Is a Change of Strategy Needed General Arsene?

Today is yet another one of the defining games of the season; we are desperate for the 3 points and just as importantly we don’t want to give them to the Chav’s.

Our record against the other teams in the so-called “Big Four” in the last season or so is something like one win in ten. It is becoming more than just a coincidence it is becoming embarrassing.
I don’t think it is the personnel, there is no way our midfield or defence is any worse than Man U’s line up last week. It has to be tactical.
We going into these games with one thing on our minds and that is attack, that plays straight into the hands of Fergie and the numerous turnover of managers that Chelsea have employed.
They just lay in wait for us and counter attack like snipers, Arsene must realize this, these are the tactics we used in his first double year, soak up the pressure then Petit would fire balls over the top for Anelka and Overmars to run onto.

Perhaps we need to do a little more of the crab passing against these bigger teams. Pull them out a bit and open the game up. I would bring Cesc back into the quarterback roll next to Song, We have the players who can pick up his passes and run like Arshavin, Diaby and even Theo..

Instead Cesc by trying to be the complete midfielder is trying to do too many jobs. Diaby, Rosicky, Nasri can all play in the hole and charge into the box, but no one has Cesc’s range and vision when it comes to passing.

From a distance it just seems that we are playing too high a line and when our defence push up to join them, we are leaving gaping holes at the back.
Cesc needs to play with his head and not his heart. Play the European way with more patience.

Last week I was shocked at the way Nani outpaced Clichy, I thought Gael was quick, and don’t start me off on the way Denilson tracked Rooney back, from the camera angle from behind the goal it was as clear as day. I know a Frenchman who plays in Italy who would never had let that happen, oh well..

Whilst I am getting on our players backs, why can’t Almunia save with his left hand, I have never seen such a right handed goalkeeper? When he gets lobbed it’s always over his left shoulder and he reaches with the wrong arm.

I am hoping Arsene has re run the tape, DVD (whatever it is) past the players a thousand times during the week and lessons are learned.

I would pick.


Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy.

Rosicky or Nasri Cesc Song

Diaby Arshavin


Do I feel confident…no.. But I am going for a tight 2-1 to us.

I’m avoiding the John Terry stuff…If I hear about where he parks his car again I will scweam..

Have a great day all..  everything crossed. lucky gloves on!!


98 Responses to Is a Change of Strategy Needed General Arsene?

  1. rico says:

    From PDT

    Good to see this site back up and running! Well done!

    While I am hoping that we will win tonight, I have terrible feeling that we still don’t have enough steel to be able to step up and fight when our backs are against the wall.

    This same team was much stronger when they were younger and played without fear. But we (the fans) have loaded them with so many expectations that they play in fear now. I don’t see the joyousness in their game that we saw a couple of years back.

    I don’t think we need more players…this team is good enough to win the title. But we need a core of three or four players who can hang together and keep the team going when things start going bad. We have a core of such players now – Fab, TV, AA23, TR7 and RvP when he comes back, but except for Fab and RvP, I don’t get a feeling that the rest of them bond very well.

    I really do think that giving the armband to TV or AA would help. I would prefer giving it to TV.

  2. rico says:

    Morning ave and all,

    Off to read the post now..

  3. rico says:

    Nice one ave – I am not sure I totally agree with the need for change, Denilso is too slow and Clichy was just caught napping.. He was out of position and let Nani go to often..

    My view remains that had we converted our early chances the Mancs would have struggled.

    I also dont think we have the right balance of players in the team.

    I fear for our side today, however, like you I think we could nick it – right now though I would take a draw…

  4. rico says:

    Two players need to be sorted out today, Cashley and Drogba – TV will sort Drog, I just feel he is going ‘batter’ him and maybe Eboue could just be used on the right to ‘contain’ Cole… 😉

  5. fineboy says:

    morning rico..i’m just tryna catch some fun by having a drink with some gunner friends…any hope of winning today??

  6. rico says:

    morning fineboy, sorry i was busy with a few chores – bit early for the pop 😉

    i have a feeling we will win, a sneaky 2-1, same as ave, how about you?

    i pray that Diaby is fit and Denilson stays at home…

  7. K-TR7 says:

    Nasri still disappoints…

  8. rico says:

    K-TR7, especially away from home too – What would your line up be for today?

