Villarreal CF Vs The Arsenal, EL, 29Apr2021

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  1. And_ROOS

    And_ROOS Member+

    Dec 30, 2006
    Melbourne, Aus
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    USA - April 29 - 3:00pm: @ Villarreal (Europa League) - Paramount+
    CAN - April 29 - 3:00pm: @ Villarreal (Europa League) - DAZN
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    Good ebening!
    Massive match. Our only chance to play European football next year. And the next mountain to climb is a Villarreal team currently in 7th in their league on a 2 game losing streak.

    We have issues of our own, Leno or Ryan? Saka at LB or stick with Xhaka?

    Need to get out of there with a win or a draw, absolutely need to score which has been an issue for us.

    But taking a goal or two back to London gets us on our way.

    JUST WIN!

    Arsenal 2-2 is my prediction.
     
  2. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
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    Neg rep for the good ebening.
     
  3. footykid

    footykid Member+

    Jan 10, 2005
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    2 weeks ago I would have been excited... Now I just don't care. Hopefully something stirs for Thursday.
     
  4. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Thanks for starting the thread mate. I recall you had quite a nice undefeated streak not long ago as thread-starter. Bring that back man!

    LB: I'd consider throwing Cedric into that calculus (I'd rather see Saka up top) unless there's some fitness/form issue with him I'm not aware of

    Funny I had the exact opposite reaction when I read that. Big smile. +1
     
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  5. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
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    It's way too soon.
     
  6. Tonerl

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    Leno.
    Tough call. I’d say Xhaka because we need the passing out of the back without Luiz and it keeps Saka where he’s most dangerous, but playing Saka there means Ceballos on the bench, which would be a huge improvement.
     
  7. And_ROOS

    And_ROOS Member+

    Dec 30, 2006
    Melbourne, Aus
    From the Arseblog report on Artetas presser;

    Oh ******** yeah getting Tierney back makes a massive differenc...

    God dammit I need to really read the whole article before I post.

    Lacazette back is very important, Auba less so since he will get deployed on the left.
     
  8. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
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    Not hopefull

    could be artetas last games for us
     
  9. Rewinder

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    Jun 24, 2004
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    Everyone suddenly being available reeks of desperation.
     
  10. And_ROOS

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    Dec 30, 2006
    Melbourne, Aus
    Nah thats after the second leg if we get knocked out. We could lose 2-1 here and they would be ok with that.
     
  11. thebigman

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    It’s weird but I am really disconnected from arsenal and football at the moment

    arsenal are so soulless and the game is in a joke state

    I hope we win but I probably won’t be watching
     
  12. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    #12 NorthBank, Apr 28, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2021
    I agree. Or possibly a bit of mind games with Unai.

    Without an iota of inside info, I would say my eyebrow is raised most by: Tierney, Luiz, Auba being in contention for Thurs.

    But Laca? I always had an eye towards him making it back for this. The way he pulled up and came out of the game quickly, a week or so ago, I thought that was done consciously so as to hopefully try to make it back for Villareal.

    Edit: I just watched Arteta's presser and he said he is not interested in taking any risks with players who might not be fully fit to play. Hmm.
    https://www.arsenal.com/news/arteta-team-news-tierney-emery
     
  13. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
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    saw a social media post earlier that showed everyone listed above in training. No idea if they are recent pics though.
     
  14. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Also a nice presser by Pablo Mari. Not sure I've heard him speak at this length before... very impressive. I guess he was chosen because of his inside knowledge of La Liga & Villareal, having grown up in Valencia. But I wonder if we might not see a Mari+Holding partnership tomorrow.
    https://www.arsenal.com/news/moreno-best-striker-spain-right-now
     
  15. NorthBank

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    I vote for Leno. Why?

    Recent mistakes aside, he's been really good for us for a year or more... clearly one of 2 or 3 most valuable and reliable players over that time.

    And I would hope/trust that he would be extra focused and extra careful tomorrow if he's given the start.

    Others might say bench him because he's had 2 or 3 mistakes in recent weeks, but I wouldn't do that.
     
  16. And_ROOS

    And_ROOS Member+

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    I still think Leno is a better GK than Ryan, put your best out there football is a simple game sometimes.
     
  17. Silva 5

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    Mar 10, 2006
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    Yeah don't over think it. Put the best 11 out there you can
     
  18. casoccerdad47

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    Mar 31, 2006
    Line ups from the Guardian:


    Villarreal v Arsenal line-ups ...
    Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau, Pedraza, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros, Chukwueze, Alcacer, G Moreno.

    Subs: Asenjo, Gaspar, Mori, Bacca, Estupinan, A Moreno, Coquelin, Costa, Gomez, Yeremy, Alex, Nino.

    Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Pepe.

    Subs: Ryan, Okonkwo, Bellerin, Gabriel, Luiz, Cedric, Elneny, Nelson, Nketiah, Willian, Aubameyang, Martinelli.


    Pepe as the striker? If so, it’s a decision I’ve felt might be worth considering. Though this is a big game to try it out.
     
  19. CarlosKaiser

    CarlosKaiser Member+

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    Kansas City
    I think Pepe has the skillset - he a great finisher and needs service rather than creating all on his own - and may be a better option that Nketiah, but it's a big roll of the dice for a match like this having never tried it before.

    I'm not confident about Xhaka at LB either after Richarleson torched him Friday.
     
  20. NorthBank

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    Yeah, looks like Pepe up top, unless it's something other than 4-3-2-1?

    Assuming it's a back 4 and Xhaka's at LB, then I echo your concerns... I'd have rather seen Cedric who did a credible job there several weeks back. But I guess there's some logical but unknown reason why Mikel is not picking him.

    As an aside, I just noticed Coquelin is on their bench. I had no idea! That would be a little strange if he got on the pitch against us... don't recall that happening much since he left.

    In any case, this is one of the last completely vital games of our season, so...

    COYG!!!!!
     
  21. cooper7d7

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    Le Coq and Brazilian CB Gabriel I saw us out of Europe last year...I think.
     
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  22. CarlosKaiser

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    The official Arsenal twitter post said "Pepe leads the line".
     
  23. Serengeti_Boy

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    Sep 15, 2009
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    Martinelli benched once more.
     
  24. ArsenalMetro

    ArsenalMetro Member+

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    Aug 5, 2008
    Chicago, IL
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    I am concerned about that lineup.
     
  25. danielh

    danielh Member+

    May 30, 2013
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    I'll be watching just to superimpose my image of Santi on both sides of the pitch.
     

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