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  • THFourteen 2 Nov 2013 20:16:28 34,463 posts
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    Think I've lost my voice.

    What a game.
  • Youthist 2 Nov 2013 20:58:30 10,083 posts
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    5 pts clear after ten games. It is actually unbelievable what Wenger has done thus far. And he was under severe pressure just 9 games ago right?

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • danathjo 2 Nov 2013 21:00:41 7,516 posts
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    careful guys, awfully close to bragging!
  • askew 2 Nov 2013 21:01:54 12,713 posts
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    Keep it schtum till it's past Christmas.
  • Syrette 2 Nov 2013 21:04:31 44,208 posts
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    Unbelievable that a team (that finished third last season) that contains the likes of Ozil, Koscielny, Giroud, Cazorla, Wilshere, a good Ramsey, Rosicky, Arteta etc is doing well against a bunch of teams with new managers and Liverpool?

    They're a good, good side are Arsenal (and the above is without Podolski and Walcott remember). Find it pretty easy to believe where they are tbh, but that's just me.

    As you say, "just" 9 games since he was under some form of pressure. A long, long way to go yet. Chelsea and Man City will soon decrease that gap, and Man Utd are starting to show signs of improvement.

  • Youthist 2 Nov 2013 21:05:29 10,083 posts
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    I am a Palace fan to be fair - but seriously look the team and it suddenly looks so good, from nowhere. Say what you like but Wenger knows how to manage a team and keep shareholders happy.

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • Syrette 2 Nov 2013 21:11:12 44,208 posts
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    Agreed that they've surpassed expectations, especially bearing in mind they've had some injuries to key players too.

    You could argue they've had a relatively easy first quarter of the season though, Spurs and Liverpool at home aside.

  • danathjo 2 Nov 2013 21:14:46 7,516 posts
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    Not sure it will last but for the time being it is a nice change to he last few seasons so far

    I do also have a bit of a soft spot for Palace too, only a few stops away from Selhurst atm. Also met Tony Pulis the other day and he mentioned that he's really hoping he gets the Palace job, although not his biggest fan his style could work well.
  • Futaba 2 Nov 2013 21:15:25 3,538 posts
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    Giroud seems to be scoring more consistently this season, add Ramsey's incredible form onto that, plus Ozil and it makes sense they're top.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • danathjo 2 Nov 2013 21:16:25 7,516 posts
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    And no, before you ask he wasn't wearing a hat and tracky pants but a suit
  • Youthist 2 Nov 2013 21:16:55 10,083 posts
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    I think the palace / arse connection has been there for a good few years. For me Ian Wright made me forever an fan of arse from a distance.

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • danathjo 2 Nov 2013 21:18:06 7,516 posts
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    Giroud was unlucky not to score today too I think but so was Henderson and Sturridge
  • danathjo 2 Nov 2013 21:20:05 7,516 posts
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    Youthist wrote:
    I think the palace / arse connection has been there for a good few years. For me Ian Wright made me forever an fan of arse from a distance.
    Before my time as a fan (Aussie Londoner fan, don't judge me!) but that is very true!
  • RightBean 2 Nov 2013 21:23:45 662 posts
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    I thought arsenal looked really good last season too, you could see what he was trying to do with the team, but it just didn't seem to come together that often. It's obviously working now .
  • Kay 2 Nov 2013 22:06:15 17,966 posts
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    Syrette wrote:
    Agreed that they've surpassed expectations, especially bearing in mind they've had some injuries to key players too.

    You could argue they've had a relatively easy first quarter of the season though, Spurs and Liverpool at home aside.
    And yet it was (correctly) argued on just the previous page that, in order to be title contenders, you have to beat the mid/bottom-half table teams. Which is exactly what we've done so far. The fact that we've also beaten the two top-half teams we've played is a bonus, and we should certainly be confident of getting a result at OT next week.

    Last season we showed remarkable consistency towards the end, and didn't lose any key players over the summer for the first time in years. That, coupled with the significant improvement of certain players (Ramsey being the standout) is what's led to the brilliant start. The only issue is whether the players have the legs - it's already been established that our first 11 is a match for any team in the league, and most teams in Europe. But I reckon most of them will be knackered or injured by January, and then we'll be screwed.

    Edited by Kay at 22:08:08 02-11-2013
  • Syrette 2 Nov 2013 22:08:04 44,208 posts
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    I didn't imply you weren't title contenders.

  • Kay 2 Nov 2013 22:22:26 17,966 posts
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    Wasn't just aimed at you tbh, but at everyone making the "haven't faced any big tests" argument.

    In the PL, every game is a big test imo. Just look at last week's win against relegation favourites Crystal Palace, was probably our toughest so far this season.
  • Tom_Servo 2 Nov 2013 22:28:44 18,082 posts
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    Fergie's right, Henderson does run funny.
  • Humperfunk 2 Nov 2013 22:36:25 2,490 posts
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    Haha even Sturridge berating Suarez for not passing he almost broke into that fucking dance! Absolute prick.

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  • Youthist 2 Nov 2013 22:46:36 10,083 posts
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    Just nowhere near as big a prick as Suarez for a) not passing and b) biting opponents

    "Good chess players think one move ahead. Great chess players think two or three moves ahead."

  • Humperfunk 2 Nov 2013 22:49:02 2,490 posts
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    Well obviously.

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  • faux-C 2 Nov 2013 22:51:22 9,633 posts
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    I know I say this every week, but Jonathan Pearce is a massive bellend.
  • El_MUERkO 2 Nov 2013 23:13:15 17,144 posts
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    @faux_carnation his first commentating job was on a Sky One TV soap opera, every time he opens his mouth he reminds me of it, also robot wars! fuck that guy!!
  • Humperfunk 2 Nov 2013 23:14:05 2,490 posts
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    Dirty fucking Fulham player, that was absolutely disgusting. Cunt.

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  • President_Weasel 2 Nov 2013 23:18:01 9,656 posts
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    To really be title contenders what you have to do, see, is to score more points over the course the season than the other teams. It's pretty straightforward.

    Of course you could always win it on goal difference, but that's not very contendy.

    Edited by President_Weasel at 23:18:43 02-11-2013
  • Tom_Servo 2 Nov 2013 23:24:02 18,082 posts
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    Dossena. Awful.
  • Tom_Servo 2 Nov 2013 23:26:12 18,082 posts
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    A+ rolling around from Johnson there.
  • Tom_Servo 2 Nov 2013 23:40:06 18,082 posts
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    FAO Deckard
  • President_Weasel 3 Nov 2013 00:05:20 9,656 posts
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    oh my god, that's almost too good
  • Syrette 3 Nov 2013 00:07:18 44,208 posts
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    Alan Oliver doesn't have a clue nowadays (he used to be the chief sports writer for the major local paper) so I'd take that with a big pinch of salt.

    Edited by Syrette at 00:07:38 03-11-2013

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