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For The Love Of God ...... WAKE UP!

For The Love Of God ...... WAKE UP!

I`ve been thinking of writing this for the last few weeks, but now definitely is the time.

We need to wake up, and we need to do it fast.

You can switch on a football program any day of the week and find some former Gooner talking about how we don`t do enough without the ball. Not working nor pressing hard enough.

Each time over the previous years we`ve been whooped by Barcelona (and even the time we beat them) one of the most impressive things about their team was not their passing game that was even superior to ours when we were in our pomp, but just how hard they work in pressing us when we had the ball. The tackled and harried us into making mistakes time after time.

You don`t need to be a great footballer to do that, just be very fit and have a little tactical nous. Anyone can accomplish it, so why don`t we try more?

But I digress.

Whilst I agree with the people saying we need to work harder with out the ball, I think what we need to work equally hard on is work hard when the ball isn`t even in play.

I`m not sure what we`re taught in training, but it appears as though our players use the periods when it`s a dead ball situation to have a breather, to relax and generally mill around a bit, but one of the most important things in football is to be switched on when the ball goes out of play.

Too many times yesterday (and about a million times against Olympiacos) our players turned their backs on the ball the second it went off the pitch and completely forgot about it.

It was exactly that kind of situation yesterday that led to Tottenham`s second goal. Aaron Ramsey failed to track the Spurs man (despite Arteta yelling at him to do so) and it all went down hill from there.

Corners, throw-ins, free kicks, we just switch off, and it`s unacceptable … or at least it should be.

All the great players over the years are switched on 100% of the time, Henry, Bergkamp, Zola, Giggs, Scholes, Cantona, Wright …. They were always looking for that quick advantage to catch the other team unawares, but it seems as though it`s a dying art in N5.

We don`t practise being quick on the ball from set pieces and throw-in, and we certainly don`t bother when we`re looking to defend them.

Our current squad is lacking something, that`s not their fault, they are paid to do a job by the club, and whether they are good enough or not they can only try their best, but switching on and playing smart doesn`t have anything to do with footballing talent, it`s just plain common sense, a common sense we appear to be lacking.

If we don`t switch on soon we`re going to be in deep trouble.

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday October 3 2011
Time: 10:35AM

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Ha, yeah, here's a novel idea Arsene - this isn't working. The players aren't drilled in the art of not ******** up, that's plain as day, we don't have very good creative options to compete at the top level, there is NO leadership whatsoever, no responsibility be it collective or individual level throughout the team, this is ALL down to Wenger, he has refused to admit that things have been heading this way for a fair few years now, the chickens really are coming home to roost. Moving to the Emirates appears effin pointless.
shewore
03/10/2011 11:02:00
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Tottenham fans - If you want to take the ***** (and I don't blame you) please do it on the match day thread, that's what it's there for. Thank you.
Rocky7
03/10/2011 11:25:00
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Some of the stuff is really ***** poor, not something you'd associate with a Premiership level club. Both goals on Sunday were results of switching off, and a few more events (Per & Song letting the ball bounce nicely for Bale to take a shot and narrowly miss, letting Parker run through early on). All we need is a sign that things are likely to change, and I think the fans will be patient with that process. I just don't see any hint of that.
prits
03/10/2011 11:36:00
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Stop moaning whinging people
HISHIGHNESS
03/10/2011 11:44:00
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It comes down to a simple question. Is the manager not telling them to do it? Or is he telling them and they're just not listening? Neither one is good news unfortunately.
Little Dutch
03/10/2011 12:01:00
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The latter, judging by his body language during games in my opinion
shewore
03/10/2011 12:11:00
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I didn't come here to gloat rocky, so I hope you don't mind me pointing out some technical faults I think Arsenal have. After watching you for the last few weeks, I think the main thing that's letting you down is, your players are not very good at playing football. I hope this helps. X
liamyid
03/10/2011 12:23:00
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I don't like Adebayour. No one at City does but we wouldn't sing that. You lot are horrible.
SkyBlueSuedeShoes
03/10/2011 12:28:00
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LD, if it is the latter, then surely, fault for that also lies with the manager, since the personnel have changed significantly over the past 3-4 seasons. If he cannot get through simple messages about playing football, then the time has come to ask - whether he can get back what he has lost a coaching perspective?
prits
03/10/2011 12:39:00
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On a more serious note, I wonder how the families of the people killed in the Togo bus shooting are feeling today after reading what your disgraceful fans where singing? There's lines you can and can't cross, maybe we over step it with calling wenger a nonce, or Manu's mum a whore but you took it way to far and I hope your ashamed of your 'fans' along with the Leeds abs united fans from last week!
liamyid
03/10/2011 12:45:00
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