Wow! Arsenal are going to have different game plans depending on the opponent

It seems a bit strange looking back now on the arguments we used have on Just Arsenal about Arsene Wenger not changing his tactics whether he was playing Man City or Brentford, and just telling the players to go out and play their usual game and we will win.

To be honest I didn’t really believe that Wenger didn’t prepare the players, but according to Hector Bellerin it is absolutely true! ‘It feels like a new club,’ Bellerin said. ‘We have so many new staff. It’s a shame for those who have gone, and I am grateful to them all.

‘Some had been at the club for many years. But you can understand why a new person would like to put their own stamp on the club. ‘I am impressed with Emery. We lost our first two games but we were very close both times.

‘After the match, the players could feel that things were coming together.

‘With Arsene, he wanted us to play in the same way regardless of the opponents. The idea was that we could play in our way and beat anyone.

‘But Emery is very focused on preparing a plan for our next opponents, whoever they may be. It is very detailed and very professional.

‘The next few months are going to be very exciting for all of us. We will reach a higher level.’

Well it sounds like it is going to very exciting for all of us! Once Emery has taught the team the basics of his tactics, then hopefully they will learn how to tweak them according to out opponents. I’m excited, but I’m not expecting it to be instantaneous, but at least we know we are going in the right direction!



  1. Trebor says:

    Yes nice to hear but still would have loved henry as manager.perhaps one day he will, but I’m right behind emery and the team. We need a good few top talented players in the two windows

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Trebor on what basis did you want Thierry Henry for the manager/coach of the Arsenal?
      Sorry, but Henry has to earn his spurs elsewhere before he is considered for the Arsenal job. Bordeaux would have been a good start, but he apparently overpriced himself.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    Mustafi’s goal v Cardiff. You could see with the way Emery was with his coaches that that goal was straight off the training ground.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Good observation

      Emery has to prove it again in Newcastle, that he is adept in strategies

  3. Durand says:

    Arsenal attack based on our opponents more like. Still same leaky lackluster defending that has plagued team for a while now.

    We are more direct in the attack, and less possession for the mere sake of possession. There is indeed more excitement in the attack, but the anxiety of defending is omnipresent.

    I’m eager to see Emery address the defense and hopefully the players themselves will bring a bit more edge and bite. Torreria and Lichtsteiner starting would be welcome; just saying.

    Here’s to us 3-2 over a feisty Newcastle.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      ?Durand, I hope Arsenal defend better and don’t let in 2 goals against Newcastle!

  4. What about the automatic back passes? lol

  5. Phil says:

    Guys-Apologies for this being so Of Topic.
    Has anyone seen the interview with Santi Cazorla in the Daily Mail today?If not beg borrow steal (or get it online) as it describes in detail the full extent of his horrific injury and how dangerously close he was to losing a part of his foot.
    @Chiza-Read this article.It tells you of how he continued to play for months with this injury until he could finally take no more.And YOU would have had his contract ripped up and the player thrown away and replaced with somebody else.(By the way-I would love to hear exactly WHO you feel we could replace him with and how we could pay for him).It also tells of the compassion of Arsene Wenger who could him into his office and told him to sign his contract option so the player could concentrate on getting fit and getting himself back on the pitch.Pure class from Wenger.Pure class from Arsenal Football Club.
    Santi goes into great detail of the treatment and the wrong diagnosis he had been given by the medical staff at Arsenal.He talks about suing the Club for damages but found he just could not bring himself to do it.
    Arsenal Football Club showed loyalty to its injured player and the player displayed his loyalty and gratitude to the Club.
    @Chiza-It rather shows the absolute rubbish you spouted out earlier this week as being just that.Learn from your mistakes.Arsenal Football Club is an Institution recognised the World over.And this proves exactly why

    1. Phil says:

      Firstly if you read what I wrote you will clearly see that I stated how Cazorla blamed the Arsenal medical staff for not diagnosing his injury correctly.Go back and read what I wrote.Ot is very clear.If you can’t understand then ask someone to explain it to you.You will then note I clearly stated that Cazorla out of LOYALTY to Arsenal Football Club and the LOYALTY the Club showed to him was the reason he did not sue the Club for damages.The worthless piece of crap of a post you wrote was that players who were injured only wanted their money.You slagged off Metersaker and others for not showing LOYALTY to the Club.This article proved you wrong and what’s more you know it.I said at the time you had embarrassed yourself beyond belief and this reply of yours proves this beyond doubt.Why are you now bringing religion into this?What are you @PASTORCHEEEEEEEEEEZA all of a sudden preaching fig trees?What a worthless and pathetic response.Why am I not surprised

