Everton Message Board
On paper we are still in it against Monaco tonight. With the squad we have compared to Monaco we should have more than the 5% chance we are given.
Having said this, Monaco has performed better then their squad would imply IMO and we tend to under perform in the big games. We saw 2 pleasant surprises this season, one against City and one against Man U.
I think Paulista playing would help but as it stands I predict a draw tonight. I expect to fall pray again to the Monaco counter attack, a weakness we have had for years and I fear we will start rushing and play panic football way too early.
Clearly an early Arsenal goal could spice this game up but chances are higher IMO that a first half Monaco goal would kill an already dead tie of completely.
The silver lining is that being eliminated from the next round of CL football will save us 2 games our squad doesn't need and will allow us to focus on the PL 2 and 3 places (hopefully) and the FA cup.
With Man U, Liverpool and probably City all out of Europe at least it would level the fixture burden a little amongst those teams fighting for the top 4 places.
Direct qualification for next years CL would be a big bonus IMO and better than making it one more round in the CL.
Dear ghosts any thoughts?
I have expressed my opinion this summer that we are too weak in the spine of defense. Mertesacker is too slow and doesn't even start for Germany in their must win WC games and if you add Arteta to that mix, quality teams like Dortmund will run circles around you all season long. We will not win many games with Arteta as DM in front of Mertesacker. Flamini is a better tackler but seems to have lost something this season and is a bit panicky. We could have had blind for £14 million!!!
"While some of the blame for the lack of stability has been placed on the defenders, and rightfully so, Wenger’s 4-1-4-1 formation with an absence of a solid defensive midfielder is ultimately killing this team. 32-year-old Mikel Arteta was used as the lone defensive midfielder in Tuesday’s match in Germany and looked completely out of place at the position (although it must be said that it is not 100% the player’s fault, as Arteta is not a true defensive midfielder).
Mathieu Flamini, 30 years old, has also filled the role in front of the back four defenders this season; however, the Frenchman appears to have lost some of the athleticism and command that made him an outstanding free agent signing in 2013. Flamini is also dealing with a concussion at the moment as well.
Pushing Özil out wide has also hurt the Gunners. As one of the best “number 10’s” in the world, Özil is best suited in the space just behind the center forward, not on the left flank. Özil’s best attributes are creativity, passing, and vision, and deploying him on the wing is like purchasing a Ferrari California to pick up the kids after school.
The question some fans and pundits are asking is if Wenger loves the 4-1-4-1 formation so much, why didn’t he go after a top defensive midfielder during the transfer window? William Carvalho, Lars Bender, and Sami Khedira were all linked with the Gunners over the summer, but Arsenal and Wenger could not seal a deal for any of the imposing midfielders."
"I didn't see the United game, I was away"
LMFAO - Aye, a likely story and I'll bet you'll soon be 'away' again after the 5-3 STUFFING off Leicester City earlier today.
I dont think its wise to overreact to the Dortmund game, as they are basically a superior version of Arsenal, and would beat most English teams 2-0 in Germany.
Flamini I felt was a typical Wenger signing over the past 8 or so years, but perhaps the last of his kind given his new found relationship with his chequebook. I suspect he will add serious quality to the DM position in the near future. One thing he wont change is his need to take his time to get (what he thinks is) the right player. Ozil Im not sure will ever come good here, I dont think he fits the style of the premiership but could be wrong there. Veron mark 2 possibly.
The question is, are you OLD scrote Altree's feminine side or her masculine side?
It's hard to tell really as neither of you appear to be of either decided or fixed gender but you are a pair of fannies!
I gather no Prawnchester Ushyted fans went to the bother of sending the the Glazer family their sincerest condolences after Malcolm's passing?
Not surprised seeing as Prawnchester Ushyted fans have no class at all.
I bet Mata wishes that he hadn't signed for Prawnchester Ushyted in the first place although I'm sure his wages will make up for such a disappointing season at Old Traffturd.
So, the truth hurts, eh Midget?
A mere mention of your insistence that Phibbers was next to Holloway Road tube, your fright of John, your antics at The Metro Gay Bar and Grille, your admittance to never having seen Arsenal play, your support of Palace, and, of course, the infamous pink dickie-bow .... and you get my posts deleted!
Keep up the good work, this one will be saved and used again to rub your grotty little nose in it!
Grow up, Gillian, if you can't think of anything sensible to say, and you've been trying for seven years, try shutting it!
...that was four words...seven exclamation marks and one abbreviation for four more words...?
...just off the top of my head...I can think of at least seven of your names...two of which are female...and all of which you deny....are you really "Baldrick" ...or will you respond as Jack...?
....it doesn't really matter...you sound exactly the same....even as "Susan"...
...now I have two words for you "Gillian"...woman to woman if you like....:)
Arrrrrrhhhhhh! Ha Ha H aHa Ha Ha!.........Oh dear Ive PMSL again???? and here's the beauty of it, its at your expense too Rickity !!! Arrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhh! Ha Ha Ha H ahhhhhhh! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!
Oh look at the time Rickty. Just enough for another guzzle before collapsing into that stink hole of a bed of yours.......
...Ohh! I forgot. Well done The Gunners....and two fingers to Govinda. Pick the bones out of that result....sunshine
Deary me, Sweet, the way you chop him down to size is just hilarious, he's already dropped his Baldrick, Nabby, Sarah, Ricky, Jake, and Londoners IDs because of the ridicule, and the way you hammer him he'll soon have to make a few more!
I love willy in my mouth, slapped against my forehead and rammed up my backside, that's why I'm known as 'Bend Over Butch' around Cairns .... you gotta larf!
...take your droppings back to the Man U board...the one you killed...
....your attention seeking trough has been filled over there...you have swill...:)