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LOL Watching Jerome Boateng play for Bayern is like watching Shaq on NBA Jam. The guy takes up half the screen!
That guy is a beast!! Ultimate defender... boateng and hummels together is mouthwatering 😱😱
I hope Griezman stays in Spain because we won't get him and City is probably favorites to land him just in time to take over from Silva who's been on a slow decline.

On the other hand I don't think Chelsea or United will get him (at least this season) because of no Champs League football.

The other question is Pogba. Scary prospect of him ending up in a City jersey but if they're willing to pay arms, legs and feet for him then it's a possibility even though his sights are in Spain.

So out of all those players it's those two I'm most worried about being in England. Neymar will always be a Barcelona player from now on.
PSG will get one of them
Griezmann instead of Silva means a total change of system. If Silva goes, he could be replaced with Alcantara (Pep brought him to Bayern from Barça and seems to love him) or another playmaker. Griezmann is either a direct winger (Walcott/Navas type) or a striker (Suarez/Aguero type). Silva is a playmaker who can play wide.
There is no natural replacement for Silva at the moment. KdB is different but he was essentially brought in to play Silva's role. He is not to that level yet as a playmaker but he scores goals like Silva never did. Silva has been injured all season which explains his horrid form. Hopefully he gets a 3 month rest but who knows, maybe he is done.

I think Isco might be a close replacement if he decides to come over. Very unlikely though.

I don't think City wants Pogba. Not a good acquisition since he will demand too much and will also drive up the salaries of other players.
meh. isco is a little slow with the ball and unlike silva needs more space and time to play. sort of like arsenal fans expecting ramsey to be wilshere.

@chargui
Pep used ribery, robben, costa well and City needs a direct player since Navas is sh*t. Griezmann will probably end up with PSG.
@Malik expecting him to reach the final with a team that did so twice in a row before him and brought him in for the sole purpose of retaining the UCL is not that unfair. I can't wait to see him spend an insane amount of money at city.

Dont dislike Pep cause he didnt choose Arsenal, i just dont like how he only gets the easy job's. His going to flop hard with that high intese style in a superior league where anyone can be champion:p
Did of you guys got a memo of Pep objectives at Bayern ? Or was it leaked on internet ? I don't remember ? How do you know he was bought for sole purpose of retaining the CL ?

Here read this from ESPN

" As for Bayern, there are still plenty who see this in black and white terms. If Guardiola wins the Champions League during his spell in Munich, then he will have succeeded. If he comes up short, he will have failed. It's a binary equation that makes no sense to me but hey-ho. If folks don't understand that chance and probability and the quality of the opposition are beyond a manager's control, there's only so much you can do.

" As far as I'm concerned -- and, more importantly, as far as many in the Bayern hierarchy have told me -- Guardiola has already succeeded. He introduced concepts and an evolution that has simply made his players and the club better. And that's a manager's first job.

When Bayern were on their way out, right up until -- who else? -- Thomas Muller's dramatic stoppage-time equalizer, some people took glee at making sweeping pronouncements: Guardiola bottled it, he's a fraud. He can no longer do it in big games. Tiki-taka is dead.

(The idiocy of that previous statement leaves you lost for words; thinking you can sum up the current Bayern team in eight letters and thinking what you see is what Guardiola's Barca played in 2008.)"

http://www.espnfc.com/uefa-champions-league/2/blog/post/2831403/credit-pep-guardiola-max-allegri-bayern-munich-and-juventus
Lol I love how you didn't take long to respond..let's just see how he does at City. No one needs to say it some things are just obvious. If you don't think their board didn't expect him to bring one home then good for you
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Don't twist my words , CL was one of their objective as it should be for any Major club but it wasn't their soul objective as you have posted , they have a Cup and league too which for some reason most of you guys like to undermine.

As for City i am quite sure he will be called fraud even if he win all trophies during his stay at city , which he wont , so yeah..

Anyways , if you want to debate further more on same topic use my wall instead , i think i have trouble this forum enough with my post on Pep.
Malik, Bayern winning the league is as easy as them winning the carling cup in england. i thought you would not bring up their league success as an excuse but u did lol.

I miss bayern before the pep era. They were the most intimidating side in europe but now they are not as intimidating. They barely won against juve and benefica.

2010 - runner up

2012 - runner up

2013 - winners
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@Coorper, Haha carling cup ? The so intimidating Bayern of 2012 lost " carling cup " to BVB , in fact Bayern won " carling cup " just twice during last five season leading to that treble winning season.

I thought arsenal fans would be the last one to undermine a League victory .
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Malik, I knew you would remind me of them losing league to bvb in 2012 lol. mate BvB that time was one of the best team in europe. they had lewa, gotze, rues, and some very talented young players. So winning the league that time was more challenging. after that all top players of bvb moved to bayern which made their task way more easy so yeah winning the bundesliga for them is comparatively very easy nowadays.

so Malik accept it he failed in his second inning at bayern. He made unnecessary changes to the side that jurgen left like playing lahm in the midfield and using wrong formations, not playing muller and ribery in the very crucial match. yes he was unlucky with injuries but he was supposed to cope up with that because of the strong bench strength of bayern.
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I dont get it

PL fans (except Chelsea) hate Mourinho, I mean we all despise him for many reasons lol

Yet why do so many of our fans like Simeone? I swear he's worse lol a good manager yes, but jeez that man is one dirty mother fucka, why would people want him at Arsenal? He would literally kill our identity
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Let him first move around and win trophies in Eng , Italy, Germany etc..Hate will eventually grow. Not many hated Jose when he won CL at Porto.
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It's great question.

