Re: Victory Makes Arsenal Light Headed? Stakes high
24 October, 2008 18:32
Pual, you are a purist.
Fundamentally, there are 2 types of Arsenal fans here.
Those like Padre, Simon, Eduardo, Baz, PK....who grown up with Arsenal, maybe for generations like PAdre when his grandpa brought to a watch with a chilly wind blowing cold enough to freeze his balls literally...
And they are football fans like who love to watch English football, and suddenly sit up and notice the revolution that Arsene Wenger started at Arsenal and suddenly drawn into its circle and remain as supporter of Arsenal.
The privilege of watching Bergy, Overmars,
the French Spine telepathic understanding,
a young Anelka, a young Reyes,
the pragmatism of "Rope Da Dope" at Cardiff with Bergy in a 4-5-1 formation,
a 17-year old Fabregas at Charity Shield,
the 4-1-4-1 that drove us to CL Final,
Battle of Trafford,
the Unbeaten, et.
SO mnay fond memories,
so many breathe-taking one-touch-one-pass football.
The joy of watching French Spine taking apart teams within the first 20 minutes....scoring goals for fun.
The blind side running of Pires and Freddy..
We are spoilt and that is the benchmark - The French Spine
Like my benchmark of Total Football - Pele's Brazil 1970
What we are seeing is a complete new team, a new concept of total football, no more of DCM or Vieira-Petit partnership.
It is all PACE & MOVEMENT (I think Wenger stole my phrase in a recent interview) with interchangeability, with versatile players playing in any position.
Wenegr stubbornness in playing palyers out of position, sticking Diaby, Walcott, Vela and EBoue out on the flanks is starting to pay dividends as it trained a group of players, comfortable on the flanks, with the ability to cut into centre and yet able to defend the flanks and centre as well.
Many of us forgott hat last season, we got helluva lots of luck in our blinding start which blinded us to our deficits in lack of depth.
Hleb was only good for august/Septmeber, got injured in October and downhill after that.
It is he attacking plays of Fabregas that made Flamini so good with his high-octnane running, and Kolo-gallas was at his peak before ANC.
Chelski self-destruct via Mourinho, Benitez crazy rotation policy and ManLeeds' poor start of the season caused us flying off the block...like a mirage.
But we got found out before X'mas with ManLeeds overtaken us when 9 points behind, and Grant Chelski grinding out wins after wins....and Torres beginning to make an imapct at Anfield.
Chelski and Liverpool ae flying off the starting block.
ManLeeds as usual is having a poor start.
Arsenal is no worse or better with the points collected now like last season.
And best of all with this group of callowed yougnsters written off by all pundits, a roller coaster performance, euphoria one moment and deep depression the very next.
Taht is why Paul, like you, I love this TEAM so much, their unpredictability, their fearlessness in playing away to any opponents, and the very potential you and I knwo that on their day, their fear no one and can beat anyone.
And still stay true to Arsene Wenger Total Football, winning with breathe-taking football.
Fenerbahce-Arsenal game was staying true to the Beautiful Game, may the best attacking team wins....not the best defensive team wins..Greece 2004.
What Arsene Wenger is doing is using FAbregas as the FULCRUM, and to fulfil Fabregas' Dream of becoming a complete MIDFIELD GENERAL, dominating midfield, attacking midfielder in support of Attack, and defensive steel in breaking up plays.
It si that lack of understanding with Denilson that is the hold back now, compounded by a shaky Kolo-Gallas pairing that is all pace and quickness, but lack leadership, organisation ability and understanding.
Midfield is dependable very much as retaining possession and instant pressure on opponents whenever the balls are lost...where Eboue-Denilson-Fabregas-Walcott will instantly ahrass opponents. And Adebayor needs to track back as much to help out and revert to 2006 where Adebayor covered every blades of grasses on the pitch till an exhuasted adebayor is substituted in the 70th minute.
And with a fit Diaby..it is back to 4-5-1 with Diaby or Nasri in the free-roaming role of Hleb or Rosicky.
