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  • A Yahoo! User Nov 4, 2011 17:21 Flag

    At the end of the day, I only want results for Arsenal

    The Arsenal of the 80’s and 90’s were known for their brutal attitudes and temperament on the pitch. They relied on strength in unity, and they played together in grinding out the results. But now, the days of ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ seemed to have passed us by, and it’s only in recent weeks that I’m seeing a team so desperate to cling onto the points. And frankly, I’m not complaining.

    Don’t get me wrong; I love Arsenal’s play, and the way they have held the club together. Nothing is going to change my opinion of the club, and I will continue to love it the way I’ve always done so. But after all that, after all the build-up play and the pretty little triangles and all that, it’s the score that comes up on the big scoreboard that matters. And it’s never a good sight when the score’s against us, even when we’ve had all the possession and absolutely spanked their arses for 90 minutes.

    This season, I’ve seen a dogged determination on the part of the Arsenal players when defending a lead. Earlier seasons saw us crumble in the face of intermittent pressure, but this term we have finally learnt that sometimes you need to go it the hard and ugly way. Sunderland and Udinese at home weren’t the most entertaining of games, but it were certainly two of the most heartening ones. We saw an Arsenal team go onto the pitch with their heads firmly screwed on, and once they realised that it wasn’t exactly going to plan, they went about it the ugly way. We saw everyone flinging themselves around, putting in last-ditch tackles, jumping for every lofted ball, gambling on any half-chance. And that’s the way it has to be sometimes; you just have to play negative to egt to the positive.

    Of course, I would hate for Arsenal to go ALL negative, like most of Mourinho’s teams. But you cannot argue that his philosophy, while not exactly being the most popular, got much needed results to his clubs. There’re a few major faults in his coaching style, and I would hate for Arsenal to start playing deadbeat football like Inter 2 seasons ago. But it IS true that I would like Arsenal to go about their jobs with a set-plan, and do whatever it takes to get it done.

    Arsenal will forever play its beautiful football, and I’ll always be the first to praise it when it’s working. But you just cannot ignore the bloody scoreboard at the end of the game, and it’s no use if we don’t get the result we needed. You just HAVE to play negative sometimes, and I believe that Arsenal’s play has somewhat changed towards the same. We are no longer relying on our attack scoring one more than our defense concedes, rather it depends on the defence getting another cleen-sheet in every bloody game. You cannot lose if you don’t concede, and honestly, any team which can go and score 6 at Stamford Bridge can do whatever it so wants. Let’s spur on the team, and let’s aim for the results we all want.

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