung #4thplacetrophy
We reached the age of winning trophies...no more waiting till next season
+3
Found an interesting read on Akpom. Food for thought.

http://ladyarse.co.uk/2015/01/no-big-deal-chuba-akpom-leaves/
chuba akpom leaving will be sad he is such a talent
I disagree to an extent. I mean it won't be the end of the world, sure, but I think he can develop into a great player here, which the article seems to hint isn't possible given how "unaltruistic" he is.

What the match showed was that he lacked mental awareness, not technical ability. Ability is something that you cannot always gain with effort, but tactical awareness is something that is usually acquired with experience. Even if someone isn't a natural at awareness (like Ozil), that aspect of the game can be developed over time as the player matures and begins to understand that what's best for the team and his own game is to be more aware of his surroundings.

The fact that Akpom decided to take that shot rather than pass to Sanchez shows a lack of awareness but also shows strikers' instinct. This is something that Henry and van Persie had a knack for, and sometimes, it's not bad to have a player who will shoot on goal (a Podolski type) as long as he has some awareness so that he doesn't waste chances.

So my take is that he can be a world class player and is not really behind in terms of development. But I do partially agree that it's not the end of the world if we lose a 19 year old striker who has bags of potential but not yet the performances to back that up.
+4
Let's face it. he has no chance of breaking into the first team this season or the next when we have Ozil, Ox, Wilshere, Welbeck, and Rosicky on the bench. Next season we'll also have Campbell and Sanogo back from loan and that puts him further down the pecking order.

He's a great striker, something in the Loic Remy mould. Took the youth leagues by storm since he was 15. But in past season or so he's unfortunately plateaued somewhat. Its a hard decision to make but letting him go is the best for his and our future.
I think he could absolutely play a few games next season. obviously the best would be to get him a loan to a team where he will be the preferred starter. But he had a few appearances this season so far, and may have a few more.

Its hard to say if he will make it at arsenal, to some degree it depends on other players. Giroud could get injured, Welbeck could fail to improve his finishing satisfactorily and all the sudden akpom and sanogo have a golden opportunity to make themselves indispensable.
+1
The CF pecking order is

1) Giroud
2) Welbeck
3) Sanchez
4) Walcott
5) Sanogo*
6) Campbell*
7) Akpom

Akpom needs a half dozen players injured to get that starting spot. And we know Giroud and Sanchez hardly ever gets injured apart from that freak accident to Giroud. I can't imagine Akpom bettering Walcott, let along Sanchez, Welbeck and Giroud!

*when they return from loan
+1
^@Filsuf, several of those players could be deployed out wide, whereas Akpom cannot.

Sanchez/Walcott/Campbell will play much more as wide men than at CF. I would say Akpom's biggest competition is Sanogo, and they both offer different qualities in attack to eachother, so I could realistically foresee Wenger keeping them both.

Akpom has a respectable record among his own age group, and maybe he is one of those players that just needs to be patient. Not everyone can burst on to the scene at 18 and cut it against the big boys.

For a striker it is much harder, because they come up against defenders that are fully developed men. Akpom can handle the size and physicality of other 19 yr olds but he hasn't got the size or strength to cut it against a 30yr old man, with 30 years of muscle and experience.

If he is patient, he will have a future here, it just might take him a few more years to mature as a player.
+1
Anyone know if Paulista has been added to the Arsenal squad on Fifa yet, in online play that is? Playing with Mertesacker is kind of a liability because of how slow he is haha.
Paulista is a 77 for me in Seasons and career mode, has anyone else got this?


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51
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22
45
3
5
14
22
2
42
21
16
37
6
3
13
22
3
40
15
21
36
4
7
11
22
4
39
14
25
39
5
6
11
22
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32
7
4
11
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6
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25
35
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6
10
22
7
35
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31
7
5
10
22
8
30
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26
8
6
8
22
9
29
-4
27
23
9
5
8
22
10
27
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35
26
9
6
7
22
11
23
-4
34
30
9
8
5
22
12
23
-8
33
25
9
8
5
22
13
22
-9
29
20
10
7
5
22
14
22
-14
25
11
10
7
5
22
15
20
-14
33
19
8
11
3
22
16
20
-15
36
21
10
8
4
22
17
19
-10
30
20
11
7
4
22
18
19
-16
39
23
13
4
5
22
19
17
-14
34
20
13
5
4
22
20
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