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2017-08-10 10:59:07 PM  
What kills me is the scuttlebutt about the league going on about how this could be the worst Gunners squad in Wenger's tenure.
 
2017-08-11 12:54:08 AM  
Note for people playing predictor: The address I have bookmarked from last year (predictor.talksport.co.uk) no longer works.  Instead, you need to go to predictor.talksport.com.
 
2017-08-11 05:40:50 AM  

harleyquinnical: What kills me is the scuttlebutt about the league going on about how this could be the worst Gunners squad in Wenger's tenure.


They say that every year.
 
2017-08-11 06:11:42 AM  
For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here

Anyone have the code for the predictor league yet?
 
2017-08-11 06:40:01 AM  
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2017-08-11 06:45:14 AM  

harleyquinnical: What kills me is the scuttlebutt about the league going on about how this could be the worst Gunners squad in Wenger's tenure.


It's possible, but I don't think so. No, it's not a murderer's row backline with both Henry and Bergkamp up front, but I do like Alexis (presuming we keep him) and I believe the addition of Lacazette gives Ozil the type of mobile player he works best with up front. Cazorla's continuing loss to injury is huge, but Xhaka has been doing much better in preseason. Kolasinac has already started to gel, and I'm very optimistic about him slotting into the starting XI right away.

In my view, the worst Arsenal side of Wenger's era was the 2011/2012 side. Wenger had lost Fabregas and Nasri and Arshavin (who was underperforming, but still) and after getting destroyed by United, Wenger's deadline day flurry included Arteta, Benayoun, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, and Chu Young Park. Regular starters that year included Chamakh and Gervinho up front, Özyakup and Benayoun in the middle, and a patchwork of defenders that saw a lot of game time for players like Jenkinson, Miquel, Andre Santos, and Djourou. There were some brilliant flashes of play throughout the year, but if it wasn't for Robin Van Persie scoring 30 goals that season (he was the top scorer, ahead of Aguero and Rooney by half a dozen goals each), I honestly don't know where the squad would have ended up without that.

I hope that missing top four and losing out on CL last season means that the team has more fire and grit this year. Xhaka seems to have settled and hopefully has controlled his more dangerous tendencies, Kola looks like a very solid signing at this point to shore up the left side, and Lacazette is the type of forward that Arsenal has needed for the last five years. On paper, perhaps none of them individually are world beaters. But I do think the group is clicking well together. Naturally, the league will be the acid test of their unity and resolve.

I'd love to still pick up Lemar in this window if it's possible, but if Alexis is staying, I don't think Wenger will be extorted by Monaco for him. And I think Wenger has one more player he'll pick up by Aug 31.
 
2017-08-11 06:47:12 AM  
Also, I apologize in advance. The first goal by Lacazette assisted by Xhaka and I (along with every Arsenal fan on earth) will be shouting BOOM XHAKA LACA because it's right there for the taking. It's coming. You've been warned.
 
2017-08-11 07:21:50 AM  

Langston: Also, I apologize in advance. The first goal by Lacazette assisted by Xhaka and I (along with every Arsenal fan on earth) will be shouting BOOM XHAKA LACA because it's right there for the taking. It's coming. You've been warned.


I'd have gone with Xhaka Khan
 
2017-08-11 07:26:55 AM  

Pista: For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here

Anyone have the code for the predictor league yet?


Suggestion: Set the league to start GW 2 instead of GW 1, so you can recruit people in this week's thread tomorrow.
 
2017-08-11 07:48:58 AM  
I intend to spend the season in a medically induced coma. Somebody wake me up when Jose is gone.
 
2017-08-11 07:50:09 AM  

kevinatilusa: Pista: For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here

Anyone have the code for the predictor league yet?

Suggestion: Set the league to start GW 2 instead of GW 1, so you can recruit people in this week's thread tomorrow.


Yeppers.
Did that last year too to get as many in as possible
 
2017-08-11 09:27:30 AM  

Pista: For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here

Anyone have the code for the predictor league yet?


Let's wait and see if midpoint is doing it. He's done it the last several years running. I believe the last three years, he posts in the opening week thread and we start at Gameweek 2. If he doesn't show up by Sunday, I'd say set the league up and we'll all jump in, but he may have been busy.

Or, knowing midpoint, he's been wonderfully distracted by shiny women. I know I would be.
 
