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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB1FDn8xe5Y

Henry with some harsh truths...damn.
I hope Metersacker doesn't start against Leicester City sunday, Vardy would have a field day with him.
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hope he only gets fa cup
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Slow and steady wins the race. Who cares if he's slow, he just has to be steady imo.
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Actually think Leicester like to play quick up to Mahrez and Vardy but that's usually through long through balls. If we don't push so high up, it might actually help to play Mertesacker rather than have 2 pacey CBs.
Can't just throw him back into the pits. But then again, he's one of the smartest defenders and his shortcomings may force Kos to be more on his p and q's.

Kos looses his head every once in a while in case you haven't noticed.
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Yeah, Kos pulls a Szczesny from time to time. Hopefully not against Leicester.
Actually if we decide to sit back, BFG in form could be a better option than Gabriel. Most of the job will have to be done in the midfield and the opposite half not to allow feeding those long balls to their pacey attack.
For that kinda marking Campbell has an edge over Ox. Maybe Theo over Giroud in attack for his speed to keep couple of defenders anchored.
Vladd. The issue is a weak midfield invites more pressure. I'm hoping Coq starts but if he does start we can't even bet whether him and Ramsey can pair. I think Arsene tried to mesh them before and it didn't work.
GSS, what other DM options do we have but Ramsey and Coq?
Arteta's days are over. Gibbs - not really his position, sub maybe to enforce defense if we win. Elneny, Bielik. - too soon for the game of this importance.
Flams - no way ... Who else ?
My vote is for speed. I watched the replay of them vs city last night and Drinkwater and Albrighton just launch the ball forward first or second touch the second they win the ball back. I think Vardy would have a field day with Mertesacker. He's declining noticeably @ 31. I still love him in our team but only up against the right opposition.
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Shaymoose, that's not how City conceded. 2 goals from set pieces and one (2nd) Zabaleta's fault - first he lost the ball at the other half and then walked back instead of running his shoes off. Poor defending, lack of marking discipline. Not really matter of speed.
Agree on Per in general - he's becoming a liability on a regular match day but once in a while, in a tactical game he could be a right man in the tight place.
Well if we want proper defending from set pieces I still think Mertesacker is better than Gabriel in terms of heading/marking.

It depends on our game plan, whether we choose to play possession on counter. I would also like to see Theo up front instead of Giroud but I'm a little worried about his form.
Gabriel and Kos have no Chemistry but they only play together a few time so i think they will improve as time goes by. Gabriel is a lot faster than Mertasacker we need him in this pacey game.
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I will say I prefer mertesacker on the ball when we have possession. Gabby needs to clean up his passing from the back.

Vlad, I've been watching Leicester as much as I can this season and that's what they do to release Vardy into space.
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If at all we are playing BFG, then I would say, playing Le Coq is an absolute must as well. He is the best positionally sensible, reliable man we ve got in the midfield. Had enough of the positional non sense with Ramsey-Flamini combo.
On Ramsey, I feel that most of the criticism he gets since replacing Santi in the middle isnt accurate. He does make the right choices. Against Bournemouth he created the first goal with a clever ball for Giroud at the far post and he gave the assist to Ox seconds later. He isnt as technical as Santi but he brings a lot of distribution as well.

I dont think our team cant be criticized, certainly Ox and Theo and even Gibbs could be showing more. But Rambo has been performing and adapting to the team's needs from day one this season. I struggle to understand how he's being criticized so much on here.
Tend to agree. His pro's are overwhelming. Couple of weak points, where he has to improve and, guess, he knows that.
As box to box player he has to not only track back but also to mark properly (he did not mark Yaya on City goal) and sometimes he is too greedy at the goal, hasty shooting instead of passing.
His critics may overlook the fact that he has had no decent and reliable partner at midfield lately, and that may be the reason that his performance did not appear flawless. Nonetheless he was MOTM twice recently for a reason.
He should stay in the center of things on Sunday, backed by Le Coq
Yeah Ramsey does so much for the team. I think the only reason we hate on him is because he doesn't have the stats so far this season and there are so many good players in and around his position. I'd think it's hard to find someone else who can play anywhere in midfield the way Ramsey does. He's a bit like Park Ji Sung for ManUtd IMO.
Remember that time we went to Leicester and Sanchez got a hat trick and we won 5-2? We should try that again this weekend.
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It was quite an open game. Leicester had not a confidence level, they do now. I would not try the same tactics, not even sure we should dominate possession. Maybe it is better to sit back, press high and tight, leaving them no space for long balls and quick counters, and counter ourselves. Wothink?
Sanchez not only scored 3 goals, but he also put in a defensive shift to help Monreal completely take Mahrez out of that game.
glad we won that game, and yeah the foxes were just about to get started that time, but we played our best and won. we better win it this sunday haha xD
It'll be interesting because both teams have what it takes to hit on the counter. Which manager will choose to sit back and which will choose to attack?
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Arsenal v Leicester City at 7 AM on Sunday. lol I'll be watching the replay around 12pm lmao
5 am..
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damn man lmao

