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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    Kinda crazy that one of Arteta, Lampard or Solskjaer will win the FA Cup this year. The first is in his first year of management, the other two had a shit load of doubters at the start of the season, and all three teams are in transition.







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    Holy shit. Don't even know what to say beyond holy fuck was that unexpected.

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    Wow, back to back wins against the top two. Didn’t expect this but a great result. We kept a clean sheet! Into the final, hope we win it. I’d rather play Man Utd in the final.


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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    De Gea having a bad game. I'd honestly shoot my shot with Henderson next year if I'm OGS.

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    I don't watch every United match. But every time I do, they get a penalty. Every. Single. Time.

    What the hell, referees? Fergie is gone and you don't have to worry about his wrath anymore.

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    I think this is several things that went wrong. The scheduling was a joke and definitely played a part as Chelsea looked far fresher and played with more intensity.

    That said, I think this is karma for Solskjaer for dropping his cup goalkeeper as soon as it got to the business end. Poor, imo.

    De Gea is a joke and he hasn't been a top keeper for what, 2 full years now?

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    I can get why 343 was the starting formation but it was wrong for this type of game. DDG should have done better with all the goals, AWB had another poor game, the kid needs a rest. I wonder if TFM will start against WHU but that's a different thread. DJ is shot of confidence too but I get why he started as Greenwood needed a breather too. I also hope Bailly is ok.

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    De Gea needs to be dropped. It isn't a blip in form, as Shock says, it has been for like two seasons now. What he has done in the past will always be remembered but if you want to win trophies your keeper cannot make errors like that. No excuse when you've got Romero who is decent and Dean Henderson waiting for an opportunity. Big call to make for next season but seems an obvious one to me.

    One of the first times I think Ole has got it wrong tactically as well. Should have stuck with the back four, we didn't need to match their wingback system.

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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    It's been announced that the Ballon d'Or will not be awarded for 2020. I get their reasoning, but you have to feel for people like Lewandowski who was on insane form and seemed destined to be the favourite.

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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    Quote Originally Posted by MC 16 View Post
    It's been announced that the Ballon d'Or will not be awarded for 2020. I get their reasoning, but you have to feel for people like Lewandowski who was on insane form and seemed destined to be the favourite.
    Probably why they cancelled it. "Oh, we can't give it to Messi or Ronaldo? then we aren't doing it>"

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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    Very harsh for those who have had an amazing year...but yeah i get it. Not fair to award it when some leagues/competitions have been cancelled, thus leading to even more bias towards certain players.



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    If Trabzonspor's 1 year ban doesn't get lifted by CAS, then Besiktas is going to Champions League qualifyers after one of the most trainwreck seasons I've ever seen from this team.
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    Happy days, St Mirren and Arsenal won today, fucking YES

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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    I thought it was a really enjoyable final today, definitely the best one for a couple of years and that's without there being any fans in the ground. Chelsea started like a house on fire, but credit to Arsenal for fighting back and where would they be without big Auba. I know Papa like his comments about referees, and I have to say he had a poor game today, not a 2nd yellow for me and that killed the game.

    Kinda funny that Arsenal in their 'lean' years of not being a title contender have won 4 FA Cups in the last decade, while Spurs have only won one League Cup during the last 15 years of them being a top 6 side. All those memes of #sincearsenalwonatrophy seem so long ago now.

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    That 2nd yellow was ridiculous. Like... what the fuck?
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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    Fair play to Arsenal, not many would have had them to win it when the semi-final draw has been made. Arteta seems to be able to setup a team well and if he had better players I could see Arsenal becoming a force again. Sadly I doubt he's going to have much to spend.

    Anthony Taylor was awful and I think in general this has been a terrible season for refereeing standards. I've got a few friends who are involved in officiating and they say the problem is nobody wants to go into it so you're left with fewer to pick from and therefore a lower standard. Makes sense to me because of the treatment they have to endure.

    Could be easily solved if they demanded respect like in rugby.

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    Fantastic win! Well done Arteta and the players. Arteta wins a trophy in his first season as a manager. Our worst season in 25 years and we still managed to win a trophy lol. Payback for last year’s EL final. Great resilience to come back from being a goal down. Fantastic achievement to have 14 FA Cups!

    We’ve now qualified for the EL. Not a fan of this competition but another route to get into the CL as we probably won’t get top 4 next season. Hopefully this cup win convinces Auba to stay. He was brilliant. Loved his 2nd goal.

    We've sent Spurs into qualifying for the Europa League, not the group stages. This also means that Wolves, who finished ahead of us won’t be competing in the EL next season.
    The win meant so much for Emi Martinez. Stepped up big time since Leno was out injured. One of Pepe’s best games for Arsenal. Needs to show more of his quality for next season.

    Hopefully Anthony Taylor will never officiate an important game ever again. It was so annoying that they added so much injury time. It was supposed to be 6 but it ended up being 13 mins. Kovacic’s second yellow was harsh but honestly I don't care. We’ve been screwed by referees and VAR all season so it’s nice to end an awful league season with a trophy! Azpilicueta should’ve been sent off though.

    Arsenal need to build on this win. A very important transfer window ahead for Arsenal. The board need to back Arteta in the window by improving the squad.


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    Re: General Football Discussion 2017-18

    God awful officiating kind of ruined the game from a neutral perspective in my opinion. So, that was disappointing.

    I did fancy Arsenal to beat Chelsea and they totally deserved it- by far the better team and always looked like they could do damage on the break. Chelsea again badly exposed at the back and Lampard didn't really have an answer.

    Everything went the way of Arsenal though and when Pulisic went off who looked the only real threat- it was over as a contest pretty much.

    Fair play Arsenal and good on Arteta! Got to back him now, give him a chance and get rid of the deadwood at the club. Wil they do that? Not sure.


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