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Vela: Arsenal's True Match Winner Today

Vela: Arsenal's True Match Winner Today

For a good sixty minutes, Arsenal were very, very poor in their play, but once a certain young Mexican striker was introduced to the left wing, Arsenal actually looked like they could win the match. Our first goal scoring chance came immediately after Carlos Vela was introduced, and then we proceeded to go on and create more. His style of play is what this team is in dire need of, and the changing of Diaby for Carlos highlighted this point. Diaby was abysmal in his passing, and he never looked to attack the stingy Bolton defense at any sort of pace. When Vela came in, he looked right away to challenge an inexperienced right back, Chris Basham. Why we never looked to cash in on his inexperience in the first 60 minutes is beyond me.

I give my congratulations to Bendtner, who was successful in brushing off a destitute first few minutes on the pitch, but I maintain that if Vela was not introduced when and where he was, then we would still be looking at a 5 point gap between us and Aston Villa. Well done Vela!

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Saturday January 10 2009
Time: 5:08PM


Nasri in the middle alongside Denilson with Arshavin on the wing with either Vela or Eboue on the other (left/right side) is the way forward for us this season. I would also like to see a central defender signed because I am still unsure of Djourou and Toure. But it is not vital.
10/01/2009 17:24:00
I agree with Tom with regard to the midfield, but I have to say our better defensive performances this year have come with Djourou in the side.
10/01/2009 17:34:00
I agree, but I am still not sure that he is the guy that will deal with everything thrown at us.
10/01/2009 17:41:00
He's good in the air though. With his strength and Toure's pace, they could be a good partnership in time.
10/01/2009 17:43:00
Speaking purely on form, I wouldn't mind starting with Vela on the left now, Nasri in the middle alongside Den, Eboue on the right, Diaby either in the hole when we play with one striker or on the bench when we have two strikers. Bottomline, I'd rather start Carlos than Diaby (he hasn't been good except when he's in the hole, where Nasri also shines though).
10/01/2009 17:53:00
Id do that too Lou, but Arshavin would be in the side of course.
10/01/2009 18:00:00
You could really see Arshaving making a big impact on this side. We're in dire need of something different creatively and someone who can be direct (with skill). For me, Nasri is wasted on the wing and he has to start playing more centrally, certainly in Cesc's absence.
10/01/2009 18:22:00
The big question is - can we play with Vela and Arshavin on the wings or does Eboue have to play on one, thus playing Arshavin on the left. That is if we sign Arshavin!
10/01/2009 18:27:00
Vela will probably be more of a striker because of his awesome finishing ability. We used to play with a midfield of Rosicky-Cesc-Flamini-Hleb - so three quite attack-minded players. i guess we could play with Vela/Arshavin/Nasri/Walcott on the wings but we'd need a Flamini/Gilberto type midfielder alongside.
10/01/2009 18:38:00
Thats what Denilson is. Hleb and Rosicky are more defensive than Arshavin or Vela so the problem would be there, not in the middle. Den is doing a perfectly fine job that is comparable to Gilberto or Flamini.
10/01/2009 18:42:00
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