WelshGunner wrote: Dejan wrote:
Plymouth Gooner wrote:We need more steel in the middle, not less, especially in a 4-4-2.
Vieira-Petit and Vieira-Gilberto were both physical defence minded partnerships, we need something similar.
Yes because we had worldclass wingers back then. Walcott and G-man arent even 10% of what Pires was. Put Vieira and Gilberto in our team now and we would lack creativity.
But we'd be more solid at the back. Double edged sword really all depends on how we want the team to play.
Would we be happy playing more conservative football but winning or drawing more games ?
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Sorry mate but this is just pure arse gravy here.
How can people say that its a double edged sword? Does nobody remember the invincibles or our double winning teams?
They kept the ball better than we do now, moved the ball better than we do now, were faster and stronger than we are now, counter attacked better than any team on the planet and defended as well as any team on the planet.
Wengers early teams invented a new brand of football, every team in the world, the Real Madrids, the Man Utds even though successful aspired to play the way we played, it mixed possession, one touch passing and fancy technique with raw power, pace and counter attacking.
I hate Jamie Redknapp but there is a quite he said about a year back about how we used to play under Wenger, he said "Back in the day, Arsenal would play around you leaving you chasing shadows, and if you wanted to take the fight to them, they would go to war with you, and win".
And yet Wenger abandoned his own philosophy, sold off our best players, adopted an Ajax inspired 4-3-3, subsequently what Cruyff tried to get Barcelona to do years ago, and now we get called Barcelona "lite", when it was us who actually invented a brand of football whilst they were Real Madrids feeder club
You don't even have to go back a far as GG to see Arsenal at their most powerful, it was a team Wenger put together himself!
Which makes me all the more angry that we find ourselves in the predicament we are in now. Wenger might have sold players back in the day, Anelka and the like, but at least back then, he actually replaced them, he can't even be bothered to do that now.