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Arsenal Writer Hangout

On Sunday evening I got together with some of the better known Arsenal bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic for a Google hangout, in association with Danny Karbasiyoon's new site Soccer Without Limits.

I joined @Arseblog, @TheGoonerholic, @YankeeGunner, @YouAreMyArsenal, @TheArsenal_ ably compered by @SianyMacalarny, we talked Villa, Bayern Munich, Szczesny, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere's captaincy potential, the Arsenal defence and the areas where we would like to see Arsenal strengthen.

The video was uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here should you so wish.

Next week's Spurs match report will also take on a slightly different flavour, so stay tuned for that next Sunday night. Ya dig?




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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 24 2013

Time: 9:12PM

Your Comments

This really is excellent stuff. Forget watching guff like Goals On Sunday, proper punditry right here.
Rocky7
In massive agreement with Tim's opinions on Chesney. 100% bang on.
Rocky7
Szczesny is a top class keeper. The biggest gift any keeper can have is the ability to forget their mistakes. So far he seems to show that ability. I can see the value of having an old hand in the background (Schwarzer is out of contract in the summer) but I'm not sure that he's in need of a mentor. Isn't that what we have a goal keeping coach for? I got dug out by a few for reckoning that Szczesny should have saved Tiote's shot from distance in the 4-4 at Newcastle a while back but before and since he's got caught out by shots from distance. It seems to be something to do with how he plants his feet as he seems to fall towards the ball rather than shift his feet to get more into line. Nothing a good coach or mentor shouldn't be able to sort.
Amos.
Football talk is always seems much more civil and considered when you can chat face-to-face than it does reading words in a comment box.
Amos.
I think Amos may have something there. Regarding Szczesny's dealing with shots from distance. That has always bothered me as well. Shots from distance are expected to be bread and butter stuff for Keepers with such good height so it was disappointing to see us concede again from that Villa goal. The keeper coach must have seen this and should be correcting whatever it is in Szczesny's current style that is a 'defect'.
Naijagunner
That's a good point re: Szczesny's footwork. I'm thinking of Kyle Walker's goal for Spurs last year too. But yes, I think Szczesny's "deficiencies" such as they are, are very workable. As I understand it, the issue around the GK coach is, or at least was, a bit odd. Gerry Peyton effectively went part time for a while and part of the deal when we tried to bring Schwarzer in was for him to be a player / coach to offset Peyton's reduced role. (We brought Mart Poom in to job share with him). I have to say, I'm not sure if that's still the case.
Little Dutch
They also have Tony Roberts working with the first team alongside Gerry Peyton both as first team as goalkeeping coaches - at least that's as the Arsenal site tells it.
Amos.
I beieve Roberts works primarily with the U-21s, he's certainly in the dugout for their games (he actually sat on the bench for them earlier this season due to an injury crisis). But I'm guessing the keepers work together quite closely anyway.
Little Dutch
According to Arsenal.com Roberts stepped up to work with the first team in 2010/2011 but I guess there must be some division of responsibilities as supposedly we don't have more than 7 keepers in total.
Amos.
If It is, indeed, something to do with his footwork, could it be that taller keepers have similar deficiencies? I have seen VDS let in some long rangers for United while Cech hasn't fared better at times. But for every VDS, you have a Krul who has proven hard or near on impossible to beat from distance. The Athletico Madrid keeper on loan from Chelsea is another who just makes stopping long range shots look easy.
Naijagunner
LD, taking one of the issues discussed on the 'hangout', I really feel in addition to a true DM, we need a striker with a good 1st touch, confident dribbling, intelligent running and able to hold up play with more assurance. Giroud has a presence in the box and may improve next season, but he does let himself down with his 1st touch at times and tends to dribble himself into trouble, when a lay off to team mates will suffice. One of the bloggers said Suarez. Now, that is a striker we could use; of course, Liverpool is unlikely to sell to a domestic rival.
Naijagunner
 

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