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Adam Johnson plead guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child and is released from Sunderland and adidas. After prison we should all stick together and keep him out of Manchester United where they're young, blind, and Keane.


+10
lol, love the last part
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WnH4aL1uY
Good reading :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35553082

Here is the extract - basically what I meant in an earlier post, talking about sitting back and playing from defense:

qq
To stop the Foxes teams just drop off, crowd the midfield to condense the play, and sit so deep Leicester cannot play long balls over the top.

They will deny them space to break into and make them pass their way through a packed defence, rather than let them run at a stretched defence - which is how many of their goals have come so far.
unq

Was surprised to see Leicester poor passing stats - the worst accuracy in the league ...
Thats the best way to play against Leicester, and we will play the exact opposite of that. Guaranteed.
But if we drop off and they also want to drop off, we have to move our midfielders and forwards up eventually because we're playing to win this game. That'll leave gaps for Leicester as well as for us.

I saw that arsenal play in Division 2 of U21 EPL. how long does Arsenal U21 play in division 2?
does it mean our youth setup is kind of s**t?
They're top of the division and most of our promising youngsters are out on loan. But the overall quality of the team is irrelevant since 1 player every 2 or 3 years is like to be in the first team anyway. Look at Chelsea they've been dominant at youth level for the last five years and in that period only loftus-cheek and bertrand have made the first team squad.
I am no specialist of the youth teams but I think we are better in the younger leagues. It seems to me that whenever a youngster is old enough and good enough he gets a shot at the first team or a loan. We've seen many kids play for us being only 16-18 years old. When they're 20, we usually look for them to make it in the first squad or to make some experience out on loan.
Max, here is Wiki (so, yes, we do play in lower division and did not qualify for division 1 last season)

League 1, referred to as the Barclays Under 21 Premier League for sponsorship reasons, was split into two divisions, with teams allocated places in Division 1 or 2 based on their performance in the 2013–14 season.

At the end of the season, the team which finished top of Division 1 was crowned as overall League 1 champions, with the previously used knock-out system being abandoned. The top 8 teams qualified for the 2015–16 edition of the Premier League International Cup and the bottom two teams in Division 1 were relegated to Division 2 for the 2015–16 season, with the top teams in Division 2 moved in the opposite direction.[1]
there it is lads

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2iM6vFTjUdw/VrIoKehxAjI/AAAAAAAA3ko/wqGGz4Pvtwg/s550/Arsenal-2016-2017-Home-Kit%2B%25282%2529.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_WIBbBglkFM/VrIoKnbomSI/AAAAAAAA3ks/q8DyOKRiWT0/s550/Arsenal-2016-2017-Home-Kit%2B%25283%2529.jpg
Woooh it looks pretty good. But our home kit is more or less the same every year. Interested in our away kits hehe
There's no body but I can already see a nipple poking through smh
slick af
Shaymoose, stop drinking beer and hit the gym ;p
Hit the gym so my nips start poking through my shirt? No thanks lol
Looks the same as it always does
so looking at the table now. Only 3 English teams can make it to the CL next season right?
no..
I don't understand the question ... do you mean to ask if EPL loses a Champions League berth for next (2016/17) season?

If so, then the short answer is no
Long answer is, noooooooooo


But lol, seriously speaking, this season has to finish first. If PL doesn't have any representatives in the semi-final or finals of Champions League this season, then we may potentially lose a spot for the 2017/18 season. I haven't/too lazy to work out the math, but I think we are set to lose our CL spot to Italy Serie A if no English club is in this year's CL Final or Semi-final.
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because we are guaranteed 1st and 2nd are set to be in the CL next season, but 3rd & 4th would have to go through the qualifying rounds to get in
No, there will be 4 teams in the CL next season. The coefficient at the end of this season will determine the number of teams in the 2017-18 UCL, not 2016-17. There's a one-year lag.

As for the coefficients, Spain is solidly in 1st but Germany isn't safe from the top 3 battle. Germany has roughly 75 points, England has 72, and Italy has 69. And since the coefficients take into account UEL as well, there are still plenty of points to be earned for each country. I think England should still be able to defend their position.

The danger will kick in for the 2018-19 season berths IMO because Italy will only lose out on 11 points from the 2011-12 season next year while Germany and England lose 15 points each.
aww man i typed a long response to this, idk what happened. might have closed my browser without submitting

the point is i think epl is guaranteed to have 4 spots next year, and we're currently ahead of italy this year in point accumulation and have strong representation in europa and CL (to stretch that lead) whereas juve could easily be knocked out (by bayern) and roma are likely to be knocked out (madrid). arsenal and chelsea are likely goners but city should advance.
nah, we'll win the thing.
Arsenal are coming to the US!! It's in San Jose, CA vs MLS All-stars July 28th. They beat Spurs 2-1 last year so of course they need a better challenger :)

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016/02/10/mls-all-star-game-arsenal-san-jose
+1
So, I gotta plan my East Coast to West Coast trip !
Start walking, now! lol
+2
I guess I'll be in California this summer! :)

edit: https://twitter.com/MLS/status/697835015380439040

That video tho..
@Shaymoose... Man... I swear I don't wanna freeze to death lol
I hear ya. It's been really cold this week!
There's a Guardian article at the bottom that asks for pundits' BPL Top 4 teams (LEI, TOT, ARS, MCI) combined best XI. What's yours? Here's mine, including manager and bench.

