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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:21 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Well, that and 45.5 mil (figure being reported by SkySports). Interesting discussion in ESPN about whether or not Ozil fills a need for Arsenal. Have to say I agree, they already have plenty of creative midfielders, what they needed was a goalscorer. They went after Higuain and Suarez and didn't get them, and in my opinion have not addressed that need with the signing of Ozil.


    However Ozil will help take some burden off Cazorla and Giroud is playing very well so far this season.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:27 pm
  • Ozil is some signing for Arsenal, arguably best of the window. Still think they could have done with another striker though.

    Liverpool made some impressive signings and should do well this year...however, it's Liverpool. As has been the case over the last 20 years, I expect them to fall apart at some point/go on a terrible run when no one expects it. Probably when Suarez comes back.

    What has happened to Man Utd? They needed at least 4/5 players.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:10 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Yeah, I know I sound like I'm knocking this signing, I guess I'm just trying to see the sense in investing 45.5 million quid in a guy to 'help take the burden' off other players. That's the kind of money you spend on someone who will win you games on their own. He's a very good player, Gate, and he'll help Arsenal going forward for sure, I just want to wait and see.

    Fellaini to United for 27.5 million pounds. What a joke. Fellaini wouldn't make the squad at Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs or City. How the mighty have fallen.


    Quick question. Didn't Fellaini have a release clause that was worth 24 million which expired at the beginning of August? If so, why did United decide to wait till the absolute last second to pay 3.5 million more for him? It's baffling. It's also funny how many midfielders United went through before they settled for him.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:26 pm
  • Good on Arsenal for spending some money, although I think they could have addressed other needs but whatever. I really like Liverpool to make top 4 this year if we can keep our current form.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:26 pm
  • I'd say Arsenal and Liverpool had the most successful deadline day. The panic button was definitely smashed by Man United. I was definitely surprised by Lukaku going to Everton on loan and not to West Brom.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:46 pm
  • Gatehawk wrote:I'd say Arsenal and Liverpool had the most successful deadline day. The panic button was definitely smashed by Man United. I was definitely surprised by Lukaku going to Everton on loan and not to West Brom.


    Ozil is a good player...but are you really satisfied with 44 mill on an attacking mid given their need for a striker and defenders. They seemed hell bent on spending cash which seemed a bit desperate. Interested to see how it works out. Obviously he adds a lot to the attack.

    Thought Everton recovered well.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:11 am
  • Ozil? Didn't see that coming! Wenger should get the fans off his back with that move. Not, perhaps, their most prsssing need but you'd have to think he'll make them better.

    It's going to be a good season. 6 teams that have legitimate hopes of making the top 4. I think Chelsea is the only one who's pretty much assured of making it. United fans must be more than a tad concerned about their future. Should have gone all in for Mourinho.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:36 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    Gatehawk wrote:I'd say Arsenal and Liverpool had the most successful deadline day. The panic button was definitely smashed by Man United. I was definitely surprised by Lukaku going to Everton on loan and not to West Brom.


    Ozil is a good player...but are you really satisfied with 44 mill on an attacking mid given their need for a striker and defenders. They seemed hell bent on spending cash which seemed a bit desperate. Interested to see how it works out. Obviously he adds a lot to the attack.

    Thought Everton recovered well.


    I forgot about Everton when I said that, and I was only referring to final day. Had Arsenal made some more moves it would've been better, but Arteta and Vermaelen do appear set to return after the break, so if they can stay healthy then Arsenal should make it January. Signing Ozil is much more of a good decision because of his versatility, he's able to be played either in the midfield or even on the attacking wings, meaning he can be played where on that left side that's short on options. They went big for 1 signing, but if people still complain about Arsenal not spending after this, then I don't know what those morons would want. Wenger basically killed 2 birds with one stone in the Ozil move, he splashed the cash and bought a clear cut world class player.