      1. Chiza says:

        That’s the problem…you are too arrogant to the fact that you know nothing but yet you won’t ask for understanding….i would tell you why Jesus cursed the fig tree and why it should relate to the dealings of arsenal.
        Jesus Christ cursed the fig tree because it didn’t provide fruits when him and his disciples were hungry after so much work…Jesus didn’t bother to know if it would bear fruits some other day… That’s pure ruthlessness shown by the greatest man the earth has ever seen.. You get that Arrogant Phil??
        So let me show you how it relates to arsenal…..just liike Jesus and his disciples expected the fig tree to provide fruits when they needed it.. .we the fans and the board expect our players to provide consistent performances when will need it and if there are some players that can no longer provide consistent performances and are always battling with fitness issues which enables them to go through operation upon operation and at the end shortens their fitness to perform regularly then we should act like our Lord Jesus Christ and be politely ruthless….by knowing when to move on from players that are always absent when we need them….like I said the other time..shake hands with them,thank them for their services,let them know why they have to be released or sold and do the financial legal rights that are needed if the players are still under contract.. That is also class….. Emery showed that towards wilshere when he told him he is not good enough to be in his first eleven and Wilshere respected him for being honest with him.. we are a top club and we should act as one….. Showing class can come in different ways we shouldn’t destroy the future of our club just because we want to show so much love and compassion to players…. Sometimes we should be wise to know that we can’t impress every player…..and by the way the thought of suing us came into cazorla’s mind even though he knew the medical staff tried.. That shows you he is a human.. I’m not sure our medical staff purposely wanted him to have a bacteria…..our medical staff said cazorla case was a complex situation but yet we showed class by trying to help out.. Our class almost put us into trouble assuming cazorla sued us but he didn’t sue us because of the love he had for the fans and of course wenger and wanted to keep a good image with the fans.. I’m sure that’s the only reason……i never said we shouldn’t take care of our injured players or we should just throw out any player that gets injured but we should always move on from players that no longer have the fitness to produce the goods consistently….we don’t need diabys in our squad any longer… .so Phil if you can’t still understand my points then I guess you should take your shallow mind somewhere else and have a cup of tea that make you understand what positive ruthlessness simply the way thanks for calling me a twat.. .thanks bro
        Still your sweet Chiza though

        1. Phil says:

          Or I could always sing

          Roses are red
          Violets are blue
          Some hymns rhyme
          But this one doesn’t

          1. Phil says:


            Roses are Red
            Violets are Blue
            Some trees have figs
            But the one Jesus and his disciples found didn’t have anything so they all went hungry and Jesus gave the tree a right old curse

          2. stubill says:

            on’t curse the fig tree, trees have feeling too.

          3. Th14 says:

            Shut up Phil… Be humble and digest what you learnt from Chiza.

      2. stubill says:

        Happy Rosh Hashanah, for tomorrow lol.

    2. Midkemma says:

      Damn you Phil, this brought a tear to my eye 🙂
      “Arsenal Football Club showed loyalty to its injured player and the player displayed his loyalty and gratitude to the Club.”

      Not every club can tin the EPL, only one can do it per season… But every club can strive to show class and it fills me with pride when I read about Arsenal acting in the right way. There is more to football than just bragging rights over picking up a trophy.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Phil and Midkemma, class player and class club.
        It’s unfortunate that Arsenal did not extend Cazorla’s contract and he was happy to return to Spain. I’m sure he was a positive influence at the club, even during his rehabilitation. Arsenal were a better side with him in the starting 11.

  6. leon says:

    Off topic.
    I really enjoy watching England fail.
    Its something of a hobby for me.
    Everyone knew their semi final appearance was due to the fact that they faced off against teams who were actually worse than them.
    And the fact that there are so many spurs players in the squad actually makes it even more enjoyable.
    May England fail for decades to come – as I am sure they will….
    Pure garbage…

    1. Sue says:

      It is sooooo crap!! I don’t know why I torture myself by watching it… time to turn over I think!

      1. Leon says:

        Yeah night at the proms is awful
        But compared to watching the steaming pile of faeces that is the England national side it would be as exciting as watching the latest Avengers movie….

        1. Sue says:

          X Factor time (desperation ?)

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            It’s incredible how stupid the English media are, all this crap about how great Southgate is after victories over the mighty Tunisia and the mighty Panama. I’m with you Leon, I love seeing England with their Spuds, Mancs and Scouces fail.

  7. Dan says:

    Well it’s not made any difference so far defending absoulutely shocking this team no where near capable of getting anywhere near the top 4 as for challenging for prem league tittle well that’s a million miles away got more chance of winning the lottery then winning the prem league!!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Dan, still early days (4 games); we can hope for improvement, but winning EPL still a fair way off. I just hope for the Arsenal to compete and have pride in the badge.

