We're talkin' danger, baby, like a stranger in Moscow! The Arsenal v CSKA Gameday Thread!

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by And_ROOS, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    I am perfectly willing to admit that my fears about this move were unrealized. They did have one scary shot after we went to a 5 but that was about it. It sailed <1meter wide. But simultaneously we came on strong at that time... perhaps because CSKA took more chances and neglected their defensive duties?
     
  2. ArsenalMetro

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    Arsenal
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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
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    Arsenal FC
    After New York's botch job on Tuesday, I thought they'd all go out.
     
  3. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Loved Elneny's reaction after he made that pass to Danny for the crucial goal. He crouched down like he just bowled the ball and was waiting for a a STRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE!
     
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  4. NorthBank

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    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    God that was awful wasn't it. NYRB couldn't buy a goal. Impotent.

    I do admit that I was worried about this before tonight's match... that both of my teams would get to the doorstep and stumble. Very, very happy that Arsenal didn't complete that negative symmetry.
     
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  5. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    Arsenal FC
    Salzburg plz
     
  6. AEAAFC96

    AEAAFC96 Member+

    Mar 27, 2006
    NYC
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    After what they did to Lazio, you really poke that bear with a stick?
     
  7. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    Arsenal FC
    Better than Marseille and Atletico.
     
  8. NorthBank

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    Connecticut
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    I dunno, Atleti didn't seem so hot today. Maybe their not quite the scary force that we feared? And Costo pulled a hammie. :)
     
  9. Super Llama

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    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
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    Arsenal FC
    Sure, but also that CKSA team was absolutely gassed with 30 mins left to go. Like they were crouching over whenever play was stopped. Denying CSKA the half spaces didn't have a direct effect on our sudden ability to get through them on the counter with ease
     
  10. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    The draw is tomorrow at 6am ET, which I believe is 8pm in Melbourne. So here's to @And_ROOS bringing us good luck by starting the next thread nice and early. :)

    p.s. I suspect he may have just slept through the match just completed, so we might not hear much from him until he has a chance to watch it.
     
  11. Gunning4Chelsea

    Gunning4Chelsea Member+

    Aug 2, 2005
    chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No question
     
  12. ArsenalMetro

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    Arsenal
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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I feel like they tend to match each other. When the Red Bulls are in a bad run of form, so too is Arsenal.

    Very glad that Arsenal did the job today.
     
  13. yossarian

    yossarian Moderator
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    Jun 16, 1999
    Big City Blinking
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Disagree. He's got to punch that away farther.

    Also Wilshere was awful. Normally, I would've been bashing the Chambers for Wilshere sub, but I was relieved when we did it.
     
  14. DaPrince84

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    Aug 22, 2001
    MD
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    --other--
  15. 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
    Agree about Cech... he needed to do better. I've been a supporter of his, but he wasn't at his best today.

    Agree about Wilshere. Plus he picked up a knock so I was happy for him to come off.

    But I wanted Iwobi on, not Chambers. I was worried we'd go all defensive and they'd score again. And they came 2ft away from doing so.

    In the end, I have to say that either the luck went our way or the Boss got that decision right. Since he doesn't get much love from us lately, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he deserves the credit on that one.
     
  16. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    At full stretch, I don't see how that's physically possible.

    Here's correlation, just for Llama:

     
  17. mebeSajid

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    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
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    I think Roy Keane just fainted.
     
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  18. yossarian

    yossarian Moderator
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    Jun 16, 1999
    Big City Blinking
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    My bad. It was the second goal, I was thinking of when I said he should've punched it away farther. And having just reviewed it on arsenalist.com, I'll stick with that opinion. But yeah, the first goal, he did the best he could with a really nice save at full stretch.
     
  19. BIGHMW

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    Oct 10, 2010
    Port Townsend, WA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As both a bowler and a PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) Tour fan, I should know that a player would go down to a knee only if he KNOWS that he threw it damn good, and in the clutch when he REALLY NEEDS IT THE MOST, usually in match-play competition and around the 7th, 8th, or 9th frame of a match, like it used to be on TV all of those glorious Saturday afternoons on ABC Television for instance, it's just a matter of pin carry after that.
     
  20. Aaron d

    Aaron d Member+

    May 15, 2005
    Wooster
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    United States
    I think part of the improvement wasn’t just JW going off, but Bistrovic being subbed off. I thought he was playing well and that Natcho threw their midfield off. We scored shortly after that sub by CSKA. I was puzzled happily on that one at the time.
     
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  21. Super Llama

    Super Llama Member+

    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I mainly agree with Yoss that the sub was net-positive because it took Wilshere off. Without Wilshere we lost the ball less in both defensive and attacking positions. So, replacing him with a warm body was a plus. That it was bringing on Chambers, another mediocre CB, in the 65th minute, was still not a good choice based on the match situation. It's bad process/good outcome all around.

    Having said that, there wasn't an obvious replacement on the bench. It's mind-boggling how thin this squad is.
     
  22. Borah

    Borah Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Welbeck could have been Messi with the turn and Elneny did an excellent Iniesta impression. Very high quality goal.
     
  23. michaec

    michaec Member

    Arsenal
    England
    May 24, 2001
    Essex
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Elneny easily the man of the match even without the two assists. You could see when he went into the back line at the start of the second half how passive we were in midfield and how much energy we lost in there. Then he went back out into midfield after they scored their second and it got better for a while, at least we kept the ball a bit and got further forward. Then he went back in again and we were all defensive a again. Finally Wenger subbed Wilshere for Chambers and Elneny went into the midfield with Chambers at the back freeing Mo up to do his best Bergkamp impressions with perfectly weighted through balls :D

    It has to be obvious now that our best midfield setup (when playing 4-2-3-1) with the players we have fit at the moment is Elneny alongside Xhaka with Ramsey in the middle of Ozil and Welbeck further forward.
     
  24. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
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    You got your wish. The team I really didn't want to play.
     
  25. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Mar 29, 2006
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    Arsenal FC
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    #125 NorthBank, Apr 13, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
    It wasn't my "wish" but... BRING 'EM ON!

    Edit: Had I actually made a wish, it would've been to host the second leg. The fact that we're hosting Leg 1 is one of my biggest concernc TBH.
     

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