    If you want to talk about desperate spending then United fits that bill to a T.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:08 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Well, steady on a minute, Gate. It's important to get value for money. 44mil or whatever it was is a pretty tall order. That means they rate Ozil higher than Suarez, and I don't think they're in the same league. Suarez would not be sitting on real's bench, I can tell you that. Ozil has definitely shown quality in the past, but as I've said a few times, I think it's a goalscorer that Arsenal needed, not someone to provide assists. The main criticism I have is that Arsenal have invested 44 million pounds in a position where they already seem to have plenty of quality depth.


    Yeah this was basically my thought. Ozil's signing really only solves the most pressing need at Arsenal: to spend alot of money on a player.

    Ozil's a very good player. 44 mill for a CAM is a massive risk. Thats more than Goetze, Isco and Lucas, all of whom I rate higher.

    If you look at Arsenal's targets this summer they were all fairly similar in the sense they were big names, highly priced and wanted out of their current clubs. all three served a different purpose on the field which to me (like United) meant they didnt really know exactly what they wanted in terms of skill... more just wanted "a" player who fit the financial/name recognition that would satisfy the fans.

    Ozil is a very good player for sure and a good signing. He may end up being the best CAM in the Prem if he sits well with Giroud in front of him. but i dont see it as many more or less desperate than Fellaini (or Sakho for that matter)
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:01 pm
  • Don't get me wrong, that thought did run through my head even before he was confirmed, when they said Arsenal offered 44.2 million. It is intriguing that Arsenal felt they had to pay that much for a non-EPL player, yet stopped short of that when going for arguably one of the top strikers in the EPL.

    When you think about it, the price makes some sense, Ozil's one of the top players on the German National Team, he's coming from one of the biggest clubs in the World and he's practically an assist machine. Could Arsenal have tried to get him for less, probably, would Madrid have sold him for less, not too sure on that. Add to that some people are saying Arsenal got Ozil cheap.

    Also, there are some reports that PSG had offered way more money than Arsenal and that it was a conversation between Ozil and Wenger that convinced Mesut to sign with Arsenal. If those reports about PSG are true, we can only imagine how much the Parisians offered above that 44.2 million pounds.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:59 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Well, assists are only good if you've got a goal-poacher to get on the end of them. Right now, Arsenal seem to have Giroud and a whole bunch of 'assist machines'. they went after strikers at the beginning of the window, and that made sense, but then they spend a boatload of cash on a CAM. I'm just in the middle with this one. I don't want to knock the transfer, because Ozil is a high-quality player who will make things happen in the attacking third, but I just can praise it too much because it doesn't make sense from a need or value perspective. We'll see.


    They do have assist machines all around now, but those assist machines are just as dangerous at scoring goals as Giroud has been lately. Remember last season Theo Walcott was the top scorer, Cazorla added 12, Podolski had 16, and Ozil with Madrid last season had 10.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:00 am
  • Let's run through the list of good things that happened for Arsenal this week:
    We beat Spurs
    They sold Bale
    We signed Özil
    Levy failed in attempts to stop it
    United failed to hijack it
    RVP unhappy with Moyes(reportedly)

    And that was just the first 3 days.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:52 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Gatehawk wrote:Let's run through the list of good things that happened for Arsenal this week:
    We beat Spurs
    They sold Bale
    We signed Özil
    Levy failed in attempts to stop it
    United failed to hijack it
    RVP unhappy with Moyes(reportedly)

    And that was just the first 3 days.


    #winning

    Oh wait, that's right, none of that improves your chances of winning the league.


    Never said it did. All I'm saying is that it's a good week to be a Gooner.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:04 pm
  • Well should've known this wasn't over. BBC is reporting that Arsenal is gonna keep an eye on Luis Suarez's situation at Liverpool and might attempt to sign him in January. Not too sure if that's gonna be a good idea.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:38 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:Well should've known this wasn't over. BBC is reporting that Arsenal is gonna keep an eye on Luis Suarez's situation at Liverpool and might attempt to sign him in January. Not too sure if that's gonna be a good idea.



