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Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by APierre, Nov 6, 2018.


Match Prediction

Poll closed Nov 8, 2018.
  1. Arsenal Win

  2. Draw

  3. Sporting Win

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  1. APierre

    APierre You Wanna Come Out Here?

    My first match thread. If we lose you will never see me again.


    Team news (as per 4 days ago)
    Monreal, Sokratis, Elneny all being assessed.
    Koscielny and Mavropanos close to full training.

    First 11

    My prediction
    Arsenal 3-1 Sporting
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
  2. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Lots of injuries and manager-less. Emery needs to give Torreira a breather and leave him out of the squad.
  3. Stannis

    Stannis Well-Known Member

    I’d rest who we can

    Wolves will be tough imo, they would want to end the loosing streak
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  4. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    Quality post. Glad we can rotate in quality options for these Thursday night games much as I hope Emery does.
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  5. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't start Kolasinac or AMN either tbh, but let's trust Emery on this one.
  6. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Rest Holding too. Pleguezuelo looked good against Blackpool.
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  7. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    Ah. I had seen another line-up he posted earlier, in which Mustafi was paired by Sokratis. Fair enough.
  8. APierre

    APierre You Wanna Come Out Here?

    How do I upload pictures? :lol:
  9. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Copy the image URL, click the button next to the Emoji one, paste it. Et voilà
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  10. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    APierre you wanna come out here and replace Rex? Quality OP.

    Win this and we can finally unleash Eddie/Willock etc. in the last two games.
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  11. APierre

    APierre You Wanna Come Out Here?

    I will continue making match threads with sloppy (/terrible) OPs if we win. Don't you worry:cool:
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  12. Tosker

    Tosker Does Not Hate Foreigners

    there's fierce competition on here for the sloppiest/most terrible OP, but I wish you luck
  13. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Vinai Venkatesham Stan

    Touch a PL thread before I lose and I'll send you location.
  14. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    Never one to pass up low hanging fruit are you?
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  15. APierre

    APierre You Wanna Come Out Here?

    I have one ready. Won’t tell you which one, tho.
  16. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    Cracking OP. Similar to the ones I used to do.

    Hope Torreira, Bellerin, Holding, and Xhaka play no part.
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  17. Camron

    Camron Established Member

    7-0. Auba hattrick. Micky with four assists.
  18. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Not sure on the current left back situation, hoping for this team though:

    Lichtsteiner - Sokratis - Pleguezuelo - Kola/AMN
    Ramsey - Guendouzi
    Mkhi - ESR - Iwobi
    Win this game and then give Nketiah/Willock some game time in the other two matches in the group.
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  19. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    I could defo see that being the lineup. I'd honestly drop Mhki but then that'd mean he plays against Wolves so probably right he plays this one. Welbeck to get another start - although I feel his blistering start to the season has definitely slowed in momentum. Deep midfield picks itself - Ramsey/Guendouzi like last week.

    There are things I would change for sure. AMN next to Guendouzi would be my choice, with maybe Ramsey further forward if one of him and Mhkitaryan has to play. I'd want Ramsey a bit further forward because when he plays deeper, he takes too many touches and we already have Guendouzi doing that but better. As a 2nd striker behind Welbeck though? Not ideal but a better alternative IMO. The LB situation might make it so that AMN has to play there, which is disappointing but I'm still happy to have AMN in the side at all.

    Smith-Rowe seems to be the academy grad of choice so he'll definitely start. He's fit seamlessly in so far and I'm pleased. He perhaps could be a bit more assertive in possession but by and large, he's fine.

    I would drop Welbeck for Nketiah but it'll never happen. Nketiah has deserved the spotlight for ages but he'll have to keep grinding until then.
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  20. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Ramsey probably will start as a 10 I just don't want him there; I love the guy and think he was very good for us last season but so far this season he has been awful. Play him deeper or not at all imo, it shouldn't have too much of a consequence against a poor Sporting side.

    AMN deeper is a good option but I think with Ramsey leaving and Elneny out of favour we have to make an attempt to incentivise clubs to buy them and it won't happen if they're on the bench or not playing at all. Alternatively we could play a midfield three of Guendouzi sitting with AMN & Ramsey just in front but Emery seems pretty set on his 4231 after he experimented with the 3atb earlier in Europe and we looked dreadful.

    Nketiah is the interesting one for me. Without a doubt he deserves a run of matches in cup competitions and with there being no news over a contract for Welbeck, there could potentially be a fair bit of game time available for him as a back up striker to Laca/Auba. If we offer Welbeck a new contract or bring in another attacker in January we should probably look to loan Nketiah abroad. It would be important that we find him a good destination like we did with Nelson.
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