John Terry the weakness, exploit him

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How many goals did WELBZ score?

How many goals did WELBZ score?





Good times eh? I just heard there is a new pill that reduces the urge to drink beer. I’ll take it tomorrow, you get me?

… because it’s Friday… right?


Anyway, let’s crack into the report for today… because Sunday, we dine in hell. Well, Stamford Bridge, which isn’t quite hell, but their fans are certainly the types you’d possibly meet in hells version of Tesco (that’s actually in Elephant & Castle).

So, what we have is a very tough game. I watched Chelsea in the week and they weren’t exactly amazing and they certainly looked blitzed by the end of the game. They’ll have arrived back in the UK in the early hours of the morning, so we have that on our side.

Arsenal pretty much played the side they’ll have to play at the weekend. The advantage we have is our players slept in their own beds all this week. They’ll have had the day off yesterday, so the hope is that Arsene doesn’t brutalise them in training today. We need fresh legs for Sunday if we’re to stand any chance.

Hopefully video analysis has continued on. Just because we’re now doing it, doesn’t mean we’re doing it to any sort of decent level. But we can but hope…

Things I’d have been looking at. The last 5 times we’ve played Chelsea. How they’ve played against us. Look for the patterns, identify their strengths and the weaknesses they expose when they utilise them. That’s the beauty of football, there’s no such thing as the perfect system. Every positive attribute exposes a flaw… the skill is finding that flaw and exploiting it.

Chelsea tend to let us have the ball, our full backs push forward, Chelsea nick it in midfield, break at speed and kill us with efficiency. They totally destroyed us at the Bridge last time by catching us in possession. The main difference this time is we have mad pace in our front line. Chelsea’s full backs will have the think twice before bombing on because WELBZ, Sanchez and Chamberlain will ask questions.

Cheslea’s weaknesses are all centred around, the, err, centre backs. John Terry is not a speednmaster, he wasn’t when he was younger and he isn’t now. If their full back bombs on, he’ll be exposed… which is where we could take advantage. If we break, he either has to pull out of the middle which makes space for Welbeck, or he stays, which gives us a run at goal.

If we want to make something of Sunday, we have play it calm. Our full backs have to sit. We have to make it out of the first 20 minutes without conceding a goal. We have to play with total discipline if we want something out of this. Each player needs to know their role. Each player has to be played in a position that suits them. The front three picks itself for me… WELBZ, Sanchez and Chamberlain. That’s a nightmare whoever the defence is. The midfield, well, I’m not sure. Ozil sits in the  hole for definite. Flamini and Cazorla pinning? Jeez… that’s a scary thought against Chelsea. But whatever, we have players that are injured, there’s not much we can do!

I don’t have a whole heap of confidence about the game. I don’t think we learn our lessons and I’m not convinced there will be any special plan for Chelsea. If you serve Mourinho the same thing you do every game, he’ll pick you apart… because he’ll know our weaknesses and he has a pretty standard system of dismantling us.

I’m there to be surprised though… and if I am surprised, I’ll fucking love it.

Have a great day everyone… literally drink the bar tonight.

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  1. nasri's mouth

    Its a delicate balance. If we sit back too much, sooner or later CFCs class will get them a ball through our defence. If we try for possession too far up the pitch we’ll end up getting caught.
    Might be a good game to have Wilshere and Cazorla in the middle of the pitch, esp. with no Ramires.

    At least we’ve got a whole lot more pace than last season’s game. Mourinho will definitely have to think about that.

    Still can’t see us getting a result though 😀

  2. BacaryisGone

    To avoid confusion, my last paragraph on McCarthy was written today not in 2013,

    “McCarthy would have been ideal in a game like this. The real problem for Everton this season has been the creaking legs of Barry and Distin. McCarthy has been consistently good in the DM role.”

  3. Cesc Appeal


    Our central midfield is incredibly irritating! That world class CDM would make the world of difference to us.

  4. Dan Ahern

    CA — I think you can’t throw Coquelin into a game like this. He’s just too out-of-action, too green. I prefer Cazorla’s experience and tight control. Diaby is an option, but I’m not sure I’d throw him right into a big, physical game like this either.

  5. Ashley

    I would love love love us to win on Sunday , I hate losing to those sh*t heads and I can’t stand that self indulgent tw*t mourinho , love Arsenal to bits but I can see the wheels coming off on Sunday …. Prove me wrong boys pleeeeassseeee …

  6. BacaryisGone

    That’s true Nasri.

