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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The formation to get the best out of Ozil

By 1970's Gooner

There is only one formation and position that Mr Emery should adopt with regard to Ozil for Saturday's game against Chelsea. And it is not that which he opted for in the match against City.

That had two drawbacks. 

The first was that Ozil was deployed on the left side of the forward line which did not allow him to dictate and play his usual game of intelligent passing. It is obvious he is much better utilised playing in the middle of the pitch rather than be wasted out wide.

The second drawback is that he is useless at tracking back and/or marking. It was really a lack of judgement by Mr Emery to actually deploy him in that position. 

Let's hope he realises his mistake and if he considers that Ozil should start then play him as a number 10 behind the main striker.

Starting Ozil at the number 10 position would mean that Ramsey's participation in the starting 11 could be in jeopardy because in the preferred 4 2 3 1 formation he can't fit in as one of the 2 'more defensive midfielders'.

This will unbalance the whole team as Ramsey cannot play the holding role nor will he be disciplined enough to keep his position.  

Emery started with Guendouzy and Xhaka against City. I think he will play one of them along side Torreira which means that Ramsey's chances for starting in central midfield are not high.

He could deploy him on the right wing and it would make sense as Ramsey will help keep the ball, combine with Ozil and make his dangerous runs into the box. He will also fall back into midfield and defend when possession is lost.

In my opinion Iwobi could play that role too as he has done very effectively against Chelsea last season.

Mkhitaryan looked very unfit and was useless against City. He neither attacked nor defended well. He should be dropped.

I expect Lacazette to start up front with Aubameyang  on the left and Emery will probably start with Mkhitaryan on the right, but in my opinion he shouldn't. Ozil will be behind Lacazette.                            


Cech

Bellerin  Papastathopoulos  Mustafi  Lichtsteiner


      Guendouzy  Torreira


Ramsey   Ozil  Aubameyang   

       
        Lacazette






Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Get a grip Mr Emery

By 1970's Gooner

I desisted communicating my anger and scathing criticism right after the City match as I was too disappointed and angry.

Now two days later the anger has gone but my disappointment is still there. And the reason is that almost all our obvious failings were avoidable and the reason they were avoidable is down to the ineptitude of the Coach.

Let's start:

Unai Emery proved inept because he thought the team were ready to start playing the ball out of defence in their first game of the season! 

If you remember I pointed out in my last post that the effectiveness of our all out pressing during the pre season games was a joke and a lot of you slated me for it. But so it proved to be. And he surely saw that the players were not up to it...

Deciding to do it against a City team who are masters at getting out of it was suicidal and really smells of ineptitude in my mind.

It's also ineptitude to expect the goalie and the rest of the defence to get out of their half by passing the ball out...

It is also ineptitude not to change it during the game when it was so obvious that it wasn't working i.e Emery's ability to read the game and make corrective alterations come seriously into question.

Let's carry on:

Unai Emery proved to be inept by opting to play Maitland Niles as a left back when it was so obvious that the experience and character of Lichtsteiner was a far safer choice. 

Guardiola and Arteta exploited it to the fullest extend. And don't tell me that Lichtsteiner was not ready. Stones for example came back to training much later than Lichtsteiner...

It smacks of ineptitude when Torreira was not in the first 11. Did Emery expect that Xhaka and /or Guendouzy would be able to play that role? Really? 

Why not start Torreira and then take him out in the latter stages IF he got tired. 

Let's carry on:

If Emery did not realise that we wouldn't be seeing the ball too much against City then doubts emerge about his judgement. And I am saying this with respect to Ramsey's position in the formation. He was deployed as a number 10!!

But his forte is to be a box to box midfielder and a playmaker. He was wasted up there and messed up Aubameyang too with his positioning. More importantly he was not able to give a way out with the ball in the midfield areas.

It smacks of ineptitude when Emery didn't realise that Lacazette should be starting in the same team as Aubameyang. We all saw the difference he made when he came on. And it was the same in the friendly games.

Mickitarian is not fit yet. I could tell having watched all the pre season games. It was so obvious but Emery had to start him. He was useless and predictably so.

And finally to expect Dozy Ozil to track back by positioning him on the wing is wildly over the top optimistic...

Most Gooners are writing the Chelsea game off. As things stand now we should be worried about the West Ham game too unless the right formation and players are selected. Then we have a chance in both games.

