An Arsenal fan thinks Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure would add much-needed quality to Arsenal’s midfield and Harry Kane needs a rest in Your Says of the Day.
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I think I should clarify, I really like Poch and hope he stays but only if he works harder to show other tactics instead of persisting with the same one or two (occasionally) that clearly are not working at the moment. He does have an affinity with the players, fans and chairman which is rare but there seems to be some single mindedness in match preparation.
Ever since the World Cup he has consistently played Kane, and although the player has stated he is fine, he is clearly not and should be rested. Unfortunately he is persisting with playing him despite this clear hinderance to the team. There also seems to be undroppable players, despite bad form. Nobody is undroppable. Trippier had a fantastic World Cup and now finds himself taking almost all set pieces, as much as he has continued to be decent at dead ball situations Eriksen is equally as good and should share the responsibility however Poch has clearly played Trippier as number one now. When it comes to the full backs they pushed up too high against Liverpool and he did not adapt to get them to defend as priority rather than leave massive gaps that are easy to exploit.
When the likes of Son and Lamela (has developed so much over last 6-9 months) looks sharp when they need to start. I expect Poch to start them against Inter in place of Kane and Eriksen but i doubt this will happen. I don’t want Poch to go, I just want him to learn from his mistakes and evolve but if this form continues that decision may be made for him.
I watched him play against Man U and he was brilliant. Anyone else think he would do a good job for us? Our midfield needs more quality.
Not seen enough of him to be honest, there a few players at lower clubs that look decent, its if they can sustain that show consistency…
I stand by my initial prediction. They say every year it will be their year, but I think Liverpool have a real chance to become champion. Klopp is smart, he bought van Dijk (for an inflated price) who is rock-solid for previously their leaky defense. And again he bought Alisson (again for an inflated price but Chelsea bought Kepa at an inflated price too at the end) to solve their GK problem that had been on-going for several years after Pepe Reina left. Salah hasn’t hit the top gear yet. Firmino starts to score.
So I think Klopp has solved Liverpool’s problem and they are now ready to really challenge. As for Chelsea, we have a leaky defense problem. We have non-scoring strikers problem. Apart Arsenal at the Bridge, we haven’t faced yet any other of big 6 teams. So I think it’s fair to say that we’re not (yet) a candidate of the title hunt. We are depending too much on Hazard as Pedro and Willian are way too inconsistent. Unlike Liverpool that have Salah Mané and Firmino or City with Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, 2 Silva etc.
If I am being totally honest then I always preferred the stance of Jose and that was to play each game on its own merit and target as many trophies as possible. Personally I think that is the right way to go under normal circumstances
However, this season we need to get back to the CL not only to keep top players but purely from the financial benefits this would bring to the Club and we have 2 ways this can be achieved so I would argue these should be our main focus
The other domestic cups could be used, as well as the early rounds on the EL, to give the fringe players as much game time as possible and allow Sarri to rest key players. KTBFFH
Totally agree with everything you have said above 1905. Sarri stated it would be months before the club was playing his style of football and also defensively sound and we are only 5 weeks in. We all need to show more patience and watch it all unfold and have faith in Sarri and Zola and the players.
Ant, get what your saying re: pressing but we need to be careful if Firmino’s not fit. Yes of course we could start with Shaq great option to have and then perhaps stick Salah up top. But Klopp should also consider Sturridge (not saying he should start but he should get a good run out) for these types of games it’s important to put the ball in the back of the net and that’s what he gives you.
That being said I think Firmino will be fit.
I’d then start shaq and Sturridge in the league against Southampton.
I think Lukaku could easily play in a 4-4-2 or a 3-5-2 wing-back formation but he does need rest.
This should be the easiest group game and one we should be handily winning so I’d like to see some rotation. DDG in goal just in case but wholesale changes apart from that.
Bailly Lindelof Jones/Smalling
Dalot Fred Pereira Pogba Shaw
I don’t now much about Young Boys but they are running away with their league. I know the standard is nowhere near the PL but they will still be dangerous.
I’d start with as strong a team as possible and if we are comfortably up on 60 mins make 2 or 3 changes
Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw
Fred/Pereira, Matic, Pogba
Rashford, Lukaku, Alexis
Hopefully get some game time from the bench for Dalot and Fred/Pereira
I wouldn’t f**k about with the line up…put your best team out and get off to a winning start. It’s a tricky group so six points off the Young Boys is an essential.
That said, we’ve not got a prayer of winning the European Cup so third place and the chance of a final in Baku next May wouldn’t be the end of the world.
I find it really difficult to come to terms with just how far we have declined as a club over the past two seasons. The utter crap dished up on Friday night was little different to that of the Forest game and once again we came away with a point we did not deserve thanks to a terrific individual goal from Phillips. Playing three at the back is a disaster. 10 goals down already and it might easily have been half a dozen more if Forest, Norwich and Brum had taken half of what was offered. We must play a back four and adjust the team accordingly. Lose the liability that is the Swansea reject and try some options for central midfield because we do not have one worth the name. The back three look awful but it is not helped when they have no out ball most of the time and end up searching for an impossible pass because neither Brunt nor Livermore are available. When the do deign to drop back we get five minutes of sideways and backward passing ( rather like Barcelona on diazepam) until someone loses control and thus creates another opportunity for the opposition. The system is crap and sadly so to is the head coach. Not a bloody clue IMHO – useless system, poor but consistent selections and piss poor substitutions. We are headed downhill fast at this rate and if the kids are not given some sort of a chance soon which of them will want to stay now that being 30+ is vital to our recruitment and selection policy? Its a shambles.