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Mahrez has been crap this year.
He's getting settled with this new lineup, but still created the most chances (12) vs Sunderland, which is a PL record...
Yeah it seems like he's starting to grow into it now.
True, he has less defensive duty with this new formation.. but still he's yet to find his fluid passing game so far..
Looks like it's because he's competing for space with teammates more than before. Everyone are closer.
Gibbs, Monreal, Holding, Ozil.
Wouldn't say this shape suits Ozil at all, he's one of the few that seem to have a hard time adapting to it. Ox, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal and Holding have upped their game massively in this shape, but anyone playing CF seem to struggle and Ozil is still not finding the space he's used to. Bellerin also seem to not get the position he's playing, with Sanchez constantly screaming at him to cut inside and go forward against Stoke.
Ozil is definitely more suited to a classic #10 position.
Arsenal transfer update: Gunners have completed first summer signing
"Completed" = not confirmed. Either way, can't be completed until July 1st anyway.
Neymar and Bale overrated? You're cluless if you relly think thatI think I'd take any of them over Ozil. Well, maybe not Sterling. But he's home-grown and young, that's a big advantage. So, I'd even take Sterling over Ozil
You'd take Pogba or Sterling over Ozil?
I really don't understand the thinking. Perez hasn't even been given a chance to show us if he's good enough or not. I'd give him 10 games starting as a CF and see what happens.
...and he assists Sanchez, again.
Are you guys seriously discussing bringing Fabrecunt back? That snake can rot on the Chelsea bench for eternity. The guy forced his way out of the club by going on strike. Not the kind of player we want, and not the kind of behaviour we want to reward by offering contracts.
The whole team is out of form for a handful of reasons, of which the biggest is Arsene Wenger. Sanchez and Ozil are still world class and far better than most players in the Premier League, but if a whole team is struggling they're not going to stand out. Football is a team sport. If the whole Barca squad was out of form people would start doubting Messi's abilities. That's how football works.
Signings are the least of my worries. We need to change our mindset, our attitude and our competitiveness. It needs to be infused into the club on all levels, from youth teams to academy to first team. It should be a hard struggle becoming good enough to play for Arsenal, and it should be zero tolerance on the pitch for anything less than 100% commitment. Opposition teams should hate playing against us, it should be trickiest fixtures in their season.
Currently, none of the "should" above is true. Our academy is light years behind even lesser teams, and hasn't produced anything of Premier League quality since Ashley Cole (ignoring Wilshere here due to the fact that he never plays). We have no sensible level-of-entry for playing, and our players look lethargic on the pitch even 1-0 down to Tottenham - a result that any real Arsenal player should be so infuriated by that they give 500% until that result is evened out or turned around.
And of course opposition teams love playing against us. We're one of the easiest fixtures on the schedule now, because we've been figured out for a long time. Press high, double up, attack on the counter. Works 90% of the time.
We're a joke in the football world, and the only way to fix it is to completely change the ethos and philosophy of the club. And the only way to do that is to bring in a manager with the desired traits.
The board has nothing to do with it.