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Mustering the entirety of my 'self control' as it were, I have attempted to censor myself from asking this question for a long time, but no more. I can no longer refrain from asking: wtf happened to this site?

as I speak there are 10 American Football links on the homepage of this real footy website and thats merely one of my current gripes with the direction this site has been heading for the past few years. I hope the grim reaper comes soon to take my ranting away because I feel like an old person rambling about 'back in my day' but as time passes, it becomes harder and harder not to say anything. Alas, I'm sure a prescription can take care of this feeling. Off to the pharmacy I go, shut mouth and all.
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The way the table looks and how we and other said top 4 contenders playing is depressing. This season looking like a 2 horse race. We unlucky with all the draws and injuries but thats the luck of the Arsenal. That gap is sick 2 horse race this season, yea i know its early but its too late for us to in the title :(.
The one thing that I notice really separates us from who we were last season is set pieces, on both sides of the pitch. We seem to be beaten in the air time and time again now, and I don't even think we've scored from a corner yet.

Honestly, the amount of corners we had yesterday was insane. To not capitalize from that when we have Mertesacker, Koscielny, Welbeck etc. in there is crazy. We had rectified this last season, you didn't feel we were under significant threat from set pieces anywhere close to the level that we had been before. Mertesacker would also regularly cause problems for the opposition with those near post runs, I haven't seen any of that this season.

Now, we're getting back to the days of a few years ago where teams would play for only set pieces against us and just lay a siege upon our box. This also translates into general defensive stability. Last season, if we scored first we probably won the match 95% of the time. We understood what we needed to do to be solid, now that seems so have totally evaporated.

People complained that the dark shadow over us last season was the three major defeats away to our title rivals. Honestly, we finished 7 points behind the champions and if the only problem we had was that we were naive in a few key games, that's something that you could improve upon in the following campaign. The fact that we beat teams we should be beating was important, because we never used to do that.

I don't care that we had a few embarrassing defeats last season, for me it was defined by a lot of passion and strength that we showed and of course, we had that impressive run to lifting the cup. I appreciate that the team has to evolve heavily but we've basically run out of time already to have the success we had last year, even if the FA Cup doesn't start for another few months. Will these problems be solved by then? We've started what we should consider to be one of the easier runs of ten or so matches that we'll have in this league with two points dropped at home. Next week we're up against a side who shipped 8 yesterday. We really have to start putting points on the board even without performances. When we equalized yesterday, I honestly didn't feel like it made that much of a difference. Losing 2 points or 3, either is a big blow.
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Last season we lost our first game and everyone wanted Wenger's head so he changed to make us play more conservatively. Note that Wilshere and Ramsey played in a 3 man midfeild in that first game.

This season Wilshere and Ramsey played in midfeild again and we struggled. We are better when just one plays in a 2 man pivot but only against mid table or below because their partners (Flame/Arteta) are limited.

Failure at set pieces is becuase we lost Giroud and Sagna who are agressive in defending headers and challenge in attack. Also we dont practice set peices.
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GunsNramsey I feel like our training is basically just movement with the ball, even for the defense. I was listening to an Arsecast recently and Amy Lawrence said she once asked Wenger what specific things they worked on in training, and he couldn't really answer the question.
@GNR Thats some narrative since we have been playing the same conservative way since that tottenham loss the season before. we played 4-3-3 in several matches (ex: bayern) but those changes are according to opposition, but we largely played 4-2-3-1.
GunsNramsey is spot on about set pieces, the failure is because of Giroud and Sagna not on the pitch. Mertesacker isn't very good at jumping, his positioning is good but that's all.
Where do you guys download full matches from?
http://www.reddit.com/r/footballhighlights
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Maybe I'm being stupid but I can't see how to download it, as opposed to streaming. Could you tell me how please?
Ahh my bad, some of them you can download and some you can't. Usually the cloudyvideos link.

Try this instead

http://www.fullmatches.net/
Ok thanks mate.
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What do you guys think of bringing Alexis center behind the striker, using Campbell on the left and Walcott or ox on the right, with Welbeck center? He has vision creativity and work rate. He can pull defenders and open up space for the runs of Campbell and ox/Walcott
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We'd then have a two man midfield which simply would see us cut open even more often.
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I was thinking the same thing Zakulon but with Sanchez on the left and campbell playing just behind the striker. Campbell doesn't make great runs so he would be more of a playmaker, sort of like a more physical version of Ozil
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I think he'll be making more appearances as of the Hull game. He still has to be more clinical to start but he's almost there, he looked super sharp when he came on and all he needs is a goal, then we'll prolly be seeing Poldi switch places with him as the Arsenal outcast lol. Poldi has been really poor smh... but i like Campbell's creative spark when he comes into games, he'll be good to go especially when theo gets back
He looked switched on cos he played 15 mins, of course he will look more lively than the blokes who started the match. Campbell wasn't that impressive, he's best in a secondary striker role. The only thing he showed for me was some enthusiasm to track back which is encouraging. Alexis behind the striker is a bad idea cos he sits too far forwards, our already struggling midfield pair would be overrun on the counter.
The thing is since Sunderland lost 8-0, they are going to pack the bus against us and counter, same thing with Anderlecht, if we were to get three points from our next games, we have to be more clinical in front of goal, scoring the first goal it opens the game in favor to us, for example in the gala game, they were compact blocking the passing lane and putting men behind the ball, but once we scored their game plan went out of the window, if we were to score any of the top teams like mancity, dortmund, liverpool, manuniter chelsea first there is 80% chance we are winning the game, the first goal removes the anxiety.

