Freddie should Attack West Ham

Arsenal desperately needs to get out of our current winless run and back to winning ways with a win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night. Here is my thought on the game.

Freddie should Attack West Ham

The truth

The truth is that Arsenal can not defend, we know that and every team we face knows that this is the reason why even small teams come emirates and have a go at Arsenal, they know that if they put this defence under pressure they will get something.

We are blessed with a lot of attacking talents, in my opinion, if we can not defend, let us attack them so that they will be afraid to attack us, the same strategy Klopp and his Liverpool used when their defence was bad.

Formation 4-2-3-1

Freddie has deployed a 4-3-3 in his first two games but it hasn’t worked. The balance of the side is all wrong, many players played out of the position, it’s time we revert back to a 4-2-3-1 and play players in their best positions.

Defence Bellerin, Chambers, Rob Holding and Tierney

Our defence is woeful and it’s about time Arsenal to leave  David Luiz out the starting lineup, he has been a dreadful signing. Sokratis’ decline in form this season has been dramatic and Shkodran Mustafi looks lost. I think it is time to try a new partnership.

Rob Holding has been struggling with a knee injury in recent weeks but he’s been in training last week and if fit, he has to start against West Ham. Calum Chambers has been one of our better defensive performers this season when deployed at right-back but his best position is in the middle of defence so let’s give him a chance to form a partnership with Holding.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are still trying to get back to their best form since their injuries but they are still easily our best full-backs so I hope we see both of them starting at the London Stadium tomorrow night.

Midfield Xhaka and Torreira

I know Granit Xhaka divide opinions, but for me, he and Torreira are the best midfield combination at Arsenal at the moment.

I like Guendouzi but I think he lacks the discipline to play in a two-man midfield, he likes going forward too often (which is not a bad thing) but many times he will lose possession and leaves the team unprotected at the middle of the pack.

Joe Willock is still young and inconsistent and Dani Ceballos is injured, although I think both Guendouzi and Willock would be a good option coming from bench especially if the team needs an equalizer or a winning goal, their youth and energy could be crucial in later stages of this game.

Attack

Lacazzete is a good striker, but I think he does not score enough in away games to warranty him a starting spot in this lineup.

The time has come to admit defeat and realise Arsenal can’t squeeze Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the same starting eleven.

Auba is totally wasted on the wing and he’s by far our biggest goal threat so as much as I think Laca is a good striker, Freddie needs to be bold and drop him so Aubameyang can lead the lineup front.

Laca can come in the second half to play with Auba in case Arsenal needs a goal, or he can come in to replace Auba if we are winning and we need to rest Auba for the City game.

Mesut Ozil is also being wasted out wide as he’s far more dangerous playing in the No.10 when everything goes through him. Freddie seems to be following Emery’s path of trying to play everything out wide but Arsenal can hurt teams by playing off Ozil in the middle where he can play killer passes to the wide men/strikers.

Nicolas Pepe would be the biggest beneficiary of Arsenal playing a 4-2-3-1 with Ozil in the middle and it’s time our big-money signing is restored to the right-wing. He made a big difference when he came on against Brighton and we need that natural width back in the team.

On the opposite flank, Bukayo Saka has a strong shout to start but I think Gabriel Martinelli deserves a run in the side.

Prediction

It is hard to predict Arsenal win these days, but one can hope, and I still think Arsenal is a better team than the table suggests and they have players who can win a game of football at London Stadium.

I think this is the start of the positive run, Arsenal will win this one, my prediction West Ham 1-2 Arsenal.

AFTV is not the problem

Yesterday I saw a huge debate on my twitter feed, it was about the banner that emerged near the Emirates stadium calling AFTV out.

AFTV out banner

AFTV to me is the biggest football Youtube Channel in the world, there is no doubt about it, they built their fame by ranting especially when the team get bad results and guess what? My first ever video of AFTV was a rant by a guy named Chris Hudson after Arsenal lost a game of football.

They always divide opinion, there is a section of fans who defend them, their main argument is that every fan has a right to voice his/her opinion and I agree with them.

