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10 minutes ago, Tomo said:

Well in fairness I said Arteta wouldn't last the season when you and others were knocking him off....

Knocking him off as in...? :carlo:

11 minutes ago, Tomo said:

Furthermore, this is about deciding which of the two matches we need him more for, are you seriously suggesting Arsenal are better than Villa at present? If so I'm very curious to hear the reasoning, to say the least.

I get the need to prioritize but this game is still the most immediate one and let's not forget what happened in the 2017 and 2020 FA Cup finals. We went into those two as clear favorites but ended up losing both. One could argue that Arsenal are worse now but the same perspective applies here. We're expected to win this but will we win? Also worth remembering that we would have lost this fixture last season if it weren't for Leno's mistake and Arsenal went all Arsenal in the last few minutes of the game. 

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All smiles from our lot shaking hands at the end with Arsenal players, that's half the fucking problem.....mates, friendly, nice nice.....fucking dog shit mentality 

Need @Tomo to tell us how we don't gift points to all trash out of form teams, fucking joke.

Lampard needs to go, this is beyond awful, absolutely zero excuses.

10 minutes ago, Jason said:

I get the need to prioritize but this game is still the most immediate one and let's not forget what happened in the 2017 and 2020 FA Cup finals. We went into those two as clear favorites but ended up losing both. One could argue that Arsenal are worse now but the same perspective applies here. We're expected to win this but will we win? Also worth remembering that we would have lost this fixture last season if it weren't for Leno's mistake and Arsenal went all Arsenal in the last few minutes of the game. 

Yeah of course I'm not saying there's absolutely no chance we'll not win and in a normal match week I wouldn't even hint at this even against SHU but if we were playing Brighton or Burnley (the two teams closest to Arsenal in the table) on Boxing Day with Villa two days later I think every one will be onboard with it.

Similar decisions are going to have to be made late on in the season aswell if we make it deep in CL, FA Cup and have something to play for in the league, we'll have to rest Silva in a lot tougher games than this one.

That said I think this is moot and Lampard will rest him vs Villa if not try and play him in both.

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8 hours ago, bigbluewillie said:

Such bloody negativity on here...some backbone and belief wouldn't go amiss.

Stop worrying about Arse FFS

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KTBFFH

You will double your money on our win. So if you are so sure you can make a fortune. 

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2 hours ago, Tomo said:

Well in fairness I said Arteta wouldn't last the season when you and others were knocking him off....

Furthermore, this is about deciding which of the two matches we need him more for, are you seriously suggesting Arsenal are better than Villa at present? If so I'm very curious to hear the reasoning, to say the least.

Let's remember that even though Arsenal are in the gutter at the moment, this is a London derby. 

I agree with you as well that we should beat Arsenal, but I wouldn't be so confident in doing so. We should have beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup final. We didn't. We should have beaten Arsenal at SB last season. We didn't.

If we play exactly like we did in the last three games, we are giving Arsenal a chance to beat us.

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Luiz and Willian know everything about us and Lampard's style so no chance we surprise them tactically. We will hope for individual quality to make the difference as usual. 

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8 minutes ago, NikkiCFC said:

Luiz and Willian know everything about us and Lampard's style so no chance we surprise them tactically. We will hope for individual quality to make the difference as usual. 

How often has this factor even come into play - be it our team or others? :carlo: 

And in Luiz's case, he only played a pre-season under Lampard.

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44 minutes ago, NikkiCFC said:

Luiz and Willian know everything about us and Lampard's style so no chance we surprise them tactically. We will hope for individual quality to make the difference as usual. 

Brain dead Afro donkeys don’t know anything 

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10 hours ago, Tomo said:

With the short term turnover between Arsenal and Villa we will need to decide which match to use Thiago Silva, and i think it may be Villa!

Arsenal - derby game and could be a jolt in morale. Last few performances have been a slog

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On 22.12.2020 at 7:55 PM, Pizy said:

If I were a betting man living in the UK I'd put money on one of Luiz or Willian scoring against us. Willian has been shocking all season and their fans hate him. But he'll want to stick it to us here.

I bet one of them will score a worldie from a free kick. 😂

 

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Frank Lampard details Chelsea's triple injury blow ahead of Arsenal showdown

The Blues will be without three first-team stars as they travel to the Emirates Stadium to face the Gunners on Boxing Day, just two days before they host Aston Villa

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-team-news-injuries-ziyech-23213597

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Arteta must trust Arsenal’s youngsters to be difference-makers

https://theathletic.com/2279750/2020/12/23/arsenal-gabriel-martinelli-arteta/

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As the full-time whistle blew to end Mikel Arteta’s fourth meeting with Pep Guardiola as opposing managers, there was an eerily familiar feeling of frustration surrounding the preceding 90 minutes.

Similar to their three previous games, against Burnley, Southampton and Everton, Arsenal had encouraging spells against Manchester City only to throw them away, losing real control of the game.

Heading into last night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final, the one saving grace for Arteta was his record in cup competitions. Prior to this 4-1 defeat, his only loss in cup action since taking charge a year ago came against Olympiakos in the second leg of a Europa League last 32 tie.

A common characteristic in these games — whether they have been in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup or Europa League — has been the deployment of a trusted core with a mix of rotation. Bernd Leno starting had been a common theme (when he was available) and continued at the beginning of both the Carabao Cup and Europa League campaigns this season, proving beneficial when his Anfield penalty shootout heroics earned Arsenal their last-eight place in the former.

The decision to change course proved costly, with last night’s inclusion of Runar Alex Runarsson.

