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Arsenal Need Steel In Sheffield.

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Arsenal’s fourth game on the road in as many matches post-lockdown and after bit of a hiccup, they will hope to make it two straight wins when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this afternoon in a FA Cup last-eight tie.
Good day one and all.
Following back-to-back defeats at Man City and Brighton since the restart, Mikel Arteta was a relieved man as his side record victory at Southampton midweek. However, this season is still far from salvaged as attention now turns to the FA Cup which could potentially represents our best route into 2020/21’s European club competition.
The Gunners reached the quarter-finals with victories over Leeds United, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. And for all our defensive issues have conceded just one goal, away at the Cherries.
Sheffield United were hardly a side we got excited about when drawn against for this cup clash. We faced them twice already in the Premier League this season; first they beat us 1-0 win at Bramall Lane before a 1-1 draw at the Emirates. So if anything… this is a chance to start righting some wrongs.
The Blades haven’t exactly resumed their campaign in better fashion compared to ours. For all their promise before the covid-19 induced hiatus, Chris Wilder’s side are still goalless and winless since in their three games since the restart (D1, L2); shipping six goals in their last two outings.
Their lack of recent goal scoring ability is certainly something that Mikel will hope to take advantage of.
Team news
With a hectic fixture schedule to contend with in the coming weeks the Gunners  is expected to rotate. But we are still without several players as David Luiz is the only one coming back the side after his suspension.
Prediction
With both sides eyeing a top-six league finish, it could likely play a significant part when in terms of team selection. However, the Gunners are still working to overturn recent poor performances and will be eager to build on their win at St Mary’s and reach the semi-finals in a competition that has always been close to their heart. COYG!
— Labo

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  1. I think it will be a patchwork team, quite looking forward to it. Thanks Labo.

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  2. Morning Labo and all.
    In reality we would need a string of excellence performances in either competition to qualify for Europe remembering that even if we get past getting roughed up and bombarded today manure, city, chelski and my favourites for the cup Leicester are still in it.
    The few amount of games left in the league, the amount of damage to our squad, the hard run in and the likely damage from the officials means that realistically only today’s opponents and the spuds are in our sights. The fact we are playing wolves may give us chance to catch them but I think the rest are already out of sight.
    I’m not sure the F.A. Cup is our best chance but it’s only three wins away whoever the opposition is so let’s go for it.
    In Mikel’s shoes it’s difficult to know how much to rotate especially with the games coming up thick and fast. Xhaka obviously makes a huge difference but after carrying a knock can he play him every game, I think I would go with manure’s policy of resting against Norwich.
    Fortunately we have got some excellent youngsters who are propping up the squad and they seem to be taking in turns to be hero’s which again is fantastic we may see more of them today.
    Today we will see in the first ten minutes how much the officials will let them get away with and that will in turn set our style of play. Judging by recent games this will be close and Emile’s ability in the air will be key on corners and crosses. Going forward we need to break quicker and more accurately as in normal play they tend to flood their defence.
    It would certainly be nice to see Mezut back today even if it’s not from the start. Last week when we were one up and playing on the break I thought it would of been ideal for him but it wasn’t to be but maybe today COYG.

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  3. Whatever off-field issues Ainsley had I hope he’s over it, after his minutes midweek.

    I got really excited about him at the end of Wenger’s time. His highlights in central midfielder was things to crow about the same as others are do Douzi. Hopefully he’ll get a start today, however, I do think it may be at right-back.

    I also hope our patched team dont give the Blades the boost they need to get out of their funk as far as the PL concerned. We need to turn the screw.

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  4. You right on both counts Labo.
    Ainsley used to absolutely control games for the U23s and I know that was a long time ago but it would be nice to see him start to grow in CM as the potential suggested so long ago.
    If city actually get banned from Europe then qualification via the league could go down as far as eighth place so the blades would be our first target, a win today could make a big difference to our confidence and maybe their demise so once again COYG.

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  5. You know, with it looking unlikely that Ceballos will stay at Arsenal beyond this season and Douzi reportedly wanting out… with covid impacting transfer there’s an opening for Ainsley in central midfield.

    And funny how things work out. There’s more than just a place in the semi-finals at stake today. A loss here today for either team will really dent their confidence in the fight for Europa places.

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  6. No Mesut is the squad, bad back, bugger.

