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Arsenal Ready To Change Style To Get Back To Winning Ways

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Written by Fab4.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to change the way his side approach home games in order to tackle those teams who play a deep back line against them.

The Gunners have now lost to both Newcastle and West Brom at home in recent weeks, while we also struggled against both West Ham and Birmingham at the Emirates. Wenger is keen to tackle this problem and feels a change in tactic may be the answer:

“I can’t deny that in the last four home games we have not absolutely made a demonstration of football,” he told

“We had problems to win the games. We might find a way to play a bit more direct in some situations because everybody drops deep against us and as soon as you make a mistake it becomes even harder.

“For example on Sunday clearly I think we were serious but we didn’t create enough. We looked at some stage that we could play for a while without scoring a goal and that is of course a worry.

If by ‘direct’ Arsene means more of the insane long-balls up to Walcott and Arshavin that we witnessed against Newcaslte, i think he needs to go back to the drawing board. But if the plan is to move the ball quicker through midfield to attack i couldn’t agree more. Let’s try and get that quick tempo back and the goals will flow!

What do Arsenal fans think, is a more direct approach the answer to breaking down the defensive minded teams?



  1. kay

    November 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I quite agree with Arsene on this point. We need to employ wing play to increase the width of our attack. You can’t keep playing through the middle for teams that sit deep in defence hence, the paucity of goals in recent games. Gael and Sagna need to improve their crosses into the box.

  2. watts

    November 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    whatever happened to the more solid 4-4-2…….transition from attack to defence,swift…….the general defensive team balance is good as well with players covering each other especially wingers and fullbacks. as for the attack, playing two upfront releases the pressure of the usulal one striker and stretches the opposition central defence as both center backs have to mark individuals. with walcotts pace and rvp’s dribbling skills,we will finish off defences at ease…….with 2-0 up wenger can revert to his obsessive 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 to pack the midfeild.

  3. nirmal

    November 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

    one could see the urgency missing. every time the opposition attack, we never exploited the spaces made available with speed when we won the ball back.

  4. mustapha mohammed Lagos, Nig.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Absolutely, changing our style and attitude is the answer for arsenal fc. to get back to scoring goals, which they are known for. If for instance we had 10 awarded corners hadly we combat just 1, simply bcos of the average height players we have in our team. I therefore call our able and respected manager, to pls, listen to our cry of no trophy. By-(1)taking short at goal in or outside 18 yard box. (2)sending direct long ball to our wingers and strikers. (3)we should go back to our quick football so that clichy and sagna will send the ball to our strikers at the right time in the box. Taking short outside 18 yard box is very beautiful atimes and has sdvantage sometimes, of diplection, rebounce or penalty.

  5. nirmal

    November 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

    agreed…4 4 2 allows our wingers to expand play and now with 3 tall strikers (MC, RVP, NB) we have an intimidating presence in attack. It is frustrating and surprising that we are not dominating teams and sticking some fear in them even before they set foot in the Emirates.

  6. nicky

    November 10, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I accept that our ratio of goals from outside the box is above average but we simply must stop this close passing INSIDE the box. I gets nowhere and is frustrating to all who see it.

  7. george

    November 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm


  8. Steve Palmer

    November 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I dont believe this blog, its taken five years to realise we have a problem in these situations, that has done my sweede in.we have been banging against a defensive line, for as long as we havent won anything and he has only just noticed, i have allways been a staunch Wenger supporter, but that has shut me right up i shall watch these recently found tactics in anticipation. The only thing i can think of is renting out Chelsea to play our games for us, o Christ i hope not

  9. wow

    November 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    steve you’re top notch

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