The Europa League Thread


#521

Maybe that changes the landscape but in the Emirates era Wenger has fielded weakened teams in cup competitions (though less so in more recent years, though I’m not sure if that was due to pressure on him from the “trophy drought”) and at times felt like he wasn’t too bothered about discarding them for his league and CL campaigns.

It’s still a luck game though and it takes a lot of games to win it. You only get into the CL if you win and there’s no guarantee that you’re going to do that. United have been very lucky with the draws they’ve had and the EL feels weaker this year than in previous years but that probably won’t last.

The league on the other hand is pretty stable. If you put in the performances and get 1st, 2nd, 3rd and most of the time 4th, you’ll get in. I hope I’m wrong about him but I really think Wenger is the type of character to prefer that method and I think Arsenal have enough of a bad culture of not giving a fuck that I can see us putting in a meek performance in a R16 game, getting knocked out on away goals and not being too devastated and just forgetting about it.

For example people have blown smoke up Spurs arses this year and that’s probably for good reason but look at what they did at the first hurdle in the EL and I don’t think that it was because they were focused on the title. They were much closer to 6th place than they were to 1st so will still be worrying about finishing 4th.

We seem to come unstuck on a mental level as soon as the CL knockouts come around so I don’t think our mentality will suddenly be fixed once we’re in the EL knockouts instead.


#522

You make good points and you could be right but qualifying for the CL is becoming increasingly tough. We could get 70 points this season, which in the past guaranteed CL, heck 62 points did some years. So pushing 2 fronts would hedge our bets.

I am actually welcoming the EL because we’re out of our depth in the CL we’re nowhere near winning it and the whole thing is boring. Even if we rotate our squad it’d be nice to see new faces getting valuable experience.


#523

COME ON AJAX!!!


#524

Free joints for everyone! :wenger:
Ajax are superb at the back.
They are just unbelievable. What a team they are gonna be!
Afro man. 1-0 United.


#525

GET THE FLYING FUCK IN!!! DANISH GOD DOLLYWOOD. FUCK YESSSSSSSS


#526

Some goal by Dolberg! Game over!


#527

How the hell are Ajax failing to win the Dutch league ?


#528

Feyenoord can still fuck it up :mustafi:. They have already bottled one chance to win the league last sunday :mustafi:


#529

Fuck sake


#530

WTF Ajax! Lol!


#531

Well that escalated quickly. Did they score the second straight from kick off?!


#532

This has the makings of a massive implosion.


#533

COME ON LYON


#534

That’s such a sucker punch.


#535

WTF just happened??? It was 0-1 and I took a 5 minute call and now it’s 2-1…


#536

Aaahhh, Lacazette happened… gotcha.


#537

Cheap penalty and we collapsed. Big blow but hopefully we’ll be alright. Lyon defensively are just awful, need to score another.


#538

What a fucking dive by Lacazette!
Lyon with already a crap defence in the first seconds of the second half.


#539

Hot verdomme!

Bl1nk channeling his inner GFI in this thread


#540

No chance :wink: