Barcelona vs Arsenal | August 4th | KO: 19:00 BST | Joan Gamper Trophy

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  1. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    Nah, Douzi further forward would be disastrous. He'll eventually settle being the holding midfield player.
  2. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    He was having a really good game and had a decent preseason outside of getting hurt. Was such a cruel lapse of concentration (that Leno did not help IMO) but its something he has to cut down on a lot more. Especially if his future (unfortunately) is in a defensive position.
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  3. arsenefc

    arsenefc Obsessed With Guendouzi

    he is basically a lightweight elneny
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  4. CJJ

    CJJ Well-Known Member

    I explained that. The RW barca player moved in the channel behind our midfield and between our LB and Mustafi.
    Our LB can't follow because their RWB was so far ahead. Our midfield should stay within their zonal marking. The only option is for Mustafi to move up to ensure he can't turn if he receives the ball.
    This leaves space as it should, but that is not Mustafi's fault. Rest is history. Its just a well executed goal. 9 out of 10 times that first timer fails.
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  5. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Planes, Trains & Social Media Rants

    That’s a pretty good post. But I wouldn’t agree about Monreal that’s all. He’s a top left back (not CB though) and if we can another I’d keep him as an excellent back up in case of injury.

    For me replacing Monreal is no where near as urgent as replacing a CB
  6. Aussie_gunner123

    Aussie_gunner123 Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately yes I don't think he will play in cm that much anymore so he will have to improve his defensive areas. I'm sure he & Leno will communicate better eventually. Who knows, maybe Leno told him he was there but didn't hear with all the crowd. Those mistakes can be cruel, especially as a youngster. If he can improve his positioning playing defensively I'd say he can be a decent backup wing back.
  7. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    He is a heavyweight Vieira.
  8. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Anybody else feel AMN had a brilliant game until the OG?
    Liked Ceballos.
    Wasn't impressed with Xhaka. Looks a level below the rest.
    Saka blew me away.
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  9. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    AMN had an excellent first half. But as we’ve seen so often, he has these shocking defensive lapses. In his position he needs to understand his errors could he extremely costly.

    If he’s switched on for an entire 90 minutes, and eradicates the casualness, he’s some player.
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  10. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Pretty much super ball control in the first half
  11. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    100%... Was a real braindead moment. I was truly disappointed for him as well. Looked our best player in the first 30 mins.
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  12. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    Feel like he gets a lot more stick on here than is warranted. Compared to say two years ago when he wasn’t even sure he’d make it here he’s come on leaps and bounds.

    Not worried at all now when I see him in the starting XI, guy’s going places.
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  13. Luc

    Luc New Member

    I've only seen the highlights, unfortunately the result was not good.
  14. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Anyone noticed how narrow our shape was last night? Think I saw a hint of it against Bayern and Madrid but last night it was very stark. Clearly an approach we're working on for the season
  15. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    I actually did notice this but missed the opther games so didn't think anything of it. Barce pressed quite well and I was thinking this may be a result. Hearing the same for the toher games changes it a bit.
  16. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    There was a player in Chambers' channel too but he didnt move towards him
  17. Jury

    Jury Mission Accomplished

    I think the result could have quite easily been a a win for us had AMN not scored the own OG, but the performance was more of a concern than the actual result. Still, we have some great talent still to be unleashed, at least one other to arrive and a couple defenders returning from injury, so the team, if not the performances, will change significantly soon enough.
  18. CJJ

    CJJ Well-Known Member

    He should not. The game was in the right hand side with a right footed player. AMN had plenty of time to cover, which is exactly what he did.
    This frees up Chambers to cover for Mustafi.

    See here. This is what should have happened.
    Instead, Chambers moved towards AMN's man for a second so he got to the interception late + Suarez does an insane first timer. Not much to do here, and its certainly not Mustafi's fault.
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  19. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Can actually see Mustafi gesturing to Chambers to pick up Suarez. Well pointed out..
  20. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    Or. Mustafi should have held his position and there wouldn't have been a pass. Also he is looking directly at Suarez in this pic and STILL decided to go forward. Passing his duty on to someone else as usual
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