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Arsenal vs Rennes (Whoever they are?)

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Hello again you positive Gooners.

From what I can gather there is a collective cloud of gloom hovering over the Arsenal fanbase today. It has nothing to do with the team or the club but the results in the Champions League, by Spurs and United, have not done the mood much good at all. Now we will have to console ourselves with a game in the second tier of European football, away at Rennes.

My in depth knowledge of French football leaves my not knowing a damned thing about them or any of their players. So if you want to know anything about them I suggest you read a blog written by someone who is prepared to pretend to have some knowledge of such things.

Given we have a “must win” game coming up against United on Sunday the team selection will be interesting . We will see just how important this competition is to Mr. Emery.

Looks like everyone that would be expected to be fit is indeed fit. So no worries on the front.

Lets hope we can carry on with our recent upturn in performances and come away with some sort of lead , making the home tie a comfortable affair

Enjoy the game.

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  1. Morning George.

    Although we all know Spurs got away with one at the weekend, I think it was our impressive performance overall that was the abiding memory (although it was hard to overlook the refereeing, admittedly).

    Sometimes I look at Arsenal and it is as mystifying to me as Rennes and the whole of French football is to you, George. Happily, recent games have seen a decent uplift in all respects for our at times tentative regrouping and I’m relieved that we appear to have rediscovered all six of our cylinders and are endeavouring to fire on most of them for much of the time.

    Rome wasn’t built, dismantled, then rebuilt in a day, etc.

    A win tonight will be much valued, but one at the weekend will feel that much more significant. Tonight’s game is surely a ‘should win’ – Sunday’s more of a could win, if not a must win, for me.

    Making up for the Spurs’ disappointment by seeing off OGS’s rejuvenated red mancs will do us all many favours although I’m still of the view that Emery will only really get down to business next season.

    Enjoy tonight!

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  2. Maybe our fans are still trying to digest the excitement of the champions league as Arsenal fans must now face the reality that Wenger’s advocacy of VAR is now benefiting the least expected of teams, the old enemy, Manchester United. But once again Wenger is proven right when he said in 2017:
    “We are behind the rest of the world,
    “The Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and I believe that is a very, very bad decision.”
    I provide further analysis at my blog: https://uniteforvar.com/?p=1816

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  3. Thanks G

    As expected after having more then one fit CB in the squad, as predicted for this mini-fixture crunch with these crucial fixtures and Ramsey and Ozil starting again because they have to, we’ve seen a sequence of good results with a build up of momentum and confidence again.

    Football eh? Amazing what happens when your best footballers are selected or fit.

    Would’ve taken the draw last weekend in advance as the upcoming six pointer always seemed the most important of these games but first up Rennes and a chance to forget that late penalty miss and to go into Sunday’s fixture with as much momentum as the visitors will have – minus Martial, Sanchez and with Lukaku picking up a minor niggle (he’ll probably still play) they won’t be as dangerous as during the cup fixture, but will still be one of the more tricky home fixtures in the league this season.

    First up a huge game against Stade Rennes in the stade Rennes.

    COYG

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  4. Torreira’s loss on Sunday will be balanced with the visitors also missing Matic.

    Torreira to start tonight then, Xhaka could do with a rest before Sunday but will UE gamble on losing control in CM by playing the two younger less experienced CMs?

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  5. I find it extraordinary that a team with aspirations of winning the Champions League approaches a must-win game by parking the bus and getting away with it. PSG had 72% possession.

    I thought the CL was for champions and to show the world how good the best teams in Europe are.

    yet we have seen teams like manure and the scum, and even ourselves occasionally, simply sitting back and soaking up the pressure to attack only on the break.

    Is that not what UE want us to be doing?

    Football has now become not so much a game to win, but one to prevent the other side doing so.

    Even the better teams in EPL rely on that tactic. Man$ity base their game on keeping possession and preventing their opponent from getting it.

    These better teams then sweeten their position by cheating when they attack.

    Winning is now everything, not how you win.

    AW got out in time.

