Why Can’t Arsenal Handle Big Away Games?

Here’s a debate I had on twitter on the evening of 17 September. You be the judge.

abcdefghiWho’s right and who’s wrong?

 

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10 thoughts on “Why Can’t Arsenal Handle Big Away Games?

  1. Phil, you gotta give it up. He’s a cult worshipper, a true believer. You can’t debate people like that with reason, facts. You just can’t.

  2. All the big teams know how the fm likes to play. It’s very easy.
    Overload the md and the gunners will run into a cul de sac with their endless passing.
    Tactically he is much,much inferior to the top guys who don’t care if they
    indulge in ugly soccer and injure somebody to get a result.

  3. AW never changes tactics depending on opponents. He sets the team up the same way against Hull and Chelsea which does not make sense. He has always been like this. The liability in this team unfortunately is the captain Arteta. You cannot blame Arteta though. He is doing what the manager has asked him to do but he is just not strong enough or quick enough. He is a fantastic passer but he is not Pirlo. AW never sees the limitations. Don’t get me wrong I am a massive Wenger fan and I don’t think it is about money at all. If he adapts his tactics and personnel we will not get so badly beat. As for the Dortmund game it could be down to tired legs. We have not had a proper pre-season. We played the 2 extra games against Besiktas and had an intense game with City. We have also high tempo games against Everton and Leicester this season.

    • To be fair to Arteta he is a known quantity. I dont think Pirlo is any faster or stronger – but managers that use him build around him properly.

      I understand why Wenger uses Arteta, but if he want’s Arteta at the base of a 4-2-3-1, it means putting a strong fast water carrier beside him. But…
      – which in turn means moving Ramsey to tip of midfield.
      – which in turn means that the only way you can get anything out of the 42 million spent on Ozil is to put a real stud of a full back on the side that you play him on.

      None of this was done.

      Wenger passed up on Aurier and on the other side, while Gibbs is a hell of an athlete, I dont see any evidence of Gibbs being coached to fulfill his potential as a an attacking force.

      And at the back if you’ve got Arteta doing pressing, you’d better have TWO centre backs who are real thoroughbreds if you want any home of dealing with 1 vs 1s. Koscielny is that, Mertesacker is good but not a halfway line defender.

      Just makes no sense.

      Wenger has some good ideas, but he need to be consequention in his approach.

  4. A. It looks like he is having difficulty admitting that he is wrong
    B. It looks like he is having difficulty admitting that he is wrong about Wenger.

    You are fighting two fronts here. A couple of more poor performances this year like against Dortmund will turn him around though – probably starting with our draw against Mighty Villa this weekend.

  5. For what its worth the same individuals moaning about Wenger now will be moaning about the next manager and the one after that because they always think they know better because with the benefit of hindsight we all do, opinion without responsibility is the easiest place to be in the world.

  6. What’s there to debate, huh? We can’t (seem) to win big away games because we’re neither blessed with good enough “big game” players nor are the mostly $hit ones we’ve got set up to win them. Simples.

  7. What’s there to debate, huh? We can’t (seem) to win big away games because we’re neither blessed with good enough “big game” players nor are the mostly $hit ones we’ve got set up to win them. Really sucks.

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