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13 years on, one of the most memorable events in world football. His legacy still lives on.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_GhHlwVAAAEtnT.jpg:large

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I loved him
Line up for QPR

Oooooospina
Bellerin, Merts, Gabriel, Monreal
Coq/Flames, Santi
Walcott/Alexis,Ozil,Welbeck
Giroud

We need to rest Koscielny..have a horrible feeling he might pick up an injury at this stage
Rotation please

Wojo
Chambers-Gabs-Merts-Moneal
Flames
Walcott-Santi-Ozil-Ox
Welbeck

We desperately need to have Ramsey and Jack back to team rotation, and also for some dynamism in midfield :P Maybe play Bilek and some youngsters for this game alone too

Save Opsina, Kos, Giroud and Sanchez for United game.
Rest kos? I feel like he's only played like 12 games this season
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Or we can go with a Kos and Gab center back combo and play Merts in the FA Cup game.
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Any news from Mr Coquelin guys?
Brave to see him play on Wednesday, but I rather save him for United's game.
Would Flamini play there then or will it be Chambers?
So, what to do about Per Merts? How much longer are we gonna bench him?
Not long
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I think we should have a bit of faith in the Kos, Gabriel partnership...at least give it a shot...once one of them is injured/out of form/suspended then bring back Per...

Anyone know why Rosa doesnt get more game time? Frustrating tbh, always seems to make things tick when he comes on.

and...ooooooospina, what a man, szczesny is dead to me after his showing v everton
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honestly I'd say bench him indefinitely. I do get what Zilch et al mean about having complimentary centre backs - an anchor and an attacker but that sort of falls by the wayside if one of the centre backs doesn't have their head screwed on.

I really like Per, I think he's a great bloke, a good influence on the players and clearly a respected individual in the dressing room but, to me, it seems like he still hasn't re-discovered that desire since the WC success.

Gabriel is younger and hungrier and I would rather have someone who is giving 100%, despite not being the ideal partner, than someone who is coasting at 60%.
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I'll say this. If Gabriel partners Koscielny there will be moments in games where they will lose co-ordination. For example, a thru ball that they both left for the other, a header unchallenged etc that sort of thing. These kind of lapses may cost us goals and they'll be embarrassing goals that you'll look at and think wtf did that happen? They will overlap duties from time to time, leave players unmarked etc, all because they are assuming that it's the role of the other guy to make that move. It happened with Vermaelen and Koscielny, it'll happen again, they are too similar. So if you want to put up with such problems then yes we should do so. Mertesackers pace is only an issue due to our fullbacks being inexperienced and defensively unaware. It's funny that people think cos Gabriel made maybe 1 or 2 good tackles in that game, plus some interecepts, that he's suddenly the better option. How many last man tackles has Mertesacker made? How many solid tackles, clearances etc. Gabriel nearly cost us a goal but thankfully Ospina did brilliantly, he also made a few other mistakes and I noticed that his passing was pretty weak. But the usual fickle mob(not necessarily the people in this convo) have decided that he's a better option cos of 1 last man tackle and cos he has pace, this kind of rushing to conclusion always cracks me up, I've seen it for years now. Judging after 1 game is immensely foolish, let's see how he goes for about 6 games before deciding that he should keep Mertesacker's position.

Fact is we played a poor Everton team and played poorly against them. Had Baines been fit to play I think we would've been ripped apart by the poor positioning of our fullbacks, THEY are the problem, not the CB pairing. Not to mention having so many midfielders out with injury that we have to use a terrible pivot of Coquelin and Cazorla.
I understand that people are excited about a new signing and all, but really the fans need to look at Mertesacker when he plays, his positioning is fantastic and he's a great leader for the back line. I'm sure Kos loves playing with him and feels more comfortable with Per than with Gabriel (not just because the latter just arrived, also because of their playing styles). Gabriel didn't play as well as some say. He seems like a good signing but he's nowhere near Per atm in terms of calmness and tactical awareness.

One thing though: when we play a high line, Per always looks very uncomfortable and is forced to attempt a risky tackle/challenge/interception... Berbatov's goal came from that. Sometimes he pulls it off but it's always risky. He has to do it though, because he can't rely on his pace. In this type of games, when we know we will face counters a lot, I think Per might be benched. Other than that, he's in the starting line up all day everyday.
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vermalean scored some goals which made him a fan favorite but is never that good.

