What's a semifinal? The Arsenal v. Atletico Madrid, Thursday April 26 2018 2000 GMT

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by mebeSajid, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Super Llama

    Super Llama Member+

    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    He is IMO, wouldn't mind dropping a hundo on him.

    What a sad, sad day. Like man, we dominated and still fcuk it up which is hilarious. It's the most emblematic Wenger performance ever. What a fitting end
     
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  2. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I can't wait for Arsene to leave.
     
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  3. Essex

    Essex Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    The Arsenal way.
     
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  4. DaPrince84

    DaPrince84 Member+

    Aug 22, 2001
    MD
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    This is Wenger's Arsenal.
     
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  5. Aaron d

    Aaron d Member+

    May 15, 2005
    Wooster
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I used to think a new coach might fix our defensive issues but now I can’t wait for someone to cut these clowns and bring in all new defenders.
     
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  6. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Atletico haven't allowed a goal at home since January, and only two teams have scored more than once there all season.

    The good news is that Chelsea scored twice to win there, but that's the silver lining to a very dark cloud.
     
  7. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
     
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  8. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Couldn't have played much better up a man for 80 minutes at home? And they only scored once? ******** outta here.

    They also played 37 crosses against a packed in defense. Didn't realize Moyes took over.
     
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  9. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    We created a ton of chances. 28 shots, xG of close to four, hit the post once, and their keeper made some surreal saves. Created good chances when it was 11v11 too.

    We tore these guys to shreds and were unfortunate. Play like this next week and chances are we go through (unlikely as that may be).
     
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  10. SaratogaGooner

    Nov 23, 2009
    Clifton Park NY
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    New era at Arsenal. New era at Arsenal. New era at Arsenal. Games like these won’t matter. New era at Arsenal. Onward. Give us back The Arsenal!
     
  11. Super Llama

    Super Llama Member+

    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I dunno, exigent circumstances. Yes, we came out roaring against their full 11 but I fully expected them to exploit that if they had a full 11 later in the match. We didn't have the same energy for most of the second half.

    If we play like this, against a full 11 away from home with Diego Costa, then yes we have a decent chance. But their strategy will be very different and we are absolutely trash away from home this year, for whatever reason. I say we are 70% chance of crashing out
     
  12. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    This one hurts. Sometimes you get the process almost entirely correct and the result blows.

     
  13. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I'd say closer to 80% chance of going out, but frankly, I'd be thrilled with a 1 in 5 chance of winning in Madrid.
     
  14. Super Llama

    Super Llama Member+

    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Also exigent is not at all what I meant to say lol
     
  15. SaratogaGooner

    Nov 23, 2009
    Clifton Park NY
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If your surprised by any of this you must believe in unicorns. Ain’t no way we win away against 11 with Costa. Atletico is a good side and we aren’t. Remember, Danny Wellbeck starts for us. Onward . Bye bye Arsene. Perhaps before I die the old Arsenal will rise again to glory.
     
  16. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sure we played "well" but only in terms of secondary stats. When the only stat that ultimately matters is sticking the ball in the net more than the other team.

    All I can say as throughout this match I did not have the overwhelming feeling of "we're playing great", "this is great", "this is going to work out well".

    Instead it felt like torture. A team that has 75% possession, outshoots the opponent by 28-6, but except for one moment, cannot for the life of them buy a goal. For me, the words that describe our play tonight would be "excruiciating", and "impotent".

    And as such it was much too classic an Arsenal performance from the last 5-10 years or so.
     
  17. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One more thing that I was thinking during the match and more on the way home...

    Not only did we miss Giroud tonight, and Mkhi, but we also missed Sanchez.

    He's the kind of player who would grow extremely impatient and try to take the game by the scruff of it's neck and make something happen. He would make direct, dangerous runs into the box... something we woefully lacked tonight. And my recollection is that before he left he was one of most effective goal-scorers. Instead tonight we had 2 shots each from distance by Xhaka & Ozil... and we knew how well those would work out.

    I'm not saying Sanchez would've definitely won the game for us, but in this type of game where we're struggling to break down organized defensive teams, and our crossing-from-wide strategy wasn't paying off, Sanchez's style would've helped a lot.
     
  18. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    We spent three freaking years ranting about how Alexis never ran into the box and chased the ball around like a dog.

    We did miss Mkhi today. But this game was more about Oblak being an interdimensional Jedi Octopus than anything else.
     
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  19. Super Llama

    Super Llama Member+

    May 21, 2006
    Seattle
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    How did it take less than three months to forget that Sanchez did all of the exact opposite stuff of what you just said?

    Regardless Atleti absolutely packed the box so there was no space whatsoever for runs. Our strategy was mostly right
     
  20. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    This.

    OFF TOPIC RANT ON

    We focus far, far, far too much in our society about results and not the process that leads to those results. That's a sign of a society that's sick. It's important to get the process right, and it's typically far more important than the outcome. Why? Because a certain element of randomness can show up in one-off events. Like a ball bouncing off of a defenders face and then off of a goal keeper to give a guy an open goal. Long-term outcomes tend to be more successful when you get the process right. Do the right things, in the right way, and outcomes will be positive more often than not.

    OFF TOPIC RANT OFF
     
  21. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Lmao xg and etc means nothing when u bottle so many games

    I’m sick Of hearing how well arsenal played in losing
     
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  22. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Only really happened four times this season, by my count: Stoke (refs), Watford (refs), Man United (lol), and today (yes, a 1-1 result at home in a two leg European tie is a defeat).

    Most of our losses have been abject sh*tshows.
     
  23. Gunning4Chelsea

    Gunning4Chelsea Member+

    Aug 2, 2005
    chicago
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This game is microcosm of season
    What a stomach punch at end

    We need a miracle in Madrid
     
  24. nooshcat

    nooshcat Member

    Jan 3, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Welbeck was so frustrating on the left. Constantly turning back inside on his right foot instead of getting a cross in.
     
  25. Tonerl

    Tonerl Member+

    May 10, 2006
    Beavercreek, OH
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We dominated before the red, as well, and Atletico are a great defensive team. A combination of tremendous organization, Oblak being Oblak, and a Koscielny error prevented this from being 4- or 5-nil.

    So yeah, terrible result, but great performance. It happens sometimes.
     

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