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 Post subject: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:21 pm 
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Another win. We really pick these up when we've already shot the season down the crapper, don't we? :lol: A weakened/rotated team did a decent job today.

Good performances by Welbeck, who got two goals despite welbecking an open goal, Iwobi, who has for once shown good positive final ball and should have had two assists, and Cech for saving us on numerous occasions.

Idiotic from Mustafi, who is possibly the stupidest person combined with good footballing ability, causing calamities out of nowhere, and Jack Wilshere, not only for his stupid 'dark yellow' shirt rip at the end, but has just been giving the ball away and doing nothing useful the last couple of games. Really looks off the pace - is it a fitness/fatigue issue? He isn't worth a contract renewal on days like these.

Bonus idiot points to Andre Marriner who let far too many fouls go for both teams, recovered his decisiveness for the deserved Stephens red, then looked around wildly trying to sort the situation out and decided he'll just give some Arsenal fellow a red too. Nice way to make both teams justifiably aggrieved.


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:34 pm 
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Heavy rotation left us with out any creativity in the lineup, unless Wenger was expecting Riess Nelson to do so in his first league start. To be fair Nelson showed a few good tricks tricks and escapability. Should have been a yellow on the Southampton defender he embarrassed. He also gave the ball away a couple times but mostly solid.

Mustafi with the first of many mistakes by him on the day gifts a goal to Long. No one else exactly covered themselves in defensive glory either, nor for the remaining eighty plus minutes of the match. Amazing how much grabbing and pushing Chambers gets away with. They seem to be his go to defensive attributes, its going to cost us someday.

Iwobi was ok, definitely better than his other recent performances. Jack's petulance should have cost us worse than it did, but Elneny's red after the fact combined with Mkhitaryan's knee problem is leaving our midfield thin for rotation in the two competitions.

Welbeck was the man of the match. A flick assist to Aubameyang to get us back level, then using a defender for a deflected shot to beat the keeper, a Welbeckian flub over everything at two feet. That coming from Wilshere's close cross which Lacazette could have tapped in had it gone through. Ultimately ending the scoring to win the match with a header he just wanted more than anyone else.

All in all, three points with the B team and some entertaining if Schizophrenic football. Chelsea draw dropping two points, and West Ham should have had a penalty, still they are putting fifth up as a possibility. Table shows we are only 3 points back now.


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:12 am 
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Watched the highlights, seemed to be a few empty seats again but that's par for course until the season ends. Awful defending for their first goal (Long's 2nd in 48 games) but another win. Is it meaningless? Well no, because any decent momentum is good for the club (and us!) although I won't celebrate snatching 5th if we do in the end.

Looking forward to seeing a full season of Aubameyang. Credit to Welbeck for the winner after a horrible miss and also credit to Iwobi for really good play leading up to and including the assist. Another win boys :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:30 pm 
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Another win. Keep up the good work. We are also scoring goals for fun which is good. Last season we manged to score 77 league goals. This season we have managed to score 61. If we can exceed 77 over the next 6 games then that would be an improvement on our league attacking prowess. On the game I think we did pretty well against a Southampton side who were fired up seeing as they are perilously close to relegation. It's strange that they are struggling as they are a good team and a well run club overall. Hughes chose to go with the same tactics that beat us against his Stoke side earlier this season. I'm so glad we pulled off the win against him as I can't stand him as a manager. We really do need to do something about our midfield int he summer. We don't seem aggressive enough in the tackle and we really need a technician in there (Santi Cazorla we miss you.) Iwobi had a good game today. I thought Nelson was also promising in flashes and Welbeck worked hard (he always does), and topped it off with 2 goals. I still fail to understand though why he always seems to end up on the floor whether he takes a shot scores a goal, goes for a header? :lol: :lol: He needs to work on his composure and balance. Special mention to Aubameyang though who has proven to be a top class signing. Well done to the club for addressing our striking issue with a top class addition. Feels like Henry/Anelka and Ian Wright days again!!


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:37 pm 
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Team South East wrote:
It's strange that they are struggling


No goals.

Long has been way off the pace, Gabbiadini has hidden after a promising start and the attacking midfield or central midfield haven't been able to hit a barn door between them. The two that were being touted for England honours earlier in the season (!) don't add anything either. If Austin isn't fit, they carry little threat.

Legacy of the slow, life-sapping football they have played since Koeman departed and they haven't been able to stop the rot or reignite some of the better creative players they do possess.

Iwobi had a nice second half yesterday; looked a man reborn after his half-time orange and had a hand in all three goals. Workmanlike performance from Welbeck too, and a Giroud-like touch for Aubameyang's neat finish.


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:49 pm 
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LoneGunner wrote:
Team South East wrote:
It's strange that they are struggling


No goals.


It's strange that because they have scored the same amount of goals as Burnley (31) but Burnley are in 7th!! :yikes: Looks like the Van Dijk transfer has hurt them.


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 Post subject: Re: Arsenal v Soton
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:00 pm 
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Jase wrote:
Jack's petulance should have cost us worse than it did, but Elneny's red after the fact combined with Mkhitaryan's knee problem is leaving our midfield thin for rotation in the two competitions.

The Football Association has issued the following statement:
Mohamed Elneny will be available for Arsenal’s next three games after an Independent Regulatory Commission accepted that he was wrongly dismissed for violent conduct against Southampton on Sunday, April 8, 2018.


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