by Waleed Ahmad
The so-called “art of tackling” is great and all, but what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
As someone who loves winning, I think players who can’t tackle are better for a side than players who can win the ball perfectly well.
I honestly believe that at Arsenal there is too much emphasis on doing things the right way. Who cares if you tackle the right way or not? A good tackle only wins you the ball, but we need to aim higher than just winning a ball, we are Arsenal FC and our aim should be to win trophies. The lack of ambition at the club is startling.
Besides wasting our young players’ time trying to improve the timing of their tackles, they also needlessly practice how to “pass” the ball. Passing is something that should never be taught to anyone. Why should we teach our kids to defer their problem to someone else? And Wenger has our players doing some strange things, like having our players run with the ball tangled in their feet. It is frankly embarrassing to watch.
To win trophies, you first need really big and ugly players that remind the opposition players of trolls or goblins. It is important to instantly put the opposing players in a negative state of mind by giving them negative images.
Next, the trolls need to be violent. They should be experienced in the art of getting stuck in. They need not know where the ball is, they should just have a keen eye for the attackers’ ankles. That is all they need to be able to do. If we field 11 of these types of players, our opponents have no chance. It is so blindingly obvious that I can’t believe that Wenger doesn’t see it.
It helps if these players can hack down attacking players without conceding a foul or getting booked. Usually the refs play by the book but sometimes they make the mistake of blowing the whistle. You can’t always trust the ref to make the right call so your players have to be good at putting up a facade of innocence. A sad puppy face doesn’t look pretty on a troll but it works well enough to fool the ref. Complimenting the referee’s outfit is also a good idea.
But most importantly you need the media on your side. If the media is on your side, you can get away with anything. Everyone laughs off Paul Scholes’ every lunge because he’s a nice bloke who never learned to tackle. Then there’s Shawcross who gets away with breaking a 19-year-old’s leg because he’s not that sort of player.
Having English players in the team also helps keep the journalists and pundits happy. Everyone knows that you need an English spine to succeed. I think everyone in our staff and squad, starting with Wenger, should replace their existing spine with a superior English spine in order to be more successful.
So let’s give up our crazy ideas about technique and tactics and training. Honestly this whole act of doing things the right way smacks of elitism. Are we really too good to do things the way everyone else does?
This article was send to us by Waleed Ahmad who has his own Arsenal blog since recently.
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