UEL R32: Arsenal vs BATE Borisov | February 21, 2019 17:55 GMT | BT Sport

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by StatLad, Feb 14, 2019.

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Result?

Poll closed Feb 21, 2019.
  1. Arsenal win and go through to next round

    84.5%
  2. Arsenal win but BATE go through to next round

    6.9%
  3. Draw

    5.2%
  4. Loss

    3.4%
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  1. Erlis

    Erlis Only Came To See Granit Xhaka

    Didn't watch the match but I already knew Arsenal will win. Congrats to the players and the head coach. Nice to see that Xhaka has saved Emery's job with two assists, now to be honest. : D
     
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  2. American_Gooner

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

    As long as Sokratis-Koscielny are at the back and Aubameyang-Lacazette up front I'd honestly be confident against anyone
     
  3. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    That's the only game all season where I've been pleased Lichtsteiner was playing, we are so sloppy sometimes! Anyway, we're through!
     
  4. rich 1990

    rich 1990 Men's Rights Activist

    Think that Lich clearance was quite important, tbh. If that goes in for 1-1 on the night, it would have been very awkward indeed.
     
  5. ArsenalFever

    ArsenalFever Active Member

     
  6. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne Wenger once said "I will miss you"

    It wasn’t the best today, they still had two good chances and a goal line clearance.
     
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  7. freeglennhelder2

    freeglennhelder2 Well-Known Member

    Didn’t take my own advice on +2.5 goals. Instead bet on goal in each half Arsenal + Chelsea Win + Inter Win

    £107 up but it will all get blown on tequila tomorrow anyway.
     
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  8. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    We weren't great but it was a vast improvement on last week. Lichsteiner, who found his level tonight, cleared off the line at 1-0. We didn't boss the game throughout as we should have.

    There was real concern that we wouldn't go through and people only relaxed at 3-0. Before the start I caught Gunneraurus in an unguarded moment and even he looked worried.
     
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  9. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    We were very nervy at times but we managed to see it out. Certain players had much better games than they have recently and I think that helped us see it through.
    Must say, for all the World Class comments PEA has received on here, he really didn't look it last night. Still he moved their defense around and linked up well at times.
    Great from Özil. Sokratis is a beast. Monreal and Lich had great games as well.
     
  10. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    It's concerning to me that we werent able to score an open play goal in 180 minutes against BATE Borisov.

    The lack of one offensive player should not really matter
     
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  11. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Mikhi, laca and PEA all missed easy chances over the two legs.
     
  12. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    Bit of a running theme that though. At the end of it we didn't score except two CB headers from set pieces
     
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  13. Bergkamp1988

    Bergkamp1988 Well-Known Member

    This is what happens when you play a 4 2 3 1 with your best players in their preferred position. Not that hard really. Pretty obvious too. Hope this wakes you the **** up Unai.
     
  14. ptrcopp

    ptrcopp Well-Known Member

    We aren’t making very many chances. They do miss chances, but they’re never sitters. This is the key issue.
    Our play is so straight forward, bland and predictable, so much so that we struggle to create chances against the worst teams.
     
  15. MikeVinna

    MikeVinna Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%. However when Laca’s available that means Auba on the flank which isnt really ideal. 3 or 5 at the back should have been buried a long time ago though..
     
  16. MikeVinna

    MikeVinna Well-Known Member

    This is why Özil could be so very important for us. He does so well playing between the lines and finding the players out wide that we’ll always create chances..
     
  17. Jasard

    Jasard Forum Issue Troubleshooter

    Auba been poor a while hasnt he?
     
  18. Ashybashy86

    Ashybashy86 Well-Known Member

    At one point I was thinking, good thing we aren’t chasing the game. If we had been, I don’t think we could’ve counted on him to score. He has moments were he shows his class, but he’s too inconsistent.
     
  19. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Applies to the whole team at this point.
     
  20. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Yes.

    We were a lot better last night. Özil showed his silk in the first half, became kind of useless in the second half.

    Mkhitaryan showed good drive and put in a couple of dangerous balls but otherwise sloppy as usual.

    Iwobi lively in first half, indecisive and limited in the second.

    We need more quick passing triangles and slick combination play to be less predictable.

    But I'm not sure we have good enough players for it.
     
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