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Miserable Arsenal.

Good day one and all.

Tonight at 7pm Arsenal take on Chrystal Palace in a meaningless huge game. We desperately need a win to climb from 10th to the dizzy heights of 8th. Another win and fans can look at the points gained from some random point in the season and claim that’s a clear indication of progress of the process. I kid you not.

Arteta has done is PR interview, sorry I mean press conference, and told us……………………. well actually, I’m so fed up with him that I can’t bring myself to watch or read his waffle anymore. I’m sorry, but the sight of him makes me so mad I could punt a puppy across a motorway. However, from twitter I’ve gleaned that Xhaka and Luiz are likely to miss out. It will be a shame if we don’t see either of them in and Arsenal shirt again, Luiz is deffinately for the off and I think Xhaka will be too, given a glimmer of a chance.

Old uncle Roy has announced he’s stepping back from PL management, so that’s about the most interesting thing about this game.

But look, don’t be put off my my outpourings of misery, Mikel tells us that the owner are hugely ambitious, so that’s ok then. We are going to be grand next season.

Seriously, enjoy the game and stay safe.

Pedantic George.

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  1. We know if Arsene was picking the side then it might be a mixture of youth and players who are saying goodbye but I think we’re are going to see same ol same ol.
    You would imagine given the freedom of midtable we might play with gay abandon but again I can’t see it.
    Being a fan and always being able to delude ones self I am still hoping for a end of season flourish COYG.

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  2. Even when we’ve been flying relatively high we’ve often seemed to make heavy weather of it against Palace who’ve never been slow to make life awkward for us. So on that basis alone I wouldn’t be expecting much out of this game, and far less given the general state of things.

    I am not too bothered by Mikel’s PR – I would expect nothing less from a key employee than to parrot whatever the current on-brand message is. It is of course up to each fan to decide how much faith to put in whatever is spoken. With regard to ambition and ins and outs I shall wait for one of Eduardo’s breakdowns where he explains who has to stay and who has to go to satisfy whatever the various quotas are. It amuses me when I hear people suggesting that this or that player will be coming because I just can’t see why someone like Grealish (who is a name they tout) would want to come to us right now, and I certainly can’t imagine us being in a position to spend the sort of money that players like that would likely cost this summer.

    Looking on the bright side, I got a call from the Box Office today saying my name had finally made its way to the top of the Season Ticket list: I managed to persuade them to give me a year’s grace and come back to me this time next May, not because I don’t want to go and watch but mainly because in my heart of hearts I still can’t imagine full crowds being a thing by this Autumn.

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  3. Leno Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Saka, Elneny, Partey, Pepe, Smith Rowe, Auabmeyang.

    Subs: Ryan, Ceballos, Lacazette, Odegaard, Willian, Cedric, Mari, Xhaka, Martinelli.

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  4. joe willock has given Newcastle the lead v sheffield utd, his 6th game in a row to score in

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  5. When VAR could not get worse….

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  6. Pepe volleys home a Tierney cross to give us a deserved lead, its been hard against Anthony Taylor’s Crystal Palace

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  7. Anthony Taylor is dishonest to his federation

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  8. HT: Crystal Palace & PGMOL 0-1 Arsenal

    pepe with our well worked goal,

    a disgraceful performance from Anthony Taylor and his officials, Palace have got 2 yellow cards when they could rightfully have got 3 Reds,
    I think we will certainly need at least one more goal to have a chance of winning this as these PGMOL game managers are very likely to step it up in the second half and give us a phantom red and maybe a peno too palace if they get in our box

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  9. To be honest Eduardo ever since I saw what Anthony Taylor did to us when we played Aston Villa (I think) at home first game of the season a few years ago I have felt that success in the League is going to be beyond us.

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  10. Stuart Atwell is the blind man in the VAR booth today, wait till he gets a chance to see an AFC player do something wrong, he will soon get his eye sight back

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  11. everton have won and spurs have lost, we are currently heading to being one point behind both of them with one game to go, maybe that explains the blind man act from the PGMOL crew tonight

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  12. The fact that Benteke is still on the pitch shows what a pathetic referee this guy is. Shit.

