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Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
Discussion started by Merlion96 , 05 November, 2019 14:34
Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
Merlion96 05 November, 2019 14:34
Tough call.

On one hand, Emery cannot afford not to get a result. It may very be the penultimate step towards the door.

On the other hand, he needed fresh players to give their all at Leicester City and not ran ragged by a quick-passing and sleek passing Victoria who already got a measure of Emery and with sky-high confidence to beat Arsenal at their home.

Which team should he fields in Portugal?

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Martinez

… Bellerin … Mustafi … Holding … Kolasinac

….. ….. Torreira ….. ….. ….. Willock

… Pepe ….. ….. ….. Ozil ….. ….. Martinelli

….. ….. ….. ….. ..... Lacazette

Martinelli is undroppable and will start.
Pepe and Lacazette needed games as both of them are rusty and Pepe needed to play away from Emirates to build up his confidence, and against an European side, will suit his style more.

It is another trial for Ozil to prove his creative playmaking will help Pepe and Laca to score.
Martinelli will benefit and is good for at least one goal.

Emery will not risk his 1st choice Sokratis-Luiz; and this game will prove his and Carcedo's defensive coaching credential as to whether this duo had learnt from the mistakes made in the first game.

Plus, whether he is savvy to get his message across to Torreira-Willock that their duty is to protect Back-4 and the flanks; with only one can gallop into the box to join counter-attacks.

Pepe?
We will know whether he had learnt to defence the flank to protect Bellerin.

Pepe had not started the last 2 games and should be fresh for Leicester City.
Lacazette is a gamble and perhaps will play one half only to reserve him for Leicester City game.

Against Leicester City?
Emery will field his trusted players like Xhaka and Guendouzi.

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Leno

… Bellerin … Sokratis ….. Luiz … Tierney

….. ….. Guendouzi ….. ….. ..... Xhaka

… Pepe ….. ….. ….. Ceballos ….. ….. Aubameyang

….. ….. ….. ….. ..... … Lacazette

You expect this dumbfcuk of a manager to turn brilliant tactician overnight and out-fox Brendan Rodgers.
Remember, Rogers had an axe to grind against Arsenal fans who mocked him as the next Arsenal manager; and Vardy being Vardy, will also has a point to prove for turning down Arsenal offer.
All in all, I see a fired-up Leicester City team willing to play out of their skins and more to obtain a 9 points gap against their Top-4 rivals.
If they do not grab this opportunity against a disarrayed Arsenal team now, they will never have such a golden opportunity again at Emirates later.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/11/2019 22:28 by Merlion96.

Re: Match against Victoria - Field senior players or reserve them for Leicester City game?
mapleleafgooner 05 November, 2019 17:56
Xhaka will start away to Vitoria so he does not have to face the Emirates crowd. He might be on the bench away to Leicester.

Re: Match against Victoria - Field senior players or reserve them for Leicester City game?
Merlion96 05 November, 2019 21:16
Xhaka and Ozil are out of the squad.
Is Emery reserving them for this weekend?

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Martinez

… Bellerin … Mustafi … Holding … Kolasinac

….. ….. Torreira ….. ….. ….. Willock

… Pepe ….. ….. Smith-Rowe ….. ….. Martinelli

….. ….. ….. ….. ..... Lacazette

Surely with this squad full of youngsters who are willing to run, and to press and tackle, we can get a result at Victoria?



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Re: Match against Victoria - Field senior players or reserve them for Leicester City game?
Merlion96 05 November, 2019 21:19
Against Leicester City?
Had Emery decided Xhaka had no future in Arsenal and will no longer start him?
He may very well play Ozil to placate the fans and blame Ozil for the loss?

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Leno

… Bellerin … Sokratis ….. Luiz … Tierney

….. ….. Guendouzi ….. ….. ..... Ceballos

… Pepe ….. ….. ….. Ozil ….. ….. Aubameyang

….. ….. ….. ….. ..... … Lacazette



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Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps between defenders?
Merlion96 06 November, 2019 22:27
Rodgers must be salivating at his chops and can't help noticing how easily Victoria SC drove a double decker between Arsenal defenders and midfielders effortlessly time and time again during 1st half with Back-4 having a cup of tea in the box.

