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Great Result For Arsenal.

 

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A fantastic result away in Germany against a team that had not previously lost at home to an English team. Saka was excellent, 2 assists and a goal. Wonderful stuff. Martinez looked most assure, distributed the ball well and made some outstanding saves, he has a shout for MOTM too. Xhaka played a great game and led the team with commanding authority.

We looked terrific on the break and not one player had a bad game. Everything is rosey in the Arsenal garden, or is it?

The truth is they had 24 attempts to our 16, At times they strolled through our midfield as if it wasn’t there. In fact very often it actually wasn’t there. There was no control in midfield and the space between it and our defence was huge at times. We were 1 goal up against the run of play,and it was a lucky deflection. That said, we had missed a couple of golden opportunities prior to scoring. But so had they. We got two late goals ,when they went down to 10 men, that gives the score no semblance of reality.

Anyway, it’s great to win and that is our most difficult fixture out of the way. We should be very happy with the result, and very aware of how it could have been completely different.

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  1. I’m away now for a few days but I’ll try to find d=some internet and keep thing running.

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  2. Very healthy dose of luck with us tonight but some positives also. Martinez immaculate. Great experience for three youngsters and Saka showing world what an outstanding young talent he is.

    Convinced that in a similar-ish away game in prem, if there’s such a thing, odds would have been dramatically different and worse for us.

    They- in prem- would have been allowed to be far more physical, including fouls. The clear yellow ten mins in would prob not have been given. Same with the 2nd yellow. The handy free kick late first half when Torreira got in front of the player just inside our pen box, and feel over after what looked a little contact- nope. They were almost certainly less dirty than any team we’ll play in prem, and I think ended up with 4 or 5 yellows.

    And the ref did that against one of the most vociferous home crowds in Europe.

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  3. A 3-0 win away in Europe is brilliant. Football is about goals. Three away is fantastic. It’s a good reaction to the Warlord game. We need to celebrate progress and kick against poor performance.

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  4. Very honest views about the game. I couldn’t agree with you more. I had more excitement reading your report on the game, that I am watching this Man United game.

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  5. At least in this match, it seemed to me we wanted to counter without really having the midfiels for it.

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  6. Didn’t realise a new post was up, so just bringing this over.

    Thank goodness for the yutes! Glad for a confidence boosting win, which will hopefully bear fruit against Villa.

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  7. Emery confirmed tonight that Bellerin and Tierney will play for our U23’s tomorrow evening,
    think its Wolves they play and that Wolves are streaming it

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  8. 900ft I get the feeling that Emery believes that you have to vacate the midfield area to play counter attacking football. We are leaving the midfield empty with our midfield players strung in line just in front of the defense, and our attack over 30 yards further away,

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  9. Can’t believe Marcos Rojo back in fold for Utd it seems. 73 prem games in five full years; 9 and 5 games last 2 years in prem, none this, but the swine always seems to briefly re-emerge, Cattermolishly, against us.

    No player in prem poses more risk to our players safety through wild ‘challenges’.

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  10. After watching his side secure an opening day 3-0 win in the Europa League, Unai Emery gave an update on the availability of Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, as well as clarifying Sead Kolasinac’s injury.

    Here’s what he said…

    on a good night for the young players…
    We have some new players and players who we need to work with for their adaptation in the next matches. Progressively, they’re getting better. For example, Pepe played 30 minutes tonight and we are happy with him, we are helping him, but I know he’s capable of doing more than he’s doing. It’s the same with Mustafi. He played his first match this season and Chambers played at right back, David Luiz has now played with Mustafi and Chambers, with more players. Rob Holding is getting closer to us now. Tomorrow, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will play with the under-23s. I think every player can be important for us and I want to create a big spirit from games where we worked like we did tonight. Sometimes we are going to have one plan and we’ll need to change that to use different players in each match. Tonight, we prepared for the match and they imposed themselves on us. They’re an offensive team and they pressured us, so we needed to be strong defensively, strong in the pressing, strong in the transition and maybe it’s going to be a different match against Aston Villa. We are going to prepare for that with our personality and by using the best players to improve our ideas. I am sure it’s going to be a different match, and also Aston Villa is going to ask a lot of us defensively and offensively. But I think we have these defensive and offensive options to use in each moment.

    on Sead Kolasinac…
    He played on Sunday, tonight and he felt a small problem but I think he’s fine.

    Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

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  11. Great result, some good performances from the young, the fringe and the forgotten
    Should give them confidence and hopefully put pressure on the regulars.
    Just love to see the kids doing well

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  12. What was the formation in this game, I could only listen on the radio?

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  13. Thanks George.

    Similar performance to so many others, including this season, less chances for the Gunners but some genuine quality in attack and some good goals keep the Gunners in the game.
    Doesn’t work so well when the opponents have some quality of their own. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

    Nice to see many of those players get a game including the defenders.

    With Mustafi and Chambers available there are options at RB and i felt Mustafi played well there last season in tough away fixtures, definitely a good option at RB if you want your defence to sit on the edge of the six yard line… Would like to see Niles in the midfield mix in these Europa games but that seems unlikely.

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  14. Watching the highlights I enjoyed the run from Saka for the first. Kolasinac with a decent dinky pass (maybe a hoof…) in the build up too!

    Rich is right he’d probably get hauled down for a non-given yellow if he tried that against Villa at Home! No doubt an early yellow from the ref made the defenders think twice – even if this ref was a little bit eager that early call if deserved has my respect.

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  15. jjgsol on September 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Yep I think you might be right there.
    I see more of player in Matteo then you might do but even then I still just can’t get my head round this one. Amidst the praise for his performance and for the fair critique of Xhaka’s hack it was lost that Guendouzi needlessly gave the ball away in the build up to the pen ( I think could be wrong ).

    Hopefully some kind of midfield in the PL will begin to emerge.

    Emery granted one wish for me and played Mustafi at RB. I hope against his past record that he develops an instinct for playing Ozil on the left or even from the right if he plays a back three (as in the 343 opposite Sanchez) and that’ll allow him to find some kind of balance in that midfield. that’s my hope.

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  16. < I mean the pen at Home against Spurs

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  17. odd that Nelson who came on v Watford got no game time at all today,
    I see the idiot crew out again on twitter and blog world with demands that Willock and Saka start v Aston Villa over Ozil and Ceballos

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  18. Emery: ” Aston Villa is going to ask a lot of us defensively & offensively.”

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  19. Fins, Mustafi played at CB, Chambers was at RB.

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  20. fins the formation was 4 at the back with 3 midfielders right in front of them and then 3 forwards about 30 yards further forward, with Willock and Torreira trying to race up to join them when we countered

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  21. I think we played a better game last night than getting credit for. Up til the 40th minute it was even stevens with both sides having chances. They had quite a few shots at goal, but from that last 5 minutes in the 1st half to the end they lived off scraps as we gained the upperhand, culminating in them not able to live w us that last 10-15 minutes.

    Good win to take into the game this Sunday at the Emirates.

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  22. Shame to hear ex Gunner Benik Afobe out for year with knee. Had made good start to life on loan at Bristol City after a tough season last time with Stoke (not exactly a striker’s paradise).

    Still only 26 and nearly 300 games under belt but think that’s third big injury of career now.

    Fingers crossed good recovery for him. Strange feature of my early football years is that I gave no thoughts to injuries. Think I thought once someone was back, that was them, same as ever. Now I can’t stand the bastards and what they mean for players.

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  23. Saka hails impact of Freddie Ljungberg: “It helps so much [to have Ljungberg there]. Sometimes when I don’t understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English.”

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  24. Arsenal U23’s v Wolves U23’s

    Hein
    Bellerin, Clarke, Mavropanos, Tierney
    Burton, McEneff
    Tormey, John-Jules, Coyle
    Balogun

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  25. Labo, i agree we played a decent game. I think that Euro refereeing helps us in that fouls are generally called and there is less “game management”. Their big defender that got a yellow 10 minutes is not something we see ( for the most part ) in the BPL. This surely sets a tone in that you can only go so far before getting booked. This was helpful for many of our players. As well as Willock and Saka played we saw what happened last Sunday with Willock and Nelson, getting fouled but there being no call.

