Wenger’s after-match comments more interesting than the Pompey win

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Vela and friends celebrate the third goalI’m not going to say too much about Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Portsmouth on the weekend for the simple reason that I didn’t get to see it.

I came home after a friend’s birthday party to find the score at 2-0 at half-time and struggled to stay awake for the rest of the game. The game seemed like a Sunday stroll in the park, especially with that weird camera angle that is used at Fratton Park, and I found the whole thing very uninteresting with Manchester United just around the corner.

We had a much changed line-up for this game and by all reports they did pretty well. Nicklas Bendtner grabbed a first-half brace and Carlos Vela scored a nice third as our youthful team game Portsmouth the run-around. It was interesting to see Johan Djourou and Alex Song paired together at the back and even more intriguing to see Emmanuel Eboue playing on the left side of defence.

Andrey Arshavin captained the side and I think that’s testament to the impact he has made in a very short time at the club. He lead by example too, setting up Bendtner for the first and winning the penalty for the second in a sharp performance. Other interesting selections were Aaron Ramsey and Denilson in the centre of the park and Theo Walcott getting a 60-minute run-out on the wing.

In truth the most interesting thing about the game was probably the comments made Arsene Wenger after it. He made some very intriguing statements about the formation that he could use on Tuesday night as well virtually admitting that the experiment to play Cesc Fabregas in behind the striker did not work. In his own words he said:

“We looked more comfortable with 4-4-2 and it looked more threatening, but it also depends on who is available. However, when you play Walcott on the right you play more 4-3-2-1. He is a winger not a midfielder, so you have to balance the side to be a bit more defensive. Also, when Fabregas plays behind the striker, the striker looks to be a little isolated so you have to get the balance of the team right.”

I think what the manager is getting at is the fact that if Robin van Persie or Eduardo was fit he would definitely go for 4-4-2. However, with the Croation injured and van Persie struggling for fitness, it would be something of a gamble to start Bendtner alongside Emmanuel Adebayor against United.

I think it’s good that he’s made a comment about Cesc’s inability to get involved last week and I also find the statement about Walcott being more of a winger intriguing. In saying all this, I would certainly be tempted to move Samir Nasri to the left on Wednesday and let Fabregas drop deep to partner Song in the middle of the pitch. The manager could then play Bendtner or even someone like Diaby alongside Adebayor and we would find the balance we need.

Anyway, that’s all I’m going to say on that today. As it is Monday, that of course means the latest episode of the Arsenal FC Weekly podcast is available for download. I’ve decided to include the podcast in a seperate Monday post and you can find that here.

Enjoy and I’ll speak to you tomorrow.

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12 thoughts on “Wenger’s after-match comments more interesting than the Pompey win

  1. Eduardo is out of the season Mr. Fry so our only option in a fit Van Persie or unfortunatley to play again just with Adebayor.

    But Adebayor + Bendtner HELL NO.

    Maybe could be interesting Adebayor + Vela, Vela plays always with another striker with the national team, I know he dont have experience for a game like that but its all what we have.

  2. Vela would be better along side Adebayor then Bendtner. Im praying for RVP though…

  3. Im not sure Spanish. I want to think yes but at the same time the mental issue is really important in games like this one.

    But Im sure that he could do a so much better job than Bendtner, Vela just with his movility can create many spaces for Adebayor.

  4. It’s very vital for Van P to be on the pitch,but if push comes to shove,Ade+Vela should be tried,who knows it might turn out 2 b a wonderful surprise.

  5. People Van Persie is in the squad and AW has said he has recovered very well. Unfortunately so has Silvestre so im hoping he does not start. I think Vela can step up and would love to see him subbed on. With our young bench I was very surprised to see Wilshere left out.

  6. i just hope silvestre ,denilson and di**y dont start.

    sagna kolo jd20 eboue/gibbs
    theo song cesc nasri/vela
    ade rvp

  7. From yesterday’s defeat! I think that it is a right time to re-structure our team. Wenger should quit so that other people who can bring troofiers take the team. U know my friends today’s game is not about praying well but but wining the cups.

  8. Thanks,As a good lover of my sweatable team ARSENAL,according too me I focus on our lovely Manager Prof.Arsen Wenger that the team is very okey but we have to know that in few days our players will get injuries also will get tired.To correct that we migth have a big and strong squad in order to competate with the other teams in all kind of champions so we have to buy the strict strickers(many) and the middfielders for a big number also we have to mantain our marks and find how we can a big score for each game.thanks and I love very well my team ARSENAL.

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