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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wenger’s change of tactics this season is working wonders

By 1970’s Gooner

Arsene Wenger seems to have hit upon a set of simple tactics that are working wonders.
Arsenal used to press teams high up the pitch playing a high line and forcing the opponents to cede possession in the dangerous areas.

Once the ball was under control then possession football would come into play squeezing the opponent in their half.

We used to end up being champions in the possession stats but runners up in the winning stakes.
This season the tactic seems to be to allow the opposition the ball, retreat into two banks of four and suck the other team in. Once the ball is won back the midfield and wing players spring into action utilising their speed, mainly of Walcott’s.

It reminds me of the championship winning sides which included the likes of Overmars, Bergkamp, Anelka, Pires and Henry.

The tactic has been employed especially when we have gone one nil up. Remember the Fulham, Sunderland and Spurs games in particular.

That's why the possession figures so far this season have been low by Arsenal's
standards. Look at the stats below:

Villa 58%
Fulham 54%
Spurs 43%
Sunderland 68%
Stoke 50%
Swansey 41%

But it is working!



Anonymous said...

I equally notice it, the present Arsenal team soaks pressure from opponents, once the ball is gained runs through the opposition defence n retreats as soon as possible to cover up.

Anonymous said...

Whenever they counter, at least one person (usually Flamini) is always there to cover in the deep areas shielding the back 4. Working like magic so far

Anonymous said...

In previous seasons the endless passing was abig,big,big, problem. So when the passing broke down as all passes ineveitably do,the other teams swift counter will find the gunners a goal down.
Now it's slightly different. Less passes and shoot on sight. Hopefully it will continue until season's end.

Anonymous said...

Somtin about football is titles and not stats. So if he can win trophies is enough

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