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I heard Granit's good on the counter.
FFS when is Arsenal.com going to reveal the Messi signing?! Getting impatient here...
Independent saying Morata for 38million pounds. That's all right. Though if Lukaku was available for 50m pounds. Whom would you choose?
Morata
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why? they are both the same age. Lukaku has better stats. Proven 20 goals + a season in PL. No 1st year syndrome.

Makes you think...
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Morata cause he's a big game player while lukaku is a big game flop and he won't improve that.
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Higuain is the more experienced Lukaku... still flops the big games, that's why I don't want him
Morata becoz as cloudst mentioned big match player, second, hes technically better.

btw, have you noticed lukaku's first touch? pathetic.

he misses too many chance.
Big game player a debatable subject. And remember these players are just 23. Some good goal scoring spree's and they have the confidence. I think this point is a debatable.

First touch. Yes, I can see where you are coming from. But did you see Giroud when he came in 4 years ago was it now. And look at him after 2 seasons. Under Wenger Lukaku would do the same.

I like both tbh. I think Morata is more gettable. I think Lukaku just seems to think he's too big for Arsenal. Which is stupid.

That said do not deny that man is a beast.

Girouds first touch has always been first class dude don't ride lukaku he's seriously all hype. The amount of times he's missed the open net is the same amount as giroud. And giroud finished 2 goals below him we really don't need another big forward you can't put away easy chances. Morata is a big change from that and he's a proven CL player scoring in the cl semi final and final along with the coppa Italia final to win juve the cup. If lukaku really is a big player he should have helped everton in the fa cup or even the Carling cup but he fails to score when it matters and with morata it's just natural to score he just needs to the set up there's the difference between the two. Lukaku wastes chances at every second turn I really am getting fed up of ozil's passes going to waste so I would rather morata at this point or icardi
Lukaku any day. On top of what's been said, I think pace and power makes a huge difference in EPL. we don't necessarily need big game players, there's only a few of them games in a season after all. Also Walcott is a big game player but look where he stands in our ranks
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Ok, how about this. I write Lukaku in the next reply. Cloudst you reply Morata. Let's see what people think.
Lukaku
Thought i'd share and learn which good podcast are around
1. Arseblog
2. Arseamerica - they have good guests
3. Football Weekly - it's a good roundup instead of watching MOTD
4. Football Ramble - they are funny
5. 5 live daily - if i have nothing else to listen too. Also it's (almost daily)
6. Others - Arsenal weekly pod from the Club is a bit meh. Better to watch the content on arsenal player. It's mostly the same in audio format
Daily Cannon - meh, but if you are desperate and nothing else better around. beats listing to the radio.
Second Captains - all right but only when they talk about PL
Stasbomb - they are all right. Stastical football analysis. But presenters sound tired.
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Football Ramble - 10/10
Football weekly - 10/10
Arseblog is fantastic, even I listen to it, Andrew is too funny
606 Football phone in is a fun listen on the weekends after matchdays as its raging football fans ranting out.
you listed to Arseblog as a Chelsea fan. Wow. that is news to me.
Defensive aggressive leader in the middle with a good ball distribution, we definitely missed that. I have a really good feeling about Xhaka signing
Someone said it here, but he does look like C. Ronaldo a bit ;D

http://www.arsenal.com/assets/_files/scaled/1000x694/may_16/zp_Xhaka-37-160520MAFC_6074.jpg
Its funny how rival fans are jealous of us getting Xhaka and some of our fans thinks he is shiit ;D (tip Filsuf ;D)
#xhakaout :P
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Potential players moving on this summer:

Walcott
Campbell
Gibbs
Tex (possibly)

No one else leaving.
Sounds about right.. the only players you forgot to add are Arteta, Rosa and Flamini ;)
^they left
Hope not. welbeck is out for the entire season.

we must keep one of campbell/walcott.
campbell atm is better and walcott gets more money :)
Ox is a possibility
our midfield. Wilshere, Santi, Ramsey, Özil, Xhaka, Coquelin & Elneny is perfect in my eyes.

That's amazing, just soo beautiful...


