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Kitson: Arsenal Approach Is Magic

Kitson: Arsenal Approach Is Magic

Dave Kitson, the Reading forward, last night deployed as a lone forward against the Gunners at the Madjeski stadium, has spoken of his admiration for the way this Arsenal team plays the game.

Coming from a Tottenham fan, it cannot have been easy for him to say, but speaking after the match against the Gooners, in which our boys prevailed 3-1 to return to the top of the table, The Guardian reported Kitson's views on Arsene's team:

It is unbelievably difficult playing against them and, to be honest, there wasn't a lot we could have done, they are without doubt the best footballing team on the planet right now. It's absolutely phenomenal stuff. Trying to get near Fábregas, Hleb, Rosicky, it's a tough ask. The thing that amazes you most is they are not just passing to each other. They are passing so that the next person can run on to the ball and, by then, his mind is already made up with what he is going to do next. It is unbelievable.

Fabregas puts his foot on the ball, has a look, sees what he wants to do and then he plays it four yards in front of him to Hleb. He'll turn round, play it another four yards by which time Fabregas has already gone past, and so it goes on. Trying to get near to them and stop it - I'm not saying it can't be done because the team they beat 7-0, Slavia Prague, managed to do it last week - but it is tough. They don't have off days very often.

It's interesting to compare them with Manchester United or Chelsea. What I would say about Arsenal is they are not reliant on one, two, three or even four people. They all kind of chip in even though, against us, they didn't really use their full-backs, simply because they didn't need to. I thought they had another couple of gears to go. It will be close at the end of the season between the three of them but even for a Tottenham fan like me - and to say this is blasphemy - you hope that a team who play as well as Arsenal win something. Their approach is just magic.

They have one major injury in Robin van Persie and they don't even look as if they are missing him. Emmanuel Adebayor plays up front on his own and he is almost like two strikers up there. When Barcelona came in for Henry, Wenger must have seen the fee, looked at Adebayor and thought it was Christmas. He had a player waiting there for his chance and the unbelievable thing is that he probably wouldn't even have to spend the money.

Just looking at Adebayor as a technician and as a football player, that is what every striker should aspire to. He is very right footed but, when you are that good, you don't need your left foot. He is 6ft 5in and you look at him and think: 'How is he doing this?' For his goal, the ball came at him at 100mph and he just cushioned it into the far corner. Then there's Fabregas. It is not even fair that a kid that young can have so much talent. He is world-class already: definitely among the top five players in the league, definitely one of the top players in the world. It's frightening. Wenger must be licking his lips because there is just silverware here on in for Arsenal.

So there you have it.

Spoken from a spurs fan, who's experienced the beauty and deadly potency of Arsenal's play up close and personal. Fair play to Kitson.

Any other spuds wanna pay homage to the team playing the best football on the planet (according to one of your own...)?

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Date:Tuesday November 13 2007
Time: 8:02PM


It's wonderful reading, but there's still a long way to go and I hope the players don't take it too much to heart. Let's just keep knocking out the wins and we'll glory in the praise in May :-)
Little Dutch
13/11/2007 20:15:00
totally agree, LD. One game at a time, and let's not get ahead of ourselves. Credit to the team, nay the squad (angry germans aside...), for they speak, play and think as one, and seem to be very much approaching the season one game at a time, and clearing the test immediately in front of them before focussing on the next hurdle. And that's just the way to do it. It's served us well so far. And as Ade said, it's nice going into the international break top of the pile. It's a good position to resume from. Now we can all nervously hope that none of the guys away on international duty pick up injuries playing for their countries... »»Arsene Knows««
13/11/2007 20:22:00
What's up with reading and redheads?
13/11/2007 20:35:00
help i need some advise,came home from uni to find that my wife had washed my Toure 5 Arsenal shirt.....whats the problem,i hear some of you ask....well i hadnt washed the shirt since the last time we lost a this a bad sign or what????
fran merida
13/11/2007 20:37:00
fran, theoretically speaking, it should be fine, as it wasn't you who washed it! So yo've not broken the unwritten superstition rule. And on a plus note, at least the shirt doesnt need a room all to itself anymore :) »»Arsene Knows««
13/11/2007 20:41:00
must be somethign in the water, Kev. High copper content, maybe? »»Arsene Knows««
13/11/2007 20:41:00
Great team, ***** fans.
13/11/2007 20:47:00
Probably, or they are just on fire. Maybe it's part of a campaign? BE GINGER, GET INTO READING....
13/11/2007 21:05:00
Its true Arsenal are playing some great footie, just a shame its a foreign legion team, which reflects zero, zilch, nada on the uk and england and the local polulation.
Big Cheese
13/11/2007 21:17:00
Some fans (gunnerblog.........ahem!) need to come out and publicly state that they did not believe we would do anything. Is it just me who thonks this?
13/11/2007 21:21:00
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