    Last season we had Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud in the line-up. Only Ox had pace and he played mainly from a central position I believe.

  7. Cesc Appeal


    At the end of the day I think it’s going to be the central midfield and Wenger’s poor tactics that’ll cost us on Sunday.

  8. BacaryisGone

    Psychologically, the players themselves want to look around and see top-class players around them. When they see Flamini they must shake their heads but seeing Sanchex, Ozil, Welbeck and Ox it will perk their spirits up.

    I just hope Arsene doesn’t overthink this one because to be fair Chelsea are a pretty terrifying opponent right now. My fear is that the message will be don’t concede in the first 25 minutes and the first corner Chelsea get, one of Cahill, Ivanovic or Terry will put them ahead after we’ve been so careful to keep it tight. That will be demoralizing if it happens.

    Arsene said last year’s 6-0 was an accident. Let’s hope he was right.

  9. nasri's mouth


    And he had a stinker that game too. Hopefully he’ll keep possession better this time and he really should be playing wide.

  10. Dan Ahern

    CA — Probably, but I’m hopefully the industry of Alexis & Ox bail us out. Could earn a draw with hard work. And like Pedro says, we can always antagonise Terry. A JT own goal would be lovely.

  11. Cesc Appeal

    “Arsene said last year’s 6-0 was an accident. Let’s hope he was right.”

    Considering we’d just lost 5-1 recently to Liverpool this was a distressing comment from Wenger. Remember wanting to punch him upon hearing this. He talks as if Arsenal fans are as lame and stunted as his tactics.

  12. BacaryisGone

    Love it, Kwik Fit!! With that kind of money to burn, you should be the next leading shareholder of AFC 🙂

    I would take the 100-1 odds on him scoring one goal, just not 3!

  13. BacaryisGone

    What are the odds on Koscielny scoring? It feels like one of those games where he could grab us a late equalizer.

  14. Thorough

    I am totally, totally against using Ozil tomorrow, not even as a 94th minute substitute, indeed I’ll say leave him at Colney. He’s exactly what we don’t need tomorrow. I guess that takes us to ‘what do we need tomorrow’? Players who can defend and concentrate for 90 minutes. players who can break at pace because logically we should be playing on the counter tomorrow. Players who won’t loose possession. Players who will get one chance to score and won’t need another. That’s why I don’t want Ozil, Wilshere and even Schezny near the team tomorrow.

  15. kwik fit


    Have a feeling that we might just surprise on Sunday. Odds stacked against us but this year we have genuine pace so who knows. The gods might smile on us for a change.

  16. Salvage

    For goodness sakes, dont boo Fabregas. Its totally stupid . In fact, stop booing x-players . It makes Arsenal fans look bad. It makes us look like griping ,whining , sulking fans. We are not the only team where players leave to play elsewhere.

  17. TitsMcgee

    Considering we’d just lost 5-1 recently to Liverpool this was a distressing comment from Wenger. Remember wanting to punch him upon hearing this. He talks as if Arsenal fans are as lame and stunted as his tactics.”

    6-0 results don’t happen often. They could completely dominate us the same way this time around and “only” win 3-0.

    Sad part is even a close loss would seem like progress.

  18. Cesc Appeal


    But these ridiculous comments are so hard to swallow! What’s worse is a lot of Arsenal fans do!

    Darrenarsenal1 tweeted that Wenger said “after we sold Cesc we bought Ozil”…as he said, talk about revisionism and distorted facts!

  19. BacaryisGone

    You might be right, Kwik.

    When you look at Terry, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic and Fabregas, that’s not the most athletic group of players. However, Costa, Hazard and Willian can be lethal.

    No matter what, there’ll be interesting battles all over the field. It might come down to one or two mismatches that decide things:

    Chambers vs Hazard
    Costa vs Kozzer
    Welbeck vs Terry
    Flamini vs Fabregas
    Sanchez (I hope) vs Ivanovic

    One other bonus….it’s not an early game.

  20. TitsMcgee

    But these ridiculous comments are so hard to swallow! What’s worse is a lot of Arsenal fans do!”

    I agree.