I would stay up till 5am, then sleep after the game. lol
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7am on Valentines Day, might I add ;)
Iam going snowboarding to Colorado for that weekend, gonna have to wake up to watch the game and steam it off on the mountain after that!!! I think the game will be there at 5 am as well
Feel my pain
I'm happy. But Arsenal don't win early games. There, I called it.
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@Sjsung

Here's the problem: you'll be tired af for Valentines Night. lmao
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Ouch! Zouma out for the rest of the season. Ligaments. Poor kid.
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It's pretty obvious that he tore his ligament during the incident. No knee ligament can support that kind of bend. Poor kid. Hope for the best in his recovery
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Even though i hate Chelsea alot, i wouldnt wish that on Zouma. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
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Sjsung(Arsenal)8 hours ago
"I think if you listen to Wenger's press conferences too, he sounds more direct and confident whenever he's asked about the title. I guess he's been in the title fight many times before. He knows what he's doing."

I guess if he grabs you and jumps while being in a moving plane without parachute you'd still say that.

Just saying, I'm fully trusting no man because man ain't perfect and he ain't God either.
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I never comment but I am on here all the time and had to say something. Why are you calling someone out for a quote that is 4 hours old, and instead of replying to the comment you have to bring it back up for debate by making it a new comment. I've read you and other mods complain about not just replying in thread before so how is this any different?

Just as you so seek to be able to have your opinion about Wenger without be called out, Sjsung should be able to have faith in Wenger. Seems pretty hypocritical to me.
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GSS being expressing a lot of dislike towards Wenger, and thats your opinion and thats ok.. No need to call someone out like that..
I disagree with your opinion towards Wenger, I think he still got a lot to offer to this team.. Yes he is not perfect like any other manager, but he dedicated his all to Arsenal. Brought Arsenal to the next level and deserves some respect. Unlike just constant criticism and forgetting what this man did for the club. He is not God but he is the greatest coach/manager Arsenal had, in my opinion and I'm sure lots of gooners feel the same way.
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I have mixture of feelings for Wenger.

Positive: I think he deserves all the respect in the world for building such a great club and beautiful football. Genius

Negative: Past 4-5 years, football clubs have dominated across Europe, clubs like Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus, even the likes of United/Chelsea and now Spurs are progressing in the right direction with talented players and their new manager. Arsenal, as a football club has been stalled for many years now. Yes, we're spending wisely past 10 years and qualifying for Champion League, but beyond financial, we're not as strong. We blame it on the injuries each and every single year, relying on players like Wilshere or Flamini or Bendtner and the list goes on. Let me ask you something: What's the point of qualifying for Champion League every year and can't get past Round of 16? We could just not qualify for Champion League, not receive that Champion League Qualification money, but instead just try to win a Premier League all out? lol

Wenger is stubborn man and he is very dedicated to his philosophy. Unfortunately, its been a decade or so, since we won any major trophy. I understand the support and beliefs that some of the fans still have in him, but a change wouldn't be a bad thing. Someone like Klopp would have been a great change.
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No need to escalate this into an argument guys. It's cool - GSS and I've both been here a long time. :)

I certainly have faith in Wenger more than most people do but I never would "fully trust a man" either. But given the point we're at in this season, we don't have a choice than to back Wenger, and I just built on the previous comment that Wenger seemed more ruthless by acknowledging that there's a slightly different air to Wenger's pressers in the past few weeks that I haven't really seen in a long time, perhaps since the Wenger-Ferguson days.
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Y so uptight? There lies the problem. Why call me out calling someone else out? We have a cordial slight banter relationship...as what Sj said, no need to escalate.

But what you can do is contribute occasionally :D
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They're BFF guys. lol its okay
Haha my bad GSS! Really hard to understand by reading sometimes sarcasm and banter...
The secret behind the reason Flamini still plays: Flamini is the reason why Ozil is shining at Arsenal. He gives him the warm fuzzies inside haha watch the video and just look at those affectionate arm touches. There is so much bromance going on there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajGnBUKR-M0
http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3vnbia
I honestly believe there is something going on between those 2. Watch Ozil turn s**t next season without him.
Big big game on Sunday. We need all 3 points, and to do that everyone needs to be in top form. I am really glad to see Walcott benched. Now flamini needs to be dropped too. Over the last couple of weeks especially since losing santi and le coq we have been extremely weak in midfield. Ramsey's undisciplined approach to the game has been very frustrating to watch as well. He has a tendency to go forward too often and although this is one of his best traits it does leave our defenders exposed at times. You can't really rely on flames who seems to have lost his positional awareness in midfield which is so important as someone who plays as DM/CDM. We need to see how the elneny partnership could work with Ramsey but I think that would be too much of a risk especially against an in form Leicester.

