UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Draw: Olympiacos v Arsenal

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by American_Gooner, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    I hadn't looked at the Europa clubs until now. No top team dropped down. The only tricky teams in there are Utd and Inter. We should try to win it. Forget top 4 that's over.

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  2. Idiotologue

    Idiotologue Well-Known Member

    Well that's already the goal regardless of the competition or our league status, isn't it? We lost in the Final last year and the Semis the previous year.

    Also, I'd definitely put Ajax and Roma in that conversation as well.
     
  3. GoonerJeeves

    GoonerJeeves Up The Terriers

    Quite some time till those games. I have my hopes we're in better shape by then.
     
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  4. Manberg

    Manberg Predator


    Probably. To be honest, going by how bad we were playing under Emery and Freddie I wrote it off thinking that if a top team dropped down we had no chance at all. Looking at it now, it's definitely an achievable (but still difficult) goal. When the time comes, I'd consider resting players in the league for Europa.
     
  5. albakos

    albakos Arséne Wenger: "I will miss you" Administrator

    I agree, there's absolutely no chance in high heaven for us to reach Top 4 this season.

    We should focus on winning Europa and to do that I hope Arteta manages the team accordingly.

    Even Mourinho in his first season at United, decided to focus on Europa by clearly fielding weaker sides in the League, so they ended up winning Europa that season.
     
  6. HollandGooner

    HollandGooner Well-Known Member

    We need to win this at all costs, but a lot of difficult teams in it like Ajax Inter United.
     
  7. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    I've been saying this. Let's put all our efforts into Europa.

    Besides before the semi or quarter finals, some of the top teams like utd and inter may be eliminated.


    Inter will have their focus on the serie A. They are level on point with Juventus at moment. Juve is at their weakest in years. There's a real belief that inter may just break the juve dominance this season.

    So that leaves utd, Ajax and Salzburg . Ajax is not as strong as they were last season.

    That leaves only Salzburg and utd that I'm scared of
     
  8. Dennis_Bergkamp_10

    Dennis_Bergkamp_10 Well-Known Member

    Ajax will play us off the park at the moment. Heck I don't trust us against a team like Wolves over 2 matches at the moment.

    Never put your eggs in one basket. Try to win every game, we are a professional football club ffs.
     
  9. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Salzburg has just lost Haaland and potentially losing Hwang to Wolves shortly as well. Good point on Inter, but I still think a Conte coached team in latter stages is dangerous for us, they will be disciplined and bully our defense or lack thereof.

    United is an interesting tie, again scared of their forwards, but such an unstable side.
     
  10. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    A team like Wolves, who just beat City :lol:

    On a positive note, I expect us to be a far better team come Feb, maybe even add a couple in Jan, they be eligible to play EL due to rule changes. I don't see top 4 as possible so EL win is our only chance of CL next season. For that reason the BoD must stump up some funds for Jan for top CB & DM. Xhaka must be sold not loaned.
     
  11. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    Yeah, totally forgot about him. He will be a huge miss. But Salzburg have always had a knack for discovering hidden gems. I won't be surprised if they bring in another young talent who would do as good as Haaland. I agree, they are weaker for sure.

    Concerning wolves, I'd back is to beat them over two legs if our our injured players get back.

    Conte will play a weakened team in the EL. He doesn't have the luxury of juve. Sarri had a better team than Conte than at Napoli, but they were eliminated by a **** team 2 years ago IIRC.

    Besides, Conte's record in Europe is absolutely pathetic.

    Anyways, plenty could change between now and Several factors (Injured players getting back, January transfer window, Injuries to rivals, etc) may affect team performance
     
  12. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Wolves could be still pushing top 4 at those moments and I'd back us over two legs with the team being more familiar with Arteta ball as well as injured players returning as you mentioned.

    Depending where Inter is at that moment, I'm not sure whether they would. I still think they have phenomenal attacking depth who could be dangerous in a tie. I'd agree re: Napoli, however Sarri ball is a lot different in Europe than a Conte team. Conte's team is hard to break down with bullies up front, I think we'd struggle against them if they play their starting XI.

    With all that said, I think we have a good chance at the EL and I hope Mikel recognizes that but Man Utd, Inter, Wolves, Leverkusen can be dangerous ties for us.
     
  13. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    I doubt if they if they'll still be around by time then quarter finals come around.

    Wolves are going to lose to the first team that play against.

    Leverkusen is Leverkusen.

    Always bottling games in Europe.

    I agree re: Conte, his teams are hard to break down, but effective going forward.

    But he has not done anything in Europe for me to be scared.

    But then again, we usually lose to those type of teams.

    my hope is for them to be eliminated before they play us
     
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  14. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    They got 6 points over city ffs
     
  15. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    They're a good team, reflected by their 7th position yet people still refer to them as if they are struggling for survival.
     
  16. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    The reason is because they've been inconsistent against the bottom table teams
     
  17. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    Oddscheckers has us as 4th favourite behind the likes of United, Sevilla and ajax to win the Europa league
     
  18. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Well-Known Member

    Probably about right. A lot will depend on the draw, let's hope Inter, Ajax and United draw each other.
     
  19. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Until we fix our form we won't have chance winning this last season we destroyed teams like Napoli Valencia scoring 10 conceding 2 in 4 games
     
  20. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    We have an attack that doesn't function. Enough said.
     
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