Posted on October 01, 2015 by ADMIN

Why being most creative team is not enough for Arsenal

You might think that Arsenal should be scoring more goals, considering that with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey we have the most potent attack when it comes to creating chances. But I do not think that this is our main problem.

The strikers were certainly guilty of missing too many of those chances in the early stages of the season but Walcott, Giroud and Alexis have sharpened up and given the Gunners a real cutting edge. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that too much pressure is being put on our attack minded players. In the table of most creative EPL players on Squawka.com, Santi Cazorla is way out in the lead of points scored, while only Toure and Hazard have more than Ozil and, surprisingly, Monreal.

So when managers prepare their sides to face Arsenal they know that they will have to be very organised, hard working and committed and that makes it hard for us, but you expect that. What we should not expect is to keep giving soft goals away at the other end and that is our big problem.

While Arsenal have to be at our best and work really hard to break teams down, often needing to score a worldie, all they need is a few counter attacks or a couple of attempts on goal. And that must be demoralising for the likes of Alexis and Walcott. That third goal against Olympiacos certainly took the wind out of our sails.

Defensive lapses and individual errors are not only making it harder for Arsenal to win, they are making it harder for us to score as there is more pressure on our attackers and the opposition can afford to focus more on their own defending.

The big question is, what can we do about it?

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35 thoughts on “Why being most creative team is not enough for Arsenal

    1. galaxygooner

      Apart the CF issue (Giroud) and set pieces I The problem has nothing to do with the defence . Our problem lies in the midfield and on the wings . Cazorla can only do so much when some players are only good at giving the ball away with misplaced passes .thereby , helping the opposition to launch a counter.
      This is before you take on the lack of ball winners and zonal pressers in the the team

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  1. Greg

    Sometimes playing attractive free flowing beautiful football ( which we do play) isnt enough! We have got to be more clinical infront of goal, and shooting from outside the box should be encourage more into our game!

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  2. medvet

    In the near future i would like see this fomation:

    Cech
    Debuchy – gabriel – Koss – Monreal
    Le Coq – Ramsey
    Bellerin – Cazorla – alexis
    Walcott

    Its a very weird formation, and you gonna give me many thumbs down, but:
    – is more often, in every match, see bellerin play like a right winger instead of ramsey or the ox, if we can provided a cover, like debuchy, i think that can produce more fluent game and danger that both.
    – ozil is the most cold and distant player in the pitch, but no like dennis bergkamp… zero passion and heart for the team… Un “Pecho Frío”, time to ozil be dropped. (in latin america, every football commentator think the same, ozil play 10 minutes and disappear in the rest of the game, especially in the big games… and please do not say that he create chances and bla bla bla, i prefer 10 times a passionate player than a 10 minutes player)
    – i don’t like to much ramsey, but we don’t have any other option.
    – and finally, we do not have many more options, because, like everybody know, are all injured…. and wenger didn’t buy a outfield player…

    PS: How i miss Rosicky, to me is far better that ozil…….

    Wenger Out. Cheers.

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    1. HA559

      I would switch Ozil in for Cazorla. That front three will definitely work, very fast and two of the best dribblers of the team on the wing. They also provide extra security to the full backs.

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    2. Auditor-007

      @medved

      It’s about stability in our two pivotal midfield in 2 DM is the best in 4-2-31 formation

      Problem is arsene always about attacking football with no brakes, and too many playmakers (AMC) who wants to be the dirigent in Oezil, Cazorla, Ramsey, even arteta and chamberlain.

      our invincibles era always succed cuz use that proven engridients in Viera-Petit, Viera-Gilberto.

      And came the time as Henry said, AW wanted to build the team around fabregas.

      Since then our midfield pivot axis is very fragile and didn’t give much protection needed for the back four.

      You can look at Maureen formation most of the time use Matic-Ramires axis and in Inter Milan using Cambiasso-Zanneti that won him UCL for inter.

      Maybe a little modification in January window for DM and ST will at least change the mood.

      Here is my 4-2-3-1 formation added Januari bonus if there is hope AW wuld actually buy any:

      Cech

      Bellerin Gabriel Koscielny Monreal

      Coquelin BENDER

      Walcott Cazorla Sanchez

      MORATA

      That’s about balance and stability, as we can not see it right now.

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  3. Robertthegooner

    If we had a WC CF, Ozil would look even better than he does right now

    Ozil creates the chances. It’s up to others to make each chance count for something

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    1. medvet

      sorry man, ozil looks lost all the game, zero passion from him, i not the only one that think the same………

      Rosicky>ozil
      that’s my humble opinion….

      cheers.

