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Preliminary draught

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Seems to me that Moyes took a gamble with Arteta at Nuremburg and it paid off. His overall play was excellent, using the head to save the groin. But the corners and free kicks have been universally panned as poor, this is all down to the groin strain, been there done that, got the empty Voltarin packet.

Step up Tommy Gravesen!! With 5 out of 5 wins against opposition of variously average quality, this next game is a measure of how far we have come and have got go.

Yes! I would take Manny back, after all everybody deserves a 2nd chance and cutting off your nose to spite your face was never the best response. We are in somewhat of a buyers market now. Come on Manny, you know it makes sense.

By some miracle my glass is now changed from half-empty to half-full and the actual taste has improved in ratio with the shrinking of the hoofball content, from cats piss to a nice German beer, soon it will hopefully turn into the holy grail of blues of a certain age... Draught Bass.
Derek Thomas, Torbay New Zealand     Posted 11/11/2007 at 05:30:42

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Dick Fearon
1   Posted 11/11/2007 at 08:45:12

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Other than Arteta there must surely be at least a couple of players who can take a decent free kick.
Week after week in game after game I see 14 year old boys and girls who would be ashamed to deliver a bad dead ball.
I have never been able to understand why so many proffessional footballers find that simple tecnique so hard to master.
The same applies to the easier tecnique of throw ins. All that is needed is a throw to a team mate. Is it really neccesary that a specialist (so called) thrower inner has to jog up to 100 yds merely to do that?
Richard Parker
2   Posted 11/11/2007 at 10:29:37

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There have been quite a few posts expressing disappointment with Arteta at Nuremburg. Working in Saudi, I only just got to see the highlights on Everton TV. Basing opinion on highlights is never the best way, but it’s all I’ve got, so please correct me if I’m wrong.

Arteta for me seemed to be the pivotal figure. throughout the match, in most of our good play. His delivery was ass, that is true, but other than that he caused Nuremburg all kinds of problems. More than that, he scared the crap out of their defenders. Thought Valente seemed to do pretty well too.....

Is that fair to say?
Jimmy Last
3   Posted 11/11/2007 at 10:41:21

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Whilst his delivery was pretty crap all night, did anyone else catch that ridiculous piece of skill when he feigned passing the ball out to his right with the outside of the boot and then brought the ball inside (don’t remember what happened next) - unbelievable!! and the TV calera was right close up on it - i am glad that we have a player in our team who can do things like that....
Neil McKinney
4   Posted 11/11/2007 at 11:57:58

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I think that people need reminding that with flair comes unpredictability. There are very few players who have the flair and flamboyance of players like Arteta who can turn in dazzling performances every week. These guys can win a game single handedly, but some days they won’t turn up.

Artetas delivery on Thursday was poor, but he was instrumental in most of the good things we did. A guy like him can be quiet all game then come up with the key pass that wins a game. That’s why we need another player who has that creativity, so that teams can no longer target Mikel and stop us having the cutting edge. I agree that players at this level should not find it so difficult to deliver a corner or a free kick. Maybe one reason is that they constantly try to deliver that killer ball. One with pace and bend that is flat. This for me often means that the ball doesn’t clear the first defender. Many times just a decent cross that can be challenged for will do. However, when you get the delivery with pace right, it is almost undefendable.

Lets hope we can get something from he game today, then our season will really have kicked off.


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