Tuesday, 21 February 2012
HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD - ON ARSENAL!
A really great letter from my good friend in Western Australia, Dave Todd of David Todd Photography
What is happening?? Major problems.
In the last week I have been on many ‘Arsenal blog sites’ just looking for something positive, but everyone is so annoyed & frustrated.
For me it seems Wenger & the players on the pitch all have a similar mindset.
When a player gets tapped it’s all handbags and complaining. Get on with it. How many times does one of our midfielders stop play & shout when a tackle is made?
Every person in the land can see how Arsenal currently play, it is so telegraphed & predictable, goalie to centre back to full back , back and forth side to side. Yes we always have 60-70% of possession which amounts to stuff all if we don’t score a goal. Other teams love to give us all this possession, then they pick us off. We are too one dimensional, very little midfield imagination, we are still trying to thread the ball along the floor through six defenders at RVP’s feet.
We should play balls into spaces & let Walcott & Chamberlain & co run on to them, not play it to their feet whilst surrounded by two players, where they then have to play it back and the whole predictable cycle carries on side to side blah blah blah…………….
Surely Wenger & co can see this being played out each week, surely he records the game and shows the players afterwards in the team talk?
Walcott’s frustration is that Wenger gets him to sit on the touchline all game, but when given the ball he is pinned to the line, he is better when he is allowed to cut in. If I as a 63 year old aging photographer & half the world can see this why can’t Wenger?
Wenger’s job as coach has definitely got to change this style of play. We are far far too slow out of defence, we give opposition too much time to get back,. How many times does Rosicky go round in circles like a pirouetting ballerina getting absolutely nowhere.
Message to all players 20 yards out if you see HALF a chance have a shot on goal………..there’s a good chance of a deflection/loose ball etc. We cannot always try to find the perfect pass every time, we are not Barcelona et all.
WENGER SHOULD INSTRUCT THE TEAM THAT EVERY SINGLE PLAYER (exc goalie) WITHIN THE 90 MINS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE ATTEMPT ON GOAL AND FINE EACH PLAYER $5000 PER GAME IF THEY DONT. ……AMEN.
I believe Wenger should stay until the end of the season then move on, who can replace him that is the big question as most know that the Arsenal board do not spend freely enough.
On a good note, in Perth we are fortunate to receive every single Premiership game played shown live via Fox/Sky. Press the keypad to select a game. All games are also aired over the next three days.
Aussie time is eight hours ahead of UK, and I watch every game live so bear a thought for us over here staying up till 1.15am to 3.15am to watch the Sunderland 5.15pm kick off………...and 3.45am to 5.45am to watch the Milan evening kick off! Wouldn’t mind so much if we got a result.
I have a very good photographer friend in UK who lives in Milton Keynes who I used to go to midweek games at Highbury many moons ago, he is a lifelong fan and corresponds a lot about Arsenal,, his name is Robert Bluffield, he’s our age would love to hear your Arsenal comments firstname.lastname@example.org