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  1. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Overall coaching at the youth level is better in countries like Spain and Germany, and England lags behind royally when it comes to training coaches at the grassroots level. Arsenal are a fantastic club at developing players who they start working with at 16 or 17, but the English talent pool is arguably smaller than that in many other European countries.
  2. Re: Official Arsenal Thread If he improves his finishing, while he may not be world-class, he'll be a pretty darn good striker if you ask me. His contributions to our build-up play have been invaluable at times, and his touch is extremely good for a big man. If Giroud had scored half the chances he's missed, we'd be in pole position for top 3 or 4. Walcott has shown us that finishing can be improved, but that it takes time, and while I do think that we should try to sign someone like Jovetic, Giroud's positive contributions this season show that he still deserves to be a big part of next years plans.
  3. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Good? Giroud has by no means been clinical, but if the Podolski injury rumors are true, that means that Walcott is our only options at striker. Man U will be a challenge for him, but we might be able to score on the counter attack. Walcott was neutralized against Wigan last time we met them, and I think that he'll have difficulty playing against Samba when we face QPR. UNLESS...Wenger plays Gervinho as a false nine once again.
  4. Re: UEFA Champions League Discussion thread I hope that there is no El Clasico final. Recently, the Clasicos have often been tight, physical affairs, where free-flowing football is nullified by defensive tactics. That being said, you have to say that despite Barcelona's defensive frailties, they and Real are favorites to advance to the final. While people are touting the Barca-Bayern tie, I'm more interested in seeing Dortmund-Real. Two fast paced teams, having already met in the group stages, who'll likely play positive, attacking football. Having gotten one win and one draw in the group stages, Dortmund, while still underdogs, have to fancy their chances.
  5. Re: Official Arsenal Thread There's talk that Wenger will try to sign Julian Draxler this summer. What do you guys think? He looks pretty good to me. He's mainly a CAM, but can play on the wings too.
  6. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Any player can be bought for the right price, but there's really no reason that he'd leave. However, it's nice to talk about players other than Capoue, Wanyama and Jovetic for a change.
  7. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Juventus were keeping tabs on Nainggolan for a while, but their interest seems to have waned. I especially like his pressing - he reminds me a bit of Wilshere, harrying the opposition for the ball. I'd rather see him signed than Gonalons. Schneiderlin would be the cheapest of the three that you mentioned, but I haven't seen too much of him. Stats-wise, he's quality, but is that partially because of Southhampton's defensive frailties? I don't think that buying Gundogan would be a smart move. He's not a great tackler, and we already have decent depth in more advanced positions. There don't seem to be that many links between him and Arsenal, and with both Wilshere and Ramsey signing new contracts, I can't imagine he'll be subject to a serious transfer bid. Of the three, I'd like to see Nainggolan signed. He plays a style similar to that of Coquelin, but signing him would mean having a midfield of Arteta, Ramsey, Nainggolan, Coquelin, Wilshere and Cazorla to choose from, which is a pretty enticing group. 9-12mil?
  8. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Who to sell : Thomas Ince, Raheem Sterling, Ola John or Luciano Narsingh? Is Felipe Anderson of Santos worth picking up?
  9. Re: Official Arsenal Thread 4-3-3s are prone to conceding goals. Take Barcelona' date=' even. Sergio Busquets is arguably the best DM in the world, not very fast, decently strong, an excellent tackler, and great on the ball. However, he was completely exposed by PSG, who played on the counter, where Busquets didn't have the speed to recover if he missed his tackle or the ball was played on the wings. What works well playing a player like Busquets though, is that if they're capable of making tackles in advanced areas, the team is already set up for attack, and can easily create great scoring opportunities off the turnover. Mikel Arteta has been criticized for not playing too high and not being aware enough defensively, but that's not the role he's instructed to play. Therefore we already have a player, in Coquelin, who's a good tackler, passer, and at least as fast as someone like Busquets, there is no reason why he can't excel in a deep, DM-like role like Busquets plays in. Given playing time, Coquelin could absolutely evolve into a class DM, but a DM similar to Busquets, and not a bruiser like Cheik Tiote. Agreed. Critics will say that British players are overvalued, and therefore should not be bought, but the reality is that in Germany, Spain and Italy, domestic players are regarded more highly than they are in England. PL fans want better atmospheres around their clubs, with elaborate banners like Dortmund, but if they can't identify with their team, they'll have trouble continuing with their support. The same thing applies to Hockey in Canada. I have so much more support for my hometown Edmonton Oilers when they have a core of Canadian players, compared to when the team is filled with Americans. Then consider statements like, "England needs to perform better in the CL.". When English teams are fielding 8 or 10 foreign players for a CL game, they're hardly representing English football. International competitions are all about playing for the pride of your country and domestic league, so if PL clubs are full of foreign players, no wonder they don't have the same passion as other teams, because they're not truly playing to represent their country's pride on the international stage.