While his positioning and handling error that led to the second City goal was the most eye-catching mistake of the night, the 25-year-old littered the game with moments in which he appeared overwhelmed. Rushed passes out of play, heavy touches forcing him into long punts and a mistimed dive for the visitors’ third goal were also moments to forget, even though he also made an impressive save just ahead of the break.

Contrast this with the returning Gabriel Martinelli and the dread and short-lived hope that has followed Arsenal of late were both on show.

Making his actual return against Wimbledon for the under-21s in the Papa John’s Trophy, Martinelli’s thirst for action both with and without the ball was still visible. That was the case again in his first senior start of the season as, while captain Alexandre Lacazette could be seen flinging his arms in the air when City had possession, the 19-year-old took it onto himself to press as far back as Zack Steffen in the City goal to make a difference.

In possession, the fearlessness that comes with youth also remained. Bending a ball into the box with his right foot, Martinelli wasn’t fazed when it was unsuccessful. Instead, seconds later, he chose to attack down the outside and swing it back in with his left, a cross which Lacazette was in prime position for to nod home and draw Arsenal level.

Unfortunately for Martinelli, his animal ambition, which made Arsenal somewhat dangerous, is also what led to his early exit from the game.

Chasing a lost cause, a characteristic that has seeped out of Arteta’s side, his collision with Steffen brought a premature end to his night five minutes after half-time. Although there wasn’t a concrete timeframe given immediately for his recovery, there is an underlying nugget of context which provides hope, backed up by Arteta’s post-match update.

“It was just a really bad kick on his (Martinelli’s) shin and it was swelling up, and he could not continue,” the Spaniard said.

“(At half-time) he was pushing. He was saying he was completely fine, that he wanted to carry on. He had a scar that wasn’t open and he wanted to try, so we gave him the opportunity to try; and when he was on the pitch, he was uncomfortable, so it was an easy decision to take him off.”

Martinelli impressing so much on his return followed the trend of Arsenal’s Jekyll and Hyde season, where their youngsters have had the biggest impact on the side.

In the Premier League, this role has been taken by Bukayo Saka but Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have followed suit in Europe. The latter pair have met the fair critique of performing in the lower standard of that competition. However, in Emile Smith Rowe last night, Arteta had another youngster step up against one of the Premier League’s leading sides.

Within a minute of replacing Mohamed Elneny just past the hour and the score already 3-1, the 20-year-old burst in between the lines ahead of fellow substitute Nicolas Pepe to try to receive a pass. Although he didn’t get to the ball that time, he made another run which saw him gather it just outside the City penalty area later in the move and slide it through to Lacazette in the box to shoot at goal.

Smith Rowe’s off the ball movement, which we explored ahead of the Everton game, once again came to the fore. Aside from that initial flash after coming on, he constantly made bursts in between the opposition’s right-back and centre-back but wasn’t found by Sead Kolasinac. (The left-back also failed to pick out Folarin Balogun, who made a number of good runs when he came on for the final 15 minutes.)

Just as crucial was the pace Smith Rowe injected into the game with his one-touch play. Bouncing passes in to a team-mate and immediately dashing towards goal brought a much better flow to Arsenal’s play in the middle third, particularly when he combined with Dani Ceballos, Willock and Balogun. Watching this unfold after Martinelli’s impressive cameo drew more frustration over the fact such promising young players haven’t been trusted more often in the Premier League.

Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal, Manchester City, Carabao Cup

Aside from anything, after long spells in which individual errors and collective lethargy at the start of each half made breathing feel like a long-forgotten language, Martinelli and Smith Rowe pumped air back into Arsenal’s lungs.

After mixing and matching in the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup, now has come for the time for Arteta trust those who have proven they can make a difference, no matter their age.

The condensed fixture list will enforce rotation, understandably, with the FA Cup third round just around the corner and the Europa knockouts starting a few weeks later but that shouldn’t stop a framework being formed to build within.

As a new year looms, Arsenal cannot afford to simply enjoy promising spells but must have the players on the pitch who give them the best chance of taking control of games when in possession and strangling sides when without it. As things stand, it’s trusted seniors like Leno and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (off the back of his goal against Southampton), as well as the young core of Gabriel, Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe that fit the bill.

The time for experimentation has passed.

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Arsenal team news...

https://www.arsenal.com/news/team-news-aubameyang-martinelli-partey

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Right calf. Sustained a slight calf strain in training last week. Auba is working hard with our medical team in order to regain full fitness as soon as possible. Has now joined outside drills and will continue to be assessed regarding availability ahead of Saturday.
 
Gabriel Martinelli
Right shin. Sustained heavy impact and bruising to right shin during our match against Manchester City on Tuesday. Gabi is recovering well and we hope he will be able to participate in full training ahead of Saturday.
 
Thomas Partey
Left thigh. Sustained a thigh strain during Tottenham Hotspur (a) on December 6. Thomas is currently unavailable, but is progressing well to now working outside on close ball work, together with the continued focus on his overall fitness rehabilitation.

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I have watching AFTV Arsenal have many ugly fans ha ha I am laughing. I am not understanding the way that they do speak they are cockney like Dick Van Dyke?. What is fam, blud, and bruv is this being English ? anyway lets hope Super Franklin and boys tearing them new asshole then they get job on AFTV innit bruv I am laughing again ha hee.

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This "we always give out of form teams a gift" narrative is getting tedious, it happens no more to us than it does to other clubs. It's getting to be worse than the myth that all these teams who we have no rivalry with apparently save the game of their lives for us while rolling over for our competitor's...

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2 hours ago, Tomo said:

This "we always give out of form teams a gift" narrative is getting tedious, it happens no more to us than it does to other clubs. It's getting to be worse than the myth that all these teams who we have no rivalry with apparently save the game of their lives for us while rolling over for our competitor's...

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