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Change Yourself Arsene, Or We All Shall Suffer

For years I have supported Arsenal. We go down, I get angry, we play well I am thrilled. That’s my life regarding the Arsenal. Tears when we lost to United in the Champions League, and the slight smile when I look at the scoreboard to read Arsenal FC 3 – 0 Scum FC.

Lets face it, before the United game, we were never confident, in fact nobody was…everywhere I see stuff like, “we will get hammered, we have no chance” and all that crap.

I have never doubted Arsenal when they come against a small team or a comparatively weak team, namely every club in the Premiership except United, City, Chelsea, Scum (after the defeat this season ), and Liverpool. In Europe every team except Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich.

But how can we improve the team. Its simple, we have his policy to attack, and attack. Even a spanish club has that policy, and they won 6 trophies in a year. But since they have the world best players, and how do I know this, well, the three finalists of the ballon’D’or award are all from the same team it’s quite a different story to us.

But to change tactics and policies is the only way we shall see silverware this season. We don’t have a Messi, but we have a Theo, so automatically we have to formulate a position suited to Theo and not Messi. We don’t have a Xavi, but we have a Cesc, so since they are both similar types of players, give Cesc the exact role which Xavi has. We don’t have an Iniesta, but we have a Nasri. Both players can play in the wing or in the centre so transform Nasri into the central role as quite frankly he shines over there.

Change the formation change the tactics. Sagna and Dani Alves are completely similar players this season, so I don’t see a change required there or even at the LB position. Yeah, the topic of keepers shall come up, but ill be quiet on that front for now, although Szczesny should start for us after his performance yesterday. The crucial pairing in the defense, which is the center-back pairing, should be analysed and fixed by the board. Yeah, we have a Vermaelen, but he has to be paired properly with a decent pairing so that the entire defense communicates properly. And if you think either of our centrebacks are good enough (except Djourou), think again my friend.

Barcelona have a Pedro, and a David Villa, but we have an Arshavin and RVP. Now considering both, obviously Arshavin should play on the wing whereas RVP in the centre. In fact last season when RVP was playing in the centre he scored most of his goals. Adaptability, and change is what is required at Arsenal. When Mourinho went to Inter, he played Eto on the flank i.e the left flank. Lets face it Eto did not want to play there, in fact sometimes Mourinho even made him play as a defender. These are the strikers comments after Inter thumped Werder Bremen.

“I’m happy to win as a striker after winning as a defender last season,”

But Inter won the treble, and that includes champions league victories over FC Barcelona, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich. When Benitez arrived he started to play Eto in the middle and look at their plight now! This is the problem with Arsenal’s tactics. Everybody is allowed to do what he wants and how they want it. Its not professional style of play, its the fun style of play for the Gunners.

Chamakh is allowed to wander the entire pitch when as a striker he should play only upfront. He should be encouraged to shoot rather than pass more. Song should be tied up to a pole, and that pole should be fixed in front of the defense. The guy should not wander up the pitch. Yeah, let him have his freedom in small matches but he should be told to defend mostly. Thats how you get a world-class CDM like Claude Makalele. Cesc and Nasri should both take up the Xavi and Iniesta roles, and play through-out the pitch.

The team as a whole should press together, otherwise there shall remain large gaps in midfield. Pressing should done on a more consistent basis, just like Barcelona. I don’t care if you have to smuggle into their academy to know how to do it, but learn and do it ! If you being paid in 5 figures every week then might as well do something more than run round and win occasionally. Honestly the boss does not have to spend a lot to fix this Arsenal side. All he has to do is be more stern and straight-forward with the players ! Its common sense, that if a player goes on doing the same thing over and over again, he acquires expertise in it. Even Max Weber proposed this in his theory of bureaucratic Management, but that’s a different story all together – If each arsenal player is assigned a duty and told to keep to it we will win, and Gooners will not be hesitant or doubtful when we face teams like United, or the list which I gave  above.

