20 responses

  1. terry white
    31/05/2017

    See Walter
    There you go again giving us facts which disprove all the nonsense printed, written and spoken!
    You really are a spoil sport!
    You`ll be telling us there aint no fairies at the bottom of the garden next

    Just think how much newspaper print has been wasted on the silly stories regarding Arsenal
    How much electronic time wasted on computer blogs
    Whilst i don`t read stories about other teams, it seems to me, no matter what Arsenal do there will be negative stories
    This doesn`t seem to apply to other teams
    I get the feeling if we were to win the league, win the European Champs Cup(not next season), win the F.A. cup et al. there would still be a bunch of pratts who would criticise.
    Things like, “well you only won by four goals, you should have won by more!”

    I remember Arsenal winning the league in 1953, waiting another 18 years to do the double in 1971 and then waiting another 18 years to win the league again in 1989
    I remember thinking in 1989, “Oh shite we don`t have to wait another 18 years do we ?”
    In all that time, no other team came close to Arsenal for me
    Ok, so I`m a nutter

    Thanks again Walter for bringing some perspective to our game

  2. Laos gooner
    31/05/2017

    Keyboard hindsight manager? Gary Neville is a shorter more common spelling I believe. Good to read through how our form went and a lot of sense in what is said

  3. Lohit
    31/05/2017

    @walter, I noticed that for 7 or 8 games we get unfair treatment from referes, and next match they apply rules correctly and media makes big fuss about it.What does your stats say?

  4. blacksheep
    31/05/2017

    great article Walter, agree with all of – and the bit about the BFG. I was delighted to see him play on Saturday and misty eyed at the way he seemingly effortlessly positioned himself to repel much quicker strikers. If Rob Holding gets to play with him some more it can only help. Even if Per is getting on a bit he has much to offer us. In that he’s a bit like Tony 🙂

  5. bushido
    31/05/2017

    wonder what the blame it all on AW brigade n know it all about football management would say about this totally make sense article. not to mention last season the team had to endured a toxic atmosphere creating by some fans who put their own agenda above anything else including supporting their own club. when u got some so call fans who hopes for their team to losing a match, u knew where their loyalty stand n why u heard story about fighting among each other in the stand. if u decide to put your loyalty n support on the team no matter what the situation is, there will be no attacking on another

  6. Knobby
    31/05/2017

    352, was Conte’s preferred formation for Juve and Italy so as soon has he got the first chance.. our win 3-0 he reverted back to what he knew.
    To Arsene this was a completely new to him and the players so it may have taken a bit longer.

  7. Al
    31/05/2017

    Excellent analysis Walter. It was just after a handful of games, including those with obvious reasons why we couldn’t win them as you highlighted, for Wenger to think ok let me try something else. Makes you wonder those that think it took a whopping 29 games what league they were watching. Guess that’s what happens when people listen to the Owens and Nevilles of this world.

  8. goonersince72
    31/05/2017

    Hey Knobby –
    Not positive but I think AW used a back 3 early in his Arsenal tenure. Perhaps someone (ahem, Tony) could check on this?

  9. ob1977
    31/05/2017

    Thank you for this article, I noticed two people comment on these lines on previously articles but didn’t want to give them any credence…
    As you have commented, our season was far from doom and gloom for the most part.

    As someone above has stated and I thought, Conte was partial to a back 3 so no stretch for him to resort back to type.

    Also for me Chelsea themselves have played regularly in a back 3 over previous season’s so again no stretch there.

    But Arsenal are a back 4, the players have always played in a back 4, our style of play with the more gifted ball players the better demands we play less “lesser” players (CB’s), and we have never been on a a bad run like it to warrant a dramatic change in formation and possibly style.

    But with complete as absolute credit to our manager and team we pulled it off, the defender’s settled in with the added protection of an extra player alongside them, our midfield played with the freedom and ability we know they are capable of with the knowledge there was an extra CB behind them, our FB’s could enjoy the space in front of them with the protection behind them, and we got the best out of Sanchez, and Ozil…

    I think Arsene would have been hesitant to change to a back 3 as giving up a more “Arsene” type player could/would probably mean less ball, less pressure up the pitch.

    But again all credit to the manager, coaches, and players for showing another way forward, it is not THE answer, but is an answer to a possible problem.

    Great coaching eh Tone…

  10. Gord
    01/06/2017

    False news – Daily Mail Sports Staff all on Sick Leave

    Daily Mail ownership is worried that they are going to lose too much money in the coming quarters, as their sports staff have all gone on sick leave and it is not known when they will be back. It could be five years from now. It could be 10 years from now. It could be tomorrow.