Get a grip Mr Emery....












Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Lets hope Emery doesn't make this big mistake against Man City

By 1970's Gooner

To be honest I haven't seen enough to convince me, during pre season so far, that the players are putting into practice what Emery has been preaching in his press conferences so far.

He has been talking, sensibly so, that he considers it as important to be alert not only when in possession but when we loose the ball. 

However the practice session of holding hands in a circle with three players in the middle (also holding hands) trying to win the ball in unison doesn't seem to have done the trick in the real games. No wonder the assistant coach had to get in among the three players and really show them the aggression needed to win the ball back!

But I haven't seen the pack mentality adopted by Pep's teams when not in possession. We have only been pressing with the players playing up front but, hell, we have been doing that even under Wenger.... If you don't transmit this mentality to the rest of the players then what's the use. 

The second issue that worries me is that the team appears to be playing a very high line with the defenders pushing up to the half way line. 

But in the absence of pace at the back I would be really worried. A ball over the top and I don't see Socratis nor Mustafi having the pace to catch the Leroy Sane's of this world....

Again a throw back from the Wenger days....

And lastly, and this is my biggest worry, Kolacinac has been dreadful so far. He was at fault for both of the goals we conceded so far (against Athletico Madrid and PSG) by either being too slow, out of position stationed too far up the field or both.

He is not good enough to start as a left back and if Emery cannot get Monreal ready enough to start against City we will be in big big trouble. 

All you will need will be the long ball on our left side over the top with the centre backs unable to accelerate to cover and you can kiss good buy all the good work that will have been done during the pre season.

 I am sorry if I appear too pessimistic but I have to call it as I see it.  

We do of course have 12 days more to get things sorted out (and get Monreal ready).









Thursday, June 07, 2018

Chinese club doubles Arsenal's offer to Socrates

By 1970's Gooner

Although the signing of Socrates Papastathopoulos from Dortmund is considered a done deal a new offer from a Chinese team is on the table.

It can be revealed that Arsenal's offer to Socrates is an annual salary of 5.5m pounds which equates to about 106,000 per week, for a three year contract. 

Greek site Sport24.gr is reporting that the offer from the unnamed Chinese club is 11m pounds p.a or 212,000 per week but for a two year contract.

Socrates, who will become the highest paid Greek footballer, has decided according to Sport 24.gr to stick with Arsenal wishing to continue his career at a high level.

Also Socrates father speaking to the Greek site has revealed that the Greek Arsenal Supporters Club helped persuade Socrates or rather kept 'pestering' him with phone calls urging him to choose Arsenal over Manchester United who wanted to sign him on the cheap later in July.



Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Stephan in Hector out?

By 1970's Gooner



The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant.



This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in the past season certainly points in that direction.



Would a player of that stature and quality be prepared to play second fiddle to Bellerin and warm the bench at Arenal hoping that injury or suspensions may give him a game?



I doubt it.



In my opinion the fact  that he has accepted Arsenal's offer that could mean that Bellerin would be on his way. And probably Ainsley Maitland Niles could be the understudy of the new guy coming in at #2



Releasing or creating if you like another 50m from the sale of Bellerin to be added to Emery's transfer fund to strengthen the squad in the problem areas that Wenger refused to tackle.



A defensive midfielder and centre backs.



Lichsteiner signing could create more cash for Arsenal transfers

By 1970's Gooner

The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant.

This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in the past season certainly points in that direction.

Would a player of that stature and quality be prepared to play second fiddle to Bellerin and warm the bench at Arenal hoping that injury or suspensions may give him a game?

I doubt it.

In my opinion if we hear that he has accepted Arsenal's offer that could mean that Bellerin would be on his way. And probably Ainsley Maitland Niles could be the understudy of the new guy coming in at #2

Releasing or creating if you like another 50m from the sale of Bellerin to be added to Emery's transfer fund to strengthen the squad in the problem areas that Wenger refused to tackle.

A defensive midfielder and centre backs.





Monday, June 04, 2018

Lichsteiner signing could create more cash for Arsenal transfers

By 1970's Gooner

The signing of the Swiss and Juventous right back is not of course a done deal as the player himself has indicated. The fact that Arsenal are pursuing this player is nevertheless  significant.

