AWs strategic flexibility beats Cologne, but formation issues now major concern for CFC

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Cologne fans put on a pretty spectacular showing yesterday. Turns out those Germans are quite cunning. Turning up in Islington, singing their songs, invading our ground, BUYING OUR CORPORATE SEATS.

Very amusing. I love that there were genuine concerns about German folk infiltrating the home end like it was going to be an issue. Please, the only time there’s an issue at Highbury is if the half time bar is out of Cabernet.

Once the flares had settled down, we could get onto the football… and guess what? It wasn’t great.

The second string had a debrief from the first team and replicated all the same misgivings. Elneney and Iwobi did not make for a scintillating partnership, leaving massive gaps and a real lack of presence even when compared to our usual midfield of Ramsey and Xhaka.

It wasn’t the midfield that cost us the opening goal. It was our hapless understudy keeper, David Ospina, who hashed a clearance. The ball found a heavy touch from a Koln player, the Colombian Drogba picked it up with his back to goal, he turned and hooked the ball over Ospina. 1 down at home. Appalling error from a keeper we’ve known is shite for 3  years.

You sensed that although we were really off our game, our quality would shine through, and in the second half it did. Wenger once again gave up on a formation he’s failed to properly grasp. He killed 3 at the back and switched up to a 4-4-2. He also cashed in some gold coins and selected BEAST mode, bringing on Kolasinac for the pedestrian Holding.

Our first goal came from some clumsy footwork. Theo Walcott picked up a delightful chipped pass over the Cologne defense from Elneney, he dropped a heavy pass back into the box that ricocheted up for a Cologne defender, Kolasinac watched it down and RIPPED it at the back post, scoring another goal, whilst simultaneously banishing the faintest of Chamberlain memories.

We also saw the introduction of Jack Wilshere. It was good to see him back. He made some nice passes, performed functionally, and received rave reviews from English fans.

GO ON JACK BE THE BARCA KID WE MISS SO BAD

Alexis looked both disinterested and and fired up. The man is torn. His primal instinct is to play like a kid in a field. A selfish kid. But a really talented one. He went on a sexy meandering run from out left, cut in right, cut in again, and curled a peach into the top corner. So Alexis… You could call it selfish, or you could call it the most statistically likely way of scoring a goal.

The night was capped off when Bellerin was quickest to a loose ball in the box, he slid in to finish off a solid opening win in the BEST European competition EVER.

So what to think?

We rested a lot of players, so it was worrying that our problems seem the same whoever the personnel is. No leadership, a lack of motivation, and a complete misunderstanding of what they’re supposed to be doing. We looked a mess against a team that hasn’t landed a point in the Bundesliga this season. That’s pretty embarrassing when you consider our resources compared to theirs.

Another worry is we gave up on our formation. You can call that smart tactics. You can say that’s what we needed. And I’d agree. However, the worry is Wenger isn’t confident in a formation he’s been rocking for 15 or so games. This is a game of fine margins, if the coach is worried, what are the players thinking? Wenger has what, 2 training sessions to think through what Sunday is going to look like. My fear is he’s slowly realising that last seasons run of ten games was a total illusion of progress.

My final concern is that we’re playing the Champions on Sunday. We’re more of a bogey team for Conte than any other team, but I do have a serious worry that we’re going to be taken down hard. Hazard is back, Chelsea are finding their mojo, and we’re still a big fat mess that’s struggling to catch a break.

But we’ll see. Nice to land a win. Shame it was such a peculiar night.

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224 Responses to “AWs strategic flexibility beats Cologne, but formation issues now major concern for CFC”

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  1. Dissenter

    I sincerely hope another “accident” comes away and sends the club back to “crisis” mode.
    I hope we lurch from defeats by bigger teams and committed middle league teams to scraping wins against crappy teams like Bournemouth.
    That way we get enough points to avoid relegation.
    I don’t want us to face the prospect of relegation but I really want Wenger to be disgraced out then we can all turn on Kroenke together.

  2. HillWood

    At the end of the day the Europa league meant more to Koln than Arsenal fans.
    It also highlights how corporate Arsenal have become compared to European clubs

  3. tonyd

    Loyika

    ArseneisaFraud reflects what we WOBs feel.

