Arsenal’s newfound mobility is key – what took so long?!

I have been writing articles and comments exactly on the subject of an article in Arseblog today. I have complained that opposing teams were able to by pass our midfield and benefit from Merteseckers lack of mobility. Even when we had the ball, we had no “out” to Ozil or Sanchez. Ramsey and Flamini were too sloppy with their passes and the forwards lacked movement or cohesion. Walcott in particular was a spare at a wedding and the tempo of our game dropped because there was no shape or balance. Arteta was a choice beyond comprehension as he has been past it for two years.

Slow and sloppy: Per, Rambo and Flamini were costing us

Slow and sloppy: Per, Rambo and Flamini were costing us

When Coquelin was playing, he was trying to cover the entire width of the midfield and was rushed into hazardous tackles which cost him cards. How many times did he rush from one side of the pitch to the other to make a sliding tackle? When he came back from injury, he was still a little rushed but as soon as Elneny arrived, the space in midfield was blocked. Gabriel has cured the lack of mobility in defence at CB and Iwobi has combined well with Coq and Elneny to link up with Ozil and Sanchez, who is now free to join Bellerin in attack. When Welbeck is added to the mix, there is a balance and fluidity about us.

Just look at this from the other side`s perspective. Anyone could have defended against our rheumatoid attack which sauntered from our own box to the edge of their box whilst their defence assembled to pick up the inevitable missed pass.

Everybody needed two or three touches on the ball whereas we now play first time passes. Players are running off the ball and gaps are appearing in the opposing defences. We now have four or more runners at them and they come from all directions.

Elneny has replaced the Ox who still hasn`t learnt that the ball travels faster than the legs and who still tries to run the length of the pitch; or Ramsey who is one of the worst culprits at holding up play with too many touches and too many missed passes. Elneny also picks incisive passes and generally keeps things moving in midfield.

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To refresh readers memories; at the start of the season most people were agreed that we needed a CF, DM and CB. Czech solved our goalkeeping problem but the injuries to Sanchez and Cazorla in particular exposed our dearth of replacements. We won 2 games out of 9 and surrendered our lead of the premiership. We are back recently assured of qualifying yet again but unlikely to win anything. Had it not been for another piece of Wenger luck there was every possibility that we would have finished 5th. The purchase of Elneny at 5.5m was either inspired or simply amazing good fortune. He is clearly much better than 5.5m but if that is the case and Wenger knew it then why was he not bought earlier? Iwobi has matured just in the nick of time and the penny has dropped for Gabriel that he needs to first and foremost partner Kos at centreback and play with him as a partnership.

When the pieces click, the goals flow freely

When the pieces click, the goals flow freely

Welbeck now fits into this highly mobile set up much better and his speed and workrate means that Sanchez and Ozil have more room to play in. In summary, we are probably going to finish third, though I think second is a distinct possibility. Another 5 or 6 points may have won the premiership for us and the reason we did not get them was directly down to Wenger`s blunders.

If he is still here next season, then he needs to take notice of the fans discontent. There is going to be fierce competition for top players at CF and CB. We cannot afford to start next season handicapped by Wenger`s parsimony. He has to get first class players for those positions.

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5 Responses to Arsenal’s newfound mobility is key – what took so long?!

  1. Simon Lancaster April 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    It will be very interesting what Wenger does when Ramsey returns to fitness. He is a “favorite” and has been forced into the team no matter the person he replaces form has been. Remember when Cazorla was excelling in the midfield, Ramsey was placed on the right wing where he was ineffectual as usual.

    • Victor Thompson April 7, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks for your comment Simon. I think he may be more cautious this time. We cannot drop a single point and if he played Ramsey or Wilshire and it didn`t work out he will be crucified. I also think that if they were to struggle, his 70th minute substitutions would make it too late to recover. Don`t forget that both Jack and Aaron are susceptible to repeat injuries. I think it is just too big a gamble.

      he may bring them on as subs if we are in front.

      • DEW April 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

        Elneny success is a surprise to me. He appears to be unique player. I don’t think Ramsey is as effective as Elneny at the middle, May be he can replace Iwobi. Arsene football needs one more mobile CF to compete with Welbeck. There are times where Arsenal needs Giroud, but if Giroud is not happy with diminished role at CF, then I think he should find life in another part of the planet this summer.

        To change any one of the current starting team is a gamble.

        • Dave Seager April 8, 2016 at 9:15 am #

          Agree with all of that Dew

  2. Sceptic April 9, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Arsene has forgotten more about football than you or I will ever know and if he thinks Arteta was worth keeping then he was, plain and simple. I’m guessing you have have never been employed in the footballing industry and for that reason you shouldn’t criticise anyone who has or does. Would you criticise those in the medical industry? Highly unlikely. Get over yourself, Arsene knows and you don’t.

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