Liam Andrews is the Director/Head coach at Futbol Development 1st. He currently holds an FA Level 2 Coaching Badge and
In the aftermath of Leicester’s historic Premier League title and Atletico Madrid working its way systematically through both Barcelona and
As Arsenal continue to struggle with finding momentum this season, all sorts of supporters and pundits are looking all over the place for those at fault. It’s Wenger’s inability to get a DM or defensive cover, or it’s Mesut Özil “knicking a living at Arsenal.” Take your pick, there’s a reason for everyone. In most cases it’s an impassioned look at why this club that was so high after last season and before this season kicked off has failed yet to pay any dividends.
If you read the papers or even go on some initial reactions you would suppose that Arsenal found it hard to operate against Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace defense yesterday. As a matter of fact I saw many comments that called the first half awful.
Set pieces they are not our specialty. We’ve improved at a minimum defending them but when it comes to actually creating clear chances, they remain sadly, few and far between. After watching Per Mertesacker’s wonderfully scored header last night, I got to wondering why it is we aren’t doing better at these. It’s a sore spot of mine and I know its a sore spot of many Arsenal supporters. So let’s take a look at it.
I never thought I’d say this but it was genuinely interesting to hear Gary Neville explain the merits of the 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 formation during the half time interval at one of the recent meaningless Internationals. His rationale for many teams adopting this formation is to avoid being over-run in the middle of the park against top quality sides. Neville gave the example of playing against Brazil as the point in case, although I can’t remember England faring too well against Brazil in recent years.
I think I might be getting too old for this football commentary lark, because it is only now that the magnitude of the Lord Wenger’s achievement is starting to hit me in the face. I should have had faith in what I saw at the Celtic game – but I got no further than, “I wonder if…”
Now after watching three home games in person I’m sure. This is one hell of a revolution that is going on.