  9. K-TR7 says:

    For a player with so much ability he seems afraid to express it.if he had cr9’s confidence and a tad of selfishness he would be the best player in the EPL by a mile.i miss hleb(sobs) who despite his antics would go on mazy dribbles(liv home cl) resulting in goals,he was massively underrated.if we play a forward line of AA TR7 and SN8 we will lose mark my words.

  10. rico says:

    K – Nik isn’t fit to start, Vela is out – and Diaby may be in the squad – sadly I think we will see the same side that played against the Mancs, unless he plays Eastmond or Ramsey alongside Cesc and Song, can’t see that happening though.

    Right now though Ramsey would be a better option than Denilson imho..

    I think people dislike Hleb for the way he set up his exit, he was a fool. However, it didn’t take him long to realise what a huge mistake he had made…

  11. K-TR7 says:

    I would love to see:anyone but almunia,sagna,TV,WG,GC22,SONG,AD2,FAB,AA,NB52 and TR7.TR7 adds guile,AA is the direct attacker,nikki b is the hold up man and aerial threat.diaby if played will win mom as he usually has a blinder after an injury spell.i remember him in cc final against the chavs he was magnificent till they injured him.hope for an even better performance today.

  12. rico says:

    If we do lose today, I still don’t think we are out of the race – as long as we beat the dippers on wednesday.

    Chavs Mancs Dippers Villa Spuds all have to play eachother I think and a lot can happen. All we have is the spuds and citeh to play – win all the others and it may just be our year 🙂

    Easier said than done, i know 😉

  13. rico says:

    Nik wont start though according to Arsene, if he doesnt why not throw Diaby up top to play the target man and know the ball into AA??

    Or just change back to 442 and play Diaby as the second striker?

  14. rico says:

    I have to pop out for an hour 😦

  15. K-TR7 says:

    I would rather TR7 play alongside cesc and push nasri/eboue upfront.i can see ebou playing a key role today with direct running and dribbling.i hope we can play like milan away in the cl.despite all that,hleb contributed alot to the cause and i know it still hurts AW how he was treated by hleb.

  16. Freire says:

    Hello all again, I’m back!

    Thanks for visiting my website, Rico! Glad to know you remembered me 😉

    So, what happened to Ave to go away?

  17. JonJon says:

    hello all…

    nice to see things back up and running..mighty fine post…yeah our tactics seem to be always wrong against the big boyss..fergie even said its easy to play us cos we are too predictable…we always have 10 players in the opponents half when we have the ball so its easy to counter…

    with us also having nobody who can cross and nobody who can head it allows the other team to narrow their 2 lines of four…they bring their wide players in which makes it harder for us to find space through the middle…

    fergie does it every time against us and then they just hit us on the break

    im not going to do a prediction cos i think chelsea are going to tear us apart today, we’ll play right into their hands and drogba will have a field day

  18. K-TR7 says:

    If we play like an away cl match we will not lose and might sneak it

  19. PDT says:

    Rico (11:16) well put!

    This one will go down to the wire. It doesn’t really matter if we lose today. We just have to win consistently for the rest of the season.

    Bendtner should be back today. If he can hold the ball up for the rest of the team, we will be back in business in no time. AA23 did not have the strength to hold onto the ball under pressure.

    Maybe He should have played Diaby at CF…..


  20. JonJon says:

    i would have though that would have been the option k-tr7….but we aint liverpool..rafa can make those tactics work better than anyone but wenger cant…

    we are too attacking…the fb’s are practically wingers and get no cover and song and denlilson rarely hold…even though they are classed as holding players…songs been on fire but he gets further forward than our forwards sometimes..denlison does the exact same but never tracks back…

    i got a feeling it will be the same old story today and with no robin we wont be able to open them up…they’ll sit back give us the wings, wait for it to turn to dust and then hoof it to drogba and anelka

  21. rico says:

    Hi Freire, great to see you back 🙂 Its a long story and to be fair its best left behind us – How could we forget the man from Brasil 🙂

    Hi JJ, great to see you, a big part of me fears we will get ripped apart too, but just a little part thinks that we will see Nik and Diaby start – and they must both be ready for a challenge surely…

    And just something makes me feel we are going to sneak it – the arsenal fans needs to give Terry a lot of abuse and hope he *ucks up big time 🙂

  22. rico says:

    Hi PDT, thanks 😉 What we don’t need though is to take a heavy defeat into Wednesdays game, we need a confident display today, a win and then on to the dippers..

