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Govinda 254 posts  |  Last Activity: 12 hours ago Member since: Jul 26, 2006
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  • Here are Keown's comments on the need for a dominating midfield player with leadership qualities in order for Arsenal to improve. I think he is of the same opinion as some us, which is that Arteta, as good as he has been for us, no longer fits the bill. Not enough leadership, not enough speed, not a tough enough tackler IMO. But a class act. Just too old for the top games at the top PL and CL level.

    I don’t think there’s any surgery required in defence but I think in midfield they need somebody who can dominate games more. Arteta seems to be the favourite for that position and he is an important player but can he still cover the distances needed?

    Abou Diaby is coming back to fitness and deserves a chance but Arsenal have always been good at unearthing talent over the years and now they need to find one again. Wenger has helped produce so many players and if he can polish another few diamonds then they can mount a serious challenge to become champions.

    In that midfield area there has got to be some real character and drive, a player with inspiration that can improve that squad. Obviously we'd all like to see another Patrick Vieira. He was like a stray pup before Wenger took a chance on him and he turned out to be the greatest midfielder to play in the Premier League. We could do with another one of those!

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    Moyes out!

    by Govinda Apr 22, 2014 09:45
    Govinda Govinda Apr 23, 2014 08:21 Flag

    I can understand that the fans lost faith in him and that giving him a big budget was risky but for me non of that takes away that, class, compassion and respect are human qualities that make this world we live in a nicer place.

    Just because not all of us are here to succeed in every way doesn't mean we are less deserving of these qualities IMO. For me there was little doubt Moyes tried his best and is a classy guy, he should have been able to expect the same from the club and fans, even in his sacking.

  • Govinda Govinda Apr 23, 2014 07:00 Flag

    I think Liverpool had fewer games which clearly helped, but Arsenal for example contributed to their own down fall by over playing key players. Wenger even admitted he "might" have over played Ramsey and we all know about the number of games Walcott played after being back for a relatively short period. Ozil also was over played. He was often taken out by Mourinho around 70 minutes in a slower less physical league, Wenger plays him until he is clearly burned out and through the winter, even SAF would give Ronaldo a winter break.

    Arsenal have a lot of improvement to make in the area of squad management and injury management.
    Who knows maybe we can still catch Chelsea.

    Let's see how Liverpool do next year and let's see how Wenger does in the transfer market. Liverpool has a young and promising team yet I am sure they will continue to improve their squad by bring in new players.

    Arsenal need more than 1 new player this summer and will have to move quickly before the WC starts. This does not look like something Wenger is capable of delivering. More likely he will dither and wait till after the WC at which point our target's price tag might have gone up too much for Wenger's liking.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed and continue to hope for a top quality striker and a dominating box-to-box midfield player and a speedy winger.

  • Govinda by Govinda Apr 22, 2014 09:45 Flag

    You got to feel for the guy. I thought he would do better than he did. The way in which he was sacked lacked total class IMO. Whether the guy was out of his depth or not, he had a right to be the first to know of his sacking, as it stands he was embarrassed by the club's handling of this situation.

    I hope they hire Van Gaal who I don't like very much. Van Gaal has an impressive resume, but for me he is over rated. Let's keep Klopp for the Arsenal.

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    Well done Everton.

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 21, 2014 09:08
    Govinda Govinda Apr 21, 2014 11:22 Flag

    I think there is a conspiracy within the FA or amongst the referees against the Arsenal haters. If it wasn't for the referee Hull would have won 3-0. Disgusting really.

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    Well done Everton.

    by Old Mother Oink! Apr 21, 2014 09:08
    Govinda Govinda Apr 21, 2014 11:19 Flag

    its Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich. There are no easy games but happy we don't play City.

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    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10
    Govinda Govinda Apr 18, 2014 13:48 Flag

    If you had to answer the question about whether or not Wenger can instill the confidence needed in the team for future glory, how would you answer it today based on the recent history, be it this season or the last few seasons?

