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"Why did Man City not win the game against Stoke? They have plenty of strikers, football is a team sport and we have not got to sell it as an individual sport." - Wenger

This is something I also passionately believe in. The transfer window is never a fun time for us gooners but we shud also be mindful that Wenger is very keen on bringing in world class additions b4 the deadline comes around. I'd rather to watch the current squad chemistry get stronger than us bringing in panic buys... I still think Wenger has some interesting magic stunts to prove on deadline day also :)
Not sure wats up with the double posts but I also liked Sanogo's contribution against Leicester City. He wont take long to improve imo but ozil and santi combo needs consistent
Citeh Strikers:
1. Negrado
2. Aguaro (injured)
3. Jovetic
4. Dzecko

Arsenal Strikers:
1. Sanogo
2. Campbell (unproven)
3. Giroud (injured)

Telegraph and a number of outlets are reporting we're fighting it out with Citeh to sign the 28 year old Falcao for a whopping 55£.

Please someone here on FT tell me how has football gone this mad! These rich clubs are not fighting on fair grounds and is tarnishing the game to a point where it's really leaving a bad taste in my mouth. There should be more than spending limits, there should be limited transfers every season, no more than 3 or 4 per season. All these other sports in the US have similar rules that is why teams thrive in the states.

Sounds like a rant but do you really wanna see the sport get destroyed? This is the same issue happened in Scottish football and look at the Rangers, look at Celtic how s**t they are now. The interests have gone elsewhere in Scotland.
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If we match City's fee and wages, he could only choose us in my opinion. But we can't do that, because a club who has a fantastic trophy cabinet (despite jokes from people with short memories) and has built up its brand worldwide apparently can't compete financially with a club like Man City, which was in the third division just over a decade ago before some rich dude bought it as his toy. Amazing.
But in Wenger's miond we also have Sanchez, Walcott and Poldi for those roles. So that's 6 to 4. I think you guy's will take that blow better if you start mentally preparing yourself for an arsenal season with no new out and out striker. That way if we do get one it will be a shock. I fear a lot of you are setting your selves up for a deadline day heartbreak
If I am not mistaken, Aguero played a full 90 against Stoke and is not injured.
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I think Ngeredo is injured.
Rich clubs ? Arsenal is one of the rich club in the world - but I agree with City doing BS. anyways if City buys a striker one of their striker will be available in market for sure - just like how Ozil was awailable last year.
If united win their next game, and we lose to city, we'll be tied on points. :/ math is cruel
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Lol, crazy reality indeed
Home losses shud never be on the agenda either :D
And we play like s**t lol
Wondering if you guys are gonna make a last ditch move for a striker or not? I mean why did Wenger wait, should have gotten a deal done by now because with CL coming up and all and with every game in the PL as important as every it leaves the Gunners weak up front with only Sanogo as your only out and out striker. What happened to Walcott? Is he still injured?
Ok Gimmi 5 minutes let me get Wenga on his Blackberry.

Brb
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It's funny b/c last season all we had up front was Giroud if we're not counting Bendtner. He's had more than enough time to understand our striking situation and if he's not got someone coming in then he's bat s**t crazy.

Walcott is injured til late September I think I heard last?
Is it just me or is Mertesacker not looking solid at the back? And Debuchy is always so far up the pitch ahead of the play, rather than joining the attack as it progresses.

Offensively something is not clicking with Arsenal, same slow buildup as last season. I feel like we are slow to move forward as a unit and slow to get back as a unit.
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true i've been thinking about the same thing about mert... he seems a bit light weight and tentative...
I dont think mert likes the left side at all
Been noticing that about Merts myself. I'll give him a couple more games since he just got back from Germany.

Gets pushed off easily, not much better in aerial duels either. Let's hope he improves.
Disappointing to say the least, but Sanogo is just a scapegoat, he honestly wasn't that bad for a player who is so raw. The issue is that we need better options, but to call him crap isn't right. He has visible potential imo.

Ramsey was one of the poorest players on the pitch but he escapes criticism more easily now (feels weird saying that after what would happen two years ago).
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At a club like arsenal, we shouldn't be waiting on raw talent to flourish, they should be sent out on loan. We don't have time to wait for the development of someone who plays the most important position for us, he's literally our only target man. I dont blame him, I blame wenger for being stubborn and not siging.a striker. We've been saying the same thing ever since we played the 433 with rvp or giroud up front, he's had a couple years to sign real back ups. Lpok at citu who play with 2 strikers, they have 4 great strikers at their disposal, 2 starters and two back ups. All we needed were 2 real strikers and we've only had one for the past 5 years
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couldn't have said it better myself applejuice
This Real-Sociedad game is crazy. Sociedad have the lead now after going 2-0 down early in the game. 20 mins to go!
it's 4-2 now!! surely over now.
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Id rather play ospina in strike than sanogo just saying
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this 4-1-4-1 isn't working, at least not with the players that we're currently using in it.

Playing a lone CF means we have to use a big man up top, who can play with their back to goal and bring the supporting midfielders in. For this reason, I understand why Sanogo was picked over Campbell/Podolski.

However with players only just returning to fitness and new players still settling in, Sanogo felt like the wrong choice.

Leicester basically had 8 men in the box whenever we had the ball, so I would have opted to put some long-distance shooters on instead of a midfield 4 who all play the same way (short, intricate passing).

Podolski and Rosicky would have probably offered more of threat if we had chosen to play them earlier/at all.

Still, we should also not belittle Leicester's defensive effort. Wes Morgan, in particular, was immense at the back. If they play with that resolution every game, they will hold out for draws and scrape wins quite well. Every man of theirs battled for every ball and every second ball.

For us, we need to be more incisive in the final third. Our attack stalled far too often, but that should improve as the season goes on and the new guys develop their understanding. Let's not forget that our right side is only playing together since the summer (Sanchez, Debuchy, Chambers). The chemistry is still developing, it will take a while to see that flourish.

One positive thing for me is that, while it was disappointing not win, we played badly and didn't lose. It is good to pick up points in scrappy hard-fought affairs when you are not at your best, knowing that you haven't even managed to get out of 2nd gear.

I think some people are losing sight of the fact that this is not even close to our best. If anyone thinks that we have plateaued and this is the best we can do, you might as well take off the shirt now and watch a different sport.

What is that old saying? The premier league is a marathon, not a sprint. We'll pick up pace as the season progresses - have faith, ye gooners!
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What do u people refer to "playing badly", so much of what people say seem to be result oriented. If arsenal took they're chances and won say 1-3 then the rhetoric would be we played well but defence needs some composure...
Arsenal passed the ball well today for me but their finishing was atrocious.

the bit about long distant shooters. long distant shooting is plan B when there is no way through. Did u see how many blocked shots that team racked up.

All minnows will park the bus against top class opposition, see city vs stoke. So ur gonna have to get used to the sight u saw today especially against minnows maybe against chelsea. The only thing i pray about is we finish the clear cut opportunities presented.
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