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

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Fantastic to finally beat them in a game with League positions still at stake.

Loving Kolasinac this season, and felt that was a heroic performance from Koscielny too. As for Leno I wasn't convinced initially but he's certainly made some big saves in the last few weeks. That double save against Spurs was astonishing. Up there with Seaman Vs Sheffield United and Lehman Vs Man United (Solskjaer) and Real Madrid (Raul) in terms of Arsenal saves I can remember.

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Lacazette's ban is reduced to 2 games, so we'll have him back in.

I wonder if he'll try a similar line up to what we saw against united? 3-5-2?

Mans so damn unpredictable!

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Two changes from ManU, sokratis is suspended so mustafi comes in, and cech for leno. Interesting to see him pick rambo/ozil/auba/laca all together again. Mkhitaryan makes the bench. Decent bench actully, with iwobi, torreira and guendouzi all there

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I wonder how the energy will go through the game. Can imagine Kolasinac/Ramsey and others who did big miles against United needing earlier withdrawls. That said, big time off after this to rest so really need to go for it. I'm in a course all day so saving the game for tonight, 9ish hours of avoiding the result!

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Oh yesss have some of that then. Great comeback. Awesome energy from the get-go, the lads really wanted that. 

Some hairy moments, some hairy tackles, a couple of bad misses from Auba toward the end there, but overall can't ask for much more. 

Bit of a break now, then into the season run-in!

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Bit hairy at times but got the job done, another first leg deficit overturned.

This is a very strong last 8. Compare that with what United had a couple years ago. If we go all the way we truly would have earned it this year.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Another great win this morning, despite the mid-season dip we really have hit form again the last month. Thought the yellow for Aubameyang's celebration was unnecessary and Rennes embarrassing attempts at trying to get Laca sent off made the win even sweeter.  Emery still a fraud? Surely everyone can see his quality now.

A perfect scenario finishing third and winning the Europa League but even from here if it doesn't work out I'm happy with our progress and changes from last year. As a bonus having the yids finishing fifth while watching us win another trophy in their "golden era"

She wore a yellow ribbon
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Couldn't agree more POL. 

Best development recently has been Ozil's resurgence. He hasn't even played that well by his standards, but you can see a difference in his demeanour. Actually going up for headers for a start... He just seems more willing to do the off-the-ball work these days, he's been fit for training consistently, and Emery is selecting him as a result. 

Although to be fair I'm not sure it would have gone like this for him if Mkhitaryan had been fully fit the last week. Mkhi has been oustanding for us over the last 2 months or so. What a trade that has ended up being :) 

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I'll give Emery credit where it is due.  He screwed up in Rennes, but he righted his wrongs today. The fact that we had a formation that we could easily switch to, with Mkhi + Iwobi coming on, and everyone still knew their roles - that is the biggest advantage of his constant chopping and changing.

Really, really good win. We did exactly what we needed to do; and more than anything, we played with urgency.

Imagine if Auba buried that pen v Spurs...Even though he didn't, we're still in such a better position than we were a couple of weeks ago. Europa League now just seems like a 2nd bite at the cherry, not the be all and end all.

a.haak

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valeo wrote:

I'll give Emery credit where it is due.  He screwed up in Rennes, but he righted his wrongs today. The fact that we had a formation that we could easily switch to, with Mkhi + Iwobi coming on, and everyone still knew their roles - that is the biggest advantage of his constant chopping and changing.

Really, really good win. We did exactly what we needed to do; and more than anything, we played with urgency.

Imagine if Auba buried that pen v Spurs...Even though he didn't, we're still in such a better position than we were a couple of weeks ago. Europa League now just seems like a 2nd bite at the cherry, not the be all and end all.

Imagine if Auba buried half his chances in this game!! we would have put 8 past them!

Also, did anyone else see Mustafi with the ball, lose his man only to turn back into him? I tihnk it was the first half. oddest piece of defending i have ever seen. 

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Mustafi needs to go ASAP. He will be good for 90% of the game, and then inevitably give them one or two big chances. He did it again this game with them hitting the post and he completely missed the ball in the last chance of the game for Rennes

a.haak

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The bloke who hit the post was offside so not exactly a chance for them.

Great result and thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Confirmed we won't face Chelsea until the final, assuming we both win our next 2 rounds.

Tough draw for us with Napoli first then either Valencia or Villarreal. All of those are genuine banana peels for us. Chelsea did do us a favour by taking Higuian off their hands, but still plenty of attacking power there. I can't seem to find how long Sokratis suspension is, I'm hoping it's just the 1 match as it wasn't a straight red?

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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brumbys wrote:

Tough draw for us with Napoli first then either Valencia or Villarreal. All of those are genuine banana peels for us. Chelsea did do us a favour by taking Higuian off their hands, but still plenty of attacking power there.

Napoli sold Higuain to Juventus in 2016 for 75m. We're renting him from Juve, not Napoli.

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Gullitesque wrote:

brumbys wrote:

Tough draw for us with Napoli first then either Valencia or Villarreal. All of those are genuine banana peels for us. Chelsea did do us a favour by taking Higuian off their hands, but still plenty of attacking power there.

Napoli sold Higuain to Juventus in 2016 for 75m. We're renting him from Juve, not Napoli.

What a transfer whore!

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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This Napoli draw is going to really require a lift away from home in the Europa league. Our home form is solid, only City have beaten us in the league, while United & Sp*rs did it in the FA Cup & Carabao cup. But we don't want to be trying to overturn a Rennes type result against Napoli.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Found this an absolutely fascinating watch.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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Found this an absolutely fascinating watch.

Saw this on Twitter, very interesting. Chelsea just explode out of nowhere in 2003, as do Man City in 2008. Two sharkhouse oil clubs that would be in League 1 if they weren't taken over by corrupt oligarchs.

Three for me, and two for them.

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Saw that, bloody interesting. 

Arsenal made a brief appearance at the bottom in the late nineties, not seen since. 

Surprising that Spurs were actually in there for a long time. Liverpool consistently one of the biggest spenders right throughout the period too. 

Chelsea and Man City smashing it up the ranks was hilarious to watch. Chelsea were at the top before they'd won a title! Better than Spurs not winning a title at all I guess. 

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Bit late with this, but the Winners and Losers column on football365 after the ManU win had some good comments:

https://www.football365.com/news/premier-league-wi...

"Arsenal are currently taking points at a rate of exactly 2.0 per game in the Premier League. Extend that over their final eight matches (and, to repeat, their run-in is decidedly gentle) and Emery’s Arsenal will reach 76 points. They have beaten that total once in the last decade."

Very interesting. We should be looking to get that at the very least, if we want to make top 4.

Personally I feel we might need as many as 78 this time round, which is absolutely insane. We won the league with 78 in 1997/98!!!!

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This year has been a tough year for points required, and Chelsea seem to be the first major victim of it. I'm surprised Sarri is still in his seat TBH. There's a part of me hoping we'll go back in for Giroud on a season long spell, would be good to get him in to replace Welbeck and save the cash for a decent defensive investment at CB and RB, plus a winger.

On the transfer front Monchi has returned to Sevilla and won't be joining us. Disappointing for us. Need someone in Sven's seat ASAP as this summer will be a big one.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

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