(The not-so-temporary quite-official) Gooner Thread

brumbys
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https://arseblog.news/2019/02/emery-explains-absen...

“The players we didn’t bring in the squad were because Aaron Ramsey did not train with us and Sokratis only started training yesterday and today – I don’t think it’s enough.

“Mesut is the same,” he added. “Aubameyang, after he was sick, trained on Monday, yesterday and today, and I think he’s OK for the match.”

I know he's not picking him and the situations stink, but it is very possible for a player to be ill and out for a few days and not train, then miss a game or two.

I'm still unsure if Ozil would have helped, they were so deep there was just no room available to play in.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Ozil is constantly "sick"

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I read some stat, he's only been available for 67% of the games since we signed him, or something like that, despite not having endured any serious injuries. 

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Sure. I don't disagree with any of that. But for Bate away of the 4 players missing due to illness/injury the match before (Auba, Sokratis, Ramsey, Ozil) only 1 made the trip (Auba), and that's because he trained.

The more interesting questions for me are:

1) Is Emery straight up lying about this?

2) If he isn't, was Ozil genuinely ill?

3) If he wasn't genuinely ill how much sick leave can a bloke take before you can sack him?

4) If Ozil wasn't genuinely ill and he's missing trainings as well and games this situations even worse than Emery not picking him, but as a professional he's actively shirking his responsibilities per his massive contract.

I really can't imagine we'd be paying a guy 350K per week and letting him miss games and training through illness without us checking him out first to verify he's ill. That's a big asset to just accept a 'not coming in today boss, bit unwell' sms.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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The thing is, Ozil has not been picked plenty of times when he has been fit and available, whether that's on the bench or left out altogether. This isn't about sickness by any stretch, even if it may have been for the last match (I'm not convinced of that either, just giving the benefit of the doubt).

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My guess is; we know we fudgeed up paying up 350k, now we're trying to force him out of the club. Ozil has then basically said "fudge you, I'm staying".

a.haak

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^ i have been suspecting that too, and it's not a good feeling. 

Emery's comments from last night on Ozil, ahead of BATE:

“First, the key in his hands,” said Emery, who has blamed Özil’s absences on a mixture of minor injuries, poor performances and frequent bouts of unspecified illness. “He’s working very well this week and I asked him in our conversation to be consistent, to be available for training. I said that when you can train with us consistently you can help us with your best performance in the games.

“I think this week was good for all the players because we are in a big, important moment for the season. I am looking at him doing the training like we want. I know he wants that but he needs consistency, to be available for training and the matches without injuries, without being sick. Like that, I think we can see the best Mesut.”

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Went to 4 at the back, played Ozil, won 3-0. 

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

I've been reflecting more on this Ozil v Emery guff and I think Emery's comments about Ozil's training, sickness, and injuries is about him trying to clear the air.

If you're Ozil, and the clubs been covering your lack of appearances by blaming it on your illness and your injuries then you'd expect Ozil to call bullsh*t, why would you accept your reputation being tarnished like that?

Hopefully Ozil's able to put in some shifts and get back into the side, because creatively we need him. I'm still fizzing at the though of him playing with Auba and Laca in front of him in a 4-3-1-2 scenario.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

brumbys
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Drew Rennes in UEL. Nice to not be travelling too far for the match. 

Rennes are 11th in Ligue 1 and beat Real Betis 6-4 to progress.

Assuming we don’t get his with an injury crisis we should be good.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Another good win. No one seemed to have an off day. Could have scored 4 if we'd been more ruthless, but thankfully it didn't haunt us. 

Says a lot when a team makes Lichsteiner look good.

Bournemouth Thursday morning, Sp*rs away Sunday morning, Rennes the following Friday, and United at home the Monday morning after that.

These 4 games should indicate the trajectory we're on for the rest of the season. I'd settle for draws in both the Sp*rs and United games, anything but a loss.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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brumbys wrote:

Another good win. No one seemed to have an off day. Could have scored 4 if we'd been more ruthless, but thankfully it didn't haunt us. 

Says a lot when a team makes Lichsteiner look good.

Bournemouth Thursday morning, Sp*rs away Sunday morning, Rennes the following Friday, and United at home the Monday morning after that.

These 4 games should indicate the trajectory we're on for the rest of the season. I'd settle for draws in both the Sp*rs and United games, anything but a loss.

Can we beat united please.....so sick of losing to them

go gunners

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If we couldn't beat them with Jose in charge..

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JENKO!!!! 

Interesting lineup this morn. Looks like Emery is going to rotate through this heavy fixture period. 

                        Leno

         Sokratis-Koscielny-Monreal

Jenkinson-Torreira-Guendouzi-Kolasinac

                Mkhitaryan-Ozil

                  Aubameyang

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Impressive this morning. Has Emery finally sorted his shark out with Ozil then? We do look better in attack with him out there.

Our last real test this weekend, get through that and i think we definitely target 4th.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Or has Ozil finally played how Emery needs him to play? He was pressing, helping out in defence, and was still able to score and create. It was one of Ozil's most well rounded performances. Sure, it's Bournemouth at home, but if he can build on this over the coming weeks we could be in for an enjoyable finish to the season.

With Chelsea getting it done against Sp*ds the weekend becomes even more important. Out of the next two games we really need 4 points, anything less than that gets very tight going into the final 8 games of the season.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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You're welcome.

Trippier's goal was a thing of beauty.

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I'm not sure we need 4 points.

We have no more big 6 matches after that, we have the kindest draw left out of our rivals, so if we don't get good results from these games it's not the end of the road. 

But man, if we could beat Spurs...... we'd pull within a point of them, and they would firmly be in the top 4 scrap. That would be fantastic. 

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Gullitesque wrote:

You're welcome.

Trippier's goal was a thing of beauty.

just saw it. What a play!

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paulm wrote:

I'm not sure we need 4 points.

We have no more big 6 matches after that though, we have the kindest draw left out of our rivals, so if we don't get good results from these games it's not the end of the road. 

But man, if we could beat Spurs...... we'd pull within a point of them, and they would firmly be in the top 4 scrap. That would be fantastic. 

Chelsea and United will both drop more points, i have absolutely no doubt about that.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Buffon II wrote:

paulm wrote:

I'm not sure we need 4 points.

We have no more big 6 matches after that though, we have the kindest draw left out of our rivals, so if we don't get good results from these games it's not the end of the road. 

But man, if we could beat Spurs...... we'd pull within a point of them, and they would firmly be in the top 4 scrap. That would be fantastic. 

Chelsea and United will both drop more points, i have absolutely no doubt about that.

Well yea, obviously, I don't think anyone would expect us to win out our last 11 games or United their last 10. I dare say Arsenal will drop more points also.

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