Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by ggunner12345, Feb 26, 2017.
Yeah, FA cup>EPL
They seem to bottle it in the smaller games, they're big game killers. They have been for two seasons now.
I have faith in Xhaka being able to negate the press if paired with a CM who can actually play football.
Xhaka - Ox for me.
Xhaka - Ox in the big away game ? Wenger definitely says no.
This will be the game where we hit rock bottom for the season. Would go with this sort of team:
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Gibbs
AMN Xhaka Coquelin
Ox Alexis Welbeck
Aye hard to see it go any other way. Liverpool have struggled of late but they always seem to be playing well in the big matches. I just hope they don't embarrass us.
Only hope is our annual 'title is gone'-resurgence.
On BT too. Guaranteed disaster.
Don't know mate , I haven't seen anything from Xhaka that he could negate a press. In fact think you could take bets he could see red this match.
I'm guessing Elneny and Xhaka might have been played in midfield if Elneny had been fit.
me too except instead of prefer i'd say 'insist on' - can't believe anyone would want to play Ospina again after his recent howlers against Soton, Sutton and Bayern.
also would prefer AMN to Coq
Can't we just not play every weekend please?
The lack of stress was honestly amazing.
An absolute battering is what we're in for.
Mane hattrick as well.
I agree. Fantastic passer, but his first touch isn't even consistent. And he turns more slowly than Mertesacker.
Another nail in the coffin. Things are going to reach fever pitch after this. Unparalleled scenes.
3 or 4-1
A point would surprise me here, think we'll lose this.
As long as Wenger tries something new, I'll be happy. It could be trying a new formation, sacrificing Özil for another midfielder, fielding AMN or Ox at CM... even if we lose I'll be glad to not have watched the same old rubbish.
You'll all see. I've seen enough signs for him, have to realise that he's always been partnered with guys who make him easier to press.
Apparently Jordan Henderson has broke a bone in his foot and is ruled out for 6/8 weeks. I don't rate Henderson in the slightest but he's an important player for Liverpool. He'll be a big miss.
Difficult to see a win for us here, Liverpool have been outstanding in all their big games this season, particularly at home. We need a big performance, one I'm not sure our boys are capable of.
Stick Xhaka in there, see how he does against the ultra-press. We didn't sign him for £35M to not make an impact on big games. We need players who can get control of the ball, Xhaka is our man.
The prognosis doesn't look good, Pool outballed the spuds in every department in their yard and their supposed to be one of the most organised and mobile sides. Monreal would have his hands full with Mane, Lallana and Clyne and even Firminio at times likely to pop up there. If Iwobi takes that wing He needs to be under strict instruction not to vacate it and leave a hole because our vulnerable midfield are likely going to be pressed right across the width of the pitch being pushed and pulled making it difficult for us to recover and cover for the gaps created by our roaming runners.
Thus, really I think We need to take a pragmatic approach in regards to creativity, We need to stay as solid in formation as possible at least for a period in the match because as vulnerable as We are We can not out gun them toe to toe with our rag tag unsettled midfield as it stands, because We will get swamped and can envisage Xhaka getting frustrated and seeing red.
Would love to see some experience on the left wing, Welbeck, Ox or Sanchez in that order, depending on fitness and who takes the CF role of course, but then Ox may take the right and I can't see Coquelin not partnering Xhaka. If Perez plays He should take CF because I don't believe he can be relied upon on the wing to track all the way back especially when Bellerin is in advance of him, Perez does not look urgent enough in defencive mode, would take Welbeck over Sanchez in CF tbh for Welly to push and pull their backs apart to create gaps for Sanchez and the like to take advantage of, though we would miss his(Welbeck's) defencive output (so torn on that issue).
Wenger generally sets the team against balling sides like a bit of a gamble, kind of russian roulette, you have a go we have a go, though He does not see it this way because He has a belief in the quality of our team and that quality being the best in the PL, trouble is We don't really play as a team at the moment so that hampers the quality no end.
A high scoring game is on the cards, We are going to be pressed big time, Mane tearing us a new one or a Coutihno speculative screamer could put us on the back foot chasing the game which will open us up for a real punishing match.
Just want to see improvement and for Xhaka to show his worth by linking up with Özil who in turn to show his worth and hope Sanchez does his thing.
Leicester v Pool this evening should be inciteful to what We can expect, hopefully the foxes will up their game now they are free from the dreaded dilly-ding, dilly-dong man and put a dent in the Manepool resurgence.
Yes take advantage of Ox's new found confidence, He will give them nuff to think about and hope He has learnt from the previous misdemeanours and hope We take advantage of their mediocre defence.
We could be starting off this game in 6th place if United beat Bournemouth in their early kick-off and Liverpool win tonight against Leicester. Lose and we'll be staying there.
Hope all the Twitter Gooners that have been mocking Utd's current league position are ready.
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