Let’s just try and be objective about what happened at Anfield on sunday.
Arsenal’s lack of organization is something I will talk about in detail in my next post. This is something that I have called and foreseen a long time ago. It really does appear to be coming true (how I wish I was wrong).
What we witnessed on sunday should be made into a DVD and shown to children in football academies of what you should never strive to do. It was pathetic and Wenger as usual in his post match conference, when asked about the reason, conjures this :
That question is very difficult to answer straight after the game. There are some reasons but I don’t think I have too much to come out on that at the moment.
Can you not call it like it is. That the defense lacked organization. That we needed to adapt quickly to the first goal and we didn’t. That the players seemed off and that we needed to have a better game plan.
No. Instead cite the “good” performances vs Stoke (we lost) and Leicester (we just won)
Last season I said that after 30 games. We’ve played three games, one at home and two away. In our two first games we were quite good and performances good. Today was not acceptable. Today was not acceptable at that level.
Good ? or Lucky ??
To those people who saw the game on sunday, my heart goes out to you. We played so badly that it’s hard to digest a performance like within the first 3 matches of the season.
This is the Arsenal, or what’s left of it. So bloody disgraceful.
For today’s post, I have decided to do a quick summary analysis of the way these spineless turds played on sunday. To compare, I have listed out what Liverpool did in each situation also.
Please be warned if the photos are not very clear, this was my first time with a camera.
The below figure shows a Liverpool side where each player has a rough idea of where his position should be.
It is important to note here that Liverpool does not have possession of the ball and thus this is the default (without the ball) set structure of the team i.e a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 depending on the situation.
The above figure is when we were trailing 1-0. Liverpool now has possession of the ball. Look at the formation. What exactly is this?
Seriously, what exactly is this?
5-4-1 or a 4-4-2 ??
Who knows where Alex Chamberlain is?
Not his fault though, he has not been instructed properly. Just told to ‘do your best’
5 mins later, we have this…
Just look at the clueless Bellerin ball-watching, not even aware of the full-back calling out for a through ball. Just look at the space!
Now, it should be noted that Arsenal has shifted to a 5-4-1 and they were trailing at this point with no threats to the Liverpool goal (excluding Welbeck’s sitter) Liverpool, on the other hand, has still kept their structure(a little stretched), despite being the ones in the lead.
Liverpool, on the other hand, has still kept their structure(a little stretched), despite being the ones in the lead.
Yes, Mr. Wenger. A 5-4-1 when we trail 1-0…did you ever think about switching from a 3 man defense to maybe a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-1-1?
2 mins later…Arsenal tries to attack.
Liverpool does not have the ball, just look at how they setup/re-shuffle accordingly. All Arsenal players are marked via zones. For 6 Arsenal players there are 6 Liverpool players on screen (barring Mane who is still tracking back)
Sanchez has the ball, but there is nobody fucking available. Why ? Because Bellerin is strolling around near him and if I am not wrong, Xhaka is chatting up with the Spaniard. The only 2 people trying to do something is Ozil and Welbeck, but given the brilliance in their positioning Sanchez can’t seem to find anyone free.
1 min later after Arsenal loses the ball and Liverpool attack…
Mane is free. The defense for some reason has become narrow. It looks like the formation and changed to a 5-2 something. Chamberlain has no clue who is at the back of him. Bellerin is again ball-watching. This was a similar position where he was caught out and could not deal with an incoming tap in (missed) by Salah (thank you, Petr Cech).
When you lack organization and instructions the above pictures are what you get. School boy defending and a shambolic shameless performance. There is no leader at the club and there is no will.
Arsenal’s will probably finish 8th or 9th this season given the way they are playing and while this is pretty disgusting it is the most realistic thing which fans should get tuned with. This is not going to be our season, in fact, I do not know what will be our season. Don’t put your hopes up and think a comeback is on…the problems lie at the heart of the team and in its structure and formation. If you send a navy seal unarmed vs someone who has a gun, no matter what seal training teaches you, the latter has leverage.
Arsenal right now is the navy seal (actually even worse, they probably have no training) and the season is the armed man.
In the words of Tyrion Lannister, yes, sir, we are truly