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It wasn't just one day though. Napoli had an extra day of rest in between there league games too. The league games in Italy are a much tamer and slower affair.
We matched them in the first half, but in the second half our players did get tired. Wenger had to rotate bit too, so we didn't have what I would consider our best starting XI out on the field from the start.
I'm not making excuses for the loss. Napoli deserved the win. But, because of the lack of depth in our squad, we now have potentially a more difficult next round game.
My big worry however, is going to City this weekend. City having had an extra day of rest too, and a much bigger squad to pick from. This could be a damaging result for team morale if they don't turn up on the day.
I don't think they made us look ordinary at all. We were tired. Napoli had played on Dec 2nd & 7th. We had played on Dec 4th & 8th. It is no surprise that we should be the more tired of the two teams. We had less time to rest in between games and the Italian league is slower and less physical than the Prem.
"Had they scored again, Arsenal would have been out" This is absolutely true. Thankfully all here would have been pleased that wasn't the case.
If this is the case, then Maureen was dumb not to include it.
Even so, not unlike us, Everton could suffer if their only striker is injured.
Everton's squad is even thinner than ours.....and ours is very thin up front.
Everton might not be in control of their destiny though. That could be down to Jose Mourinho.
If Torres, Ba or Eto'o get injured, Martinez could find himself without his best player and top scorer.
I think there's a distinct difference between an innocent joke and a wind-up post.
For a start, it is a joke about a team from another board. The fact I have posted it on the Arsenal board makes clear the fact that is intended purely to amuse other Arsenal supporters.
Well it appears I wasn't too far out with the team performances, but I got my dates mixed up! LOL
We got the 3 we needed.
City won theirs.
The Chavs come close to a draw.
The dippers 'one man team' did well too.
Utd though.....#$%$! I thought they might draw, but never imagined they would lose, at home, to Everton!
Well done Martinez et al.
I do wonder if games that are 'banana skins' are based on the mental attitude of the team. i.e games they go into thinking they can win without even trying. In which case, this kind of approach seems to have been drilled out of them now.
Hull aren't the 'rugby' team they were a few seasons ago and this team appear to have built up some resilience to the physical sides of late. Even Stoke were tamed by us, without us receiving one card. Steve Bruce has always put out teams to 'rough' us up, but I don't think it will work now.
The maths points towards a home win for us this weekend. Since our first game of the season disaster, we have had 5 straight home wins. Hull took a big scalp last week against Liverpool, but have only managed 1 win, and have had 5 losses away from home.
Chelsea & City are both away from home this weekend. Although neither are against formidable opponents, both have mixed form away from home. City have lost 4 of their six away games this season, but I can't see them coming unstuck against The Baggies.
The Chavs are against Sunderland away and Maureen's men have the most mixed form away from home this year. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The losses from Everton and Newcastle, who are both doing well. They also lost to Basel, who aren't exactly European Elite. This one could go either way.
Liverpool shouldn't have any problems against Norwich, but it comes off the back of being beaten by Hull!
Utd could draw as Martinez has Everton playing very well (without Fellaini).
If things go as I imagine they could, the league would look:-
Rice didn't play with Adams. He went to Watford the same year Adams joined the youth squad.
Smith joined a few years after, when Rice had come back as a youth coach.
Not a great performance, but then again the other team were very poor. Strange given the quality they have in their squad. Maybe the new 75% tax regime has hit their mental state more than anyone thought it would?
Mixed in with the poor performance and a number of missed opportunities were two great goals.
One more game to go before the competition starts to heat up.
I just mentioned Mirallas and Wes Brown.
I didn't mention the Fellaini/Medel who could both have been sent off for elbows/slaps.
I only mention the Utd game as they are a competitor for the league.
You have to concede that ANY player at one of the bigger clubs is highlighted by the media whenever they step over the line.
That's how we know Rooney is a granny shagger, Terry is a #$%$, Wilshere is a little thug and Suarez is a diving vampire.
I don't put any stock in posts purely aimed at winding people up.
Excuse my French, but that's #$%$
Rooney's card was one of at least three that were highlighted as being 'wrong' this weekend.
Mirallas should have got a red and Wes Brown shouldn't.
Geez. You do play the 'victim' card an awful lot.
So you think the Cardiff player had it coming to him? ha ha
Utd's defence has lacked speed for some time. Rio should have retired and Vidic was never that fast. Time Moyes took the opportunity of using fresh blood. I think Utd's midfield is more wanting. Fellaini looks out of his depth.