Manchester United beat Spurs and it’s all good so far for Solskjaer with De Gea so sharp. At the London Stadium Nasri cut open Arsenal at one end and Fabianski kept them out at the other while wins for Liverpool and Chelsea kept the Reds ahead at the top, and the Blues in the Champions League spots.
Subscribe to the Coshcast on iTunes and find all episodes on Pippa. It’s been a couple of weeks but the Coshcast is back! We’ll talk about the Premier League, we’ll talk about Serie A, we’ll talk about La Liga but we’ll start at the Emirates, where Arsenal arguably produced […]
Positionally, however, it feels as if he can’t help but be sacrificed. If Ozil is fit, Mkhitaryan won’t play in his best position – as a #10. Due to the lack of other good wide options, his most-likely role will be on the right, where he’ll be expected to come inside and link up with Ozil and the striker, leaving space for Bellerin to overlap (and put in terrible crosses).
As Arséne Wenger manages his last fixtures in English football, his departure is something much more than a manger leaving his persevering post. It is a departure of morality, honesty and loyalty in an industry that needs it more than ever.
With Diego Costa’s imminent return to the Atletico side, it will be absolutely fascinating to see how the pair combine in a partnership that looks, on paper like it should work brilliantly. Costa the aggressive, sociopath bully ready to drive defenders bonkers, Griezmann the impish magician, darting around him into the spaces the opposition barely registered.
The Gooners’ pride is on the line. Let’s see if they can regain it or else St. Totteringham’s day may be cancelled for a long time to come.
This week on the Coshcast, we’re joined by a special guest.
You don’t buy Ozil then play him out wide, or play him in front of sub-par defensive players in midfield. You don’t buy Ozil then stop playing possession football. All mismatches between Ozil as a player and Arsenal as a team.
One team that hasn’t adopted the fad is Arsenal, which is hardly a surprise. Arsene was not an early adopter of the transition from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3, and he’s shown no recent signs of increased tactical flexibility. Thus, I preface the following by saying that it is a dream. A hypothetical.
You would imagine if Tony Pulis’s Stoke had ever conceded a header to Mesut Ozil that the current WBA manager would have done quite a lot of naked headbutting after the match.
Since injury removed Santi Cazorla from the equation in mid-October, Arsenal have failed to find balance in the two positions at the base of the midfield.Without that balance, the team does not function properly. Mesut Ozil is playing the #10 role, but it is a very advanced interpretation of the position and this season he has spent a lot of time on the shoulder of the opposition’s defenders, looking to run behind them.
For us here at Under The Cosh, this is the biggest game of the season. It’s the Red Devils vs. the Gunners and our friendships will be temporarily strained. Last season Arsenal gave Man United a pasting at the Emirate with a 3-0 victory and the Gooner contingent were full of banter. The return fixture saw 18 year old Marcus Rashford score a brace on his Premier League debut to seal a 3-2 victory for United bringing them redemption.
Why was Cavani not substituted long time ago and how will PSG solve the Cavani conundrum?
Can Wenger fit Coquelin, Cazorla and Xhaka into the same team?
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Welcome to Episode 46! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the CoshCast, we take you through the lopsided knockout phase of the Euro 2016 Round of 16. Portugal have made it to the Quarterfinals by […]
Mario Rivas hosts the Full90Gooner podcast. In this piece he tries to sum up Arsenal’s disappointing season, and asks the two big questions.’ Why?’ and ‘what next?’. Well here we are. The Premier League season is over. It feels like so long ago that August 9, 2015 came […]
When you assess the abilities of Giroud and Walcott, they are both half an ideal striker. If you combined the two you’d get a beautiful Franglo physical specimen with gorgeous hair, extreme quickness and 25-30 goals a season.
It is the way the club is run that makes me irate. Perez was voted in based on his promises of delivering “La Decima” – the elusive 10th Champions League – to the club as well as building another side full of “Galacticos”, which is just a fancy name for having a fine footballing harem.
Arsenal fans are licking their lips and rubbing their hands together at the prospect of signing Arturo Vidal from Juventus. The rumours have been doing the rounds that Vidal is available, from Juve’s point of view, and that Arsenal are interested, from Arsene Wenger’s point of view. After […]
To me it was obvious that the team needed another experienced centrback to provide cover and competition. I also wondered why he didn’t get a proper defensive midfielder, seeing that the injury-prone Arteta’s performances had declined in the latter part of the previous season, and the fact that Flamini just isn’t a very good footballer.
Eleven games into the season and heading into yet another international break, we have decided to take a look at the productivity of the top players from each of the top clubs so far in the Premier League. With a third of the season almost over, its a […]