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Postby johnny crossan » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:45 pm

Wonder if these boys will feature?

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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Slim » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:23 pm

I think Raheem off the bench, but KDB surely starts in place of Phil.

Is Merlin back in training? Not sure he’d start over Bernardo at the moment.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Douglas Higginbottom » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:12 pm

Slim wrote:I think Raheem off the bench, but KDB surely starts in place of Phil.

Is Merlin back in training? Not sure he’d start over Bernardo at the moment.


Merlin for Phil I was thinking with t'other Silva wide right.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Slim » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:19 am

Douglas Higginbottom wrote:
Slim wrote:I think Raheem off the bench, but KDB surely starts in place of Phil.

Is Merlin back in training? Not sure he’d start over Bernardo at the moment.


Merlin for Phil I was thinking with t'other Silva wide right.


I didn’t know if he was back in training. So Fern, Merlin, Mahrez in the middle?

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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby phips » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:21 am

Ederson
Walker Stones Laporte Mendy
Fern
Mahrez Bernardo KDB Sane
Aguero

or Jesus in for KDB
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby sheblue » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:29 am

Don't see Dave starting this one. But Kev will.
Who knows, Pep could play 3 at the back.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Nigels Tackle » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:40 am

we will cruise to victory
3 or 4 nil
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby johnny crossan » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:41 am

phips wrote:Ederson
Walker Stones Laporte Mendy
Fern
Mahrez Bernardo KDB Sane
Aguero

or Jesus in for KDB

it was going so well until the last line :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby BlueinBosnia » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:27 am

Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby johnny crossan » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:39 am

BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Nigels Tackle » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:42 am

johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?


too busy preparing for his interview with the stars and stripes newspaper. did you know about that?
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby BlueinBosnia » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:00 am

johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?

Not really.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby Peter Doherty (AGAIG) » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:04 am

Slim wrote:I think Raheem off the bench, but KDB surely starts in place of Phil.

Is Merlin back in training? Not sure he’d start over Bernardo at the moment.

Pep said after Sunday's game that it's Bernardo then another ten players starting against the Tarquins.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby phips » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:46 pm

johnny crossan wrote:
phips wrote:Ederson
Walker Stones Laporte Mendy
Fern
Mahrez Bernardo KDB Sane
Aguero

or Jesus in for KDB

it was going so well until the last line :lol: :lol: :lol:

i only say that because im hesitant to believe Pep will start Foden which logically leaves only KDB as i havent heard anything about Silva being back. but then i dunno if Pep wants to start KDB with him having just returned. so that leaves an open spot for someone who has at least played a little bit: Jesus, making it a 4-1-3-2.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby london blue 2 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:55 pm

If only we had a silky CM who could slot in...
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby johnny crossan » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:22 pm

BlueinBosnia wrote:
johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?

Not really.
Why's that then?
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby littlebig » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:24 pm

I’d leave Foden in if I was Pep. Keep him playing while he’s in good form, get some minutes under his belt and let the other lads ease back in.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby sheblue » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:45 pm

littlebig wrote:I’d leave Foden in if I was Pep. Keep him playing while he’s in good form, get some minutes under his belt and let the other lads ease back in.


It would surprise me if he started. He will be on the bench. Stick 4 in before half time and bring him on 2nd half ;)
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby BlueinBosnia » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:30 pm

johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:
johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?

Not really.
Why's that then?

Because we've potentially got 29 matches over the next 20 weeks. Playing pretty much 1.5 competitive matches per week takes time to get back used to when you're returning from a long-term injury. I'm not sure 'lasting 90 minutes' in what is essentially a pre-season friendly is as good an indicator of that as either statements or interviews from the club or player would be.

We've also had a recent history of the manager saying things along the line of 'It's good that Player X has been able to make it through 90 minutes, but there's still a long way to go for him to be back playing week-in, week-out' when someone's returned from injury, so I was wondering whether any comment along those lines (or otherwise) had been made in the wake of the match.
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Re: Arsenal - Pre Match Thread

Postby johnny crossan » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:57 pm

BlueinBosnia wrote:
johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:
johnny crossan wrote:
BlueinBosnia wrote:Anyone know about how fit Mendy is? Only played half a game in the WC, from what I recall. Is he up to week-in, week-out playability, or is he still in the process of being eased back in?

So his outstanding 90 minute performance on Sunday doesn't help you answer that question then?

Not really.
Why's that then?

Because we've potentially got 29 matches over the next 20 weeks. Playing pretty much 1.5 competitive matches per week takes time to get back used to when you're returning from a long-term injury. I'm not sure 'lasting 90 minutes' in what is essentially a pre-season friendly is as good an indicator of that as either statements or interviews from the club or player would be.

We've also had a recent history of the manager saying things along the line of 'It's good that Player X has been able to make it through 90 minutes, but there's still a long way to go for him to be back playing week-in, week-out' when someone's returned from injury, so I was wondering whether any comment along those lines (or otherwise) had been made in the wake of the match.

Are you familiar with the concept of a 'squad' at all?
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