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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject:

UCL Draw wrote:
Group A: Benfica, Man United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiacos, Sporting CP

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig,

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, APOEL


Not a terrible draw, Tottenham gets the short end though. Basel can be tricky and CSKA is going to be a long midweek trip.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject:

Good draw. There isn't a joke group this year. G is probably the easiest, but those are quality clubs. Tottenham got screwed, but that could be the unofficial motto of the club. Roma got a rough draw, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:05 am    Post subject:

Let's all laugh at Tottenham
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:23 am    Post subject:

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Let's all laugh at Tottenham


Hey, at least you guys won't have to worry about being eliminated by Bayern this year!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject:

Whoever ends up 3rd in Group H should be the favorite to win the Europa League.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject:

It is being reported that Dembele is going to Barcelona for 150M euros, 30M of that in add-ons. Barca finally made an offer that BVB could not refuse.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject:

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It is being reported that Dembele is going to Barcelona for 150M euros, 30M of that in add-ons. Barca finally made an offer that BVB could not refuse.


Crazy to think he moved from Rennes to Dortmund for just €15 million last summer. Good piece of business for Borussia, that.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject:

Wilt wrote:
Whoever ends up 3rd in Group H should be the favorite to win the Europa League.


Arsenal will be winning the Europa League
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject:

Moses wrote:
Wilt wrote:
Whoever ends up 3rd in Group H should be the favorite to win the Europa League.


Arsenal will be winning the Europa League


They'll have to get past Tottenham to do that.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject:

Moses wrote:
Wilt wrote:
Whoever ends up 3rd in Group H should be the favorite to win the Europa League.


Arsenal will be winning the Europa League


Should be a cakewalk, right?! At least that's what I was told last season.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject:

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Zlatan's typically subdued reaction to his new deal with Man U:

https://twitter.com/Ibra_official/status/900706809027100677


I LOVE that pic!! Why Zlatan always gotta be a badass
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:15 am    Post subject:

Another matchday, another win! I could get used to this...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject:

Wenger should resign after this game.

Lucky to be down by only 3.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject:

After the Stoke game, I thought Arsenal would be okay this year. They lost, but it was just one of those days when the ball bounces the wrong way and the refs make dodgy calls.

After today, I'm back to my preseason belief that Arsenal is in a death spiral. Arsenal '18 may be Chelsea '16 -- flirting with relegation and ending up a bruised mid-table club.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject:

#WengerOut
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject:

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After the Stoke game, I thought Arsenal would be okay this year. They lost, but it was just one of those days when the ball bounces the wrong way and the refs make dodgy calls.

After today, I'm back to my preseason belief that Arsenal is in a death spiral. Arsenal '18 may be Chelsea '16 -- flirting with relegation and ending up a bruised mid-table club.


The Stoke game kind of typified Arsenal, yeah you can have the lion's share of possession, but it's a useless statistic if you don't do anything with it.

Looking at us now, the defence has conceded 8 in 3, the centre of the park looks soft, and Wenger's decisions are still as mystifying as ever. Add in that numerous players seemingly want to leave, and the fan base is more anxious and frustrated than ever, and you can see why it's not a good situation at all.

Had tickets for the game, so glad I let my bro take his mate instead of going. Wouldn't really have fancied a three hour drive home after watching that.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject:

^^^^

But you can still win the FA Cup.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject:

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^^^^

But you can still win the FA Cup.


Trouble is, while it's nice to win the FA cup, it's not what it once was in terms of prestige, and it certainly hasn't appeased the majority of our fan base either.

When you have a stadium that sells out every week, and you charge the highest ticket prices in Europe, you don't really get to make excuses for not spending that money in line with other so called big teams. Arsenal fans mostly hate the ownership and more and more are growing to hate Wenger too. Shame really, longer he stays the more he taints his legacy.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:50 am    Post subject:

Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea.

Twitter (SSN) - Fee agreed
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject:

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Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea.

Twitter (SSN) - Fee agreed


It's going from bad to worse man, they're now saying Sanchez has submitted a transfer request too.

If they sell these 2 and don't replace with quality before the window ends, next home game will be unbearable, the negativity in the crowd will be at an all time high, I might not even go to the damn game
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:42 pm    Post subject:

While I am tempted to make another Arsenal joke, the truth is that the whole roster needs to be cleansed and rebuilt under a new manager. I don't know that any new manager could do a lot with this group of players. Wenger might be able to finish 6-8 in the league (and, yes, make a run in the FA Cup), but there is a real danger that the club could spend a long time in the wilderness like Liverpool.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz2BzZFzrFE&t

"At least it wasn't more than 4."


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject:

BOOM!BOOM!BOOM!BOOOOM!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:47 pm    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
While I am tempted to make another Arsenal joke, the truth is that the whole roster needs to be cleansed and rebuilt under a new manager. I don't know that any new manager could do a lot with this group of players. Wenger might be able to finish 6-8 in the league (and, yes, make a run in the FA Cup), but there is a real danger that the club could spend a long time in the wilderness like Liverpool.


In truth, it's a huge few days for the club, How they finish out this transfer window will either give them hope or condemn them further. I suspect it's the latter, which gives them another early season mountain to climb. What they can't do is sell Ox & Sanchez and get nobody in, that's a hole you can't get out of, talent wise and in the court of public opinion and fan perception. Would be damning for the players as it sends a loud and clear message about ambition or lack thereof, and also shows the board to be liars because they promised change.

Should've let Wenger go this summer. There was a time where he was great for the club, sadly the game has left him behind over the last few years and he hasn't evolved with it.
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