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Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
05 July, 2017 07:12
Petr Cech, Emi Martinez, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs, Sead Kolasinac, Francis Coquelin, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Lucas, Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom were all back for pre-season training.

Matt Macey and Jon Toral, neither of whom are classed as first team players yet but are both classed as "senior players" under Premier League rules, were also in training. They were joined by youngsters Cohen Bramall, Marcus McGuane, Daniel Crowley, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Donyell Malen and Eddie Nketiah.

Wojciech Szczesny, David Ospina, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Olivier Giroud are all due back next week, as is young Nigerian Kelechi Nwakali, who will be training with the first team.

Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Krystian Bielik, Alexis and Joel Campbell will all miss a considerable chunk of pre-season due to international commitments. Gabriel, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are all still injured, as are youngsters Gedion Zelalem and Stephy Mavididi.

Arsenal Youth.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
Jack_is_the_truth (IP Logged)
05 July, 2017 17:57
Cool



http://giant.gfycat.com/DistantVastGuanaco.gif http://164.177.157.12/img/teams/13.png
The future is now!!!!!!!

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
05 July, 2017 18:09
Ryan Huddart, Tafari Moore, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Ismael Bennacer all joined in training today, along with the youngsters who trained yesterday.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
06 July, 2017 18:18
Reine-Adelaide was doing ball work today for the first time since his return from injury.

Kelechi Nwakali was also in training today. Apparently he held talks with the gaffer about his short term future. As far as I'm aware, he hasn't received a work permit yet so could go out on loan again. He was one of our top loan performers last season and looks a great prospect.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10 July, 2017 06:57
The 25 man squad for our pre-season tour of Australia has been confirmed.

1. Petr Cech.
2. David Ospina.
3. Emi Martinez.
4. Laurent Koscielny.
5. Per Mertesacker.
6. Krystian Bielik
7. Sead Kolasinac.
8. Nacho Monreal.
9. Cohen Bramall.
10. Granit Xhaka.
11. Aaron Ramsey.
12. Francis Coquelin.
13. Mohamed Elneny.
14. Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberain.
16. Theo Walcott.
17. Alex Iwobi.
18. Reiss Nelson.
19. Joe Willock.
20. Mesut Ozil.
21. Alexandre Lacazette.
22. Olivier Giroud.
23. Danny Welbeck.
24. Eddie Nketiah.
25. Donyell Malen.

Gabriel, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are all still injured, while Jeff Reine-Adelaide was deemed unfit.

Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Alexis and Joel Campbell are all still on holiday (though there is no indication Campbell would've been selected anyway).

Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Lucas and Chuba Akpom all miss out, which hints that they could be the ones to depart.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
11 July, 2017 17:36
Confirmed Lacazette will be wearing the #9 shirt. Lucas has been given Campbell's #28 shirt, and Campbell has been left numberless.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
tigerline (IP Logged)
11 July, 2017 21:19
Marty, do you know which formation will we be using?

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
11 July, 2017 22:12
Given the absence of any natural right backs in the pre-season tour squad, I'd suggest we'll be using the 3-4-2-1, to begin with at least.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 12:46
Lacazette has just put us 2-0 up against Sydney. Tidy finish after Iwobi's cutback.

A few of the younger players have impressed.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
djarse (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 13:01
Yep Nelson, Joe Willock & Nketiah looked good and Martinez was good in the 2nd half. Should have won 10-2 really ........

 
Re: Pre-season underway
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 13:11
Not a game to judge, but he arrived late in the nick of time into space to put it home rather than a regular pick out.
Its a minor thing, but to me it looks like he wil get chances to score in this team. We have to see how many per game and how many he can convert



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13/07/2017 18:18 by CazOnARola.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
tigerline (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 14:04
Matty, do you have access to the lineup and position subs?
Do you have an idea of who lined up where?

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 14:30
Will sort when home

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 16:56
We started:

-----------------Cech
------Bielik--Mertesacker--Kolasinac
Nelson---Coquelin---Willock---Bramall
---------Ozil----------Walcott
----------------Welbeck

And finished:

----------------Martinez
----Maitland-Niles--Elneny--Monreal
Nketiah---Oxlade-Chamberlain---Xhaka---Malen
----------------Iwobi
------Lacazette----------Giroud

Obviously the finishing back three was far from ideal but apparently we were hardly tested defensively and are missing a number of defenders.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
djarse (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 17:01
The team started like this:

Cech

Bielik Mertesacker Kolasinac

Nelson Coquelin Willock Bramall

Ozil Walcott

Wellbeck

Martinez replaced Cech at half time and at 67 minutes all the rest of the team changed to something like this (Matty may correct the formation):


Martinez

Maitland-Niles Elneny Monreal

Iwobi Xhaka Nketiah Oxlade-Chamberlain

Lacazette Malen

Giroud

 
Re: Pre-season underway
tigerline (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 17:32
Thanks!

