The skipper left!
The anchor-man sold!
Only 2 points from 2 games! It seems everything that pundits said about the breakdown of the north london club is starting to be truth!
What more can you expect from the man once called ‘the professor’?!
Well, I would say : a lot more to come!
Cleaning The Bad Apples In The Dressing Room
I would say that selling those duo key members was another Arsene Wenger visionary strategy.
What was this Van Persie about?! After becoming best player in England Premiere League last year, that mentality suddenly dropped since Dutch National Team broke down easily in Euro 2012. It was said that some players, including VP, acted like they are the best player in the world. Some characters that lead the team to their ruin. After that incident, VP became more childish by releasing statement straigth to public that he won’t signed contract extension for Arsenal. A statement that shouldn’t be released before Arsenal and VP reached final agreement or disagreement formally. I think it was being said just because VP had a bad mood due to his unsuccesful campaign with his National Team. This unprofessional attitude shouldn’t be in our squad if we want to challenge some titles because it can generate tensions in the dressing room. So, the bad apple had to be get rid of! Sadly, we had to sell it to Manure but with that injury-prone, they won’t get many positive impact.
Why this Song sold?! According to some internal source, Song has an attitude that Steve Bould find it ‘difficult’ to handle. After became Arsenal key member for several years, Song seemed unpleasant with his current salary. Although, he still had three years left in his contract, his agent was trying to negotiate a raise for him. To ‘pressure’ Arsenal, some unprofessional acts were done by this water-carrier player. This problem surely had to be solved quickly so that it won’t affect the preparation for the upcoming season. So, another bad apple sold!
Five Stars Soldiers For Half Price!
After being too careful in transfer market for years, Wenger began his spending by wrapping up a high-prolific striker Lukasz Podolski just before Euro 2012 begins. A striker who already have a big name for Germany International Squad. Though he hasn’t been to success in club career but for Germany National Team, people surely know that this player has already in the prime squad for years and scores bunch of goals.
And one of the most ‘rare’ playmaker that still alive these days has join Arsenal!
Santi Cazorla. He has all the quality needed to heir zidane-typically playmaker. Short, visionary, powerful shot, ‘ridiculous’ yet imposing pass, those skills can give more color to Arsenal midfield. A missing color since fabregas left a year ago. And Santi even better with his ability to control the ball like there’s glue sticked in his boots. In his first (and last) year at Malaga, he already brought the ‘minnow’ team to reached Champions League spot by the end of the season. And Arsene got him for half price than his real value!
And the third player signed for Arsenal is last year French League top scorer. Olivier Giroud hasn’t prove himself yet at high level football competition but to lead goal ranking in French and brought his ‘minnow’ team Montpellier to win the title surely add some sugar in his Curriculum Vitae. Tall, great body strength and good looking (a little better than Gervinho), a typical player that can add more variation in Arsenal’s striking role.
With Podolski’s uber alles spirit, Cazorla’s succesful top spot end of season journey and Giroud’s league title and top scorer, from these three new signing, we can conclude that Arsene Wenger is (finally) looking for players that not only good at their skill but also have winning mentality, something that we missed these past few years….
This Year is a REVOLUTION!
The selling of two key players not only gave more cash in our wallet but there’s more strategic reason better than those money..
We already suffered 7 years without any trophy. Most of those season, Van Persie and Song were the key members for us. Some fundamental change needed if we want to get some titles was changing players that influenced our style. Van Persie certainly was the master of the team with his goals while song added some of his in the midfield. By selling those duo, like it or not, we have to change our style. A style that hadn’t yet given us any title for those long years. In another terms, what arsene does right now supposed to be the REVOLUTION!!
Forward Revolutionary Role: Add More Fluidity!
Without any one-man team like VP, the attacking flow will be more varied. By placing Podolski or Gervinho up front, the attacking role will be more fluid with some penetration from either both flank or from the center field while Giroud will be an alternative with his height and strong body.
As for Gervinho himself, he is 1-year-more experience now. Arsene tries to maximize his skill and fluidity by placing him as the ‘fake no.9′. A lone striker upfront that have many movement so that opponent’s defender will be attracted to him and that will open up some opportunities for other players to penetrate defence. Just like Spain did with fabregas in their Euro 12 winning journey.
Arsene is Bringing Back “The Real No.10″
The addition of Santi Cazorla will give Arsenal vision and creativity that we lost since that barcelonian left. Cazorla will be our ‘real no.10′ playing freely behind strikers. His passing is like come out of nowhere finding our forward through easily against opponent’s goalie one-on-one. Wonderful passing skill. His ball control is magnificent! Penetrating opponent’s defend is easier with his glued-like boots. He is able to delay or attacks more, play with the rhytm. And his shot is powerful either from the close range or the long one. This typical player is rare these days.
Arsene’s Revolutionary Middle Field: No More Pure “Water Carrier”!