    If you can offer a solution to rid us of the people so badly damaging our club, we would be happy to hear it, and endorse it if it would free us of these people to get our beloved club back to seriously challenging for top honours every season.

    You honestly think that, in our hearts of love for the club, we want to lose games?

    To continue to support Wenger et al is to continue the destruction of what The Arsenal has stood for for the 131 odd years.

    We await your solution for the future. Have a chat with Don, Pierre, CC, Puma et al and see what you come up with because ostrich like blind faith isn’t going to cut it!!

    It would make a real change instead of your personal insults of people as you have with Graham 62 in this post.

  4. graham62

    loyika(and the gang)

    What a nasty piece of work you are. The trouble is, you and your “merry gang” will never get it. To be honest, you all give the impression that you have little or no concept of what ‘competitive’ sport is all about and more importantly, what supporting a ‘team’ is all about.

    In my eye’s, you are all pathetic little pussies. Weak minded irresponsible parasites, feeding of the past glories of a manager who is now systematically destroying the club. You are all a disgrace and a total and utter embarrassment to the club, it’s name, it’s history and, significantly, YOURSELVES!

    Maybe you are prepared to sit down and say nothing when your own ‘family’ is being abused and insulted, but we WOB’s will not. The cause of the problem is there for all to see you, so why can’t you accept it?

    You can insult, abuse, belittle us, with your ridiculous rants on what you think being an Arsenal supporter is all about, but, to be perfectly honest, I don’t give a shit!

    As TONYD put it “we await your solution for the future”. However, in the meantime, continue to hide your heads in the sand and lick the ass of a man who has become the cause of all our ailments over this past decade.

    It is laughable that you, Pierre, Don, Puma, CC etc consider yourselves to be highly educated masters of the universe when you can’t even apply common sense to solve an obvious problem. What ignorant individuals you all are.

    Call yourselves supporters?!

    YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!

    You all make me sick!!

  5. Pierre

    Graham62
    “In my eye’s, you are all pathetic little pussies. Weak minded irresponsible parasites, feeding of the past glories of a manager who is now systematically destroying the club. You are all a disgrace and a total and utter embarrassment to the club, it’s name, it’s history and, significantly, YOURSELVES
    YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!You all make me sick!!”

    A bit of a rant there… Having problems at home are we!!

    Your hatred and bile will increase with every Arsenal victory.. Will be hilarious to read… Looks like your losing the plot if you ask me.. Medication time for you..

  6. N'Gambo

    Arsene Wenger, the 92 year old manager – the oldest ever in the league – said, “In all of my time at this club, I’ve never been more confident that we can win the premiership title next year.”

  7. steve

    Dickheads like loyika, Pierre, Don etc are worse than Wenger himself because they’re the ones keeping him in a job. “oh well what ca we do? “there is always a next game”. Let’s wait and see what happens type of cunts.

  8. Boomslang

    Kay, I think you may have misunderstood Pierre. For him and his fellow AKBees, Wenger’s work at Arsenal is sacrosanct and irreplaceable.

    I mean who else could possibly win 3 league titles in 20 years?

  9. graham62

    Pierre/loyika etc

    Just look at you all, hiding behind one another, popping out when it suits you to swing some lefts and rights and then retreating, back into your shells.

    This is not hatred and bile, it is language that I use to penetrate your smug/twisted minds. You all have PhD’s in UTTER BULLSHIT. You pretend to know everything, but, infact, you know nothing.

    Your ‘holier- than- thou’ sarcastic attitudes, are why so many of us see people like you as the core reason for the clubs shortcomings.

    As stated, you are “parasites”, not a supporters. Wenger would be proud of you.

    You are, my fellow bloggers, a complete an utter joke. Enjoy your caffe lattes.

    NEARLY END OF RANT…………………

    PS: Keep it coming, I’m ready!!

  10. Bamford10

    Graham

    Relax, mate. That argument was over a long, long time ago. Wenger is garbage, he has been failing Arsenal for years now and we have been right all along. End of.

  11. Bamford10

    We should revert to 4-3-3, play Xhaka-Elneny-Ramsey in midfield, with Ozil, Lacazette & Sanchez up front. We’ll still lose, but that’s a better set-up.

  12. graham62

    Bamford10

    Agreed, but it’s still fun to keep reminding them.