    False News – Juventus Join Race to Sign Arsenal Star Wojciech Szczesny

    There are stories about some amount like 17.5 million, they are wrong. The price is 92.654 million (this price starts in the 5th decimal place of Pi).

    False News – Monaco Lead in Race to Sign Arsenal Star Yaya Sanogo

    Apparently Monaco phoned Arsene Wenger at 8:32am on May 31, and offered 19.717 million for Yaya. (This price starts in the 37th decimal place of Pi.)

    False News – The Sun Admits That it May Not be a Newspaper

    When questioned in court over some lawsuit, lawyers for The Sun replied that nobody in the organization knew the definition of the word “admit”. A bailiff was heard to mutter, “They aren’t even a newspaper”.

  11. colario
    01/06/2017

    Gord. your reference to the Sun reminds me of the time I was chatting to my friend at a newspaper shop. someone came in and bought a copy of the Sun. I said to my friend.

    ‘I don’t know why people buy the Sun there isn’t any news n it!’

    The man stuttered and said ‘Oh I don’t buy it for the news I buy it for the jokes!’

    Got it in one.

  12. para
    01/06/2017

    Arsenal once had all their eggs in the one basket, but the players we had were another class and just played football with that fearless determined attitude.

    Today, there is an element of fear in Arsenal and the players lose it(concentration) at various times.

    Anyway, a team without more options is a team that cannot change “in game” and is stuck when the opposition negates the system it is playing.

    We should be able to play as many systems as required to get the job done.

    AND, to please practice more shooting practice. (dual practice there, verb+noun methinks 🙂 )

  13. gouresh
    01/06/2017

    We all know that it was a mind blowing display at the finale by everyone, including BFG. NOW remember it was 1 match, so lets not get carried away with BFG, I know that he is a great defender. But. As for the article, nice one.

  14. WalterBroeckx
    01/06/2017

    I thought our BFG was rather good against Everton also when he came on. And I was in Lens when he got his injury and I must say that I said to Carine who was with me at that match that he was in excellent pre-season form. Little did I know that he injured himself to the end of that match (and played till the end!)

  15. para
    01/06/2017

    Mer was brilliantly awsome 🙂 , and shows that older players can be a good backup for the injury plagues(damm the player limits).

    Would be good for the next upcoming youth to train with the 1st team during the season.

    Maybe the ones performing should be given that chance to train with the 1st team more often than at present.

  16. ARSENAL 13
    01/06/2017

    Whats weird this season is, first half of the season we were excellent. After ManCity Everton match, everything changed. What happened during that? How come a strong confident team just lose it all in a flash.

  17. MickHazel
    01/06/2017

    ARSENAL 13
    If my memory serves me correctly we were stitched up by the refs in both those games so maybe the team sort of came to the conclusion of ‘what’s the point, they are not going to let us win so why bother’.

  18. ARSENAL 13
    01/06/2017

    @MickHazel,

    exactly my thoughts. Refereeing performance handing ManCity a win had big impact on how our season panned out. Confidence is at the core of how ARSENAL play.

  19. Brickfields Gunners
    01/06/2017

    FAKE NEWS. – AW to head chair of Advanced Tactical Football Management And Coaching .

    All are welcome to apply . No experience needed. Just an interest to learn football the right
    way.

    Football commentators , pundits , journos and disloyal ex-players will be excluded . Who would want people with negative IQs , anyway?

    Having FIFA coaching badges may count against you . You’ll have to unflush out that gibberish before starting anew.

    No BIGMOB applicants will be entertained. Even His Greatness can tolerate so much ! But if you are from the south of the country , try your luck!

    Courses are all free , as knowledge is power , and your ticket to enlightenment .

    Send your applications to Dean
    Dr. Brickfields Gunners ,MBBS
    C/O Untold Arsenal .
    Our campus will be ready in two years . Thanks , Stan !

  20. Pat
    01/06/2017

    Confidence, yes – and one of the reasons Arsene Wenger gave for changing the system was to give the players more confidence.

    He said with hindsight maybe he could have changed it sooner. But it was a big step to take and not guaranteed to work so who can blame him? And as Walter points out, even our bad run was not always bad so it probably was not absolutely clear that a change would do the trick.

    Thinking about confidence as well, surely the fans’ behaviour is totally responsible for Bellerin’s loss of form. This is the most obvious case but there may be others.

    Have Untold done an analysis of what exactly happened in those two strange Bayern matches? As Arsene Wenger keeps saying in each case we were ahead at half time yet lost by a margin that must have felt humiliating to our star players. Arsene Wenger has specifically said that Ozil was badly affected.

    The theme of refereeing runs through all this as people have said.

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