And scoring duty is shared now between Forward and Midfield.
But the fault is not Denilson-Fabregas partnership but with a suddenly shaky Kolo-gallas partnership that undermines what Wenger is seeking to develop that Denilson-fabregas partnership still in its embroynic stage.
Think carefully. If we have a soldi Kolo-gallas partnership with a steady Kolo and better leadership and organisation in Gallas, will DenislnFabregas partnership be that bad in covering up for those deficiencies in Kolo-Gallas aprtnerhsip.
Even with Flamini, it is stil abd..and even if we buy yaya Toure, it wil still bad because fundamentally, the defence foundation is simply rotten due to Kolo-Gallas partnership.
Kolo had retrogressed and failed to develp since last season ANC.
Gallas is the wrong choice as Captain and as Leader.,,like Henry. Gallas can never be Arsenal as he is too long at Chelsea and too set in his way. And I look upon him as more and more a liability when the crunch period arrive during Feb-May again.
Gallas' emphasis is too much "winning is everything", to much of Mourinho philosophy instilled in him that he can never udnerstand Arsene Wenger Total Football - to win not at all cost, but to win playing The Beautiful Game.
SOmetimes like after The Hull City game, it is so hard to take and understand "To win playing The Beautiful Game"; but the memory of February 21, 2006 restored one's faith in Arsene Wenegr as whenever in our darkest moment, his TEAM responsed and silenced al critics.
Like Fenerbahce-Arsenal game restord one faith in his continual experimental with The Beautiful Game.
And that is what draw neutral fans and people liek me to Arsenal.
To watch Arsene Wenger Total Football.
And why Fenerbahce fans applauded Arsenal players off the pitch....like Pompey fans...like so many rival fans.
And yet after 3 years of transitions, after watching the rapid maturing of yougnsters, the slowly gelling of all thsoe palyers, with Fabregas still not at his scintillating best, still short of match sharpness and udnerstanding with team-mates, Diaby fit, Walcott coming of age,and plenty of youngsters reayd by December...it is a football feast to come.
The bitterness of last season "so near yet so far" had mentally strengthen those players as they will never like to drink that bitter draught again come May 2009.
And that is why I predicted that they will win the title this season..with style.
Arsenal 32 wns 3 draws 3 losses = 99 points.
And like ManLeeds an Chelski of last season, we are smoothly slipped into another gear and learn to grind out ugly wins this season.
And why after Fulham and Hull City, they are focussed now on winning with complacency kicked out of their collective a.s.ses.
And why hungry yougnsters like Ramsey, Vela, Wilshere, Song and Djourou will be ready in December as failure is not an option no more.
This is the TEAM that can defend and attack, with height and finesse in Diaby, interchangeability with the Trio of Denilson-Fabregas-Diaby atacking or defending or slugging it out in midfield- trench-warfare.
The key is the box-to-box running ability of Diaby, the ability of Fabregas to improve his defending skill by Decmeber, and the ability fo Denilson to integrate with Fabregas and Diaby by December.
And not forgetting with quality substitutes like Van Persie, Bendtner, Vela, Eduardo, Rosicky, Sagna, Kolo, Gallas, Song, Ramsey.....
Chelski was 9 points behind us at this stage of the season,
ManLeeds was 6 points behind us
And we have a superior goal difference to both of them..
yet both of them overhauled us.
We got out Blip out of the way...and time to start a run of 10 consecutive victories to win us the title.
it is not light headedness we got to worry about.
It is whether those yougnsters have enough self-belief in themselves, their team-mates, to banish all self-doubts after FUlham and Hul City and beleived that they are good enough even to rip Liverpol, Chelski andn ManLeeds to shreds on their days.
I don't mind they lose with going down fighting all the way, but I detested the way they shamefully losed their games without a fight like last season with Flamini and Hleb misisng ina citon and gallas being gallas just like henry, nonplussed at all those losses.
Lose by all means, but please die fighting...