Most our games in the epl is going to be like this, teams are not going to play football with us, except probably mancity and maybe dortmund, expect defense and counter, defense and counter, it is left for Wenger to come up with a new winning game plan.
On a lighter note, Gnabry's English is way way better than it was when he first joined. It's pleasing to see.
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do you guys still regret not signing him? https://vine.co/v/ObJv9d5EiOI
Torres, Soldado and now Balotelli. Hall of flops
If you'd asked me at the beginning of the transfer period if I'd prefer Welbeck or Balotelli at 16m I probably would have said Balotelli but I'm very glad we got Welbeck now.

Seems to have slotted into the team really well and I just prefer his play style and work rate. He's just dat guy!
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man southampton are so great even with their summer garage sale last season. getting unknown gems with bargain and promoting youth. maybe we should go with that approach instead of buying star players like sanchez and ozil. trust the youth.

oh wait....
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It's only October mate.
Southampton didn't really sell anyone they couldn't easily replace, with the exception of maybe Lallana.

Chambers was not a starter, Lambert prob had his last good season, and Lovren is good but superrrrr overrated. They didn't sell Schneiderlin who I honestly think is their best player, but even if they had they still would have Wanyama and Cork who are very capable.

What did we do? We sold our only CB cover, the best bench defender in the EPL, and let one of the best RB's in the league in Sagna go to a rival.

Last year we had one striker... ONE! And he wasn't like a world beater or anything, Giroud is a second striker on a top team. This year we have only 2 worn out senior CB's and a bunch of kids as cover.

Mate this is all just very bad management
+5
^You forgot Luke Shaw
Koscielny is far from "worn out" as you put it. Debuchy is ahead of Sagna in the French team and has barely put a foot wrong. We are just really cursed with injuries that no one could foresee or expect. If Sanogo is not counted as a striker then what is..........we were leading the league at this time last season but look where we ended up. it's still early, but on that note what we have been doing so far is far from enough. far far from satisfying.
By "worn out" I mean over played and not given rest. Granted we did well to replace Sagna but Sanogo last season could not be considered an option (even though I like him and he's one for the near future).
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Oh, sorry i thought you meant worn out as in past their prime.
Are you guys impressed with liverpool ? I think not.
But what does that say about arsenal.

We played Man city and Tottenham at emirates and got 2 points
Liverpool played them away and got 3.

I think its safe to say we are far from being top 4 at the moment. Not gonna take a side in the wenger story cuz we would be nothing without him. But this season is gonna be a painful one.
Who's going to stop us getting top4? Liverpool? Next. Tottenham, unlikely. Southampton? Great early intention but cmon, it takes depth to stay at the top of the league and they don't have it. We've lost once to the top team with half our starting team out injured, we have better depth than Southampton. They won't be this impressive all year.
Need I remind you guys, soton was doing this at the start of last season and ended up 9th. They had more depth last season. The season before, west brom was 3rd place going into December. As we painfully found out last season, first half form means very little in the final run in


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22
15
8
23
0
1
7
8
1
17
10
8
18
1
2
5
8
2
16
14
5
19
2
1
5
8
3
13
4
11
15
3
1
4
8
4
13
1
12
13
3
1
4
8
5
11
3
10
13
2
2
3
7
6
11
2
11
13
1
5
2
8
7
11
1
10
11
3
2
3
8
8
11
-1
11
10
3
2
3
8
9
11
-1
9
8
3
2
3
8
10
10
0
13
13
2
4
2
8
11
10
-8
12
4
4
1
3
8
12
9
0
16
16
3
3
2
8
13
9
-2
13
11
3
3
2
8
14
8
-1
9
8
3
2
2
7
15
8
-3
14
11
4
2
2
8
16
8
-7
15
8
2
5
1
8
17
7
-6
14
8
3
4
1
8
18
4
-9
13
4
4
4
0
8
19
4
-12
18
6
6
1
1
8
20
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6
5
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5
0
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2
2
1
3
1
3
4
1
0
1
2
2
1
-3
5
2
1
1
0
2
3
1
-3
4
1
1
1
0
2
4

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