Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Ricardinho, Aug 9, 2019.
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Glad he is back!
Had a few good moments but overall you know he can play better! Hopefully he can stay injury free and keep pushing!
Great to see him get minutes under his belt and think he did well considering he has struggled with injuries
I liked what I saw in patches but he wasn't able to stay in the game for long enough. Lovely turn to win the foul and freekick. I like this lad.
Did he play on the wing or in midfield for this game? Didn’t get to watch it...
He played right wing. Found it hard to get into his usual range of motion but made some nice cutting runs. Think he would have been better off playing centrally but even still he looked a tad rusty for first team football.
Even with the rust though you can see the player in there waiting to come out. We really do have a good group of youngsters. For me ESR and Saka are tops. But I'm quite excited by all of them.
ESR has real potential centrally. Like most of our young players he is very dominant in possession. Clever, makes the right passes and dribbles, fantastic shooting technique and hes looking pretty good physically. Lacked a bit of zip but he had good body strength. Could do a job on the left or as a backup for advanced midfielder I.e. Ceballos or Özil.
We are definitely on the cusp of something great at Hale End. Some fantastic individual talents coming through around the same time and there are more coming!
I think his performance was quite bad, would be interesting to see some stats.
But as others have said, it's totally understandable. There were some good moments, but he was robbed of the ball many times. A bit like Nelson in his latest performance maybe.
Comparing to Saka, ESR has had many injuries in recent times so it must hinder some too.
Bit of match fitness, bit more confidence and hes there. Same with Nelson. They're two players who can make a huge impact at their best. Saka rightfully on everyone's mind but ESR and Nelson are premier talents aswell. What a 5some we have there - Nelson, Nketiah, Saka, Willock, Smith-Rowe. And many behind them too.
Yeah, amazing group of players, Guendouzi too. Although his latest game was pretty bad.
Yesterday the combined age of starting players was 24,7 years, that's pretty low against your group's biggest opponent in away match.
What a bitter night for this kid. So talented and yet so unlucky.
Just rotten luck injury wise but i hate to see him being played out wide hugging the touchline. That's not his game. He's arguably the most explosive player from Hale End, who should be in central positions
That's sort of a contradiction. If he is the most explosive, then he should be able to do a job on the wings. He is a good all around talent who can play anywhere in the attack.
Thought he looked decent whilst he was on, his injury was the only downer tonight really, hopefully he's fine
Any news on his injury?
No he can't. He's no where near as effective on the right. Explosive doesn't mean just pace. His strength is combination play with quick one and two touch interchange with players, kinda like Rosicky. Out wide he gets isolated and doubled up by defenders.
He has a concussion, should be back fairly soon.
He was looking pale and a little blue on that stretcher. I was worried for a moment.
Funny you say that, cause those are also the same strengths of Reiss Nelson. But for whatever reason, people want him to play on the wings and beat the fullback with stepovers time and time again. And I know what you meant, I was trying to be coy with my initial response.
But my point still stands, Smith Rowe can play anywhere in the attack, he has shown that ability for the U18 and U23 teams. He even did a great job as a CM for the U23 for a while in the 17/18 season. Might not get the best out of him on the wings in first team football, but that is not a position he is unfamiliar with.
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