    Even though we all know “Wenger is garbage” it’s those that persist in following him that concerns me.

    Will continue to fight my corner, no matter what.

    Thanks anyway.

  13. Tee

    @bam, you sounded like a broken record there. You claimed its a better setup but still believe we will loose with it. If i may ask, what makes it a better setup if it wont prevent us from loosing

  14. Jim Lahey

    Never thought I would say this…. but I think Wilshere should be starting for us..

    In this 3-4-3 set up I would like to see.

    ——————————- Čech ————————–

    ———- Mustafi —- Mertesacker — Koscielny ——-

    Bellerín ———- Elneny —– Xhaka ——— Kolašinac

    ————————— Wilshere ———————–

    —————— Lacazette —- Sánchez ————–

    No Ramsey, no Ozil.

    That midfield 3 of Elneny, Wilshere and Xhaka I would hope would be a bit more solid than what we have seen previously.

  15. Tee

    Wilsh shouldnt be starting any of our matches for now if we really want to properly manage his fitness. I think a 10-20 mins cameo here and there would do the trick till he is fully fits

  16. PieAFC

    So called fans who stick up for Wenger have done it so long now in engrained in them.

    Half the time they know what they are saying is strange and there is no logic behind any reasoning.

    But when you’ve defended something, someone so much and for so long – nothing you can do to change that unless you except you’re wrong….

    No one likes ever doing that do that. Just like Wenger himself.

  17. Tee

    It also baffles me why you are going insane cos some fans while in agreement that its time wenger leaves but wont condescend to your level of badmouthing his achievement. You are so blind that you left leprosy to cure ringworm. Kroenke is the only one that can sack him and not your repeated daily rants on legrove. I wonder if yall will be able to discuss football when he is gone cos there wont be anything to moan about.

  18. Bamford10

    Tee

    No offense, but your reply to my post re switching to 4-3-3 shows a basic deficit in logic / reasoning on your part. We might be better with the 4-3-3 than we are with the 3-4-3, but that doesn’t mean we are better than Chelsea with the 4-3-3. Those are two entirely different things.

    10 may be more than 8, but it remains less than 12. See how that works?

  19. Bamford10

    Tee

    Actually, we will happily talk football — and talk it more intelligently than the type who couldn’t see through Wenger — when he is gone. Just as we often do. But to discuss Arsenal without discussing the dipshit that is Arsene Wenger is meaningless.

    As for his “achievement,” he has been an inadequate failure for some ten years now.

    And no, the FACs do not change this fact one iota.

  20. Bamford10

    Jim

    I’d do this instead:

    _________Čech
    Bell__Must__Kosc__Kola
    ____Elneny___Xhaka
    ________Ramsey
    Ozil____Lacazette__Alexis

    Bring Wilshere on for Xhaka or Elneny with 20 minutes to go. Bring Welbeck on for Ozil.

    Or this starting XI:

    _________Čech
    Must__Mert__Kosc__Kola
    ____Elneny___Xhaka
    ________Ramsey
    Ozil____Lacazette__Alexis

  21. loyika

    @ Graham62

    !? Errrrrr!? Ok then!!!

    @ Tonyd

    What’s good mate.

    As per Arsene…. you and i that losing games isn’t going to get him the sack. Only thing that can achieve that is a general apathy of match day attending supporters. That and only that will pique the interest of Stan and get his attention. But are the numbers sufficiently there to carry this out on a consistent basis?

    The protest thing was last season and 1. Arsene and the BoD have become immuned to that and won’t be moved with that ploy again and 2ndly i doubt you will get as much traction this season with protests as you did last. Unless we have such a bad run of games (which you and i know we never go on a horrible run like the way Crystal Palace are on right now)

    Only solution like i mentioned above is hitting the club in the pocket economically. Any other will definately not work. You know this to be true as you are matured and can reason things out without some bollocks emotions attached (well you do have your mood swings once in a while mate. Lol)

    Anyways, like i said, in relations to the game against the Chavs, win, lose or draw won’t change much. Like i suggested to Karim a while back (more in relation to Le Blues though) the key thing is to watch your footie with no major emotions, enjoy the wins and ve disappointed with the loses but not to get to hung over on the rest of the BS that follows. That way you live longer (imho) If people feel that the team will lose every game till the end of the season then, BULLY FOR THEM!!

