It might be a stretch to reuse the headline 'Arsenal win the world cup' as only 1/3 (1/4???) of our Germans started the final and none of them had a direct hand in the winning goal. Nevertheless I was certainly cheering for the Europeans last night due to the Arsenal connection.
Mesut Özil had a good game I thought. His ability to pick out the right pass in a crowded penalty box is remarkable and it's little wonder he manages to rack up so many key passes every season. Watching him made me yearn to watch the Arsenal once more. A quick word on the winners. You'd be hard pushed to name a more deserving winner this year, I must say I've developed somewhat of a liking to this German team.
While Brazil were totally pants in the semi final I watched the Germans attack and felt a warmness in my stomach watching them craft another opening. It struck me how deliberate every attack is. I began to see patterns emerge when they surged forward. Full backs overlapping creative players in the way Cole and Pires once did down our left, give and go's to enter the opposition penalty area but what stood out for me the most was the way the Germans always looked for a better placed team mate in the penalty box. That is an Arsene Wenger trait if I've ever seen one. They don't just cross aimless crosses into the box, they want to pass the ball until they create the best goal scoring opportunity.
Germany play the way I'd imagine Arsene wants Arsenal to play, this becomes even more evident when you take note of our recent transfer policy. Basically buying all the Germans. Podolski, Mertesacker and Özil have been signed all within three years and if reports are to be believed then a fourth is only around the corner. Sami Khedira wasn't the type of midfielder I had in mind when trying to predict an Arsene Wenger target in that position but maybe Arsene Wenger has plans to adapt our system, not necessarily in terms of formation but the roles of the individual players.
There was a noticeable switch to how we approached the second half of the season compared to the first. We were very defensive and cagey at the start of the season. We dug in and collected many victories together but we had lost our identity. We had lost our sparkle going forward. I suspect that most will not care how we play as long as we win and I'd agree with that in the big games, especially away from home but I for one, felt a little strange watching Arsenal Chelseafy a game against lower opposition. You get the feeling that Arsene wasn't too comfortable with it all either.
Towards the end of the season we went back to our high line and started to take the game to teams. Unfortunately this came at a time where we had injuries to key offensive personnel and our confidence had taken a bit of a hammering.
Maybe the signing of Sanchez who fights to win the ball back when his team do not have it and (potentially) Sami Khedira who isn't a sitter but more of a Flamini type, a tough tackling high energy player who would also fit into a forward pressing team rather than a parking the bus type.
Then there is Debuchy who has more end product in the final third than the former incumbent of the right back slot.
Who knows, I am just throwing it out there we will only get a glimpse of any tactical adjustments during the pre season matches where Arsene will want his team implementing the new tactical plans.
Either way it is all very exciting don't you think?
In other news Jack Wilshere has been snapped smoking and drinking whilst on holiday with Joe Hart and his buddies. As a professional I don't think he should be doing that but to be honest, I'm not sure I care too much to be honest. He needs to mature and that will come with time.
Lastly rumours have it that Arsene Wenger is ready to sort out Fabianski's replacement by securing the services of Colombian keeper David Ospina for €4 million. Seems pretty cheap for a 25 year old international. We'll see how it all unfolds I guess.
'till the next time.