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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby Carebear » 24 Aug 2016, 16:44

Maybe we need to start up an Arsenal thread? We probably bore the rest with our doom and gloom.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 25 Aug 2016, 01:55

Carebear wrote:Maybe we need to start up an Arsenal thread? We probably bore the rest with our doom and gloom.

Maybe if some more people come back here to comment regularly. Currently it's pretty much just the two of us here anyway (and M3R).
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 26 Aug 2016, 02:13

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/aug/25/arsenal-agree-35m-fee-with-valencia-for-shkodran-mustafi

We've actually signed a defender. I repeat, we have actually signed a defender. Gooners, this is not a drill. I repeat, we have actually bought a defender. This is not a drill.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby Carebear » 26 Aug 2016, 04:40

Excellent. Did you read it? They also signed a striker, Perez from Deportivo. I still think we need another CB for safety and replacement of the aging Mertesacker.

Sounds like the club is finally making that commitment to fill in the gaps.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 26 Aug 2016, 15:27

Carebear wrote:Excellent. Did you read it? They also signed a striker, Perez from Deportivo. I still think we need another CB for safety and replacement of the aging Mertesacker.

Sounds like the club is finally making that commitment to fill in the gaps.

Yep, but I was more excited about Mustafi than Lucas Perez. Another CB would be great too.

With Lucas it wouldn't surprise me if the club saw Everton swooping in and thought "He's a decent striker and good value for money (low release clause) so let's snap him up". And, frankly, Lucas was always going to choose us over them as a potential destination.

Mustafi falls right into the category of "necessary signing" though.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 27 Aug 2016, 17:57

Wonderful, first win of the season and it was definitely a much needed win. Nice and comfortable too by the looks of things. Now onto the international break.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby Carebear » 18 Oct 2016, 19:30

Arsenal at the top??? It has got to be a mirage, we have been in the desert so long... Can they sustain it? Can we escape our Dickensesque dystopian Tale of Two Halves (of a Season)?

Walcott playing defense? Is his contract up for renewal? I expect to see Nicole Kidman or Donald Sutherland on the screen yammering about people being replaced. But really, can he maintain this change in temperament or avoid a long-term injury?
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 19 Oct 2016, 00:27

Carebear wrote:Arsenal at the top??? It has got to be a mirage, we have been in the desert so long... Can they sustain it? Can we escape our Dickensesque dystopian Tale of Two Halves (of a Season)?

Walcott playing defense? Is his contract up for renewal? I expect to see Nicole Kidman or Donald Sutherland on the screen yammering about people being replaced. But really, can he maintain this change in temperament or avoid a long-term injury?

I hope he avoids both of them, because this could actually be the long-term improvement that he last threatened circa 2013 before a series of long-term injuries derailed him.

There's a long way to go yet but things are going well for us at the moment. Our defense is looking fairly solid. Our midfield and attack is working well. I was sceptical of using a false nine when we did it the first time but it's looking increasingly like a brilliant idea.

Maybe the solution to having no world-class strikers.... is simply to play with no strikers for an entire season, focus on totally dominating the midfield while forming a fast, fluid attacking unit.

Not sure why we signed Lucas Perez at the moment, maybe his role in the squad will become clear over the next month or so.

Other than that, everything's going well at the moment.

And. being Arsenal, we'll probably end this moment of optimism with a 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets thanks to an own-goal off Nacho Monreal's backside.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby Carebear » 19 Oct 2016, 01:03

sjg11 wrote:I hope he avoids both of them, because this could actually be the long-term improvement that he last threatened circa 2013 before a series of long-term injuries derailed him.

It's hard to remember any consistent form in the past that included him actually playing real defense where you get stuck as needed.

sjg11 wrote:There's a long way to go yet but things are going well for us at the moment. Our defense is looking fairly solid. Our midfield and attack is working well. I was sceptical of using a false nine when we did it the first time but it's looking increasingly like a brilliant idea.

As you say, we have a quite a bit to go. With Debuchy gone, we do have a backup issue with RB. I hope that we can keep Gibbs; he is about equal to Monreal. Frankly, I curious about Ramsey's return. Does he push out Iwobi or Cazorla? Personally, I think Cazorla will become cover and maybe even surplus to needs.

This brings up an interesting point that has been curious to me for some time. MU over the years had aging players that didn't mind not playing, but came on infrequently to fill gaps for injury and such. We never seem to have that. Would have loved to see a Rosicky or Flamini hang about as squad players.

sjg11 wrote:Not sure why we signed Lucas Perez at the moment, maybe his role in the squad will become clear over the next month or so.

Yeah, that is an interesting situation. I suppose he was cover in case the current formation did not quite work out. Also, to provide another player to push Giroud.

sjg11 wrote:And. being Arsenal, we'll probably end this moment of optimism with a 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets thanks to an own-goal off Nacho Monreal's backside.

Naw, it will be Koscielny. It is always the guy you least expect.
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Re: Premier League 2016-17

Postby sjg11 » 19 Oct 2016, 15:12

Carebear wrote:
sjg11 wrote:There's a long way to go yet but things are going well for us at the moment. Our defense is looking fairly solid. Our midfield and attack is working well. I was sceptical of using a false nine when we did it the first time but it's looking increasingly like a brilliant idea.

As you say, we have a quite a bit to go. With Debuchy gone, we do have a backup issue with RB. I hope that we can keep Gibbs; he is about equal to Monreal. Frankly, I curious about Ramsey's return. Does he push out Iwobi or Cazorla? Personally, I think Cazorla will become cover and maybe even surplus to needs.

This brings up an interesting point that has been curious to me for some time. MU over the years had aging players that didn't mind not playing, but came on infrequently to fill gaps for injury and such. We never seem to have that. Would have loved to see a Rosicky or Flamini hang about as squad players.

I'm assuming the plan for a Bellerin injury is that Mustafi moves to RB as he did for Germany at the Euros and Gab/Mert move to CB. That would definitely be a worse scenario than playing Debuchy/Jenkinson/Chambers or any other reserve RB we've had over the past 4 or 5 years.

We have plenty of good midfield options. I think we can mix and match depending on our opposition. For example, the creativity Santi provides from the centre of midfield is massively useful at home to teams like West Brom while the fact he's so lightweight means he's not a good choice at the Etihad for example. The only player who doesn't really seem to fit is El Neny. He's sort of an all-rounder like Xhaka and Ramsey but isn't as good as either of them. Santi and Coquelin remain useful because they offer something different and are a little bit more specialised.

I agree on Rosicky who remains an incredibly classy player and would remain an excellent squad option. Less so on Flamini, in my view his disciplinary record was so poor that it was difficult to justify him playing unless it was a complete emergency situation.
sjg11 wrote:Not sure why we signed Lucas Perez at the moment, maybe his role in the squad will become clear over the next month or so.

Yeah, that is an interesting situation. I suppose he was cover in case the current formation did not quite work out. Also, to provide another player to push Giroud.

My current theory is that you're right and that now he's just general attacking squad depth as he can play up front or on the wings. Basically he'll fill in if we have an injury to Iwobi/Sanchez/Walcott.

sjg11 wrote:And. being Arsenal, we'll probably end this moment of optimism with a 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets thanks to an own-goal off Nacho Monreal's backside.

Naw, it will be Koscielny. It is always the guy you least expect.

True, although Koscielny has been consistently excellent for at least four seasons now.
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