    @ AiF

    I support Arsenal FC and want us to win every game (regardless of the manager) I don’t spend my time obsessing on Arsene Wenger. (He isn’t worth it)

    I gave an honest assesment of how i saw the Chelsea game panning out. We can agree to disagree on that. As i said, win,lose or draw the world won’t come to an end and we will all deal with whatever results in our own individual way.

  22. loyika

    @ Tonyd

    Besides as Redbot said last night – We (Arsenal supporters) are all shit!!

    (so called AKBs, WOBs and neutrals alike) Some more shittier than others though. Lol

  23. Dream10

    Burnley with solid organisation away to Liverpool, just like Crystal Palace were earlier in the season. They’ve just taken the lead against the run of play as well.

  24. loyika

    @ Samesong

    Pool will generally win more games than lose, but their defence will eventually mean they end up potless this season.

    Klopp still hasn’t sorted it out and is making the same mistake as Brenda did bu thinking his team will just outscore their opponents into submission. Will come back to bite them when the season hits full throttle.

  25. Redtruth

    Loyika
    “I support Arsenal FC and want us to win every game (regardless of the manager) I don’t spend my time obsessing on Arsene Wenger. (He isn’t worth it)”

    You obviously don’t want us to win badly enough otherwise you would want Wenger sacked.

  26. Don

    Bamford10September 16, 2017 14:37:21
    TeeNo offense, but your reply to my post re switching to 4-3-3 shows a basic deficit in logic / reasoning on your part. We might be better with the 4-3-3 than we are with the 3-4-3, but that doesn’t mean we are better than Chelsea with the 4-3-3. Those are two entirely different things. 10 may be more than 8, but it remains less than 12. See how that works?

    BAM
    We beat them with both formations in the last 12 months and that was with costa/Terry/hazard in the side.

  27. loyika

    @ Redbot

    I want my Line Manager sacked as well, but that doesn’t mean i will not do my job to the best of my ability now does it?

    Arsene will fall on his own sword regardless. And wishing for the team to win or lose on a blog doesn’t amount to shit in reality. The game(s) will eventually pan out the way it will regardless of what we individually want or wish (no matter how hard we wish)

    I have said what i feel is an honest (real) way to trigger change, as far as i am concerned, every other thing is just BS banter.

  28. loyika

    @ Bam

    You should have just stopped at we haven’t won at SB for 6 years. Chelsea being a better team doesn’t necessarily mean they will win or beat us. They were a better team before the cup final game, were still a better team when we beat them at the Em.

    Our record at SB is not great (in fact horrible) and the Chavs will obviously have the edge over us, but in my opinion we can nick a draw or get a result (same way we can also be beaten) Its football!! Anything is possible. I also say again; I don’t think we fear playing the Chavs (at present) the way we do Klopp’s Pool team.

  29. Danish Gooner

    How can he start to defend our away game record with a mention of him not losing for two years away from 15 years ago,it makes no sense,completely different time and set up,then he had 21 warriros today he have 21 pussies.

  30. Don

    Bamford
    This is football
    Anything can happen
    You said the same shit before the final
    Before the shield
    Before we drubbed them at the emirates
    We can do them. They will ha e doubt in their minds
    The mourinho mentality is gone. Stop doom mongering. We are more than capable of taking a result tomo

  31. Redtruth

    Don
    “This is football
    Anything can happen
    You said the same shit before the final
    Before the shield
    Before we drubbed them at the emirates
    We can do them. They will ha e doubt in their minds
    The mourinho mentality is gone. Stop doom mongering. We are more than capable of taking a result tomo”

    Spoken like a true underdog

  32. Bamford10

    “The Mourinho mentality is gone.”

    You know that Chelsea won the league last season & finished 18 points above us, yes?

  33. Jasongms

    The mighty Burnley show Arsene how tactics’ are the difference between a humiliation and a respectful draw.

    Liverpool 4 Arsene 0

    Liverpool 1 Burnley 1

    Arsene OUT 🙂

  34. Bamford10

    Loyika

    They are a better team, and they have a better manager. These are simple facts. Might we manage to win? Sure. But one should still be honest about the situation beforehand.

