PBP: Valencia CF vs Arsenal FC

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  1. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
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    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
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    Europa League Semifinal - Leg 2
    Valencia CF vs Arsenal FC (1-3 agg)
    Stadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
    Thursday, May 9, 2019
    3 PM EST


    "The finances work out perfectly. We will have the best stadium in Europe, with 75,000 seats, and we'll have more than enough money."
    - Valencia CF President Juan Soler, 2007

    Little analysis needed, folks. Win and Arsenal is one match away from a European trophy and next year's Champions League. Lose and the season ends on Sunday with Arsenal in 5th and back in Europa next year.

    For Arsenal the emphasis will obviously be on offense, in part because their defense sucks and because getting 1 goal will force Valencia to at least net 3 to force extra time. There'll be no need to hold back in any way for league play, either, now that their domestic fate is sealed, so whatever is left in their physical and emotional tanks needs to be used up Thursday afternoon.

    We're all pissed and disappointed, we're all dreading the lack of prospective roster moves from the off season... For all our gripes the club still has a shot at something pretty big. Time to rally around the badge.
     
  2. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Lose 2-0 seasons written off
     
  3. ArsenalJake

    ArsenalJake Member+

    Feb 11, 2013
    Charlotte
    Club:
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    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm gonna say 2-1 Valencia and we sneak thru to Baku.
     
  4. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
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    I think Emery is good at setting up the team in one off games, and bad at setting up a team to play generally. Wenger was the exact opposite.

    2-2 draw.
     
  5. Shen-O

    Shen-O Member+

    United States
    Jul 26, 2005
    Los Angeles
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    We're going through
     
  6. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    @NorthBank this thread has been up since Monday.
     
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  7. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    What??!!! I'm too reliant on the alerts & notifications, which either don't show consistently or I don't watch them carefully enough. Also, too reliant on a heads-up post being made in the prior thread. Obviously I should peruse the Arsenal forum more diligently in moments like this.

    Thanks Mebe for waking me up!
     
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  8. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
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    United States
    Reposting this in the proper place now!

    News starting to trickle out of Arsenal: https://www.arsenal.com/news/travelling-squad-confirmed-valencia

    Thankfully there seem to be no new/significant injuries, so the 21-man squad has all the usual suspects, except perhaps Mavropanos... but then he's not exactly been "usual" for us.
     
  9. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Although my DVR guide is all messed up, it looks like we're on TV via Unimas (aka Futura), whereas Chelsea are on Univision Deportes. And of course also streaming on B/R Live.

    As for me, I'm considering going to my local for this one, unless of course I get last-minute cold-feet, not wanting to jinx our luck. But I also need to confirm which feed the pub will be showing (they've said before they've had trouble with the B/R streaming... anyone else care to share their experiences w/ B/R Live?)
     
  10. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As for the task at hand, this is a total cliche but "it's going to be very hard going there". Because...

    1) Mestalla is a tight cauldron... a proper footy stadium IMO
    2) We've played there 3 times over the years and always lost
    3) Valencia should be full of confidence because...
    a) they won 6-2 in their last match (5-0 at HT!) whilst we barely eeked out an impotent 1-1 draw
    b) look what Liverpool did with their home field advantage last night

    So will we advance? Yes!

    But it's likely to be a nerve-wracking squeaker. Please, Unai and the boys please prove me wrong!!!
     
  11. MilesW

    MilesW Member+

    Aug 26, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    I dunno, I don't feel good about this one. Arsenal are just so terrible away. I can already see the "all english teams in cup finals except for Arsenal who blew a 3-1 lead" stuff
     
  12. danielh

    danielh Member+

    May 30, 2013
    Club:
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    If Europe is any indication, we're ƒcukd.
     
  13. ArsenalJake

    ArsenalJake Member+

    Feb 11, 2013
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    Nobody expected Liverpool to win . . .
    and they pulled off a miracle.

    Nobody expected Spuds to win . . .
    and they pulled off a miracle.

    Nobody expects Arsenal to win . . .
     
  14. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Nice try but we've been the bookies favorites to win this tie all along. And those odds improved after our first leg win.

    It's Valencia who's in the analogous position, especially compared to Liverpool since the game is at their own Stadium where they have big-time 12th Man advantage.

    It's all to lose for us. We damn well better not fvck it up!
     
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  15. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    I've got a bad feeling about this.
     
  16. DaPrince84

    DaPrince84 Member+

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  17. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
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    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
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    Isn't that normal for us these days?

    *tries to recall last match day I wasn't queasy*
     
  18. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
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    It does feel like Arsenal is more TFA Han Solo than ESB Han Solo.
     
  19. MilesW

    MilesW Member+

    Aug 26, 2010
    Chicago, IL
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    The memes are just too obvious for Arsenal not to lose. Arsenal are also the only english team of the 4 to have a lead going into the 2nd leg
     
  20. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    United States
    That actually gives me some comfort. I think we've had quite a few triumphs after you've said just that. ;)

    The main good thoughts I can muster up are:
    1) Emery seems to be good a figuring out how to win big matches (though usually not in a swashbuckling way)
    2) No new/significant injuries that I'm aware of, so hopefully it's only the lack of Ramsey that hamstrings us
    3) Our boys should be up for this one, even with, or especially because of, what happened at Anfield Tuesday

    I'm probably off to the pub soon, so enjoy the fewer posts from me during the match.

    COYG!!!!!
     
  21. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Cech

    AMN Kos Sokratis Monreal Kolasinac

    Xhaka Torreira

    Ozil

    Auba Laca

    Bench: Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Nketiah

    No complaints from me regarding the selection. Just get this shit done.
     
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  22. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
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    Sep 18, 2003
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    Mustafi on the bench means we're off to a good start.
     
  23. wanye_stirrear

    wanye_stirrear Member+

    Sep 19, 2002
    Maryland
    We just need to score... and then to hold on for dear life.

    Lacazette will get it done.
     
  24. Bluto11

    Bluto11 The sky is falling!

    May 16, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    They need to play to win, not play to draw
     
  25. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    AMN caught a mile up field, then three different defenders fail to track their runner. Cool stuff, guys.

    3-2 agg, 80 minutes to go.
     

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