Date:Tuesday August 29 2006
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.
Date:Tuesday August 29 2006
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