    Under the comments on twitter for the picture I posted above people were saying things like:

    “But what about his record before the last 5 years”

    etc etc

    Like what he’s doing now is irrelevant because of what he did a decade + ago.

  21. Cesc Appeal

    I think I’d go with:

    Chambers, Mert, Kozz, Gibbs
    ———–Flamini, Shit Show
    ——-Oxlade, Ozil/Caz, Sanchez

    That slot next to Flamini is really a problem…I mean Flamini is as well but nowt we can do about that as our manager didn’t regard the CDM as an issue in the summer.

    I don’t want Wilshere, but I can see dropping Diaby and Coquelin in there as a massive boo-boo.

  22. Cesc Appeal


    Our CM/CDM choices are really bad. Ramsey is the only one I like out of all of them.

    Wilshere is okay but only if he’s on one big time, otherwise he’s a liability.

  23. Vintage Gun


    When i see that record against le big boys (1 win in 20 away games) It makes me wanna call Wenger into my office and sack him myself. Honestly disgusting

    I just need an office, and the authority, then he’s dead meat

  24. BacaryisGone

    In all seriousness, at a certain point adding a couple of great players doesn’t conceal the fact that Arsene has been shown up domestically and in Europe against the best teams. Just like David Moyes at Everton, it can’t just be attributed to squad strength. It’s a tactical gap. It’s ultimately a failure to adjust your game plan to nullify the threats of the opposition. As much as I admire him, it’s Arsene’s achilles heel.

    Strangely, he’s been more willing to adjust against top European teams than against domestic opponents. Think how we sat back and absorbed all the pressure when defending our 2-1 home win against Barca until RVP got ridiculously sent off.

    Just once, I would love him to go to Chelsea and park the bus. Two banks of 4 and all that just like when we’re defending a lead late in a game.

  25. Dan Ahern

    BTW, it looks like we know what Stan bought with his £3m present to himself: more shares. Basically he charged fans higher tickets so he could buy more of the club with their money. Lol.

  26. BacaryisGone

    very true Cesc and Dan!

    Of course, we have oil money too but we just don’t use it.

    I did notice some Gazprom advertising at the Emirates now. Is that a new thing? I’ve seen it somewhere else too (Old Trafford maybe?) but I might have not been paying attention.

  27. MidwestGun

    Ya but we still made top 4, and were paying off the stadium debt, and the Northern referee bias allowing the other teams to kick and injure our best players. Hahaha
    I really need to stop reading some of those other blogs to amuse myself. 🙁

    1 win in 5 years. Wtf….

  28. Cesc Appeal


    1) Oil Money
    2) Stadium Debt
    3) Bad Luck
    4) Injuries
    5) Referees
    6) Negative Fans
    7) Length of Grass
    8) Balls are more shiny these days, glare is putting us off
    9) Other teams using tactics against us
    10) Lack of players in the Universe to buy
    11) Russian aggression in Ukraine
    12) Global Warming
    13) Le Grove
    14) Every time you say I don’t believe in fairies, a fairy dies

  29. BacaryisGone

    Thanks Cesc. It’s a little surprising they don’t advertise more with Arsenal considing he effectively gets some of that money back as a shareholder.

  30. TitsMcgee

    1) Oil Money
    2) Stadium Debt
    3) Bad Luck
    4) Injuries
    5) Referees
    6) Negative Fans
    7) Length of Grass
    8) Balls are more shiny these days, glare is putting us off
    9) Other teams using tactics against us
    10) Lack of players in the Universe to buy
    11) Russian aggression in Ukraine
    12) Global Warming
    13) Le Grove
    14) Every time you say I don’t believe in fairies, a fairy dies

    15)Transfer Window is unfair

  31. Cesc Appeal

    If everyone is agreed on us needing to buy two CM/CDM’s what would people think of the purchase of Schneiderlin and Nainggolan?

    I only saw him for Roma against City but I was very impressed with his industry and agility, Romford always speaks very highly of him as well.

  32. BacaryisGone

    Serious question now:

    Who do you think would win in a match between this current team (your best XI when healthy) and a team made up of former Arsenal players still playing in the Premier League.

    Fabianski, Sagna, Clichy, Senderos, K.Toure, Fabregas, Nasri, Larsson (or Chamakh) Van Persie, Adebayor

    Have to give our current team the advantage because of the Toure/Senderos combo.

