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Wenger 'willing to change Arsenal tactics'

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 11 April 2014

Arsene Wenger has rejected the suggestion he is too stubborn to change Arsenal’s tactics regardless of results, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the manager pointing to an example in the FA Cup win of 2005.

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners beat Manchester United on penalties in the final, the last trophy they claimed, and Wenger said at a Press conference this week that the game is a case where he has switched the team’s approach, opting for a defensive style.

“We did not deserve to win. It was the only way we could win it,” Wenger said of the final. “At the start, I didn't set up like that and suddenly Manchester United were all over us and I realised that physically we were not able to compete, so I said, ‘OK let's defend as long as we can'.”

Wenger added he hasn’t felt the need to do something similar this season. “We have always tried to attack because we have a team that has that ability,” the manager argued. “What has been strange this season is that for a long time we looked very strong defensively, we had an outstanding defensive record, and we lost it suddenly. That's the surprise of the season for me.”

Arsenal are currently fourth in the table but were top a few weeks ago. They lost 3-0 at Goodison Park to Everton in their last outing and should the Toffees win their game in hand, they would overtake Arsenal and claim the final Champions League qualification place with only a handful of games left in the season.

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By Mashombe on 11 April 2014 at 17:41

Hahahaha !!!!!!! Mr. Wenger, I think you are being too economical with the truth to say you are baffled with Arsenal's sudden loss of defensive record this season. Okay,let me put it to you that its because Arsenal don't have quality natural defending midfielders in front of central defenders. From a lay man's point of view Arsenal has the best central defenders in the EPL but they are vulnerable at some point due to lacking of Quality natural defending midfielders in the team. If am wrong correct me. GOONERS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Unathi Mntonintshi on 11 April 2014 at 17:27

Honestly, pointing out to a 2005 match as evidence of a 'willingness to change tactics' is a bit half-hearted. Respectfully, the issue is not about tactics in a specific match but rather the entire approach to the game when it is required. For example the continued presence of Arteta despite lack of speed or any meaningful contribution in attack is the stubbornness that people refer to. A good player but he neither helps the team to defend efficiently nor assists in attacking situations. he seems more pre-occupied with not being caught out of position if Arsenal play breaks down. Inevitably, plays breaks down but still lacks to speed to recover. The same is happening with Giroud. Atrocious against Spurs, managed his first decent touch in the last 5 minutes. Arsenal just lack a basic commitment and effort in crucial games. To be philosophical like Wenger, "nature will always find ways to reward a hard sincere effort" regardless of how technical a game maybe. The truth is that his approach has caused us serious pain and we have been the laughing stock for the last 9 years. Losing is part of the game but you have to make an effort. Arsenal just seemed to be honouring a fixture against Everton despite the obvious importance of the game. Bayern Munich who have won the league have not played any of their remaining games after winning the league like that. They seem like a bunch of Sunday afternoon kick about group assembled a few hours before the game. Horrible!





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