  8. Phil says:

    @stubill-your right.Jesus cursed it and ended up getting crucified.Lot of good that done him
    All this started over me slating @Cheeeeeeeeeeza for attacking players loyalty to the Club.
    I will have to say quite a few Hail Mary’s to repent in the morning

  9. Phil says:

    TH14-so what did I learn from @Cheeza.Some load of rubbish @bout a Fig Tree and a bunch of blokes who weren’t very happy that they couldn’t go scrumping any fruit off it?
    This is a FOOTBALL site YOU MUG.
    If I bothered myself to know anything about religion it wouldn’t be on JUST ARSENAL.But I chose not to so don’t start coming at me with a load of religious nonsense on a Football Site.

    1. Admin says:

      I agree. NO RELIGION on here. TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL!

      1. Midkemma says:

        Arsenal IS my religion… I get to talk religion WOOOOOOOO

  10. gearoid de burca says:

    PHIL, full credit to you for saying what a lot of us think regarding discussing religion here. this site is no place to discuss that , regardless of our beliefs , or lack of .and thank you MR.ADMIN for clarifying that fact too . as soon as religion is brought into a situation then it is downhill from there on in . lets jeep this site for our wonderful game please.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Maybe not including insulting others for their age and gender would also be a good idea, along with the fact that we should appreciate everyone who contributes on here is, hopefully, a Gooner and should be treated with respect.

      1. jon fox says:

        Hmmn Ken, so are we supposed to also respect those like Chiza who post about religion on an Arsenal site then? BY ALL MEANS LET US RESPECT ALL NON HATEFUL VIEWS ABOUT ARSENAL, I AGREE COMPLETELY. All opinions on ARSENAL are valid, if not hatefully made but opinions on non Arsenal matters, including RELIGION and the England v Spain game and how many Spuds played for England in the World Cup are irrelevant and unwanted by MOST Gooners on this site. I am with Mr Admin on this, so LET US ALL KEEP TO ARSENAL MATTERS ONLY.

  11. gearoid de burca says:

    here here ken , well said mate, lets all stick to that from now on, eh ?.

    1. ken1945 says:

      gdb, it will be interesting to see how it works out and who can put a post together about AFC without insulting someone else.
      So pleased I didn’t take your advice as I’m down to watch my team again this week, sixty five years watching them and still as passionate.
      Hope you can make it as well.

      1. gearoid de burca says:

        thank you kindly ken my friend in football. i openly give you my word that i shall never ever insult anybody on here again . if i do , then i adsive mr .admin to do the right thing and block me from here forever. now , the next part is , will everybody follow suit , what do you think sir ?. and i do admire your long record of following the arsenal, you are way ahead of me i must say , this is my 50th season to follow the lads.a little bit of knowledge goes a long way , but it does not give anybody the right to assume that they are always far as i am concerned i am never too old to learn something new, i am disappointed in a day when i do not learn something new. so good luck mate, and by the way, i do actually respect you .

        1. ozziegunner says:

          gearoid, respect for your apology?

          1. gearoid de burca says:

            thank you ozziegunner, it is easy to apologise when i am wrong .

  12. Midkemma says:

    I wonder how long the players will get used to having different gameplans?
    I like that we will have game plans and the question I just posed is why I think we need to give the team time, habits can be hard to break but it doesn’t mean they are not good enough. Like Adams and his habits, once free from them then he kept going and gave us that epic goal against Everton 😛

    Some players could excel with a game plan while others may not as much, fingers crossed that this time will also allow Sven and Emery to build up that working relationship.. Get to know each other better so Sven can pick the gems that Emery can polish. Replacing whoever can not adapt to the higher quality football isn’t going to be like FIFA or Football Manager, some players may surprise and make us gobsmacked and we need to trust the managers opinion while they wear the famous Red and White. Sven and Emery can not look at the players potential in an editor or source code. Life isn’t like that. We need to build that trust again and I hope that Emery is the man who can do that.

  13. jon fox says:

    I am amazed that any regular Gooner who watched all our matches under WENGER, as Mr Admin clearly did, should actually believe he prepared the team properly at any time over his last dreadful decade. I was saying , a decade ago , that he was clearly not preparing and coaching the team properly. Or even at all. The disorganisation had became notorious in its complete absence and was a major reason we forced him to be sacked, so how ANY Gonner still believed that he prepared our teams astonishes me, as the evidence that he DID NOT was all around us all for many years past. True? Of course true!

  14. ozziegunner says:

    Back on topic, I just wish Hector Bellerin would spend more time on his tactical awareness, tackling ability and tracking back rather than social media. He has supposedly dropped off his twitter useage because of the criticism he was attracting. Hector needs to let his football do the talking.

    1. jon fox says:

      Agreed. Put another way, Hector needs to grow up. More importantly and instead of wasting his time on social media, he SHOULD be begging the coaching staff to give him extra afternoon coaching in how to defend.If he intends to ever be a proper full back. I AM INCREULOUS THAT A STILL YOUNG MAN HAS PLAYED SO MANY GAMES IN A TOP LEVEL CLUB, WHEN HE HAS NOT THE FAINTEST NOTION OF WHAT PROPER DEFENDING ENTAILS.

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