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Manager might as well have been Emery today

Carbon copy of emery tactics, formation and substitutions.

Now I know Freddie is all about promoting the youth but we are really overdoing it when it comes to playing the kids. How is saka coming on and how is Willock starting for Arsenal is kind boggling.

The substitutions today were pathetic.

Yes the quality in the squad is very poor. MF is arguably championship level but if freddie wants to be our permanent manager he has to do something different to what Emery was doing or things will become toxic for him also.


posted 1 week, 3 days ago

" it’ll take a proper defensive coach and new defenders to sort that."
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We have Bould and BFG working as coaches at the club. I've never understood why they just don't spend "x" number of training sessions just working on the defence. If they're not up to it then bring in some specialists . It really isn't that difficult to organise a defence .

In parallel we need to instruct Torreira to play as a DMF and screen the defence and we need the rest of the MF to transition the ball forwards much faster . Laca and PEA need to work harder and make better runs and Ozil and Pepe need to find them. See, Football is not that complicated.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

Reverting the 1st team to the way the youngsters were all raised playing, he himself used to play and most of the first team were used to playing anyway. Isn't as big a task for Freddie as everyone seems to think. This team can't play in these wingless formations. They go against everything everyone done the last 20 years and it won't be any different until we have a bunch of players with the right skillset and mindset to play wingless.

All Freddie needs to do is pick a winged formation, get Ozil, Xhaka and Liuz out of the side, put Torriera at DM and tell the team “Go play attacking football” The players will take care of the rest. These formations are just playing the “Bash a square peg in a round hole” game but with overall tactics and the 11 as opposed to individual players.

Yes our defenders are rubbish still but with wide attackers and no Ozil we can press the ball far more effectively, greatly increasing our posession thus reducing the number of chances the opposition gets at our weakass defence. Also Torreira at DM over Xhaka means any combo of the CBs excluding Luis immediately becomes a stronger defensive unit than we have now. We always had weak defences under Wenger, that's why we kept the ball so much and attacked. Wenger's problem was no Torriera like player as good as Torriera is and not top draw striker to get goals from all the possession due to pressing so well. Since we now have two of football's best strikers and the DM problem solved. Right now moving away from the way he played makes no sense at all. Far better to go back to it, inserting the fixes to his two biggest problems, the DM and the marquee striker. At least until we can buy new CBs.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

What we need is a root and branch purge of anyone remotely associated with defensive training at the club.

The past 15 years have seen us bring in a stream of otherwise normal defenders and completely ruin them.

An industrial machine that de-programs all their natural defensive instincts and instead brainwashes them into an unending pursuit of protecting a predetermined patch of turf. Zonal defence taken to the Nth degree.

Just look at us today. Our defensive players were more focused on tracking back to their "zones" rather than actually trying to get the ball off the advancing Norwich players.

The club probably has them listening to a continuous loop of "Thou shalt first of all run back to coordinate X and Y and stand there pointing a finger, job done."

Having said that, it would be hypocritical of me not to admit that our Offside Trap has always been a work of art.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

"Go and play attacking football" with our most creative player in Özil out of the side. Makes a lot of sense that.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

This POS is un improvable

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

comment by CrouchEndGooner (U13531)
posted 2 hours, 1 minute ago
It wasn't perfect but nothing was the same

The game was actually enjoyable to watch
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At least the first half an hour. Second half we were poor.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

Sokratis isnt on the best form and Mustafi has done well in the second string so can live with that choice. The big one for me is wtf did he play Xhaka. Poor on both goals. Before Torreira came on everything was going down the middle and we couldnt cope. once Torreira came on they went down their left and targetted Chambers instead. He wasnt the best but we didnt concede then.

posted 1 week, 3 days ago

When Torreira came on.....nothing really changed. They broke easily through our midfield. Chambers was absolute shambles and Mustafi turned out to be Mustafi again. Unfortunately on the side where Chambers couldnt keep the ball for 1 second.

Xhaka wasnt our worst player today. Here I said it.

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

Torreira needs to be sold

posted 6 days, 8 hours ago

comment by Dubbed* (U21815)
posted 3 days, 15 hours ago
"Go and play attacking football" with our most creative player in Özil out of the side. Makes a lot of sense that.
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WHAT CREATIVITY? He doesn't DO anything and hasn't for years. His creativity is only of any use if he makes the effort to play. Why don't you get it? Ozil can have all the creativity in the universe but it doesn't mean a damn thing if he does have the will to use it.

Example, if his lazy ass would work to press the ball in the attacking half, LIKE HE IS SUPPOSED TO! Then he would find himself winning/getting the ball with the opposition wrong/back footed and his attackers steaming up behind him, alot more than he does. Defence all over the gaff and support surging behind him...THAT'S where he does his thing best.

The best AM's in the world create half the situations they get assists from, as a result of their DEFENSIVE work rate. They WIN/STEAL the ball for themselves, during the high press. Ozil's numbers truly would be off all charts, if he would do that too. And in all honesty, the game has evolved further now. To the point where no top team can afford to carry out and out “I ain't defending” MFs. Messi and Ronaldo both getting stuck in when they're ready, put an end to those days. Lazy defensive passengers aren't acceptable if you wish to challenge at the top.

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