Has Wenger revealed `cautious´ Arsenal FA cup tactics?

I can understand why a few Arsenal fans are almost celebrating another FA cup trophy already, because the Gunners are the strong favourites to come home from Wembley happy on Saturday evening. There is the small matter of a game to win first though and the Monaco game this season served as a stark reminder that odds can be upset in football.

Still, with Arsenal having beaten Aston Villa twice already this season, and comfortably at that with a 3-0 away win and a 5-0 thumping at the Emirates, many of us expect Arsenal to win and win well. Plus, there was the suggestion from Tim Sherwood last week that he would send his players out to go `toe-to-toe´ with Arsenal and that had us rubbing our hands with glee.

But in Arsene Wenger´s press conference yesterday, reported by Arsenal.com, the prof seemed to me as if he would be taking a more cautious approach. Not only did he suggest that the subs bench would have a major part to play, indicating that he expected a tight game, but he talked about our new defensive solidity needing to be on show at Wembley.

The Frenchman said, “We are more stable defensively than we were before and I think that’s a good basis to go from there. We still have some improvements to make but overall I think there’s a style of play that we set and our balance between attacking and defending is much better. We have a good opportunity to show that on Saturday.”

There could be some kidology from Wenger here of course and he could be planning to go out all guns blazing from the first whistle, but I think we may have to be a lot more patient than we would have liked. Do you think patience and caution is the right way to tackle Villa or should we let our creative and attacking players have their heads?

Tags Aston Villa Sherwood Wembley


  1. davidnz says:

    I believe if Arsenal
    score more goals
    than Aston Villa
    Arsenal has a very
    good chance of winning.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      As long as they are allowed goals!:)

      25-2 to the Arsenal

    2. Sumo says:

      I believe if Aston Villa
      score less goals
      than Arsenal
      Arsenal has a very
      good chance of winning

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    I believe we better not underestimate Villa’s ability to scrap…

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    Crafty, cunning, wily, slippery, deceptive ole Wenger.

    Master strategist or bloke who does not know what he is going to do yet. You decide?

  4. samuel@justarsenal.com says:

    The Gunner MUST cruelly pounced on the Villans to render them remained in stagnations. Tim Sherwood and his Villans outfit are coming to Wembley Stadium to face the Boss and the Gunners with a game App Data Game Plan of: GETTING OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS VILLANS STARTS. For which the Boss and the Gunner will overruled with their own superior App Data Game Plan of: CONFINING THEM TO THE DOLDRUMS GUNNERS STARTS. The Villans have been in doldrums for a very long time as they have been unable to win any laurel to showcase their football for any glory in contrast to the Gunners, who have been riding high on their game and with their football. The Boss and the Gunners MUST not underestimate Tim Sherwood and the Villans resolves to win the FA Cup at all cost to get out of the doldrums they’ve been for a very long time. The Gunners MUST be cruel with the execution of their game plan and their footballing against the would be overzeleous and enterprising Villans to block them and denied them achieving their aims.

  5. Tyno says:

    OT: I suppose Diego Costa would’ve scored at least a resounding 30 goals this season. Our own Giroud was out for 3months, but trails him by just 6. What?

  6. vijaygunner says:

    Am I the only one who feels villa are gonna copy chelsea, swansea and sunderland’s blueprint and park the bus against us?!

    1. Gunner says:

      i would ges so…thats not Villa, they cannot play that way and win…tehy may even adopt the highline defence…all we need is for every1 to come to the party and we will win no matter what tactics they employ.

      1. YingYang69 says:

        Girouds not to great at the high line but Sanchez Walcott would be enough to deter.

  7. Uzi Ozil says:

    If Aston Villa sit back and defend deep’, it might turn out to be a tough game and we have to be aware of their counter attacking game (Benteke and Agbalahor) and we tend to give opportunities to teams that park the bus. Having said that, if they approach the game (toe to toe) as their coach acclaimed, then We’ll definitely finish them toe to toe…

  8. Ay says:

    we will only win if we avoid a replay of our last set of games in wembly…..

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