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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    We can win any game except for United away, so I'm hopeful for the draw.

    Not watching The One Show though, what a load of BS.
    Even Stoke away?


    (Original post by Zürich)
    Not just Chelsea, Utd, Arsenal, City would all have been hugely improved by him.
    I am absolutely baffled as to why we weren't in for Griezmann or Sanchez. We're crying out for another wide player.
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs...101320394.html

    The inestimable joy of Tomas Rosicky

    ''Football yearns for players who are different. Who if they were a silhouette on the pitch, would still be instantly recognisable thanks to their gait and touch and the way they make a football move. Rosicky is one such player.

    It is the way he twists and turns, full of creative possibility; the way potential energy becomes kinetic as he passes, prods and pushes the ball in his distinctive manner, through all kinds of gaps and via all kinds of angles and trajectories; and, like a native tribesman utilising every part of an animal carcass, the way no part of his boot goes to waste: instep, heel, toe, laces and, most gloriously, the outside as he audaciously sends a cross-field pass soaring across the turf.''

    Quite interesting that both Cazorla and Rosicky are playing at their peaks atm now that Ozil is back. Impossible to play all 3 and imo Cazorla/Ozil has never quite worked, not enough movement off the ball and running for there to be synergies. Ramsey last season provided the running to compensate and Sanchez/Walcott do it hugely tbf so maybe we can play Caz/Ozil

    Rosicky + 1 for me

    Incidentally, this also pretty much confirms what we already knew about not signing Cesc being the correct decision. We dont lack creativity through the middle at all

    Only chance we could ever make Sanchez/Walcott work with Cazorla/Ozil is if we go back to 4-1-4-1 but even then I'd doubt it being very effective. It'd be naive to expect a similar performance from Cazorla to play the way he did vs city, in every game, so defensively we'd be done for. Cazorla thrives in the central role opposed to being shunted to the left wing, but if you give him that role then is there any real reason to play Ozil over Ramsey? Only reason we did play it last season was because we had a lack of options on the wing. Podolski + Walcott being injured at the start of the season (and obviously not having Welbeck/Sanchez) meant Cazorla/Ozil or Ozil/Rosicky were one of the few and only options we had.

    Loving this 4-3-3 set up though. Put one of Ozil or Cazorla in the middle 3 with Ramsey Coquelin behind and we're ok defensively, then with two wingers up front our attacking play has looked much faster on the whole this season, compared to last.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    Even Stoke away?




    I am absolutely baffled as to why we weren't in for Griezmann or Sanchez. We're crying out for another wide player.
    It is odd, but then Utd's transfer strategy is quite disjointed when you consider how much you have to spend. Thing is Greizmann is still relatively attainable as an A.Madrid player so odds are he'll be on his merry way to City/Utd/Chelsea before long anyway.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    Even Stoke away?




    I am absolutely baffled as to why we weren't in for Griezmann or Sanchez. We're crying out for another wide player.
    Yeah that 3-2 Stoke game was horrific but not a long term issue. Just like us getting dicked by the Scousers in the league last year, but beating them in the FA Cup run. Old Trafford is the only impossible game left in for us.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    Yeah that 3-2 Stoke game was horrific but not a long term issue. Just like us getting dicked by the Scousers in the league last year, but beating them in the FA Cup run. Old Trafford is the only impossible game left in for us.
    Have Arsenal ever played well there? The only time they've ever won was that game where Ramsey got beaten up.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    Have Arsenal ever played well there? The only time they've ever won was that game where Ramsey got beaten up.
    Playing against Stoke, we can just summarize the game as "that game where X got beaten up".

    We never really play well there, but we aren't absolutely horrific. The record at Stoke is currently 10W19L for us, so yeah they win more often than not, but it's not out of the question, especially in a cup game, and especially when defending champions.
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    (Original post by WeOnlyLiveOnce)
    Nope. You'll get Crystal Palace and United will get Derby County. Thats what im predicting.

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    Whatever it is, I just hope we're at home if it's a fellow prem side, if we're drawn with lower league opposition then I wouldn't particularly mind playing away.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    Playing against Stoke, we can just summarize the game as "that game where X got beaten up".

    We never really play well there, but we aren't absolutely horrific. The record at Stoke is currently 10W19L for us, so yeah they win more often than not, but it's not out of the question, especially in a cup game, and especially when defending champions.
    I'm talking about recent years, not the 1980s.

    Anyway they're not even through yet! I wouldn't mind a local derby against Rochdale, don't think we've ever played them.
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    We can beat any team in the FA Cup we just beat Man City at the Etihad so we can beat United and Liverpool away also.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    I'm talking about recent years, not the 1980s.

    Anyway they're not even through yet! I wouldn't mind a local derby against Rochdale, don't think we've ever played them.
    Since 2010/11, 2D3L, so yeah worse, but hardly the same kind of mental block we have against United.

    I suppose but let's be real, a Rochdale win against Stoke isn't going to happen (quote me if I am wrong, I would absolutely love to be), and our only hope is if you **** up to a PL team like Palace or Liverpool.
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    (Original post by al_94)
    We can beat any team in the FA Cup we just beat Man City at the Etihad so we can beat United and Liverpool away also.
    We usually play well against City, and even when we lost 6-3 last season, it was far closer than the scoreline suggests. Same with Liverpool, I am confident we could win.

    Not United though, we always outplay them but there is just something about the respective mindsets that means Old Trafford (like the Bridge under Mourinho) is as close to a fortress against us as it gets.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    We usually play well against City, and even when we lost 6-3 last season, it was far closer than the scoreline suggests. Same with Liverpool, I am confident we could win.

    Not United though, we always outplay them but there is just something about the respective mindsets that means Old Trafford (like the Bridge under Mourinho) is as close to a fortress against us as it gets.
    We outplayed United thotoughly last time but we missed big chances. If Wilshere scores that chance we would have probably won. 9/10 we would have won that game we were just not clinical. Now that Walcott is back I can't see United beating us especially if he gets into good form.
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    Utd have put us out of the Cup 3 times since 2005 IIRC and of course there was the Giggs semi final in 1999, so they have form against us. But I wouldnt be distraught at a home tie against them really although even then they can take us to the replay and beat us so obviously best avoided if possible
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    (Original post by WeOnlyLiveOnce)
    I think you've forgotton that United arent in Europe or the COC. An added fixture wont be so bad for us.

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    (Original post by sr90)
    I'm talking about recent years, not the 1980s.

    Anyway they're not even through yet! I wouldn't mind a local derby against Rochdale, don't think we've ever played them.
    Man Utd's "offshoot" club played against them (forgot which season it was)
    And won 3-2
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    (Original post by al_94)
    We outplayed United thotoughly last time but we missed big chances. If Wilshere scores that chance we would have probably won. 9/10 we would have won that game we were just not clinical. Now that Walcott is back I can't see United beating us especially if he gets into good form.
    That's what I'm saying. Our ability isn't the question, we just haven't got the confidence or mentality to score.
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    Tbh an away tie to any of the PL teams left will be tricky given that Wenger will likely be rotating the squad. Confident we can beat all of them at home.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    That's what I'm saying. Our ability isn't the question, we just haven't got the confidence or mentality to score.
    So basically you're saying Wenger out?
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    Can't wait until we thrash you in the next round :laugh:
 
 
 
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