UEL R32: BATE Borisov v Arsenal | February 14, 2019 17:55 GMT | BT Sport

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by American_Gooner, Feb 11, 2019.


Was this worse than losing to Ostersunds at home?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Just when the forum was getting Meh.
    You've been missed, bra
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  2. Beksl

    Beksl Sell All The Youngsters

    We were awful but don't forget also we played on a horrible turf in winter conditions.
  3. Beksl

    Beksl Sell All The Youngsters

    Was hardly a second string team, we still played with the likes of Mikhi, Kola, Bellerin and Iwobi. Apart from Welbeck and Wilshere that team was probably stronger or at least on par with what we put out against Bate.
  4. JW10

    JW10 Member

    It wasn't that bloody cold, especially if you're running around. We were just poor from the off and once again a player missing a golden chance early on has cost us.

    I'm sure we'll get through on Thursday but this team is much better than Ostersunds and we don't already hold all the cards. I still expect a comfortable 3-0 win but won't be surprised either way after that turgid first leg.

    Also hate people blaming the pitch, it got worse over the game but again it's no excuse for that performance.
  5. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    :lol: :lol: I love you BOG.
  6. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Not arguing which is worse but that was definitely a 2nd string team , Elneney/Maitland Niles in midfield , no way was it stronger at least I would hope not :lol: than what we put out v Bate on paper at least .
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  7. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    Hazard is unreal.
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  8. Furious

    Furious Emery Gone, Telly Back On

    Am I understanding you wrong or are you really saying that Bellerin doesn't add much more offensively than the, let's be honest, useless AMN?
  9. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry & Miserable

    He has improved both TBF. I just think neither are currently that special. Bellerin has lost a yard or two and imagine how he'll be after this injury!

    I was being harsh though. We have absolutely dreadful full backs on both flanks bar Hector.

    We need two new starters in the summer.
  10. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Right a few things on this whole BATE defeat with respect to the Ostersunds defeat.

    1. The BATE defeat happened away on their ****hole of a pitch, the Ostersunds one happened at the Emirates on our carpet of a pitch.

    2. People talking about how we won the first leg 3-0 as if the second leg isn't still to come in the BATE tie where we could easily win by 3-0+. Or the fact that people are acting as if complacency was ok and that letting Ostersunds go 2-0 up on our own pitch needing only one more goal to level the tie was alright.

    3. At least BATE have European pedigree. I mean look at this result from the 12/13 season. https://www.skysports.com/football/bate-borisov-vs-bay-munich/274043 BATE 3 Bayern 1. I mean it was the 2nd of October too so it wasn't like it was the end of the group stages and Bayern were resting all their best players. And this was in the Champions League too, now people are acting as if this BATE side have just come from nowhere. Bayern didn't sack their manager after that defeat, and it's safe to say their season didn't collapse after it either.

    Basically the reaction to the defeat, well first leg loss as there's two legs, has been ridiculously over the top and once again there's a lack of perspective on this forum. People just cannot wait to jump in. Acting like it's our worse defeat in 20 years or whatever or even that it's worse than any defeat we suffered under Wenger. Trust me I'd rather that defeat than some of the absolute embarrassing spineless performances we saw under Wenger toward the end of his rain. Last Thursday was merely a combination of a bit of a lack of respect shown to our competitors and the conditions being incredibly tricky while acknowledging that we'd still have the chance to face them on our own patch. If we go on to win the Europa League, and we've as good a chance as any, only the most cynical of Emery Out posters will still look back on the BATE game.
  11. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Many Men Wish Death Upon Me

    Wtf??? :lol::lol::rofl::rofl:
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