13 responses

  1. ARSENAL 13
    07/12/2016

    Else where I read, ARSENAL are unbeaten away since 9 months. Had a 2 months break inbetween though. Cant verify.

  2. Sam Sayyed
    07/12/2016

    Right now I am in footballing heaven!

  3. Vijay
    07/12/2016

    I didn’t see the 36 passes Goal, infact until today morning I didn’t realise that played a game yesterday evening.It has been lucky for Arsenal when I don’t watch or follow the game and I cannot stop myself from watching or following the game when I know the game is going on, So I force myself into very involving activities. But when I see the 36 pass pic there seems to be lot of back and side passes and the number in itself is too high. It is against Basel(I am not forgetting that they are swiss Champions). EPL games will not allow the luxury of 36 passes either the flow will be broken or your Player will be injured. so the only way is to score quickly and Arsenal has been doing that lately. So, I am not really over the top about tht 36 pass Goal.

  4. Dammy
    07/12/2016

    Another good piece. Have you considered management or teaching football management- the 4 points are quite intuitive.

    The psych factor is a thing but I’m not sure how you measure it but kudos to you for giving it a go. One thing that can be scientifically measured is results. We have played 23 this season, winning 15- 65% win rate, plundering 54 goals and conceding 18 – 0.78 per game and 8 clean sheets to our credit.
    If all counted in a league table fashion we would have an astonishing 51 points from 23 matches. Leicester had 47 at that stage last season.
    Kudos to Wenger for quietly going about building a squad over a number of years while everyone accused him of not spending or actually not doing it in one transfer window as the media cajoles the fans into believing that’s what we want.

  5. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin
    07/12/2016

    Hmmn,
    it’s happy time for we the Arsenals after we’ve first realised our number 1 aims to qualify for the CL again, again and again…. for 17 consecutive seasons. Wow! And also for us to have miraculously realised our 2nd objectives to mount the top spot in our group on the final day of the group stage campaigns. So what else can we say other than to give thanks to God for His favour that cometh upon us.

    Save for defensive purposes to protect our advantage in the game by denying the opposition to have the ball or using it trying to draw the opposition players out from their defensive shell, 36 consecutive passes are delightful to watch. But for me, it’s too much of a tiki-takaring with the ball. It can be a waste of productive attempts time to score if negatively employed. And should the ball be seized by the opposition, it could lead to a dangerous counter attacks. As the overpassing team got momentarily lost. Cesc Fabregas audacious long pass to Diego Costa at the Etihad last Saturday has said it all.

    Even the exponent of tiki-taka football, Pep Guardiola and the instrument – Barcelona fc team he used in propelling the invention have appeared to be restricting the project to a lesser degree in application as it’s no longer effectively sustained dominance in a game due to it being countered by the park the bus strategy team which seems to have weakened it one time dominance at a period in time.

    Therefore, the Gunners may put 20 to 40 passes together in a match to entertain it’s teeming supporters. Fine. Or do it for defensive reason by using it to draw out the stubborn park the bus opposition team.

    By and large, for me, the devastating 1 – 2, 1 – 3, 1 -4, 1 – 5, 1 – 6 & 1 – 7 passes, maximum and it’s a Goal! are enough for me. But of course I am not a footballer nor am I a football coach. Therefore I could be wrong in my thinking.

  6. nicky
    07/12/2016

    Tony,
    Are you sure about Holding possibly being the signing of the century? I always thought that was the capture of the former Olympic Stadium by West Ham.
    That is according to the delectable Baroness Brady. 😉

  7. Tony Attwood
    07/12/2016

    Nicky, yes Ms Brady has said it was the most successful stadium transfer of all time. An interesting claim.

    But I really do rate Holding, and I rather suspect his is going to be the transfer I will be quoting for quite a while when people talk about buying kids for a few million rather than REAL players.

    Dammy – the only time I ever got the government to pay me (rather than the reverse) was to set up the School of Education Administration and Management, which I ran for quite a few years. Not quite football management, but the skills are the same. Thanks for your compliment.

  8. Andy L
    07/12/2016

    As usual the BT Sport show adopted a negative view about us yesterday. The preview was based on how we had failed to win our group over the last few years and then our chief supporter on the panel , the appologist Ian Wright , only said we would win in order that he avoid the usual criticism on twitter for telling the truth.Having won the panel then went into fits of giggles that as a result of our victory would could draw Bayern Munich again. How sad that this should be the case and how laughable that the editorial staff had got it so wrong. Incidentally their highlight show that followed did not begin with our triumphant victory but the dynamic non result draw between Citeh and Celtic. At this point I gave up.

  9. omgarsenal
    07/12/2016

    I am quite convinced that holding is a real steal and the real deal as we say across the Pond. However there are some absolutely fabulous deals Wenger made the past few years with Lucas, Mustafi, El-Neny, Gabriel, Xhaka and Alexis representing great value for money.

    What really gets me excited is that we still have Wellbeck, Per,Bellerin and Santi to return over the next 3 months, only strengthening our already formidable side. I don’t see Wenger addind anyone during the January transfer window unless we get more injuries to key players…..andlets hope that doesn’t happen.

    I AM concerned with the way the PIGMOB seem to be returning to their wicked ways when it comes to the Arsenal. However, we seem to have found a solution to the tramway parking side of Football and the tactical dynamism AFC have shown is really positive and impressive.

  10. omgarsenal
    07/12/2016

    Forgot to mention Wilshere, Sanogo, Chambers and Akpom, and Reine-Adelaide being available either now or next season, as well!

  11. Sammy The Snake
    07/12/2016

    Are we really contemplating the number of passes? I don’t care if the pass once or 100 times. The important point is the team is in a great moment, and we should all be thankful for the results. The entire team, players & coaches & support staff, are working very hard to achieve these results.
    It’s not fair to sit behind a computer and complain about the manner in which we topped our CL group!

  12. Brickfields Gunners
    08/12/2016

    A loss in every 20 games ? I could live with that !

  13. Florian
    08/12/2016

    Here’s to the pass #36!

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