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  7. looks like its a 3-4-3 formation

    Martinez
    Mustafi
    David Luiz
    Tierney
    Maitland-Niles
    Xhaka
    Willock
    Kolasinac
    Pepe
    Lacazette (c)
    B. Saka
    Substitutes
    Macey
    Bellerin
    Sokratis
    Holding
    Smith
    Ceballos
    Nelson
    Nketiah
    Aubameyang

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  8. 1-0 up Pepe from a penalty where Lacazette was kicked from behind in the area

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  9. Henderson makes a good save from a Pepe shot

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  10. fleck booked for one of his usual nasty challenges

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  11. HT: Sheffield Utd 0-1 Arsenal

    so far so good

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  12. rob holding has come on for the injured david luiz

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  13. a second time VAR rule out an offside goal from sheffield utd, this will boil piss

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  14. we are under the cosh this half

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  15. Ceballos and Nketia on
    Willock and Lacazette off

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  16. xhaka has the captains armband now that lacazette is off

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  17. Good to see that, our true captain

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  18. Yet Another off the ball playing the man not the ball challenge that has been unacceptable as cowardice in the sport since 1850 odd allowed upon an arsenal player without a yellow even being shown.

    I think we’ve seen enough evidence in he last decade to safely and confidently conclude that the average blaggging bullshit artist can’t even understand the most simple hundred plus year old rules in the sport (play the ball not the man) alongside the eternal and final epitaph: “Ramsey and Özil can’t play together”.

    COYG.

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  19. ah for fucks sake 1-1 with 3 minutes left, a long throw, kolasinac hits his clearance into mustafi and utd slot home, calamity defending

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  20. Is FA Cup VAR under different protocols to the PL for the pgmob CLOWN crew?

    Damn another late goal for the opponents.
    This is Arsenal’s third start since Spurs last played. The fixture computer is as fair as the pgmob, evidentially. Shef.Utd must be favourites for ET IMO.

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  21. the move that led to the long throw came from a phantom foul in their area given against Nketiah, when it looked like he had won the ball

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  22. What a fantastic finish from Ceballos!!
    Did he do the keeper with his eyes?
    This top top top class goal has to be the highlight of his time at the club so far.

    Pepe with the accidental assist.

    True Gr*t from the Gunners.

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  23. Ceballos gives us the lead again, pepe looked it but turned back and ball went out about ten yards, ceballos took it to a tight angle and fired home come on you gooners

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  24. sokratis on for pepe

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  25. oh my God the sadness in the commentators voice that we have won, the gang of fucking cunts

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  26. so Arsenal and Man Utd through to the FA Cup semi final so far

    BBC reporter still crying over our penalty, for me a very clear penalty

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  27. Superb….not especially some of the performance, but the result .
    Seems it has upset a few pundits. Hope they were crying as much with some of the injustices we have suffered against Sheff earlier this season.
    Good win, two in a row, need to breed some confidence

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  28. Ed… looking at some of the most softest fouls the ref blown against Arsenal all over the pitch, its mind boggling how anyone could argue against that penalty.

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  29. labo the bbc woman was claiming it was firstly outside the area, and then if it was inside the area it was not a foul.

    she also whinged that both sheffield offside goals were unlucky to be ruled offside

    the foul given against nketiah in their area just before they scored was laughable, as was the non award of a freekick to kolasinac when he was pushed off the pitch on the half way line, utd got a throw in. Commentators were talking about the utd player getting booked for the deliberate foul, but the ref didn’t give a foul at all.
    Tierney was very animated about a foul called on him when he won the ball in a tackle.

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  30. I see the idiots in the fanbase slagging off Bellerin today, cos AMN linked up well with Pepe, seems this was proof that Bellerin has lost it, is finished, especially when you add the stat that in the last game he found Pepe only twice with passes but Mustafi ten times. Now of course they did happen to ignore that in the last game we played 4-3-3 with Bellerin as a right back, and today we played 3-4-3, with AMN as a wing back, pepe also took up a more advanced position today

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  31. Pepe now has 8 goals and 8 assists in all competitions, will he make it double figures in both this season

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  32. Apparently Talkshite commentators had a major rant about the Ref being no good and not allowing enough maiming of Arsenal players penalty soft yadda yadda yadda, so he’s screwed then. Tierney mabe felt free to Ref properly in the FA Cup. Just watch what he does if he gets us later in a premier league game.

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  33. Eds

    After the early pre-Lockdown method heavily reliant with minimal coaching time upon Xhaka drifting back from the midfield has Arteta over the break developed a team that can flip from 343 to 433 with different personal on the pitch?
    Some said three at the back first appeared against Southampton but I saw Kolasinac holding back against Brighton with Bellerin up on the opposing touchline. The variation against Southampton was in other areas? The improvement has been, I don’t mean to be harsh, but with Auba and Bellerin rested is it Matteo not playing in midfield? a fit Özil back into the Home fixtures and beyond and the creativity will further improve? I haven’t looked at any stats or rewatched anything the above is all speculation.

