Posted on November 24, 2014 by ADMIN

Arsenal keeper right to be positive ahead of Dortmund clash?

Wojciech Szczesny was one of the many Arsenal players that did not exactly cover themselves in glory at the Emirates stadium on Saturday. It looked like he was at least partly responsible for the lack of understanding that led to hos collision with Kieran Gibbs and the left back’s own goal that that changed the course of the game.

But I am not going to be too harsh on the Poland international, because that was his first real mistake in the Premier League this season and he has not been at fault for the rest of the Gunners’ defensive problems this season. It has not helped him having 19-year old Calum Chambers and now the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal in front of him either.

And with our new second choice keeper David Ospina still recovering from the injury he brought from the World Cup finals, it is great news that the rib injury that saw Szczesny replaced after the collision on Saturday was only minor and will not stop him facing Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Our young keeper has been speaking about that game, as reported by Arsenal.com and he is confident that the Gunners can forget about the way we threw away a three goal lead and automatic qualification against Anderlecht. That leaves Arsenal really needing a point off the Germans to avoid a last day decider, but Szczesny is not worried and feels confident that we can do it.

He said, “We all know that our last match in the Champions League at home to Anderlecht was disappointing. But we must put that behind us and we’re all ready to bounce back against Dortmund and hopefully get a place in the last 16.

“Dortmund are a very good counter-attacking team. They press your midfielders very well and are quick to attack as soon as they get possession. They’ve got some great finishers as well, so going forward they are very strong.

“Last season we lost at home and won away, so we hope this season we can turn it around and get a result against them at home. We have confidence for Wednesday’s match knowing that we have recently beaten them. If we put in a good performance at home we know we can win.

“We know that we only need one point from our last two matches to qualify for the last 16, but we know that we have not made it yet. We’re playing at home in front of our fans and we’re confident that we can put in a good performance and qualify.”

You have to admire his confidence and belief in his team mates, but I wonder if it is not a bit misplaced at the minute, especially when you see how vulnerable we are to a counter attack, so is Szczesny right to be upbeat about Dortmund?

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61 thoughts on “Arsenal keeper right to be positive ahead of Dortmund clash?

  1. ArseOverTit

    Let’s not be like wenger. Let’s ‘act’ in the hope we can change things.

    Sign this petition and share it with all who care about AFC (A is for Arsenal and not Arsene)!

    Href=”http://tinyurl.com/ouastfu”

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  2. KickAssFan

    He says, “…we’re all ready to bounce back against
    Dortmund…” LOL!!!

    Very funny the way we’ve been bouncing back(wards).

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        1. ArsenalGenes

          btw Why The F* Fabregas is not getting injured at Chelsea? He played continuously for 4 months for them.. Why always arsenal players get injured..??

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    1. SoOpa AeoN

      @ Kickassfan……pLayers be boasting too much these ……. Check it out!…… Szcez, arteta, mert etc….. Always making useless pre/post match comments… Like they even work so hard when they get down on the pitch

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      1. KickAssFan

        Yeah, @Soopa, they do that often. Wenger always praising the “team spirit”, “team character”, “team strength”, bla bla bla.

        “We have learnt our lessons”, “We played well but were unfortunate”, “We have worked on that in training”, “We shall prove our capabilities in the next game, bla bla bla

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  3. Wootton

    ‘We only need one point from our next two matches’ this is what’s wrong with our mindset.. The aim shouldn’t be coming second to get through, it should be topping the table.

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    1. juhislihis

      Wojwack lol.

      Petr Cech could be the bargain on the century, that is if £7 million transfer fee is not a hoax. He’s been class for a decade, especially in the big matches. I remember him in the CL and Europa League finals, unbelievable saves.

      And Mouninho could sell him to us, he probably won’t see us contenders like we aren’t. He did it with Mata last January.

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      1. muffdiver

        na he saw mata didnt work for the team, cech is world class – a leader.

        plus cech wouldnt come here…madrid will bag him if they dont get david de playa

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  4. Greg

    Szczesny is right to be positive and help raise moral and confidence among the team! But he and the rest of the team needs to “step up” and “man up” and not just talk the talk, but do your talking on the field! Coyg!

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  5. juhislihis

    What the players say don’t really matter. They can’t come out and say ‘we really should’ve bought defensive cover in the summer’.

