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Team News: West Ham vs Arsenal

Arsenal team news for the Boxing Day away clash with West Ham.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Flamini, Gnabry, Bendtner, Podolski

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 26 2013

Time: 2:43PM

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The team sheet suggests the Manager doesn't wish to rest players for this busy period or still doesn't trust some of the squad players to prosecute these type of games. Whatever the reason, a win would be just nice.
You just feel we need to be making more of all the possession. We need to restore the edge we had to our game early in the season.
Who else feels that things began to tick over only when Cazorla was allowed to play in the middle, after Ramsey left injured? Wenger has to see he offers the team more when playing centrally or freely. Enough of sacrificing him just to accommodate some luxury players.
i think podolski is the only forward in the team who could take 1/2 chance like he did today
Pleased for poldi, walcott manages to get 2 goals despite playing very poorly and lost the ball for the westham goal. Ramsey's burble seems to have burst, think he needs plenty of rest cos he has strung along a number of poor displays lately. Giroud got a good assist but poor positioning mearnt he couldn't connect with the crosses into the 6yard box. Ozil, another anonymous game. Carzola sublime. Back 4 great job, honorable mention for Gibbs for his untiring effort. Arteta still conceding fouls in dangerous areas, but had an okay game.sczezny good game minus the howler.
On to newcastle who are flying at the moment. Liverpool despite their loss just showed how to attack mancity responsibly without leaving yourself open to a cricket scoreline at the etihad. They also created more chances than we did against city.
Didn't watch the match Arses from what i heard it was pretty convincing right? If anything we should of scored more, its a shame that City didnt draw with Liverpool. Top of the league again i think it's getting to Giroud a bit that he isn'tscoring at the moment. Hopefully Cazorla and Podolski have an upturn in form.
Cazorla was very influential today. Something about the opposition, perhaps, as he has always played well against West Ham United.
In what way did Liverpool show how to attack City responsibly? They conceded as many goal attempts as we did and in fact they didn't create any more than we did with fewer attempts on target. Possession stats were pretty identical. The only real difference was in the number of goals each side scored - the points tally was the same.
Amos, with a more composed defence I still believe we could have gotten a draw at City. That said, I think the two defeats previously somehow affected our boys initially. Then once West Ham scored they realized that they had to step up a gear or two.
We made defensive mistakes at City, notably the first goal, that much is certain but I don't see that Liverpool, apart from some great blocks by Skertel, played City much better. Though 'pool would've been fresher when they played them than we were. Against West Ham I thought we played pretty well in the first half though no doubt going a goal down added to the urgency in the second half.
You also have to take into account that the two goals we scored vs City that were incorrectly ruled out for offside would not have been counted in the stats.
For me, it was a matter of freshness and the motivation to stay top that made Liverpool show anything close to contender form. They have no CL distractions and can focus on the league, which augurs well in the big Away games. Arsenal and City played an open game (too open), resulting in numerous scoring chances, many taken by both teams but the ref denying us two of ours, plus not ruling Negredo offside for City's 1st (interfering with play when Kos cleared for the corner from which they scored). Fine margins.
Amos, if you fail to notice that as a team Liverpool defended better than we did then you are either unashamedly biased or you have impaired vision. Would you compare the performances of skertel and merts on the day? Or arteta and Lucas? We may have ended with the same zero points but you can't honestly deny that they performed better as a team. They should have drawn the match as sterlin was miles onside when he was flaged offside.
Afternoon all.

Game yesterday showed the value of a strong bench but I do wonder how long Wenger would have waited before bringing on Poldi if Rambo hadn't picked up that knock? Still a win is a win is a win boys.

Great view from here eh?

Next game against Newcastle will be a real challenge but I'm fairly confident we can take em. They are a good team to but not that good.

Galway Gooner
As I'd already conceded that we made more defensive mistakes (or fewer successful blocks if you prefer) I could hardly have failed to see that Liverpool defended more successfully than we did. The issue was whether they 'played City better' but as they had conceded as many attempts as we did along with the same amount of possession but, with the same number of attempts, scored fewer goals then perhaps impaired vision is playing a role in deciding that 'pool played them better than we did. Skertel blocked some shots very well but should have conceded a few penalties for blatant shirt pulling. Sure Sterling was onside but we'd had some goals disallowed that should have stood too. I think you're letting the scoreline dictate your view of the game(s).
Who gives a toss who played better against City????

We had an off day where a lot of stuff went against us coming off a very difficult run of fixtures so the circumstances both teams faced were not the same.

Facts is we both lost and got 0 points from the game.

Galway Gooner
Exactly. City attacked well in both games. They have done at home in particular all season. There isn't a way to 'attack responsibly and both us and Liverpool tried to show that you've as much chance of getting a result attacking them as you have in trying to park the bus. So far City look to team to beat this season - but they're beatable.
I watched the game Amos, and the score line did not flatter any of the teams or 'dictate my views'. If they didn't play them better, pls tell me how we played them better, except the number of crosses we got in. Zabaleta was inefectual against a defender as poor as sissoko. Yet was made to look like a beast against us each time he attacked monreal. My point is that on the day we were poor, while liverpool never looked overwhelmed. We played like deer caught in headlights.
If anything we were too gung ho - hardly the mark of 'a deer in the headlights'. Even arch critic Owen didn't think City were 3 goals better than we were. Tell me how Liverpool played them better? They conceded the same number of chances had the same amount of possession and didn't create any more than we did. They might have conceded fewer goals (their last ditch defending was better than ours) but as GG points out the circumstances were different (they weren't facing top scorer Aguero as one circumstance) but they had fewer attempts on target and scored fewer goals. As a consequence they came away with the same number of points as we did.
He who fails to learn the from the mistakes of the past will be condemned to repeating them. Enough said!!
Very profound but then losing 6-1 to ManU in 2001 didn't prevent us doing the double a year later or going a season unbeaten or losing there 8-2 10 years later for that matter. The mistakes of the past are only ever past mistakes. I'm still not sure how losing to City 2-1 would have helped us any more than losing 6-3 did though - unless the title is decided on goal difference. Otherwise I don't think we've much to learn from Liverpool.
I think you two should arm yourselves with some form of weaponry and fight it out. Amos I see you with a net and trident while Nna sports some sort of spear type weapon.

I'll wager on the outcome.

Galway Gooner
As long as we 'attack responsibly' there'll be no harm done! ;)
Normally don't agree with Amos but this time I think he is spot on.

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