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  34. chelsea the third team into the semi finals of the fa cup, with us and utd

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  35. fins when we had Saka at left back arteta had Xhaka dropping into the left of the defense to allow Saka maraud forward. in the southampton match as he has a few times when its 4-3-3 the tactic has seen Bellerin/AMN cover in at midfield during play, and Tierney/Kolasinac cover in at CB, he don’t have both fullbacks/wingbacks do the same role, the right side helps the midfield, and the left side helps the CB’s. Of course the idiots don’t mention this when slagging Hector for not marauding forward alongside Pepe. Its almost like they either have an agenda against the outspoken Bellerin or they actually don’t have a fucking clue about tactics, or when I think about it, it really is both

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  36. if man city make it to the semi finals, can we say the big clubs have once again disrespected the FAC by dominating in it once again this year

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  37. Mikel Arteta knows all about our pedigree in the Emirates FA Cup and he couldn’t hide his delight after we booked another trip to Wembley.

    Our head coach got his hands on the trophy in 2014 and 2015 as a player, and will now take charge for a semi-final in the middle of July.

    It took an almighty effort to see off Sheffield United on Sunday, and Arteta liked what he saw.

    “I think the players deserved the win with the way they fought today, their attitude and, for some moments, the way we played as well,” he told Arsenal Digital.

    “We know how difficult it is to win here. After the equaliser, the reaction… I really like it from the team so I’m really pleased today.

    “I never fault the effort of the players. I think the way they are applying themselves is superb. You have to only see our front players, how they go to the pressing for every single ball. I’m really happy with that.

    “We are back at Wembley, the history of this football club with this competition… it’s going to be very different [with no fans] but it’s still a great occasion to play a semi-final and we are delighted to go through.”

    In the immediate future is a return to home soil for our first game at Emirates Stadium since the restart. And Arteta is glad the team have given our fans something to smile about ahead of the visit of Norwich.

    “Hopefully, yes! We’ve been missing them [the fans] so much. On Wednesday, our first home game after the COVID-19… we’re going to miss them so much.

    “We need their energy, these players need a little bit of a lift as well because we played four away games in 12 days, which is not an easy thing to do. It’s what it is and that’s the context at the moment.

    “It’s going to be strange but I had a little bit of experience when we played Brentford and Charlton at home. It was weird, again. We are missing our fans so much and hopefully when they are back, we can give them what they deserve.”

    Copyright 2020 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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  38. how the fuck didn’t VAR give Watford a penalty for the clearest of arm drags you will ever see, no effort to go for the ball at all, didn’t even look at the high ball just dragged the watfrod attacker down, PGMOL are corrupt

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  39. watford get back in to the game with an og

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  40. their comeback didn’t last long 1-3 now

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  41. Guillem Balague
    @GuillemBalague
    He(Santi Cazorla) told me he would love to join Arteta in a coaching role but wanted to keep playing for as long as he could. He has said now that he has decided his future already but will only tell at the end of the season. He has given no clues of what he will do

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  42. Cazorla would be a Bosman signing we could all get behind, player coach

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  43. Newcastle v Man City is a backs v forwards game so far, city with 85% possession so far

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  44. needless penalty given away by newcastle, surely under the rules it should have been a red card as no attempt to play the ball, just pushed his opponent. or does that only apply to David Luiz

    KDB scores

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  45. Cazorla back at the club, would love to see one of the best players I have seen wear the shirt return, in any capacity.
    I know not all brilliant players can always transmit their knowledge and ability to lesser mortals, history is full of those who have tried and failed, but always thought Caz would really have something about him in the coaching dept.
    I am sure that if it could happen, it would greatly lift all the players, especially the creatives

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  46. no surprise that the BBC pundits don’t even mention that Ref blundered not Red Carding Schar for the penalty, I think he did not even book the lad.

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  47. Mikel Arteta: “Do we need to improve our squad? The answer is yes, of course we do. But first with the players we have, right now, here. Then we can go in the market & make some changes and find players that are going to help them be even better and its going to quicken the process”

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  48. Arteta: “You have to find a squad balance so you have a bit of a mixture of everything. What type of personality are you signing? Do they fit with your club culture? After quality-wise, what do you need? You need physicality, technical ability & specificity for certain positions. You need to make the right decisions. Some of them are tough to take. Some of them people won’t understand them, but when you have a clear plan, that works”

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