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  6. While I know you live your life with a lesse fare attitude George, your previews are crap. Where’s LG?
    According to the ARSENAL website Rennes are on a good run of form and have a good mix of young and experienced players. Typical spuds play Dortmund when they couldn’t get shit off a hot shovel and we play a team who are 10th in the division but are on the up.
    Given our excellent record in France I’m expecting a decent result with several senior players able to rest for the weekend however this competition has a habit of producing teams that are going to be good next season so we need to be careful
    Onwards and upwards COYG.

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  7. Ian, LG is our PL specialist, but you can do them for any other games if you like.

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  8. Jeez, Ian, bit harsh there!

    jjgsol

    I’m convinced this amount of ultra defence is a relatively recent phenomenon, closely linked to mourinho for me. Greece 2004 probably helped as well.

    If someone with access to biggest resources will happily use those tactics regularly, without any criticism (so long as results good), no real barrier for the rest can exist on taste, sporting grounds etc. I think even Ferguson learned lessons from it and, contrary to the legend of always being an attacking coach, was well prepared to sit, scap, defend and counter in later years.

    I got very fed up with how much of it there was in the sport, especially in our games, a few years back. Not as consistently pained by it now, but there are still plenty of occasions when it bothers me. Spurs and Utd getting rich rewards for those tactics two nights on the bounce a case in point.

    Maybe worst of it is that it goes hand in hand with very cynical play- those who sit also foul a lot, pretty much, and are cynical in all aspects- dives, ref bothering, etc.

    Anyway, good chance tonight will be a different affair. Rennes should be extremely pumped and go for it (they have ben Arfa so that probably means they are no robotic bunch and have a coach who likes flair), and we should have plenty of threat of our own.

    Could be a goon one.

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  9. iwobiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, with what looked like a low cross in, curls in at far corner, 1-0 to the Arsenal

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  10. What a perfect start!mandy

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  11. we are down to ten men, Sokaratis with a second yellow

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  12. now if Mustafi had got himself two bookings in 7 minutes it would have broken the internet

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  13. from bad to worse, a mishit freekick rebounds off the wall and is blasted into the roof of the net, nothing cech could do about that, 1-1

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  14. The tone of the commentary on our games in Europe so different to all other English teams Pearce on mine rooting for Rennes the twat

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  15. Ah nuts. Clever shite did a real number on Sokratis then. Made contact with him first then went down under the lesser contact. Feck

    Then that finish. Double feck

    From it going well to in a lot of trouble in 60 secs

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  16. HT: Rennes 1-1 Arsenal

    Iwobi with our goal, it was surely a cross that fooled the keeper. Everything was going well, we missed a few good chances, and then Sokratis gets himself two yellows in 7 mintues and we are down to ten, then a poor freekick rebounds to the taker and he fires in an unstoppable shot beating Cech all ends up. 1-1.

    Aubameyang has not been at all sharp today. We still look like we can score again if we get our timing right, but being down to ten has given them real belief they can win this.

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  17. Some really soft yellows for Sokratis. Rennes playing with a lot of energy. I thought we could get at them in the second half but now we’re down to 10.
    Our players will have to work extra hard and will also have a day less off. United are the luckiest team ever.

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  18. In a parallel universe we are winning 2-0 with 11 men on the pitch. But we cant have that can we?

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  19. Auba was through on goal at one point but was wrongly ruled offside.

    Ozil is a bit off for me. Seems to lack sharpness.

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  20. 52 minutes Guendouzi on for Iwobi

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  21. Quite amazing how the percentage of marginal, as well as major decisions that go against this team

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  22. Monreal struggling with the pace of Sarr

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  23. cech having too many saves to make

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  24. Aubameyang has been very poor all game

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  25. Having a very poor spell

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  26. Never had Auba down as a confidence player!

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  27. FFS , this is not going well, collective brain fart territory.
    We don’t get the decisions, but nor do we do ourselves any favours.
    That break is showing for them

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  28. own goal from Monreal, a cross from the left deflects off Monreal to beat Cech, it was poor defending by Monreal, a half hearted effort to block the cross.

