Carabao Cup Final | Arsenal v Manchester City | February 25, 2018 16:30 GMT | Sky Sports

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by American_Gooner, Feb 22, 2018.


Who will win the Carabao Cup?

Poll closed Feb 25, 2018.
  1. Arsenal

  2. Manchester City

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  1. HollandGooner

    HollandGooner Well-Known Member

    I understand, but Liverpool just destroyed them at anfield, you need to have good tactics against City.
  2. freeglennhelder2

    freeglennhelder2 Well-Known Member

    It was undoubtedly one of the most dismal performances of Wengers entire reign at Arsenal. Did we even have a single shot at goal?

    Why the topic of conversation is squad cost and refereeing descisions is beyond me.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
  3. WhatAFC

    WhatAFC Well-Known Member

    Is your name meant to be ironic? Getting butthurt over a meme isn’t cool.
  4. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    He saw the ball when it went in to Kompany, that's the only thing that matters. The same exact goal would have been scored even if Sane wasn't stood there.
  5. As I said Kobi, I think it does people good to read other fan's points of view, rather than just staying within a 'safe zone' where everybody pats each other on the back, endlessly.
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  6. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    If that goal is allowed to stand then it makes a farce of the off side rule.

    When the 'interfering with play' rule came in it was all about strikers out of the keepers vision that were offside but not affecting play. That makes sense. There were often instances where good attacking play was blown offside for some winger in an offside position, wide of the goal.

    But now apparently you can stand directly in front of the keeper. The ball can pinball around the box, he can't see what's going on, he'll see any shot or deflection late, and providing the offending player doesn't touch the ball, everything seems to be fine. It's a nonsense.
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  7. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Unsinkable !

    The offside rule is broken. Ok? The amount they call it wrongly offside or how often incident is debated is very telling. It needs to be changed.

    Football is **** sport. Very unbalanced.
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  8. Preacher

    Preacher Twitter Bot

    Gundogan shoot:

    Kompany shoot:

    Not offside for me according to the rules. Ospina even starts to move/dive to his right before Kompany makes his shoot. He can see the ball on both counts.
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  9. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    Here's one point I'll definitely concede about Wenger. Watching that match and countless others our team seems naive.

    Other teams are manipulating the rules like tax avoidance. The likes of Sterling and Alli are masters at diving, our attempts look pathetic and they don't do it very often.

    The offside rule is clearly easy to manipulate. The manager needs to make sure that during any attack phase, not just corners, a wide player runs into an offside position to block the keepers view, unsighting him for any shot from the edge of the box and if there's a deflection or a toe poke like Kompany's, the goal will definitely stand. As long as he doesn't touch the ball anything goes. Pep's got the hang of this.

    And here's a good one, when the ball is hoofed in the air from a goal kick. The striker sprints round the defender and runs behind him. As the ball comes down the attacker stops dead and shoulders the defender in his back. The ball goes over their heads and the attacker is one on one with the keeper. Apparently it's not obstruction even though he's deliberately blocked a player's path without being in control of the ball.

    Naive stuff from Arsenal.
  10. You truly are an absolutely deluded excuse making little idiot.
  11. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    You haters really do have a nasty side.

    Comes out like pus after a loss.
  12. BobP

    BobP Favre Fan


    @Makingtrax with a vicious take-down.
  13. WhatAFC

    WhatAFC Well-Known Member

    If mustafi had not backed into aguero then he would have just controlled the ball and turned. Aguero was in position to receive the ball with or without mustafi being there.

    Mustafi looked at aguero before the ball was kicked, chose not to get back into position, then, knowing he was caught out he backed in and played for a foul. Lazy defending is what caused that whole scenario to play out like it did.
  14. Trilly

    Trilly AM's Part Time PSG supporter

    That's what we do though isn't it. There's usually question marks.

    Mustafi seemed decently rated but we never seem to sign the plan A if you get what I mean. He wasn't starting for Germany and at Valencia it was Otamendi who received more of the plaudits. When we signed Gabriel he wasn't even the best CB at Villarreal, was Elneny even a key player for Basel?:lol:
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  15. Preacher

    Preacher Twitter Bot

    That's what low-balling all summer and then panic buys can do to you. We had far too many big money shocking transfers in last few years.
  16. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    I'm critising the team and manager here bro . . go with me. Unless . . no . . . you've turned into a Wenger apologist.
  17. Trilly

    Trilly AM's Part Time PSG supporter

    Can we stop calling Sterling a diver please, thanks.
  18. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    Hope you're having a good day bro. Just watched Viking season 5 and they're colonising Iceland. Lovely stuff.
  19. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne is Temporary, Squad Cost is Forever Trusted

    Credit where credit's due.
  20. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Unsinkable !

    I liked the first season. Maybe second too! Havent watched it since...

    Imagine colonising Iceland. Bastards. Mad men.

    The story says we took all the beautiful girls from Ireland and England on our way. It explains the good genes. :rolleyes:
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