    Not to mention, VAR did not find anything wrong with him hitting Elneny.

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  13. Still letting complete donkeys score against us , the Shane Long effect

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  14. 1-1, PGMOL level it up

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  15. odegaard on for saka

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  16. we really should bring on Aubameyang

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  17. This is as bad a screwing as I’ve seen by the crooked cunts at Pigmob. Beyond belief. If I had a Son good enough to play for Arsenal I think I would advise him not to as I don’t want him to have broken limbs

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  18. Taylor needs someone to have a quiet word with him in a manchester car park I think.

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  19. It’s like watching the Tories do what they like with no scrutiny. I’ll be totally bent and won’t be held to account. I want to weep really. Fuck this shit

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  20. wba leading west ham, results going our way, except our own game

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  21. ha ha ha, that bollocks Martin Keown has just said Arsenal will have no one to blame but themselves if they don;t win tonight, no its got nothing to do with Benteke not being sent off, but being allowed to stay on so he could score, nothing to do with the other two reds they also could have had, no its all Arsenal’s fault that the pgmol do not apply the rules when it comes to AFC games

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  22. Martinelliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 2-1 to the Arsenal

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  23. Pepeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 3-1 to the Arsenal

    first time alace have lost their last epl home game of the season, and first time AFC have won 4 epl games in a row under Arteta

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  24. Tactical masterclass by Arteta against the PGMOL, hit them when it’s too late for them to correct things

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  25. Man Palace’s fans are twice as aggravating when they’re the only ones in the stadium.

    Could Pepe play as a striker for us? Give him the ball under pressure in our half and there’s a good chance he’ll lose it, but his low % dribbling style is just devastating in the opponent’s box. I want to see him as far up the pitch as possible.

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  26. Pepe was very good today I though. Even before his second goal. We didn’t find him enough in the second half until MO came on. Nice to see him bag a brace. This is what he brings to the table when he is closer to the goal.

    Chambers is pretty good at the ball into the box. Shame we don’t have strikers who can benefit from it.

    Gabriel is fast. Great.

    Very nice to see Martinelli get on the score sheet.

    Xhaka seemed to play in the middle with Elneny at right back. Odd but it worked.

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  27. VAR desperate to find a reason to stop Martinellis goal.
    Good to win, and defeat a team clearly playing the officials , as they usually do, but games like that show what these players are up against in virtually every key decision

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  28. Pepe should’ve played as Arteta’s false nine & not ESR? An enjoyable performance from both players tonight.

    Got to hope Arteta’s form with subs improves and maybe some signs of that tonight. Xhaka coming on a sign he’ll be staying?

    Willock setting records I hope he’s in the squad next season.

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  29. It would be churlish not to express satisfaction at a 3 1 win away from home, notwithstanding it was a dead rubber for Palace, nevertheless, it should not be taken as an indication of anything, let alone something encouraging for the future.

    Yet 69% possession brought us 6 shots and 3 on target, half the number by Palace, with less than half the possession.

    3 goals from 3 shots on target looks admirable until one thinks that 6 shots and 3 on target means 2 shots and one on target every 30 minutes.

    There is a long way to go, and the indications are that it is no likely to be too far up the league for the time being.

    Roll on St. Totteringham’s day. Is that to a trophy now, like 4th?

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  30. Got the win, and three goals with lots of quality to them, so it’s a relief to be spared way it goes for me, frustration and anger wise, when pgmol do a number on us.

    But…it’s going to be so hard to make serious progress, with Arteta or anyone, given what we’re up against.

    Caught minute of the half time talk- first one was ‘too early’ for more than yellow, ‘amber, ha ha ha, I like that’ from presenter; but that was just appetiser for Cole’s main course of bullshit : some guff about Benteke one- which he didn’t state was anything- being result of our character flaws, rushing in when we had no business doing so.

