Out-of-position players, lack of passion, poor results. Just what is wrong with the Arsenal?
Written by Chris on February 23, 2009 0:07
Another disappointing result to archive and more frustrated supporters trying to figure out what is wrong with this Arsenal side. The rollercoaster of emotions we’ve been through this season may be exciting for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, but when it keeps on going, well, it becomes unsustainable.
No change in players
When I was a litte boy and good in the game of football, I was selected to play in the school team and we were coached by this guy who, like any other coach, was not shy to replace players who are not performing and to promote those who do well when coming off the bench. However, when this coach was absent, this other guy who used to replace him had no bloody idea of the game and made no substitutions at all, regardless of how bad you’re playing.
Arsene Wenger is just like the second guy. Think of football matches – for a second – as transparent piece of papers with different designs. Now if you take Arsenal’s papers and place them on top of each other you will notice absolutely no difference, simply because the design of all matches is almost identical to each other. Three matches come into mind straight away: West Ham, Bolton and yesterday’s, always the same bloody line-up, the same midfield with no ideas whatsoever and always the same end product.
I think what really sums up this season and Wenger’s decisions is the day-after of the Hull defeat when he promised changes for the Porto match and then … only made one!
No change in tactics
What really is frustrating about the poor set of results is that not only Wenger opted to make no changes when he saw things were not working out but he also made no changes in the tactics. Fair enough, maybe this man believes that if he replaces Denilson – or any other player who he promoted as regular from last season – and whoever replaces him does well, it would be a personal failure. But at least, change the tactics! The last chance of the match came from a hit-and-hope long ball which Eboue directed in the path of Robin who had a shot at goal. I think, that was the only time we went high rather than doing so after the clock was reading 75th minute. All it takes is one lucky bounce of the ball to have a clear shot at goal, so why insist with the same old passing routine, trying to open the defence that way when it just doesn’t work?
Either Wenger is no good anymore or the set of players we have are no good
If you think we deserve to be ranked higher in the table, then unless you think we lacked in luck, you automatically believe that Wenger has failed. On the other hand, if you think this side is so poor that fifth place in the table is a flattering position, then you are automatically wondering why on earth no new signings – despite Arshavin – have been made.
My personal view is that this side can be as good as a fourth place side in the Premiership but changes have to be made. This is what I’ve been saying for months: relegate Song and Denilson on the bench and go for a much more offensive approach. What the hell, we may be exposed in midfield and concede 2 goals but at least we would have enough offensive power to reply to that with three of our own. Needless to add, this won’t happen, our beloved coach just said Denilson will have a key role against Roma.
AS Roma lost important players this weekend through injury so we have to take advantage of that and try to score as many goals as possible at home, conceding as few as possible of course. As for the fourth-place battle in the Premiership, I don’t know what to say, and maybe that’s because I don’t even want to imagine what it would be next season, to play UEFA Cup football.