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    Fifa growing a pair?

    by Govinda Apr 2, 2014 12:27
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:37 Flag

    Didn't the same FIFA banned Chelsea a few seasons ago, only to do a U-turn and lift the ban on Chelsea when Chelsea threatened legal actions? Don't hold your breath, Govinda.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:32 Flag

    It would be a great coup if Arsenal can get him but sadly Bayern aren't a selling club and don't always sell one of their best players to the opposition. But you never know, we might get lucky finding a solution to our striking problem in the summer .

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    Half Time....

    by Baldrick Apr 1, 2014 20:47
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:25 Flag

    I think Wenger is too blind, maybe too arrogant, to change his footballing philosophy. This is the main reason we kept losing badly to our closest rivals in recent years, imo. It seems to me that either Wenger is too ashamed to be reminded by the media that he instructed his team to ''park the bus'' in order to get the job done, something he has steadfastly slated other managers doing against Arsenal in the past, or he's being tactical incompetent as you can't always rely on one system / formation if you want to succeed.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 12:12 Flag

    ''80% possession means nothing''. Not always true, as you would have more chances of scoring if you retain possession of the ball than letting the opposing side keep hold of the ball for large period of the game. I think Bayern were their own worse enemy at Old Trafford as they tried to walk the ball into a parked defence aqnd into the net when a simple long range shot at goal would have done the trick. They made Man U's job too easy for them with their lack of attacking variation on the day. The introduction of Mandzukic changed the game for Bayern as Mandzukic is the right sort of forward who bullies tight defence, they got their break through his intelligent movement in the box.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 11:37 Flag

    Judging from what I saw in the first game (total dominance by the away side), they would be spanked by Bayern in the Allianz Arena. I think you're letting your soft spot for Man U fool you and not thinking straight Govinda.

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    Half Time....

    by Baldrick Apr 1, 2014 20:47
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 11:07 Flag

    "Why should we be jealous or worried about that?"

    No one is ''jealous or worried about Man U'' being dominated on their own patch. I'd be more worried and jealous if it is the other way round as that would have suggested to me that they would be ready to challenge for top 4 finish next season.

    What they did (11 behind the ball) against Bayern last night isn't a difficult tactics to pull off as West Ham proved against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea a few weeks ago.

  • Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 09:53 Flag

    Spot-on, Jacob.

    Isn't it funny that 1-1 draw at home is being hailed as a great result for Man U, which shows you how far their stock have fallen in recent years. I always remember reading that in Europe, a team need a lead going into the next match if playing at home first, as things stand Bayern are in full control and will be playing in front of their own fans in the return leg, a nice little advantage to have. They don't have to go chasing the game as they are through to the Semis on the away goal rule. All they have to do in the return leg is retain possession of the ball in their own half of the pitch and we know they are excellent at that, and invite Man U to come at them leaving acres of space to exploit on the counter, lol!

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    Half Time....

    by Baldrick Apr 1, 2014 20:47
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 2, 2014 09:30 Flag

    "TBH I thought it was great result for Man U"

    A ''great result''?

    As things stand, they are OUT of the CL on away goal rule.

    A great result for them would have been to have a lead, even a slender 1 goal lead, to take to the Allianz Arena to defend.

    Arsenal played 60 minutes with a man down unlike Man U, if I remember correctly both teams were pegged at 0-0 before we were reduced to 10 men.

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    Half Time....

    by Baldrick Apr 1, 2014 20:47
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 1, 2014 22:01 Flag

    "They are simply not CL quality. The same can be said for Arsenal at this present moment in time. Giggs, Ferdinand, and Rooney are blowing like old dray horses trying to chase shadows...its a joke"

    Couldn't have said it better myself........... TOTAL DOMINANCE by the AWAY side despite the flukey Vidic headed goal. It is a sad reflection on the state of the EPL.

  • 1 (away) goal down at home and offered nothing attacking-wise tonight, for a home team parking the bus the way they did tonight it is a sad reflection on the EPL. How did it come to this?

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 1, 2014 12:41 Flag

    On a serious note, Rikki, what do you make of Moyes' reign thus far?

    Do you think he should be given enough time to finish the job he started?

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 1, 2014 12:02 Flag

    Your team are either 4 top, mid-table fodder (top TEN) or relegation battlers.

    Choose one, Rikki.

    PMSL@rikki!

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Apr 1, 2014 11:51 Flag

    There’s an old cliche often spouted out by footballing analysts, managers, or fans up and down the country, Rikki.

    “The league table doesn't lie,” they say.

    Man U are a mid-table side, FACT!

    Stop deluding yourself, Rikk, that they aren't..

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Mar 31, 2014 22:39 Flag

    "Three of those games were against much tougher opposition than Everton have faced since then."

    Arsenal have faced much tougher test than the toffees indeed.

    Having said that, I think Rikki has a point as midtable teams supporters would perceive teams slightly stronger than their teams as tougher opposition.

    I was watching latest Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement debate about possible destination of Luke Shaw in the summer, Mirror's Chief Football Writer Martin Lipton was asked by the programme presenter: ''where do you go if you are Luke Shaw''? And Lipton replied, "I go for United, I go there to play, I go there as first choice because if you go to Chelsea, you will be second choice to Cesar Azpilicueta and I wanna play, he (Shaw) is a first team player, he's played this season, played last season, he's a first team player for a top TEN club."

