Koscielny floors bitches -- the Laurent Koscielny thread

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  1. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
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    High-foot foul should be a red card, and is subject to the John Terry exception.
     
  2. NorthBank

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    With 30 secs remaining in the game, does it really matter much if it was a red, yellow or no card at all?

    Apparently, whether he was deemed offside, and whether a PK could be awarded, seem to be the only salient points.

    Yesterday on Guardian's Football Weekly podcast, I heard Raf Honigstein say something interesting about this (paraphrased): "you can't get a PK if the ball's not in play, and the balls not in play if he's deemed offside". Hmm.

    The moment he could be deemed offside is when the ball hits his head, right?

    I rewatched the replay and it seems that the ball hit his head about 1/2 second before the boot hits his head.

    So if Raf's right, then had they called him offside, that would've meant that the high-boot foul was during a deadball situation and therefore no PK could be awarded.

    There are probably no referees who could get this right in real-time, given the split-second between the two key events. It would even challenge an ace video assistant ref, but certainly video would reveal the exact sequence of events.

    So, if all of the above is correct, I think we got away with one Sunday. :)
     
  3. DaPrince84

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    It was a red card and yes it matters. You cant perform violent conduct at the end of a match. What a moronic thing to say.
     
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  4. Tonerl

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    May 10, 2006
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    He's offside when he attempts to play the ball. I wouldn't have had any problem from that perspective if a penalty hadn't been given.

    But that has no bearing on whether a red should have been issued. It should've.

    And, ftr, I don't feel bad at all about the penalty being incorrectly awarded. In fact, I kinda like it more. If people can use their kharmic bullshit meter to say whether a team 'deserved' a point or whatever, then I think it's clear we didn't 'deserve' to lose that match. And I'll take a win if I can get it as long as we don't have to cheat to achieve it.
     
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  5. NorthBank

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    If he's called offisde, then by Raf's reasoning a PK can't be awarded, even if Mee was red carded. Thus the red card doesn't really affect the result, but the offside/PK does. And that last minute result was huge for us. That was the point I was trying to make. If Mee gets a red and thus a suspension, it doesn't affect that game or our remaining season at all.
     
  6. mebeSajid

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    The high boot, even before contact, was a foul.
     
  7. NorthBank

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    OK, but how often do you see that called? A dangerously high-boot in the air, compared to a high-boot that comes in contact with a player's head or upper body?
     
  8. thebigman

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    If offside is called no pen

    But red card?
     
  9. Romfordray

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    IIRC, Kos scored two goals in key games over two different seasons to keep us in the top 4. His overall impact has been nothing sort of astounding. Criminally under-rated. It is when players like him, Gilberto, and Sagna are gone for a while do you realize what they brought to the team and club.
     
  10. ArsenalJake

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    Feb 11, 2013
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    My man crush level has increased:
    https://www.arsenal.com/news/laurent-koscielny-stronger-depth-documentary

    Seriously though, this video might be about 20 minutes too long, but its very well done. I truly felt for Laurent when he went down vs. Athletico last May. As soon as he punched the ground I knew--as he did--that his World Cup was over.

    Many doubted he could even come back from that injury, and yet he is once again our strongest defender this season.

    Kudos to him and to the Arsenal staff. We often complain about how inept our training staff is with may of the players who have recurring injuries (ok, a lot of time the complaining is more about the individual player that is injured) but in this case, the player and the staff got it right.

    I hope Laurent has 2 more solid seasons left in him at Arsenal and that he can raise a trophy or 2 in that time. He deserves it.
     
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  11. NorthBank

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    Indeed. And when I read your post it was like deja vu. I'd either read (or written?) basically the same exact post about 6 months ago. In the injury thread IIRC.

    But when I went back to look for that injury thread, there was nothing after 2017. Am I imagining such a thread being active after 2017? Or did it get deleted??

    Anyway, with Kos down again with some vague new foot injury, we've really missed him. I pray that he can make it back for the next 5-6 weeks of our run-in.
     
  12. thebigman

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    He is still our best cb
     
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  13. yossarian

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    , and that's a problem.
     
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  14. ArsenalJake

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    Fair point.

    Socratis is a solid veteran when he's not injured or suspended. Mustafi hasn't improved since he arrived. Monreal isn't even a centerback and I'd argue he's next in the pecking order based on recent availability. Holding is/was the most likely to (gulp) replace Kos as the next generation CB and yet he's unfortunately injured. Beyond that, is Chambers in Emery's plans? Plaguzelo? If I'm forgetting someone, it's because they are flat out forgettable.
     
  15. yossarian

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    Oddly, I keep hearing all this "insider" talk that the coaches rate Mavropanos quite highly. But then that of course raises (not "begs" that misuse really bothers me) the question as to why Mustafi still gets starts over him when there's a CB spot open. I dunno?
     
  16. ArsenalJake

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    Just ensuring we cover all our basis here (this one bugs the F out of me :eek: ) Isn't Mavropanos our new Diaby?
     
  17. yossarian

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    For all intensive purposes....he is not.
    :p
     
  18. NorthBank

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    Clearly for some reason that is unclear to me ;) Mavropanos is not ready for prime time. In the eyes of our coaches. Otherwise he'd be in our squad and/or nudging Mustafi out of the way. But we digress.
     
  19. Shen-O

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    Man it JUST hit me...the audio in this video is from The Cell Saga in DBZ....hahaha that just makes it better

     
  20. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    He was injured until January.
     
  21. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Yes I knew that. But January is 3 months ago. And I'm sure Mavropanos started a few U23 matches after that.

    But did he get injured again? If so, why hasn't that showed up in our "Team News"? And if he is injured again, what's the deal... is he super delicate? And what was the first injury anyway?

    You see, there are so many more questions about him than answers. ;)
     
  22. ArsenalJake

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