    Not excited at all about our games as I used to be. We got raped by big teams away last season, but at least we drew them at home. On Saturday we lost at home to United so now I won’t even rely on the home advantage. Though I don’t know the difference between losing and drawing at home, we are still heading for the same mediocrity.

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      1. Robin Vanpayslip

        ‘Oh I thought it was opposites day’ – Bill Clinton 2 days later

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  6. Greg

    Enough talk! That isnt getting us anywhere! We need to get serious on the pitch,and get back to winning ways by digging deep, playing with heart and commitment, giving 100% on the field for the arsenal cause! Victoria concordia cresit forever! Coyg!

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        1. KickAssFan

          Man, what’s up with Lauren Hill? She’s kinda lost her vocal swag

          NB: This is a much more interesting topic

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          1. muffdiver

            5 kids with bob marleys kid i think
            she ruined her career

            saying that the score is a classic rap album
            an her album was great too
            both decades ago

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          2. NY_Gunner

            @kickassfan
            Jail time took it out of here. Plus the weed was doin a number on her way before that.

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            1. Robin Vanpayslip

              I think she had tax issues too.

              Tax is how they get them. Meth was never the same after he paid his tax bill (plus working with puffy didn’t really help)

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            2. KickAssFan

              @NY, jail time ain’t really enof to drag one down musically.

              By the way, pal, u can ask Bob Marley: weed makes you see Jah in all his glory. It awakens the the 7th sense.

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  7. LoCkAy

    Now it is Wojciech Szczesny, the Polish joker…!!
    I mean this all situation is getting comical by the days and we have all the actors we need… Just a bunch of deluded and less than average performers under the guidance of the most delusional man in world football.
    That is going to be funny… AGAIN !

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  8. GunnSHOW

    GUNNSHOW HERE

    Yeah its true we are NOT playing good, but we are NOT playing bad either. The truth is…

    We are playing STUPID.

    3-0 up against ANDERLECHT = ALL OUT ATTACK
    1-0 Down against a WEAK Man U = ALL OUT ATTACK
    1-0 up again Swansea = ALL OUT ATTACK

    The ENTITLEMENT of this TEAM is DISGUSTING, WENGER, THE PLAYERS Think that playing out game and JUST OUR GAME is GOOD ENOUGH, and YES with “OUR GAME” we can DOMINATE MOST TEAMS but DOMINATION DOESN’T WIN GAMES, FORCING MISTAKES AND SCORING DO, and TO DO we NEED a GAMEPLAN.

    There is a UNWRITTEN RULE in FOOTBALL.

    Most GOALS in MOST games go AGAINST the RUN OF PLAY
    LET ME REPEAT THAT!
    Most GOALS in MOST games go AGAINST the RUN OF PLAY
    ONE MORE TIME
    Most GOALS in MOST games go AGAINST the RUN OF PLAY

    What does THAT MEAN for ARSENAL:

    “If you dominate that GAME for 80% and DO NOT SCORE, You will ALMOST ALWAYS LOSE to a COUNTER ATTACK GOAL”

    ARSENAL need to get SMART, WE KNOW they are GONNA PARK THE BUS and COUNTER, its ALMOST a GUARANTEE (EVEN CHELSEA DID AT HOME) We need to have a GAMEPLAN FFS:

    HOW TO ATTACK WITHOUT LEAVING SPACE
    HOW BREAK DOWN PACK DEFENCES
    HOW FORCE/ENCOURGE TEAMS TO PUSH UP (LEAVING SPACE FOR SANCHEZ)
    HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF SET PIECES
    HOW TO TIRE THE TEAM OUT EARLY LEAVING SPACE FOR LATE GOALS
    HOW TO STRETCH PRESS THE OPPOSITION (FAST BUILD UP PLAY)
    HOW TO KEEP THEM GUESSING
    HOW TO FORCE MISTAKES FOR COUNTER ATTACKS

    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
    HOW TO PUNISH TEAMS FOR SITTING BACK AND NOT TRYING TO SCORE (NEGATIVE TACTICS)

    WITH ARSENAL KEEPING THE BALL IS NEVER A PROBLEM, AND IF FOOTBALL IS A GAME OF MISTAKES…

    OUR GAME PLAN SHOULD MAKE IT THAT LETTING THE ARSENAL KEEP THE BALL WAS A FATAL MISTAKE

    GUNNSHOW OUT

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    1. Foxtrot

      “GUNNSHOW HERE

      Yeah its true we are NOT playing good, but we are NOT playing bad either. The truth is…”

      After that I dint bother to read.

