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Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 01:15
We really have a thin squad, and perhaps a blessing in disguise that we are out of Champion League Cup, which will be embarrassing to show out what a vast chasm between Arsene Wenger's leftovers and rest of marquee clubs.


If not for a solid defence that left Cech nothing to do, and with Guendouzi as the only shining light, the rest is just simply WengerBall 2017/18 season.


Every time Cech had the ball at his feet, I am pretty sure all Arsenal fans would have the heart in their mouth praying against another "Blackpool" Incident. The earlier Emery retired Cech, the better for the cardiac health of Arsenal fans. He simply not cut out for Emerian Football.


it is nice to see a confident Back-4, which even a mediocre Jenkinson performed to the best of his ability. The lad should recognized his technical ability and should pass the ball instead of long-range shooting and one miscued ball, fortunately not collected by a Sporting Lisbon to launch a swift counter-attack. A limited player, lacking an engine to go box-to-box and simply not good enough to cross the ball, all flash an fluff and no substance.


Iwobi?

Back to his inconsistent self and really a supersub and can't grab a game by the scruff of its neck and execute plays like Ozil or Xhaka. One's see all flash and quick feet but much ado about nothing with no end products.


Mkhitaryan?

Mourinho was right to sell him as he simply can't imposed himself on the game as the metronome to launch attacks and make plays like what Ozil, Xhaka and even Guendouzi does. Dad, but true, we are seeing a player on the decline and he really does not push himself like a marathon runner to find that 2nd wind to play above his mediocre self.


Aubameyang?
he should look at himself in the mirror to understand why Emery hooked him off the pitch during 2nd half. He simply lose that hunger and cutting edge to be a deadly killer to score that winning goal when presented with a chance, unlike Lacazette who bailed us out against Liverpool.
Another player on the decline who simply lost his hunger, a contented player out to live it up in London?

Mislintat and Emery really have the work cut out for them to unearth another gem of a LB and left winger on a budget of course. This squad is just too thin and short of quality to win silverware this season.

With Kroenke Family operating on a self-sustainable model (or in another word, whose wallet is as tight as a gnat ass), we are at best a Top-4 side and does not a tight compact team of fighters with a deadly poacher in Vardy (yes, we have a Kante in Torreira) to win the title a la Leicester City 2015/16.

6 - Cech - nothing to do but heart-in-the-mouth feeling whenever the ball is passed back to him.

6 - Lichsteiner - no-nonsense defender to stiffen up the team, and once in a while join in the attack. But nothing else.

6 - Sokratis - nothing much to do and a good mentor helping to develop Holding.
6 - Holding - nothing much to do but improving at every game he played.

5 - Jenkinson - mediocre player and just a brainless road runner that can't crossed.

7 - Guendouzi - MOTM. Attempting to be Xhaka and Ozil all by himself. Fine reading of the game by cutting off passes and crossing and closing down players. Need to watch his temper as he is so easily wind up by niggling fouls. Ramsey is as useful as udder on a ram playing beside him.


5 - Ramsey - too many Hollywood back-heels, too many touches, undecided what to do with the ball once he received it and just not into the game. Just being professional on the pitch dreaming of his next lucrative contract. Emery should not even field him and give the likes of Maitland-Niles or even Joe Willock a chance to play.

6 - Iwobi - all flash and fluff and no substance. Same old same old, turned big-headed Charlie by taking on too many players and simply shown no respect for his opponent. Too inconsistent and best as supersub. We really need a left winger who knew how to cross the ball.

6 - Welbeck - sheer dynamism, brave and nothing else. A pale imitation of a Giroud that can hold the ball, head the ball and simply lack the accuracy of Giroud's shooting. it is best he leaves Arsenal to further and prolong his football career elsewhere … like Giroud.

6 - SMith-Rowe - one extra point for being a callow youth. Other than than, SPortign Lisbon exposed his limitation when given no space to turn and instantly closed down and physically intimidated whenever he has the ball. More development needed and he is simply not there yet. Open verdict whether he is another David Bentley or Jack Wilshere. Overhyped and just something missing in his make-up that will push his development into the next level?
Don't believe?
Just contrast his development to that of Guendouzi; …Foden, Sane and Raheem Sterling at Man City. Not forgetting Reiss Nelson and Sancho making waves at Bundesliga.


6 - Aubameyang - again, left his shooting boot at home and I think no shot on target. Certainly, he is in a slump and just hope he recovers and hit a hat-trick against Wolves.

6 - Kolasinac - suddenly, we are an attacking threat down left flank.

6 - Maitland-Niles - too little to gauge him but like his movement and effortless slotting into team-play. He should start ahead of Ramsey and Elneny.



'Most owners take out of the club and Vichai just put in. Without him, we would not have won the Premier League. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.' Danny Barry, a Leicester City fan for 64 years.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/11/2018 09:42 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
Bergmars (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 06:06
Did the job they had to that seems to the default at the moment



A shadow of what we were

 
Re: Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 09:57
Like Padre said on Ramsey, this team is mediocre with a few flashes of brilliancy far in-between.



'Most owners take out of the club and Vichai just put in. Without him, we would not have won the Premier League. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.' Danny Barry, a Leicester City fan for 64 years.

 
Re: Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 10:43
Quote:
Merlion96
Like Padre said on Ramsey, this team is mediocre with a few flashes of brilliancy far in-between.

I said that on Ramsey, not for the whole team though.
The squad is thin in quality, but Emery cannot ovecome that in one season.
We have Torreria now and getting Xhaka to play well so lets not make much ado about nothing, we have qualified



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 14:24
Agree with padre. But with welbecks injury we will be stretched further especially in January feb with fa cup and europa knock outs

 
Re: Match against Sporting Lisbon - Much ado abut nothing
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
09 November, 2018 17:48
Yes I agree, Welbeck is a great workhorse with a few key goals in the lesser comps, also makes a very good sub. I think it will be a miss for a squad that is strong for 11 best, and only moderate when the second 11 is called up



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.


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