Victoria 2nd half goal is a copy from Rodgers' Playbook - just swing in an accurate lobbing in the box and let Vardy or Perez does the rest with Arsenal defenders all at seas and disorganised.

In a sense, Emery may got it right tactically, playing attacking 3-4-3 and defensive 1-4-5.

Unfortunately, the midfield is lightweight with the worst combination in Willock-Ceballos, all brainless roadrunners going "meep meep" and cluelessly in positioning and working together.
Plus, Pepe is no help in midfield, neither can tackle nor press and worse, retaining possession and tight ball control with sound technical skill in shielding and holding up the balls.

The only one that perform well in midfield is Saka - out-dribbling Pepe, holding the ball, tracking back and dribbling. Martinelli is isolated and actually clueless on his role - staying in midfield battle? Going out wide? A centre-forward?

There is no cohesion and understanding between Back-3 and Mustafi rightly pointed out "We are disorganised and have not played 3-4-3 for year".

Chambers will be a liability in 3-4-3, brainless tactically and poor positioning sense plus he is exposed and lack of pace to track back when ball is lost during counter-attacked.

Chambers may very well cost us that Place game - lost his man in 1st goal and giving a stupid penalty by sticking his leg out to all people - Saha, a known diver.

Leicester City?
3-4-3 is the way to go with a solid Back-3 and follows Cryuff's Dictum "All players to stay compact and within 10 yards of each other".

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Leno

….. ….. Mustafi ..... ….. …... Sokratis ….. ..... Luiz

… Bellerin … Torreira … …. Guendouzi … Tierney

… ….. ….. Ozil ….. ….. ….. ….. Aubameyang

….. ….. ….. ….. ..... … Lacazette

This will be stop defensively and can pin Leicester City with our attacking flair.

Will Emery gambles or play with fear not to lose?



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Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
Boston Gooner 06 November, 2019 23:08
You have to worry how many we will concede against Leicester.



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Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
CazOnARola 07 November, 2019 01:13
Our second real test away from home this season. We will be setup defensively so it might just be similar to how we have played at liverpool. So 3-1 to Leicester.

It doesn't matter who he picks. Ceballos has a hamstring pbm.. We will struggle to bring the ball out with only guendouzi. Torreira will get us some free kicks but that's about it.

Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
Gooner Sod 07 November, 2019 19:57
Wow, just wow. How sad is it that we are so bad under Emery that every fan is basically expecting a comfortable Leicester victory.

This is freaking LEICESTER CITY, a mid table team from last season not Liverpool or Man CIty. A team we trashed away in their title winning season with our attacking flair. It's just crazy to me how bad we've become.

Emery really has to go if we lose as expected. We had more hope of a result under Wenger, just depressing.



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Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
CazOnARola 08 November, 2019 01:33
Quote:
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Wow, just wow. How sad is it that we are so bad under Emery that every fan is basically expecting a comfortable Leicester victory.
This is freaking LEICESTER CITY, a mid table team from last season not Liverpool or Man CIty. A team we trashed away in their title winning season with our attacking flair. It's just crazy to me how bad we've become.

Emery really has to go if we lose as expected. We had more hope of a result under Wenger, just depressing.
Get some perspective.. Leicester won the title a few years ago.
It is not about how big a name the club has. Leicester and wolves are playing the most watchable football in the league these days. It's not about how bad we are, which we are of course, but how good they have become. Sign you have right group of players and clear ideas of what they need to do based on their strengths, this is what happens.

I prefer watching Leicester and wolves after arsenal more than city or Liverpool. Even liverpool and city have much better players but their combination play and mental telepathy slightly lower than what wolves and Leicester players have together right now.

Re: Match against Leicester City - How to plug the gaps?
Boston Gooner 09 November, 2019 11:10
We'll concede pen today.
And maybe 2 red cards.



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