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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Arsenal’s new tactical approach bodes well for the near future

By 1970’s Gooner

There were many positive signs that emerged from last night’s encounter with Milan.

Firstly the Ox gave a performance that was absolutely fantastic. For an 18 year old to have performed at such a high level of quality means that he along with Wilshere, Szczeny, Walcott and Song contain Arsenal’s hopes for a very bright future indeed.

The Ox along with Song run the midfield. The Ox did everything but score. He defended tenaciously, spread the passes, went forward, took the corner kicks and won the penalty. What more could you ask for?

We all castigated Wenger for buying another kid for so much money early in August. But now we are all eating humble pies!

Szczesny, I consider the best goalkeeper in the Premier League after Friedle. He is better than Joe Hart and much better than De Ghea. His performance last night was almost faultless bar one clearance which put Gibbs in some bother.

But the most significant improvement in Arsenal’s performances of late has been a change of tactics only made possible by one man.

Tomas Rosicky doesn’t hang about. When he gets the ball the only thing in his mind is to turn and go forward. If there is an opponent in front of him then he will dribble round him. His passes are always forwards and direct. And the rest of the players follow suit.

This makes Arsenal an infinitely faster team with a very high tempo. And the pressing that is put upon the opponent holding the ball by usually two Arsenal players acting as a hunting pack makes for a relentless approach that not many can live with.

If only we had a more decent bench. We could have been challenging even for the title!


Bla Tindo said...

Wenger is a very good manager but he hates English talent. If Ox can come and show such a rare talent, how many out their are better than him. He let Jones and Ashley Young flew through his fingers to Man United opting for average and cheaper French Players. Please Wenger English player fits your bill and are committed.

Anonymous said...

I like Szczesny and he's been excellent recently, but he's not as good as Hart and Reina. I'd still like to see us sign a good goalkeeper as competition to keep him on his toes when he has dips in form like earlier in the season.

Manamongst said...

Wenger likes his Frenchmen, but to say he doesn't like English talent is a bit silly. He doesn't pay the over-inflated rates for English footballers over the age of 20.

Belve said...

We do have a decent bench, they all just happen to start due to injuries.

Anonymous said...

Bla Tindo, try and be at least somewhat truthful. AW has given a lot of English players chances. E.g. Ashley Cole, Francis Jeffers, Justin Hoyte, Sol Campbell, AOC, Gibbs, etc, etc. Many fans claim he is too loyal to Theo Walcott.

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