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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Arsenal need to improve in three areas to beat Newcastle

By 1970’s Gooner

As with many things in football, as in life, it’s what you can do rather than what the others do, that will go a long way in determining your fate.

And looking at Arsenal’s performances so far this season there are three areas that need to improve if all the points against Newcastle are secured.

Central defensive efficiency

Both Kolo and Gallas have not been playing at their best. Their marking and positioning has been below their usual standards culminating in that stupid goal conceded at Fulham from another set piece.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is dropped and Song brought in to add that tenacity, close marking and very good distribution out of defence that he can bring to the team.

Whoever plays in the end this is a vital area that will need to tighten up.

Defensive midfielder needed

The return of the little magician has restored the creativity and penetrative passing that has been distinctly lacking in the two League games so far.

This means that Denilson will have to perform his midfield defensive duties in a Flamini like manner so as to provide the basis for Fabregas to be more creative and offensively minded.


If Denilson is chosen to play then his defensive performance will go a long way in determining Arsenal’s fate this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger has another interesting option in my opinion and that is to opt for Song who is after all a naturally defensive midfielder and a strong candidate to make that position his this season.

I would feel much more comfortable with Song in midfield but Wenger seems to have decided that he will be a central defender…

The Adebayor and Van Persie pairing: get your finger out

Both these players have been below par so far. Adebayor has looked dangly and uncertain rather than forceful and dangerous. Van Persie has looked anxious and lacking movement (is he unfit?).

They both have to get their finger out and start playing together as a unit, making those runs behind the defence and link the play with rest of the team.

The only players to have performed well so far have been the two full backs, Sagna and Clichy and the excellent Nasri who seems to have fitted into English football as well and as quickly as Sagna did last season.

When the rest of the team catch up with them and the injured players return then we will surprise a lot of people this season, again.

Lets start with Newcastle.

Predictions

Line up

Almunia
Sagna, Gallas, Song, Clichy
Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri
Adebayor, Van Persie


Score: Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0


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11 comments:

Topdzija said...

owngoal :)))

Tom14 said...

Almunia

Sagna
Gallas
Djourou
Clichy

Walcott
Song
Fabregas
Nasri

Van Persie
Adebayoe

Anonymous said...

Almunia

Sagna Toure Djourou Clichy

Walcott Fab Song Nasri

Bentdner Adebayor

Anonymous said...

Almunia

Sagna
Gallas
Djourou
Clichy

Walcott
Denilson/Song (Song is da 1 4 me)
Fabregas
Nasri

Van Persie
Adebayor

3-1 Arsenal

jcb said...

Almunia
Sagna toure djourou clichy
walcott fabregas song nasri
ade van persie

4-1

Anonymous said...

Adebayor will score today and begin a run of goal scoring games for us.

Lets all get behind him today lads

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I think Toure will be thrown straight back into the side 'cos it's a Wenger thing to do, especially 'cos Owen's got pace.

I would play:

Almunia

Sagna
Gallas
Djourou
Clichy

Walcott
Song
Fabregas
Nasri

Van Persie
Adebayor

Van Persie needs to get fitness and improve substantially.

Anonymous said...

arsenal should play song in this game whether in defence or in midfielder,rewards him for his good performance,i would say he is above djourou at the moments in the pecking order.

chengiskhan said...

I think with Owen's cleverness and pace, AW will opt for the pacy and experienced back line in Toure and Gallas.

Denilson has been worked to the bone, and Eboue will likely start in his place. I will be curious to see how he works next to Fab, although I would also love to see how Song would fare there.

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