Building the New Arsenal

We are a club who are stuck in the belief that we somehow play better than other people.

Well, after Barcelona’s lesson and a long Premier League season, it is quite clear that we are deluding ourselves.
Perhaps we occasionally smash a lesser team, and we all feel good, but we are an impotent attacking force.

We are a team stuck in perpetual apathy; the belief that we are better than we are. This is partly due to nostalgia in the fans, but mostly, nostalgia in the manager.

Look across the Premier League and what do you see; all the long time managers are being undone. Ferguson hasn’t built a decent squad, Benitez hasn’t built a decent squad, and Wenger to some extent hasn’t either.

The root of our problems, in my opinion, lie in our entrenched tactics. Wenger wants to perform them at Barca’s level, but even Barca don’t mess it about as much as we do. They always play with purpose; we rarely do. We do not have players that know how to play this formation; nobody gets into the box, nobody makes runs. They all just stand around flat-footed!

And yet most of them are trained at the Club for years, so really, is the training we are giving them leading them astray? It would seem so.

The overhaul of the team has to come primarily in the tactics. We have to get rid of this TERRIBLE 4-3-3/4-5-1 which we are awful at, and go back to the 4-4-2 or maybe a 5-3-2. Look at what Man City are playing with a 4-4-2 at the moment; it’s entertaining and successful.

Build a team around van Persie, he is a man amongst boys – literally and metaphorically. We have one of the best players in the world, in my list of top 5 strikers, and we don’t make the most of him.

Our signings this summer have to be angled at changing the tactics. I will F##king shoot myself if we start signing little boys who are sharp with the ball at their feet in a tight spot. We need men with thinking brains, who can read and understand the game. Guys who can play like Pirlo, Xavi, Xabi Alonso etc.

If we continue trying to play this STUPID way, then it wouldn’t matter who we sign. The TACTICS HAVE TO CHANGE; they undermine us completely. Whether or not this means the manager has to change? I’ll leave that question hanging.

Ferguson is soon on his bike, Benitez too. Wenger, you can’t be stubborn in this game, you either adapt and grow or we have to find somebody else.

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63 Comments

  1. Curt.B

    April 15, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Wenger came out of the absolute abyss, so could our next manager.

    Personally, I would like to see a Dutch manager because we are an attacking team with a focus on technical skills. A manager who can adapt mid game to use our players skills to best exploit the opponents is what we need.

    There are a few good Dutch managers we might consider.

    Maybe even Laurent Blanc from France?

  2. Curt.B

    April 15, 2010 at 12:11 am

    No your not. I am ‘happy’ with third, given the lack of depth in our squad, the absensce of quality in our players and the terrible nature of our tactics.

    It could have been worse, but with changes, it could be a whole lot better I am sure.

  3. Curt.B

    April 15, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Did you even know who Arsene Wenger was when we gave him a contract? I bet almsot none of us did.

    There are sooooo many good managers around the world who can make good teams without going bonkers with case.

    Besides, they wouldn’t be building from scratch, we have many good players already.

    I’m not going to start name dropping becuase its a matter for more intelligent footballing brains than mine, but there is a host that I think would be good.

  4. PTangYangKipperBang

    April 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

    No problems only solutions…… Who could replace the great man? A name please………

  5. Faby

    April 15, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Since David Dean left , Arsenal FC & Wenger are struggling to take the club to take the club to a higher level.

  6. Faby

    April 15, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Van Basten, Guus Hiddink, Laurent Blanc, Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola

  7. kron

    April 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    if i were to choose a manager,it would hav 2b Guus Hiddink or Frank Rijkaard they wil take us 2 a new level n would ship out al the mediocre Wenger-esque players!

  8. Hugo

    April 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    No Curt, they weren’t. We were, as everyone involved in football in anyone has been saying.

    And yes, won the double back in 2002, with entirely different players. Different players respond to different systems, ours respond to 433 as shown by the difference between this season and last. Not to mention the fact that football has evolved in the last few years to the extent that 442 is almost obsolete amonst top teams.

  9. BigL

    April 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    also just because no ‘top’ managers are currently available does not mean that no ‘top’ managers are available.

    money talks, if a manager wants to manage one of the best clubs in the world he’ll move

  10. BigL

    April 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    like we did last season and the 5 seasons before

  11. Curt.B

    April 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Oh yes, huge imporvements from last seaso; we went from 4th to 3rd. These are the great things Wenger promised when he said:

    “I think the balance of power in English football has tipped in our favour now.”

  12. Curt.B

    April 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    The saddest part is that Wenger has done this crap for the last six years becuase he was such a great manager and has ruined his legacy

  13. Marina_Ukraine

    April 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hello from Ukraine !

    Yes, we know about this team here, as we do most of your famous teams !

    My friends brother here is the supporter of your team, and I remember only maybe 1 month back he complaining about Arsenal manager, and saying he should get out.

    So, good luck to you, and may your team rise again.

    Sincerely to you,

    Marina.

    Rivne – Ukraine.

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