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    Well, that's three in a row - I think I'll try again!

    A big day in our house. Mrs HW is an Arsenal fan. She didn't enjoy herself at Molineux last season.

    Lets hope for the same outcome.
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    If they defend off set pieces like they did on Sunday, that's a huge opening for us. They looked like conceding every single time.

    Realistically they're going to need to win tomorrow night AND beat us if they have any hope of catching us, so it's a case of sitting in and picking them off on the break. So Adama in from the start for me, maybe give Joao a rest and leave Donck in?

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    As an aside, how are you and Mrs HW nowadays ? Are you both well ?
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    The next 5 games are 3/4 games apart so I expect Nuno to have already planned his side for each injuries aside. They've gone 352 and I thought Tierney looked decent on Sunday so I'd be playing Adama as much to push him back as for what he can do going forwards. Could be a lot more open than the three previous games

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    Couple of fortunate wins for them but they are there to be got at. We've done well to win the first three games but with this week to prepare, we will need to go up another gear now ahead of the next batch of games as these will be more competitive now.

    Our style should totally suit playing against them at this point, they struggle to create when allowed to have possession. I too would start Adama, as I don't think they are particularly great through the middle of the pitch so think Neves and Moutinho can cope fine.

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    I can see us starting 343 with Adama and Neto starting, with Jota, Donk and Podence champing at the bit for the sub spots.
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    Jota always does well against Arsenal. Probably because they are so open and the RB likes to go walkies. Nuno has always been a 3-4-3 man against them as well. Again probably because they are so open to the counter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    As an aside, how are you and Mrs HW nowadays ? Are you both well ?
    Hi Paul. Thanks for asking. We are both OK thanks. My blood is checked every 8 weeks and chemo and other tablets adjusted accordingly. NHS Hereford have been superb during lockdown. Mrs HW gets her skin examined and checked regularly as well, and, fingers crossed, they have found nothing nasty recently. We remain optimistic about our health and life in general! Stay safe mate.


    Back to the football - I wouldnít be surprised if Arteta gives Ozil a run against us on Saturday. He has Ďchallengedí him to show his potential for the rest of the season.
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    I can't see him daring to play Ozil against us. They have three games in a week so might be some rotation but that would be asking for trouble I think.

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    We have had a week to recuperate (& with the Europa we haven't had many of those) so expect us to be at full strength for this one

    3 - 4 - 3 or 3 - 5 - 2 is a toss up & if 2 then Neto or Jota up front is a decision to make.

    Either way we have the ammunition to hurt them & people we can bring on who can change games. As long as the defence does what it has done for the last few games then we should be able to overcome them.
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    343 for me, give their fullbacks something to worry about. Our style is *made* for games like this. They've got to attack, but they're not actually very good.
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    As Mark Antony said in 'Julius Caesar,' "Cry havoc! And let slip Adama."

    3-4-3 and go for it.
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    Arsenal have played 343 last two games. Ceballos and Xhaka. If they start against us Traore is a must I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del Woppio View Post
    343 for me, give their fullbacks something to worry about. Our style is *made* for games like this. They've got to attack, but they're not actually very good.
    This. You'd take Lacazette and Aubameyang from them and that's it.
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    I'm conscious that fans always overrate their own players and this will probably came back to bite me on Saturday, but as they played our formation yesterday it's fairly easy to compare 11s. The only ones I'd start ahead of our options are PEA and Tierney, the latter dependant on the opposition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Templeton Peck View Post
    This. You'd take Lacazette and Aubameyang from them and that's it.
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    Seeing my predictions have been dire since restart Iím going for a home defeat.

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    It still feels weird going into a game against Arsenal knowing Iíll be disappointed if we donít win. If we play at our best we can and should be getting 3 points but realistically a draw would be ok and keep them 6 points behind us.

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    Iíve said it before, they are our dream opponent given they will be wide open and donít have the players to back it up. Powderpuff midfield, awful back 3, reserve GK, inconsistent forward line who wonít do the work backwards, suspect on set pieces.

    My only problem is that it seems too good to be true at the minute. A win here and we are in a ridiculously good position and thatís why Iím slightly more nervous
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    I don't have nerves with this team. 3-0.
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    The only real thing making me nervous is that weíve won 3 in a row and at some point we wonít win one!

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    https://arsenal-mania.com/forum/thre...-sports.34284/

    I'd go with
    Emi
    Mustafi-Luiz-Tierney
    AMN-Ceballos-Xhaka-Saka
    Pepe-Nketiah-Auba

    Tierney did well vs Adama in the reverse fixture, don't want him bombing forward like he is currently doing at LWB. I'm more worried about Raul Jimenez than Adama tbh. Raul perfect player to bully our CBs.
    If they go 343 i hope we do, when our opponents try and match our 343 formation they generally fall foul. Also Tierney as a LCB? Is that what they've been doing?

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    I’m irked by the fact that Wolves haven’t played since last Saturday while we only get a little more than two days rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Pyjamas View Post
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    If they go 343 i hope we do, when our opponents try and match our 343 formation they generally fall foul. Also Tierney as a LCB? Is that what they've been doing?
    No LWB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Towner View Post
    No LWB
    That's what i thought and is why i queried this from one of their posters the idea of Tierney at LCB is surely moronic:

    I'd go with
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    Mustafi-Luiz-Tierney
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    Pepe-Nketiah-Auba

    Tierney did well vs Adama in the reverse fixture, don't want him bombing forward like he is currently doing at LWB. I'm more worried about Raul Jimenez than Adama tbh. Raul perfect player to bully our CBs.
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