You know its something like this:

Lets assume you have good handwriting ( I know it’s a lame example but this should make the point clear ! ), everybody tells you you have good handwriting. Then one day you see and know for sure that your Dad’s handwriting is better than yours. What do you do ? You adapt not ‘adopt’ his style of writing, you change yours to make it like his. You do different things, to make yours better than his. That’s development, that’s hard work which pays off. Put your ego aside and improve yourself. Compete with yourself, and constantly improve.

You don’t sit on your ***, and moan and neither do you try and improve your handwriting as quite frankly, its not going to be better than your Dads! People will say that Arsenal are copying Barcelona, so whats wrong. Its not murder, and its not cheating! We should do it to improve ourselves, and not bother about the rest.

These basic things in life can help Arsenal. The answers are right there in front of you Boss, you just have to look carefully. Everything is not God sent, and should not be left they way they are. To bring about the best qualities in a person you have got to change him accordingly (but that does not include stupid decisions like giving Fabianski a strikers role !). If Song thinks he is an attacker, as I have never seen him taken even 1 shot on target (and headers don’t count) then mould him into a CDM. Tell the guy to stay back, tell him to get the ball back if the opponents get possession and most importantly tell him not to go up!! The guy is good at tackling and can defend well too, the CDM is the best position for him. In one of my previous article of Rolling stones gather no moss, I had written about the “Rolling midfielder tactic.” Now I say screw that tactic, and give every player a specific role. Then only can we be consistent, and build an unbeaten streak.

Its just a few things which the manager has to do to set this ship moving. Just like the Barca management hired Guardiola to set their ship on sail, all we have to do is refine the entire system. Yeah, AW has done it, but the level at which he does it is to small to make any change. He turned Djourou into a defender, when Djourou was actually a midfielder, but this change has not really affected us has it.

Bit, by bit, small changes is all that is required to awake the “Actual Arsenal FC, ” and all the boss has to do is “TO REFINE THE ENTIRE TACTICAL SYSTEM OF THE CLUB” and “CHANGE HIMSELF.” You don’t need a degree to see this, and I’m sure all readers feel the same. United beat us yesterday tactically, not because they played outstanding.

Lastly, to make it clear I don’t write this with a view ‘of replacing AW’ but just with with the view which is clear to me, hopefully, its to you too…



NOTE: I am taking Barcelona as an example as they are currently the best team in the world!



  1. herbzoverrum

    December 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

    the fact is we are weak…wenger is stale, tottenham show more ambition on & off the pitch. wenger will not buy,every time he says we dont need to buy but it is obvious we need proper ballers. wenger is deluded,proud & arrogant.he is a flawed manager who is living in the past. he has no tactics no plan b. where the fuck does he get his selection policy from? gooners are always slating denilson but what does rosicky provide us with? why leave theo on the bench when the game screamed out for some pace? we used to be a team with pace now we are ateam with the pace of slugs. fab cant run arshavin is fat nasri is always played out of position. why cant we just be 4 4 2 with two proper strikers? arsen dont know shit!

  2. emmanuel

    December 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

    i pray A.W sees this article, becos you are telling the truth, if song does want to play d.m then he should look for another job. cos he leaves to much gap at the back, and he is not fast enough to recover… you were right about emulating barca.. i like the way they do thier pressing when they lose the ball… the positioning of puyol and pique makes it hard for those long thrust teams to have space..very unlike us

  3. emmanuel

    December 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

    i dont know what A.W likes in french center backs with due respct to sagna,evra,lizarazu,clichy etc they produce good full backs bcos of their attacking abilities which suits our play.. but when you want a center back we should look at serbian and belgian national teams you will see naturally physical and extremely good…a player like ivanovic of chealsea would have been a god at arsenal but he warms the bench at serbia… look at vermalean who we are missing like hell plays left back at belgium bcos of the quality of at thier disposal..

    • Sinbad

      December 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

      Ever heard of Lillian Thuram? Marcel Desailly? Laurent Blanc? You useless tosser.

      Arsene bought crap centre backs but it doesn’t mean France don’t produce any good ones.

