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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Schneiderlin and Cech would add so much to your squad.

    I can't see you ever beating a Mourinho side with Wenger in charge - simply because your best chances to score would be from balls from wide areas, and Giroud would never win an out-and-out aerial battle with Terry, nor Cahill.

    Wenger's unlikely to ever sign a striker who would, either.

    You've scored six in 13 games against Chelsea - and not one in your last five.

    Should have recalled Sanogo back for the game tbh
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    The bitterness is real.

    Sterling > Sanchez

    Pls bite
    y u no Jordan Ibe?

    (Original post by SA-1)
    How the **** did Coutinho get in the TOTY? Can name so many players who have been better than him.

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    Needed a token Liverpool player.
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    (Original post by AR_95)
    Should have recalled Sanogo back for the game tbh
    'The chaos factor' - Alan Pardew.
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    Common misconception; it's best to attack Mourinho from out wide. By narrowing the pitch, they force you out wide, and that's exactly what they want, because as mentioned, nobody is beating Terry/Cahill in the air. Even for driven low crosses, there's too many bodies in the way.

    The best way to play and beat Mourinho is by getting fullbacks up in support, widening the pitch, making more space for Arsenal's intricate passing manoeuvres in the middle, and forcing the opposition back until they buckle. Alternatively, hope for solo goals, long shots and set pieces. Look at how Barca beat Madrid repeatedly, how Barca beat the dross of La Liga.

    The downside of that obviously is that you're vulnerable to the counter. But you won't beat a bus team without being brave.
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    The 5-3 at White Hart Lane was the only occasion that Chelsea's first team lost [this season], why oh why did Wenger not see how they did it? Oh wait, "they" are Spurs...
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    (Original post by Pimped Butterfly)
    Common misconception; it's best to attack Mourinho from out wide. By narrowing the pitch, they force you out wide, and that's exactly what they want, because as mentioned, nobody is beating Terry/Cahill in the air. Even for driven low crosses, there's too many bodies in the way.

    The best way to play and beat Mourinho is by getting fullbacks up in support, widening the pitch, making more space for Arsenal's intricate passing manoeuvres in the middle, and forcing the opposition back until they buckle. Alternatively, hope for solo goals, long shots and set pieces. Look at how Barca beat Madrid repeatedly, how Barca beat the dross of La Liga.

    The downside of that obviously is that you're vulnerable to the counter. But you won't beat a bus team without being brave.
    Yeah this basically, our team lacked the creativity that we've seen recently and it didn't help that Terry had the best of our attack because it meant we couldnt hold anything up there but I preferred it to our usual naive approach where we would have got sliced on the counter. Tried too hard not to concede rather than to score and when we did try and up the tempo they were expert at killing it again. Wouldn't have minded if they played with Costa/Remy, maybe the game would have been more open. Also would have preferred Wilshere to come on instead of Walcott who was never going to get behind the defense, especially with the likes of Terry there and Ozil/Cazorla not being on point creativity wise.
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    Giroud struggled yesterday purely because he was, at times, on his own against five defenders. Chelsea's defence is class, of course, and the best in the PL. JT had one of the games of his career yesterday, so it's no surprise Giroud struggled in front of goal. The game wasn'tdrawn because of his incompetence or lack of composure, though. It was drawn because Chelsea couldn't be broken down by Arsenal's creativity.
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    I'm amazed that teams still haven't figured out that the least effective way to score against us is to pump crosses into the box. Either one of Cahill/Terry or Zouma are bound to get it away, that or Courtois will catch it. Courtoius' aerial dominance especially at set-pieces is ridiculous.

    One thing Spurs did very well in that 5-3 game was drag Matic out wide time and time again to give Kane and Chadli the space in front of the CB's. Obviously Cahill and Ivanovic's defending was school yard stuff at the time, but ironically we really missed Mikel that match.
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    (Original post by SA-1)
    How the **** did Coutinho get in the TOTY? Can name so many players who have been better than him.

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    Because many people voted for him.
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    (Original post by Arkasia)
    y u no Jordan Ibe?
    Because he's too busy being better than Hazard.
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    (Original post by Dirtybit)
    Because many people voted for him.
    Wasn't a short answer question mate.

    How the **** did Coutinho make TOTY? (20 marks)
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    (Original post by SA-1)
    Wasn't a short answer question mate.