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    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10
    Govinda Govinda Apr 18, 2014 13:45 Flag

    I think Arsenal lack depth on the wings and in the striker position. Across the back 4 and for the central midfield positions we have enough depth if you ask me, although naturally there is always room for improvement.

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    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10
    Govinda Govinda Apr 18, 2014 09:20 Flag

    Interesting article. It shows, to me, and as John eluded to, in modern day football the manager can't do it all alone. I wonder how many brain storming sessions Wenger has with his "management team". Clearly Brendan Rodgers has done quite some brainstorming with Peters and the rest of his team. I have the feeling (that is all it is because press gossip is hard to take too seriously) Wenger is more of the old school lone ruler.

    In the final analysis the manager is responsible for the frame of mind of the team, weather he delegates the care for the psyche to an expert like Rodgers did, of weather he wants to take that responsibility himself. The same goes for the fitness of the team and for the the training. We all know SAF was not involved much with training but that didn't stop him from winning many trophies.

    I think in modern day football managers need to act more like CEO's and leave each area of football to experts in that field. The manager should evaluate the performance of the guys that help him manage the team and of the players. The manager should determine the tactics for each game and safeguard the general playing style and philosophy as well as the team composition. If he wants to get involved and control all aspects himself on a day-to-day basis, I believe he will be spread too thin.

    Maybe this is part of the reason we appear so slow and indecisive in the transfer market. It seems nearly impossible to plan a pre-season, work with the players, and be in charge of the transfer dealings.

    But no argument from me about top sport being largely in the mind.

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Govinda Govinda Apr 17, 2014 11:22 Flag

    Until we have a 4 point cushion we can't afford to drop points IMO, I don't think that requires much analysis.

  • Govinda Govinda Apr 17, 2014 11:17 Flag

    I don't recall him being too awful. He got injured and injured players need time to get back into the swing of things. I think for some reason Wenger has never completely taken to Podolski and this can happen. To me the "mistake" to avoid is to keep him if we are not comfortable playing him in every game (other than needed rest). He is a very good player who could command a nice transfer fee and is at a stage in his career where he should be starting. If Wenger doesn't rate him, which I think is the case, let's sell him and bring in a winger we have trust in. We need more width in our game and putting central midfielders out wide is not going to deliver that.

    It is one thing to not play Gnarby who is young, and to hope he will get better but after 2 years at Arsenal and at Podolski's age he is not going to change too much.

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    Well done the Palace!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 05:20
    Govinda Govinda Apr 17, 2014 10:10 Flag

    Also nice to see that Everton and City crumbled under the pressure. It does happen to other other clubs :-)

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Govinda Govinda Apr 16, 2014 20:01 Flag

    Fab if you ask me it was combination of all. Where the lack of fight of the players ranks lowest on my list and might be attributable in some cases to over use. Like in Girouds case he was played too much for my liking and likely burned out as a result, I also think Arteta looks burned out.

    I think injuries put pressure on the manager to get results without some of his first choice players and he had a hard time managing that both tactically and managerially, consequently we got some bad results and than the confidence was gone (for way too long).

    Had we not had our usual injury crisis we would have had more points IMO. But then again we knew we would have injuries.

  • For those who love Wenger unconditionally let me preface by saying I have nothing but respect for the man and I hope he wins the FA cap and 4th place this season so he can retire with some honor. To fail on those two objectives would bring so much anger down on him and that would be a shame for a man who has done a lot for the club in the past.

    When asked, after the West Ham game if he would consider playing Podolski in the center Wenger, rightly pointed out that with Walcott out Podolski is the only true wide player we have, he said that both Rosicky and Cazorla are really central midfielders. It is hard to argue with that assessment.

    However, how often this season has he played Cazorla out on the left wing, a player who to Wengers own admittance is a central midfield player, whilst Podolski was seated on the bench? So often this season and to many of us it was clear the team lacked width with Cazorla on the left and Rosicky on the right, yet Wenger would ignore Podolski.