    There you have it delivered to you by a reputable journo, Rikki, United are a ''top TEN club'', no wonder games against Cardiff City, Swansea, Newcastle and Fulham seem like a daunting task to Rikki.

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Mar 30, 2014 17:03 Flag

    Funny how Rikki's floppy disk-like brain has no recollection whatsoever of the twenty-odd games that have been played before ''the last ten EPL games'' of the season, I guess we should all starting counting points just like Rikki from match day 23. PMSL@rikki!

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    Be afraid, be very afraid ....

    by Old Mother Oink! Mar 30, 2014 15:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Mar 30, 2014 15:31 Flag

    I guess plucky little Everton putting up a fight, something your bunch of wimps and weaklings failed to do all season, is Rikki's only crumb of comfort on a miserable season.

    I'm sure Arsenal are afraid, NOT!

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    It's a funny old game...

    by FABONGRASSS Mar 29, 2014 20:20
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Mar 29, 2014 22:47 Flag

    Arsenal have blown it big time I'm afraid, with our inexplicably abject showing against our close rivals away from home. I think there's no way back for us as City still have 2 games in hand. Should City win their games in hand, they would be 9 points ahead of Arsenal with only 6 games to go, that's a huge gap to bridge at this late stage in the season. Had we taken the full 3 points on offer against Swansea, maybe that would have kept us in the race, as things stand, I just can't see the 3 teams above us all collapsing to let Arsenal in again.

    The way Palace dismantled Chelsea tactically today makes one wonder how Wenger prepares his team for the head-to-head games against our closest rivals. Palace were very unlucky and didn't deserve to lose at Stamford Bridge early in the season, they got their just reward today thanks to Tony Pulis' tactical nous, Pulis outwitted Mourinho thanks to the way he set his team up. Additionally, Palace were up for it and it showed in their approach as they won all the 50/50 challenges and restricted Chelsea throughout the game to half chances, and Hazard was anonymous for the away side and barely threatened which again was mainly down to the way Pulis set them up.

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    OH WOE!!

    by Piggy Mar 26, 2014 20:22
    Ref, It Was Me! Ref, It Was Me! Mar 26, 2014 21:19 Flag

    'Ridicule', Christine? NEVER, that wasn't my intention. The last person on here I would dare to ridicule is Fabongrass.

    I just disagreed with his opinion about yesterday's match, end of.

    For the record, Fabongrass is his own person and has proved time and again that he can stand up and defend himself against the board nutter like yourself. He has gone out of his way to defend me against the board bullies in the past. I think you must have got the wrong end of the stick with your 'ridicule' nonsense, Chrissy boy.

    City have done all the damage they threatened to do to your midtable fodder side, 7-0 aggregate, you can come out of the closet and stop pretending to be someone else, we knew all along that it is the cowardly Kung-fu Navy Seal.

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Mar 26, 2014 17:34 Flag

    If Man U end the season in 7th position, the only way they will qualify for the Europa League is if Arsenal finish fifth and win the FA Cup. Talk about getting into Europe through the back door, lol.

    I for one won't be happy for Arsenal to do them a favour, I hope that that is enough motivation for our lads to get their acts together and get back on track. We are a CL side, not a Europa fodder.

  • Ref, It Was Me! by Ref, It Was Me! Mar 26, 2014 10:47 Flag

    Speaking on Sky Sports after Arsenal conceded a comical equaling goal, the former Man U midfielder said and I quote:

    "It’s been a typical week for Arsenal, really,” he said. “They capitulated at Chelsea and it seems to be a similar theme which happens when they play the top teams. It happened at Liverpool, they conceded six against City. For one reason or another, the players just seem to go missing. The Artetas, the Cazorlas, the Rosickys, Ozils although I know he has not played for a bit.
    "It seems like they go on the pitch with no discipline. It's as though, 'you four, five midfielders go out there and do what you want - try and score a goal. A few nice one-twos, nice tippy tappy football - but don't bother running back'. That is my thoughts on it.

    "I don't know if it is the manager - it just seems that way. Midfield players with no discipline. There are no leaders. No Patrick Vieira, no Adams, or Martin Keown. They need sometimes need a midfielder who say 'look, come beside me for five or 10 minutes and let's stop the flow of attacks.'
    “These lot go 2-0 down and carry on what they are doing. They have a walk up front or lose the ball. Play a nice little one-two but they don't bother sprinting back. You wonder why they are in the position you are in. You feel sorry for Arsenal fans. They get the same thing every year. The hint of a title for a few weeks then they go to Chelsea, City or Liverpool and they just do nothing.
    "Fans expect Arsenal to go for a League trophy. They are third or fourth but are a million miles away, in my eyes. When we played against Arsenal teams it was really tough. Now, you play Arsenal and just get stuck in and you have won the game."

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    Although I disagree with his Wilshere assessment but he's bang on the money with the things he said about the perrenial lack of discipline afflicting our side. I think this is a clear indictment of Wenger’s tactics and recent buying policy.