Another revolution made by Wenger this season is in the midfield role by eliminating a pure Defensive Midfielder (DM) and replacing it with Deep-Lying Playmaker (DLP). Last year, Song had developed into a ‘ball-distributor’ rather than just a breaker by creating many assists that converted to goals by other players (11 assists in the Premier League and 13 assists overall). He also moved forward a lot! That lead us to a question: What was Song’s real position then?! Was he a center mid, a defensive mid, an attacking mid or box-to-box mid? Well, I say all of them! So, rather than playing a DM that can join attack, Arsene chose a playmaker that can attack as good as defend. Arteta is an intelligent Central Midfielder (CM) that can set the attacking play from deep by launching some brilliant passing while breaking the opponent’s attack by some intelligent tackles. He doesn’t have strong physical body as Song did but he tackles in good timing. This changes make Arsenal plays more fluidity in the midfield.
More Synergy in The Backyard
This season, no one leave the backyard as well as no new signing. It created more synergy in coordination because these people already co-operate for at least a year. Experience is the key. Mertesacker has adapting well with EPL condition after last year arrival while both Koscielny and Vermaelen gained more confidence and synergy. Right back youngster, Jenkinson, has developed to a rock-solid defence as well as joining the attack even more. Gibbs showed some skillful performances that will give him a place in England’s National team sooner or later. Both fullback can harm the opponent from the flanks and defend their ground from opponent’s winger.
In summary, the backyard consist of Mertesacker tall profile, Vermaelen commanding captaincy, Koscielny great timing, Jenkinson young spirit and Gibbs skillful ability. Not to forget that we will have the best right back in EPL when Sagna back from injury. Sagna, these past few years has been known as the best right back in EPL.
Last But Not Least: The Best Goalkeeper Since Seaman!
This goalie’s name is hard to pronounce. Szczesny, so talented that he could already leapfrogged his senior Fabiansky either at Arsenal or in the Polish team. Splendid saves and commanding at the back makes him as one of the most promising Goalkeeper in the future. If he can manage the temper and able to reach maturity then he will be no.1 in EPL, I can guarantee you that!
Where was this Don Vito come from?! Most of us haven’t heard about this player came back from being loaned to several clubs. But the injuries of both Szczesny and Fabiansky has make the opportunity arrived. And Mannone delivered some strong performance. Who knows maybe he can push Szczesny away?! At least, we can be less worry if no.1 gets injured.
Other than those “Revolutionary Roads”, we can be more confidence this season due to these certain aspects:
Boys Are Gaining Experience More
What pundits said about the club these recent years was the ‘lack of experience’ that Arsenal suffer. This season, players like Diaby, Jenkinson, Szczesny, Gibbs and other youngsters are 1-year-more experience better than last year. Diaby was look like “junior” Viera when played against Liverpool. Jenkinson and Gibbs are also faster in attack and tougher in defend than last year. Not to mention, players such as Ramsey, Yennaris, Gnabry and other youngster that already proved their talents. This year, the maturity arise! We just have to maintain mentally and protect them from rich-predators such as Mancit or Chelsea that keep their scouts watching at our academy.
A feeder club, that is what anyone who doesn’t know Arsenal much said… Poznaninmypants have a brilliant picture about how this club being managed. Please find this link for further knowledge: They Say We’re A Selling Club. But We Are The Carthaginians Of Football! Nice post mate!
Players Back From Injury Are Like New Signings and We Are Going To Sign 5 Star Players!
Yupp! Every player that come back from injury is like a new signing, new spirit, new fitness and new color. And we are going to sign at least two ‘5-star’ players!
Sagna, as I already said before, has known as the best right back in English Premiere League. He came as an unknown player and turn to be the greatest right back recently while Jack Wilshere has been said as the most talented England’s playmaker since Gascoigne. I still remembered how Wilshere influence Arsenal midfield during his fully-fit time. The match against Barca few years ago showed us an undisputable playmaker whom has vision and untouchable dribble. Jack outclassed players like Xavi or Busquets back then. And the thing that made me proud is that Wilshere arised from Arsenal-own academy. It can be said that Jack has Arsenal DNA in his blood.
Ooh, I can’t wait to see those pair back!
The other players that may be back from injury and influence the game also are Rosicky and Frimpong. Rosicky will be a great back up or alternative in the playmaking area while Frimpong can be a tough DM if we need some back up for the defence area.
Positive Spirits = Positive Condition = Positive Results
Last year 8 goals defeated from the devil had hurt Gooners heart. Some reacted negatively by insulting the coach, the players, the management and some blamming on injury blows. Every day I saw those negative comments and I felt sad about it because those negative reacted can harmed the players’ feeling more. They could play with bad mood, a situation that can add more negative results.
Back then, I realized that this club needs support in every time especially in time when they were down. And that lead me think that it is so easy to produce comments whether it’s in positives or negatives.
So, instead of being negative, I chose to be more positives! And I can only say positive things about Arsenal. You can find it in twitter by searching #PositiveGooners and I wish every of you can deliver some positivity also so that we can find more positive results.
Don’t Trust The Media!
One of the most effective to stay positive is not to trust the media. They usually make up some stories that can raise their selling. And people these days are interested on some bombastic news. This can lead supporters or childish players turned against the club itself… Yes, Van Persie is a perfect example. Never trust the media except if its already said in Club’s official statement. And also, joins Arsenal supporter forum that give more positive statements rather than negative ones in order to keep the positivity.
I wish if more positive gooners created then more positive results we will get!!