    Honest question gate... are you 9 years old, or just a very gullible adult?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:05 am
  • I'm neither. If it's true then I just don't think it's a good idea, I get the feeling there's still a little bitterness over that 40 million and 1 pound bid and cause of it, I don't see Liverpool selling him to Arsenal for anything unless it's an absurdly ridiculous overpriced bid, like Bale to Madrid.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:54 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:there's no bitterness, Gate. Teams are not run by teenagers. Suarez is a Liverpool player, and will remain so until they let him go.


    Like there's no bitterness with the Costa Rican's over a game from 6 months ago.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:04 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:there's no bitterness, Gate. Teams are not run by teenagers. Suarez is a Liverpool player, and will remain so until they let him go.


    Like there's no bitterness with the Costa Rican's over a game from 6 months ago.



    Well yes, youre gullible. Gullible because youve yet to figure out how the media works when it comes to these stories.

    Lets ask this. Who at "Arsenal" gave that quote? Honest question gate... do you really believe a high ranking official from the club decided to tell the BBC that they would consider going after Suarez again. They just decided to give some insight into their next transfer window objectives? Just like that?

    Do you know of any NFL, MLB, etc teams that would do that? no, ofcourse not, and neither do clubs in the PL.

    grow up Peter Pan.

    and trying to compare a transfer offer to losing a World Cup qualifier? mother mary on a pogo stick (for you peachers) i truly cant tell if you're serious or playing us all for a fun
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:21 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:This season is gonna be great. No team is safe, there are no easy matches. Villa are apparently not as good as we thought, and it doesn't appear - at least at this point - that Chelsea are just gonna walk away with the league.



    wait...who thought villa was good?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:12 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Smurf wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:This season is gonna be great. No team is safe, there are no easy matches. Villa are apparently not as good as we thought, and it doesn't appear - at least at this point - that Chelsea are just gonna walk away with the league.



    wait...who thought villa was good?


    Pretty much everyone thought they'd be a much improved team this season.


    Myself included.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:39 pm
  • Smurf wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:This season is gonna be great. No team is safe, there are no easy matches. Villa are apparently not as good as we thought, and it doesn't appear - at least at this point - that Chelsea are just gonna walk away with the league.



    wait...who thought villa was good?


    The same people who thought that crap 3-1 win over Arsenal was the beginning of the end for the Gunners.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:48 pm
  • Still might be Gate... Not that convincing with Sunderland. Jozy got robbed. Game changes quite a bit there. That back line is not going to get Arsenal top 4.

    3 is 3 though. I'll take 3 tomorrow
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:14 pm
  • The only way that win over Sunderland could've been better was if that penalty didn't happen. About that penalty, I'm not gonna go on a 'BS trip' about how it wasn't a penalty, it is what it is. That being said, I don't know why, but every time I see the replay of it, the more I'm convinced that it's not as clear cut as it appeared at first.

    As for why everyone was interested in this match, Mesut Ozil's debut, I liked how he performed(especially after it emerged that Cazorla's gonna miss the next couple games, we'll need that). I was smiling from ear to ear after 11 minutes, cause that's all it took for him to start paying back that 42.5 million pounds Arsenal spent on him. That pass was so good, I've kept saying it was orgasmic(sorry if that's crossing the line, but that's the first word that I thought of to describe it). Giroud getting his 4th in 4 games(1st EPL goal scored outside of London) off of Ozil's pass just added to the joy, he's proving that Arsenal can trust him. You could probably tell that when he went down towards the end of the game, a ton of air was sucked out of Gooners everywhere, luckily, he's stated that he's okay. As for the other goal scorer, Aaron Ramsey, I think everyone has said it best, this game was all about Ozil's debut, but Ramsey stole the show, and it's not surprising considering how amazing Rambo's been this year so far.

    Also there's just something about hunches and Wenger that seems to pay off. For example, back in the 2002-03 season, Wenger stated that he felt his team could go unbeaten for a whole season, the next season, the Invincibles emerged. Last year, Wenger said that once Ramsey starts scoring, he won't stop, this season so far, Aaron is joint top scorer with Giroud.

