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You are spoilt for choice Bryan. Rooney's good form is tempting, RVP a bit patchy but always likely, Suarez hit the ground running and if you believe form runs in bursts then it's Suarez v a leaky Palace. A riskier pick (in the sense other options could go big) would be Ozil a) WBA. In the same fixture last season Rosicky bagged a brace from a similar position, and Ozil is due a goal and his general play does attract additional points too. I'm avoiding City players completely this week, it's a very tricky fixture, and City are very inconsistent atm.
Dark Horse RVP
Chelsea and Villa played twice in wk1 due to the diddly UEFA Super Cup Nedflanders, so both had a blank wk3.
Bayern Munich 2-2 Chelsea (Bayern win 5-4 on penalties)
Great to see Jack Wilshere get on the score board yesterday. The amount of times he got kicked yesterday was getting ridiculous. He got his reward though, by scoring a screamer. A point well earned against a team who's recent performances have seen their confidence grow.
Cashley looks set to miss out on some up-coming qualifiers. About time Hodgson gave a chance to Kieran Gibbs?
Rumours are abound that Wenger will be in the market for a striker in January. Anyone got any preferences?
I was happy for Wilshire but I did think he went down too easily hoping for the ref to protect him. He acted a little like a child looking for Daddy to hrlp him out with the neighborhood bullies. He should have stayed on his feet once he realised the ref was going to allow a lot of contact.
I agree with Fab that is hurts us that we have no true wide player and Wilshire is certainly not that.
I don't believe that Wenger will buy a striker in December/January. We do need one, Giroud is solid but misses too many chances and should have scored one this weekend, but I rather wait and get a Ozil type impact player (I think Higauin would have been that player) than sign an other average striker. Might as well give Bendtner some minutes.
If we do sign one perhaps Benzema would be the most likely of the big name strikers available but I am not 100% convinced about him and his attitude and work rate. If Wenger does buy Benzema I would be excited.
'Africa has its Messi!' writes a journalist in Italy.....and Arsenal just sold him to Roma.
From The Guardian...
Roma top of Serie A, on a stunning winning streak, and with a reborn Gervinho being so breathlessly admired by the locals that a writer in Il Romanista swooned that "Africa has its Messi", Sabatini reflected on a move that owed everything to the connection between player and mentor. "I would not have signed Gervinho for any other coach," he said. "Garcia specifically requested Gervinho, a player he had worked with and won with before at Lille. Because of that request we worked to bring Gervinho in. It was not an easy negotiation process, either."
He is playing with the enthusiasm of a man who has returned to a happy place. Gervinho has not come home in a physical sense because Italian football is new to him. But he has come home in a footballing sense. He feels absolutely at ease with Garcia. He feels implicit trust, which has given him the freedom to play without any anxiety. "I knew exactly what I was looking for when I joined Roma: the chance to play more, a coach who showed faith in me and a club with high ambitions," Gervinho explained. So far, so good.
Wenger has often trotted out the maxim that confidence is the "hardest thing to gain and the easiest thing to lose" and the more he looked at Gervinho, the deeper he felt that particular problem. When Roma called, it felt like a reasonable solution for everybody. "He looked to play with a lack of confidence, especially at the Emirates," Wenger said. "He is a very creative player, an instinctive dribbler and for that you need a lot of confidence to be completely efficient. I felt that in the last six months it was very difficult for him to express his talent in a confident way. Then you sit there and think: 'Do I bring him back or does he need a new challenge to get that confidence back?' and I did not want to stop him from getting a new chance."
For Wenger, it was a harder decision than some may imagine. As a manager he had witnessed numerous examples of players reaching new levels with a switch of clubs. It was something of a speciality in the first act of his Arsenal tenure, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp perfect examples of the benefits of a new chapter. Wenger accepted Gervinho needed a similar opportunity. He knew a fresh challenge would be an easier one than overcoming the doubters (and the player's self-doubts) at Arsenal.