I think Bazinga is right in that success breeds hatred, and Simeone hasn't had success outside of Spain yet. I'm sure there are plenty of Spanish fans that hate him.

One thing I think is that whereas Mourinho always played the mind games off the pitch, Simeone plays dirty on the pitch. For some people I guess that's more palatable.
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I don't dislike Mourinho, I find him entertaining at times and he does well for his teams.
However at Chelsea and Real he lost the plot a bit when he started to blame the wrong people cause he used to be the manager who would defend his players and staff no matter what, kinda like Fergie.

And @Xgooner do you wanna keep your identity, whatever it is or do you win major titles?

I think if Simeone ended up here which is unlikely and Arsenal finally start to go far in PL and CL you will forget about concerns. Plus everyone will start hating on you but you won't care cause you're winning :)
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they are one in the same. i think simeone isnt as widely hated because he's not going from rich club to rich club, winning serially, and playing negative football in big matches. he's at a respectable club of course, has top players, but they are ballin' on a budget at atletico. they are nowhere near bayern or barca in wealth, but his team is competitive and consistent. it's a great acheivment and it deviates from the norm so people welcome it.

basically, simeone is an underdog so his personality and tactics fit well with his club and he exceeds expectations. mourinho is a serial winner, but somehow he does not play desirable football and he runs his mouth a lot so naturally he draws more ire from rival fans.

in either case, anyone pandering for simeone is foolish, he will not leave atletico - he is a legend there. anyone pandering for simeone while simultaneously despisiqng mourinho either has no clue about simeone or is some sort of weird denial about their true feelings for mourinho lol.

i will say mourinho does not get the credit he deserves. same with pep. you dont win as much as these guys have won in the game by accident, even with top sides or expensive squads. they are fantastic managers in their own way, huge work horses with the talent to match their ethic.
they still believe Simeone is managing an underdog team (PS: he isn't) - i imagine if he ended up at somewhere like Chelsea - it would be an entirely different story...
Xgooner, what identity are you talking abt? To pass the ball into the goal everytime? to play possessive football and create nothing? to not shoot the ball? mate if this is what you meant then im sry but i dont want it.

As a fan i want my team to win trophies and compete at the highest level. who cares if he hit the official as long as they are winning they will love him. You know why cfc loves him? becoz he won them trophies.

simone is a passionate manager who wants his team to not only win matches but also the trophies. Yeah he sometimes lose temper but that does not mean hes a bad guy.
bc the nice guy act only gets us so far
I don't hate Mourinho. Always found his exchanges with Arsene so entertaining. The defensive strategy I don't mind as long as no one is getting injured.
Atletico is an underdog. Their performances match the big boys but their resources and style do not.
Arsenal has an identity?
Momento, yep finishing 4th every year is our identity:P
can't argue with that

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Should we take gameble on sturridge seem like he will be available this summer.
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Yes, we dont have enough injury prone players...
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No way. Our med department is already filled with wheelchairs and you want more?
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Sturridge has played like a dozen games all season
what n awful game by de bruyne..
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Mangala is one of the worst defenders i have ever seen.

He makes Squallaci look brilliant.
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No Kompany vs us, we can ruin their season if we beat them this sunday
Now watch all the predictions going the route where we'll beat them because no Kompany and they played on Wedesday.

*Then we lose.
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Away from home...so that's a plus. More worried about Villa. A team with nothing to lose coming to the Emirates:p
A few things that I loved about our victory over Norwich last week: Wenger making a sub in the 55th minute rather than the usual 70th and not making a like for like by taking of giroud - 2 strikers prays off. Secondly, was when Danny score the goal from girouds knock down and giroud put his hand up to his ear to hear the applause. Remember, the stadium booed the sub choice of taking iwobi out rather than giroud. Well done Arsene, well done.

On that striker note, I wish we'd play a 442 or a 433 more often. Maybe that'd change our frustration with our midfield not doing anything of value with the ball. We sit on the ball too long before getting it up to our strikers and this is why teams are sitting deep on us usually nowadays. We pretty much invite them to get set up defensively. Thoughts on formation change from the regular 4231?
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All caps = delete

thank you
Easy with the all caps mate.
all caps = automatic deleted comment people should know this by now.
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even when it says I LOVE CATS? :(
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Next season I think alot of teams will switch to 442 now that Leicester won the title using that formation all year

Watford also did well with 442 this year.

I think it works well vs CL teams because no big teams in CL plays 442

442 is waste of space unless the second striker want to run all around the pitch
@Sian, both Welé and Alexis would do that....
Sian 442 a waste of space? Come on! It's the most classic system in football! The Invincibles played a 442! Where do you get those ideas man, I dont understand.

A system with two forwards would be good for us I think. Sanchez would be more free than on the wing. It would suit Giroud's style as well. We have the players to play on the wings of this system as well.
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What was written in all caps???? I'M INTERESTED!!!
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I don't really get why he took out Welbz. Resting him in one game is ok. But his runs in behind are more important than Girouds presence. It creates so much more space for iwobi-ozil-alexis to operate. Wenger should give up on starting Giroud
i did not know and it wasn't really as if it was for emphasis was just too lazy to press the caps lock button :/ but duly noted


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