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Friday, December 11, 2009

Finally Wenger stumbles on Arshavin’s versatility which is not good news for Liverpool


By 1970’s Gooner

So we had to drop vital points before Wenger finally played Arshavin through the middle. And what a revelation he was against Stoke.

Of course had it not been due to an injury to Eduardo we would probably be out of the title race by now because I do not see how Wenger would have picked Arshavin in the first place. He would have insisted on sticking with Eduardo I am sure.

Still that’s history as they say. Arshavin it is then even if the little Russian demon would prefer otherwise. This is what Wenger said after the Stoke game:

"I don't think he was a big fanatic to play centre forward.

"But I'm convinced he can play there because he has good body power, good movement and technique.

"I have to try it again to see if it works, at home and away from home, and to find a balance because I have many technical players around the team.

"We'll see, although at the moment we don't have much choice."

And indeed, for the game against Liverpool choices are at a premium as Rosicky and Eboue are out of the reckoning. At least Walcott got a run out in Athens (he looked rusty) and Diaby is back too.

But I don’t think Wenger will risk Diaby so soon after being out for the last two weeks. He is likely to be on the bench at Anfield with Denilson continuing in midfield alongside Song and Fabregas deployed in the more advanced role.

And Arshavin is likely to be flanked by the improving Nasri and the fit again Walcott.


Ideally you would not want to rush a player back so soon after an injury but the 90 minutes behind him and the absence of a viable alternative on the wing are likely to force Wenger’s hand as far as Walcott is concerned.

Vela was not up to standard against Olympiakos missing two very good opportunities in front of goal and generally opting to dive when he got into cul de sacs rather than play proper football.

He does not seem to have improved a great deal since he came to Arsenal from Osasuna in Spain.

Of course Wenger may opt for the more conservative approach and keep Walcott on the bench. He would then have a choice of playing Ramsey or Denilson on the wing instead. But I don’t think so.


Almunia

Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Traore

Denilson Fabregas Song

Walcott Arshavin Nasri


Subs: Fabianski, Silvestre, Senderos, Ramsey, Diaby, Vela, Merida


45 comments:

Wrighty7 said...

Hi 1970's,

I think your line-up will be the exact one that Wenger will use.

Maybe Arshavin and Walcott can interchange to give Liverpool plenty to ponder?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Theo doesn't play because of his rubbishness at football.

Anonymous said...

Isin't Song suspended?

1970's Gooner said...

Hi Wrighty!

Long time since we communicated. How are you? Your blog is getting better and better...

I think Walcott, if he plays, will be told to keep on the wing so as to stretch the play.

I dont think he is ready for a front man role yet as he lacks strength and for now fitness.

Bear in mind that Nasri does not offer much width anyway as he tends to come inside and help out on the playmaking side of things.

If Song and Vermaelen keep Gerrard and Torres quiet we are in for another feast...

Anonymous said...

Gallas should be asked to mark Torres in all fairness, he is by far our best defender after all.

Anonymous said...

I could have sworn Arshavin was grumbling about playing on the wing and not in the center...
One never knows with that little man.

Anonymous said...

Arshavin didn't like playing left MIDFIELD not on the left, he has always been a left winger.

flimflamini said...

Don't count on Senderos making the bench. We're more likely to see Bartley than Big Phil... he's long gone.

Anonymous said...

good to see your blog back! it is a shame you are slacking in your posts this season since you normally offer one of the better no-nonsense analysis around.
PLEASE stay on task!

Anonymous said...

Arshavin is BY FAR the best footballer in Arsenal.HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO PROVE A POINT LAST WEEK AND DID.I do not think he like the left wing at all that much but works for the team. his deployment in Stoke was not exactly as a target CF but rather more as a withdrawn 'false 9' type which should be his best position, problem of course that this works best with a front man we do not have at the moment.Criticism of Theo is idiotic. true his progress is not what one would have hoped for but if he comes good he can change the game and he is just back for heavens sake!, my worry is more that he provides no cover on the right that Ebue does, particularly away at Anfield. While Song developed in leaps and is now one of the best DMs around, Denilson, while not a bad footballer continues to be a frustration, in Stoke he was a dead weight, his teammates ignored him as first option regularly.I would prefer Diaby which if can discipline his runs can be very strong option for us, Nasri on the left cancels width, he is such a good player but where is his ideal position really in Arsenals formation? I would love to see Ramsey next to Fab,he has great engine and tenacious, but the couple of times he played next to Fab did not work well, what do you think?

