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19 minutes ago, The Fox said:

Let's not let Luiz off the hook either because that's absolutely brain dead. Just let him shoot.

 

Agreed. It was like that Steve Cook red card at the weekend. FFS, just let him score and play the rest of the match with 11 players. 

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The funny thing about the Gabi goal, is what the fuck was Kepa doing, he is pretty much diving to his right, no striker ever puts in to the keepers right hand side. it is always open your body up and and put it across the Keeper.

 

Anyway that feels like a win a nice show of fight and team spirit.  .

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A great point in the end. Especially as at one stage this evening we were 14th. It'd take a real cock up for us to go down, but as we may never win a game again it's worth considering it could be a possibility. You feel for Arteta as he's got them all pulling together, but then someone will invariably shit with the toilet seat down and we've conceded a goal again. That jet black Lego barnet of his will look like Leslie Nielsen's by April.

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Nice to come back like that with 10 men so good a bit of fight was rewarded, but a large element of good fortune to it with them fluffing numerous chances and us scoring with our only 2 efforts on target - 1 coming about solely cos Kante fell over (but a great run by Martinelli after that) and a suspect effort from Kepa from Bellerins well directed standing leg swinger.

 

Was more notable at the weekend in person but you can see how in attempting to tighten us up at the back the attacking side of the team is being neutered - but Arteta is probably doing the one thing at a time fix and trying to stop giving up 20+ shots a game. Was very interesting against Sheffield how out of possession Xhaka was slotting in as a 3rd CB, so when we did turn it over we were lighter in midfield to have a base to build from. Then we have 1 or 2 converted wing backs so not really gaining the advantage of a specialist going forward there - Bellerin returning can only help over the rather poor Maitland-Niles.

 

We do need to start getting a couple of wins though as the table just looks ugly, we're behind Southampton now !

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Yeah, despite my "stop the rot" comment it's hard to if ore that last could have (and probably would have under Emery) been alot worse, there's definetly a different energy coming from the players, though Lacazette was pretty much invisible again, I like the guy but at the moment I don't think we'd miss him if he was sold.

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I don't think how we are playing under Arteta is suiting Lacazette, especially with Aubamyang out. He's not somebody who can play up front on his own and hold up play like Drogba. He needs people around him and can't feed off scraps. Pepe is talented but quite erratic so nobody knows what he is going to do, and Martinelli is often tracking back to help Saka out.

 

He looks like quite an introverted moody character and has shown flashes of playing angry with Aubamyang when he's looked great, but more often than not cuts a frustrated looking figure. 

 

Think there is an excellent all round striker in there somewhere, he just hasn't been able to show it consistently. 

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24 minutes ago, wev said:

Yeah, despite my "stop the rot" comment it's hard to if ore that last could have (and probably would have under Emery) been alot worse, there's definetly a different energy coming from the players, though Lacazette was pretty much invisible again, I like the guy but at the moment I don't think we'd miss him if he was sold.

 

I thought he put in a decent shift - he won a corner in the first half chasing down a backpass that he had no right to get anything from. He never came close to scoring mind, which is not great for a striker. 

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our traditional January signing day injury update on the new player, Cedric Soares

 

He is currently injured with a knee ligament problem but is not expected to be out of action for longer than two or three weeks.

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He’s started in the way he does when he’s likely to do something brainless. Spraying crap passes about and doing daft fouls. Picking up the yellow was silly too as no-one else in midfield can even attempt a tackle, never mind get the ball off of anyone. 

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