    The bigger question is can any of the other leading teams even field a competitve XI or is it just Arsenal that are feeding the rest of the league.

    Chelsea had Sturridge, Mata and probably a couple of other lesser known players but Arsenal have definitely the strongest ex-XI still playing in the league.

    Final thought for the day.

    If Arsenal had enquired about Welbeck earlier would we have been forced to let Vermaelen go to Man U instead of Barcelona?

  33. BacaryisGone

    Thinking of Vermaelen makes me feel even better about the Welbeck deal.

    Trade one error-prone, broken down older moody ‘captain’ CB for a skilful, speedy and likeable CF.

    Total cost: Zero

  34. Cesc Appeal



    Really, really, really, really wish our CM options weren’t so shit.

    As I say even with a fully fit squad they’re still shite.

  35. Johnty79

    Sanchez wellbeck ox

    Is the only chance we have in this match. If wenger changes from this we have no chance.

    I feel chambers has the top brain to be a footballer but he is very slow to be a full back. He seems to short to be a top centre half. Clyne was the better option with an additional centre half also add.

    Just seems very strange that every season for the last 9 years since vieira left has been lacking in certain areas. I don’t get what wenger gets out of having a team what is lacking.

    Morinho ( apart from last year) sees deficiencies in his team and makes signings. Wenger refuses to do this and I don’t get why?

  36. Cesc Appeal

    I don’t think we’re going to see Sanchez, Welbeck and Oxlade.

    One will be dropped to accommodate Wilshere into the side.

    I have a feeling Wenger will go with:

    Oxlade, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil

    Then my beer, will leave my hand and proceed directly for my screen at warp factor 12

  37. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Yep, that’s why I was a fan of the versatility of Khedira plus his familiarity with Ozil. But also wanted a true cdm. Altho, as it turns out Khedira might be a crock. So he would fit right in. 😀

  38. Cesc Appeal


    Well common sense a few weeks ago said we’d be losing Arteta, Flamini, Diaby and Coquelin come the summer, two of those never contribute and the other two I wish didn’t.

    So essentially we could upgrade and shell out larger wages losing 4 and gaining 2.

    Then, #WengerLogic interfered and Arteta got a new deal.

  39. Cesc Appeal


    Is that true??? Total stab in the dark there…the nerd force is strong with me. My dad did make me watch endless Next Generation when I was younger.

    I agree on the beer abuse, but do you see what Wenger does to me?? Do you see???!!!!

  40. Dan Ahern


    Definitely need to play 4231 and have Sanchez and Ox to cover wings. That’s 5 we can get into midfield, plenty of speed amongst them. Özil should be CAM because a) fucking obviously he should be CAM, and b) putting him on the wing creates a defensive void and imbalances us.

    With 4231 (451) we can cope with their countering, so that leaves power as the problem. That I don’t have a solution for. I’m especially wary of set pieces where they can outmatch us with height and strength.

  41. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Ya… well…. he is our captain so might be leaving soon.
    Seriously tho…. I really wish I knew what rumors are true and how serious AW was really…. about getting a Cdm. I think a lot was the media linking us to every cdm knowing it was obvious we needed one. Obvious to most. 🙁

  42. Cesc Appeal

    Sky News:

    “A fascinating story developing out of West Sussex this evening as a 24 year old has totally left the laws of physics in tatters and essentially rewritten every science text book from the comfort of his living room. Our reporter Kay Burley is at the scene, Kay…”

    “Yes I’m here with the young man in question. Now will you tell the nation just how you managed to achieve warp speed with a projectile, a feat that scientists have struggled to comprehend for decades now in your living room.”

    “Yeah Kay, no problem, basically I was really, really pissed off with Arsene Wenger and his use of the 4-1-4-1. So I just sort of chucked a beer can at the screen…but really fucking hard. I believe it was the build up of a decades worth of frustration and anger that somehow bent time and space around my fist and propelled the can…which was a Fosters by the way; not sure if that’s important, to these incredible speeds.
    I do think we should actually move scientist onto trying to figure out Wenger Logic because honestly, achieving warp speed was easier than trying to wrap your head around his decision making.”

  43. nasri's mouth

    Mournho has a very high opinion of Ozil, and I think he’ll plan to close him down and give him no space, so I rexkon Wenger will play him wide to let him have some space. Cazorla and Wilshere will be better in the congested middle.
    Welbeck and Sanchez up front.