To sum it all up, as a club we're known for our passing/possesion game. It's what allows us to control games and you need skilled but very disciplined players for this. I really enjoyed the football we were playing up until santi and le coqs injury. If we lose the midfield battle which we have been for a few games now we tend to lose the game. We've been heavily relying on the likes of Giroud, Campbell and Ozil to win us games but it's not enough when we have some of our wingers e.g Theo/OX and our CM/CDM undisciplined and constantly out of position or losing possession. Happy that sanchez is back, he'll be that difference in our upcoming game but I would love to see the man who gives us the balance in this team return, Francis Coquelin. He is our key player in my opinion.
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Cech
Bellerin Kos Gab Monreal
Coq Flamini/El Neny
Ramsey Ozil Sanchez
Walcott/Giroud

This is the most balanced line up we can have at the moment, I can't remember the last time we actually bossed the midfield so extra protection is needed especially against the likes of Kante, Vardy and Mahrez. Since we lost Cazorla our midfield dominance has been non existent, no player in this team can control the midfield like he can. The close control and distribution, we've missed em more than anything.

Sanchez will have to improve on his defensive play, too many times he's caught lagging behind and letting opponents breeze past hime. Albrighton for Leicester has been fantastic, hardworking lad with plenty of quality. Very underrated. Sanchez needs to be on top of his game and I expect him to be as he's had a few games to ease back into the team and get his match fitness up.

On the other side Ramsey has to play as the RM, there's no offensive player better than Ramsey to track back and keep Mahrez quite, that'll be vital.

As for the case upfront, Walcott is useless at times, we all know that but games against an opponent like Leicester he's probably best suited. Huth and Morgan will have no problem against Giroud, they'd probaly be happy to see him on the team sheet. Walcott should have them chasing after him, making runs in behind like he tries to do every game. I also feel Ozil and Sanchez would prefer to play alongside a pacey player like Walcott.
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I think Campbell should be included in the main attacking line-up. He is creative and hard working. Offers more than Theo most of the time.
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AssasinedViper- I wouldn't mind seeing Ramsey on RW although i would prefer Campbell there and Ramsey in CM just because his runs from midfield would be handy if we're to expose Leicester defensively- we just need someone dependable next to him (not flames) so he can have the freedom to make those dangerous runs from midfield that he is known for. Plus having work horses like Campbell, Ramsey and Sanchez all on the same pitch would really help against a very hard working and cohesive Leicester city team.

I agree with Walcott being upfront. He's just very useless on the wing- however he's been more influential as CF. His movements and runs in an around the box could really help us exploit Leicester. Giroud does give us the defensive stability though and i can see us getting a few set pieces so starting him would be ideal too.

My worry is more with who wenger will choose to play in defensive mid. Kante and Drinkwater are dark horses, they pose a threat. Vardy's pace and Mahrez skill will cause our defence problems. We need to start someone who's adept at DM- it has to be Le coq or Eleney. Flames is too reckless, he will literally hand Leicester all 3 points. Our defence becomes shaky when we don't have someone reliable in DM.

My ideal line up would be:

Bellz----GABS----KOS----MONREAL

-----RAMSEY----LE COQ/ELENEY-----

CAMPBELL----OZIL-----SANCHEZ

-----------GIROUD---------
I would go with Viper's line up as well. One of the point of Neny's signing is to be able to make the most of Ramsey's versatility again, he brings a lot as RW as well.

I would put Ramsey in the middle and Campbell on the right as well. Walcott up front for me instead of Giroud, and Mertesacker as CB. I want us to counter and keep the ball on the ground. Make it hard for Leicester to keep the ball on the ground in our final third and we should be OK.
On a separate note though, it shows we've come some way when we have multiple good options to debate for us :)
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Exactly SJ! What a change in a couple of seasons
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I Just love the way Lord Flamini runs around doing nothing and Barking orders.
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It's so depressing to watch!! He defies the law of common sense by doing sh*t that's totally not needed 😠
The killer deal are the failed sliding tackles and Self inflicted Disastrous Situations in both offense and Defense.
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