Mourinho, tactical masterclass? Do me a favour…

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I can’t play the games the media play. I watched the Liverpool game yesterday and I saw no tactical master play. I didn’t see the second coming of the Herbert Chapman. All I saw was a miserable unimaginative game of football decide the title.

I was staggered to read and listen to the outpouring of admiration for Jose Mourinho after the game. Shearer said, in astonishment,

‘Look here, they’ve got 7 players behind the ball. Fantastic discipline.

Excuse me? Am I hearing this right?

Firstly, let’s delve into the Jose game plan. He spent the whole week souring the run in by declaring he was going to play a weakened side. Straight up, this sort of comment shouldn’t be tolerated. It so out of touch with the spirit of the game. It’s standard Jose, but whatever. Then he turns up to the game and looks like he’s been on 3 day coke binge. He rolls his team out to play like they’re a League 2 side playing Liverpool.

What’s up with that?

Now look, I marvel at his practical view of football. He didn’t do what Arsene did and turn up pants down ready for a good Rodgering. However, to show up with the most expensively assembled squad in the league and play like Stoke is shambolic. It’s embarrassing. Sure, we all love winning. Sure I’d like some of his trophies, but for me, deliver it like Pep or Klopp over the monstrosity that is a Mourinho shame train.

‘Tactical master class’

Please spare the bullshit. He lined up with a bank of ten and stifled the game. He sent his players out to time waste… in the first half! Imagine that. £190m wage bill, a £14m a year manager and that’s what he serves up to the world… and our press think that’s masterful? Give me a break.

Now, Brendan Rodgers played a duff hand. All he needed was a point to keep the match in his hand. Simple fact is Liverpool, much like Arsenal of yesteryear don’t possess the players to play like Brand Allardyce. So he couldn’t. But I still feel his open play flunked it. Stevie G slipping. That’ll molest him in his sleep for the rest of eternity.

Anyway, Jose has a brilliant record against the top teams this year. Better than anyone. Where has that got him? He’s unlikely to win a trophy this year. Where was his tactical brilliance against Sunderland, Palace and Villa. All that money, all that talent… and Liverpool are ahead of him. He’s a fading star. 2 years without a trophy. No £200m spend available this summer. Nasty negative vibe that permeates Chelsea and everyone around him. He’s going to find it tough.

Horrible man. Horrible manager. Hopefully, a horrible trophyless season for the chosen one.

In other news, let’s hope Arsene is looking at what all the teams above us have that we don’t. Size, energy and rapid pace. If Arsene is to stay on over the next two years, the one place we can hope he improves on is the squad. It’s the simplest most effective way to change what we do.

You have to put paid to the idea that he’ll change anything else. He’s beyond owning up to the fact he gets it wrong. He’s to experienced and long in the tooth to bring in new staff and new training methods. The best we can hope for is a better squad. We need Wenger to go back to his roots. We need him to sign players that made him great. Big, powerful players who had pace by the bucket load.

Sign a winger like Theo. He’ll not be back until gone September. So we’ll need to replace his pace. Bring in a striker with outrageous pace and strength. Immediately, you have a forward line that is scary. What can’t you do against pace that can get in behind your backline? Press. No one will press up high giving our midfield more space to pick out the passes. Pace in the forward line also means players like Santi and Ozil can play balls into space rather than feet. Immediately those two have a different dimension to their option box.

We’ll also need to focus on building out our squad in other areas. It’s not looking good for Sagna staying on. That’s a shame. He’s a great player and he has a lot of experience. If he does go, let’s get serious about the replacement. Seamus Coleman would sit high on my priority list for sure. 6 goals, 2 assists, buckets loads of pace, a good cross and excellent discipline. At 25  years old, he has his best years ahead of him, he’d also fit with our British core, in the sense that London has a massive Irish community and it’s always a pretty good mix. Maybe it’ll inspire us to look deeper into Ireland for talent. An area we don’t seem to exploit like other clubs.