    One more thing, Arsenal's top of the table(at least until Liverpool play) after 4 games, and that's pretty amazing considering 3 games ago everyone were screaming for Wenger's head after an embarrassing 3-1 loss to Aston Villa to start the season.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:36 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:Still might be Gate... Not that convincing with Sunderland. Jozy got robbed. Game changes quite a bit there. That back line is not going to get Arsenal top 4.

    3 is 3 though. I'll take 3 tomorrow


    I don't know man, I think Wenger might be right, that foul could've easily been called against Altidore as it was against Sagna. I actually thought it was against Jozy cause the ref blew the whistle so early. He should've gave advantage at least since it was against Arsenal(no guarantee that Jozy would've scored if he had cause a number of Arsenal players looked to just stop at the whistle(Koscielny hesitated but then ran after the ball and was just a split second late to it).

    Aside from that, Sunderland shouldn't have gave up, I feel that moment broke their spirit and they just let go and that's when Ramsey went in with the kill shot.

    Yes, Arsenal have conceded 5 goals, only Palace, Villa and Sunderland have conceded more. But you look at it, 3 of those 5 are from the spot and only 3 were against Villa. In the last 3 games Arsenal have outscored their opposition 7-2. You also have to remember, that backline was stretched thin. Vermaelen just returned from injury on Saturday, Monreal returned a game or two earlier, Koscielny was suspended for the Fulham match, Sagna has had to play at CB multiple times. I've said it countless times, Arsenal have a bend but don't break defense, their main problem is tiny mistakes that result in poorly conceded goals, which tends to cause the criticisms towards Szczesny, who could do better at times himself, but at least he's not at the point Joe Hart is at where people are starting to question his position on the national team.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:29 am
  • christ on a bike Gate...

    honestly just take the 3 points. when you try and justify it you just ruin it. Kocielny never even touched the ball, still hasnt. Altidore's goal should have counted. if not a red card for Sagna, its either or. Arsenal's backline is a detriment (which we all said during the window and couldnt understand why Wenger was so hell bent on an attacker) and they were lucky not to concede 3-4 goals.

    You got 3 points, Ozil looks class, Giroud is the business... leave it at that. hell you should be doing backflips on Ozil's performance. its fairly disinteresting to read the same drivel on Arsenal every flipping week.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:59 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:christ on a bike Gate...

    honestly just take the 3 points. when you try and justify it you just ruin it. Kocielny never even touched the ball, still hasnt. Altidore's goal should have counted. if not a red card for Sagna, its either or. Arsenal's backline is a detriment (which we all said during the window and couldnt understand why Wenger was so hell bent on an attacker) and they were lucky not to concede 3-4 goals.

    You got 3 points, Ozil looks class, Giroud is the business... leave it at that. hell you should be doing backflips on Ozil's performance. its fairly disinteresting to read the same drivel on Arsenal every flipping week.


    What the hell is it gonna take to convince you that I'm not this "gullible blind supporter" you think I am? Do I have to just say every god damned word that you type is the God given truth and that you are always right?

    I never said the Kos penalty wasn't one, it's obvious to even a blind man that Kos didn't get the ball, all I said is that it's not as clear cut after seeing it 10-20 times. And all I said was I thought when Atkinson blew the whistle that it was on Altidore, because it was so quick. I also said that there's no guarantee that had Atkinson actually gave advantage, like he should have, Altidore would have scored, cause it looked like most of the Gunners around the box slowed up at the whistle.

    I'm taking the 3 point, I'm happy we got them. But I don't need you criticizing me and acting like I'm complaining about things we have no control over, especially now.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:38 pm
  • even defending yourself from being a "gullible blind supporter" you do the same thing... i like how you swear to make yourself more convincing though. its like having the 9er fans in the soccer thread. (whoa! what?!)

    alas gate you are our source of Arsenal on this board. it would be refreshing if you were just a bit more objective. but yeah, it doesnt matter f--- all what i think about it.

