I hope all is well ?
…And it or should I say he, rumbles on – Captain Van Tastic, Robin Van Persie. Lots of reports in the last few days - ‘he’s going’, ‘a pre-contract has been signed’, ‘He wants to stay the balls in Arsenal court’…’Giroud was signed to COMPETE with Van Perise’. This is getting ridiculous. The media know there is an agreement between Arsenal and RVP that states nothing will be said or announced until a decision is made.. so there *blows rasberry*
Take a deep breath… and with all these reports…Take them ALL with a pinch of salt…
Firstly, In my opinion If Van Persie was to leave, we would become a weaker team. If you include the new players signed, our squad will be stronger. Obviously having more options in ‘key’ positions. Add all the injured players into the mix and I think we could be on to something special. Lets go mad for a second – If we were to sign a ‘proper’ attacking midfielder, we would, dare I say it.. be title-winning material *Hides*.
The new boys would have to hit the ground running for this to happen.The major worry is a repeat of last seasons kick-off..*Palm to face* which could dent confidence and put us in an equally bad situation. Putting that tosh aside, we need to get off to a good start, to ease the pressure on the players and Arsene…
A little thought I had – Has Arsene signed these players to ‘agree to the deal’ that RVP wanted or is he planning life without our star striker ?
My first question – Will they light up the league ? I’m not so sure they will. The two will certainly add a higher intensity to our work rate, hence a possible change In direction ? Steve Bould will want more from the team it that respect to try to ease the pressure off the so-called ‘weak’ arsenal defence.
Obviously they both have more than that to their game(s) but could that be the key attribute for the new look team and why they were signed ?
To be honest I wasn’t 100% on Podolski signing. I have said it in my previous blogs… But considering the position Arsene will want him to play. Left of our 4-2-3-1. He will definitely make us more efficient, but will he shine ?..Im ot so sure. He won’t go past players, but he will drift in off the left and help with the build up play. The thing about him I’m most looking forward to is his wife *rubs face, “sorry”* - his runs to the back post and having a presence in the oppositions box. Finally someone who will score goals, a fox in the box ?
Oliver Giroud – Will he be the target man we have longed for ? One thing for definite, is that he isn’t just a target man. He is very mobile for his size and he will make runs in and behind the oppositions defence. Causing *Fingers crossed* havoc. As we all know Arsene is a fan of a ‘big’ striker..Chamakh, Bendtner, Kanu…Adebayour (sorry). Maybe we can have some luck with this one.
Podolski – Giroud – Walcott
Gibbs – Wilshere – Arteta – Sagna
Koscielny – (Mertesacker/Song) – Vermaelen
The 3-4-3 – demands intense pressure on the opposition high up the pitch from the forwards. Add a high defensive line to that, and your pretty much playing the whole game inside the opponents half. It allows the front ’3′ to dictate play and more applicable to our new signings – apply intense defensive pressure.
This would allow us to break with pace, load the midfield and keep hold of the ball. Without a doubt we have the technical ability to hold our own with the formation. Another plus, we could also afford to lose Song or Vermealen to a marauding run.. or two, without causing our defence too much harm .This part is for you Arsene, this system could be used with the players we have in the squad now. It could highlight our strengths and eradicate our weaknesses. If it works for Wigan, why not us ? – Our players are clearly more talented than Wigan’s, look at the affect it had on their end of season run-in…
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