    How the **** did Coutinho make TOTY? (20 marks)
    I have the mark scheme. 1 mark per letter.
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    I don't know whether is was covered a few pages back, but Aaron Ramsey refused to shake Piers Moron's hand. Now Piers, being the respectable and mature guy he is, refers to him as 'whatshisname' on Twitter.
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    (Original post by TornadoGR4)
    I don't know whether is was covered a few pages back, but Aaron Ramsey refused to shake Piers Moron's hand. Now Piers, being the respectable and mature guy he is, refers to him as 'whatshisname' on Twitter.
    He's always done that, when Ramsey was **** Piers used to call for his head a lot of the time, now he refers to him as whatshisname as a mark of irony as to Aaron's turnaround.
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    Piers is #salty
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    Because he's too busy being better than Hazard.
    True, can't wait to see the new SAS (Borini and Ibe).

    (Original post by TornadoGR4)
    I don't know whether is was covered a few pages back, but Aaron Ramsey refused to shake Piers Moron's hand. Now Piers, being the respectable and mature guy he is, refers to him as 'whatshisname' on Twitter.
    Morgan is a ****, what do you expect?

    (Original post by The Shed End)
    Piers is #salty
    This is one of the few times that hashtag is actually agreeable.
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    (Original post by The Shed End)
    I'm amazed that teams still haven't figured out that the least effective way to score against us is to pump crosses into the box. Either one of Cahill/Terry or Zouma are bound to get it away, that or Courtois will catch it. Courtoius' aerial dominance especially at set-pieces is ridiculous.

    One thing Spurs did very well in that 5-3 game was drag Matic out wide time and time again to give Kane and Chadli the space in front of the CB's. Obviously Cahill and Ivanovic's defending was school yard stuff at the time, but ironically we really missed Mikel that match.
    It's true tbh.

    Thing with the spurs game is you were never expecting spurs to win like that, it was all a shock. That and Cahill and Ivanovic didn't exactly do a good job. Forgot who it was, either Souness or Carrigher but one of them said that it's not just how Mourinho plays defensively that's done the job, it's him having the best defence in the league at his disposal - which is pretty much spot on. On top of that you got Courtious in goal and Matic sitting in front of that defence so it's no surprise hardly anyone has been capable of breaking that defence.
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    (Original post by Pimped Butterfly)
    Common misconception; it's best to attack Mourinho from out wide. By narrowing the pitch, they force you out wide, and that's exactly what they want, because as mentioned, nobody is beating Terry/Cahill in the air. Even for driven low crosses, there's too many bodies in the way.

    The best way to play and beat Mourinho is by getting fullbacks up in support, widening the pitch, making more space for Arsenal's intricate passing manoeuvres in the middle, and forcing the opposition back until they buckle. Alternatively, hope for solo goals, long shots and set pieces. Look at how Barca beat Madrid repeatedly, how Barca beat the dross of La Liga.

    The downside of that obviously is that you're vulnerable to the counter. But you won't beat a bus team without being brave.
    I agree to an extent, every ball that caused problems was a low cross or cut back to the edge of the box
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    (Original post by The Shed End)
    I'm amazed that teams still haven't figured out that the least effective way to score against us is to pump crosses into the box. Either one of Cahill/Terry or Zouma are bound to get it away, that or Courtois will catch it. Courtoius' aerial dominance especially at set-pieces is ridiculous.

    One thing Spurs did very well in that 5-3 game was drag Matic out wide time and time again to give Kane and Chadli the space in front of the CB's. Obviously Cahill and Ivanovic's defending was school yard stuff at the time, but ironically we really missed Mikel that match.

    (Original post by SA-1)
    It's true tbh.

    Thing with the spurs game is you were never expecting spurs to win like that, it was all a shock. That and Cahill and Ivanovic didn't exactly do a good job. Forgot who it was, either Souness or Carrigher but one of them said that it's not just how Mourinho plays defensively that's done the job, it's him having the best defence in the league at his disposal - which is pretty much spot on. On top of that you got Courtious in goal and Matic sitting in front of that defence so it's no surprise hardly anyone has been capable of breaking that defence.
    Not entirely sold as a ferguson Utd would trounce this team I reckon. They were pretty good at being direct and getting the ball into wide areas or with diagonals stretching the chelsea defence and having a man run into the space left and ping the ball to him to score. The thing with arsenal was that we could have scored if we moved the ball about quicker and went for the counter attacks but we opted to try and control possession outside the box and look for any openings. That would be fine if your barcelona or bayern munich with a fron line of Neymar-Messi-Suarez or Ribery-Lewa-Robben.

    Our players never make any of the runs you'd see a barca player make when his team are passing around the box. It;s not just one player making the run its usually a good 3.
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    meh.. we had our chances in that game. not many, but they were there.

    Welbeck getting nutmeged in the oposition box did not exactly help.
 
 
 
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