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  • mikew1985 21 Feb 2021 14:31:28 15,299 posts
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    Villa look so open whenever Leicester get into the final third. Defensive line is sitting deep and inviting them on, not pressing them at all
  • Jono62 21 Feb 2021 15:11:26 26,501 posts
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    Game on.
  • mikew1985 21 Feb 2021 15:21:06 15,299 posts
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    Could do with Leicester dropping some points, come on villa
  • askew 21 Feb 2021 15:35:05 22,837 posts
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    Mari and Holding… Pepe… hold onto your butts.
  • Globalmeltdown 21 Feb 2021 15:48:46 959 posts
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    @askew Be a miracle if we get anything today but not bothered really, Benfica much more important.
  • HarryPalmer 21 Feb 2021 16:20:33 6,304 posts
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    We’re going to get absolutely spanked.
  • Kay 21 Feb 2021 16:21:54 20,991 posts
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    It would be very Arsenal if we somehow pulled a result out of the bag today. Not that I actually believe that we will, mind.
  • PierrePressure 21 Feb 2021 16:29:49 1,309 posts
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    Yeah thrashing incoming.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 21 Feb 2021 16:30:39 22,785 posts
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    Anti-jinxing doesn’t actually work you know.
  • Blackmarsh63 21 Feb 2021 16:31:49 4,029 posts
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    No messing about :)
  • askew 21 Feb 2021 16:32:13 22,837 posts
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    Embarrassing
  • You-can-call-me-kal 21 Feb 2021 16:32:25 22,785 posts
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    See?
  • HarryPalmer 21 Feb 2021 16:32:29 6,304 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Anti-jinxing doesn’t actually work you know.
    Oh yeah? Sold sterling too.
  • Mark1412 21 Feb 2021 16:40:01 2,003 posts
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    robc84 wrote:
    Great start lads.
  • muddyyfunster 21 Feb 2021 16:44:38 911 posts
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    I'd have rested Saka today, just based on the fact we really have to do it at some point soon and this our least important match for a while.
  • muddyyfunster 21 Feb 2021 16:55:09 911 posts
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    What's Holding doing? He just keeps sprinting out of the line into midfield to press. Asking for trouble.
  • Dougs 21 Feb 2021 16:56:25 98,009 posts
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    I guess trying to put pressure on their midfield, given our midfield aren't doing that.
  • Kay 21 Feb 2021 17:18:25 20,991 posts
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    muddyyfunster wrote:
    I'd have rested Saka today, just based on the fact we really have to do it at some point soon and this our least important match for a while.
    Based on that first half I'd disagree, we've looked quite promising at times thanks to him. Although it will take a lot to actually score past this City side.
  • PierrePressure 21 Feb 2021 17:20:50 1,309 posts
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    Ended that half a bit better than I expected but feel it's only because the City players fancied a breather for five minutes. They'll turn it back on again.
  • askew 21 Feb 2021 17:25:08 22,837 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    I guess trying to put pressure on their midfield, given our midfield aren't doing that.
    Cant expect the high-energy pairing of Xhaka and Elneny to do that!
  • muddyyfunster 21 Feb 2021 17:26:35 911 posts
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    @Kay he's been our best player by a distance again, but he's a teenager whose played loads of matches this season. He can't play every game.

    The next six games are all potentially winnable and against teams within 12 points of us in the table that are are least theoretically catchable. There's not a better time to rest him as far as I can see.

    Anyway, we're still in this, which is something. I'd like to see Lacazette on for Auba as it feels like more of his sort of match.

    Edited by muddyyfunster at 17:29:07 21-02-2021

    Edited by muddyyfunster at 17:29:45 21-02-2021
  • Kay 21 Feb 2021 17:29:46 20,991 posts
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    Yeah, I see your point. But I also doubt that Arteta would want to rest our best player against City, it would basically be an admission of defeat before we even kicked a ball.

    Edit: The sad fact is that he is our best player, and I can't see him rested at all for the rest of the season (unless it's an EL second leg that we've won/lost comfortably in the first leg).

    Edited by Kay at 17:31:32 21-02-2021
  • Jono62 21 Feb 2021 17:37:26 26,501 posts
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    Time for Willian to change the game.
  • Dougs 21 Feb 2021 17:54:15 98,009 posts
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    The most important point to make is.....what the fuck is that paisley kit?!
  • Kay 21 Feb 2021 18:26:16 20,991 posts
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    Well, it wasn't a thrashing.
  • askew 21 Feb 2021 18:53:31 22,837 posts
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    Guardiola and Sterling overly complimentary to the point of being patronising :D
  • Frogofdoom 21 Feb 2021 20:18:32 17,298 posts
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    Dan James was having an absolute shocker until he scored that goal. Although its not just him, Fred, Matic and Martial have been just as bad.
  • Decks 21 Feb 2021 20:29:04 28,847 posts
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    Be weird if we go down and our best player by far has been out half the season with covid.
  • Trowel 21 Feb 2021 21:16:08 24,196 posts
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    Good to see Rashford learning from the measured punishment handed out to other players for diving.

    https://twitter.com/monkey_sponge/status/1363596383656280067
  • askew 21 Feb 2021 21:19:32 22,837 posts
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    Must have got a stud wrapped around his laces
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