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    (Original post by Tom_Ford)
    Gabriel is pretty bloody vital to being able to play high line more comfortably. Can't afford to leave too much space in behind if Merts is playing. It's just very unfortunate tactically. Coquelin would have to drop back more and babysit.
    I'm still frightened going into the game. Monaco at home play very defensively, drew 0-0 with PSG aswell being at home and that says alot. I actually do rate them as a defensive-counter attacking team, I remember the last 90mins match when they lost to Nice in September last year,they were injury plagued and lacking in attack. Still brings me memories of our Emirates Cup failure (where alot of fans say it was only the Emirates Cup, but technically was much more than that and alot of people failed to establish how decent of a side they actually are, possibly one of the big underdogs in the Champions League).

    If they play 4-3-3 (with Toure, Wallace, Toulalan and Kurzawa in defence) then I would easily say we can give up any hopes of qualifying.

    Seeing Kondogbia and Moutinho tear our midfield and defence up like putty should send ringing bells to Wenger. I'm hoping we still play a 4-4-2 and give them little possession. It's hard imagining we actually qualify however we're the Arsenal and if we turn up in Monaco playing best football, essentially anything is possible.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    Why don't we try playing Monreal at CB? He adds pace and technical skills, and we can still stick Gibbs in the team who adds far more pace down the wing, which would be great if we are planning to flood the midfield or hit them on the counter.
    I would support that as well but Wenger really doesnt mess about with the back 4 unforced.

    I'm sure he'll have some ideas as to how we can try and get control over the tie in terms of his midfield decisions though so still hopeful we'll play a fast direct style even with Mertesacker behind. Think the team was genuinely embarrassed over the 3-1 so their motivation and focus should at least be good
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    (Original post by Stefano93)
    I'm still frightened going into the game. Monaco at home play very defensively, drew 0-0 with PSG aswell being at home and that says alot. I actually do rate them as a defensive-counter attacking team, I remember the last 90mins match when they lost to Nice in September last year,they were injury plagued and lacking in attack. Still brings me memories of our Emirates Cup failure (where alot of fans say it was only the Emirates Cup, but technically was much more than that and alot of people failed to establish how decent of a side they actually are, possibly one of the big underdogs in the Champions League).

    If they play 4-3-3 (with Toure, Wallace, Toulalan and Kurzawa in defence) then I would easily say we can give up any hopes of qualifying.

    Seeing Kondogbia and Moutinho tear our midfield and defence up like putty should send ringing bells to Wenger. I'm hoping we still play a 4-4-2 and give them little possession. It's hard imagining we actually qualify however we're the Arsenal and if we play turn up in Monaco playing best football, essentially anything is possible.
    If we put in that display we did against Bayern a few seasons back then I'm positive we go through. Just need to make sure Giroud dont **** up this time.
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    (Original post by Stefano93)
    I'm still frightened going into the game. Monaco at home play very defensively, drew 0-0 with PSG aswell being at home and that says alot. I actually do rate them as a defensive-counter attacking team, I remember the last 90mins match when they lost to Nice in September last year,they were injury plagued and lacking in attack. Still brings me memories of our Emirates Cup failure (where alot of fans say it was only the Emirates Cup, but technically was much more than that and alot of people failed to establish how decent of a side they actually are, possibly one of the big underdogs in the Champions League). If they play 4-3-3 (with Toure, Wallace, Toulalan and Kurzawa in defence) then I would easily say we can give up any hopes of qualifying. Seeing Kondogbia and Moutinho tear our midfield and defence up like putty should send ringing bells to Wenger. I'm hoping we still play a 4-4-2 and give them little possession. It's hard imagining we actually qualify however we're the Arsenal and if we play turn up in Monaco playing best football, essentially anything is possible.
    I was at the Emirates cup, and whilst I am not defending us, the only reason we didn't draw is because the referee made an atrocious decision when Akpom was taken out in the box when 1 on 1 with the keeper.

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    I would support that as well but Wenger really doesnt mess about with the back 4 unforced. I'm sure he'll have some ideas as to how we can try and get control over the tie in terms of his midfield decisions though so still hopeful we'll play a fast direct style even with Mertesacker behind. Think the team was genuinely embarrassed over the 3-1 so their motivation and focus should at least be good
    With a big fixture coming up in the league, I can see Wenger resting Per naturally. The BFG suits playing when we are playing defensively, as he can just set up a deck chair in our box and kick/header the **** out of any ball that comes near him. I don't think we will be doing this against Monaco, so Per isn't ideal. I can see us getting a 3-1 result, I cannot see us keeping Monaco out though.
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    Man I hope Walcott starts can see him doing a mad ting.
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    I understand the support you carry and the belief in your team, but you need to score at least 3 goals against a side that royally spanked you on your own turf.

    Just think about that for a second.
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    90 minutes of football next week against Monaco. Anything can happen, it wouldnt surprise me if Arsenal miraculously turn it around.