    Victor Moses showing Liverpool how useful a true winger is in a 4-3-3...

    well that was ragged. Very fortunate to get a draw. this team will need to sort itself out for the 2nd half of games or we will start succombing to these challenges.

    An away draw is a good point though. Now have to win at home v Southampton
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:17 pm
  • A win vs Southampton will wash the bland taste of Swansea away.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:44 am
  • InSuarezWeTrust wrote:A win vs Southampton will wash the bland taste of Swansea away.



    what an absolute sh-- show for Shelvey by the way. The goal he scored was nothing short of comical (including beating a man by swinging and whiffing at a volley that had the whole defense turned, then gets his shot blocked but it pops back up to him...). he then passes to the wrong team twice (TWICE) for goals. but his headed back pass to Michu was pure class.

    Either way, Wisdoms out of position there. and Henderson did little convincingly when he attempted to head the ball out of the box in the first minute.

    However, outside of the first 30 minutes, we looked ragged. again we failed to get a grip on the game in the second half, and this time it cost us 2 points. the inclusion of Suarez will help quite a bit in that regard (as he relieves so much pressure). Coutinho hasnt clicked yet this season... again, hopefully Suarez manic presence will give him more time on the ball.

    Southampton is a must win now. thats the expectations I have for this team at this point. they are a dangerous bunch and represent where we can be decisive, but also struggle... basically going against teams who possess and transition (see the pressure Villa put on us, and now Swansea). Lucas and Henderson will need to do a better job of slowing that counter down
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:44 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:even defending yourself from being a "gullible blind supporter" you do the same thing... i like how you swear to make yourself more convincing though. its like having the 9er fans in the soccer thread. (whoa! what?!)

    alas gate you are our source of Arsenal on this board. it would be refreshing if you were just a bit more objective. but yeah, it doesnt matter f--- all what i think about it.


    I'm a positive guy. I'm not gonna be absurdly critical about things.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:35 am
  • Coutinho out 6 weeks. Id like to see Alberto step right into the vacant spot on the team sheet.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:41 am
  • InSuarezWeTrust wrote:Coutinho out 6 weeks. Id like to see Alberto step right into the vacant spot on the team sheet.



    Coutinho's been out wide of late. Suarez will step in there( yep...we still have Suarez, one of the top 5 players in the world). . They will play that hyrbid 4-2-3-1 with Suarez out left of Sturridge, Moses on the other side. Henderson, Gerrard and Lucas in the mid.

    i think Sterling and Ibe will be the ones who will need to make more of an impact. I love Alberto (hatty for the 21s last night) but hes a CM. Coutinho's injury impacts the attack a bit more at the present.

    I still see Coutinho as a CAM, but not until we get more attacking talent (in the Jan winter hopefully)
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:00 pm
  • InSuarezWeTrust wrote:Coutinho out 6 weeks. Id like to see Alberto step right into the vacant spot on the team sheet.


    You gotta think this is a massive loss for Liverpool as Coutinho has probably been one of the Reds most influential midfielders(maybe more so than Gerrard) since joining.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:50 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:See my post above. He's a big loss for one game. Then we get one of the top 5 players in the world back on a squad that's already playing very well. We should be fine.


    That's debatable though, yes, getting Suarez back will be huge for a team that has 5 goals, 4 of which by the same player, but not having Coutinho is gonna make getting those chances tougher. Saying that the problem of losing a key midfielder will be solved by the return of a striker is kind of wishful thinking, but hey who knows, maybe it'll work out.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:16 pm
  • Not sure youve seen much of liverpool this season. Coutinho hss been playing wide this season not cam. But yeah....

    Coutinho has really struggled thus far. He has been involved in only one of the teams 5 league goals and that was letting the ball go by him to Sturridge.

    Suarez return is a massive gain for a team already at the top of the table. His attacking presence will release the pressure on the midfield.