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  5. peter ntopa

    December 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I have commented more than once that Chamakh is not good enough playing as a lone striker. The reasons are in the article 1) He is a hunter, he likes running around the field to win balls. And if or when he wins the ball, we does not have a killer/a finisher, sorry to say this, somebody like Drogba. Who can just move around the defenders waiting for an opportune one-off chance. 2) Chamakh does not have a hunger of scoring, his gods advised him to over-value assists over goals. We praised him that he is good in the air, but recheck the Man U v Arsenal game, you will see that Rio and Vidic never gave a damn of Chamakh’s head (Park even headed whilst among our taller-than-him-defenders. In this regard, it is very naive and myopic to play him a lone striker. Another point, a very good point is that of Song. AW insists he can be mobile and cement the attack. Maybe, but I and some Arsenal lovers believes that suicidal. We possess too many attackers already, and we are very weak in defence, leaving the calibre of Song alone (that of tackling and defending). Look back at the pairing of Xavi Alonso and Steve Gerald, and that of Cesc and Flamini. The centre of these fellows was strong and recommendable. I might talk forever, later, and keep on praying for an immediate Arsenal transformation. Ndapita!

  6. sliCk

    December 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    The problem with arsenal this season is probally its defence None ov our CB’s have physical strength like alex,terry,vidic and ferdinand. which probally allows scums like drogba, rooney and others to get past them and score. We look weak and defenceless in set piece situations.nw for our LB and RB sagna and clichy are probally good defenders but they dont provide shyt when we are attacking i mean face it when will clichy and sagna learn to deliever a cross?As for our attack wenger should have bought sme 1 benzema or podolski rather than getting chamakh.he seems to be ok but he isnt a striker who can score goals on hiz own. he would rather w8 for the ball to come 2 him and would try 2 create something for hiz team mates he at times looks 2 scared 2 shoot. I am a gooner 4 life till death!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i say thiz with a very heavy heart that we are good but not good enough you can expect arsenal 2 beat every team excpet the bigger lot i.e barca,madrid,utd,chelsea, bayern etc……….wenger haz to change is spending policy and probally tatics if we are to win anything……………..

  7. Wenger is the problem

    December 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I will not stop saying this, Wenger is not a good manager, he is good in making money for the club, that is his best job.

    Ok, he refused to buy players, agreed, but guys we still have good players in arsenal that can win trophies, take it or leave,
    I don’t want to talk about buying or not buying, i want to talk on the players we’ve got in the arsenal right now, these guys are good, except the two defenders we’ve got and Clichy , so the reason why we are loosing and why we can not win trophies is wenger’s tactics, and information, Walcot is center forward not winger, tell me why playing Walcot as winger? yesterday he played Nasri out of positions, this is the guy that made things happened for us, so Wenger is not good in arranging players, he can ask Fanbiaski to play as a striker and ask Fabricas to be goal keeper, he just doing what ever he like, may be because is get old, therefore is loosing the plot. He has to stop, use these guys in the positions that suit them, man everything about Wenger to me are not right, take a look at Spurs now, it took the manager a year to form a formidable team in spurs, now Wenger has being building this our team for the past years, yet, nothing to show for it, this is getting on bearable for me,

  8. Fab4

    December 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Look, Arsene has made a lot of very bad decisions over the last few seasons; not buying a top GK, not buying the dominant ball winning CB we need, not buying a proper backup for RVP when he gets injured, etc.

    But the thing that is worrying me is his starting line ups and substitutions these days. We made it so easy for Utd to defend against us last night by playing too many players of similar type. Rosicky, nasri, wilshere, arshavin….very little pace or penetration between those players.

    We needed something different to make the Utd defenders worry, we needed pace. Walcott may not be perfect but he is a threat.

    Everyone could see things weren’t working so why does Le Boss wait until the 60-70th minutes to make the changes? Be bold and make them at half time!

    Anyway, looks like we have blown another great opportunity to win the league. Long way to go and we will know a lot more come the turn of the year, but already losing to Utd, Chavs, Scum and 2 promoted sides at home….not champions form is it!?

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