Tactically Arsenal make it easy for poor sides
January 14, 2011
Not just poor sides, but even the likes of Manchester United. You deploy a flat back four, with 3 central defensive midfielders sitting in front of the defence, blocking, chopping and slicing up everything that tries to slip through. You then play your fastest players wide and hit them with long balls once you break up the Arsenal play.
The long ball will work perfectly as we are having to play a very high defensive line to keep the pressure up on attacks. This is what kept on getting us caught at Ipswich and against Leeds.
Fat Sam was the first to use these tactics against us when manager of Bolton.
You see, a poorer side resigns themselves to either boring out a draw or a sneaky win at best on the break against play. If they happen to let the system loose in the opening half by going behind to Arsenal.. then it’s all over for them
This is where we fail time and time and time and time and time and time………. again!
Against Leeds and Ipswich, Arshavin was released into one on ones with the goalie and missed both times, shot was saved against Leeds and his left foot shot at Ipswich is still in orbit somewhere… soon to meet the ball from Rooney’s penalty against us.
It is truly grating me that we cannot finish good chances with a higher conversion rate, as if we did, we would begin to destroy teams again like the good old days back in the early noughties.
Our main aim back then was to come out of the blocks and pulverise the opposition into submission inside the opening 15-20 minutes, setting up a nice controlled middle part of the game, and then a final assault for late goals on the counter attack…. the blistering pace of Cole, Pires, Fred, Thierry et al made this a dream scenario.
We just don’t have the players to play that way now…. note I mentioned “blistering pace” Theo aside… who else is actually rapid in the first eleven? Clichy… yes the central midfield is moribund here… out wide Arshavin is no slouch but actually slower than appears, Nasri can shift… then we have our forwards in RvP and MC29 who are just not quick at all. MC29 I have worked out is simply very swift over 5 yards but then totally empties.
The West Ham game tomorrow is gigantic, as I feel a poor result will stuff us… then we are away to Leeds, which will be a mental pressure cooker with the animal home fans coked to their eyeballs.
So here it is, if we win the next two games, and they are proper away days… the confidence will return to the side at the perfect time. We now enter the business end folks. We cannot afford to drop silly points in the league anymore, as there is not the time to make points up anymore. All well and good losing to West Brom and co earlier in the season, but it just won’t wash now.
The time has come, step forward Arsenal 2011 and show us… don’t fucking keep telling us on Twitter or in the press… SHOW US ON THE PITCH that you are not all mouth and no trousers.
We back you, we have faith in you, but it’s that funny time of the year again when all hell can break loose… or we start getting those magical feelings about cracking some Champers in May.
Hold on to your hats, Gooners.