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

Gullitesque
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paulm wrote:

Dang those yellows on Sokratis were soft. Well, the first one was soft, but the second looked like nothing at all - shouldn't the foul have been given our way first? Do they not assess that stuff on VAR? I'm not sure of the rules, but I was expecting them to pull it back for a review, right up until the moment they took the free kick (and scored!). 

Missed the 2nd Rennes goal. But looks like we'll have a mountain to climb in the 2nd leg, with no Sokratis and no Lacazette. 

VAR won't be introduced in this season's Europa League until the final.

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/var-in-the-europa-league-arsenal-and-chelsea-to-avoid-technology-until-final-a4085481.html

paulm
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Dammit! For some reason I thought it was being used. 

Why are they using it for Champions League but not Europa? Seems odd.

Gullitesque
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Not entirely sure. The UEFA statement on the matter doesn't provide much insight. I imagine it's perhaps a resource issue with the sheer amount of Europa League games. They're not planning on introducing VAR to the competition (aside from the final) at all until the 2020/21 season.

https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/news/newsid=2586230.html

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You'd hope we can appeal Sokratis suspension given the second yellow offence clearly shows he's been pulled by the Rennes player. First one was soft but at least understandable, the 2nd looked like pure fraud.

We absolutely bottled that tactically, credit to Rennes for their goals and the way they took advantage. I can't believe we didn't bring on AMN into RB. It speaks volumes about how Emery views AMN if he'd rather keep Ozil on and drop Mhiki in to cover. I would have thought you'd swap Ozil for AMN and go to a compact 4-4-1 and rely on the work rate of Iwobi and Mhiki to get up and down the wings to support attack and defence.

Monreal probably had his worst night in an arsenal shirt, completely off the pace, constantly beaten by the man he was marking, and at fault for goals 2 and 3.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

brumbys
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It's the worst way to go into this weekend to. We've drawn a winnable NLD, and we've lost a winnable Europa League away game, both of which we went 1-0 up in. United on the other hand have won their last 2 EPL outings, and overcome a 2-0 deficit to PSG to make it through. Can't say I'm feeling confident we're going to give them a proper go.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

paulm
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ManU have an extra day to recover as well. 

Only thing we can hope for is that they are a bit flat after the high of PSG, and we are well up for it given the defeat this morning.

Clutching at straws though. 

valeo
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This team eh..

AFAIK you can't appeal yellows? So Sokratis is goone, and would only be for very obvious errors.

Lots of really bad tactical decisions by Emery that completely screwed us.

a.haak

brumbys
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For all the talk of squad rotation, from the NLD he only made 4 changes. Keeper, 2 in midfield, 1 up top which was forced due to suspension.

You'd have thought Jenkinson or AMN was worth a run at RB, the same of Kolasinac at LB. The rest of the lineup made sense, possibly a chance for Suarez to come in.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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This season keeps getting worse by the day. Out of everything in March with only a limp home into 5th and watching United and Spurs continue to have famous European nights to look forward to. Fudge this. 

brumbys
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ajc28 wrote:

This season keeps getting worse by the day. Out of everything in March with only a limp home into 5th and watching United and Spurs continue to have famous European nights to look forward to. Fudge this. 

Easy lad, we've got 4 games to define the season, we've drawn 1 and lost 1. Still an opportunity for us to complete 2 wins which would see us into the 1/4's and 2 points clear of United with an easier run in.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

brumbys
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Looks like Monchi is on his way. If he goes full Sven and raids his former club I'd be happy if Manolas and Under came with him.

Edit: throw this guy in there too https://www.whoscored.com/Players/148546/Show/Lorenzo-Pellegrini

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

brumbys
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Saints did us a massive favour taking 3 points off sp*rs overnight. They're getting dragged back down into the scrap for 4th, which is bloody excellent.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

Buffon II
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Fudgeing get in!!!

Three for me, and two for them.

paulm
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Ohhhh get all the way in lads, that is a massive win. Favourites for third now? Quite possibly.

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Makes the missed penalty at Spurs all the more frustrating now.

brumbys
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brumbys wrote:

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.

Get in. Made even better by Sp*rs losing and Chelski being held at home.

1 point off 3rd, back into 4th.

While we've got the easier run into the end with no more games against the big six we still have Wolves, Everton, Watford, Leicster, and Burnley away to navigate. That'll be Emery's next big challenge after overturning the result away to Rennes.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

brumbys
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Interesting thought.

Last years top 6 table was:

Club 17/18 18/19
City 100 74
United  81 58
Sp*rs 77 61
Liverpool  75 73
Chelsea  70 57
Arsenal  63 60

With 8 games left we have plenty of time to surpass last seasons total. Will be interesting to see how close/far Sp*rs, United, and Chelsea go to equalling last seasons efforts.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

valeo
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This season is such a rollercoaster. One week we're out of it, now we're back within 1 point of Spurs and fighting for 3rd..

We've got the best run in out of every top 4 contender which *should* really help. 

Kolasinac and Koscielny were absolute beasts this morning - both had terrific games. Xhaka and Ramsey too actually. I thought Laca/Auba struggled a little again, but tracked back and defended well. Ozil was solid, not spectacular, but did his tracking back duties.

Maybe one of the best games I've seen Kola play though. Bloke absolutely ran his guts off and was vomiting on the sidelines then getting back up and doing another 40m dash.

I feel like everyone has undersold how amazing it is that Koscienly is even back playing - he apparently played the last 20-30 mins of that game with a huge gash on his leg too.

We've played better and lost, so it's nice to have a bit of luck go our way with the penalty - also; a clean bloody sheet! Leno worked hard for that one (so did the post)

As an aside, I thought Suarez did very well off the bench and looked a bit Rosicky-esque. For the first time, I've seen what he brings.

a.haak

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brumbys wrote:

Interesting thought.

Last years top 6 table was:

Club 17/18 18/19
City 100 74
United  81 58
Sp*rs 77 61
Liverpool  75 73
Chelsea  70 57
Arsenal  63 60

With 8 games left we have plenty of time to surpass last seasons total. Will be interesting to see how close/far Sp*rs, United, and Chelsea go to equalling last seasons efforts.

United will not win all 8 games, therefore they will not match their total. Chelsea should match theirs comfortably, they've also got a game in hand over all of us. On current form Spurs will absolutely struggle to get 16 points from here. 

Top 4 is definitely in our hands, i'd even say top 3 is a strong possibility given our run in.

Three for me, and two for them.

valeo
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Wolves, Everton are the banana peels for me

a.haak

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