Lovely to read some of Per Mertesacker’s bromance infused comments about Petr Cech.
“You know that if they get a really clear chance Petr can do something about it,” Mertesacker said after Cech had thwarted Swansea before Arsenal took command in south Wales.
“He’s always someone who can save your day. That gives everyone a big lift, not only the back four. The way he is commanding and vocal makes him vital. He is one of our leaders and he deserves it.
“He has played at a high level and he is still very hungry and, no matter how successful he was at Chelsea, I think he gives our team that hunger we maybe need.
“He is an experienced player that everyone looks up to and he’s important for our structure as well.”
You just can’t help but love those words. I know I keep banging on about it, but the keeping position for Arsene Wenger is one of those weird positions. Kind of like defensive midfield as well. Our manager treats it a in the same way as man who thinks he knows DIY…
‘No no babes, I’m sure about it. I can plumb our bathroom and fix all the fittings’
‘But Darren, you work in banking. I’m not sure you’re qualified to do this’
‘Babes, just f*cking trust me. I’ve watched 2 Youtube videos and I’ll save us a packet’
The above picture is an accurate visualisation of Almunia, Richard Wright, Fabianski, Chezzer and Ospina.
Now we have a Hollywood-esque A-Lister bathroom set up. It’s beautiful.
I just wish Wenger had addressed this years ago. Sign a keeper with experience who has been there and done it. Instead, we’ve flapped about like cat with a sock on its head and we’ve paid heavily for it.
Wenger should move for another DM. Again, a position we’ve ignored until we accidentally landed on Coquelin. If he picks up an injury, we’re back where we’ve been for the last 3 years.
Big January, as usual.
We have a pretty major game against Bayern on Wednesday. Away against anyone in Europe is tough. Away against a team that feel wronged… with a squad like the one they have could be pretty messy.
We have a few issues we’ve got to address. Firstly, Bayern know we don’t have a Theo, Ramsey or Chamberlain. Which means we’re not quite the threat we were at home. They can press us and they’ll have loads of pace and a very fluid front line they’ll be utilising to the max.
They’ll also be pissed. Pep will have them charged. The crowd will be expectant. The atmosphere will something to behold.
So it’s going to be an interesting game. Can we play with the discipline we need to for a whole 90minutes? Can we go with a plan to unpick them?
Well, the game will certainly suit Wenger if Pep vs Wolfsburg is anything to go by. He dropped a 2-3-5 formation and put in performance of the season. The man loves a bit of innovation. Wenger used to drop 4 forwards when we chasing games back in the day… but 5 up top? Pretty sure that formation went out of fashion in the 30s!
Anyway, should be fun to see what he does. 5 forwards would be pretty mental.
Any of you tactical magicians have a plan to combat 5 forwards?
Let us know in the comments!