We’ll also need to bring in some extra energy into the middle of the park. We need a monster midfielder in my opinion, but one who has skill meshed in with the power. Ideally, I’d love Pogba or Vidal. I’d also take someone like Bender from Levurkusen. I think we should also be looking at squad players who can come in and do a job in certain types of games. Crystal Palace don’t have a team of world class players. What they have is a group of players who are absolute monsters. They can take out big team on their day because of their ability to get into players. I’m not saying go and sign Crystal Palace players, I’m saying that when it comes to the squad, we don’t necessarily need world class, we need attributes that stretch teams. United had Darren Fletcher. A long way off world class,  yet he always caused us massive problems when he played against us because he could cover a lot of ground and he was hugely aggressive. Our squad outside the starting 11 doesn’t have enough bite or grit to it. We need to back that in this summer.

… I’d still love it if we moved for Diego Costa. His attitude is so good. He wants to win at all costs on the pitch. It’s inspiring to watch, I can’t imagine what it’s like to play against. Or what it’s like to play for.

Next season, if we make the right changes and bring in a deeper squad of players that are more suited to the battles we’ll face, we’ll might be able to counter the obvious deficiencies the manager has.

Gotta pray that scouting department pulls its finger out…

P.S. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Dani Alves response to having a banana thrown at him, but it’s excellent if you haven’t. He picks it up and he eats it. The aftermath on Twitter was pretty amusing as well, Neymar with his kid eating a banana with the hashtag #Weareallmonkeys. Love that attitude. Take on the muppets by making a joke of their behaviour. Reminds me of the story of Superman taking down the KKK in the 1940s. The real KKK had accrued a lot of power and their memberships were swelling. A guy called Stetson Kennedy had infiltrated the group and tried to expose them to the police. When that failed, he went to guys making the Superman radio show. They pulled together a 16 episode where superman took on men in white hoods… the show exposed all the KKKs secrets and killed the mystique of the group, making a mockery of it in the process.

I think these embarrassing acts need putting in perspective. They’re a joke. Make a joke of it. Make a spectacle of the people. Nationally humiliate them. Outrage just fuels the fire and more copycat behaviour.

Good on Danni Alves. Shame on Spain, yet again letting itself down.

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  1. london gunner

    BarcaryIsGod

    Highlight reels mean next to nothing though? Or should we buy Nani or Ben Arfa?

    His a poor striker whose bottled important moments this season that could have us top of the league! Simples!

    Now lets stop defending/ making excuses for mediocrity.

    PS Willfired Bony was 10 Million his out performed Giroud in his first season lol!

    Tevez was 8 million his out performed Giroud (currently top goal scorer in Seria A)

    Also if we buy a 10 million pound striker of course they should perform better than a mid table side that spends the same or similar amounts because we have a better team and thus more goal scoring opportunities created for the Bottler Giroud.

    When you have Ozil, Ramsey and even santi you expect Giroud to score more goals than Bony of Swansea…

  2. MidwestGun

    NOGO
    _________
    That’s what she said!

    “And this name is so bright and sharp that the sign – it just blows up because the name is so powerful………..It says, DIRK DIGGLER. 😛

  3. tipster

    Great to see the scousers mess up, hope Man City win the league, watching Arsenal with the senile one in charge gives me no pleasure…best moment of the year was watching Stevie G slipping…all the has beens like Kenny Daglish Hansen and co can fu#k off…..

  4. Rossd7

    Superb blog. Mourinho being lauded as a genius with the most expensively assembled squad in the league, pitching up like the lame, little horse he will have you believe they are against a club with half the resources he has at his disposal is, frankly, embarrassing and laughable. People will point to the 2-0 scoreline and say ‘job done’, but only a slip from Gerrard made that result possible. If Rodgers had shown a touch more nous and let the game descend into a borefest, they’d remain hot favourites for the title having just got himself a draw. Shame, because I wanted Liverpool to win it since we abjectly surrendered our assault.