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      1. HA559

        I meant Ozil has created the most chances in Europes top five leagues followed by Cazorla who is joint second.

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        1. josh37

          There’s always one… He’ll have one poor game and someone will act as though he’s a liability. It’s his body language.

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          1. medvet

            One poor game?? Sorry, it’s no the first poor game, the previous years was the same… He must do it better… That’s not a winner actitude

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              1. Dee@ease

                You AKB’s think a win against Man United will mask the gross failings of Wenger and this squad?sorry man Arsenal’s problems run deep we won’t be winning the EPL or champions league until Wenger leaves!

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                1. dragunov762mm

                  We won’t win UCL even if we dodge this bullets, that’s look clear. We don’t have the right CLICK yet. But EPL? Week 7, 3 points from the top. There’s still WIDE chance open.

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        2. medvet

          I know, but in recent games, personally, i see the ozil game very poor… I don’t even remenber how many balls he lost against olimpiakos.
          Zero passion, zero pression… He must show that can do it better…

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        3. SD

          Do the stats show how many times he has given others half chances by passing on clear chances he has had?

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      2. SD

        Rosicky has been my favorite Arsenal player for years. He is almost always our best player for a stretch of games before he gets hurt. He dictates tempo like no other player we have, and that means so much to this team when we are having trouble breaking teams down. I also feel like he has a greater array of creative moves and tries many different types of passes to unsettle defenses. When we are sitting there screaming for a ball over the top or through the center of defense, or to the left wing to someone that has been open since last December, Rosicky is the one I have the most confidence in finding that chance. He has the best awareness on the team to find open players, and is very good at intercepting counters because of it as well as he is often already dropped off when we lose the ball in poor areas.

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      3. Luko Bratzi

        Yes ya dead right Medvet,Ozils passing was bad no pace did not get to the player, and Gibbs was at fault with 3rd goal did not pick him up he is not a good back up for Monreal. Flamini is better he filled in back when Henry was playing and did a fine job. I do like Bellerin as the wide player has more skill than the Ox CB

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  4. SD

    It’s what happens when players are wound up too tightly with a fear of failure. They can’t play freely and tend to make big mistakes. On offense it comes down to missed chances. On defense, the unbelievable number of mistakes and soft goals.

    It works for some players. But on the whole it hurts the team, and right now I feel like we are seeing too much fear of failure.

    Gabriel, Walcott, Chambers, and especially Ozil and Ox are way too wound up. Some days I watch the team and just feel sorry for Kos, mopping up so many messes that his teammates make. We are in serious trouble without him.

    There are times when the defense is just completely ignored while we watch our attackers dance beautifully to no real effect. No awareness for danger in the midfield. Rosicky has that awareness. Kos has that awareness. I think Coq has that as well. Arteta may have it, but doesn’t really have the athleticism to deal with counters. Cazorla doesn’t have it. Neither do Ramsey, Ozil, Ox, any fullback we’ve had in the past 6 years other than Sagna, Wheelchair, etc.

    The biggest issue with our team is that seed of fear planted in their heads by the media, the fans, and Arsene. Failure is not an option.

    Yes. Arsenal has a 4th place mentality.

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  5. Hafiz Rahman

    I would love to see this team for 2016/17

    Lewandoski

    Sanchez Ozil Isco

    Reus Kondabagia

    Monreal Kos Varane Bellerin

    Cech

    Lets spend some money

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  6. Hafiz Rahman

    a very very massive enormous mistake not to pay 40m and sign Martial….

    this guy is world class and tearing teams apart……

    hes the next King Henry……

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    1. Lethal Prince 9

      If Martial is the next Henry, then Gabriel is the next Sergio Ramos…….

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  7. Fatboy Gooney

    We should defend deep and counter attack with pace!
    We have pacey left and right backs, who can attack and defend, Why ask our wingers to get back and defend when defending is not what they are good at?
    So why not play Bellerin and Gibbs on the wings instead,
    They can do a better job than the Ox and Ramsey in that position.
    Ramsey can play as AM, Just behind Walcott and Sanchez.

    Cech
    Debuchy, Gabriel, Per, monreal
    Bellerin, Coquelin, Gibbs
    Ramsey
    Walcott Sanchez

    With plan B waiting on the bench: Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud, Ox

    Don’t knock it until you try it 😜

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  8. josh37

    I think you’re hitting the nail on the head in some ways..
    But I don’t think our Champions League performances will be representative of the season. The term bounce back is thrown around frivolously though I think asking the question of how will the team respond is valid though. No English team has looked convincing in the League or Champions League (6pts out of 24pts shared!) so far, everyone has slipped and we’re 3pts off the top with those three in our hands next game.
    The mentality needs to change, I agree 100%. But I think it will. And the way we play against the league leaders at home will show a lot about the team.

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    1. Dee@ease

      The other english teams losses can be explained,Man City to Juventus champions league finalists last season,Chelsea away to Porto champions league quarter finalists,Man U to PSV away from home which can happen while Arsenal lost to Zagreb and Olympiakos!

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  9. Fatboy Gooney

    The daily express claimed that wenger ripped into the entire team on the training ground 😆
    He gave them a complete rollicking for their latest performance. .
    I’m glad to hear that wenger has grown a pair 😆
    Hopefully we should see a massive improvement from the boys against Utd on Sunday 👍

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  10. Kentox

    Dee@ease….. Thumbs up.. U just spoke my mind..

    If the AKB’s are going to start posting rubbish here just to console themselves, then we’ll start flooding pages with the Wenger Out banter….
    How can u find joy in being Stagnant?… When wenger came we were progressing, over the years we became stagnant and flattered to decieve, now we’re regressing… We’re going backwards, worse than ever….
    In the Past 10yrs..
    Among the top 4

    .Most humilating defeats in the epl…. Arsenal
    .Wenger has the most wins 79 and most losses 51 in the UCL.. That’s the highest games lost by a manager in ucl history.
    .Most appearance in the UCL from enland and yet the only one not to win it (even di matteo won it)
    .Most expensive club tickets in england and yet the fans watch Trash.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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  11. Kentox

    Dee@ease….. Thumbs up.. U just spoke my mind..

    If the AKB’s are going to start posting rubbish here just to console themselves, then we’ll start flooding pages with the Wenger Out banter….
    How can u find joy in being Stagnant?… When wenger came we were progressing, over the years we became stagnant and flattered to decieve, now we’re regressing… We’re going backwards, worse than ever….
    In the Past 10yrs..
    Among the top 4

    .Most humilating defeats in the epl…. Arsenal
    .Wenger has the most wins 79 and most losses 51 in the UCL.. That’s the highest games lost by a manager in ucl history.
    .Most conseautive appearance in the UCL from enland and yet the only one not to win it (even di matteo won it)
    .Most expensive club tickets in england and yet the fans watch Trash.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  12. Kentox

    Dee@ease….. Thumbs up.. U just spoke my mind..

    If the AKB’s are going to start posting trash here just to console themselves, then we’ll start flooding pages with the Wenger Out banter….
    How can u find joy in being Stagnant?… When wenger came we were progressing, over the years we became stagnant and flattered to decieve, now we’re regressing… We’re going backwards, worse than ever….
    In the Past 10yrs..
    Among the top 4

    .Most humilating defeats in the epl…. Arsenal
    .Wenger has the most wins 79 and most losses 51 in the UCL.. That’s the highest games lost by a manager in ucl history.
    .Most appearance in the UCL from enland and yet the only one not to win it (even di matteo won it)
    .Most expensive club tickets in england and yet the fans watch Trash.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  13. Kentox

    Dee@ease…… Thumbs up.. U just spoke my mind..

    If the AKB’s are going to start posting rubbish here just to console themselves, then we’ll start flooding pages with the Wenger Out banter….
    How can u find joy in being Stagnant?… When wenger came we were progressing, over the years we became stagnant and flattered to decieve, now we’re regressing… We’re going backwards, worse than ever….
    In the Past 10yrs..
    Among the top 4

    .Most humilating defeats in the epl…. Arsenal
    .Wenger has the most wins 79 and most losses 51 in the UCL.. That’s the highest games lost by a manager in ucl history.
    .Most appearance in the UCL from enland and yet the only one not to win it (even di matteo won it)
    .Most expensive club tickets in england and yet the fans watch Trash.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  14. Kentox

    Dee@ease….. Thumbs up.. U just spoke my mind..

    If the AKB’s are going to start posting rubbish here just to console themselves, then we’ll start flooding pages….
    How can u find joy in being Stagnant?… When wenger came we were progressing, over the years we became stagnant and flattered to decieve, now we’re regressing… We’re going backwards, worse than ever….
    In the Past 10yrs..
    Among the top 4

    .Most humilating defeats in the epl…. Arsenal
    .Wenger has 79 wins and most losses 51 in the UCL.. That’s the highest games lost by a manager in ucl history.
    .Most appearance in the UCL from enland and yet the only one not to win it (even di matteo won it)
    .Most expensive club tickets in england and yet the fans watch lossess.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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