2017-08-11 09:38:28 AM  

Pista: For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here


Joined, thank you! Looking forward to being in last place by Sunday. As is tradition.
 
2017-08-11 11:08:41 AM  
Nothing about Arsenal defending its 5th place finish?
Sad.

Langston: Pista: For any of you who want in on the fantasy footy, the league code is in my profile.
Site is here

Anyone have the code for the predictor league yet?

Let's wait and see if midpoint is doing it. He's done it the last several years running. I believe the last three years, he posts in the opening week thread and we start at Gameweek 2. If he doesn't show up by Sunday, I'd say set the league up and we'll all jump in, but he may have been busy.

Or, knowing midpoint, he's been wonderfully distracted by shiny women. I know I would be.


THIS
 
2017-08-11 01:40:59 PM  
For Diet Bubba.
Trying to start the season off on the right foot.
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2017-08-11 02:06:11 PM  
Manchester City
Chelsea
Tottenham
Manchester United
Liverpool
Arsenal
Southampton
Everton
Watford
West Ham United
Newcastle United
Swansea City
Leicester City
Bournemouth
Brighton
Crystal Palace
West Brom
Stoke City
Burnley
Huddersfield Town

Feel free to point and laugh
 
2017-08-11 02:10:03 PM  
Alas and alack, I shall be helping my mom with her rental property today and tomorrow so allow me to say "Gunners!"

/and don't get a red on the first damn day Yedlin
 
2017-08-11 02:14:00 PM  
Man City
Chelsea
Man United
Arsenal
Tottenham
Liverpool
Everton
Southampton
West Ham
Stoke City
West Brom
Bournemouth
Leicester
Newcastle
Burnley
Crystal Palace
Watford
Brighton
Swansea City
Huddersfield
 
2017-08-11 02:19:39 PM  
Since it is the start of a new season, it is time to update any new people on the Rooney scale.

0- shot is on target
1- hits the post
2- hits the ad boards
3- front of terrace
4- back of terrace
5- off the upper deck
6- into the upper deck
7- on the roof
8- into parking lot
9- into adjoining property
10- hits overhead blimp
+1 modifier for going into the corner. +2 modifier for hitting the sidelines.
Gosling
Update 2/12/07
0- on target
1- off the post
2- hit the ad boards
3- front of terrace; into field-level tunnel
4- back of terrace; field-level scoreboard
5- off the railing of the upper deck
6- into the upper deck or upper-deck scoreboard
7- onto roof or roof facade
8- into parking lot
9- onto neighboring property
10- off overhead object [skycam, blimp, retractable roof should a stadium have that, etc.]
Into corner- +1 modifier
Into sideline- +2 modifier

Props to Gosling on creating it.
 
2017-08-11 02:21:59 PM  
Final standings:

1. Manchester United
2. Arsenal
3. Manchester City
4. Liverpool
5. Tottenham
6. Chelsea
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9.  West Brom
10. Crystal Palace
11. Leicester City
12. Southampton
13. Newcastle
14. Watford
15. Stoke
16. Swansea
17. Burnley
18. Bournemouth
19. Brighton
20. Huddersfield
 
2017-08-11 02:22:16 PM  
Huddersfield
Bournmouth
WBA
Arsenal
Leicester
Watford
Brighton
Liverpool
Newcastle
Arsenal
Palace
Stoke
Chelsea
Swansea
Everton
Burnley
Man City
Man Utd
Tottenham
Soton
West Ham
 
2017-08-11 02:26:06 PM  
Going to miss this evening's match unfortunately, but nailed on for tomorrow.
I even moved the fridge next to the sofa already
 
2017-08-11 02:27:27 PM  
Thank ye gods! I'm stuck in a long, boring online training for the rest of the day. It'll be nice to have a distraction
 
2017-08-11 02:33:31 PM  
first match of the season, so arsenal should go up 1-0 then proceed to lose 1-3
 
2017-08-11 02:38:43 PM  
citeh
chelsea
man u
tottenham
arsenal
liverpool
Everton
Crystal Palace
Southampton
West Ham
Watford
West Brom
Leicester City
Stoke
Burnley
Bournemouth
Swansea
Newcastle
Huddersfield
Brighton
 
2017-08-11 02:41:15 PM  

Chimpy McSquirrel: For Diet Bubba.
Trying to start the season off on the right foot.
[images.duckduckgo.com image 224x390]


We need a love button

/phrasing
 
2017-08-11 02:46:04 PM  
Evening all.