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 17:37
Quote:
djarse
The team started like this:
Cech

Bielik Mertesacker Kolasinac

Nelson Coquelin Willock Bramall

Ozil Walcott

Wellbeck

Martinez replaced Cech at half time and at 67 minutes all the rest of the team changed to something like this (Matty may correct the formation):


Martinez

Maitland-Niles Elneny Monreal

Iwobi Xhaka Nketiah Oxlade-Chamberlain

Lacazette Malen

Giroud

Nketiah and Malen were wingbacks. During the 20 or so minutes I saw, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Iwobi seemed to have a bit more of a free role, but both seemed to pop up on the right more than anywhere else.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
djarse (IP Logged)
13 July, 2017 18:41
Agreed !

 
Re: Pre-season underway
SuperRob (IP Logged)
19 July, 2017 13:14
Being outclassed by Bayern at the moment. The two teams are not even in the same universe

 
Re: Pre-season underway
dvno (IP Logged)
19 July, 2017 13:19
Quote:
SuperRob
Being outclassed by Bayern at the moment. The two teams are not even in the same universe

Better to identify opportunity now rather than the opening weeks of the season

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
19 July, 2017 13:23
Quote:
dvno
Quote:
SuperRob
Being outclassed by Bayern at the moment. The two teams are not even in the same universe

Better to identify opportunity now rather than the opening weeks of the season

Yeah but literally nothing will be done about it regardless of whether we identify weaknesses early or not.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
19 July, 2017 18:55
Its ok the entire team is a notch below. Only 2-3 players have the close control and vision that players from teams like bayern have.
Same goes for most teams in epl. But yes we do look horrible and top 4 is best we can do

 
Re: Pre-season underway
hahanice (IP Logged)
19 July, 2017 20:18
not much chatter about the last 2 preseason games so ill give my insights.

the game against western sydney seemed pretty easy. really liked OG and lacazette linking up together. lacazette is so smooth the way he turns and finds shooting angles. really impressed by him. he is the type of player that can find a goal from nothing.

Welbeck looked good too, though he is a bit clumsy.

Liked almost all of the youngsters. Beliek was good. Willock was great in all of the games he played in. Neilson looked good in game 1, though he fell off a bit. Same with Bramal. really liked Malen as well. Niles looks solid. i don't think hes a game changer but he is a solid no nonsense type of player. i really liked watching all of our youngsters have the confidence to take players on and drive forward.

not sure i really like nkeitah, though he was being played way out of position, and hit the post twice.

Cech was fantastic against Bayern especially, and Martinez was brilliant in the shootout. pretty upset that woj is gone, especially after his instagram post saying he will miss arsenal, and its his boyhood club. but we are well stocked in goal.

the sr players are what we think they are. ozil looked good at times, frustrating at others. Kolasinac is better in the back 3 as opposed to as a wing back.

The ox and ramsey both looked fantastic. ramsey looks much fitter than he did last year. hopefully he can get back to some good form. he looks faster and sharper. the one who looks like he is the odd man out is Theo. not sure where he will find game time. hes always been useful, but is also one of our more frustrating players. didnt really do much in the first 3 games, especially not in comparison to the youngsters who all looked better than him.


oh, and elneny absolutely covered himself in glory for me. asked to play as a center back because the team needed to, he stepped in with no fuss and did a terrific job. well done to him.


i like the formation, we look sturdier. we were definitely outclassed by bayern today, but somehow got a win. the referee's were miserably bad but didnt change the scoreline much (pen shouldnt have been a pen, and offsides goal should have stood).


kind of a jumbled mess, sorry

 
Re: Pre-season underway
MattySadler (IP Logged)
20 July, 2017 07:54
Nah appreciate it. I'm not in the country atm so not been able to comment on the games.

Watched the Bayern game in a bar, first half was horrifying at times, bar Cech, but it finished well. Iwobi's goal was brilliant from him, started the move and finished it. If he adds goals and consistency to his game he'll far surpass the ability of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has far more footballing intelligence.

 
Re: Pre-season underway
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
20 July, 2017 13:14
He has already surpassed those 2 considering where he is played. He is ozils long term replacement in wengers head. He's much more like ozil than cesc. Still pretty young.
Lacazette will do well if iwobi, ramsey and ozil start but not gonna happen unless sanchez leaves


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