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    Podolski not starting was a bad move. All in all an even game between two reasonably well matched sides, split only by two horrible goals. Further evidence that Arsenal just don't concede good goals, just make horrible errors repeatedly.

    That said, their defensive line was all over the place today, was caught in a zigzag shape several times.

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    Also, not sure what Ramsey is supposed to be, but whatever it is, he's not good enough at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    You can't exactly blame Wenger for the lack of pressing, complete unawareness and inability to track runs. He started with Ramsey deep alongside Arteta, not sure how much more protection he could've given the back four..
    I thought Arsenal pressed quite well. You can't expect them to have pressure on the ball 100% of the time but as you said yourself at the time, they'd controlled the ball for most of the time before Spurs scored, and a lot of that was down to good pressing.

    And you can't track runs when the team has a clear plan to play the runners offside. I think Wenger just has to cop this one. I can't really defend completely failing to adjust to a threat as obvious as Bale+Lennon running in behind. You compare it to United's tactics at WHL and it just looks hopelessly naive.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    But look at the Lennon goal, neither of Vermaelen or Monreal knew where he was. Playing offside when you're unaware of your opponent's position is just lol-silly. Even Szczesny seemed to be taken by surprise when Lennon latched onto the pass


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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Also, not sure what Ramsey is supposed to be, but whatever it is, he's not good enough at it.
    Was a promising youngster until the leg break and never really looked the part since. Hasn't improved and is now at an age where he should be taking control of midfield but doesn't. Transfer to Cardiff when they come up?

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    Urgh, Cardiff in the Premiership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Was a promising youngster until the leg break and never really looked the part since. Hasn't improved and is now at an age where he should be taking control of midfield but doesn't. Transfer to Cardiff when they come up?
    I think it's more that he just doesn't have a settled role in the side to be honest. He was getting some pretty good form when he was played consistently in a more advanced role at the end of the season when he came back from his nasty injury.

    It's not like he's less dynamic or has less bite than prior to his leg break, it's just nowadays he doesn't look like he knows what he's supposed to be doing. Is just the squad utility man.

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    They need to really blow it for it not to happen though.

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    Didi Hamann with some interesting thoughts on Jack Wilshere tonight.
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    RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.

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    He's been bagging on him for a couple of months now, seems like his favourite thing to do to try and stir things up.

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    Spurs are a better team than Arsenal - 30 matches dont lie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    He's been bagging on him for a couple of months now, seems like his favourite thing to do to try and stir things up.
    Still, he's got a point, it can't help the lad - as good as he is - when you have people putting him on a pedestal. I even read someone on some forum putting him in the same ballpark as Gareth Bale FFS!


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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Spurs are a better team than Arsenal - 30 matches dont lie
    Hopefully it's still the same after 38. But for tonight, North London is ours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    But look at the Lennon goal, neither of Vermaelen or Monreal knew where he was. Playing offside when you're unaware of your opponent's position is just lol-silly. Even Szczesny seemed to be taken by surprise when Lennon latched onto the pass
    Well if you're unaware of your opponent's position then you can't track his run either?

    If there's no pressure on the ball it's just too difficult to play offside against a team with so much pace. Someone's going to make a mistake eventually. It's a blatant tactical error which I assume was Wenger's decision. And if it wasn't, all those players are his signings so it's his fault anyway.

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    Wenger has come out and admitted that attempting to play offside was a bad call tbh.

    Should have thought that would have been obvious before kick off though really.



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