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What will the result be?

Poll closed Oct 17, 2020.
  1. Arsenal win

  2. Draw

  3. Manchester City win

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  1. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted


    Saliba has yet to make his debut and Mari has made just 2 appearances since signing. Chambers, Mustafi and Sokratis have had 1 red card between the 3 of them.
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  2. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Against Fulham. He was left out entirely against Liverpool
  3. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    He's looked confused there so far. Hope it continues.
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  4. American_Gooner

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

  5. Pyres7

    Pyres7 Well-Known Member

    For this season I agree we didn't need another CB, but only because midfield was far more important.

    Long term we definitely need another CB. Mustafi and Sokratis and Luiz (in a back four) aren't good enough, Holding and Chambers are squad CBs not starters. Same for Mari, he's back up LCB to Gabriel.

    Saliba might come good but I think he's more of a long-term project. I wanted to throw him in the deep end but it looks like Arteta wants to be patient with him. Otherwise we would have been playing him instead of trying to loan him out.

    Once our CBs are good enough we can finally move away from this defensive 3-4-3 formation.
  6. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

  7. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Good having Tierney is important in any game we need to play 433
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  8. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Personally wouldn't play 433 against City. Wouldn't play it until that system is settled in training with Partey as a main player in said system.
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  9. Ashybashy86

    Ashybashy86 Well-Known Member

    And he only played against Fulham out of necessity.
  10. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    I'd love seeing us go 433, but I just can't see us doing so the first time in a game against City.

    We will slowly switch to it.
    Also, I'd have a hard time calling Partey starting or not, assuming it's rather unlikely.

    Would be great though.
  11. Arteta man just go for it please. Play 433 with Pepe, Saka and Partey starting. Show them no respect. If we lose we lose. But if you again go with this super conservative bus parking football with the likes of AMN and ElNenny I will seriously lose my ****!!
  12. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    Aguero back is annoying but it’s still a very weak City side when you look at their options.

    Probably still a far better side than ours but it’s as good a time to face them as any.
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  13. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    If we lose we lose? Arsène Wenger mentality losing against top clubs away right there.

    City and Liverpool away will be the only two big games we have to play defensively/counter attacking. And we should do that, can't be arsed getting drubbed by 4 or 5 goals. Whats the point.
  14. Jason Jace

    Jason Jace Member

    4231 is the formation I think we should use against city with Partey and and ceballos playing as a double pivot, William playing as an attacking midfielder, them pepe, Auba, Saka
    But fingers crossed, wetin to see what Mikel has off his sleeves
  15. Xanth

    Xanth Well-Known Member

    I don’t understand why 433 is inherently a bad formation against City. We looked decent against them in that setup before the red card and we started with Willock in midfield, no offence to him. Not to mention Xhaka was taken out with a minor injury five minutes into the game.
  16. SA Gunner

    SA Gunner Hates Tierney And Wants Him Sold Immediately Trusted

    When I see posters talking about 433, I hope they understand that maintaining it for most of the game (defense and attack) means we need our players to understand their roles and responsibilities in that formation, for all aspects of the game. Only Liverpool and City play like that at the moment, no one else.

    We are not there yet, and I'd argue that we dont have the players to keep our 433 shape, even when we are fully trained this season.

    We will see 433 yes, but likely as an attacking shape only (or at least our starting shape when we transition into attack).

    We play a variety of formations at the moment and that isnt likely to change against City...

    541 in defense
    433 -> 235 in attack.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2020
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  17. SA Gunner

    SA Gunner Hates Tierney And Wants Him Sold Immediately Trusted

    As for Tierney's return, its great for our offensive movement, but Im still concerned with that space he (and Bellerin) leave behind, specifically the channels.

    This is where the analysis says Partey can play a super role for us, tucking into right back closing that space behind Bellerin for example, allowing us to have 4 at the back so that our channels behind arent open for attack. As you know, Partey can also launch attacks from deep as he has done for Atleti.
  18. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    huge for us but that big blow for city Aguero G.Jesus and now De Bruyne still all out.
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  19. Camron

    Camron Established Member Trusted

    How many hattricks has Aguero scored coming off the bench?

    If it's zero then be very afraid :shivering:
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  20. Camron

    Camron Established Member Trusted

    Aguero out confirmed?
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