Anonymous said...

Very tough game and matchups his week, Liverpool will be up for it andhave Kuyt and Jonhson run at Traore a lot,both Nasri and DUDu/Theo on the other side provide little to no protection on the wings, Song will be very busy and overtaxed, Denilson is no match to Gerard. But it will come down to who will take their chances.Our problem will be once again scoring against organized opposition without a forward player. you hope Arsh will conjure something, otherwise I see Torres deciding it against the run of play and we left very very frustrated, of course I hope I am wrong.but..

Anonymous said...

The mongs always come out don't they...

Anonymous said...

I think Song is suspended. Expect Ramsey then with two advanced midfielders and Denilson sitting back. And Vela may play the left wing rather than Walcott start on the right - either way, Liverpool's defence is suspect, we should be able to push them on their back heels.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous7:27 PM .The mongs always come out don't they...

Who the fuck are the 'mongs'??
(and Song is not suspended( he served this against stoke)

Anonymous said...

For all of AW's brave talk that Arsenal can win the title,we have heard it too often in the past. The gunners come to grief at critical periods. So far the gunners have failed to beat any of the teams challenging for the title or top four spot.
Beat Liverpool and villa and the gunners would have sent a note of intent otherwise me thinks it's all talk and no substance.

Anonymous said...

the mongs are the two posters before me.

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Wrighty7 said...

Hi 1970's,

I'm good thanks mate. It has been too long since we last got in contact!

Thanks for the compliments mate. It means a lot to me, especially since you and your blog got me into the blogging game!

Anonymous said...

6:43 PM'1970 gooner good to see your blog back! it is a shame you are slacking in your posts this season since you normally offer one of the better no-nonsense analysis around.
PLEASE stay on task!'

I SECOND!

Robespierre said...

1970 GOONER,
SOME OF THE ENTRIES ABOVE ARE JUST UNACCEPTABLE AND TOTALLY OUT OF LINE(9:01 PM,9:02 PM 9:31 PM)
DRAG YOUR BLOG DOWN AND OUT BIG TIME!

YOU SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THAT!

Robespiere said...

A mong? here is a sober mong for you: Arsenal should prepare itself for a Liverpool on a mission, like against Manu they will be pouring their wrath to save season. Gerrard, Torres, Mach, we should not go in with our usual gang ho all guns blazing with our 4-3-3 Barca formation '-we are-dominating' wherever we go kind of attitude;and certainly not expect to settle the game in the first half. but show some maturaty, patience some coolheadedness and awareness of the situation, an ability to be compact and soak it up some before landing the decisive hook. I hope Wenger will get his tactic right this time

Anonymous said...

Why not just hire Andy Gray? I take all my opinions from him.

Anonymous said...

arshavin is going to rape jamie carragher cos hes slow as fuck! simple as.

Top44Sure said...

Am I the only person who thinks Diaby should play in the striker role with Arshavin playing just off him? To me, Diaby is tall, strong and is the most underrated finisher at Arsenal...

Come on Arsene, you know it makes sense...!!!

Anonymous said...

It makes zero sense because Arshavin is far and away our best choice for that role, with Diaby being a bit of a clueless wanderer (which is at times a positive)

Arshavin has never really been a player who likes to play off the striker, but he seems to be good up front, so why change it?

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Anonymous said...

I would like to see Fabianski in the goal tomorrow. For me Almunia is not good enough. Fabianski had a good game last Wednesday and should get a few games to proof him self...

Anonymous said...

yes Adriano is great, back in shape, ready to rule, at his best he is the very very best power forward speed power And touch,makes Drogba look pedestrian. Ok, so what is the deal with Adriano now, 6 months before WC?
Adriano in Arsenal what a ludicrous beautiful dream.., Could you see Wenger bringing someone that good,that established and formed,the whole package signed sealed delivered, even for free? not me.
Let's see how we score today with our pirouetting midgets.

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