    Anyone suggesting Diaby or Coq alongside Flamini need to have a word with themselves

  44. nasri's mouth

    There was a stat showing how many points Chelsea got against the top sides last season.
    What they’re not showing is the number of points against the bottom sides

  45. Cesc Appeal


    Then get ready for a spanking.

    Ozil out wide is disastrous for his game and disastrous for Gibbs as well. It may be the first time I ever turn off and Arsenal game before a ball is kicked.

    Seeing as Gibbs was hideously exposed last time it makes no sense to then plump a guy who will not defend in front of him. None at all. If Wenger doesn’t believe Ozil can control the CAM area then he should be dropped, not moved.

  46. Cesc Appeal

    I cannot express how much a 4-1-4-1 with Ozil out wide would send me into a meltdown, I’m mad right now just thinking about it and it hasn’t even come to pass yet.

    Feels a bit like excusing Wenger before an event has even happened.

  47. Johnty79

    Wenger gets more satisfaction winning when nothing makes sense. I.e our 2009 2-1 win at Stanford bridge. We were out classed in that game but one 2:1. Wenger got satisfaction despite everybody seeing our team was set up wrong. If wenger selects the media selected team and wins he gets no satisfaction.

    I think deep down wenger knows if we sign a great centre half and dm we would win the league but he wants to win with a team with deficiencies.

    Wenger I just don’t get it. In his history he has won 8 trophies and thru away another 6. But wenger doesn’t get that.

  48. Cesc Appeal

    The widemen are key to victory for me, in both a getting back and defending sense and a breaking away with pace on the counter sense.

    To put a guy out wide who is criticised by most people for not defending, not doing the physical side, lacking physicality and not putting in enough effort would be the football equivalent of Seppuku!

  49. TitsMcgee

    Yea but Chelsea has won FACups (Plural), EPL titles, a UCL in the same time period we’ve won one F A Cup.

    Finished above us last season and smashed us into Bolivian(to quote Mike Tyson) but yea we had a better record vs the lower teams so…….so…….so…..

    …and that is just Chelsea.

  50. TitsMcgee

    I think deep down wenger knows if we sign a great centre half and dm we would win the league but he wants to win with a team with deficiencies.”

    Nah I think he knows he won’t win regardless of who he signs so he’s using the deficiencies as an excuse.

    I.e the pressure would be on him if he splashed major coin and then didn’t win.

    The frugal way allows him to continue the charade because he has an excuse (even though he forgets we all know the deficiencies are down to his dithering anyway)

  51. WengerEagle

    What would our first XI be if everyone was fit?

    Szczesny, Debuchy, Mert, Kos, Gibbs, Arteta/Jack, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck?

    Tbh man for man Chelsea beat us virtually everywhere on the park, better GK, RB, LB, 1 CB (Terry’s better than Mert), CDM, CM, LW and CF.

    Only Koscielny, Sanchez and possibly Ozil would start for Chelsea.

    Now add to that Mourinho is a far better tactician than Wenger (wouldn’t be hard to be fair) and it’s hard to forsee a positive result on Sunday.

  52. Cesc Appeal



    Tactics and line up have to be spot on on Sunday – and I can’t see that happening. I can see Ozil wide left, I can see Wilshere in there, I can see the full backs bombing forward, I can see us being horrific at set pieces both offensively and defensively.

    We’ll literally have to have a perfect game to win, or a very good one and Chelsea having a not so great one.

  53. Leedsgunner

    “We’ll literally have to have a perfect game to win, or a very good one and Chelsea having a not so great one.”


    True, but tbh I don’t give a monkeys as long as we win. Park the bus, blow up the bus, steal someone else’s bus — I don’t care just get three points — just to wipe that sneer off Maureen’s face.

  54. WengerEagle


    Yeah I have a bad feeling that he will once again wheel out the awful 4-1-4-1 formation with like you said Ozil on the left. If that happens then I’m expecting a defeat.

    Sadly Wenger doesn’t do tactics so if we are to get anything on Sunday we need the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Ox, Welbeck and Jack to bring their A game and a little bit of fortune too (in that the Chavs might have an off-day).

