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Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by Rex Banter, Aug 25, 2020.

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  1. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Middle of the back three, barking orders to Tierney and Saliba...the white Tony Adams basically today, large and in charge...took pity on MK Dons as we were 2-0 in 10 mins, wanted to make the friendly more interesting so scored on purpose...had everything else under control though.
     
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  2. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Yeah I love the idea of ESR as an advancing 8, he's got the drive and technical ability to make that role look really good for us. Willock IMO could be a really good 6 if they played him there, a lot of his better games have come when he's played a more withdrawn and defensive role but because he finally learned to shoot adequately he's been used in increasingly attacking roles. With Azeez and co coming through, they need to find a better way to repurpose him. This pseudo-10 role is not working for him. I say he needs loan football.
     
  3. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member

    Arteta doesn't want players who are not on board. It doesn't make sense that he would play him if AMN was definitely leaving. Arteta wants players to play for the club. I can't see him playing players to convince them. They shouldn't need convincing.

    It's odd.
     
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  4. MutableEarth

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    To be fair, he finished the game pretty confidently but I'm getting increasingly concerned by his lack of confidence. He'll end up getting sold if he isn't careful IMO.
    Very confident, looked good on and off the ball. Unflappable.

    I'd say not yet. Been injured most of last season like Ballard, he's most likely gonna cook for the U23s a little bit. I like him though, always thought he was a really good defender for the U18s and formed a great partnership with Harry Clarke in the season we won the U18 PL South league. Expect Ballard and Clarke to go on loan and McGuinness will probably be the main U23 defender alongside Dinzeyi.
     
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  5. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    I think Ainsley wants to play for Arsenal but he wants to play every week more. I imagine Arteta says you need to compete here and I can't ever guarantee you'll get more playing time but I will let you earn it. But I do think he clearly rates Bellerin higher

    AMN maybe wants to play CM more as well
     
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  6. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    He looked really good at times in the 19/20 pre-season playing deeper. Even his passing wasn't that bad, especially when he was distributing the ball.

    But he would have def been getting more time on the ball with less pressure because it was pre-season. He has the engine to be really good defensively, especially off the ball.

    Don't know if that was a fluke, but I feel he needs a season long loan playing deeper for a decent team.

    Cause Chamberlain used to kill it during pre-season, looking like a complete beast, but never brought that same energy during the season.
     
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  7. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    Why the hell are we even playing this game ffs
     
  8. Pastore

    Pastore Member

    How is it that Arsenal doesn't have one creative midfielder in the entire first team or the academy? :lol: We used to have enough to play on the wings.
     
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  9. MutableEarth

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    They're all in the U18s. Cirjan & Flores in particular, could add Hutchinson to that. We just signed a creative midfielder for the U23s too but he wasn't in the squad today. Ben Cottrell is a creative midfielder but he was playing LWB today. There's creation there.
     
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  10. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    If weren't an overrated lazy prick of a creative midfielder, Messi may have won a World Cup and none of this would've transpired. Thanks!!!!
     
  11. REWB

    REWB Member

    why not? are insane?
     
  12. L3T5 PL4Y

    L3T5 PL4Y Flair Accuser

    Yeah, probably that's why.
     
  13. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Established Member

    We won without it being the best overall performance. I liked the increased tempo in the second half and the fact that the youngsters took chances to try and create something. I was impressed by Bola, Cotterell and Azzeez especially as we don't see them too often. Our fitness levels were decent too so no real complaints that haven't already been mentioned.
     
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  14. KenyanGoon

    KenyanGoon Member

    Was disappointed that Balogun did not even make the squad. Really hoped he would get a chance to show us what he is made of.
     
  15. Pastore

    Pastore Member

    Apologies.
     
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  16. Makingtrax

    Makingtrax Arséne Wenger once said "I will miss you"

    Missed the game but this really pleases me about Saliba.

    Imagine Arsenal having a CB that's unflappable, after Mustafi, Sokratis and Luiz. Lovely stuff.
     
  17. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    He's 100% leaving.
     
  18. grange

    grange Well-Known Member

    Needed a tuneup for the Community Shield since most haven't been back practicing
     
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  19. Manberg

    Manberg Predator



    He looks an intelligent player. I was impressed by his positioning and reading of the game.

    He’s 17! One to watch.
     
  20. yorch44

    yorch44 Well-Known Member

    My dad knows a lot about football, I was watching the game and immediately agreed he was a good player. He told me, that guy has a good technical. He doesn't know about arsenal players or he was 17yo. So yeah he looks immediately like a good player but he needs to play with more pace.

    Other thing my father told me was, " that guy doesn't help his teammates, what is he doing in that team looks tired". He referred to ESR, and he didn't know he was subbed like 10 min ago, when I told him he laughed. I don't know what a lot of people see in him but I don't like him.
     
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