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Written by Joe Carbonuk on Monday, 03 December 2012 00:21

Mean Lean's Intro

If we want to win Premier League multiples of trophies then we really need to keep hold of our squad, once that is done then I am convinced that we will start to see vast improvements.

Our chances currently are not very high but we have a good spine at the club, a spine of youngsters that can grow together. This time I believe they will stick around. Well that is the hope.

As you can see from the Champions League bets not many are routing for us, but it does not take much to change that. Well over to Joe to give his take on the Arsenal.

It's rubbish isn't it, being here again after the turmoil of last season? I had better hopes for this campaign I must say, even with the loss of our talisman striker.  I wonder, as I suspect many of you have too, why we find ourselves in this position again.

Individually, I think we have some of the best players in the league but I cannot understand why they look so average in certain games. The season started with so much promise too, clean sheets, defensive organisation, even scoring from corners.
Are we suffering from obsolete tactics - strategies that we adopted for players who have since moved to other clubs? I would argue that we definitely need a plan B in some cases.  Our passing is not as fast and intricate as it used to be and positionally we are more static, we also seem to be slower on the counter attack too.  A formation change might just do the trick as it did for Wigan last season, but I cannot see Arsene changing at this stage.

Has Wenger lost his way? I sincerely hope not but there are signs that things are not going according to plan. I will certainly not be writing him off yet though.  I think we need to give him a few more seasons before we can make a clear judgement on this. He has done a remarkable job keeping us in the top 4 every season since the move to the emirates and we are just emerging from that financial handicap now. It will be interesting to see how he evolves in this new landscape and I sincerely hope he achieves glory with Arsenal once more, I want him to leave us on a high note as I think he deserves that at least.

I think it is important for us to remember that ultimately, Arsenal is a business, whether we like it or not. Businesses operate for a single purpose which is of course to make as much money as possible. That does not mean however that those who operate the club cannot share the same interests as us fans. We want to see the club win trophies and that is surely also in the board's interests too, as a successful team is far more valuable and marketable than one that languishes in the realm of mediocrity. So I don't buy the argument that this board lack ambition.

As I touched upon earlier, we are emerging from a period of being financially constrained as a result of the stadium move and that was such a brave decision to take. It was managed very well even in the wake of a severe credit crisis and recession. The board will look too secure the club's future financially before being willing to make luxury signings and that is both sensible and wise.

Looking at the bigger picture for a moment, whatever the outcome of this season, Arsenal football club is in a very strong position compared to the majority of other clubs in Europe and around the world, and our time for glory will undoubtedly come once more.
Ultimately, we as fans have no control over how the club is run, who manages the team and which players are bought. All we can do is to cheer on the 11 men in red and white and remind them of what Arsenal really is and what it means to us.

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Comments (8)

  • Chakabelli da Gunner  - D problem is 4rm da bench
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    Arsene needs to switch tactics and play to d strenght of d players he has available. I think he should think of playing Santi 4rm d wing and play Ramsey/Rosicky AMF.it would allow him take on players and wipe in d crosses. In january a proper holding mid should come in and Mikel Arteta can alternate as AMF or CMF as d case might be. The team just needs slight tweaks and will be firing on all cylinders again. Santos shd also be given more time on d LF position,he is talented,beats players and wipes in d crosses. We need to approach each game with a game plan and tactics and stop been so predictable. The players we have are not bad,they are just been used properly
  • 'desi'gner gooner  - very well put Joe and one of the reasons....
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    Nicely written Article Joe. As you said very correctly at the end - "all we can do is cheer the 11 men in red & white..." That is exactly what supporters ought to do when the chips are down. I just don't understand half-time boos or even full-time ones for that matter!!!

