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Wenger Remains Faithful To Football

Since Arsene Wenger took charge of the Gunners almost 10 years ago, we Gooners have been priviledged to witness some of the most beautiful and breath taking football this country, no, the world has ever seen.

However Arsenal's somewhat rocky start to the season has led to questions being asked, but Wenger will not be deterred in his pursuit of the ultimate footballing side.

The only part of Arsenal's game that has been lacking so far this term is their inability to convert their chances. Infact we have probably had more scoring opportunities than any other side in the league yet it is most likely we have netted the least amount of times.

Mr Wenger (along with Tomas Rosicky) refuses to panic and believes our wonderful style of football will click into gear and our season will begin very soon.

'We play the football that suits us. When you make the first mistake and you go 1-0 down, it is difficult to be clinical.

'It is the type of game that we would win if we were ready - but (Manchester City) fought very well and you cannot criticise their style.

'They were direct, but it is not a reproach, (because) they won. We play the game we do because it is the most efficient one to play.

'The trouble is that when we lose a game everybody says 'why do you not want to kick the ball forward? We believe in our kind of game.'

'In (Alexander) Hleb, (Tomas) Rosicky, (Thierry) Henry and (Robin) van Persie, we have the type of players who need the ball to be played on the ground.'

Wenger is often critisised for being stubborn by nature and refusing to alter tactics to suit each different game, but if he'd abandonned his philosophies would we have seen Wenger do the double in his first full season? Could he have gone a full season unbeaten? Go a record 49 games without a loss? Score in over 50 consecutive matches? Consistently play scintillating football that the rest of the league can only dream of?

I doubt it.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 29 2006

Time: 11:06AM

Your Comments

arsenal have always played great football a joy to watch, i cant see it changing yet. best of luck for the rest of the season
green giant 12
Arsenal have played just two games , i know each and every point is important in EPL .You can't say that Arsenal are not at their near best on the basis of just two games. In last two games Arsenal played good football but they were not sharp enough to convert chances into goals .Espiacally in last match against Man city ,Henry had 3 to 4 chances in first half which he could have converted into goals if he had been more sharper than he was in that match. So i'm sure with 2 weeks gap we are going to Arsenal at their best which we are used to see from so many years
Anjana
When it clicks into gear it's unstoppable. We've got a new team who are still finding out about each other and it will take a while to fully explode. Fast one touch movement will beat any team, even if they've got eleven behind the ball, there are signs of it sporadically appearing in every game, but as the team get wiser it will appear more consistently.
Little Dutch
I'm not panicking, but a bit concerned. I hope it begins sooner rather than later.
And yes, when it clicks, it's orgasmic. Can you imagine what would have been if we'd converted our chances? 4-1 against Villa, 5 or 6-0 against Citeh.
Gaga
It's nice to see supporters think like their coach -- you like to watch.
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