    All the top sides to draw with eachother and bobs your uncle… 😉

  23. PDT says:

    I am just going to enjoy the game. I know we will play good football and even if we lose, we will not be out of the race.

  24. K-TR7 says:

    We can make them work jonjon.remember milan/juve/madrid away games where we held possession well and we hit them when they least expect(yes shava/cesc).the best away fans in the country should roar at the bridge.

  25. rico says:

    Spot on PDT,

    Just had to pop off shopping and bumped into my dentist, he supports the chavs and is very nervous! His son is a Gooner so he said today he has to support us – I don’t get that really 🙂

    I did tell him that he couldn’t have been as nervous as I usually am when I go to see him!! 😦

  26. JonJon says:

    hello my little ray of sunshine…nik and diaby dont fill me with confidence takes nikki 10 games to get going and diabys just diaby, he either turns up or he doesnt so im not expecting anything…

    we need to win though…liverpool on weds will be hard..they finding form..taken 17 points from 21…imagin us losing to chelsea and then playing pool on the back of a run that hasnt seen us win in 4 games..

    im starting to worry if im honest..i think wenger got it wrong in the FA Cup and we lost momentum at the wrong time…

  27. rico says:

    K – Do you think we have the players to hold the ball up the same way as we did then?

  28. JonJon says:

    im just not confident k..

    i think the pressures on now and we always panic..our game goes to pot..

    fingers crossed though..

  29. rico says:

    Its SO nice to see you JJ 😛

    They don’t inspire me one bit either sadly, but I am trying to find something to keep me filled with hope…

  30. JonJon says:

    if they have an off day rico we can get them..ive just got the same feeling i had before the manure game..

    for me its all about the lineup and the team wenger picks…

    like against manure he picked both denilson and song and i hate it when he does that…its just negative..neither sit back..theres no point playing two holding players that dont hold..might as well go with just song and play the extra attacker..

    its like starting with 10 men…

  31. K-TR7 says:

    Jonjon&rico-The personnel is there,if nasri,rosicky and fab are on form they rarely lose the ball.denilson used to be very good at that but he can’t seem to do that anymore.if AA plays cf we will lose since he will be bullied leading to pressure on the midfield.diaby and song dont need hollywood passes since they are bulldozzers through mf.almunia punts his gks to shava/out leading to i said personnel is there but tactics and team selection will decide the outcome.wenger may play eboue to stop acole from bombing down the wings while shava on the left prevents ivanovic from going upfield cutting off ball supply to the limited diamond and forwards forcing them to either play anelka wide isolating drogba or playing route one to drogba and we must ensure TV and song are tight to i said tactics and selection will decide and not personell

  32. JonJon says:

    agree about eboue playing today…sagna will need help and always plays better when hes got eboue in front of him..

    if wenger gets his tactis tight and we can keep it 0-0 for 75mins then chelsea will be forced to come at us with them bieng the home team and all..then we can get them on the break, use the space and the gaps..

    nick it 0-1..

  33. rico says:

    The team and how he uses the subs JJ – I know people slate Theo, but I dont understand why he doesn’t get a game in the central role – all our strikers are unfit/injured so why not play the ball through the middle, on the ground way ahead of Theo and let him run passed Terry – all this sha**ing, he must be tired by now 😉

    I honestly hope Denilson has a broken toenail, and can’t play – I would rather see a midfield of Eboue Song Cesc than Denilson..

  34. rico says:

    K – Thats the problem though, all three never seem to click at the same time..

    Last weekend Nasri was up for it – AA didn’t pass to him when he was in a great scoring position and after that he sulked and went missing…

  35. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-form may be temporary but class is permanent,they havent clicked due to not playing together,am sure at one point they will click to devastating effect.walcott could turn out the hero on the counter you never know.if we prevent their fb’s from bombing forward,we have a chance since the diamond has no natural width.

