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1 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:17:48
2 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:21:28
I never understand Arsenal's obsession with foreign players. Under George Graham they had average fellows like Hillier, Selley for example. As soon as Wenger showed up he replaced them all with dead beats like Christopher Wreh, Remi Garde and Grimandi. Yes, he also signed top stars like Viera but I couldn't see the point in replacing average squad players with hopeless French counterparts. Over the years it has continued with the likes of Gibbs, Holding, Jenkinson, Chambers who aren't world beaters but they always seem to play second fiddle to just as bad or worse foreign players e.g. Senderos, Mustafi etc
3 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:25:19
4 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:49:13
5 Posted 29/05/2019 at 20:52:45
6 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:10:38
Dominic Calvert-Lewin — are you watching!?!?!
7 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:18:57
Its so important to “Get across the defender”, something Graeme Sharp became great at, once hed been schooled by Andy Grey.
8 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:26:26
9 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:33:54
10 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:34:07
11 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:44:01
12 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:46:52
13 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:49:46
My Arsenal mate told me hed take losing tonight if it meant Liverpool won the champions lge, but Im hoping hes even more sick on Saturday than hes going to be tonight!
14 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:54:22
With ya there, Tony... although I think ManUtd are the most likely Top 6 club for us to pass next year. Arsenal have their problems for sure, but I have considerably more faith in Emery's rehabilitation abilities than I do Solskjaer's. I don't think Ole makes it to Christmas.
15 Posted 29/05/2019 at 21:58:24
Chelsea deserved the win, could have a couple more, but Arsenal wasted some good chances as well, although there is not a lot of fight in the team.
Watching the Arsenal supporters as the goals went in and the outcome was pretty clear, I think we all know how they felt, we've had some days like that, hope better days are ahead for us.
16 Posted 29/05/2019 at 22:01:37
Realistically, we finish 7th closing the gap on 6th, but I still don't see us breaking into that group next season.
17 Posted 29/05/2019 at 22:03:22
Personally, I'm delighted for the much-abused Sarri. Got the side up to 3rd in the league when Spurs for much of the season looked nailed on for that position. Only beaten on penalties by City in the League Cup final and tore Arsenal a new one tonight.
I'd like that kind of 'failure' and 'dull football' from my Everton manager all day long, ta very much.
18 Posted 29/05/2019 at 22:41:34
Two managers both win the league, and then can't get the players to even try for them the very next season. They showed tonight how good they can be once the players decide they really want to have a proper go.
Kunal, it all depends on the summer window, but I can see the winds of change coming for any team who really wants to have a proper go next season, and just hope that one of those teams will be Everton...
19 Posted 29/05/2019 at 23:04:29
Chelsea without Hazard? Could be mediocre, yet they will finish in the same spots, because well sadly, the rest of league ain't good enough to usurp them.
A sad night, a poor venue, and little joy to be had even in winning. Despite the goals, not a great game really. Uefa proper screwed the pooch!
20 Posted 29/05/2019 at 23:05:14
Your prediction is probably spot on with 7th, and what a shame that really is.
Arsenal are a bit of a mess. Man Utd need to rebuild. Spurs surely we can play with? Chelsea will lose Hazard, and no one likes Sarri, I could see them imploding with their group of selfish ass-clowns for players.
Next season is going to be one where breaking into the Top 6 is beckoning. Hopefully we give it a damn good run. Without Europe, we should push up the table in a perfect world. And next season will be an opportunity to do so that I can't ever remember being so ripe.
21 Posted 29/05/2019 at 23:13:56
Key is also to instill some mental toughness amongst players. This has been lacking in an Everton side for quite some time.
22 Posted 30/05/2019 at 10:37:15
We all hate Liverpool, but the first thing Klopp did at Anfield was to get that real connection between the players and the crowd, and he really reaped that benefit when they beat Barcelona the other week.
I've always been convinced that Everton's greatest weapon has always been the crowd; if Brands can sign the right players, then I'm sure Silva and the fans will take care of the rest.
23 Posted 30/05/2019 at 11:25:59
Wolves were excellent this season and have a team full of young talent that will no doubt be added to this year.
Likewise Leicester have some fantastic young players in Maddison, Ndidi, Chilwell, Barnes, Gray, Pereirra etc. If they add to that and Rodgers gets them all on board, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
I expect West Ham to be better too in their second season under Pellegrini.
I think there will be a much closer spread between the teams in 3rd/4th and 8th/9th next season. It will be harder to predict than in recent years — and a good thing too.
24 Posted 30/05/2019 at 12:15:53
25 Posted 30/05/2019 at 12:17:11
So signing great a player once every few seasons is just treading water. The only chance we have is if Moshiri is willing to fund a big spend and several top players are signed in the same window. This of course is also dependent on the manager identifying the right players.
26 Posted 30/05/2019 at 13:20:14
Newcastle's windfall, the addition of Wolves, and the improvement in Leicester just made our lives very tough. And make no mistake – Newcastle are in a better position than we were when Moshiri came on board; they already have the coach in situ and don't need to spend any of those funds on their stadium.
27 Posted 31/05/2019 at 09:25:24
Unfortunatly it's not who wants to come to us or how much we want to spend.
It's the financial unfair play rules. the rules that state it was OK to spend as much as you like to get top 4/6 but now they are up there no one else is able to spend like they did to emulate them.
And with our wage bill so high at the moment we need to move a lot of players on before we can spend big.
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