This player is very experienced, ouzes class and in my opinion can be a first team starter. His performance in the friendly against Spain and of course for Juventous in the past season certainly points in that direction.

Would a player of that stature and quality be prepared to play second fiddle to Bellerin and warm the bench at Arenal hoping that injury or suspensions may give him a game?

I doubt it.

In my opinion if we hear that he has accepted Arsenal's offer that could mean that Bellerin would be on his way. And probably Ainsley Maitland Niles could be the understudy of the new guy coming in at #2

Releasing or creating if you like another 50m from the sale of Bellerin to be added to Emery's transfer fund to strengthen the squad in the problem areas that Wenger refused to tackle.

A defensive midfielder and centre backs.






Friday, April 13, 2018

VAR would have probably chalked off Bergkamp's goal at Newcastle

By 1970's Gooner

I am glad that VAR's introduction into the PL has been put off till next year. It needs to be tried and tested a lot more than what has been attempted so far and it would have caused havoc with the enjoyment of the game by the millions round the world paying to watch it every week.

One of the greatest goals scored in the PL is undoubtedly Bergkamp's delightful pass to himself round the hapless Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas.

However looking at it again (Arsenal's away goals at Newcastle are featured on Arsenal.com) it struck me that if VAR was in operation then it would probably have been chalked off. As Bergkamp gets himself in front of Dabizas his hand is stretched behind him on the defender's chest and pushes him off.

We face an away trip to Newcastle next Sunday. We have been abysmal away from home this season amassing to what I think is the second lowest number of points on the road!

Add the fact that a lot of payers will be rested and we may have to face another disjointed and uninterested performance.

Logical prediction: defeat
Hopeful prediction : away win

Monday, March 12, 2018

The ideal circumstances for Wenger's exit

By 1970's Gooner

It will seem somewhat strange to be writing about Wenger's departure from Arsenal Football Club when a fine victory has been achieved against Watford.

But it is obvious that even he has realised that achieving 4th place in the league is now beyond the realm of possibility. It will require two teams to begin having a nightmare run in to the closing stages of the League. This is highly unlikely.

He has obviously began concentrating on winning the Europa Cup and achieving entry into the CL via that route. This is why he has been resting players from the League games thus giving them time to heal and rest. Wenger's team selection for Watford is a clear indication of that.

And wouldn't it be an ideal situation for Arsenal and Wenger to actually win the Cup, achieve CL qualification AND THEN DEPART.

It would be ideal for most of all us fans who admire what he has done for the club and would hate seeing him spoil his legacy by staying on too long.




Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dont be so stingy Arsenal. Pay the money for Aubameyang

By 1970's Gooner

Its the same every time. Arsenal trying to squeeze even the last penny out of a deal. Trying to get the player on the cheap when it is obvious that the valuation Dortmund placed on Aubameyang is about right considering todays market place.

We have already placed a bid for 50m or so, so we are not far away anyway. And we DO NEED to strengthen following Sanchez's departure AND WE DO HAVE AROUND 250M CASH SITTING IN THE BANK.

For crying out loud PAY THE MONEY AND BE DONE WITH IT



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Aubameyang transfer to go to the wire with uncertain outcome

By 1970's Gooner

Lets get the so called facts right. 

It is a fact that Aubameyang wants to come to Arsenal and Arsenal do want him having sent over a strong delegation headed by Gazides to get the deal through. It seems that this a deal that Arsene wants badly enough having upped the money offered to 53m.

Dortmund want to get rid of Aubameyang as he has been very problematic with his attitude but they need to find a replacement and have asked for Giroud.

There are only 7 days left for the window to close and it seems that Dortmund have a slight bargaining advantage as they don't need to sell that badly and can wait till the next window in the summer. They also need to make sure that they qualify for the CL.

On the other hand Arsenal have, as always, left things very late again and are desperate to make up the gap that Sanchez has left behind as failure to get fourth place or a Europa Cup win is seriously looming ahead.

This will cost them a few more million as Dortmund are likely to press their advantage through. And I predict that Wenger will relent and allow Giroud to get his desired move to Dortmund thus improving his chances of a place in the world cup France squad.

But all this will probably unravel on dead line day at 12 o'clock at night ala Arshavin's transfer if you remember.

Nothing changes at Arsenal in the end!