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Arsenal 2021-22: The Youth Movement


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36 minutes ago, QuesoEspecial said:

Gabriel needs to be more disciplined but that was some fuckery from the ref...City’s penalty was given completely against the run of play and the lack of penalty for Arsenal on an Equally questionable decision in the 11th minute needs to be taken into context

This. Either both are pens or neither are. City’s (non)pen flipped the game. Then Gabriel…. On a yellow, you can’t make that challenge and give the ref, who’s already made dubious calls against your side, a decision to make. Then the winner…that’s City’s luck, and our lack thereof.

VAR fuckery aside, we had good chances to add to the lead but couldn’t finish them. We have to start converting more of those, like champions will. A very good performance than deserved at least a point. 

Fucking City, fuckers. 

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On 1/1/2022 at 8:42 AM, QuesoEspecial said:

Gabriel needs to be more disciplined but that was some fuckery from the ref...City’s penalty was given completely against the run of play and the lack of penalty for Arsenal on an Equally questionable decision in the 11th minute needs to be taken into context

our players who were on the pitch with him said that Gabriel's first booking came for asking the ref, "why didn't you review our (potential) penalty?" they said he didn't curse or anything. for him to be booked for that and then given a soft yellow minutes later is maddening. 

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btw that City game was the best played under Arteta (er, sort of, lol), and if we were to somehow maintain that level of play for the next few we will absolutely go toe to toe with Liverpool and Tottenham, even on the road. we did to City what City what usually does to everyone they play. at least up until the red card. this club is going places, and i'm crunk as hell for the future. 

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9 hours ago, Dutch said:

Current squad depth, after loaning out everyone and signing no one:

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FML

That about sums it up for me.  Guess we don't actually want CL season, and Europa is probably going to go down to the wire now, with everyone else actually improving their squads.  

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everyone i see online seems to believe that the sky is falling, but i still trust the guys in charge. they've earned that trust with all of the deadwood they've dumped, plus a 10/10 summer window. they went all in on Vlahovic and couldn't get it done, and then they refused to do something crazy like lay Isak's release clause just because we didn't get our guy.

the club has a plan, a long term plan, and finishing top 4 this season was never the apex of that plan. it would be awesome for it to happen, but if Arteta doesn't want to spend money just for the sake of spending money then i back him. we got six really good players last summer, including three who look like they could be started in our back five for the next 7-8 years, and that was with no European football. 

yeah, we're probably not going to finish top 4, and signing new players may not have changed that anyway. but we have a plan, we are sticking to it, and we have opened up a ton of room on the books to bring in even more young, talented players who are the right fit for the system, and even enough money to make a huge signing or two. nobody will ever care that we didn't finish top 4 this year if we knock it out of the park again this sunmer.

Mikel is on record from just a few days ago as saying that we WILL be bringing in not just new players, but better players, because the next step of the process is taking the progress we've made in the last 8 months, and then elevating the level of play and competition even further. if that means not deviating from the plan or over-paying for players so that we can chase the top four this year then so be it. the hiring of Arteta was always a long term plan, and if sacrificing top four this year means we build a squad that finishes top four every year then who can be upset about that?

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