  36. JonJon says:

    the central role will only work for theo if we sit back and hit the ball long and over the top…theos pace would fit perfect for a team like villa or chelsea…

    our style of play means we compress the oppositions third and they sit back with 2 banks of four..theos got no wouldnt matter where wenger played him he still wouldnt get a look in…

    theos hasnt got any other attribute than pace…so he gets left isolated…he aint techincal, he cant control the ball or dribble too good, especially in tight its pointless playing him…unless we go back to the GG days theo will always suffer from the same problem…

  37. 4pigs says:

    Good post. I’m getting nervous……..

  38. rico says:

    K – Dont get me wrong, I really rate all three, but as you said, all three need to click together and if that does happen today then we are in for a great 90 mins..

    JJ – but if we that way against the chavs today I couldn’t give two hoots 😉 we need a plan B, maybe Theo is just that, plan b, over the top, JT falls over and 1-0 🙂

    You know what, I am starting to get more confident about today, I blame the TR7 🙂

  39. JonJon says:

    the lineups will tell us more..

    if we see denilson and song in the midfield and three midgets up top were going to need a miracle

  40. K-TR7 says:

    I have watched chelsea all season long and i can tell you sitiuations they struggle:when mikel/deco plays at diamond base,the tempo isn’t there and essien man marks cesc out of the game since he is dynamic compared to mikel look at what fletcher and anderson to cesc and you may be surprised when we dominate midfield today.Against villa they were undone by setpieces and also their fbs being pegged back by young and milner.Against the mancs,they played 3 across the park marking lamps out of the game inviting long balls with vidic nodding them out comfortably and were unlucky to i said tactics and selection…

  41. rico says:

    😆 JJ

    Albeit so very true…

  42. fineboy says:

    hey rico i’m going for a 2-0 win for the gunners

  43. rico says:

    If only you are right fineboy, i keep missing you, went to sort my chickens out… sorry 😦

    are you still sober 😆

  44. avenell says:


  45. avenell says:

    Hi Roadsters..

    Good to see you back Friere.. 🙂

  46. rico says:

    Banners, bunting out, avenells around 🙂

    Hi ave, not a Denilson in sight 🙂 😛 🙂

  47. avenell says:

    Drum roll………..

    Yep.. no Denilson.. I wonder if Wilcatt has a go in the middle? Even if only for a while.

  48. rico says:

    You know what ave, I just have a feeling today will be his day, he owes us, big time and just maybe today will kick start his ‘real’ Arsenal career..

    The last time the chavs lost at home ….. was to us, no come on you gooners, same again please….

    catch you all at h/t, off to watch and not a tissue in sight…….. yet!!

  49. rico says:

    Jamie Redcrapp is a tosser – he just said we could have been 5-1 down to the mancs at half time last week…. did he not see the three chances we had ….

    What a w****r!!!

  50. JonJon says:

    hi ave mate…

    walcotts inclusion doesnt suprise me..i think its more to keep cole pegged back than any thing..

    cole wont want to bomb forward as much if theos around..

    need a big game from that boy today

  51. avenell says:

    Hi JJ… your back in admin by the way….

  52. JonJon says: over..


  53. 4pigs says:

    Jon Jon – dont be downhearted yet…. still early days….

  54. JonJon says:

    cant see us scoring though mate…dont know where the goals going to come from and we leak goals for fun

    we playing well but as usual theres no end product..

  55. 4pigs says:

    should be 1-1

  56. 4pigs says:

    How the f*** can that wanker Tyler conduse Diaby with Arshavin?

  57. JonJon says:


    i want to cry

  58. 4pigs says:


  59. JonJon says:

    i hate drogba so so much..

    we just never learn

  60. 4pigs says:

    It’s not so much Drogba but that we never buy anybody to cancel him out….

  61. rico says:

    JJ, I’m with you, I hate the big f*****g lump!!!

  62. JonJon says:

    if we learned how to defend properly we’d be ok..but we do the same thing over and over again…we get beat the same way every time by the same teams

    manure and chelsea have wenger by the tactical balls…its becoming embarrasing

  63. JonJon says:

    we are going to get thumped here..chelsea are a machine…and wengerballs gone to pot

  64. rico says:

    Same old same old – no striker, no bloody goals, if only AA had put his chance away..

  65. rico says:

    The whole team has gone to pot!!

