Angers SCO v Arsenal | July 31 | KO: 18:30 BST

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by American_Gooner, Jul 31, 2019.

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  1. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Well-Known Member

    Its funny how Emery will most likely be given a very good set of players this season if we indeed buy a cb and Tierney. Yet they may all be wasted by his midfield philosophy.

    Modern football in the Premiership demands running power in midfield. Xhaka and Guendouzi have none of that. Sp**s will win the majority of their games by Ndombele and Sissoko running over teams and their forwards profiting from broken play.

    We are going to play a 4 2 3 1, with whoever as the 10 playing as a centre forward. On top of that we will have two midfielders who can't operate in a two.

    The double Pivot is outdated and pointless when you have a specialist holder in Torreira.

    Play him at the base and play Ceballos + one of Willock/Iwobi and Guendouzi ahead of him ffs.
  2. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    Is this our first trophy under Emery?
  3. Tosker

    Tosker Hates Foreigners

    we won tank team of the season, surely
  4. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Can anyone tell me what happened? Did we win or did it go to penalties? And please dont troll me.
  5. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    Not sure. We got to 42-42 when Mustafi was given a turn. He missed and proceeded to blame Emi for distracting him. Jeff tried to take his pen but Mustafi decided to sit on the penalty spot in protest. Ref called for a break and the field is deserted except Mustafi. Shootout is to be resumed tomorrow.
  6. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    I was travelling with ship and missed out on the ending of the game. I don't quite understand what people are saying here. Did AMN score the match winner or did it just go draw or did it go to penalties?
  7. Enz__

    Enz__ Anti Antique Abuse

    Game ended 1-1. Nelson scored for us. We went on to win 4-3 on penalties. Mkhitaryan missed his.
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  8. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    We won on pens.
  9. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Thanks! Thats good to hear. Mkhitaryan missing doesn't surprise me.

    Thanks! :)
  10. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Questioned this decision last season, looks to have paid dividends. Good stuff from Ljungberg.
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  11. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    But there was a worrying moment for Reiss where he hurt himself without player contact. Not seen him afterwards on the pitch, still unclear to me.

    Was the best player alongside Martinelli with Willock rock solid from when he came on.
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  12. Gunner-Union

    Gunner-Union Well-Known Member

    Wish wed go for 4-3-3 we need three in mid so we are not overrun and outnumbered all the time. As others have said I like the look of
    Willock. Lucas. Cabellos

    Forward 3 of.
    Nelson. Pea. Pepe
  13. al-Ustaadh

    al-Ustaadh Professor of Twitter

    Did Nelson go off injured? Only was able to watch the highlights.
  14. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Where is Saka btw?
  15. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

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  16. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    I was of the impression Ceballos will be playing in front of Torreira and Xhaka, who is more of a number 8 and can help make it more of a 3 man midfield rather than playing someone like Özil there
  17. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Nelson is very explosive. That's one of his best attributes. His explosive acceleration with elite close control and change of pace.
  18. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    Unbelievable! Couldn't make this up! :eek:
  19. Pat Rice

    Pat Rice Self-Proclaimed Nice Guy

    People putting Nelson in starting lineups for next season?

    Hasn’t done a great deal this pre season for me. Been more impressed with Martinelli tbh. Think they’re is a good player in there but it needs to be eased in to the first team not shoe horned by over hyping.
  20. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Well-Known Member

    It still comes down to stupid instructions from the manager. Willock is an 8. Yet when he came on yesterday he was given the instruction to play as a 10. He came on, basically played off the striker not receiving the ball. He got involved when he became one of the two sitters.

    The way we look to progress out of the back is ridiculous. Pass the ball along the back four until a midfielder is able to receive it on his correct foot, not take a year to turn and have the balls to play a forward pass to a number 10 who has found space. He will then play it wide and our winger who can't take anyone on will either slide it to the full back or go back to one of our two pivots to start the cycle again. If we lose the ball and our full back is high up the opposition simply receive the ball in their space and run at us for 20 yards because our two pivot players can't tackle or run. If the number 10 can't receive it the opposition midfielders can simply run through our midfield because one of them can't move. If we press and fail to win the ball they can run through us because we have no numbers or pace centrally. They can also just hit it over the top and chase because our defence is clueless and our midfield can't win the second ball.

    The way Emery wants to play and the way he sets us up encourages the opposition and brings them confidence.

    What is the point of having Auba, Laca and Pepe if they score and then walk back hands on hips watching as our midfielders don't tackle, track, get outnumbered, out paced and our defenders are exposed and feel the need to make desperate attempts to defend leaving to the opposition scoring. Pepe will not prevent any of that from reoccuring. I don't even think a top centre back will change that as Emery will happily play Xhaka and Guendouzi as a double Pivot.
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