The Unpopular Football Opinion Thread

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Aevi, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    Son isn't even top 5. De Bruyne is the best player in the league and he was when Hazard was here too.
  2. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Well-Known Member

    de Bruyne for me, just a beautiful footballer in every aspect.
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  3. Flying Okapis

    Flying Okapis Most Well-Known Member

    Paul Gascoigne - not a national treasure and have no idea why media still has interest in him.
  4. Hunta

    Hunta Shivering Right Now Trusted

    Mourinho will be our next coach, club are building his team now. :eek:
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  5. Iceman10

    Iceman10 Well-Known Member

    When Mourinho was at Real Madrid he was in constant power games. When he was at United he was also in constant power games. He's a bit like Wenger in that the transition of football clubs from do-it-all managers to separated out roles from the first team coach left them both behind because they were not adaptable to such club structures, egos built around prior success. I don't see Mou being someone Raul/Edu/Vinai would be happy bringing in, and they would have Kroenke's ear on that.
  6. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    It could be both!! :eek:That's a fair claim. Great move, nonetheless.
  7. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    Actually yeah tbf I completely forgot about KDB.

    Think Son is easily second, far superior to Kane. They should build around him.
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  8. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Noooooo its freddie2020. Say it or I ignore you. Say freddie2020. Say it. Im raging right now. Say freddie2020.
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  9. Mitch

    Mitch Bellerin Upgrade Advocate

    Agreed. I had B.Silva as the best player in the league last season and had KDB the best for the previous 2 seasons.

    As for Son as best player in the league. Although I rate him very highly I would have KDB, B.Silva, Sterling, Salah, Van Djik, Allison, Mane, Eriksen and PEA over Son.
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  10. UpTheGunnerz

    UpTheGunnerz No Longer Phallus Obsessed

    Liverpool play more beautiful football than Man City.
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  11. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    Lacazette is our 2nd worst transfer ever after Mustafi, even Xhaka's wasn't as bad and that's a solid 3rd.
  12. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Well the rumour is it was Ljungbergs idea that he and Bould swap. Tbh Freddie must be bloody confident if this is true. Personally I think it was a case of Bould stepping down or being sacked, he should have gone with Wenger tbh and probably wont be around much longer.
  13. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Do you mean if we had actually paid everything up front and received everything up front for sales?
  14. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    I think so yes. Will be interesting to go over the numbers when the window closes.
  15. Garrincha

    Garrincha Wilf Zaha Aficionado

    He was saying on Sky spend alot of time watching Lille after getting sacked & a fan of Pepe.

    He will manage us or Sp**s with in 24 months.
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  16. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Hopefully Sp**s. Don't want Mourinho anywhere near Arsenal, especially not with Hale End churning out the talent it currently is.
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  17. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    Oh dear.

  18. Kingofthebongo

    Kingofthebongo Well-Known Member

    Front Foot - Back Foot - Athletes Foot

    Most of our defensive frailties stems from our CM options.

    Modern football in the premier league relies on efficiency and reducing waste as goal scoring opportunities are more than ever before reliant on forcing transitional mistakes and so much less when defenses are set. This is due to the amount of data, analytics and information about opposing teams. Nobody can surprise anybody anymore with new strategies and tactical wit. The winner is usually the team that can play on the "front foot" (Wenger's favourite phrase) most often as this puts more pressure on the other teams, thus forcing mistakes in key areas.

    Every single pass has to be zipped at the right pace, right weight. The player has to be more aware than ever of his surroundings to make a rapid progressive decision as quickly as ever, controlled with the right push towards the right direction in space. The hidden problem with the El Neny's of the game is that despite them creating zero errors and looking nice statistically, the lack of courage will eventually put your team under pressure. If you're not forcing the other team into making mistakes, you most likely will make the mistake eventually.
    Cm's have two ways of going on the "front foot". Passing through the lines, or carrying the ball through clean dribbling, power, and shoulder feints.
    Xhaka as an example - working in a double pivot with Guendouzi against Newcastle. His tools are excellent weighted passing, vision, good first touch, and range of passing. The problem is, his ability to go on the "front foot" is entirely limited to this as he has absolutely zero mobility and ability to carry the ball and break the lines by carrying the ball. That's okay though, if he were a master passer who seldom makes mistakes, ala Xabi Alonso - but this is also not the case as he has massive concentration lapses and even in his front foot skill set of passing he is really not consistent enough to be considered good enough for our aspirations.
    Guendouzi - young kid. Mentally he lives to be on the front foot. Has stamina to run for days, can go on the front foot by breaking a line or two with clean dribbling and shoulder feints, has a nice weighted through pass on him, and a decent balance. I like him, but he has shown to also be prone to massive errors when players are physical with him. He lacks strength, balance, and nous - which will come with age. I have faith in him for 2-3 years from now.
    Torreira - Really really struggles to get on the front foot in CM. He opts for safe passes, what he has in courage to put body in the line, he lacks in courage to make the difficult pass or take a player on. More than likely because it is just not his forte but is being asked to grow as a player. The little man lacks in power and dynamism and I don't know if he has the stamina to last a full season of 90 minutes in this intense league. I like him for what he is, just not sure about him in Emery's system.
    The lack of Cm's to fit into Emery's system really puts immense pressure on the back 4 in transitional moves. This is how most goals are scored in this modern game. I think the closest one is Guendouzi.

    I have not seen enough of Willock or Ceballos to comment on them yet - but secretely have hope that players of this profile are the solution to our defensive woes rather than the most obvious option of spending fortunes on the backline.

    I would rather take that 80mill on Upa and put it towards an elite and proven CM to replace Xhaka as the main pick in the middle of the park. and partner some of these young kids who are showing potential to work in Emery's system.

    I like feet. PM me pics.
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  19. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Swiss Ramble claims our gross spend was £46m based on all the initial 1st yr payments, then 1st yrs wages on top take it to about £70m. That figure then comes down with initial Iwobi payment, Bielik, Ospina. Obviously if we sell Mustafi & Elneny it will reduce further.
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  20. YeahBee

    YeahBee Terrible hot takes

    Freddie (whom I Love as both a gunner and a Swede) does have a history of being over confident
    He was very vocal about being moved centrally for Sweden which wasnt really His position, and there was often an aura of arrogance around him
    He fought with both Olof Mellberg and Zlatan :p
    But you gotta admire the balls of the Little Guy to do that.
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