  10. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Whenever Arsenal players play well rumors linking them to other teams come out. If this isn't desperate journalism, I don't know what is.
  11. Re: Agree /disagree- new football game Disagree. The PL should adopt a transfer fee cap/limit on players from foreign clubs.
  12. Re: Official Arsenal Thread RVP. Once he left, Arsenal had no world-class players for the first time in a long time. Luckily Cazorla came along, but RVP's departure finally exposed the degree to which Arsenal were dismantled. It also didn't help that the club had faith in him during all the times when he was injured, and he repaid them by leaving as soon as his injury troubles were finished.
  13. Re: Official Arsenal Thread In the first few minutes against West Brom, Ramsey seemed to be in Arteta's position, spraying balls around while Mikel got into more advanced positions. The appearance was brief, but Ramsey looks suited to such a role with his good passing range. I'd like see Ramsey play there with Coquelin more advanced, playing the same box-to-box positioning as Diaby. Ramsey's a bit more inventive, but Coquelin possesses the incisive dribbling that makes b2b players effective, a bit like Wilshere when he played deeper.
  14. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Today Wenger will likely send out the same starting XI that beat Reading, and hopefully it will be a comfortable, if unspectacular, win. However, it will be interesting to see what kind of squad rotation Wenger employs over the next several weeks. Once Walcott and Wilshere are back they'll rotate in, but I'd really like to see Wenger give the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Coquelin a run of games. Oxlade-Chamberlain is starting to hit form, and looks like he could be a real asset in the run in. Coquelin is a player that I feel hasn't had a chance to prove himself in the first team, but when he plays he brings the kind of tenacity that many fans are longing for in the midfield. I'd love to see couple of games with Ramsey playing in Arteta's role, and Coquelin filling in the open spot. Top four still needs to be a priority when contemplating selection, but the team could benefit from from some vigor from fringe XI players who want to prove themselves for next season. Also, with Rosicky playing well lately, should Wilshere step straight into the team upon his return from injury, or does Rosicky retain his starting place?
  15. Re: Official Arsenal Thread Italian agent G. di Domenico claims that Arsenal and Stevan Jovetic have come to an agreement for a summer transfer. Doesn't indicate whether or not Arsenal and Fiorentina have decided on a fee. I call bluff. Arsenal might end up signing Jovetic, but I doubt they've already agreed on terms, especially considering that some recent Arsenal signings have come out of left field, with barely any media speculation.
  16. Re: Youth team limits Having a limit of around 40 youth players would benefit SM, but they would have to change their monetary system. Way more players would be available on unmanaged teams, which would lead to managers overpaying for prospets. Inflation is currently HUGE, and is turning into a big problem. How about establish more team expenses, so that each individual club has limited funds. Therefore, managers couldn't come into a GW and raid unmanaged teams for players, paying 5mil for each 75 rated youngster that they see.
  17. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... My Halilovic and Vilhena for Pogba?
  18. Re: Official Arsenal Thread I missed the game today, but I read that Gervinho had a pretty good game, albeit still suffers from poor finishing. After some more promising displays, should Wenger accept an offer should a suitor be found for the Ivorian? Watched Aubumeyang play this afternoon, and I can't see what all the fuss is about. He's a decent finisher, but he is quite a one-dimensional player, a bit like Walcott. Also, he played mostly on the wing today, and none of his crosses were particularly effective. There's talk that Liverpool are leading the chase for Christian Eriksen. I'd love to see Wenger swoop in and pick him up, as he's been excellent for Ajax this season. I would imagine that should Arsenal finish top 4, Eriksen would rather play in the Champions league with Arsenal than with Liverpool. Finally, Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona reportedly wants to leave at the end of the season, and Man U want to sign him. His buyout clause is supposedly around 25mil. Should Wenger make an offer?
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