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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    I understand the support you carry and the belief in your team, but you need to score at least 3 goals against a side that royally spanked you on your own turf.

    Just think about that for a second.
    Yeah but we played like utter ****e and Giroud missed enough chances that night to have 3 himself. Anyway we've got previous like the 3-0 vs Milan and the 2-0 vs Bayern.

    We've dug ourselves a real hole but this is not a top European side, just a competent one that were up against and we can definitely score 3 if we turn up. We've got the firepower tbh
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    Just watching these videos and wow what a player. I have no doubt if it werent for his injuries and health problems he would be the best player of all time. Watching a striker like him makes me realise what poverty Giroud is lol . They say theres beauty in the game and after re watching this man I have found that beauty.

    I busted a nut like 5 times while watching this video. Sorry for video quality though seems they only used potatoes to record things in those days. This guy legit made every defender he came up against nay every opp team player he came up against his *****.

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    And to those thinking its just goals.. The Brazil NT should get all their strikers and attackers and make them watch these videos and say this is what real Brazilian football and skill looks like.

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    (Original post by Numan786)
    And to those thinking its just goals.. The Brazil NT should get all their strikers and attackers and make them watch these videos and say this is what real Brazilian football and skill looks like.

    I'm pretty sure Brazilian footballers have seen Ronaldo play before.
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    (Original post by Zürich)
    Yeah but we played like utter ****e and Giroud missed enough chances that night to have 3 himself. Anyway we've got previous like the 3-0 vs Milan and the 2-0 vs Bayern.

    We've dug ourselves a real hole but this is not a top European side, just a competent one that were up against and we can definitely score 3 if we turn up. We've got the firepower tbh
    Hey, I am in no way disagreeing with you here.
    I would say that Arsenal are probably the most likely PL team to pull an exceptional performance out of the bag against all odds.
    Aside from Liverpool you're the best team in the league right now anyway, no reason why it can't happen.

    I am merely highlighting how difficult this will be and how small your margin for error is.
    Personally I'll be rooting for you simply because the extra games could benefit the rivals and it would also be nice to see and English team in the QFs.
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    (Original post by Stefano93)
    I'm still frightened going into the game. Monaco at home play very defensively, drew 0-0 with PSG aswell being at home and that says alot. I actually do rate them as a defensive-counter attacking team, I remember the last 90mins match when they lost to Nice in September last year,they were injury plagued and lacking in attack. Still brings me memories of our Emirates Cup failure (where alot of fans say it was only the Emirates Cup, but technically was much more than that and alot of people failed to establish how decent of a side they actually are, possibly one of the big underdogs in the Champions League).

    If they play 4-3-3 (with Toure, Wallace, Toulalan and Kurzawa in defence) then I would easily say we can give up any hopes of qualifying.

    Seeing Kondogbia and Moutinho tear our midfield and defence up like putty should send ringing bells to Wenger. I'm hoping we still play a 4-4-2 and give them little possession. It's hard imagining we actually qualify however we're the Arsenal and if we turn up in Monaco playing best football, essentially anything is possible.
    Yes, defensively and on the transitions into countering they seem very able.

    But, a guy like Ozil was bought to break down such defences. (I know I bang on about the guy a lot, but I think he is a beautiful player and a large reason for our resurgence. Few realise his value when he is in the team, but when he is away we certainly miss his genius.
    Make him feel loved at the club and he plays beautifully. He would split a defence like that over and over, up for us to convert those chances though.
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    It would be great to be the English team progressing the furthest after a long time

    If we do get to the Quarters though, then do Chelsea fans say "yeah but you had an easy R16 team"?
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    Lol, look at Blind's look throughout, you can tell he is a snide little ****. Would love to leave the studs in if I was an opposing player. Pair of Dutch space cadets there.
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    (Original post by Tom_Ford)


    Lol, look at Blind's look throughout, you can tell he is a snide little ****. Would love to leave the studs in if I was an opposing player. Pair of Dutch space cadets there.
    What a **** too. Didn't even look like he cared that Welbeck was leaving (not that he should) but most managers pay a bit of respect, especially to a servant like Danny.
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    If arsenal play Per Mertesacker against Monaco
    We will lose because he is so slow (but he managed to somehow catch up to fellani :mmm: on Monday)

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    (Original post by AR_95)
    What a **** too. Didn't even look like he cared that Welbeck was leaving (not that he should) but most managers pay a bit of respect, especially to a servant like Danny.
    I dont like Blind's attitude. Doesn't have much passion in games either.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    What a **** too. Didn't even look like he cared that Welbeck was leaving (not that he should) but most managers pay a bit of respect, especially to a servant like Danny.

    Yup, LVG's teams are perpetually in internal conflicts really, no surprise when you see attitudes like that.
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    We're not going to get past monaco lads.
 
 
 
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