Manager: Wenger

Cech
Bellerin Alderweireld Koscielny Monreal
Kante Alli
Mahrez Ozil Sanchez
Aguero

Subs: Lloris, Morgan, Vertonghen, Y.Toure, De Bruyne, Vardy, Kane
Cech
Sagna - Alder - Vert - Nacho
Mahrez - Kante - Ozil - Alexis
Vardy - Aguero
Shame cazorla and coq are hurt, they would walk on those teams
hard to leave Vardy out of the first XI, even though Aguero has returned to form in recent weeks. I also don't think Sanchez has hit the same heights as last season yet, so its generous to put him in there.

Cech
Bellerin-Alderweireld-Huth-Monreal
Kante
Alli-Ozil
Mahrez-Kane-Vardy

+2
If it were team of the season between the 4 sides definitely not Alexis, but he certainly takes his spot in a dream team.

How can you break up Alderweireld and Vertonghen though? I think they're a meal better served together.
Some last year facts ahead of Sunday's game.
A year ago we won away game against City 2 : 0. There is some similarity in the situation now.
Back then we gave up possession, playing counter attacking football with just 35 pct possession.
The formation was 4:3:3 to 4:4:2 at times with Giroud and Sanchez upfront and Coq, Ramsey, Ox and Santi in midfield.
Think we may see some similar tactics on Sunday.
Question remains if there will be Vardy's personal marking and if so, by whom?
I would like to see Theo upfront to make defenders' life difficult, inflicting fouls.
If we go for 4:4:2 formation and counterattacking football, my choice would be:

Cech
Bel-Per-Kos-Nacho
Camp - Ramsey - Coq - Alexis
Giroud-Theo

Both Campbell and Alexis have great stamina and workrate, tracking back, and will restrict Leicester flanks - Mahrez and Albrighton.

Don't want to predict any score but feel we gonna win this one.
Or else the trophy will go to Leicester, which will be a fairy tail miracle (their starting 11 price against City was meager 22 mio:-).
Guess all the football world (except City and Spurs) will want it then.
But Leicester dont play a possession game. We played against City leaving them with the ball and the decisions to make and we played counter, but that's exactly what Leicester is going to do.

Leicester will give us the ball, defend, press and counter. We like to play a possession game and we play this game at home. I see it difficult to replicate the City game. We need to think of the first game against them and accept that we must outscore them.

Therefore Coquelin is vital in this game. We'll be exposed to counters and he gives us a great balance in that regard. I personally think that the combo Mertesacker-Coquelin is great. Coquelin knows when to track back and makes up for Mert's slow pace when needed. That way we can profit from Mert's placement, experience and aerial threat. I still rate Mert higher than Gab at the moment, Koscielny being the most complete defender we have (maybe most complete in the PL right now). The only really big problem is Mert's really slow and can't always make it up with clever placement.

In attack, as Leicester will sit back, I would go for Giroud. He brings a lot to our link up play. But I would recommend Giroud even more knowing that set pieces are dangerous against Leicester and Giroud defends them really well for us.

So, all in all:

Cech
Bellerin Mert Kos Nacho
Coq Ramsey
Campbell Ozil Alexis
Giroud
+1
I would rather start with Gabriel instead of Per as Vardy speed will be dangerous with Per. I know Per is outstanding at reading the situation BUT all it takes is one ball over the top on his side and we are exposed.

Cech
Bellerin Gab Kos Nacho
Coq Ramsey
Walcott Ozil Alexis
Giroud
Walcott and Ox are so out of form but lets hope this is the game they gain their form
How many goals have we given up since Gabriel started for merts?
+2
Vlad you actually want to leave out Ozil!
Yeah, Peter, in my defensive 4:4:2 formation Ozil was left out on the bench.
In an open, possession game formation would be different with Ozil as No 10.
Zakulon
This is not down to Gabriel replacing Mert. Gab got his ass saved by Cech a couple of times against Bournemouth for example. Mert is a better defender, he's just too slow. It worked very well with Coquelin covering at the beginning of the season, working well with Mert and Kos. It was the best I've seen us defend in seasons. I'm looking forward to that being possible again.

Gabriel still has time to become the real deal. I see the same problems in him that Kos had in his first 2 seasons. Hopefully he can mature and definitely take Mert's place when time is due.
+1
If don't win against leichester i think we can pretty much say bye.
It makes its much harder, for sure. But in this league you never know. The pressure of being actual favourites might change things for them.

Never rule anything out until it is a mathematically impossible!
+4
I've been Arsenal fan long enough to tell you we wont win of we are not winning that game.
+1
It's definitely a critical game. If Arsenal lose this, the team's self-belief will take a big blow and I'm not sure if there is any recovering from that.

A draw on the other hand would not be ideal but would still be acceptable.
Becoming an Arsenal fan makes you clairvoyant? o.O
http://data.7m.cn/matches_data/92/en/get_miss.shtml

Amidst all the criticism our defence has been getting lately...we actually have the joint 2nd best defensive record in the league alongside Man united. We've only conceded 3 more goals than Tottenham who in my opinion have the best defence in the league at the moment.

Last year we had the 3rd best defensive record. Not bad.
Think we have the most clean sheets in the league
Well, just because others are doing badly does not mean we should be like them. I wudh we could concede less than 10 goals in the league all season because when we finally do that, we win the league without a doubt.
+1
That's a minimum of 28 clean sheets lol. About 12 more than the season Cech and Szeszney won the golden glove with 16 clean sheets for the whole season.

I don't think that anyone has ever had that many clean sheets!?
+1
Keeping it under 20 in 38 games is already a great achievement. I think under 10 over a whole season has never been managed.


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