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Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea - Saturday 19th January, 2019

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False 9 works better against opposition that will most likely not sit back, which is the route we are going to take. Want Odoi to start but Willian waved his magic wand last week and has earned him more starting time. 

Kepa

Dave---Rudiger---Luiz---Alonso

Jorginho

Kante----Barkley

Pedro----------------Willian

Hazard 

 

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4 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Willian waved his magic wand last week

anything to impress the boss and get a start eh :ph34r:

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False nine again with the system the results were mostly positive, not much the performance. I think we will draw at best everything but a defeat would do for me.

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9 minutes ago, Stan said:

anything to impress the boss and get a start eh :ph34r:

Typical Willian to only show up Jan-Feb. I remember when he did well against Barca and everyone called us crazy for slating him. 

Another note, in the 5 years he's been here, he's done fuck all against Arsenal. 

Odoi had played 60 minutes against Arsenal in preseason, and skinned Bellerin alive. 

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Can't see us winning this. A draw wouldn't be impossible but that really wouldn't do much for our slight top 4 hopes.

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Strong start from Arsenal. Causing Chelsea to be a bit reckless and clumsy with the ball.

Aubameyang should be scoring from the cross that Lacazette provided.

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That is fantastic from Lacazette. 

Brilliant touch, takes it past the defender and scores from an acute angle. Lovely goal.

Fully deserved for Arsenal, as well.

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I mean that's a great finish but what is going on with this Chelsea side? Standing looking at each other hands on hips as if they're already out of ideas.

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Spurs 3-0 all over again. Only one team looking up for it. 

Embarrassing. 

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I quite like Sarri and there's obviously some merit in what he's trying to achieve at Chelsea but regardless of tactics, system, philosophy, whatever, I don't see how it's viable to start games with a midfield three of players who simply don't score goals. Alonso is the most offensive player outside of Chelsea's front three, which has an element of rag-tag about it itself between Willian's inconsistency, Pedro's advancing years and Hazard's unfamiliar role. The team is unbalanced and frankly, broken to the point that they'd even be better with Morata or Giroud in the side. I know Morata misses an absurd number of chances but at least when he plays, Chelsea create those chances? It doesn't have to be him but surely just getting a striker up front would help the rest of the team.

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Good effort from Aubameyang there. Overhead kick just fading away past the post.

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

Good effort from Aubameyang there. Overhead kick just fading away past the post.

thanks jeff

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2-0! Koscielny just about heads in from a free-kick. Looked like it came off his shoulder as he headed it.

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best 1st half we have had this season. Important to not concede there too.

 

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3 minutes ago, shut up said:

best 1st half we have had this season. Important to not concede there too.

 

Cheers Jeff.

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A new manager replacing a predecessor who had been a dead man walking for months and knew his number was up, brought in to make significant long term changes to the club, primarily to the style of play, appeared to make a great start but now suffering a prolonged and increasingly worrying dip in form.

Supposed to be rich but keeping things low key in the transfer market, summer signings who initially looked great but now look shit, no recognised striker besides last year's January signing who did well for a bit but now just doesn't fit, so instead they're forced to play their best attacking asset up front instead of his natural left sided position, and it just doesn't really work.

Ponderous on the ball, look like they're not really up for it and painfully suffering from a lack of a focal point up top, nothing on the bench worth calling on and a general lack of depth which really shouldn't be the case.

Down to the blue shirts and even the fluorescent green goalkeeper kit, Chelsea are literally us with better players. The resemblance is uncanny.

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Gutless. Predictable. Lethargic. No ideas. 

Same old same old really. We've had a full week off, so the lack of urgency compared to the opposition is simply put unacceptable. 

Poor. So just very poor all around. 

 

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Koscielny has been monstrous today, can't believe he has found this sort of level again. Massive performance.

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1 minute ago, Chaaay AFC said:

Koscielny has been monstrous today, can't believe he has found this sort of level again. Massive performance.

Sokratis too? Both are bossing it.

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The cost you pay when you start a big game so lethargic compared to the other team. Arsenal full of confidence and momentum now. 

We let this happen. 

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9 minutes ago, Chaaay AFC said:

Koscielny has been monstrous today, can't believe he has found this sort of level again. Massive performance.

Yep, always in the right place at the right time. We've missed him.

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