Archive for March, 2013

30
Mar
13

Convinced?… No? me neither

  Mikel Arteta of Arsenal scores their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Reading at Emirates Stadium on March 30, 2013 in London, England

 

With our very recent change in fortunes I was looking very much forward to the visit of Reading, I didn’t think it was going to be as one sided as it turned out.  at one stage of the first half we actually had 95% of possession, although as impressed as I was I cannot help but think this is just another game that will once more paper over the cracks. the very limited amount of times we were put under pressure we were yet again very unconvincing. The reading goal was of poor Sunday League defending standard. Thankfully Santi Cazorla was on hand to pretty much single handed secure us three points. 

 

Not for the first time this season I found myself incredibly disgruntled at Arsene Wenger‘s team selection. No problem with Fabianski and the back four as they have been steady-ish in the last few games. its ahead of them that I have the problem. Cazorla who was yet again impressive and played out of position. He needs to play just off the front to effect the game to his maximum potential. Gervinho ( I know he opened the scoring and was involved in two other goals) instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, this decision baffles me. What does he have to do to get a start these days. started against swansea and was impressive then gets dropped. 

 

I would have had Oxlade-Chamberlain right, and Podolski left with Santi just behind Giroud. Finishing the midfield off with Arteta and Ramsey in the central roles. 

 

Nevertheless a well earned three points but I would be very nervous of us putting the same team out against stronger opposition.

 

Feedback Welcome

 

Goonerscribe

10
Mar
13

Time to Change Philosophy?

Time to Change Philosophy? - FTBpro lineup

 

This is my first article in a while due to numerous reasons. After a very disappointing defensive display (once again) at White hart lane 7 days ago I would like to think the weekend break we have had would involved extensive training for the first team with the main emphasis  being on Defensive situations ie Holding a good line, tracking your runners and obviously defending set pieces which we have been appalling at for most of the season, not forgetting the one thing that annoys me stop the crosses at source.

Goalkeeper

Szczesny

1

Szczesny

 

Since he appears to be the only keeper at the club worth his crust he pretty much picks himself this has been a worrying position for us for years ever since David Seaman left in all honesty we need alot more competition for places this position being of the highest priority.

 

Defence

Jenkinson

25

Jenkinson

Koscielny

6

Koscielny

Vermaelen

5

Vermaelen

Monreal

17

Monreal

 

With the likelihood of Sagna’s departure in the summer and the fact that Jenkinson was very impressive last Sunday I would plump for carl ahead of the ageing and inconsistent French Right Back. Koscielny and Vermaelen I feel to be the best Centre Back Partnership at the club and is very mobile which is exactly what we need to be in both of these difficult games coming up. Monreal who is still looking to settle but have seen alot of good things from him already. 

 

Midfield

Arteta

8

Arteta

Wilshere

10

Wilshere

Walcott

14

Walcott

Cazorla

19

Cazorla

Oxlade-Chamberlain

15

Oxlade-Chamberlain

 

Due to what seems our forever decreasing squad size Arteta would be deployed as a holding midfield player once more with the tenacious Wilshere along side for support. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wings to give us pace which is something we have lacked alot recently the balance has not been anywhere close. Cazorla who has constantly been deployed on the wing recently doesnt look the same player as when he was playing centrally. he should be given a free role and given licence to express himself as far up the pitch as he wants. He has been playing with the shackles on lately for some reason. He has the ability to destroy any side given the opportunity to do so.

 

Forwards

Podolski

9

Podolski

 

I have been crying out for Podolski to be given the chance up top, he doesnt give you enough stuck out on the wing, he is very rarely going to show you an injection of pace, whereas he has great movement a good touch, good eye for goal and a bullet of a strike. He is made to play up top in this system, I would pick him ahead of Giroud he looks very out of sorts at the moment. 

 

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I have no doubt that this system and personnel will not play because Wenger is stuck in his one plan philosophy. I don’t see us doing enough to go through in Munich I just hope we give a good account of ourselves and save some face. I would love to see our fortunes change in the champions league and Premier league alike but my head is telling me it wont. I think we are too far behind Tottenham and chelsea now, we are running out of games dramatically. maybe it is time for some experimentation, fourth spot has well truly gone, We are as good as out of the champions league, nothing to play for, might as well see what some of our kids have got.

 

 

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