Spuds vs Arsenal (EPL) 16 January 2022

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by NorthBank, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    Sun 16 January 2022
    WHL (Wicked High-tech Loo)
    USA “TV”: The Cock 11:30am ET


    We travel a few miles to their spiffy new loo, with a severely depleted squad, but perhaps a spring in our step after a stirring 10-man performance at Anfield... both defensively and offensively.

    We’ll be missing Xhaka of course (we all know why!) plus the boys in Cameroon: Partey, Elneny, Auba, Pepe. And it seems that Cedric, Saka & ESR are iffy. And they’re without: Son, Reguillon & Dier... strangely they have no one at AFCON.

    If the game is played on Sunday (we made an official request today for postponement) then it’ll be another improvised line-up with perhaps a MF of something like Chambers + Sambi? :eek:

    It’s 5th vs 6th, as we duke it out for the Arsene Wenger trophy, or if that’s not on, a place in the coveted UEL, and always St.Tott's! Turns out I did the thread for this same fixture last year and then it was 8th vs 10th, so that’s something to be a little positive over I guess.

    The bookies make them favorites, but whaddya say we take all 3pts fellas. That'd put us back in 4th and open up a useful 5pt gap to Spuds, who’ve got 2 games in hand.
     
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  2. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ---------------- Laca -------------------
    Martinelli --------------- Hutchinson
    ----- Patino --------- Sambi ---------
    --------------- White -------------------
    Tierney - Gabi - Rob - Chambers
    ------------- Ramsdale ---------------

    Hopefully ESR, Saka & Tomi are atleast available for the bench
     
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  3. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Hopefully this gets played in a couple of weeks with Xhaka and Partey back, and with Odegaard, ESR, and Saka fully fit.
     
  4. cooper7d7

    cooper7d7 Member

    Feb 7, 2001
    CT
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Can Tavares play on the right?
     
  5. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think I remember when we signed him that his ability to play on the right in a pinch was touted. But if so, the question is would you want him to?? He's not been putting in tip-top performances of late, not that he's gotten gobs of chances.

    Now that Calum has gotten some real minutes at RB in an extremely tough match, that makes me feel that he's ahead of Nuno in the pecking order for RB. With any luck Tommy will be fit and can resume that role.

    The real fun starts if White has to move up to MF. Then there are some real tricky decisions as to who plays RB & RCB... with a pool of Tomiasu, Holding, Chambers, Tavares?
     
  6. And_ROOS

    And_ROOS Member+

    Dec 30, 2006
    Melbourne, Aus
    Seeing comments from people that we are looking to recall Azeez from Portsmouth wonder if we are going to. He looked good in preseason would love to see us give him games.
     
  7. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From what i read it is already done. Not happy with his lack of playing time.
     
  8. Majin

    Majin Member+

    Arsenal
    Mexico
    May 7, 2013
    Zacatecas
    Club:
    CD Chivas de Guadalajara
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    :thumbsup: Hutchinson
     
  9. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Reports about Azeez was that he didn’t play well

    they are in league 1, would rather loan our players to aides that play football either abroad or in the championship

    also this game is going to get called off
     
  10. And_ROOS

    And_ROOS Member+

    Dec 30, 2006
    Melbourne, Aus
    Match has been postponed.

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  11. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    welp, frees up some time tomorrow
     
  12. Rewinder

    Rewinder Member+

    Jun 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I'm glad we got it called off, but the league should have never allowed this situation to have happened. Unless a team has 10+ players quarantining due to COVID, the games should have gone ahead with youth players filling out the rest of the squad.

    Wolves used that bs to get our game called off due to a "combination of covid and injuries".

    Team should have been required to submit a list of who tested positive for COVID and when, and that list should have been the only basis for postponements. So what if you are missing 6 players due to COVID. You have a squad of up to 25 players and an U23 team to draw upon.
     
  13. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    It wouldn’t have been a proper Derby without each teams best players on the field. I want Arsenal’s best to beat Sp*rs best, including Son, who would have missed the game tomorrow.
     
  14. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Can't blame Arsenal for walking through a door the FA opened.

    Now I just hope the team takes advantage of this opportunity.
     
  15. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    yeah, I'm not in love with this. But Pandora's box has been opened already, we're just the latest to walk through. The whole situation definitely calls for more clarity as everyone moves forward.
     
  16. DutchCane

    DutchCane Member+

    Apr 6, 2004
    New York, New York
    When will the game be played or is that TBD?
     
  17. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    man, we just don't know how to play this game. you don't come up with more positive test after the decision for postponement has been made. you come up with fake ones before that.
     
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  18. maskito

    maskito Member+

    Jan 14, 2006
    Minneapolis
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Too good not to post here..

     
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  19. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    y'know what, this bullshit is tiresome. it's not that i disagree with either but i want to know their stance when liverpool got theirs with "oops, false positives! </urkel>". or various teams got their postponement.

     
  20. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    i agree with your points. none of it should have been postponed. 25-person squad + U23 should be more than enough for you to work a team out. if you are, at times, short, well, everybody will get short at some point.

    but, once others have been postponed, i would have been royally pissed if we didn't get it.

    i think even more than that. teams should be required to submit a list of positive tests to the league then an independent group should be doing a follow-up test to confirm. none of this, "oops, our tests were faulty. tee-hee." bullshit. and the players who are/were tested to be positive are required to be out X number of days if they are basis for postponement.
     
  21. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    Some of this exists, it’s just not public.
     
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  22. casoccerdad47

    casoccerdad47 Member+

    Mar 31, 2006
    This is the 10th Premier League game to be postponed, including two other Tottenham games, why all the drama now? Tottenham were aggrieved when they were forced to forfeit the Europa Conference League game that resulted in their elimination from the competition. They had academy players they could have taken to that game and might even have gotten a result. Imagine the outcry if that had occurred in the Europa League or Champions League. Is the drama because it’s Arsenal that requested the postponement?

    I believe I read that the Wolves coach was complaining about the postponement, but they had two games postponed because covid thinned their ranks. Was it just covid that impacted their ability to field a team, or was it covid plus injuries. There is a lot of hypocrisy making the rounds at this moment in time.

    If the Premier League forces teams to play with a significant number of academy players they are corrupting the competition. Imagine a title deciding game where one team has to field three or four academy players. That would place a big asterisk on a season that already has question marks.
     
  23. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    eh, i mean, it would be a weird season but, if they'd done it from the get with no postponement, then it would have been largely even, no different than any other seasons with its randomness of injuries.
     
  24. maskito

    maskito Member+

    Jan 14, 2006
    Minneapolis
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think a lot of the attacks at us are because City is already running away with the title, so the league champion doesn’t seem to be up for any debate. ‘Pool and Chelski (for now) are clearly the next tier, so then it’s us and Spuds as most likely challengers for 4th, and we just so happened to be scheduled to play this week.

    in short, there is more drama and more controversy if it’s us involved.
     
  25. HomeatHighbury

    Mar 25, 2006
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Media narrative is total bullshit. Never complained for the other clubs. Now they cry. We are The Arsenal. We play when we want.
     
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