    I know Wengerball has spoilt us silly in terms of us being addicted to a very high technical level of football and it is indeed 'hard to put a finger on' as to why exactly we aren't getting the flowing football given the quality of players at our disposal.
    Last season we saw our attacking sharpness go blunt when we didn't have our full backs playing. This season - our slump coincided with the interlull and the injury to Kieran Gibbs who I must say was in the form of his life before his injury. IMHO that is where we have lost the cutting edge again.
    Poldi and Gibbs were forming a lethal combo on the left wing and almost all our creativity happened on that side in the early part of the season. Gibbs got injured and Poldi all of a sudden looked toothless. At the same time the right wing got tweaked with the injury to AOC. In the early part of the season the Ox and Jenks were consistent on the right wing without being exceptionally creative. But the combination overall was working very well for us. The injuries to Gibbs and Ox hampered both wings.
    We would be lethal if we had Sagna-Theo on the right wing and Gibbs-Poldi on the left. Our centre is absolutely fantastic with Arteta, Cazorla & Wilshere. It looks even more menacing with the return of the little mozart....Unfortunately I don't think those four have ever played together this season(if I remember correctly...)We could be even better if Gervinho finds some consistency. He was brilliant in the begining but has again become his inconsistent self since his return. Although to be fair to him - he hasn't played too many games since his return. Andre Santos could also be used in the left-wing position which could free up Poldi in a central role and might give Giroud rest via rotation.
    All I can say is that this squad has plenty of potential and especially a scope of changing roles instead of specific ones - something Arsene loves to do and once we get some consistency going - I think we will find our mojo.....
    Can't wait for Wengerball to click once again....
  • paspartu
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    Every man and his dog is sticking the knife in! old players old managers the next door neighbours dog, the postman, the vicar, the bank manager, and my missus ...Jesus!! and him as well!! If all these morons feel so strongley about Arsenal then start a consortium and borrow the money from the banks or wherever and buy the club! and try to run it the way you jerks want ..and see how you go! The owners can do what they want ..Hello people! they purchased the club and have put it in a very strong financial position and only 2 points off forth place. People fail to realise that the owners at Arsenal are real business minded and that making a profit comes before winning a cup .Other clubs invest huge amounts of money to win mediocre cups losing huge amounts in the process just for the glory and prestige Arsenal do it the other way round and are very very successful at it ..but the downside is starting to emerge that the board dont care if they win anything at all as long as Arsen puts them in a money making position either on selling a player or getting to the CL ...



    You gotta admire their plan, its worked for years, what would you do if you were the owners ...I BET THE SAME!!! thats what a business is there for TO MAKE A PROFIT. So get used to it because they are not going to change a winning formula ...Just like Roman at Chelski he sacks managers like going to the toilet but it has given him success over time ..just look at his record when he first came in. Same mentality different formula. SO STOP BITCHING YOU MORONS and get behind the Club or find another club.
  • MeanLean
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    Paspartu,

    Here you go..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arsenal_league_positions_1947- 2012.png
  • paspartu
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    thank you ml,

    well noted. its amazing how people forget so easily what this manager has done for this club. last year everybody was screaming foul and they got their replies in the end. did they learn? no again this season they still complain....

    i know you visit aclf..zimpaul is spot on. and i also blame the internet and blogging culture which gives every idiot the impression that he can JUDGE and form public opinion on things they have no knowledge experience authority and responsibility via comments and general anonymous abuse towards people who actually work for the good of our club on and off the pitch.

    the manner wenger is being attacked is prime example of english cuntery..sorry if it sounds bad but its true...too many in thi sland would love to see him walk out and call him a failure..i guess the 26.12.00 hurt a lot....bitter pill to swallow ... :wink:
  • Gunners7  - Big matches
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    i believe we've improved defensively so far as this season is concern. Not reminding fans here about the humiliation the went through against Manchester city, how come ARSENAL defense in the big games lack composure and maturity?

    To me i can sense that the entire season will definitely come with an awesome package which every member of the cult will have an inner feeling to be a part of our darling club. Wenger should at least get a good finisher and a goal poacher to convert all the chances Giroud has been missing.
  • Steve  - Let the Men have AFC's LADIES Manager PLEASE!!
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    Winger has NO tangible answer to Liverpool’s 5-1 victory. No more than Wenger has had had any REAL answers to our defeats with Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd. Winger scolded Mourinho for selling Mata to Man Utd, yet he sold RVP to Man Utd when he could have gone abroad for £3.5 million less. He bought Uzil and only having possession of the ball 4 times in the 1st half of the Iverpool age is APPALLING and a DISGRACE. It seems like Arsenal’s Govenor’s want to keep Wenger for the next 10 years, but how EMBARRASSING must it be for Wenger when he walks past the Trophy cabinets and on the left hand side are the Men’s EMPTY cabinets but on the right are the Ladies teams cabinets with 23 trophies in 11 years, with 7 AFC Ladies in the England Squad…?!! Move Wenger upstairs as Finance Director..as he’s so good at juggling finance figures by selling off our best players and replacing them with sub-standards players..and let’s have the AFC’s Ladies Manager manage the Men!
  • Steve
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    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Winger has NO tangible answer to Liverpool’s 5-1 victory. No more than Wenger has had had any REAL answers to our defeats with Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd. Wenger scolded Mourinho for selling Mata to Man Utd, yet he sold RVP to Man Utd when he could have gone abroad for £3.5 million less. He bought Uzil who only had possession of the ball 4 times in the 1st half of the Iverpool game which is APPALLING and a DISGRACE. It seems like Arsenal’s Govenor’s want to renew Wenger's contract for the next 'X' years, but how EMBARRASSING must it be for Wenger when he walks past the Trophy cabinets in AFC and on the left hand side are the Men’s EMPTY cabinets but on the right are the Ladies teams cabinets FULL with 23 trophies in 11 years, with 7 AFC Ladies in the England Squad!! Move Wenger upstairs as Finance Director..as he’s so good at juggling finance figures by selling off our best players and replacing them with sub-standards footballers..and let’s have the AFC’s Ladies Manager manage the Men's team!
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