    Can't wait
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:05 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:Not sure youve seen much of liverpool this season. Coutinho hss been playing wide this season not cam. But yeah....

    Coutinho has really struggled thus far. He has been involved in only one of the teams 5 league goals and that was letting the ball go by him to Sturridge.

    Suarez return is a massive gain for a team already at the top of the table. His attacking presence will release the pressure on the midfield.

    Can't wait


    Well I said he's been one of their most influential player since joining in January. I haven't watched Liverpool much this season so far, so I can't really say much about players like Coutinho.

    Maybe Suarez's impending return will ease the pressure, especially on Sturridge cause it took Liverpool 4 league games just for someone other than him to score, we'll see when it happens.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:14 am
  • I'll be utterly and completely shocked if someone says that Ramsey's start to this season isn't impressive. He's scored more goals in 7 appearances this season, 6, than he in the previous 91 appearances, 5. It's already a career high for him and he's practically ripped the spotlight from the man everyone's been talking about the past 2 weeks, Mesut Ozil. Rambo's already made picking a best midfield for Arsenal extremely stressful in my opinion, especially when Cazorla returns.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:38 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:*sigh*

    Only 4 games into the season and you're already getting on my tits, Gate.


    its not worth it, honestly. Its like watching those homeless guys talk about aliens to themselves under a bridge. It would be to easy to show how influential Coutinho became once Saurez was banned. too easy to point out Coutinho's lack of impact this season or that Sturridge doesnt lead the team in shots, just goals. He'll just keep talking about aliens (and Aaron Ramsey)

    Moving on. Big game with Southampton, and big game for Jordan Henderson. Need to bridge that final gap before Suarez returns. Coutinho's loss puts some added pressure on our attacking players. I expect Aspas to step into Coutinho's role, with Moses on the other side. Imagine Ibe and Sterling are first off the bench, with Alberto (or maybe even Sahko) stepping into the CM role if a sub is needed. Is it wrong to wish Downing was still on this team, and Shelvey?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:56 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Moses > Downing. Shelvey....yeah, maybe.



    just for depth my man. No doubt that both Aspas and Moses are far better options than Downing. Coutinhos absence stretches us a bit thin on the wings. Time for Ibe and Sterling. Ibe has looked fantastic with the 21s. While Sterling's got the notice as a first teamer, I think Ibe will be the better player in the PL. He's as fast, but much stronger.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:49 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:Moses > Downing. Shelvey....yeah, maybe.



    just for depth my man. No doubt that both Aspas and Moses are far better options than Downing. Coutinhos absence stretches us a bit thin on the wings. Time for Ibe and Sterling. Ibe has looked fantastic with the 21s. While Sterling's got the notice as a first teamer, I think Ibe will be the better player in the PL. He's as fast, but much stronger.


    Agreed on all points. Still, should be able to beat So'ton at home this weekend, with or without Coutinho. Aspas has looked pish since the first match, in my opinion. I'd like to see Sterling get the nod out wide.



    Not a bad shout. Aspas looked really good in preseason too (i mean real good), which makes his lack of form a bit frustrating. he's bellers (or Kuyt) without the goals. Sterling makes sense. So'ton plays a similar system to ours, which means defensively Sterling can cope and not have to worry about the Walters of the PL.

    I'm worried about Wisdom out wide. Looked lost throughout the Swans match (especially so on the 2nd goal). Maybe Skrtel, Sahko with Toure out wide?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:55 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:*sigh*

    Only 4 games into the season and you're already getting on my tits, Gate.


    its not worth it, honestly. Its like watching those homeless guys talk about aliens to themselves under a bridge. It would be to easy to show how influential Coutinho became once Saurez was banned. too easy to point out Coutinho's lack of impact this season or that Sturridge doesnt lead the team in shots, just goals. He'll just keep talking about aliens (and Aaron Ramsey)


