Video: WSW 1-3 Arsenal – “Monreal would be in my back three every week”

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Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 today in the final game of the Australian tour – see the goals here.

James takes his usual on the whistle look at the game and the result.

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goongot
goongot

i know it’s early but pls wenger dont make the same mistake u did with podolski…

Original Paul
Original Paul

Agreed on Monreal, I like him. 🙂

Mannyg
Mannyg

Have to say, it’s been amazing to see Arsenal in Sydney this week. Never had the opportunity to see them at the Emirates, so i’m really glad i can see them here now. The way Arsenal have orientated this whole tour has been class. I’ve seen United, Chelsea and Spurs, too (i always backed the A-League team), but they didn’t even give a shit the whole time. Even bringing the ground announcer was a nice touch. I, for one, have had a lovely week.

santori
santori

Class is permanent.

Ned
Ned

It was really bonza to cast me eyes over the chaps first hand like. Gunna crack open another tinny and celebrate with me chums!

Cagooner
Cagooner

Good on ya mate!

not so fed up
not so fed up

Monreal deserves a statue in his honour at our stadium, such a class player

santori
santori

I think he’s shoeing into what Sagna was for us.

The left side of back 3 suits him very well.

santori
santori

Granted its Western Sydney Walkabout Wanderers.

Decent run out.

Giroud scores again. I’m not sure why some people want him out. At the moment, he is more efficient than Welbeck. Surely he is a better weapon to have. He can pair WITH Lacazette or they can rotate as different options. Welbeck if anything is the spare at the moment.

Lacazette. Excellent movement.

Ramsey scores again coming in from midfield.

As did Elneny courtesy of lucky deflection. Some chatter about him finidng a new role in defensive 3 (I guess he isn’t in the mix in midfield?) but frankly he has Mustafi, Koscielny, Holding, Per, Kolasinac AND Monreal ahead (not to mention Chambers). I don’t see it.

Likely his unfamiliar role is tour related. Again its Western Sydney Walkabouts.

He isn’t much option in midfield either with Jack and Granit first choice, Coquelin improving. Thereafter its half choices with Santi, Jack or maybe the Ox and then maybe Elneny.

We could well do with one more midfielder but I’m not sure Wenger will buy given Alexis may have to be replaced and he may cite Jack as available too (We’ve been here before).

Matt
Matt

Didn’t like Giroud’s attitude towards Lacazzette. He’ll have to live with it though, Laca will be 1st choice central striker and Giroud a plan B as usual

santori
santori

Funny cos the commentary I was on were going on about just how much the two were trying to find each other during the game.

I mean if Giroud is in the zone trying to celebrate, I don’t think he is going to take notice of whoever is coming up from behind him. No big deal.

Crisis manufacturing.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Totally ignore the back pages of the rags man. They’ve been printing fake news since Donald Trump was in diapers.

Mark
Mark

Have always loved Monreal’s game, not flashy, but incredibly consistent and solid on defense and in the attack. As he gets a bit older the wing back slot may not be best for him as I feel the left side of the back three could be perfect for him. We have some great depth and quality in that central three with a starting three potentially of Mustafi, Kos, and Monreal with Holding, Gabriel and Per in reserve (of course you can argue for Holding and maybe even Gabriel to start). You also have Kolasnic that can slot back there.

ritabhash
ritabhash

I wouldn’t let Gabriel anywhere near the starting Xi unless and until other defenders are unavailable.Too much liability imo