Today’s post is unique for a couple of reasons. One, it’s on a Saturday. Two, it’s very, very early here in Australia. 8.24am in fact. You might ask what I’m doing up at that time on a Saturday morning and the answer to that question is that I don’t know. I just woke up and couldn’t get any sleep, put on some Fleet Foxes and now I’m blogging. Life’s like that sometimes.
So what have I got for you today? Well, not a huge amount but most of it is pretty interesting if I do say so myself.
There was a terrific article released in the Guardian yesterday about Barcelona’s Champions League win and how it holds hope for the vision that Arsene Wenger is trying to realise at Arsenal. While we’re still some way off achieving the sort of success that Barcelona have, I do believe that with a tweak here and there and a couple of big, strong new players to provide a base for the more creative ones, we can achieve something similar.
On this week’s Arsecast, the man from Arseblog spoke about the possibility of adopting Barcelona’s 4-3-3 in the hope of getting the best out of our players. It’s an interesting idea, bringing in a player to hold the centre of midfield and letting Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas run around like Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while letting a combination of three of Robin van Persie, Eduardo, Andrey Arsavhin, Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner to provide the attacking power. Arshavin would be our Messi, of course, van Persie could provide the pivot and I think Walcott in particular would do well with a slightly less restrained role where he could gravitate to more dangerous central areas.
‘Barcenal’*, not a bad idea or name really.
Final chance to complete the 08/09 Arsenal Survey
Moving on and I mentioned that I would be closing the Arsenal FC Blog 08/09 Survey at midnight on Friday. However, my laziness meant I didn’t have a post reminding you of that yesterday, so I will be extending the deadline to midnight on Saturday, UK time. You can complete the very short survey answering things like your Goal of the Season, Disappointment of the Season and what positions you might like to see a signing in by clicking here. It’ll only take 5 minutes so give it a go.
Anyway, that’s really it for today in a very short Saturday blog. I’ll be back on Monday with the final Arsenal FC Weekly podcast of the year where I’ll be running through your results from the 2008/09 survey and announcing things like the Player of the Season as well as your hopes for next year.
Cheers and enjoy your weekend.
* Props to Twitter buddy White_Ox for coming up with the name.
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