    As for Wenger, spot on again. We’re not going to get the change the club needs, so we just need to hope he recognises the type and calibre of player we’re after. Coleman is a great shout and a robust, powerful midfielder and striker will go a long way to curing some of the ills we’ve suffered this season.

    You’ve quickly leapfrogged Arseblog as my favourite Arsenal blog, Pedro. Keep up the excellent work!

  5. salparadisenyc

    Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Kallstrom, Flamini, Rosicky, Sanogo

  6. Bacaryisgod

    London

    I made it clear we needed an upgrade. No doubt about that. But everyone expects Giroud to be something he isn’t, which is a super fast and skillful natural scorer who can terrorize opponents like Suarez. What he does do is provide significant value for the team and is capable of moments of brilliance. There’s a debate as to whether he or Benzema should be the main guy for France, but I guess Benzema only has Ronaldo, Bale, Isco, Di Mario and Alonzo to prop up his stats….

  7. Radio Raheem

    No need for all the pseudo intellectual crap, I.e.talking bollocks. Chelsea and Jose did a great job on Liverpool and deserve plaudits for it. They had to win and they won. He got the maximum possible. On this one match, and it is all that matters, he did the job.

    Jose is a reprehensible twat for everything else but for the job they did on Liverpool.

    Leave out these senseless ‘debates’ will ya.

  8. Radio Raheem

    I’ll get this in nice and early.

    Remy fails to score against Arsenal so he is not good enough for Arsenal. He is not worth considering, abject, undercooked. ..crap

  9. Bergkamp63

    Radio Raheem April 28, 2014 18:42:09
    Remy fails to score against Arsenal so he is not good enough for Arsenal. He is not worth considering, abject, undercooked. ..crap

    And French, he’s probably nailed on then !

  10. Bergkamp63

    This game should be over by half time, we are playing against a team who have been on holiday for over a month.

  11. Marko

    Radio RaheemApril 28, 2014 18:19:00
    No need for all the pseudo intellectual crap, I.e.talking bollocks. Chelsea and Jose did a great job on Liverpool and deserve plaudits for it. They had to win and they won. He got the maximum possible. On this one match, and it is all that matters, he did the job. Jose is a reprehensible twat for everything else but for the job they did on Liverpool. Leave out these senseless ‘debates’ will ya.

    On the money

  12. kay

    It should be another high scoring victory for us.. Our midfield is really better than theirs.. We should howevr try to keep a clean sheet and nail 4th..

  13. Wengers Plastic Bottle

    I’ll never forget when Wenger went mental on Pardew

    Best Wenger moment ever

    He wanted to chin him LOL

  14. MidwestGun

    Announcer just said Arsenal has the most ammount of accurate passes in the final third of any team in the Prem. Hear that Keyser? Its Giroud not the midfield.

  15. SurferX

    I hate it when we start with no tempo: we should come out of the traps firing. Our build up play & movement is so slow.

  16. SurferX

    ZzzxzZZzzzzxxxZZZZxxxxx

    Might go have a kip n come back for last 20 if the rest is like the first. #WatchingPaintDry

  17. Bergkamp63

    SpanishDave April 28, 2014 19:17:34
    Arteta is so average, his forward balls are poor. He is the master of crab football.

    been saying this for two years !

  18. Al

    Giroud us being his average slow self once again and podolski instead on playing more central is hugging the touch line and making no forward movement but constantly coming towards the ball

    Thanks KOS we needed that. Wake up guys

  19. SurferX

    Lol. How the fuck are the toon where they are in the league? Sunderland, Fulham Norwich & Brom all better than them.

  20. Craigy

    Why the fuck are these refs giving yellows for absolute fucking nothing, something needs to be fucking done bout this shit, he ain’t attempting to gain any advantage or time waste so what the fuck

  21. Bergkamp63

    SurferX April 28, 2014 19:24:22
    Lol. How the fuck are the toon where they are in the league? Sunderland, Fulham Norwich & Brom all better than them.

