Date:Monday October 3 2011
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 ů 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 ů. 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.
Date:Monday October 3 2011
Lies, Dammed Lies, and Statistics (Tuesday December 17 2013)
Arsenal To Face Bayern Munich In Champions League (Monday December 16 2013)
5 Things We Learned This Weekend (Sunday December 15 2013)
Team News: Man City vs Arsenal (Saturday December 14 2013)
Three Reasons Arsenal WILL Win The Premier Title (Friday December 13 2013)
Scout Report: Manchester City (Thursday December 12 2013)
Arsenal Qualify But a Tough Draw Awaits (Thursday December 12 2013)
Vital Arsenal Match Reporter Wanted (Thursday December 12 2013)
Match Discussion - Manchester City (a) (Thursday December 12 2013)
Stats: Napoli v Arsenal (Thursday December 12 2013)
|4. Man City||16||10||2||4||+29||32|
|It's Good To Talk!
╗ Cardiff : 18/12/2013 14:10:00
|Stat Attack - Sunderland (a) Capital One Cup
╗ Chelsea : 18/12/2013 13:05:00
|A Level Playing Field!
╗ Chelsea : 18/12/2013 13:04:00
|Powell Loan Update!
╗ Man Utd : 18/12/2013 13:01:00
|Carrick Set for Boxing Day Return!
╗ Man Utd : 18/12/2013 13:00:00
|Stoke v United Preview
╗ Man Utd : 18/12/2013 12:59:00
|Spurs v West Ham Preview (COC)
╗ West Ham : 18/12/2013 12:56:00