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How do you guys rate El Neny since joining? Im not sure we have lost with him starting in the league yet, and when it comes to distance covered, he's at the top... A solid 8/10 from me, a diamond in the rough found by Arsene
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Tidy hard working and intelligent player. But needs to add a bit of flair to his game.
8/10 for me too and considering he came from the swiss league as well he's been a bargain.
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I would say 8/10 as well.. Very impressive so far, no flair but efficient.
solid but the kind of guy I want as a back up.

we have another hard-working guy in ramsey, so I would want want more X-factor in midfield. that said, he might work well with cazorla/wilshere.
I wish we could combine Coq and Elneny qualities into one player. A tough tackling ball distributor with good long range shooting. Something like Kante?
Mertesacker is out for the rest of the season
But Jon Snow is back from his anterior cruciate ligament injury ;)
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SPOILERS = BAN :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lmao j/k
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Liverpool off to the finals
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COME ON LIVERPOOL
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Any thoughts/views on how we will line up next season? formation ?
Oh! I thought you meant next match, not next year.

Assuming we don't sign anyone, I'd expect us to revert to the lineup we had so much success with in the first half of the season:

Cech
Bellerin Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Coquelin Cazorla
Ramsey Ozil Sanchez
Giroud

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Second Team

Ospina
Jenkinson Chambers Gabriel Gibbs
Elneny Wilshere
Walcott Iwobi Chamberlain
Welbeck

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Notable Others: Campbell, Rosicky, Arteta, Flamini, Akpom
In terms of strengthening, I think the obvious choice is to find a world class player, whatever position that may be. We've added Ozil, Sanchez, and Cech in back-to-back seasons so another big name would be very nice.

Beyond that, if some players leave (eg: Flamini), we may need to find cover either from the outside or from the academy.

If we don't sign anyone up front / if one of our strikers (eg: Walcott) leaves, I'd expect Akpom to play a bigger role next season.
after seeing how our season imploded this season, no way we are going into the next season with the same team. there needs to be change, world class change :3

looks like flamini and walcott are on their way out. same for arteta too. not sure of rosicky though. wojo might still be at roma on loan again next season.

real challenge is gonna be be needed. bringing in the wc players into the team.
Part of me wants to see akpom make it at arsenal. But Wenger really can't afford to keep gambling on the future on the last year of his contract. He must get a proven goalscorer. Like what Fergie did for his last season - buy the best striker in the league no matter what the fee and salary demands are.
After City game arsenal players will have selfie🏆 arsene mentality have transfer into the players.
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 😱😱
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boateng is just another name for hulk xD
Boateng and Hummels are going to be spraying those long passes for days
long ball bayern
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.
Griezmann is gonna go. Atletico sell one big player every year and he will command a very high price this year.
There's one player who could replace Silva, and that's Ozil... OMG imagine aguero in front of Ozil.... BUY AGUERO ARSENE lol
^dream on lol
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Griezmann to Arsenal, and Walcott and take the llama ride to wherever he wants to go :)
wait wait wait, why do you think greizmann will leave? i gave up on him leaving ages ago! he said he has no desire to leave atletico several times already. i think he's a utd fan, it would be amazing to get him. i don't see why he would come here though even if he would leave atletico unless he has a soft spot for us. i can't see him coming to the epl though.
What happened to Marco Reus!? How come nobody talks about him anymore
fell off the radar and injury prone these days.
@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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that's enough from both of you anymore responses will be deleted.
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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