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Arsenal really have done amazingly well to throw away such a dominant position over the past few weeks. At least Arteta now knows that they clearly don't want to play on Tuesday & Wednesday nights :lol:

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Absolute disaster for Arsenal that result in so many ways.  You have to assume Newcastle will be investing heavily over close season, so it will probably be even tougher for Arsenal to get near the top 4 next year, as surely Manchester Utd cannot be as bad again next year either.

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Genuine question to Arsenal fans, but has the team actually improved? It's hard to gauge when teams from 4-8 have all had their moments (and travesties) this season.

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2 minutes ago, Gabe said:

Genuine question to Arsenal fans, but has the team actually improved? It's hard to gauge when teams from 4-8 have all had their moments (and travesties) this season.

Yes and no.

 

It's mostly felt like the start of something and needing to build around that promise. Most of the dead weight has been offloaded but there's still some players that are, well, unconvincing. Tavares makes alot of mistakes, Cedric is average, Pepe is consistently underwhelming and Tierney just can't stay fit

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Arteta had a bit of a run and suddenly it was "That's it! It's solved"

 

He doesn't seem great to me, then again who are Arsenal? Nobody knows now.

 

Having said that he should be given a few years. Why not! All this flipping between managers is stupid.

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20 minutes ago, glb said:

Not even Spurs can throw away a champions league place from here, can they?

 

It's going to be an epic battle of Antonio Conte's sheer force of will vs Spurs' inherent Spursiness. 

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15 minutes ago, wev said:

Yes and no.

 

It's mostly felt like the start of something and needing to build around that promise. Most of the dead weight has been offloaded but there's still some players that are, well, unconvincing. Tavares makes alot of mistakes, Cedric is average, Pepe is consistently underwhelming and Tierney just can't stay fit


Our league position has improved a lot, and we have brought in some really good players. I think fourth would have been an overachievement, although we still should have done it given the games we had. Inexperience and squad depth did us in in the end. 

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1 hour ago, dr_manhattan^ said:

Ah crap, Huddersfield are coming to take six points off us again aren’t they? :)

 

I'm willing to take that chance if it means that little scrote Nathan Jones doesn't get near the PL.

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On the final day of the 2016 season Spurs managed to lose 5-1 to an already relegated Newcastle Utd who were down to 10 men after 67 minutes when the score was 2-0 so them losing to Norwich on the last day isn’t completely out of the question. But they only need a point and even Spurs at their most incompetent will manage at least that just to avoid the wrath of Conte.

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1 hour ago, Hamus said:

Arteta had a bit of a run and suddenly it was "That's it! It's solved"

 

He doesn't seem great to me, then again who are Arsenal? Nobody knows now.

 

Early this season, Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.  They never reached above mediocre (admittedly they didn't have to) and for the last half an hour, were very uncomfortable against a side that had just two points from it's opening five matches.  In the second half, they even sent a guy round to coach the right back as the home side were beginning to ask awkward questions.

 

The Monday after, the Grauns "Ten things" column blew smoke up Gabriel's arse, calling his performance "sensational" and that consecutive wins over Burnley and Norwich were a sign that Arteta was "beginning to prove the doubters wrong".

 

That's your damned problem right there.  The club has people absolutely falling over themselves to declare that the post-Wenger dip is finally over every time Arsenal manage not to trip over their own shoelaces.  Arsenal are the best of a bad bunch, but it isn't in anyone's interests to point out that top three apart, the Premier League is Really Not Very Good At All.

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8 hours ago, ryodi said:

On the final day of the 2016 season Spurs managed to lose 5-1 to an already relegated Newcastle Utd who were down to 10 men after 67 minutes when the score was 2-0 so them losing to Norwich on the last day isn’t completely out of the question. But they only need a point and even Spurs at their most incompetent will manage at least that just to avoid the wrath of Conte.


we were at the arsenal game vs Villa that day. updates were coming through from a guy a few rows down.

 

when he held up his thumb for 5-1 we all thought he meant 6…

 

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fb memories suggest it was the villa game

 

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1 hour ago, redbloodcell said:

 

It's going to be an epic battle of Antonio Conte's sheer force of will vs Spurs' inherent Spursiness. 


The greatest WrestleMania main event yet to happen.

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3 hours ago, ryodi said:

On the final day of the 2016 season Spurs managed to lose 5-1 to an already relegated Newcastle Utd who were down to 10 men after 67 minutes when the score was 2-0 so them losing to Norwich on the last day isn’t completely out of the question. But they only need a point and even Spurs at their most incompetent will manage at least that just to avoid the wrath of Conte.


Quite a different scenario though - the team never got over blowing that 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge which meant they couldn’t mathematically catch Leicester (as it happens, Leicester had a great run in anyway and wouldn’t have been caught regardless). They’d also already secured a CL spot whatever happened, and had mentally checked out. This time they’re playing for CL football, and if they can’t motivate themselves for that then I’m sure Conte will fulfil his famous wish to kill any players that don’t follow his instructions.

 

(still half expecting Norwich to turn us over).

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3 hours ago, Naysonymous said:

So, is Delia gonna poison Spurs pre match meal? 

 

You jest but we just had Lasagnagate 2.0 for Burnley but managed to beat them - lessons learned, Imodium one imagines!

 

3 hours ago, Plissken said:

 

Early this season, Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.  They never reached above mediocre (admittedly they didn't have to) and for the last half an hour, were very uncomfortable against a side that had just two points from it's opening five matches.  In the second half, they even sent a guy round to coach the right back as the home side were beginning to ask awkward questions.

 

The Monday after, the Grauns "Ten things" column blew smoke up Gabriel's arse, calling his performance "sensational" and that consecutive wins over Burnley and Norwich were a sign that Arteta was "beginning to prove the doubters wrong".

 

That's your damned problem right there.  The club has people absolutely falling over themselves to declare that the post-Wenger dip is finally over every time Arsenal manage not to trip over their own shoelaces.  Arsenal are the best of a bad bunch, but it isn't in anyone's interests to point out that top three apart, the Premier League is Really Not Very Good At All.

 

Spurs under Conte are much better than Arsenal. A poor start due to manager / Kane reasons have made the season trickier but we have comfortably been the better side with Conte while Arsenal have a manager still out of their depth after 2+ seasons, id say they have had a disaster really given the expenditure / wage bill and playing less games with no Europe etc.

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11 hours ago, Plissken said:

Arsenal are the best of a bad bunch, but it isn't in anyone's interests to point out that top three apart, the Premier League is Really Not Very Good At All.

 

Arsenal are definitely not better than Spurs under Conte lol.

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3 minutes ago, The Fox said:

 

Arsenal are definitely not better than Spurs under Conte lol.


I think they showed a league table based on results since Conte arrived and Spurs are third, but Arsenal are a close 4th.

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i'm enjoying the race between Arsenal and Spurs for 4th this season.

 

It's interesting when you get a face-off between the unstoppable force that is 'Typical Arsenal' vs. the immovable object which is 'A bit Spursy'.

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4 hours ago, Yobo Ahoy said:

The immovable object Vs the unstoppable force! 


Totally heard Gorilla Monsoon’s voice reading that :lol:

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