    I am happy with the result but am under no illusion that in the league we will not have a tough time getting results.

    Funny how prior to the game yesterday with the kids in front of the players, they had to find the shortest kid to place in front of Torreira as some of the other kids were almost as tall as he is!

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  26. Balogun has given AFC a first minute lead

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  27. HT: Wolves U23’s 0-1 Arsenal U23’s
    Balogun with out goal,
    we’ve been under pressure most of the half, without them testing our keeper, a poor quality game, both sides sloppy in possession, lots of effort and closing down. Balogun had late chance to extend our lead but keeper made a fine save with is foot

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  28. its now 1-1, wolves have been the better side so far, about half an hour left

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  29. 62 minutes Bellerin and Tierney off, Swanson and Omole on

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  30. FT: Wolves U23’s 2-2 Arsenal U23’s

    Balogun with both our goals, he gave us a first minute lead, wolves on top for most of the next 60 minutes, in a scrappy game where both teams kept turning over the ball. Wolves drew level near the hour mark, oddly enough from there on AFC on top, Balogun gave us the lead again, but in first minute of injury time a simple ball into the box found a wolves player unmarked to volley home, he looked offside, and Wolves TV did not show a replay from the side on view that would have showed one way or the other.

    Bellerin and Tierney got about an hour, Mavropanos got the full game.
    Hein the goalie remains unpredictable, a mix of very good saves and letting in goals he should save but he is still eligible for the U18’s so time for him to progress yet.
    A bit disappointed in John-Jules and Coyle who worked very hard, but the ball never stuck with them and there was not enough link up with Balogun.
    Just like our senior side, the U23’s caused a rod for their own back when losing the ball playing out from the back.

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  31. Full Time: Wolves U23’s 2-2 Arsenal U23’s

    Balogun with both our goals, he gave us a first minute lead, wolves on top for most of the next 60 minutes, in a scrappy game where bowhere th teams kept turning over the ball. Wolves drew level near the hour mark, oddly enough from there on AFC on top, Balogun gave us the lead again, but in first minute of injury time a simple ball into the box found a wolves player unmarked to volley home, he looked offside, and Wolves TV did not show a replay from the side on view that would have showed one way or the other.

    Bellerin and Tierney got about an hour, Mavropanos got the full game.
    Hein the goalie remains unpredictable, a mix of very good saves and letting in goals he should save but he is still eligible for the U18’s so time for him to progress yet.
    A bit disappointed in John-Jules and Coyle who worked very hard, but the ball never stuck with them and there was not enough link up with Balogun.
    Just like our senior side, the U23’s caused a rod for their own back when losing the ball playing out from the back.

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  32. I posted a report on the U23 game, and it did not come up, tried again and got a duplicate post message, but the original is still not up

    so, U23’s drew 2-2 with Wolves U23’s, Balogun gave us a first minute lead, they dominated in a very poor quality and scrappy game, all huff and puff and little quality, they drew level, we took lead again from Balogun, with about 20 to go, dominated from there on, should have had a clear penalty, and fell to a sucker punch in first minute of injury time, a goal that looked well offside.

    Bellerin and Tierney got an hour, Mavropanos the full game.
    We caused most of the pressure Wolves put us under by playing out from the back time and again, so they had a full on press and we lost the ball a lot. Our front 3 of Balogun, John-Jules and Coyle were far too isolated, and they as a trio never really got going, they were chasing around trying to close down most of the time

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  33. A lot of the comments have been going into the Spam bin. Sorry about that, I have no idea what is going on.

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  34. Poor old Northumberland Rovers.

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  35. U18’s result

    Arsenal 3-6 Brighton

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  36. Arsenal U18 v Brighton: Hillson; Alebiosu, Kirk, Ogungbo, Lopez; Oyegoke, Azeez; Butler-Oyedeji, Greenwood, Plange; Matthews.

