PBP: Arsenal FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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  1. GunnerJacket

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    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
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    Arsenal FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion
    Emirates Stadium, London
    May 5, 2019, 11:30 Am EST
    NBCSN


    "What I've always liked about Brighton is its impersonality. Since the 18th Century people have come, used the place, and gone home again."
    - Lynne Truss

    Thanks to the fact the Gunners' last match was brought to us by the letter "W" you lot are stuck with me for another match thread.

    Huzzah!

    Our lads in red play their last home match of the season still chasing top 4 and, more importantly, still chasing a hint of imperious form. The extra-time goal on Thursday provided a flattering scoreline against Valencia but doubts remain about the side's ability to stand up when needed or truly challenged. Arsenal should win and comfortably so, but while Brighton are not a deeply talented opponent they are a side fighting to avoid the drop and, given Arsenal's recent form, they'll know Arsenal can be rattled.

    Brighton haven't won in the league since upsetting Palace on March 9. Their long dip in form has left them lingering within reach of a foundering Cardiff side as the last sides whose fate remains undecided. This dip has come largely from an offense gone AWOL - In this 8 game mire Brighton have scored just 1 goal against 13 surrendered! They've scored only 30 goals all season, 11 of which have come from Glen Murray. Pundits debate if it's a case of a recently promoted side simply being found out or some other issue but the bottom line is the 'Gulls appear rather devoid of strategy after clearing out of their back third. As expected Manager Chris Hughton is a prime target for those seeing the need for change even if the team stays up.

    For Arsenal it's a relatively clear task - Win their last two in the league for a shot at top 4 and hope Chelsea slip along the way. Winning Sunday would be not only critical in confidence but vital ahead of one last dreaded road trip to close out the Premier League season at Burnley. Arsenal have shown better form at home excepting the Palace match, but with a crunch of fixtures ahead and several players still out injured how aggressive can Arsenal afford to play? Presumably they'll ride the Auba-Laca pairing the rest of the way in hopes players can worry about recovering after the season and a possible trophy. In theory Ozil should be available, even.

    Convention says start a strong lineup, look to close the game early, and then pull a couple critical players ahead of the midweek trip to Spain. Perhaps for one last time this season Arsenal beats a weaker opponent the way they should.

    Red tops blue 3-0.
     
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  2. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Brighton may suck, befitting a team in 17th place, but they're organized well enough that I think 3-0 is a bit optimistic. I'll be happy with 3pts, any way we can get em.

    But if we do get the cushion you imagine, then maybe he could throw Cech on there for the final 10-15 mins as his swan song at the Grove.

    Otherwise, certain players have to rest, e.g. Koscielny. And maybe rest one of Laca/Auba. Probably limit Torreira's minutes too. If we're gonna win Europa we need to keep all those players fit until May 29!

    p.s. The cluful dudes who designed that video game put Ozil's shirt on Laca.
     
  3. GunnerJacket

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    Sep 18, 2003
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    My first choice graphic came from some site in presumably some Slavic language and I couldn't get it to load. Didn't feel like tempting Putin's army over the matter, so you're stuck with Alex Ozil.
     
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  4. GunnerJacket

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    Sep 18, 2003
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    Daughter: "So, I'm actually done with classes. Just 2 exams next week."
    Me: "Cool"
    D: "Oh, and they need us out of the dorms by the week's end."
    Me: "Oh."
    D: "Yeah, soooo..."
    Me:
    D: "I can't fit all my stuff in my car. Can you come get the big stuff tomorrow?"
    Me: *sigh*


    This family moment has been brought you by SiriusXM FC!
     
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  5. mebeSajid

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    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    Arsenal FC
    Yikes. Good luck man. This sounds like what GT would do when I was there.
     
  6. NorthBank

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    United States
    I can relate. But what about getting the stuff today? Or after our game tomorrow? Priorities priorities. ;)
     
  7. GunnerJacket

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    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
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    Gainesville to Augusta = 6 hr round trip, and it's raining hard today. Plan is to arrive in Augusta in time for lunch at someplace with TVs and watch that way, then be home in time to watch Atlanta tomorrow night.

    And my kids wonder why I struggle to squeeze in time to exercize.
     
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  8. GunnerJacket

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    Cardiff falls to Palace, so Brighton has nothing to play for on Sunday.
     
  9. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Yeah. On a macro level I didn't want Cardiff or Warnock relegated. But on a micro level, considering our opponents tomorrow, I wanted their fates sealed today.

    So far results going our way again...

    COYG!!!
     
  10. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Arsenal
    • 19 Leno
    • 12 Lichtsteiner
    • 20 Mustafi
    • 5 Papastathopoulos
    • 18 Monreal
    • 11 Torreira
    • 34 Xhaka
    • 7 Mkhitaryan
    • 10 Özil
    • 9 Lacazette
    • 14 Aubameyang
    Substitutes
    • 1 Cech
    • 4 Elneny
    • 6 Koscielny
    • 17 Iwobi
    • 29 Guendouzi
    • 31 Kolasinac
    • 49 Nketiah
    Back 4 with both Mustafi & Lichsteiner? A bit of a gamble. But with Thursday's Europa semi in mind, it's good to see Kos get a little more rest, and nice to see he's sticking with Cech for that.
     
  11. mebeSajid

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    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    Hit the post in the second minute. Almost.
     
  12. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1-0 to the Arsenal. :D
     
  13. ArsenalJake

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    Feb 11, 2013
    Charlotte
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    United States
    Whiney B*tchsteiner. Won't be sad to see him go.
     
  14. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sokratis booked for simulation. Now he has to use is tiny brain a bit more and NOT get ejected/suspended. Someone better have a word with him.
     
  15. ArsenalJake

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    Feb 11, 2013
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    Then Sokratis dives on the floor. We sure could use some grit in this team next season.
     
  16. NorthBank

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    TBF Sokratis has plenty of grit. He just needs to use his head and keep his cool. He's a keeper IMO... as our 2nd or 3rd choice CB going forward.
     
  17. NorthBank

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    United States
    That was one scary 20 second spell there! We're lucky to have escaped them scoring or earning a PK
     
  18. NorthBank

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    United States
    Unfortunately for us Matt Ryan is on his game. Saves a sure fast-break goal by Auba. Keep it up boys!
     
  19. mebeSajid

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    Feb 16, 2009
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  20. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Earlier today there was a good example of the "big" team going 1-0 up and then not being able to kill the game with a 2nd goal, and then paying dearly for it. PLEASE let's not follow that example, OK lads?
     
  21. NorthBank

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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Mkhi & Xhaka combine to throw this game away. PK awarded to Brighton.

    And they score. 1-1. Are we surprised?
     
  22. ArsenalMetro

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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
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    Xhaka is a moron.
     
  23. gunner7

    gunner7 Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Sunshine California
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    F****ing xhaka and henrik wtf
     
  24. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    To borrow a phrase from ESPNFC...

    Xhakastrophic!
     
  25. gunner7

    gunner7 Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Sunshine California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    I’m getting more and more impatient with mihki. He’s terrible
     

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