Come on you know you have missed me writing about Arsenal switching back to the old formation to bring back the glory days. Where has Gooner (442) Dave66 been?
The Champions League Final this Saturday brings it all so sharply into focus for me and it has been on my mind constantly since Bayern humiliated Barcelona over 2 legs in the Semi-Final. It is lovely for us Gooners to have pride in beating Bayern in their own backyard, just as we love talking about the glory night at the Emirates when we came back from the dead to defeat Barcelona in 2011. Reality of course is that Barca then and Bayern now are better than Arsenal but it is the new German efficient machine that interests me the most.
There are two things that have truly struck a chord with me about the German giants who have conquered all domestically.Both observations make me draw comparisons with the Arsenal side of 2002-04 and both are things that many had consigned to the football dustbin, primarily due ironically to Barcelona.
The first observation revolves around size and physicality. For me as an impartial football supporter the semi between Barca and Bayern was like watching Arsenal and anyone in 2003/4. By this I mean 9 times out of 10 our opposition were beaten in the tunnel before the players even crossed the white line. The sheer size and presence of the Invincibles intimidated any opposition barring the very top sides and games were won before a ball was kicked. Vieira, Gilberto, Henry, Campbell were towering figures and even Bergkamp and Pires were 6 footers. It is why so many of our games in that era were won in the first 20 minutes. Continue reading
Today I am delighted to welcome a writer who should need no introduction to most Gunners. Simon Rose has written an blogged for Arsenal’s longest standing fanzine, The Gooner, for the past 5 years and I am sure many are familiar with his work. Therefore you can imagine my surprise when Simon asked is he could deliver a ‘State of the Gooner Nation’address via 1ND2OU. He tells it like it is from his viewpoint and leaves us with hope for May. Thanks Simon over to you…..
Barring a miracle against Bayern Munich next week – which is exceedingly unlikely – Arsenal will end this season on eight years without a trophy. If we don’t win the Premier League next season – which is even less likely – a decade will have passed since we last won the title. Arsenal have gone through several long stretches in their history without silverware and we have had title challenges and several cup finals since the Invincibles of 2004, but the idea of a decade soon having passed since last winning the league suddenly makes you gulp. Given the money that Arsenal have at their disposal and yet the serial failures to build a strong enough squad to sustain challenges, you have to wonder, why are Arsenal holding themselves back? Continue reading
A trademark of 1ND2Ou since the summer has been the championing and highlighting of fierce passion for our great club around the world. After a long break sine the close season Global Gooner Passion bounced back with @Indocannon last week who wrote a beautiful piece on his journey into Goonerdom in Indonesia. This was partly prompted by the club’s commercial announcements and the forthcoming tour to that country.
Today I have no particular reason other than I wanted to post this guest blog from one of this sites closest friends. Very few readers, if any have commented more or interacted more with me as a blogger than Nir Adhikari, better know to those who follow him on twitter as @adhi_suzu. I must say at this point not enough of you do follow him and if you do you will warm to him as I have in the past year. Anyway Nir has been studying Hotel Management and no Business Studies at university in Cyprus for 5 years but he is still very much a proud Nepalese Gooner…. Continue reading
Ramsey celebrates winner with Walcott
Arsenal supporters collectively I suspect were particularly worried to hear of Mikel Arteta’s calf strain a few weeks back. After all we don’t win unless he plays do we? More angry rants on social media criticizing Wenger for not buying a DM, a term I hate but most love to use. Two weeks on the same Gooners are scratching their collective heads because the player most use as a scapegoat/punchbag has taken to the role with aplomb. Yes folks the much to the surprise of some Aaron Ramsey has operated as our deepest lying midfielder in the past 2 games with little difficulty.
How can this be fans cry, he is a CAM not a DM? Well folks that is easy because in my view, the reason why Arsenal don’t need a traditional DM as so many feel we do is because that role is required in a 4132/4411 or a 442 formation but not a 4231 as Arsenal currently play. Secondly the role originally emerged to mark/take out the oppositions N0.10, another role which of course most teams also don’t play. In short most of the guys that tell me we can’t play 442 as it does not work in the 21st Century are the same guys telling me we need a DM. Arsenal play with a double pivot, usually Wilshere and Arteta, or initially Diaby and Arteta. Both have defensive responsibilities but both can also join the attack. However one will acknowledge the main role of playing the anchor is theirs and will always be the deeper of the 2 when we have lost possession of the ball. Continue reading
Santi Cazorla played like Bergkamp last night to claim match ball
Is this another excuse to advocate a variation on 442? Yes unashamedly.
Does it have a basis in common sense? Yes undoubtedly
Am I suggesting this for all matches? No consistently
Was this new piece inspired by Cazorla v Reading? Yes absolutely
I don’t do match reviews and I have not read many today but this is more a series of tactical observations leading to a relatively obvious conclusion. Well obvious if you concur with the observations and believe in selecting systems, formations and personnel from game to game as I passionately do, and Wenger hither too stubbornly does not! Continue reading