    Freddie silent throughout this; didn’t hang around to see if he mustered anything in response, but Neville, Carragher etc wouldn’t let anyone get that far against their boys. They’d be on attack first, not that it’s really conceivable their teams could be reffed like that

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  31. By way, good 95% sure they missed a foul immediately before their free kick, with Kouyate seeming to do one of those late ankle steppers on Pepe. No replay so no proper view

    Possible, I suppose, could be a genuine mistake, if linesman didn’t have a view.

    Unlike one in first half where Benteke lunged in on Partey, studs showing, didn’t seem to get ball as it moved as would if Partey touched it. No replay to be sure, but looked almost certainly the case. Left Partey hobbling, clear booking if Benteke didn’t reach ball first. Taylor had unimpeded view from about 5 yards away

    But still, mustn’t talk about referees, after all it’s not massively decisive to have calls go like that right through season against you, and pretty much reverse for one of teams you’re battling with, and pretty close for others, too…

    Today, didn’t stop us, more often than not it will, impacting not only on individual games themselves but also form, confidence, pressure, fan reaction

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  32. the highest we can now finish is 7th, which it seems is the ECL place, we would have to beat Brighton, and both everton and spurs would have to drop pts for us to do it.

    many don’t want us to get in the Europa Conference League

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  33. Arsenal Top scores in the league this season;

    1- Lacazette 13 goals
    2- Auba 10 goals
    3- Pepe 8 goals

    Arsenal top scorers this season in all competitions;

    1- Lacazette 17 goals
    2- Auba 15 goals
    3- Pepe 14 goals

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  34. Ed, saw you mention thoughts on needing striker who likes/is good at heading ball.

    Thought it was particularly obvious in Palace game. I’d say likely to be difficult for any striker to be heavily involved or impress against side set up like Palace at home- not only everyone in half often, but at times they all dropped back into final third- especially with them charging about, snapping into tackles, leaving foot in, and ref doing his thing.

    But, someone with serious heading ability is extremely handy in those games, makes it more dangerous for a team to drop and bank on dealing with any crosses. As it happens, we were able to execute one beautiful move without that (1st goal), another with a single Ozilian magic pass (2nd), great bit of individual skill (3rd), and also worked another one or two very good situations with good football.

    Not bad going in difficult circumstances, but still convinced it was a game that showed need for us to have a front man option who is good in air.

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  35. A great result against the bent officials yes but please don’t be like the pundits and comment on the score and not what actually happened.
    Although palace shouldn’t have had eleven on the pitch and their goal shouldn’t of counted we still played pretty average and as for Pepe no he didn’t play well at all. The timing of his arrival in the box and the control to score was excellent and his second was a good goal as well but I don’t think I be ever seen a player who played wide be so ineffective as Pepe. He can’t take people on and cross the ball, he loses the ball consistently and when he does have an option to cross he passed backwards. I do understand the rational playing as a striker however he can’t hold the ball up you would have to play everything in front of him
    Mikel was tactically enept again putting Granite on as a left back when we were desperate for a winner was crazy, it was only when he moved up into midfield things started happening.
    Having said all that I was still jumping round the room at the final whistle.

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  36. In the last 37 EPL games only 8 teams have won more points than Arsenal

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  37. West Ham have finished above Arsenal for the first time in Premier League history.

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  38. reports that Arsenal have opened talks with Norwich for a double deal, Max Aarons and Emiliano Buendia, with us also open to selling Joe Willock to Newcastle

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  39. One stat that highlights the mistake in any potential sale of Willock is that three (?) of his record breaking goals were headers. No need to say anymore is there?
    A mistake following in the footsteps of many others? Let’s hope not!

    Pepe’s goal was nice.

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  40. Pepe’s goals were nice!

    Different player but by the numbers similar in effect to a Walcott? Can be useful. should’ve played more then Willian in the first half of the season.

    The game was easier for The Arsenal with the young Palace midfielder (former Gunner?) out of the Palace midfield with injury.
    I’d like to think that Arteta will build a better midfield for next season but if I’m honest my hopes for that took a bit of blow during the prolonged Xhaka at LB fiasco.