    It makes little sense to me to prefer a central midfielder on the wing when you have a winger on the bench, one who often starts for the German national team no less. Yet his reason not to play Podolski, who is a far superior finisher than Giroud, in the center is that he is our only true winger, yet he preferred his only true winger on the bench all to often!!!???

    If Wenger stays I seriously hope he finds himself a few true wide players he values enough to play most games. Is this player a Draxler? I hope so. But it is clear to me that we lack width and that we need wide players who can have a go and get behind the defenders and Rosicky and Cazorla don't do that, and Walcott can not be our only hope, it remains to be seen if he ever gets back to his former explosive self.

    If you want to be dynamic, explosive and dangerous you can't field a team with 5 natural central midfielders IMO.

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Govinda Govinda Apr 16, 2014 08:35 Flag

    It is hard to imagine any Arsenal fan not being miserable about being in 5th.

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    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52
    Govinda Govinda Apr 16, 2014 04:15 Flag

    Massive result! Well done by the lads. We could have scored even more. Happy to see Wenger finally put his faith in Kallstrom, who didn't to too bad, and allowed Podolski more than 70 minutes. Thought Vermaelen did a decent job as well.

    Next Hull, win that game and the ship might be steadied.

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    5 Games.....

    by John Apr 14, 2014 09:33
    Govinda Govinda Apr 15, 2014 15:01 Flag

    I agree John. Although it would be seen as a demotion, in ideal world Wenger would become more involved with the academy.

    I also think Wenger should not be allowed near player acquisition or sales. He should have a say in which players are brought in but after that he should have no say in how much we pay for them or in the negotiations. Not sure who should be in charge of tactics.

    IMO Wenger deserves to go out on a high, win the FA cup, secure 4th and make him honorary chairman and bring in Klopp. That would be the best.

    I would hate for us to miss 4th and lose the FA cup and for Wenger to be ran out of town. He has done a lot for the club and is a classy guy, and although he should not be allowed the to chose the time he leaves because he is not bigger than the club, he should be respected for his service to the club and get a proper send of.

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    5 Games.....

    by John Apr 14, 2014 09:33
    Govinda Govinda Apr 15, 2014 14:34 Flag

    Let's hope you are right. We can't afford any more slip ups.

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    5 Games.....

    by John Apr 14, 2014 09:33
    Govinda Govinda Apr 14, 2014 15:40 Flag

    I don't see us winning tomorrow at home against West Ham. We need different tactics and we all know Wenger does not have an ability to hone in on opponents weak spots.

    It is also beyond me, why in heaven's name, he ran Ramsey into the ground in his first full game back. Why play him until his legs came of. He now is a doubt against West Ham and even if he plays against West Ham he will be more likely to re-injure himself. Wenger brought in Kallstrom for Ramsey with a few minutes to go in the 2nd half of extra time. Why not take Ramsey out after 70-75 minutes and give him a better chance to figure in the West Ham game? If he did not trust Kallstrom why did he bring him in the winter? I hope I am wrong but I don't expect a win against West Ham.

    Wenger said ""The main uncertainties are Monreal who had to come off with a dead leg. Podolski has a little (muscle) problem but I think he will be alright. Then there is Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey (both muscle tightness). They are the main problems."

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    The way forward for Arsenal

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 13, 2014 10:07
    Govinda Govinda Apr 13, 2014 15:44 Flag

    I agree with you, managers - with their tactics - have such a big impact on the game. If you look at Man U as a case in point, under SAF the same squad wins the PL under Moyes they don't. If you look at what Rogers or Martinez have managed with their insightful tactics for Pool and Everton, it us undeniable IMO that managers in the modern game have such a big impact and tactics are a big part of that. Last night we switched to 4-4-2 and it paid of, when is the last time we did that?

    PS why did we leave Ramsey so long on the pitch? If we don't rate Kalltrom why did we go out and get him?