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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wrong team selection, wrong players’ attitude and a useless bench

By 1970's Gooner

I call it as I see it. And I didn’t like what I saw developing before my eyes during the game against Wolves. Granted they are my second team that I support (due to family connections) but at the end I was left feeling very disappointed with Arsenal’s performance.

Firstly the players’ attitude was completely wrong. I could see it right after we scored. They relaxed, started showboating (especially Song) and played like victory was already granted.

Song had a shocker and was at fault for their equaliser, strolling out of the box like he was on an afternoon walk.

Then there was Wenger’s team selection and substitutions. Wrong. It was wrong to start with Benayoun. When I saw his name in the starting 11 I cringed. He was not up to pace and I think he is not up to Premier League standard. It certainly looked like that during the game. He should have been substituted at half time.

In terms of tactics he was also the wrong type of player to start the game on the right hand side of midfield. His inclusion unbalanced the Arsenal team as there was no outlet on the right wing, nor was there any penetration in the attacking positions from that side. He kept coming infield all the time congesting the space for the other midfielders.

He did however make the pass which led to Gervinho’s goal, but as it proved, scoring a goal was not and never is enough to win you the game. You need 11 top players out there who are committed and on top of their game to achieve success and there were not many on top of their game last night.

The right decision for me was to start with Oxlade Chamberlain. Why not? He would have at least provided the balance we needed and would have put the opposing defender much more under pressure.

Then we come to the substitutions. What substitutions? Arshavin and Chamach are a disgrace. Arshavin is a parody of his former self. He can’t pass the ball nor can he shoot straight. All he did was come inside (rather than take his player on) and pass square. Thanks very much Andrei. Please take a hike back to Zenit St Petersburg.

And Chamach is the best we have to bring on and change the game! Thanks a lot Mr Wenger….

At least Ramsey provided something extra when he came on.

Now expect another very hard game against QPR. They will not roll over and surrender as some of our players may think they should.

 And I half expect that Mr Wenger will unleash Mr Park on us. God help us.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

He should have brought on chamberlain instead of chamakh or play a 442 formation with the squad he fielded

Anonymous said...

It's Chamakh. How can we respect your opinion when you don't even know how to spell the names of the players of the team you supposedly support?

Having said that, Arsenal are shit and Wenger needs to be kicked out.

1979gooner said...

God,

how completely lacking perspective

we hammered Wolves and on another day would have banged in 4/5 goals

this sometimes happens in football, it was more bad luck and great keeping than anything else

anonymous - sack Wenger?

get a grip

Anonymous said...

Benayoun was useful. He was creative, set up the goal and also closed down opposition player. Disagree with your statement he is not premier league standard he did not warrant that based on his performance. However, agree with your comments regarding your arshavin and song

Need to also consider the fact we were unlucky in the match wayne came up with superb performance

Anonymous said...

Wenger is now f**kin sh*t! Chamakh IS NOT A PLAYER WHO CAN CHANGE THE GAME, MY FOOT! Agree with u, Arsenal is past, who could have guessed the game would end draw? Not the Arsenal we knew in the past. Chamakh and Arshavin must all be shipped off and buy QUALITY REPLACEMENTS, otherwise we will not even finish top four. Wenger is NOT EVEN ASHAMED OF HIMSELF, A TEAM AS BIG AND RESPECTED AS ARSENAL FIGHTING FOR FORTH SPOT YET HE'S SAYINH HE'S NO GONA BUY? thats total un-called for!

samuel said...

Another Arsenal fan who has no clue
whatsoever ,Ramsey of all the youn
ger Arsenal players is clearly out of his depth in the Premier League
it shows in every match he plays,
dribbling himself,giving away poss
ession of the ball far to easy and far to often ,Song was clearly mi
ssed vs Aston Villa ,even though Arsenal won the game ,Rosicky and
benAyoun need to start every match
from now on but Chamakh was brough
t on way to late as usual ,when he
is sold or loaned out who,s going to score the bulk of the Arsenal
goals,if not van Persie,now don,t
tell us Walcott and Gervinho, ple
ase

samuel said...

Another Arsenal fan who has no clue
whatsoever ,Ramsey of all the youn
ger Arsenal players is clearly out of his depth in the Premier League
it shows in every match he plays,
dribbling himself,giving away poss
ession of the ball far to easy and far to often ,Song was clearly mi
ssed vs Aston Villa ,even though Arsenal won the game ,Rosicky and
benAyoun need to start every match
from now on but Chamakh was brough
t on way to late as usual ,when he
is sold or loaned out who,s going to score the bulk of the Arsenal
goals,if not van Persie,now don,t
tell us Walcott and Gervinho, ple
ase

Clockendrider said...

Didnt take the miserable self pitying types long did it? 25 points. Out of 30 and not a peep. Then 2 points dropped and it's Wenger out, the players are crap . Well we've been he before and I'm afraid I don't have the energy to waste on such a selfish shortsighted group of people as inhabit this site.
News now, select site name, hide. The only option.

Anonymous said...

clockender if you dont like to face the facts then piss off to your dream world

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