Arsenal vs Blackpool Preview and Team News

August 20, 2010

So to the first game at The Emirates, red and white vs the orange. After Blackpool’s flying start last week they would be hoping to get something from this match. Arsenal on the other hand would be hoping to get the three points they missed on last week. Read the rest of this entry »


Liverpool vs Arsenal: Player Ratings

August 17, 2010

It seems that we haven’t yet eliminated the problems we had last season. And for all the talk and belief that this season is ours, performance like this doesn’t help.

We always have most of the possession but create very little or of no effect going forward. Why are we at a loss of what to do in the final third of the field? Why do we have to make things complicated? Why are we shy to take the initiative? And why the hell do we need to pass near our danger area?  Just clear the ball. I won’t mention the keeper! Read the rest of this entry »


Liverpool 1 – 1 Arsenal: Match Report

August 15, 2010

Liverpool 1 (Ngog 46’)

Arsenal 1 (Reina OG 90+) 

The first match of the season for Arsenal ended in a one all draw with both Liverpool and Arsenal ending up with 10 men. Read the rest of this entry »


Liverpool vs Arsenal: Match Preview

August 14, 2010

The first match of the season for Arsenal is against the Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool. The last season failures will have been put behind by Gerrard and company and they would be ready to reclaim their lost glory this season. Arsenal will not have it easy and they will need to dig in to get a result. Read the rest of this entry »


Is Wenger in a Fix?

August 13, 2010

Arsenal FC has not won any silverware since the FA cup of 2005, and Wenger will be hoping that this season the boys deliver something. With plenty of options available up front and in midfield, Wenger will be in a fix and have difficulty in selection of team and formation. Though many of Arsenal failures are due to individual lapses of concentration and errors, still the right formation and team selection can do wonders.

4-3-3 Formation:

The first option is to stick with the 4-3-3 formation. Last season Arsenal used the formation to greater effect. It was very pleasing to watch and they scored plenty of goals in the first half, though some defensive deficiencies were present.

Pros:  Upfront in the role of a lone striker, Van Persie excelled last season till he was injured. Even Bendtner played better as a lone striker than when on the wings. Chamakh, we have seen also is effective as a centre forward. With this formation, Arshavin, Rosicky, Nasri and Walcott have more room to play. It also gives a freer roaming role to Fabregas and it brought out the best in him last season. The full backs also come more into play and as a result more scoring opportunities are created. Players like Wilshere, Frimpong and Diaby will excel in this formation.

Cons:  If we are to keep this formation than one of Chamakh and Van Persie would have to be played out of position if both are employed at the same time. Nasri is also played out of position on the wings. We saw what he can do in the central role last season in the match against Porto in Champions League. This also leaves some very wide gaps in midfield and if the team loses the ball upfront, swift counter attacks are very damaging as happened in the matches against Manutd and Chelsea last season. The defensive midfielder needs to be on his heels all the time to protect the defence as margin of error is very less and a slight mistake can be devastating.

4-2-2 Formation:

The second option is to go back to 4-2-2 formation.

Pros:  With Chamakh and Van Persie teaming up in front, we are sure to see plenty of goals. Chamakh can hold the ball well and if deployed just behind Van Persie the effect can be lethal. It makes the midfield more packed up and the counter attacks can be nullified more easily.

Cons:  With this formation, Wenger will have hard time in selecting the midfield. Fabregas won’t have the freedom to move freely as he would need to support the defence as well. Players like Diaby, Denilson and Wilshere will have to be played more to have a balance between attack and defence and as a result Fabregas would have to be played out of position on the right. The wider players will also need to be constantly on the alert.

Verdict:

I think that we should keep the 4-3-3 formation and play a lone striker and if Van Persie and Chamakh both play, Van Persie can be utilized on the wings. In midfield, two should be stationed behind Fabregas or anyone played in the playmaker role for shielding the defenders so that the playmaker has freedom of play. Two defensive midfielders would let the wingers to have more opportunity to come infield and the full backs would provide the necessary width. For this  formation to work better than last season, Arsenal will need to press and defend as a team more efficiently.

Whatever Wenger chooses, he would need to quickly find the right formation and balance for any chance to deliver a trophy this season.


Opinion About the Arsenal Team

August 12, 2010

With just two days left to the start of the new EPL season, Arsenal is still short of squad members in certain areas. Till now we have signed a couple of players but a few have left us, leaving the team weak, mainly in defence.  The new signings look promising along with the team from the preseason games but many would feel that the problems from last season have not been solved. Here is what i feel about the team. Read the rest of this entry »


First post!

August 12, 2010

My first post of many to follow. Just to get things going…..