  35. TR7

    May be it’s a tad too early but Pep’s City look very good. Last season they had issues with transitioning from attack to defense but this season they are ensuring they have enough bodies at the back and attack was never an issue for them. I think they can go all the way.

  36. Ishola70

    Loyika:

    ” I don’t think we fear playing the Chavs (at present) the way we do Klopp’s Pool team.”

    Why do they fear Liverpool then?

    As we see from Liverpool’s overall results they are far from the finished product and come the season’s end if Arsenal do manage to put in a half respectable showing this season it will probably be Liverpool that push out Arsenal from CL football again.

    But they shit their pants against Liverpool. They were beaten from the first whistle at Anfield a couple of weeks ago. That is criminal against such a side that being not a real top team.

  37. Bamford10

    Terrible defending from Tottenham’s fairly expensive new defender, Sanchez. Good play from my Sanches, i.e., Renato.

    Don – This is the Tottenham team you think is better than City? Sorry, but I don’t think so.

  38. graham62

    loyika

    We are all Arsenal supporters. The trouble is, over the past decade, we have become so accustomed to the ‘Wenger way’, that failure has been engrained into our psyche.

    You say you don’t spend your time “obsessing on Wenger” and yet, in the same sentence, you say “He isn’t worth it”. My god, if that’s not being defeatest, I don’t know what is.

    Does this also mean if you bought a brand new car and found the engine was faulty, would you just accept the defect and say nothing?

    Wenger is the engine and wheels of the club. He is the one responsible for it’s success and development. He is failing on both counts. Waiting for him ” to fall on his own sword” is apathy to the extreme.

    You asked me the other day how I saw things panning out. Well, what I wish for and what will probably happen, I know, are worlds apart. However, I genuinely believe that he will not see out his contract and that by Xmax the pressure on him will be too much to bear.

    Resign or be sacked, one way or another , change is afoot.

    Prediction for tomorrow, 2-2 or 3-1 Chelsea.

  39. loyika

    But the irony in this is that its the “Apathy!” that will only get him out. Can only be done by the Home and away fans but like i said to Tonyd, i doubt the numbers are there to make a regular boycott of games work to achieve the desired results (and as Emiratestroller has said, its a bit foolhardy to ask or expect ST holders to either stop coming to games or give up their STs)

    I also very much doubt results will be so bad across the sesson for Arsene to be pushed and i also doubt we will see the level of protests as we did last season (i could be proven wrong on both fronts though, but we will have to see)

    Thing is, i want my team to win regardless whether its Goonersaurus or the touchline. Arsene will not be here forever and will surely leave (i also believe this is his final contract, but that might be naive) I have no issues with whatever any other supporter chooses to do, be it protest, not attending games or wishing the team to lose. All i did was state my feelings on how i saw the game against the Chavs going. Probably you took my “Tongue in cheek” comment about the Wife as an insult, fair enough and apologies for that.

    Fact of the matter is (for me) i won’t let my life be run by what the team does. I repeat, If they win i will be fcuking estatic, if they lose i will be disappointed but get over it quickily, life will still go on. I support the team regardless of the Manager (be it Arsene now or anyone that eventually replaces him) which is my choice and that stance won’t change.

    @ Ishola

    Its really a mental thing, i said something a while back that the liverpool team are not better than us, but if the players don’t get it drilled into their heads then Pool will always swamp us as the opposite is the case for them (as in they could be on a bad run and still believe they will beat us whenever they play us) Its like the rubbish way we go about playing The Orcs at the Bet 365? We just don’t believe we can beat them over there, even when we know they are no where near our level. I just feel that we play more freely against Chelsea and City (regardless of how the results pan out)

  40. loyika

    @ Bam

    You are just confusing yourself.

    No one said Chelsea were not a better team than us, what is being said is, we know we can beat this present team (only issue is that they are at home which is an advantage for them)

    We have beaten them last season and i will also say that we will beat them again this season (might not be at The Bridge tomorrow) In the long run does that affect or mean that we will finish ahead of them? NO!! But we know we can beat them.

    So saying they are better is not telling us something we don’t already know (same way my saying we could get a result is not rocket science)

    I was oñly giving my views on how i see the game panning out. Lets see if the Boys will hold up to their end of the bargain game time.