Ozil
Xhaka Ramsey


Wilshere
Coquelin Cazorla


Stick with the Coq/Caz duo cos they played soo well... Xhaka will bring the best out of Ramsey/Ozil next season... COYG
Elneny super sub for both lol, completely forgot about him, surely one will be leaving, Cazorla I assume
xhaka is 100% starter imo with cazorla next to him but who knows maybe wenger will change his formation next season
Doubt one will leave, wilshere and Ramsey get injured a lot plus we won't have rosa, flamini and arteta anymore. Those 3 actually have quite a lot of games through the last 3 seasons
Na for some reason I would prefer Ramsey next to him. Arteta-Ramsey in the 12-13 season, he was perfect, he had that season where everything went right for him. Xhaka is kinda similar to Prime arteta in the deep lying midfield role, so hopefully the same happens
Gunzzo, hopefully, its just sooooooo nice seeing soo much quality depth... if only we had that for our Striking department lol
I think we should use wilshere as no-10 along with iwobi.
He has the technique, vision. also means less chances of injury.
Ramsey will be starting on the wings. Cazorla will assume the middle linking up with Xhaka. Ozil plays in front to link up with a new striker or Giroud.

Jack will be replacing Cazorla in the middle in case of an injury or simply resting of Cazorla. Coq or Elneny will sub in for Xhaka in case of an injury or simply resting.

This means Ramsey being on the right alongside Bellerin who'll do more overlapping with his speed. Less game time for Iwobi - may be used as sub on the right. No chance for Campbell unfortunately so he may get moved on. No chance of Walcott being on the team unless we don't get a proper striker in so he'll be gone this summer.

Alex is ahead of him. I think next year this time we'll see Ramsey also moving on.

If you look at the level of depth we have on the right Arsene is going to make a sacrifice in moving on either Walcott or Campbell as Ramsey will unfortunately play there. Don't forget Welbeck when he gets back 9 months later plus we have Iwobi who may go on loan to make room.
I'd like to see Ramsey back on the right leaving Ozil - Cazorla - Xhaka in the middle. Sure he gets out of position often, but that's where he seems to have a better impact going forward.
I hope our midfield duo will be determined by the opponent we face.

Coquelin: he is amazing at breaking up play. So good he breaks up our plays as well when going forward. I can see him being used in situations where we are playing against teams that are going to come at us and attack. In these situations coquelin will need someone who can distribute the ball next to him.

Xhaka: I've watched this lad play for the past couple of years and I feel he is going to be used a lot as LCM. He is good at breaking up play and is not afraid to get stuck in. On top of that he has really good ball distribution from the back (think arteta in his first season with us). I'd pair him with coquelin when we need a double pivot to defend our backline while using him to start counter attacks. Or play cazorla/elneny next to him when we are going to be attacking more and need someone who can actually pass.

Cazorla: our joly joker. I'm looking forward to seeing xhaka as LCM and cazorla as RCM vs teams where we will see the ball more.

Overall I feel with the arrival of xhaka, coquelin will be used only in situations when we need an out and out cdm at the expense of a man when going forward.

I might be wrong and it's too early to tell for certain so take this with a (huge) pinch of salt.
I agree, Threk. I don't think we need a CDM in every game, it impacts our ability to control the game from midfield.

Xhaka offers us more control in the middle than Ramsey or Coquelin so I expect to see a Xhaka-Cazorla pivot for most games and Coquelin to play when we're expecting to do more defending.
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good points threk. coquelin should be used for last 20 minutes to close out the games.

Ramsey is another guy who plays all the 90 minutes when fit. with these new arrivals elneny/xhaka his hamstrings can be more carefully managed.
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I think Ramsey is someone who can slot in in several roles. If caz coq is in the middle I would shift him to the right, but honestly I think Ramsey-xhaka will be the best week in week out duo. Cazorla won't be able to play every game after this long injury, and coquelin only really works well with cazorla
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1nil2downup.net wrote a good piece on this today.

http://1nildown2oneup.net/what-next-to-get-the-best-from-aaron-ramsey-after-xhakas-arrival/
Imo we need not only a goal scorer but an intelligent striker who knows exactly what move to make at the right times this is the problem with players like lukaku giroud & morata they lack the intelligence that top top players like henry for example possessed on the ball and mainly just play off instinct.

Finding a player who possesses this level of intelligence is the biggest challenge as it's truly one of the rarest traits in a footballer and only the select handful are gifted with this trait per generation which is why players who do have that level of intelligence like suarez get snapped up by the biggest clubs in europe for astronomical amounts of money.
Huh! Giroud is one of the most intelligent CF's around. It's just that he's slow and not that good as a finisher.

Lukaku is definitely not an intelligent player but does have the skill set.
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Gody,he is better at finishing than what you think. Its just our style of play does not give him much to shoot:(
I agree giroud is an exception he has some level of intelligence but my point is that he doesn't have the level of intelligence to be one of the very best
Come on he is a footballer not some freaking scientist lol


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