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    You can’t replicate what happens in a live game on the training field. You see it with dead ball situations all the time. The mentality of a player accounts for about 90% of how they’ll play. Everyone has talent at this level but it’s whether they can translate that onto the pitch that makes the difference.

    Emery didn’t arrive with a reputation of having a shit defence, so it’s not coincidence that since he’s come to a club with a 15 year record of terrible defending that it’s taking him a while to sort it out. Remember, Liverpool’s defence was just as shit for the first 3 years under Klopp. It took 150 million plus to sort that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMatthews View Post
    It took 150 million plus to sort that out.
    Or 2 players.

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    I'm still not convinced that a bit of decent coaching couldn't sort some of this out. Arsenal's famous back 5 weren't, individually, superstars (apart from Seaman)
    But as a unit they were solid.
    Surely we could improve somewhat without spending a ton of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letters View Post
    Utd the favourites now, Id say.
    Chelsea possibly an even bigger mess than us though so definitely a chance of 5th
    If we don't get 4th or above....don't really care where we finish....especially as every scenario has us below Spurs failing a miracle.

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    Sadly, Spurs are miles above us. I can't see them seriously troubling the top 2 but they're better than everyone else.
    It's pretty much impossible for us to finish below 6th so it's 6th or 5th.

    Yay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letters View Post
    I'm still not convinced that a bit of decent coaching couldn't sort some of this out. Arsenal's famous back 5 weren't, individually, superstars (apart from Seaman)
    But as a unit they were solid.
    Surely we could improve somewhat without spending a ton of money.
    I agree with this partially*... One of our most successful defense in recent history was the backline for our run to the CL final in 06. That defense line was a path up of players like Flamini, Eboue, Toure, Senderos but they were coached by a defensive coach (Keown?) and they kept teams like Juve and Real at bay.

    *- This same defense was leaking goals in the league. Praise the lord of goats for lasgnagate that season, or else our last season at highbury would have meant a position outside top 4!
    Arsene Wenger, the only football manager that got paid 8 million quid to do nothing but sit on his arse..

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    Dude, your sig could do with a bit of updating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letters View Post
    Dude, your sig could do with a bit of updating
    Done.
    Arsene Wenger, the only football manager that got paid 8 million quid to do nothing but sit on his arse..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letters View Post
    I'm still not convinced that a bit of decent coaching couldn't sort some of this out. Arsenal's famous back 5 weren't, individually, superstars (apart from Seaman)
    But as a unit they were solid.
    Surely we could improve somewhat without spending a ton of money.
    Adams and Seaman were two of the best players in their positions in the UK. We were also generally a more defensive team. No doubt we can improve our defence, but the players need to have the right mentality for it. That’s probably the main reason Graham’s defence was so good. They generally had less ability, but mentally were more focussed and tougher than anyone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumble View Post
    Or 2 players.
    They also changed their full backs - but both were cheap. That’s 4 out of the back 5 that needed shipping out. It’s what we have to go through too.

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