    I said earlier that they have been on holiday for over a month as they have had nothing to play for !

  22. Al

    That’s it podolski. ..Make those forward runs constantly and you will give them nightmares. ….stop trying to get involved in the tika taka nonsense podolski

  23. Al

    How bad is Giroud. ..2 nil up let’s try something different……play the OX up there and see how he performs as a false 9

  24. Bergkamp63

    SpanishDave April 28, 2014 19:36:04
    Besides sticking his tounge out and falling over easily what does Giroud do?

    He falls at Wenger’s feet and then gets his tongue out !

  25. Radio Raheem

    Calm down ladies Giroud missing was because Cazorla and Arteta lack athleticism and Ozil isn’t pulling his weight.

  26. Craigy

    Haaa giroud gets an applause for controlling a ball and laying it off, that’s good enough for him, and more vindication for wenger haaaa

  27. Al

    Jamal

    Champions league final. …..your having a laugh mate…no way we would have got there playing with Giroud

  28. Dissenter

    Romford,
    You were right about Ozil’s dribbling ability.
    He makes it look easy.
    Ozil will be dashing next season

  29. Jeff

    Good half. Great to see proper players on the pitch doing the business again instead of two months of hell. Giroud couldn’t buy a goal at the moment and recently. When was the last time he scored? But there we are.

  30. Davido

    Gosh, who’s the idiot abusing Arteta in this game- he’s been perfect. Everyone knows his limitations, he’s old, slow and doesn’t have a motor, blame the person who decided not to buy a pure DM, can u imagine how much better we’d have been with someone like Fernandinho to mix up our play?

  31. Craigy

    I can only imagine the bollox nial Quinn would be spouting if he was commentating! The last game he said another sterling performance from giroud haaaaa he was utter shite then and the same today! Quinn don’t half talk some crap, love the guy but come on

  32. Jeff

    It’s all a bit anticlimatic though knowing that whatever we do, fourth is all we can hope for. Really awful feeling considering what could have been.

  33. Radio Raheem

    Midwest

    Lol. I actually agree with Keyser most times than not but on occasions he does overreach. He’s alright.

    Nah I was just channeling my inner athleticism

  34. Dissenter

    This ref is pathetic.
    Yellow card for kicking the ball up to celebrate a goal?
    What would he have given Kosh if he had smooched the corner flag or run to Alan Pardew to do a dummy head butt.

  35. Jeff

    Midwest,

    I was thinking the same thing. The ball bounces twice off the keeper and lands at Ozil’s feet. Was it intentional? Let me think about that.

  36. silentstan

    absolute joke assessment about the chelsea game then you say sign Pogba, Costa, Coleman, a winger, and of course we will need someone to replace Fabianski, all on a budget of 70-100m inc wages. LOL

  37. SurferX

    Gary Neville: ‘What was Williamson doing? He was basically stepping up against a player [Giroud] that can’t run!’

    Hahahahaasha

  38. Arsene's Nurse

    Dissenter April 28, 2014 19:54:25

    Midwest,
    Does Giroud get an assist on that goal?

    Yup. Two assist and a coupon to the hair dressers.
    ————————————————–
    Doesn’t it hit the keeper and then another Newcastle player before landing at Ozil’s feet?

    Ozil smashes that in part in frustration at how fucking shit Giroud is but also thinking he’s off-side and it won’t count.

  39. Jeff

    Ozil was definitely not offside. There was a Newcastle player on the other side of the goal near the post on the floor.

  40. Dissenter

    Davido,
    “Gosh, who’s the idiot abusing Arteta in this game- he’s been perfect. Everyone knows his limitations, he’s old, slow and doesn’t have a motor, blame the person who decided not to buy a pure DM, can u imagine how much better we’d have been with someone like Fernandinho to mix up our play?”

    You wicked man, using sarcasm to massacre Arteta, right.?

    If he’s slow, old and doesn’t have a motor, then what else us left for a midfielder?

    Passing ability or positional placement line Marco Senna or Makalele?