Talksport have changed things round.

Can someone please search for the FFPl mini-league using the code erj70?

Also, be advised that as a Mini-League Boss I seem to be able to see real names! Not sure if players can as well.

As pre previous iterations, we recruit this weekend and start playing next weekend.
 
2017-08-11 02:46:13 PM  
I didn't think Mahrez would still be with LC this season.
Transfer window isn't closed yet though.
 
2017-08-11 02:46:43 PM  
And Arsenal's 5th place defense begins!
 
2017-08-11 02:47:28 PM  
Oh look Mike Dean.
There should be blood on the field today.
 
2017-08-11 02:47:53 PM  
welcome to the league
 
2017-08-11 02:48:37 PM  
Well that escalated quickly!
 
2017-08-11 02:48:37 PM  
New boy opens the scoring for Arsenal.
Expecting to see Gunner fans saying best signing ever already.
 
2017-08-11 02:48:44 PM  
Whelp
 
2017-08-11 02:48:47 PM  

midpoint: Evening all.

Talksport have changed things round.

Can someone please search for the FFPl mini-league using the code erj70?

Also, be advised that as a Mini-League Boss I seem to be able to see real names! Not sure if players can as well.

As pre previous iterations, we recruit this weekend and start playing next weekend.


The code worked for me as a Invitation, woo
 
2017-08-11 02:49:33 PM  
Man. United
Man. City
Arsenal
Tottenham
Chelsea
Liverpool
West Ham
Everton
Bournemouth
Southampton
Leicester City
West Brom
Swansea
Newcastle
Stoke
Brighton
Crystal Palace
Watford
Burnley
Huddersfield

I don't know what possessed me to write that list.  Would like to see Brighton stay up.
 
2017-08-11 02:49:39 PM  
WOOOOOOOOOO
 
2017-08-11 02:49:49 PM  

midpoint: Evening all.

Talksport have changed things round.

Can someone please search for the FFPl mini-league using the code erj70?

Also, be advised that as a Mini-League Boss I seem to be able to see real names! Not sure if players can as well.

As pre previous iterations, we recruit this weekend and start playing next weekend.


I'm in!
 
2017-08-11 02:50:02 PM  

midpoint: Evening all.

Talksport have changed things round.

Can someone please search for the FFPl mini-league using the code erj70?

Also, be advised that as a Mini-League Boss I seem to be able to see real names! Not sure if players can as well.

As pre previous iterations, we recruit this weekend and start playing next weekend.


Found and joining
 
2017-08-11 02:50:48 PM  
cech went for a walk and left it wide open
 
2017-08-11 02:50:50 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: first match of the season, so arsenal should go up 1-0 then proceed to lose 1-3


Wizard?
 
2017-08-11 02:51:03 PM  
Defense? Who needs defense?
 
2017-08-11 02:51:12 PM  
aaaaaaand level

Goddammitsomuch
 
2017-08-11 02:51:31 PM  
Well, 5 minutes and 2 headed goals
 
2017-08-11 02:51:58 PM  
And there is Arsenal's Achilles heel.
Okasaki ties it up.
1-1
 
2017-08-11 02:53:13 PM  
Reet, we now have empirical evidence that you search for the code: erj70.

Usual terms and conditions apply - in this prediction league, all I require of you is that you make predictions.
 
2017-08-11 02:53:37 PM  
Ox with the first Rooney of the season.
Only a 3/10.
 
2017-08-11 02:56:06 PM  

midpoint: Reet, we now have empirical evidence that you search for the code: erj70.

Usual terms and conditions apply - in this prediction league, all I require of you is that you make predictions.


I'm in!
 
2017-08-11 02:56:58 PM  

midpoint: Reet, we now have empirical evidence that you search for the code: erj70.

Usual terms and conditions apply - in this prediction league, all I require of you is that you make predictions.


Yeah, so don't go all zombie after your first -100
 
2017-08-11 02:57:36 PM  
Joining instructions in my profile.

Plenty to talk about, but I'll save most of it for the main batch of games tomorrow.

One item: Some weeks ago the new Dr. Who had pretend sex in my bed.
 
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