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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:42 am 
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The artist formerly known as the UEFA Cup, which, back then, was arguably the finest club competition on the continent. When Tottenham et Al were being mocked and ridiculed by Arsenalists for their Thursday night affairs, one always maintained that watching eyes should look beyond the channel 5 stationing and trips to Dynamo Dagestan. T'is somewhat refreshing to see this tournament being afforded the respect it deserves in red quarters. Many a big name left in the pot, a credit to the contest. League title aside, domestic and champions, is this not the next best trophy to win?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:30 am 
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Athletico Madrid
Marseille
Lazio
Sporting Lisbon
RB Leipzig
RB Salzburg
CSKA Moscow
Arsenal

... in the draw for the next round. An open draw.
Anybody but Athletico Madrid will do.


Be careful what you ask for..


I said anybody BUT.



lol..that exactly my point ..you think this Arsenal team can beat RB , Lazio etc easily ? I hope we dont collectively look down on those guys they will surprise us if we do.


No team is easy at this stage. I just would rather not face the favorites.

I hope we get a decent draw tomorrow.

The irony of wanting an easy draw in a watered down competition in order to qualify for a more difficult competition?

If you're hoping to avoid favorites in the Europa Cup then you probably don't wanna be competing in the champs league. Just saying...

And by the way, it's Atletico without the "h".

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:33 am 
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The artist formerly known as the UEFA Cup, which, back then, was arguably the finest club competition on the continent. When Tottenham et Al were being mocked and ridiculed by Arsnalists for their Thursday night affairs, one always maintained that watching eyes should look beyond the channel 5 stationing and trips to Dynamo Dagestan. T'is somewhat refreshing to see this tournament big afforded the respect it deserves in red quarters. Many a big name left in the pot, a credit to the contest. League title aside, domestic and champions, is this not the next best trophy to win?

The UEFA Cup was last good when only league champions qualified for the champs league.

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^When last did the likes of Atletico, Lazio, Salzburg et Al appear in the FA Cup? Never. Exactly. Huge competition, few bigger outside of the Champions League. If Beloved wins it, it's a marvellously successful season.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:37 am 
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Good win for the team, we hope for a good draw tomorrow.

Xhaka voted MOM on Arsenal.com, dude has stepped it up a notch in recent games. Keep it up son....


who were the closest players to the free Milan guy that took a shot and scored their only goal? You guessed it! Ozil and Xhaka.

But yes he has upped his workrate.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:43 pm 
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...Arsenal are back. Wenger go say "I told you so" :laugh:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:31 pm 
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amafolas wrote:
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Good win for the team, we hope for a good draw tomorrow.

Xhaka voted MOM on Arsenal.com, dude has stepped it up a notch in recent games. Keep it up son....


who were the closest players to the free Milan guy that took a shot and scored their only goal? You guessed it! Ozil and Xhaka.

But yes he has upped his workrate.

Wrong. Blaming him for that goal is just wrong. Also how did you come up with he has upped his work rate? Your conclusion is in relation to what games?

The fact Xhaka is playing a different role to the box to box role he covered when Ramsey was not fit. He has actually covered less kilometres doing less running and sprints in his last 3 games cos he spends more time covering defensive zones.

On the goal. Jack was supposed to be deep with Xhaka. Arsenal set out to defend with seven and attack with four in their 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system. The key man here is Ramsey with his runs from deep. But when Ramsay goes forward some one has to cover on our deep right side. The problem is Ozil is weak defensively so teams look to exploit with a 2 on I on Bellerin.

Ramsey covers the deep right zone in support of Bellerin. The problem arises when Ramsey joins the attack. Someone has the job of filling the hole left by Ramsey. This was Jack's job last night and it was a constant problem as Milan exploited the spaces on our right side. Xhaka covered the deep zones on the left side and we hardly had any problems from that side.

Their goal came from a lack of cover in the zone Jack was supposed to cover when Ramsey went forward. Xhaka came across to try and block the shot but that was not his zone.

Jack loses his discipline and cannot resist joining the attack with Ramsey. Arsenal did not need to go gun-ho but they kept on find8ng space on our right side. You could tell words were told to Jack about his responsibilities at halftime. He came out holding his position, but it took 10 minutes for him to lose his discipline and Wenger was out after him. Wenger did it again and eventually decided to make changes to shore it up.

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CSKA Moscow aka ticket to the next round. Needless to day, if offered 30 points adrift of pole position and Europa League winners at the start of the season, all would've taken it.


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Europa Cup Q/final draw,


RB Leipzig vs. Marseille

Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow

Atletico Madrid vs. Sporting CP

Lazio vs. Red Bull Salzburg


Arsenal will have to shut down Musa and Co. to move on.

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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal vs AC Milan
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Wilshere is the odd man out so far...not sure what his role is.


His role was to stay deep with Xhaka and let Ramsey roam forward.



At what point did he start playing this role? because I took a break before the Milan goal, and resumed watching when Xhaka scored. He played well at the end after Ozil and Mkhi went off. At the beginning, we was playing advanced role, and didn't appear to do much (substantially). Granted he was not hiding...


2nd half, but he did not do his job covering for Ramsey in that 1st half. But Wenger had to get up twice to give him instructions to hold a deeper position. Wilshere plays better from a deep position but he is not disciplined. He thinks he is a number 10.


No be una give am #10? Thats precisely what I was complaining about....why would he be trying to play 10 if we had Mkhi and Ozil on the pitch?

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On the goal. Jack was supposed to be deep with Xhaka. Arsenal set out to defend with seven and attack with four in their 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system. The key man here is Ramsey with his runs from deep. But when Ramsay goes forward some one has to cover on our deep right side. The problem is Ozil is weak defensively so teams look to exploit with a 2 on I on Bellerin.




Waffi abeg when will wenger stop playing Ozil as a winger and play him as a 10 ? I know he is our most paid player which may mean he is the most versatile ..but this wing business is not doing him justice ..I feel he can cause more damage tp our opponents when played as a 10 !!...but wetin i sabi ?

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Siddonlook11 wrote:
On the goal. Jack was supposed to be deep with Xhaka. Arsenal set out to defend with seven and attack with four in their 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system. The key man here is Ramsey with his runs from deep. But when Ramsay goes forward some one has to cover on our deep right side. The problem is Ozil is weak defensively so teams look to exploit with a 2 on I on Bellerin.




Waffi abeg when will wenger stop playing Ozil as a winger and play him as a 10 ? I know he is our most paid player which may mean he is the most versatile ..but this wing business is not doing him justice ..I feel he can cause more damage tp our opponents when played as a 10 !!...but wetin i sabi ?


I think this will change next season if he still around.

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I always show (time permitting) to ridicule the spineless coach and the team for underachieving but this time they played very well.

Congrats on defeating AC Milan. Una try

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