    Did I not say I haven't seen enough of Liverpool this season to have a clear opinion on any of their players. I'm not a Liverpool fan, I don't focus on what they've done(aside from record and position in the table, their stats or who's had a bigger impact this season. And now your getting on my case because I'm giving praise to Aaron Ramsey, WHO DESERVES PRAISE GENIUSES! At least I'm not saying he's better than Ronaldo or Messi, though he's definitely the best Welshman out there at the moment.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:59 am
  • Interesting article on the lack of goals in the Prem. Let me be the first to say AARON RAMSEY! the best Welshman out there... i wonder who the best Scot is? Northern Irish? But what about Islander of Wright (or is that Isle of Wrigher?) or Arkansian (or is Arkansan? let's just go with American, but not Armenian, because that guy went to Dortmund)

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/75292/where-have-all-the-premier-league-goals-gone

    anyways... some interesting fodder considering (in my opinion) the PL has brought in better players this year. perhaps its the lack of toothy Uruguyan (Uruguian? Urugite?)
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:54 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:Interesting article on the lack of goals in the Prem. Let me be the first to say AARON RAMSEY! the best Welshman out there... i wonder who the best Scot is? Northern Irish? But what about Islander of Wright (or is that Isle of Wrigher?) or Arkansian (or is Arkansan? let's just go with American, but not Armenian, because that guy went to Dortmund)

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/75292/where-have-all-the-premier-league-goals-gone

    anyways... some interesting fodder considering (in my opinion) the PL has brought in better players this year. perhaps its the lack of toothy Uruguyan (Uruguian? Urugite?)


    I find it kind of ironic that you post that and then the next day, two games end up 5 goal thrillers and West Brom wins 3-0.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:05 am
  • Liverpool looked flat today, I don't know how else to put it. This was only the 2nd time I've watched a full game involving Liverpool this season(the other was the draw against Swansea), and I gotta say they gotta be happy Suarez is back next week. Credit to a strong performance by Southampton, but Liverpool looked like they had no sharpness in attack. They kept getting forward, they kept getting in the box, but it almost seems like Southampton was not bothered at all and were way to comfortable in defense. I suppose you can also say Liverpool are somewhat fortunate that they were still in the game thanks to a somewhat chaotic triple save by Mignolet in which, had he been a split second slower to react, the Saints would've got a second. Liverpool should've leveled it late when Sterling found himself all most completely alone only to have a horrific touch and watched the ball go out, and they'll be kicking themselves for the next few days over that.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:32 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Meh, Life goes on. Missed Coutinho today for sure.


    Rip me for this all you want, but I thought you guys said missing Coutinho wouldn't be a problem for the Reds, while I said it was a big loss in their midfield(Si even said, probably not directly, I was crazy cause he was struggling so far). Looks like for today at the very least, I was right and you guys were wrong.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:12 pm
  • What we said was we had to manage this game before Suarez got back. Try reading back a bit. I get you only read every other sentence and barely understand but don't come on here acting smart when its your ignorance that shines me....flipping moron

    We knew we would miss him today. What we all said was it wouldn't be unmanageable as Suarez returns

    I can't tell if you're just an ass or truly dense.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:28 pm
  • As for the game... It is what it is. Representative of not having our number one attacking threat and really an immature wing group (which is critical to a 433.... Especially when playing against one.). Tough loss. Not happy with it.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:29 pm
  • Watched the Norwich Villa game earlier due to the baby waking me up at that time. What a boring crap game. How do NBC plan to attract new American fans with games like that? The quality of the league outside the top 6/7 is seriously overrated.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:41 pm
  • Sunderland to be relegated, and Di Canio to be sacked by Xmas. Book it.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:09 pm
  • Glasgow Seahawk wrote:Watched the Norwich Villa game earlier due to the baby waking me up at that time. What a boring crap game. How do NBC plan to attract new American fans with games like that? The quality of the league outside the top 6/7 is seriously overrated.


    Yeah, because they had soooooo many options to show at Noon UK time. Besides, NBC is doing so much more than Fox Soccer did with their broadcast rights.
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