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Everyone knows why it’s beneficial to press. It gives a team a greater chance of winning the ball higher up the pitch and consequently produces a higher probability of an attempt at goal. Furthermore, it enables a team to have more possession and therefore dictate the game. Pressing is also beneficial from a defensive stand point. It puts pressure on the opposition resulting in their passing (including final balls) becoming more rushed and thus of a lesser quality for the defence to deal with. I’ll make no

It is clear that over the last year or so Wenger has been looking to add more fleet-footed players to the squad in the hope of producing a team more proficient at the counter-attack. This can be seen in the signings of Ryo Miyaichi, Wellington Silva, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho who are more suited to being played out wide on the flanks. It is commonly stated that there is no replacement for raw pace. Yes, defenders can compensate by anticipating play well or using expert positioning. Managers


The calls to change to 4-4-2 are definitely becoming more numerous but why is that? One reasons is that, in the Premier League at least, the 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 is in vogue. The Manchester clubs have raced out of the traps using this formation (albeit different variations of the same shape). The red half have done what Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams have so often done in the past and used their pacy wingers to

I hear a lot of talk about the need for a back up for RVP, complaints about Park and Chamackh, heck even talk about Torres for twenty million quid. All of this is interesting. But, you want to know what I think is interesting? The two goals scored by Vargas on perhaps one of the biggest stages in South American football. Here is a player that knows where the back of the net is, and is able to

 

van Persie to the replacement of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The substitution was made at a time when the team and Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular seemed to have a great deal of momentum. The reasons for the sub appeared unclear at the time and are still a mystery to those other than Arsène Wenger. The boss

Diaby has been the subject of much adulation after his towering performance at Anfield in September. And all of it is justified: the lanky Frenchman was linkman-incarnate against Liverpool, snapping at Sahin’s heels to win the ball, galloping past Gerrard with one telling touch, being a willing body both in attack and defense. Whether it was his hip-swivel and fake to make Suarez look silly, or the wonderfully nonchalant heel-flick to Cazorla when surrounded by the opposition; he was everywhere that Sunday, prompting a Twitter-wide volte-face of opinion among Arsenal fans and doubters. But one of those

Arsenal losing is obviously not an alien concept to any of us. We have an impressively vast portfolio of slipped leads, goals conceded against the run of play, and general variegation in momentum. Basically, if there is a cock, Arsenal have upped it. But this one-two jab to the genitals has hurt more than usual because of the uncharacteristic…toothlessness (I abhor using this word, but nothing

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more