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  29. a better shot needed by ozil there

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  30. cech keeping us in the EL as things stand

    ramsey on for ozil

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  31. About half of that lot need substituting! Look fatigued, almost as if they believe they will do the job at home, but hope there isn’t complacency on top of any fatigue

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  32. 78 minutes Kolasinac on for Aubameyang,

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  33. That was shite , we are going out of not careful, some terrible performances by some big players.
    Some teams circle the wagons and defend when they get a red, we have fallen to pieces.

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  34. well that caps it, 3-1 to rennes, sarr header at the back post, more slack defending, they broke from a throw at the other end of the pitch, monreal 80 yards from where he needed to be, guendouzi jogged back leaving sarr free, its woeful stuff

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  35. FUCKSAKE. We’d been playing it so sensibly last twenty then overcommit with minutes to go.

    Fuck

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  36. FT: Rennes 3-1 Arsenal

    Iwobi with our goal

    Shocking defending from us and PEA so off form up front sees us really on the edge for the second leg. Sokratis needlessly sent off for two yellows. Lucky Xhaka did not get sent off too. Koscielny had a stormer of a game, Cech made loads of saves and nothing he could do about any of the goals. Monreal really struggled with the pace of Sarr, and then was at the wrong end of the pitch when they got their 2rd goal.

    Just not good enough from far too many of our players tonight.

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  37. Of course all Wenger’s fault innit

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  38. A nightmare for us, all round, including UE subs. Rennes did really well, their fans were the 12th man.
    Still in it by the skin of our teeth.

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  39. I fear for Sunday, Slurgie pulling strings behind the scenes Riley with an opportunity to land the knock out blow, our boys with a day less rest. We are fucked.

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  40. That was abject, pathetic. For the second away game in a row. We are unrecognisable away against a team who really should not be living with us.
    This team can play well in a fair wind, can raise themselves for some big games, but also have the ability to self destruct when things go against them. Not sure if it is fatigue, not familiar enough with Emerys demands, complacency or something else.
    We just about live to fight another day, but for a team who will be missing Lacca, Sok, and generally incapable of keeping a clean sheet, it is going to be very difficult.
    If we go out of such an important competition to Rennes, a series of questions need addressing. Not least of which is Emerys unwillingness, inability, or maybe just lack of trust to rotate a bit
    If it really is CL or bust for Emery, and I am personally sceptical about that, but they need to pull their finger out. This weekend and the return fixture have become potential season makers or breakers, most unwelcome for a team who I am not sure really want that pressure at the moment.
    The only consolation, that could have been worse, think they had about 25 shots

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  41. Above- for the second Europa away game in a row

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  42. Oh man. So gutted about the third. Would probably have taken 2-1 at half time; would have snapped hand off for it when it went to 2-1; nearly there to get just that, and telling myself it left us with decent chance…fuck.

    Sending off dramatically changed things, of course, all going well until then. Worst night than most to go down to ten given the circumstances and a team fired up and having had eight days to prepare.

    Can still go through of course but they are definitely favourites now and it will require big effort and, that stranger to us at the moment, luck.

    Also sucks in terms of preparation for OT. Couldn’t get much more draining night ahead of that one.

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  43. Not optimal. I was a little surprised our tie-management was so poor after we got the away goal so early on. Even before Sokratis got sent off, it seemed we were struggling to exert control.

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  44. Really don’t think it deserves too much sticking the boot in after that. The sending off fucked us royally.

    Can chastise Sokratis for it, or lament our not being one of those Atletico type teams who cope well with ten, but no appetite for that myself.

    Regroup for Utd and worry about 2nd leg later.

    Nketiah’s cursed, by the way. Nearly every time it looks promising for him to get some minutes, something or other goes wrong to prevent it.

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  45. Think I would be tempted to try starting Nketiah!

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  46. So far this week in Europe, one English team was just downright lucky, another was a little lucky but resilient as well. We were neither resilient nor lucky, both can Be quite essential.
    This weekend , we face a team who are lucky, resilient, full of confidence and who will have considerable help. That aside, I expect a far better performance

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  47. in our last 11 away games we have two wins, (Blackpool and Huddersfield), 3 Draws and 6 Defeats

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