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Wenger Wages War On Anti-Football

This afternoon Arsene Wenger issued a spine tingling war cry and urged his red and white army to punish teams who attempt to spoil our beautiful game.

The theories and thoughts brought to the fore in his statement got me as excited as a Spurs fan in the UEFA cup, indeed just reading what he has to say fills me with plenty of optomism for the rest of the season.

'I feel it is always difficult to get people through the gates and it is easy to get them out," he said. "I respect the fact that 60,000 people turn up. It is a mass and you have to give them a reason to come to the game.

"I do not have any reproach to make to Everton for the way they played and their tactics. In fact it should give us more comfort. But, at the same time, we have to be strong enough to deal with that problem.

"When you love football, [this situation] has to double our resolute attitude to punish teams who refuse to play. On Saturday we got a bit frustrated that the goal did not come as quickly as we wanted. We have to find a way to strengthen our determination, then to find resources to punish these teams.

"We need to try to make our offensive game more efficient and, at the same time, stop other teams scoring. We did the same the thing against Aston Villa, conceding from an early corner, so we have to look at what we can improve. There is always enough space on a football pitch to be dangerous and creative if you move well.

"It is down to teams to be forced to attack and, if you score first, they will come out."

Arsenal and it's fans have been accused of whinging about the effects of negative football, but this is fighting talk.

Lets see how fired up Mr. Wenger can get his troops, starting tonight.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 1 2006

Time: 2:10PM

Your Comments

Ultimately your opponent has a responsibility to his team to get a result. In many ways the excessive money in the game has made the point more important than the performance. Unfortunately there is little than can be done, without starting to meddle with the rules that will ultimately ruin the game. I guess its all about the home side getting an early goal and forcing the opponents to play. I would be in favour of a bonus point for a certain number of goals scored, or more importantly if teams are level in the league table, away goals count for double in the final reckoning. This might encourage the away side to at least look for a goal.
Sir_Harry
Rocky, it was also very interesting to see how pro technology Wenger is in the press today, maybe you could write something up on that.
Westl
Was it in the express? :P
Rocky7
People are always pro-technology when decisions go against them, and against it when decisions go in their favour. I think the only real use would come in goal line technology. Stopping the game to review video technology will make the sport as fast flowing as American Football, and I am sure that every genuine football fan would accept the odd duff decision to avoid that.
Sir_Harry
Arsene Wenger has always been protechnology, even suggesting that it could be used to cut out diving when we had Pires & Reyes in the team. Wenger's latest idea would be that each manager can contest 3 decisions in a game and have the situatiuon resolved by a replay. Not a bad suggestion is it?
Rocky7
Its such a precocious issue, I am all for sexy football and at the moment there is no one better than Arsenal, credit where its due. But in this current footballing climate, results are ever so important. What is a manager to do? Send his team out for what is likely to be a mass slaughtering against a better footballing team, or ask his players to play to their strengths in order to actually take something from the game? Put yourselves in our position. What would you do?
toffeetower
If you find it entertaining and enjoy your football then I can't find anything wrong, from you perspective, but I love watching exciting football, and this current trend is killing it. I blame Sam Allardyce.
Rocky7
Don't forget George Graham.
HATEtheGOONS
As far as tech goes, goals, offside and last man to touch the ball. Then, one or 2 appeals per game for other. The main thing is that everything is so fast, especially here, that no-one can get it right all of the time. This leads to players cheating to get the edge. If we could help eliminate that in the game it would flow better and we, the fans, would benefit.
Westl
Players should be retrospectively banned if the ref does nothing on the pitch. I'd also like to see an automatic yellow applied for trying to get someone booked. I can see technology used for the ball over the line, but the problem is, if a goal is disallowed for offside and the decision was wrong, the other side can say we stopped at the whistle? I think linesmen should be suspended if they make obvious errors, or are so unathletic to get into proper position. Maybe the linesmen can be in constact contact with video officials that if they mistakenly wave for offside they can then drop their flag. I'd also like to see groundkeepers forced to cut the grass so that there are clear changes in colour tone, which may help the officials. However the game is a fast flowing game and I am concerned about things like appeals etc which are the slippery slope to the stop-start type of game which is gridiron
Sir_Harry
so far this punsihing teams for trying to wreck our beautiful game has only worked once and that was againsty newly promted side reading, it just makes you wonder if we are really trying this season !!!
red_chattey
 

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