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  1. Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

    I think our tasks next season is more challenging than our 4th position may suggest. We are "losing" senior players at a rate that even Abramovich couldn't replace, and the younger players as a group have failed to progress. I used the word losing because that is what it translates into - they dip in performance and never come back up. Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Emerson, Willian, Jorginho, Azpilicueta, Christensen - the list goes on. Even Kante has not been the same. The only time I can remember at Chelsea when we had so many senior players playing so poorly all at the same was when a mamager is on its way out. I'm not suggesting that this the case for Frank Lampard. What strikes me most is the complete absence of any positive body language or vibes between the senior players and Frank Lampard, on and off the screen. They might as well be in different locations. So the question is, what needs to happen for this bunch of senior players to suddenly up their performance next season, and do it by a huge margin? Because Roman Abramovich can't replace all of them. The younger players have not only failed to progress; they have regressed. Mount sparkles now and again, but lacks any steady upward trajectory of progress. James is looking more disorientated by every match, CHO hasn't has much game time, but equally hasnt had many fine moments. Tomori has been sudelined unfairly, imo. RLC doesn't look like he's been training. Add all this up and Frank Lampard's job next season makes this season a walk in the park.
  2. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    You've made very important points. I think there's a certain mentality amongst some of our fans that we've done enough this season and that things will definitely be different next. The manager seems to have bought into it too. So it's: hey, calm down, we're fine. But will things suddenly become different next season? I'm not so sure. The mentality to do whatever is legally permissible to secure a win, is not something you pick up during a pre-season trip. It can't be bought by signing a few new players. I'm just not convinced that our team shows enough "steeliness" and fighting spirit for the skills and experience we have in the squad. We too often look like we are in a pre-season friendly - no passion, no fight. You rarely hear a senior player shooting instructions to a younger one, or getting frustrated when things are not going according to plan There was a moment after the first goal, when Mount could have played in Giroud for a clean chance and a possible 2-0 scoreline. He decided to try a curler. Okay, its about confidence and responsibility. But a young player ignoring a senior striker in a better position, who has run his socks off to get there, is not a good sign for team discipline and authority. And that was our last real chance of the match. Who knows what might have been if Mount had picked out Giroud. Matches like these can be won and lost by a single decision of a single player.
  3. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    That the BBC didn't show one replay of the Martinez incident tells it all for me.
  4. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Tactics is one thing, getting the senior players to play at their best is another. It's my opinion that collectively, the senior players have massively and systematically underperformed this season. Today was an example. Roman Abramovich can't be expected to but whole new squad for Frank Lampard. Looking at the performance today and the season, that is what many comments seem to suggest. The senior guys have folded into themselves. That ain't right.
  5. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    I'm glad I'm not the only one saying this. Every time we underperform all I ever hear is player A player B. What about the manager? I think there are far too many senior players who are not playing at half their best. Tactics aside, when was the last time a senior player stepped up and led the team to a resounding performance? Surely, there must be more to management than simply selecting players, buying and selling them.
  6. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    But I am also worried about so many senior players downing tools. I haven't seen any senior player with a smile on their face. Match after match we see no influence of senior players, unless you count negative ones. Even Giroud is constantly in or out, and still I dont see much connection between manager and players. I think we may just have a quiet man-management situation on our hands.
  7. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    I agree with most of your points, except the referee. I think he was biased. He didn't even have to contemplate a yellow card in Kovacic's second. And he could have called on VAR. In the Martinez incident, that is the easiest situation to call VAR . To not call for VAR, you have to be literally on the line and looking across, and see clear water between the line and the keeper. There was none of that. I think this benefit of doubt nonsense allows refs like Anthony Taylor to exist. Stop letting off bent, corrupt and biased refetees. VAR was brought in to eliminate this nonsense. Now under current rules Mr Ovrebo could have carried on regardless of VAR.
  8. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    I dont know what has happened to the senior players this season. Not a single one of them has covered himself in glory. And some of them play for the biggest national teams in world football. I'll stop speculating. I think Lampard needs to clear the house and work with his own players next season. Even before this final, the talk of us giving Willian a 2 year extension made me sick.
  9. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    People wonder why VAR was brought in. It was for referees like Anthony Taylor. But it hasn't solved anything. Because Anthony Taylor is still refereeing.
  10. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Rudiger has been v poor. Being an Arsenal fan doesn't mean you shouldn't defend against them
  11. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Well, we would have to call in the surgeons to get if off him.
  12. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Kovacic is running out midfield right now. If you bring in Kante for Jorginho, Kovacic would not have to make those dangerous tackles or defend for two. Kante for Jorginho solves 3 problems.
  13. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Please get Jorginho off. He's a complete waste of time in that midfield. Get Alonso off. Even Tomori can do better in that position.
  14. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Get Alonso off, please, and Jorginho.
  15. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    So, what we've been watching is Willian playing for a 3 year contract.