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Arsenal: Six lessons Arsene Wenger must learn!

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The odds are that unless something unexpected happens, Arsenal fans can probably consign their title hopes to the bin for another season. In a campaign that has seen them concede a total of 17 goals when visiting their three main title rivals, it’s probably time to realise that some lessons need to be learnt.

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Arsene Wenger is often portrayed as a man fixed in his principles, and not easily swayed from what he believes in. Sometimes that can be an admirable quality, at others it can fly in the face of all logic. With that in mind, here are my six lessons the Gunners must learn.

1The first fifteen minutes of a game is not just a warm up

Inside the first quarter of an hour, the away games to both Liverpool and Chelsea had been lost. Coaches often tell teams to be solid and make sure they are still in the game with fifteen to go. Especially in big games, Arsenal need to ensure they have a solid start. Losing a goal inside that first fifteen is never good. Losing three is bordering on the calamitous.

2 – Don’t get mugged

When the Gunners played at Anfield, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had clearly briefed his team to press the Arsenal players in possession early and high. The tactic resulted in possession being regained so often early on that the Reds could have been five or six goals clear inside the first twenty minutes. Securing possession is vital. Carelessly conceding it costs.

3 – Recognise the errors and address them

The Liverpool thrashing offered a template of how to hustle Arsenal out of their stride. It was a lesson harshly dished out by Liverpool. Wenger however didn’t take heed of it. It appears that Jose Mourinho did. He deployed his forces in precisely the same way, and reaped the same rewards.

4 – Losing an early goal is not the end of the game

Everybody concedes early goals from time to time. These things happen. The difference between a good team and a winning team is that the former flatters whilst the latter battles. Having received the wake up call of conceding an early goal, wake up! Staying in snooze control invites the inevitable second. Sound familiar?

5 – Every team needs a Plan B 

Predicting the way that an Arsenal team will play is probably not that difficult. As mentioned above, Arsene Wenger has a way of playing, and ethos of how it should be done. It’s commendable, but also predictable. Sometimes the Gunners need to eschew flair for solidarity. Be boring for a change, dig out results exactly as you did against Spurs. Anyone can win when they play well. Securing the three points when that isn’t the case is the key to winning titles.

6 – Remember ‘bottle’ isn’t just the receptacle for isotonic drinks

The likes of Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams and a few other stalwarts of the past must cringe each time they see their team fold under pressure. Yes, there are a few stout hearts in the team. Mertesacker and Flamini clearly are two, but there seems a lot more who are less prepared to step up to the plate when the pressure is on. Flair players are exceptional and entertaining. Flair players with ‘bottle’ win things.

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Arsene Wenger has been an exceptional manager over the years, but truth be told, he hasn’t won a trophy for more years than the Gooners would like to remember. The FA Cup is clearly within his reach this year, but unless something happens to change the fate of his team in the big games, an occasional cup triumph could be all that is on offer under the Frenchman.

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Comments (5)

  1. very much truth,need some hard players like Parlour,keawn,vierra,edu,silva. etc.

  2. He has lost the status of the game he loves. Sack him.

  3. Wenger has simply lost
    touch with 21st Century football due to rustiness. He should just retire and find something else doing if he’s got the strength, period!

  4. Arsene Wenger is hard of hearing. He is the only one who sees the humiliating losses to Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea as accidents. When a leader stays too long in office, he becomes a demigod who thinks he knows it all. Arsenal is the club that has lost woefully to top four rivals and the gaffer is still keeping his job. This is why nothing will change.

  5. Someone may ask me why the comment above? Here is the answer. (1) Wenger for a couple of years now has allowed some players who shouldn’t have ever played for the team or be in mid-table clubs to wear Arsenal shirts, having at least one of them now (2) He has been allowed by the Arsenal Board (of which he’s unusually and detrimentally a member) to operate like a thin god. (3) For several years, he has paid more attention to the balance sheet than his team’s performance on the pitch. (5) In the last summer, while telling everyone that cared to listen he was active in the market, he arrongantly refused to ‘spend’ and waited until there was an uproar at the Emirates before buyin Ozil. Whereas the player on the team’s scale of preference was a striker. (6) with due respect, it’s cristal clear that Mr. Wenger is tactically deficient and ignorant of what it takes to win big games consistently in this football era. If he can’t withstand the heat he should get out the kitchen.