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  9. AYZAY

    Shez that bad? Man u guys are fackin annoying. When it goes bad with the club u just make it worse, the way u moan make me wanna call u bitches, but i won’t cos i respect

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  10. LoCkAy

    Wenger does not even give a chance to Campbell (much better player than that worthless sh*t Wilshere).
    Rosicky is in the closet.
    Podolski is in the closet.
    I mean, what the f*ck is going on here???

    He has spend a huge amount of money and the team is weaker than last season…!!

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  11. LoCkAy

    “We had most of the ball”
    “It was one way traffic and we lost”

    I mean is that guy (Wenger) for real…???
    Who said that because you have most of the possession you are supposed to win the game…??

    On which planet is he leaving in?????????

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  12. fred cowardly

    Southampton are cool.
    Got rid of decent players like Chambers, lovern, Shaw, Lambert, Lallana, etc and in the top 4.

    Scneiderlin refused to come here as he wants to win trophies at Southampton

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    1. NY_Gunner

      @fred cowardly
      He wanted to go to Spurs but they blocked him. He even went on twitter and threw a strop about giving so many years to Soton and being F’d over. Never read anything about him coming to AFC or refusing to come.

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      1. fred cowardly

        I Know that

        I wasn’t being serious. It was a poor attempt at humour on my part.

        I apologise

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  13. Foxtrot

    Wenger, why u no play Podolski, Campbel, Rosicky ?
    Them play good football. Podolski finish good.
    Why u no sign no defender and make Sagna go ?
    U not good manager.
    😛

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  14. summerbreez

    To be honest I thought we were doing ok until we gifted them the win crazy at the way it seems but it surely happens regularly to us but we need to move on to our next encounter no matter what, you pull your socks up and get a win and right now we need to move on and get that win as nothing else will Sufis

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  15. fred cowardly

    Matches up til 1st January
    1. Dortmund @ home
    2. West Bromwich (away)
    3. Southampton @ home
    4. Stoke City (away)
    5. Galatasaray (away)
    6. Newcastle @ home
    7. Liverpool (away)
    8. QPR @ home
    9. West Ham (away)
    10. Southampton (away)

    A lot of matches before the transfer window opens.
    we need to make sure we close the gap to 4th place, do well in Champions League and hope Debuchy, Koscielny, and Ozil recover fast.

    With Debuchy and Koscielny back, we can stop this Monreal CB nonsense, because Wenger doesn’t look like he is going to put Chambers @ CB and Bellerin @ RB. Very stubborn man.

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  16. Aussie Jack

    If what I read is true (and it rarely is) Usmanov has been giving some fatherly advice to Mr. Wenger. “Learn from your mistakes”…Any sixty five year old on eight million a year who needs that kind of advice should know it`s time to quit.

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  17. Ronny331

    More meaningless talk! Anyway I heard both jack and schez are now out for the dortmund game. With martinez in goal I guess poldi or rosicky will be handed some gloves on the bench 🙂 usmanov pipes up, wenger holds crisis talks with gazidis, (all for show no doubt!) And poldi continues to moan, “I’m not a clown”, then stop acting like one! Arsenal aka ‘laughing stock’ fc. #talk is cheap. #wenger out.

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  18. Ronny331

    @azjay. Schez is rubbish! He’s the most childish, uncomanding/unconvincing keeper around. His decision making is terrible, (charging out of his area and lack of calls to his team mates etc.) Cech would be a dream god knows even schwarzer is better! Marshall, begovic, guzan, FABIANSKI etc, all better!

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  19. Ronny331

    Beat dortmund? Lmfao….klopp having a post match glass of wine with ivan on wednesday?

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  20. goldfish27

    Wanna see new faces at emirate…..starting from a new manager who will now bring d new players that all…..am so pissed off when Arsenal player or their old chiwawa of a manager make comment or speech…they are notting but a toothless dogs who only backs but never bite….Wenger Must Leave

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