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  • Reply to

    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10

    "The fact is, he isn't."

    You have proof of this?

    .

    All this 'confidence #$%$, Midget, is just that, #$%$

    The FACT is, Arsenal has no quality strength in depth, you've got a decent team, with a couple of decent reserves, and that's it.

    Add that to a manager with little understanding of changing tactics during the game, and you have the perfect recipe for failure.
    .

  • Reply to

    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10

    Wenger has shown in the past that he is prepared to listen to other members regarding playing style etc. Tony Adams has told the story of Wenger wishing to change the defensive style in his early days at Arsenal only for Adams to ask why a winning formula should be changed. Wenger listened and things stayed as they were. Wenger certainly is not solely in charge of transfer dealings, sure, he may have the last say in who he wants brought in, but that does not mean he is the sole person dealing with the activity. The fact is, he isn't.

    I totally agree that the manager is responsible for the frame of mind of the players. Wenger has said he kept Ramsey back from playing in games in front of the Emirates crowd because of the negative attitude towards Aaron. I think half the reason Wenger moved on many players in the past had more to do with the mindset of the players, and indeed that of the fans, than with the ability of the players. I think Arsenal have suffered greatly through the weight of expectation since the move to the Emirates. The Invincibles reached a level that was hard to reciprocate. I always have thought that the teams Wenger gave us, with Fabregas, Van Persie, Diaby, Nasri, Arshavin, Flamini, Adebayor etc, were quality. Unfortunately injury hampered those squads hugely and the move to the Emirates also weighed. The years went by without trophies, the unrest grew, the negative psychological feelings took root. This has been Wengers undoing of late IMO. The press and pundits predicted the downfall of Arsenal from day one. Is it any wonder that the Arsenal lads suffered psychologically? The Lpool man says in the interview he believes confidence is crucially affected when only 5% unstable.

    Confidence is hard gained, and easily lost. The argument for Wenger calling an end to his career, to me, cocerns one point only. Can Wenger instill the confidence needed in the team for future glory, or not.

  • Reply to

    It's ALL in the mind!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 18:10

    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.

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    You really want to drag us all down your miserable road of lame attempts at insulting other Arsenal posters?

    It's pathetic.

  • Wenger and the lads have come in for stick since their largely predicted fall from the perch of the Prem, and rightly so. The reasons as to why the demise has happened are much debated. The manager is clueless, the players have no heart, injuries, etc.
    Liverpool on the other hand now sit atop the Prem. Rogers is the best thing since sliced bread, tactically astute, the team wonderful, the football great, the players of a better calibre than that at Arsenal.
    However, ask the Pool players what is the reason behind their success and there has been much talk of the teams sports psychologist. A big interview appeared in The Daily Mail today with the guy. He has also been credited with being the force behind the English cycling success. The guy admits to not knowing a thing about playing football or riding a bike.
    I have always thought Arsenals recant failings have been largely down to a lack of confidence. I believe their recent demise was more down to this, than any other reason. I believe Arsenal failed, because everyone expected them to fail. This team looked great earlier in the season, when content and confident, they out played Lpool, they were top of the Prem for many weeks.
    Mourinho is a trained psychologist BTW, and look at the success he has enjoyed.

    This Arsenal team are good enough to win the Prem.

    They, and their fans, just need to believe it a little more.

    Dig out the Mail interview. It's an interesting read.

    Much love!

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    "I don't think that requires much analysis."!!!!!

    Thank God for that. We wont have to endure any negative reactions, or in depth b..llsh..t from slack mouthed supporters like The Bald Baptist then, will we????
    I don't suppose for one minute he gives a 'flying' what you think anyway, regardless of the fact that The Everton result helped us remain in 4th place.......but then again, who gives a 'flying' ???? air head

  • I like Podolski, but, from what i recall he had a habit of disappearing. I agree that players need time to find form when coming back from an injury and i hope Podolski shines during the run in however Wenger was caught between whether leaving the guy on the pitch, even though he was ineffectual, or leaving him on, in the hope he became effective during the game.

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    I think City, Everton have let the pressure of title and fourth place finish respectively got to them and have now bottled it. Realistically, there's no way back for them. Either Chelsea or Liverpool will win the league, Chelsea are looking the most likely title winners imo. Everton were very lucky to beat Sunderland at the weekend and have a far more tougher run-in. I can't see them taking any points off the two Manchester sides who will both want to end the season as high as possible. Southampton away isn't an easy fixture to have at this time of the season, which is all good news for Arsenal.

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

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

  • 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.

  • Reply to

    Well done the Palace!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 05:20

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

  • Reply to

    Well done the Palace!

    by FABONGRASSS Apr 17, 2014 05:20

    Pullis in? Hahahaha That's a stretch too far!

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    Tell me this. Does the Everton result change what Arsenal have to do in their next game?

    No?

    Thought not.

    Now climb down before you get scared.

  • Podolski was pretty awful whenever he appeared earlier in the season. I imagine that is why he wasn't given too much playing time.

  • What a remarkable season Palace are having. It looks as though they are going to be playing in the Prem next season after a great win against Everton, helping Arsenal to a CL place along the way (hopefully). And to think, Palace were nearly closed down not so long ago, thanks to that muppet Simon posey terrible hair do large mouth.

    Pullis in, Wenger out?

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    Crystal Palace beats Everton but we don't give a flying do we??? oh dear John, up your nose again.......things aren't as clear cut now are they, with City only drawing, and lucky at that ... Many a slip left between cup and a big mouth.

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    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.

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    Was the demise of Arsenals title challenge down to a lack of effort on the part of the players? Was it bad tactics from the manager?
    Or rather, was it a lack of confidence, a lack of playing staff, and a weighty expectancy that the team would falter?

  • Reply to

    Business-like performance vs Hammers

    by Ref, It Was Me! Apr 15, 2014 21:52

    Spot-on. Both of you.

  • " 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!!!??? "

    I also questioned this some time ago, and agree that it does not make sense. I've always seen Poldolski as a class act, and never understood AW's preference's. Poldolski is a threat other teams don't want to see on the pitch against them.