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 Post subject: Newcastle v Arsenal
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:24 pm 
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Lost 2-1. Debut for Willock and small amount of time for Nketiah. Still only 3 away wins all season and no away points in 2018. The Europa is the be all and end all and has been for weeks but would be embarrassing to finish below Burnley.


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 Post subject: Re: Newcastle v Arsenal
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:13 pm 
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We played like a team that has never been told how they are supposed to line up and what they are supposed to do tactically. I wonder why?

Given injury/niggle-enforced rests like Ramsey, it was always going to be makeshift, but Wenger must have known this team would struggle.

Beyond the 3 points at stake today, it was also a great demonstration of just how little quality our defenders have. We know Wenger's ability to improve/coach defenders is zero, but the next manager is also going to quite simply have to buy.

Koscielny, Bellerin and Monreal seem to be our only competent defenders, the former noticeably feeling his age/achilles. Other than that we have an okay young defender who may or may not make it, another young defender who plays football primarily with his arms, a technically capable defender with the intelligence of a suicidal chihuahua, and a man built like a hulk who somehow doesn't impress in physical battles and isn't particularly great at defending or passing the ball out from the back.

On the upside, some good moments from Aubameyang and Lacazette.


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