    Subs: Graczyk, Dennis, Taylor-Hart, Cirjan.

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  37. …after 39 mins City are 5-0 up against the Orns. Good job we were generous to them last week otherwise they would still be on the bottom.
    Its always good to be afraid of the Orns, like City were in the Cup final last and we were last week.
    City must be letting them come at them and must be playing it out from the back?

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  38. Ramsey with his first goal with Juve….

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  39. I see a lot of idiots complaining about spurs goal being ruled out cos it was only mm’s offside, so I ask if the lino had flagged it would it then have been ok to call it offside, it would not have changed the distance he was offside, VAR just means we know he is offside, no different than goal line technology, lfc had a goal ruled out last season by goal line technology, only mm’s of the ball had not crossed the line, but everyone accepted it. Why is there such a campaign from media and fans to sabotage VAR

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  40. Beyond enjoyment of Spuds losing today, caught my eye Leicester didn’t start Choudhury.

    He caught eye first of all as an interesting player of type I sometimes wonder if we need, then as ‘fucksake’ as ref let him use foul play to gain serious advantage over us; then put in disgusting challenge in u21 Euro’s, which to me officials here deserved share of blame for; then was astonished to hear that, after being all apologies in summer, he apparently put another player out with dangerous challenge few weeks ago

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  41. He’s player it’s near guaranteed any manager will put in against us, esp at home, for rest of his career. For me, another of those little signs managers know well that refereeing with us is at least a little different.

    His primary asset is no doubt his aggression, stamina, very quick closing down and thunderous tackles. If reffed strictly, carries a big risk. If reffed reasonably, touch and go. If reffed extremely leniently, huge asset, near cert to play

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  42. He’s player it’s near guaranteed any manager will put in against us, esp at home, for rest of his career. For me, another of those little signs managers know well that refereeing with us is at least a little different.
    His primary asset is no doubt his aggression, stamina, very quick closing down and thunderous tackles. If reffed strictly, carries a big risk. If reffed reasonably, touch and go. If reffed extremely leniently, huge asset, near cert to play

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  43. oh well, comments messing with me again there, posted 2nd bit about Choudhury couple times but no joy. Thought I’d cracked it that site didn’t like long posts

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  44. Ed

    The logic of them hating Spurs goal disallowed by tiny margin, using technology, doesn’t hold up when they loved Laca’s disallowed one at Stoke made using the far less reliable human eye!

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  45. The talk is that Ramsay looked great today.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/adz77/status/1175460750749573120

    I really cannot believe we just let him leave.

    Isn’t it amazing how Watford went by to bring crap in just one week?

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  46. I would have loved to see Torreira, Özil and Ramsey in our mid with our current front 3. Oh well…

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  47. rich you will find that Choudhury isn’t that type of player, no matter how many careers he ends with his thugish play, he is English and its just part of the game here, now if one of those dirty foreigner types did the tackles he does, then they would be that sort of player, after all foreigners don’t love their mothers

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  48. Times Sport
    @TimesSport
    EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool paid a £1m settlement to City after their Premier League rivals made an allegation that their scouting system had been hacked into. The settlement was made without accepting any liability or wrongdoing | @martynziegler
    @DickinsonTimes

    Liverpool hired 2 of City’s scouts, those scouts continued using city’s database while at Liverpool

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  49. Ed

    Yep. Everything from immediate reaction to his horrendous foul, which put opponent out of tournament and could have put him out for 9 months, to articles in day’s after, and then recently after his latest one (on Richie apparently, and Bruce reacted strongly to it) follows the same, depressing old lines.

    I understand that football industry is such that coaches and fans will back their player when he is a big asset to them (so long as refs are weak in this case) but it’s the journo’s I’ve never got.

    Not sure I’ve ever seen a journo who looks like they’d benefit personally on a football field from thuggery being permitted, many look like they’d have made frequent use of the old doctor’s note at school for PE, etc, etc, so hard to figure out why they side with that stuff and help make it possible. Easy life, maybe? Think some of that but something else as well

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  50. Rich, there is nothing in the Spam or trash.

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