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by goonerdicko (U14363154) 03 October 2010
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gutted, but you once again have shown that you are more efficient than we are.

not sour grapes - honest!!! - but other than that there is not much different between the 2.
although unfortunately that is enough.

we will take you at the emirates though

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comment by MAC 606 (U1906807)

posted Oct 5, 2010

i totally agree with you, manchester united arent critizised when they lose so why do we

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I'm afraid the answer is obvious! Manu have won more and on a regular basis, hence no one wants to doubt them in case it comes back and bites them. Also Manu aren't blindly ignoring their weaknesses season after season!

Arsenal on the other hand, are making the same naive tactical mistakes year on year, and whats even worse now is the post match analysis from the manager and from some of the people responding on this forum is ridiculous! how long is this record going to keep playing? Yes I get it! we played better on the field... like the last time and the time before that and we lost all of them.

We used to play for the draw against the top teams when we had our top players out, now we just get 'rope a doped' every single game. It will happen again at the Emirates, and Manu, City and any club with good enough players in Europe will do exactly the same. because it works every time!

rant over....

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posted Oct 5, 2010

It is a shame that RVP seems to be forever injured. He is a fantastic player that Arsenal really miss.

That said they are also missing two other things at the moment

1) Steel (in midfield and Centre Back)
2) A plan B option - lots of fantastic players on the ball. But no Peter Crouch or Andy Carrol to lob the ball to in desparation. Or alternatively no players like Bent / Heske / Viduka. Strong target men to hit with a long ball, who then hold it up for the midfield to run past them.

Arguably the players Arsenal have are all better than those listed above. But the problem for Arsenal is that having 11 technically gifted players provides for no plan B options.

Also the selection criteria for a good CB or defensive central midfielder should bear no relationship to that players ability with the ball. It needs to based solely on their ability to read the play and win the ball.

While i think that Arsene has done some fantastic things with the club the 11 ball player tactic is not working for him...something has to give.

Hopefully Cesc and RVP come right and avoid further injury. Arsenal really miss them both

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posted Oct 5, 2010

Good to see your optimistic regarding the Boxing day fixture <erm>

I think its good that people should have some straws to grasp on to however short they maybe.

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posted Oct 5, 2010

Arsen should be worried for more than the lack of efficiency or finish in front of opponent goals. He should be concern about the size and the physical disposition of his squad.
Arsenal is woefully undersized man to man in the EPL. Unfortunately the only fellow who does not seem to realize and noticed it is Arsen Wenger.
You see the bad thing for Arsenal is that the rest of the EPL has their measure. The reciepie against Arsenal for the past 5 years following the STUPID dismental of the invincibles by Wenger and the team's front office is simple.
Tackle them very hard, shove them around, manhandel then once in a while on the pitch, let them pass the ball around for as long as they want as long as they don't get in the six yards or on the goal line, gamble the Ref will not call vicious fouls. You will beat them always. If you think I am wrong simply Ask Chelsea and Drogba, ask Stoke, man City, West Ham and others physical teams in EPL.
That is the main reason I do not believe Arsenal will win anything again this year or the next, or in the near future with this small squad of undersize lads.

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posted Oct 5, 2010

Gents, it's simple, we won the game , but lost the match cos' we couldn't score. When it comes to scoring goals, Chelsea are the current masters and their league GD shows it. We are more skillful than most teams in just about every other dept and I bet Henry would be putting them in for fun with this team. But there aren't many Henrys around and until we do, we won't do anything more than 'dress to impress' and then go home empty-handed.

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posted Oct 5, 2010

I agree. Arsenal needs a Didier Drogba like striker. Van Persie is a good striker but he hardly plays due injuries. What useful is a striker to a team if hes always on the bench due to injuries? Not really useful. Arsenal needs a strong and physical striker to compliment Chamakh. I do not think we need another strong center defender though, but we definitely need a holding midfielder and a dynamic, young and good goalie.

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posted Oct 5, 2010

comment by kanturner (U14561385)
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Gents, it's simple, we won the game , but lost the match cos' we couldn't score.

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HUH???...sounds like something Arsene Wenger would say! <yikes>

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comment by Matt (U14338759)

posted Oct 5, 2010

Just watched the Wenger interview and he just looks tired and haggered. He rarely smiles and I think he's created a team that simply puts too much pressure on them, himself and the club. The "THEY PLAY GREAT FOOTBALL" tag is doing nothing but work against us. We never change our game plan for any team and quite arogantly expect to outpass everyone. Bring back the days when we were underdogs and played teams on the break. I for one have never really got the so called GREAT FOOTBALL tag we seem to glorify ourselves in. Ever since the arrival of Hleb etc we changed our tactics to multiple passing high up the pitch. I personally have never really taken to it and think this "oh theyre great to watch" is a bit of a media creation. Its boring and frustrating and unsuccesful to our goals. The sight of Bergkamp slipping through a sublime pass on to Henry on the break seems a distant memory, thats keeps getting more distant!

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comment by Matt (U14338759)

posted Oct 5, 2010

I know its a lot better than many teams and I am aware it can be great to watch, but it just seems to be exactley the same every game. Teams sit back, soak up the pressure, stop us passing, etc etc. A plan B would be nice. As would a few ready made players!

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posted Oct 5, 2010

I think Asernal has the right crop of players and they showed on Sunday that they can play football, well as they kept Chelsea guessing what would happen next. This teamm needs to spend some time just shooting at goal. This exercise should be taken seriously and time should be found during practice for this. Shooting should be second nature. Once in the 18 area players should look for space or even use the opposition as part of the material to bang shots at so that they deflect into the net. Stoping the ball and passing in this area gives the keeper and defence time to react or regroup. Unexpected shots will always beat even the best keepers.

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