Liverpool Message Board
- Govinda Govinda Dec 20, 2013 13:44 Flag
Many make the mistake to believe that by saying things like "one thing is for sure, it won't be Arsenal." they say something meaningful, yet it is a lazy way of thinking and speaking (writing), or at least limited.
Any one, including a quantum physicist, will tell you no event is an absolute certainty. To put your belief or opinion as fact to others shows a limited mind with control issues. Or as you so like to say, it shows an idiot.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 20, 2014 08:33 Flag
you are improving. You strike ma as some one who has withdraw symptoms from this forum within the hour. Keep up the good work. Is the therapy working?
Qute from today's press analysing the stats on the top 15 PL strikers:
The Arsenal striker’s statistics make interesting reading. Of the Premier League’s top 15 scorers, Giroud needs by far the most chances to score, averaging 7.86 shots per goal, with Jay Rodriguez of Southampton the next highest at 6.00. Giroud’s percentage of shots on target is also the lowest at a poor 30.31%, with Loic Remy the next worse at 36.17%. Of the top ten scores in the league, Giroud has the lowest ratio of goals per game, currently at 0.48. The stats suggest that, although the Frenchman’s importance to the Gunners is unquestionable, Giroud is wasteful and could be improved upon; Arsenal’s reported interest in Diego Costa – who averages around three shots per goal, with 57.45% of those shots on target – seems unsurprising.
There have been some serious rumours about us signing Julian Draxler for 45 mill Euros during this January window.
Julian is not the deadly striker we need but IMO would be a great signing. He appears to be an amazing wide player who can score with both legs and is unselfish with his assists. We are that much better when we play with true wide players rather than being forced to play central midfielders like Cazorla, Rosicky or Ramsey out wide.
I would be willing to sacrifice signing a top striker if we singed Draxler. My logic would be that we would possibly score more as a result of him being a true left wing (or right wing, he can play both) wide player and if we keep a long term perspective (and gamble), if indeed we move Theo over to the center and Gnarby and Ox on the right wing than we would possibly look better for the future than if we did not have a true left winger and signed Costa and kept Cazorla or Podolski as our left wingers, neither are as impressive as Julian.
Julian might really be the first true left wing player we would have after Overmars and he reminds me a little of RVP when he started at Feyenoord. He has similar ball control and skills as RVP so maybe Wenger would see him also as a long term central striker.
Chances are though that if we spend that type of money on Draxler that we would do little else now or this summer but I could live with that because we would likely continue to improve.
Given the theoretical choice between Draxler and Costa or Martinez and for the sake of argument lets assume similar price tags, who would you rather see at Arsenal (assuming you are an Arsenal fan)?
- Govinda Govinda Feb 11, 2014 07:36 Flag
I remember Giroud's chance at 1-0 down. Had he taken it and leveled the game might have been different but he is not that type of striker IMO. The faul called on Mertesacker before the 1st goal was weak and it did look like some Liverpool players were of side on the goal but no Liverpool player should have gotten a body part on the ball period same for the corner from which Skirtel scored a great header. 2 set pieces 2 goals is not acceptable at this level and is old Arsenal. But like you said it does happen. After that individual mistakes contributed to the next goals and after going 2-0 down that should never happen.
I just read an article this morning which said ""The manager is expected to make a couple of changes with the axe likely to fall on Nacho Monreal, while he must make a big decision about Mesut Ozil.
"Ozil was criticised for his contribution at Anfield and, according to the Arsenal medical team, he is close to the ‘red zone’ — when fatigue creeps in and players are more exposed to injury.
"The £42million signing from Real Madrid has not settled comfortably into life in London and despite an encouraging start has not been satisfied with his own recent form."
I think Wenger should protect Ozil and rest him. It is normal for him to need time to adjust to the PL, he is not the first foreign player to need time to adjust.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 17, 2014 09:24 Flag
It is hard for me to imagine that one manager can launch an unprovoked attack on a fellow manager and that this can be appreciated by anyone with a sound mind.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 21, 2014 09:12 Flag
Mata is a wonderful player, but despite playing with superior goal scoring team mates he loses the only objective battle to Ozil which are the stats but I guess that fact is too hard to deal with for the Arsenal hater. Hatred seems to have poisoned your brain
- Govinda Govinda Feb 11, 2014 13:07 Flag
A few weeks ago I saw a stat which showed Giroud as one of the more inaccurate strikers in terms of %shots on target and conversion. This is not a big surprise because it "feels" like he needs a lot of chances to score. He is pretty good with his had and great at involving others and creating assists but poor in scoring goals and seems to need a lot of time to control the ball and get a shot of on goal.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 26, 2014 06:49 Flag
"Olympiacos. Not Bayern Munich or Barcelona. Olympiacos. Not master coach Pep Guardiola. Michel. Not Lionel Messi. Alejandro Dominguez.