given Pers recent form Gabriel can be no worse, atleast he can recover. Gabriel made several mistakes yesterday but it's his second game in the premier league not to mention with kos. I'm sure you remember Per/Kos first season here.
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Zilch I have a question regarding everton. Why is it that everton don't get caught on the break as often as us despite having fullbacks that get forward even more than ours? Is it because Martinez puts essentially 3 cm's in the midfield Barry, mcarthy, and Barkley?
Yeh pretty much. It's because they don't play such a high line defensively. Jagielka is a very underrated defender in my eyes and Barkley has great awareness. Because Everton don't play such a high pressing game as us, their entire team as a whole, isn't in such an advanced position that they can't recover and fall back in time. 4-3-3 is the best formation for keeping possession and one of the easiest to recover the ball from. What we should be doing is playing a 4-1-4-1 with a designated DM in Coquelin, this will prevent him from being caught high up on the break because he clearly doesn't understand the pivot role in a 4-2-3-1. This double pivot of Coquelin and Cazorla plus no Monreal at LB will be our downfall against a decent team, just like it was vs Monaco.
Philosophy, I'm not sure you check your wall very often, so I'll give you a notification through the Arsenal board.

I don't always have time to address such long discussions, so you won't always receive an immediate reply from me. However, I recently had a bit of time on my hands and so I decided to address your points. Please respond on my wall if you want me to get back to you.

Also, for Tanmay, I still think Cazorla, Ozil, and Sanchez have the quality and intelligence to adequately play with each other. I believe there are certain tactical issues that need to be addressed before such a prospect can come to fruition though. When it does, I expect a more creative and penetrative Arsenal.

Contact me on my wall if you want a response too.

P.S. If I don't respond immediately, you can address my men in the meantime.

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lol i am not a big wall checker, but i will respond on wall
Liverpool looks in really good form, competition for top 4 will be mental if everyone will be in similar run of form
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Am glad they are showing this kind of form right now. They have to face United this month
+3
So... you'll be rooting for Liverpool then? ;)
WE FINALLY SIGNED THE PLAYER WE NEED!

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20150220/carla-humphrey-signs-first-contract

;P
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ermm...
i think i'm in love :P
zilch stay away :D
I've got a GF already, you're safe :D
That nose though ....
Campbell playing for villareal
WOW, forgot all about him already
Just watched the new Invincible documentary, the way it was achieved you just gotta admire.

Would kill to have the likes of Keown and Lehman on this team, players that would tear into you if you were slacking.
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monaco defeat was definitely a one off..we're on great form n on a hell of a run of wins..most may think i'm crazy but i'm really confident on a complete reversal n france..i think we can/will turn the tie around n book a place n the quarters..
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it wasn't a one off...that game exposed our weaknesses.....Merts (a slow) CB and our striker who isn't clinical.....we could have easily kept a clean sheet in that game and scored 4 goals but we lost 3-1 because of our weakness in those areas.....today we werent exposed to any counter because we had two pacey defenders and giroud put one of his chances away (he should have had a hat trick).....
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I agree with Gunners4. Even against Everton we played poorly, but this time we have managed to score.
+3
your making my point exactly.."we could have easily kept a clean sheet in that game and scored 4 goals" aka a one off meaning something that is not repeated or reproduced..since early december the defeat to monaco was only our third loss n last 17 games..
We aren't in great form as we were about 3 or 4 games ago but that's ok we are getting results. Monaco was a one off in terms of results, not form though
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Agreed with AZ here. I dont know if we'll turn it around in Monaco, but we are capable of doing it. This season Giroud has been vital to us (best attacking player after Sanchez imo) and Mertesacker has been good. The Monaco game wasn't a collective disaster, it went down to some bad individual performances.

We nearly turned similar situations around against much tougher opposition so I would think we can make it. The odds are not in our favor but we can do it. Monaco is going to be under a pressure they rarely had to experience this far. Let's not forget how unexperienced they are. They had a perfect game and are a difficult team to break down, they are very conscious about what are their forces and weaknesses. But we certainly can break them and score 3 goals in their stadium.
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Premier League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
60
34
22
56
2
6
18
26
1
55
30
27
57
4
7
16
27
2
51
22
29
51
6
6
15
27
3
50
20
26
46
5
8
14
27
4
48
10
30
40
7
6
14
27
5
46
18
20
38
9
4
14
27
6
44
5
36
41
8
5
13
26
7
40
-3
34
31
9
7
11
27
8
39
6
33
39
8
9
10
27
9
39
-3
34
31
10
6
11
27
10
35
-10
42
32
10
8
9
27
11
30
-7
38
31
11
9
7
27
12
30
-9
34
25
11
9
7
27
13
28
-6
39
33
11
10
6
27
14
26
-11
36
25
13
8
6
27
15
25
-16
38
22
10
13
4
27
16
22
-18
45
27
16
4
6
26
17
22
-20
45
25
13
10
4
27
18
22
-24
37
13
15
7
5
27
19
18
-18
42
24
16
6
4
26
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

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PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
13
10
4
14
1
1
4
6
1
13
7
8
15
1
1
4
6
2
6
-2
10
8
2
3
1
6
3
1
-15
19
4
5
1
0
6
4

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