  66. rico says:

    Riley needs to go to Specsavers too!!!

  67. rico says:

    4pigs – good optimism, but we are doomed all bar a miracle!!

  68. rico says:

    Mancs – Rooney

    Chavs – Drogba

    Dippers – Torres & Kite

    Spuds – Defoe

    Villa – loads

    Arsenal – Arshavin!!!!

    Arsene, its not rocket science…..!!!

  69. rico says:

    And the chavs don’t even have Essien in the midfield!!

  70. rico says:

    Fabregas is pissed off – big time!!

  71. avenell says:

    Bendtner and Rosicky need to come on asap..

  72. JonJon says:

    it doesnt matter who comes on…we still going to get beat…

    the titles gone…i dont even think we’ll beat liverpool…

    arsenes blown it wrong in the facup and started a chain reaction…didnt use the transfer window when he said he would and now we are left with the CL..but how are we supposed to win that when we cant beat the big teams

  73. JonJon says:

    AA and cesc will go in the summer…

    cesc looks broken and AA has lost all interest…

  74. avenell says:

    If we can turn this around the league is ours..

    That’s all we have to do..

  75. rico says:

    ave, but where is that turn around going to come from…?

    I find myself leaning towards JJ’s view right now 😦

  76. JonJon says:

    we wont score ave, we wont turn round a two goal deficit at the bridge…chelsea will just defend and soak it up…we’ll run out of ideas and conceed another 2 on the break

  77. rico says:

    just got that spot on JJ

  78. JonJon says:

    look at our defending…

    its woeful…they are all over the place…theres no shape…

    you look at chelseas its perfect..theres no way through…then u compare it to ours and they all stand wherever they want

  79. rico says:

    JJ, are you up for a match report – ten words should do it……

  80. JonJon says:

    yeah i said id do it rico..

    it wont be too difficult to write

  81. rico says:

    JJ, and its a bit better this half… its just so so sad – so so sad….

  82. rico says:


  83. rico says:

    Song is having a bad game, but he is still one of the best of our bad bunch!!

  84. rico says:

    Leave Theo on – play him through the middle….

  85. rico says:

    Stupid – just stupid…

    we need a goal, why … oh why do i bother moaning!!

  86. JonJon says:

    all that possession dont mean a thing..chelsea stiil look comfy cos we always try to walk it through…

    mix it up a little…

  87. rico says:

    get nasri off for tomas… please!!

  88. rico says:

    keeper, HM, striker, thats all we need to rule the world!!

  89. JonJon says:

    thing is that chelsea dont need to do 2-0 the game is over..all they need to do is sit back and let us have the ball so we can do nothing with it..

    thats what they doing and thats why it looks like we playing ok but chelsea aint even in 2nd gear…

  90. rico says:

    20 minutes, come on!!

  91. JonJon says:

    rico we could have 120 mins and still not score

  92. rico says:

    I have to go for a while, got a couple of dogs with poor tums 😦 😦

  93. avenell says:

    I feel a bit sick myself..

  94. JonJon says:

    lol..sicks not the word…

    1 point from 9..and if liverpool beat us they only 2 points behind us…

    wow..after the season pool have had too..who would have thought that…

    wenger has nobody to blame but himself…playing players out of position, not working on the basics, not using the window…

    it just shows really how far we still are behind manure..they lost two of their best players last year and are still a force…if we lose one we fall to bits…

    we aint gonna win the CL either..chances are we’ll have to play manure or chelsea again..we cant beat them..

  95. JonJon says:

    tbh though we did say before xmas those fixtures would determine if we would win the league…

    we couldnt hack it..dont deserve to be champions..

  96. K-TR7 says:

    Selection was poor and i said if AA plays CF we will lose.lots of tippy tappy but no end product.RVP would have won us the game.nasri, diaby and song are the ones who turned up.clichy should be sold to real for silly money,WG’s stare after first goal says it all.i have to read for my engineering papers tomorrow, later guys as we draw the curtains on another season when we failed to make it count the most.can we win the cl?it depends on luck and also tactics and organisation.what will we do when we meet a european juggernaut?i truly dread it if we continue defending like schoolboys.

  97. rico says:

    Not such a good morning all

    New Post up

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