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  41. Stuck out to me Willock has been scoring headers. He had number of presentable headed chances with us without converting but was clear he had the knack for getting into position. Pretty sure it’s common for those who become good at heading to take a while to get there.

    More so than is case with striking ball (with feet) is my impression. Can’t practice it in same way, and don’t get as many opportunities in live situations, so it takes longer to get timing etc right.

    Anyway, great asset to have for a midfielder and one we certainly lack.

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  42. My concern with Newc loan is that it is such poor preparation for dealing with set ups like Palace game. Newcastle are an extremely counter-oriented side, happy to sit for long periods and then strike into space if/when teams come on.

    Clearly, it has suited Joe very well, (as has the chance to play without being desperate to produce, in knowledge that’s only way likely to get another opportunity soon, maybe), but, aside from general confidence boost, impossible to gauge what it does if playing against teams who play like, well, Newcastle, Palace, Burnley, and many others.

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  43. He’ll surely come back with confidence boosted, if staying, and if persuaded he’s going to get serious involvement, then it would be about seeing how that holds up in a different team, with different style, and expectations, and really the only fair way to judge would be with proper run in team.

    Lot of if’s in there. For instance, if given that chance early on, and neither he nor team impresses, well, there’s no way he’d get that fair proper run

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  44. The bloggers and podcasters are confused and divided if we keep Arteta or get rid of him.
    Since we at PA and Uncensored are convinced that Arteta should be sacked I would suggest you and George to focus on who should replace Arteta.

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  45. Rich highlights the real difficulty for the almost very good sides. What players (and style of play) do you need if around 25 games a season are going to be against teams who are happy to put ten behind the ball from the get go? Was talking to a Palace fan who went to the game on Wednesday: he said Arsenal played lots of really pretty football and dominated possession, but never really looked as if they were going anywhere with it. He said that Tierney and Pepe looked very good players, and Odegaard too – but that he was unconvinced by Partey.

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  46. Are these 2 players from Norwich any better than we have at present or is their particular talent that they will only do what they are told as Arteta requires?

    Willock’s whole game revolves around moving around into space from box to box which lends itself to the use of initiative and inspiration both talents that Arteta tries to discourage.

    That is why I suspect he was shipped out on loan and why Arteta does not want him.

    I also suspect that Arteta’s need to control everything the players do is behind Auba’s loss of form and purpose.

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  47. foreverheady

    interesting to hear that from Palace fan. Perhaps because particularly fired up for Hodgson’s last game, thought they were a tough nut to crack. No space and especially no time at all, and with extra licence to bite into tackles, I wonder how anyone can imagine the task as being anything but really tough. Pitch also sure seems good bit tighter than Emirates.

    Only routes through I see are exceptional bits of play, especially with something unexpected, as with 1st goal. Set pieces, which we aren’t great at, despite the set piece coach and having two cb’s to call on in Mari and Gabriel who are very capable. Mistake/Luck. Or being able to punish a team sitting deep with excellent crosses and finishers of crosses.

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  48. Can be a bit different if can get an opener, supposing that brings them out, but until then very hard work. A good scenario to try picture Willock in as it goes. Heading threat would be a good asset, but it’s hard to capitalise on working well in space if there isn’t any, at least not in final 3rd.

    Inevitably, got to do a lot of circulating ball (rarely looked upon fondly by fans until it works ) looking for gaps, or attempting passes with very high difficulty (which our fans are not normally supportive of unless work), being willing to receive ball under great pressure (which our fans are not supportive of unless works), maybe a bit of dribbling (which…you get the picture)

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  49. That’s why Saka is so impressive. I think he had a quiet night, but I’ve lost count of the amount of times he’s been the one to provide that disruptive moment that alters the tempo of an attack. At Palace it was his backheell from wide to set Tierney off for the opener. Three Palace defenders had followed him into the corner and they were all bypassed in that moment. I just love him.

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