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Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A

Remember Plan A?

By Boris Mellor
March 2 2009

Remember the nose tappers used to say Arsenal lacked plan a B? George Graham was particularly fond of saying it, I suspect he still does except we don't hear much of him these days. George was great at Plan B, it won us our biggest, and second European pot. Indeed we only started winning so many pots when we could no longer contest the league.

Well if plan B was winning matches one nil then Wenger is halfway there. I tried to get the boys at the Bank to sing nil nil to the Arsenal to the tune of one nil to the Arsenal, but most of the miserable bastards wouldn't join in.

Rather than booing the team a good round of this new song would cheer everyone up, and would in a satirical, but non malicious way get our disappointment over to Wenger and co. We could then polish it off with "drawing drawing Arsenal". Booing does not encourage the team and destroys fragile confidence.

Whoops I am digressing; well anything is better than previewing Arsenal games these days, but back to the main issue. Ah yes Plan A - well Wenger is already playing a sort of incompetent Plan B, nobody can beat us, 15 unbeaten games in a row (all competitions), it's just that we can't beat them either.

It's a sort of Plan C (where C equals Crab)I suppose, but surely we don't want to go back to plan B, that would be a retrograde step, unless you believe in stages theory, start off with 1-0, and then over next few weeks build up to a 2-1, then a 3-2, and finally a 4-0. I would prefer permanent revolution and make a big leap to 3-0 straight off. The only way that will happen is if Wenger returns to Plan A.

Plan A is best, lets dispense with the Year of the Crab - sideways, scuttle, sideways, scuttle, back, forward, forward, sideways. Let's go back to the good old days. Opposition takes a corner, head it down or kick it out, midfielder picks it up takes off like rocket. Two forwards sprint like hares out of traps, midfielder passes, forward in last third passes to striker who scores. Nil to one nil in 30 seconds - ah the beauty of Plan A. Once you have fallen in love with Plan A no other Plan will do. I used to love it when the opposition got a corner, it meant a breakaway goal, now it just means anxiety.

No Mystery Mr Wenger

Wenger says he puzzled why Arsenal never score, well he is the only one, ask the crowd they can tell you. It's the crab football Arsene it doesn't work. Just return to Plan A and the team will start scoring. That's why they are booing, they want Plan A back, they are bored to the back teeth with Plan C.

        Wenger says he was surprised by Fulham - why? They drew at Chelsea and Liverpool. Anyhow, looking ahead to WBA, they  have conceded more goals at home than any other team bar Hull. They play pretty tippy tappy football, what possible surprise could they have in store - surely not Plan A. Come on  let's get in first and have a goal fest you old misers you.

Jay Simpson is loan tied and will not play, Gallas is injured.

Possible Squad:  Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Clichy, Arshavin, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Vela, Fabianski, Ramsey, Song, Gibbs, Eboue, Bendtner, Merida.


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Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
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02/03/2009 20:59
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009:03:04:20:58:32 by Padre Pio.

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
02/03/2009 23:27
i like the way your trying to bring light humour into are current plight padre!god knows could do with some thumbs down

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
02/03/2009 23:39
You either laugh or you cry.
This season doesnt come close to our worst performance, that was the year we lost 6-1 at Man U, and you know who was in the back four.
I actually started an Igor - Igor chant when he scored his debut goal. Eeeegor

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
03/03/2009 03:41
You either laugh or cry at WBA..0-0 or 0-7?

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
03/03/2009 13:03
i'm done with laughing but i like the humour you've added to this whole fiasco.better to chant that than this horrible booing which all but worsens the teams performance.

wenger and the team must think they are in the middle of a fright night movie just as we fans are stuck in a zombie movie.

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
djarse (IP Logged)
03/03/2009 14:25
We must be due a goal fest, surely ?!

Three nil to the Arsenal - the key being an early goal from Andrei

Only three goals conceded in last 12 games - amazing !

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
H.C (IP Logged)
03/03/2009 14:26
Well look, there are nil-all draws and nil-all draws. Now the current crop of nil-alls are not a patch on the Real Madrid 0-0, and nobody would say so, but Padre, were you at the 0-0 vs Southampton during George's last few weeks?
Lord, it was grim. You'd have had a better view outside the ground. So we have a way to go before things get really bad. This booing thing - it's modern, and like most modern things (with the exception of the internet and my new black dog) it's bollocks.
Nil desperandum

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
Bergmars (IP Logged)
03/03/2009 17:38
Actually a one nil is looking pretty damned good at present.

A shadow of what we were

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
04/03/2009 19:11
Arsene Wenger's Plan B differs from Plan A is analogous to WHiteHartlotPrincess lying with 4 legs spread wide open in the air to 4 legs on the ground.

That is, Plan B is no difference from Plan A, which is as an analogy again, no difference from gazza's licking tongue (Plan) except its alignment with front ("B") or back orifice ("A").

In summary, Plan B = S*CUMS and Plan A = SH*T

Therefore, S*CUMS = SH*T...(Sm154)

Re: Forget Plan B - What Happened to Plan A
Gööfle11 (IP Logged)
05/03/2009 18:34
We only have a plan B at the moment. Our passing is not as good but we look good defensively.

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