    The scary thing about Chelsea’s strength is that their ‘main’ threats will be Costa and Cesc but then the likes of Hazard and ‘

  55. WengerEagle

    The scary thing about Chelsea’s strength is that their ‘main’ threats will be Costa and Cesc but then the likes of Hazard and Willian are more than capable of destroying us on the counter too, especially Hazard.

    And if they need to late on they can bring on world cup winner Andre Schurrle or Oscar, ridiculous squad they have.

  56. Cesc Appeal


    Yeah I couldn’t care less how it’s done. As long as we get the win. But I can’t see it.


    Yeah I can fully see the 4-1-4-1 returning. Wenger made a big deal out of it being our go to formation in big games. Baffling. Isolates our weak CDM and leaves gaps between our full backs and CB’s that the weak CDM can’t fill – that’s how we got destroyed last year.

  57. WengerEagle


    Yeah I know mate I mean it’s farcical, you’d almost swear that he’s taking the piss deliberately in not buying a CDM and now playing a formation that further exposes Arteta and Flamini. Every man and his dog can see that we look disjointed, unco-ordinated and utterly clueless when we play the 4-1-4-1, the 4 in the CM especially are a total mess.

  58. Cesc Appeal


    Yeah, to add to that theory saying we’ve got no room for Fabregas because of Ozil then shunting Ozil out wide!!

    It does feel at times that he does these things to illustrate “look plebs, I’ll do what I want, when I want and there’s f**k all you can do about it.”

  59. nasri's mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Maybe we’ll get spanked either way, but I think with flamini and wilshere in front of the back 4, and cazorla in front of them it’ll give more space for ozil, make us harder to break down in the middle, and with wilshere and flamini shielding the back 4 we shouldn’t get caught out down the wings quite as much

  60. Cesc Appeal


    What formation are you playing?

    Wilshere and Flamini as a two? Cazorla in front of them?

    So, 4-3-1-2? 4-2-1-1-2? 4-3-3? 4-1-2-1-2? Because you said Welbeck and Sanchez up front?

  61. nasri's mouth


    Mourinho is an excellent manager but despite having the most expensive side England had ever seen still only managed 3rd. He’s brilliant against the top sides (not just us) but he was (comparatively) rubbish against a lot of sides he should be steamrollering. I’m not saying that makes him shit, just that he’s got his failings too.

    Chelsea will probably go on and win the league this season, and he’ll get lauded for how well he’s done over the season, but ultimately anything other than a CFC trophy and he’s failed

  62. Cesc Appeal

    4-2-3-1 for me.

    Only problem is I don’t know who to stick next to Flamini. If Wilshere has a great game then fine, but if not he’ll cause us real problems. So really don’t know.

  63. nasri's mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    I think it’ll be something like this
    Chambers Mert Kos Gibbs
    Flamini Wilshere
    Sanchez Cazorla Ozil

    With Sanchez the most advanced of those 3 and Ozil moving inside to find space.

    It may be that the pace of Welbeck and Sanchez will force Chelsea to sit deeper in which case Ozil might find space in the middle and stay there.

    And it may be that Chamberlain will start over Sanchez as he’s less risky with the ball.

    Someone mentioned it on twitter recently that there’s a lot more unpredictability about how we’ll line up, even with the injuries, so maybe thatll make it harder for Mourinho to suss us out.

    (Clutching with that last line!!)

  64. Dan Ahern

    The dumbest part of 4-1-4-1 isn’t even curbing Özil, it’s that it puts more pressure on DM, our weakest area.

    The second dumbest thing is that JW and AR want to be the same thing, and AR especially shouldn’t be as far up the pitch as he’s placed/gravitates.

  65. Joe

    If ozil starts on the wing, we will get smashed. We need him supplying balls from the middle.

    Flam, Diaby, ozil. Sub Diaby just after half in needed

  66. nasri's mouth

    @Dan Ahern

    I can see the merits of a 4141, but

    A) getting the players to adjust to it with a shortened preseason isnt easy

    B) when we’re also trying to accommodate 3 new starters in the side

    C) Arteta isn’t really cut out for that formation esp. while half the team are trying to work out where to go

  67. Cesc Appeal


    I think Sanchez AND Oxlade have to play to be honest, both were electric against Gala and coupled with Welbeck that pace and directness caused no end of problems. Obviously Chelsea are a lot, lot better BUT pace still hurts sides, no matter who they are. And Chelsea defensively haven’t been superb at times this season.