Garcia is delighted that he and his protege (this is the third time he has signed Gervinho) have been able to flick the conviction switch so quickly. Gervinho still has his moments where his unpredictability is too enigmatic even for his team-mates to figure out, but overall his contribution to Roma's attacking play has been a revelation. "He is a lad who needs confidence," Garcia said. "We must understand that the scoring opportunities he creates don't exist without him there. He can get some wrong but I prefer to have him there because I know he'll create those opportunities. Gervinho has more experience now, is happy with his Roma team-mates and it's easier for him to play."
You know, I could have sworn I always said all Gervinho needed was confidence. Did you not the bit about Gervinho struggling to perform in front of the Emirates crowd too?
Same can be said for 99% of our lads in recent years.
R. Lambert (F - SHN) £ 12.84M 54
L. Suárez (F - LIV) C £ 19.70M 36
W. Rooney (F - MAN) £ 19.80M 68
S. Gerrard (M - LIV) £ 16.26M 77
C. Eriksen (M - TOT) £ 6.64M 22
A. Ramsey (M - ARS) £ 14.69M 102
M. Özil (M - ARS) £ 6.29M 39
J. Terry (D - CHE) £ 13.41M 56
M. Debuchy (D - NEW) £ 7.17M 61
K. Touré (D - LIV) £ 5.56M 26
S. Mignolet (G - LIV) £ 11.05M 91
M. Kelly (D - LIV) £ 2.00M
J. Ward-Prowse (M - SHN) £ 3.35M 32
M. Sakho (D - LIV) £ 7.63M 20
R. Elliot (G - NEW
.Mr OINK OINK !
...you still didn't reply on Man U...and now you've started talking about me instead of to me on here...?
,,,.what is it that you say when folk don't respond.....ohhh.... I remember now.....
But of course Osc & Ramsey will be brought on after 70 mins lol... so the flippin' good subs are useless!!! LOL... oh it's better just to drop 'em, gl to you too bud.
What I don't understand then if talking defence, what happened with Vermaelen? One time touted as a good buy and good defender. Today he hardly gets a look in. And I have to agree with FOG Bendy has grown up, or wised up, that there are better around him.. He's improved. Also I would like to add, that IMO AW has finally put to bed, the ghost of THenri , and that team, and those days. Prays be. Oh and one last dig, when are our resident Moyes Manure Boys going to put in an appearance. Has a plague of Arsenal headlines given them a headache they cant handle? Rock on you Gunners!
Not a word from the resident manUre gloryboy trolls? The cat really does have their tongue!
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This years app apparently wasnt tested enough so it has many glitches. I sometimes have to use three diffrent browsers to finally make my changes. There are times when you can not even open your team. Also a lot of times when I change some players app automaticly changes it back to my old squad just before I buy the last player. I allways check my final team a few times on diffrent browsers so I'm sure it's right.
Bottom line... the app this year is a complete disaster. They should have tested it properly before using it!
I was watching MOTD and Mr 'Walkers' asked the gathered 'intelligence' there, both of no particular persuasion(that I know of)if they thought Arsenal could win the PL. Without hesitation, to a man, came the answer. 'no'. Yet reading, and listening to others, they say how well Arsenal are playing and how good their play is etc. etc. and that the other teams aren't up to it, against us. They also show absolute surprise at how Arsenal have improved out of sight from relatively nothing. Excuse me? My point here is, that even the most un informed Arsenal supporters have said they(including both myself and FOG, to name just a few)that they have seen this coming for the last 2 to 3 seasons. And now that the team has hit top gear, with one simple signing, and the others finally clicking, and gathering confidence, it seems that nobody 'Knowledgeable Pundits and all) "saw this coming????"
I ask you what or who, have these people been watching? I mean, a team doesn't continue to regularly qualify for the CL without having something about them that is keeping them there. Has it always been about bias against Arsenal then, that keeps these knuckle heads refusing to admit the bloody obvious? I thinks so, anyway.