And not down to 10 men either. Unlike Arsenal and Manchester City last week, Manchester United had their full complement on the field. It just didn’t look like it.
They contrived to lose, not to giants, but to one of the also-rans of the competition. Olympiacos are not potential winners.
Chances are they will be removed in the quarter-finals by the first good team they play, if they manage to survive the return leg at Old Trafford. The odds must favour them now.
United pulled the plum tie out of the Champions League draw — and then choked on it.
This may well be the worst performance of David Moyes’s brief time as United manager, the one that really will cause questions to be asked about his suitability."
It all started when he passed on Ozil and continued when he was conned by Mourinho to accept poor Mata, but how will it end?
- Govinda Govinda Feb 21, 2014 16:47 Flag
He could have thrown in the CL as well, no need to give up on that yet. Best team in the world could only 2 goals past us when we were down to 10 man for more than half the game. They also needed two great goals to get it done. We still have a chance albeit a long shot.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 28, 2014 10:41 Flag
You might soon discover that qualifying for the CL is better than an FA cup or League cup. I know you like counting. How many years on the trot did Arsenal qualify for CL football? Hope for you your counter on that one doesn't get reset to zero.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 21, 2014 09:02 Flag
Your expertise about reading statistical feed back seems to have a perfect negative correlation with your display of your blind hatred for all things Arsenal.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 21, 2014 17:03 Flag
So let me get this right, Mourinho, your hero, who calls Ozil the best nr 10 in the world only gives Mata e few minutes and sells him, but you with your profound football knowledge (we all know your intellect) think Mata is better and try to use the fact he couldn't get on the pitch enough as an excuse for posting poorer stats? Well even if you compare Ozil on a like for like basis his stats are superior.
Try again little hater.
- Govinda Govinda Feb 17, 2014 07:15 Flag
Read the whole thread and you will see that there were complaints about no second yellow for Stevie or the ridiculous first yellow for Flamini.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 19, 2013 15:23 Flag
It will be an entertaining title race. All preseason contenders have shown their flaws and as you say a few of the small teams have shown big skills. For the moment and in absence of major January spending I would say the top 4 teams are till more or less equal favorites IMO but if I had to put a prediction down at this point it would be:
1. City - on account of current from and depth of squad
2. Chelsea - on account of depth of squad but they still don't seem to have hit their stride
3. Arsenal - on account of lacking depth most glaringly at striker but now also at CB
4. Liverpool - Suarez culd push them higher up the table than 4th but ....
Man U - could fight for 4th if they bring in some real quality players in January but you have to wonder which quality player would want to come and play for them at this point?
Spurs - Could come back into the top 4 depending on their new manager, they have a capable squad.
Everton - could surprise further by sustaining their current pace but a thin squad makes that difficult.
- Reply to MCMXCIX Jan 6, 2014 18:56
This year was our best chance in a long time to win a trophy. Our squad IMO was 3rd in the PL behind City and Chelsea with Walcott out and having less depth than those two other squads our chances of winning the PL, what ever they were are reduced meaningfully.
I hope Wenger will rely on Gnarby out wide since he brings pace and directness. In previous games when Walcott was out he has tried to start CM players like Wilshire and Ramsey out on the right that those not work great for as long as half a season.
I feel sorry for Theo missing out on this exciting season and WC.
Wenger please compensate for the loss of Theo by buying a top player or 2, one of them a striker.
- Govinda Govinda Dec 19, 2013 15:03 Flag
I hope Wenger will get Costa or Michu in January. We are not far from having a squad that has a serious chance of competing for titles (that is not to say that the current squad can't win a trophy) but we need most of all a better striker. This title race will likely come down to a few points between 1st and 2nd and a striker who is more clinical can make that difference.