    Wilshere’s inclusion is okay as long as he’s told he sits, he stays with Flamini, he harry Chelsea for possession and plays it to the CAM or out wide. No risks, no running into Chelsea players, no falling over etc

    So for me:

    Flamini, Wilshere (as long as he has a disciplined game, just does the basics.)
    Oxlade, Ozil, Sanchez

  68. Cesc Appeal


    That’s my biggest gripe with it.

    Wenger committed a total balls up in not getting what every Arsenal fan knew we needed, a CDM.

    He then goes on to try some new formation that exposes that balls up more than our usual formation would!

    The 4-1-4-1 is hideous! As I say I refer to it as 4-MESS-1. Means exposing our weakness at CDM and forcing our £42 Million No.10 out wide!

    Don’t get it, not at all. Can’t even remotely see what Wenger is trying to do with it. Idiotic.

    4-2-3-1, 2 games, 6 points, 7 goals, one conceded from the spot. Someone call NASA and work this one out for Wenger.

  69. Joe

    I really hope wenger doesn’t try to think he too smart and puts ozil back out wide and sits Sanchez and starts Diaby and jack.

    He can’t out smart Jose.

  70. nasri's mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    I think Wenger will want Cazorla’s calmness, experience and ability to take the ball in tight situations, but who knows. Nice to have options even with Ramsey, Walcott and Giroud out

  71. Cesc Appeal


    Well, we sort of have options. But when you look at CM you realise we don’t.

    If we’re going to hurt Chelsea it’s organisation and disciple at the back and speed in the counter.

    For me it’s Ozil or Cazorla. But that’s my opinion.

    As I say I think it’ll be:

    Oxlade, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil

    Just hope he sends them out with lip stick on and demands Chelsea buy us dinner before they f**k us.

  72. Daniel

    At this point a draw looks the best we can achieve, mou is a better tactician.
    Back line,flamini,rosicky,wilshere in the hole ,aoc,Sanchez,welbeck.
    Rosicky looks the best to partner flamini ,he is fast,disciplined,unafraid of challenge ,should play deeper than wilshere.

  73. TitsMcgee

    Mourinho is an excellent manager but despite having the most expensive side England had ever seen still only managed 3rd”

    Great. He came 3rd. Too bad he always comes third and never wins the league in the 3 major leagues that he’s managed in.

    Wenger came 4th spending more money on his squad than Liverpool did and they finished 2nd.

    1st year transition year a manager still comes higher than the “stable” Wenger. Go figure lol

  74. Bamford13

    “Psychologically, the managers of these big clubs are usually top managers and I think they’ve had Wenger on toast. Sir Alex Ferguson had him on toast in the end and Mourinho’s got him on toast now. That’s what costs [Arsenal] … In big games they get under [Wenger’s] skin and work [Arsenal] out tactically.” – Joey Barton

    He may be a prick, but he’s right.

  75. babatunde

    Nasri’s mouth: When you say mourinho had the most expensive side ever assembled LAST YEAR then I think that’s factually incorrect. Last year I think the then city squad cost more than the then chelsea squad. You can’t just add up all the spending of chelsea since abra as though mourinho benefitted from it. If that’s what u are doing, then that’s incorrect

  76. babatunde

    Also, it doesn’t matter how much they spent prior to mourinho’s coming. The chelsea squad wasn’t good enough to win the league. Simple. Mourinho rectified that with the sensible and moderately priced world class players he brought to supplement his side and that’s the sign of a good coach. By the way, most of chelseas signings this past two years have been very astute.

  77. fourthisatrophy

    Arsenal, who last won the league in 2004, have won just once – and lost 16 times – in their 20 away matches against sides who have finished in the top five in the past five campaigns.

  78. Jeff

    Well, well, well; Joey Barton has been speaking his mind. Top managers have Wenger on toast.

    “Psychologically, the managers of these big clubs are usually top managers and I think they’ve had Wenger on toast. Sir Alex Ferguson had him on toast in the end and Mourinho’s got him on toast now. That’s what costs them.”

  79. Jeff

    We couldn’t even beat a poor Tottenham team at home – what chance do we have against Chelsea away? It would have to be something unusual like they get a man sent off early or have a momentary lapse of concentration allowing us to score a couple of goals in quick succession. Other that that – if it’s a normal game of 11 v 11, they are not going to let us anywhere near their goal.