There is another section of Arsenal fans who thinks that this channel is the source of toxicity among the Arsenal fan base, it is their opinion and i respect that.

After the emergence of this banner, the discussions were intense, that is why I decided to write my opinion on the issue.

Personally I do not see any problem with AFTV, I know their content goes overboard at times (most of the time to be honest) but to me, that is not a problem.

It is human nature to feed in negativity, if you post anything negative in social media it will get more reaction than if you post anything positive.

I believe Robbie is a very smart guy when AFTV started they had a lot of positive shows, but when that video from Chris Hudson became viral, the channel shifted it the focus and it many controversial people started to be regular on the channel as I said people like negative news, if the team loses a game, they rant, more people go to watch the content and they make money. You can not blame the guy for feeding people the need  to get the negative Arsenal news.

AFTV they have zero influence on which player the club should buy, or which player should start a game, it is on the board and the coaching staff.

On profiting from club failure, I don’t have a problem with that either, if the players or the team does not want that they should perform better, it is a simple fix.

Also, they get the blame for the poor atmosphere at the stadium, is this for real? do they hold people gun and tell them not to sing or applaud? This is putting too much responsibility on this guys, each fan is responsible for his/her own action

If you don´t like them don´t watch their content, it is simple as that, but hating them, posting abuse on their social media will make you worse than them.

Personally I blocked their content on my social channels, not because I hate them, no it is because I am trying to move away from negative news, it is the same reason I don´t watch the news on TV or read them online, the only thing I watch on TV is football or baseball.

Again AFTV is not the problem, the fan base is the problem or just it is human stupidity that is the problem.

Freddie Ljungberg Won´t Fix Arsenal Problems Overnight

It has been a little bit over a week since Freddie Ljungberg took over as Arsenal head coach after the sacking of Unai Emery.

Freddie Ljungberg Won´t Fix Arsenal Problems Overnight

As usual, most Arsenal fans were very excited and thought that since Emery is gone, all Arsenal problems were going to disappear and the team will start performing and winning games again.

The reality has come, after two games, without a win, one loss and a draw, many Arsenal fans what Freddie out, some of them went too far and started abusing him on social media.

Freddie is still a young coach, without any experience of coaching at the highest level, expecting him to fix all problems in the team after less than five training sessions is insane.

This team has been under coached and underperforming for a long time, in the last 18 months I can remember a single game that I saw and said now Arsenal players are playing as a team, most of the games even when we went an unbeaten run of 20 games there was always an element of luck or individual brilliance that saved the day.

This is like a guy who has been on a bad diet for years and gained a lot of weight expecting him to lose all weight after going to the gym for 5 days, it does not work like that.

I am confident things will get better, it does not matter if it is under Freddie Ljungberg or a new permanent manager, it will get better but in order for them to work on their magic, they will need time to coach these players and maybe to shift some of them out of the club.

Let us support Freddie Ljungberg and let us support the team, these players need our support now than ever.

COYG.

 

We Love Arsenal Blog is Back

I started this blog years ago, to be exactly 3 years but somehow I lost control of it, this is due to the fact that at the time I lost it I was very busy and I forgot to renew the domain name.

Now I got the control of We Love Arsenal Blog, I will start posting regular content on this blog and hopefully, you will be able to enjoy it.

Also, I would like to thank some of you who encouraged me to take back the ownership of this blog, my promise to you is that I will do everything on my power not post regular content again and keep writing about our beloved Arsenal.

Thank you very much and enjoy your reading.

Freddie Ljungberg: The Beggining of New Era

It is a new beginning at Arsenal, Unai Emery is gone and Freddie Ljungberg is the man in charge on an interim basis.

While we are waiting for the club to appoint a new permanent head, there is new hope among Arsenal fans around the world.

Freddie Ljungberg: The Beggining of New Era

After drawing 2-2 against Norwich City last Sunday, Freddie will have his home debut as Arsenal manager this Thursday.

Our next game against Brighton comes up on Thursday and I believe that  Arsenal winning that game with a big goal margin. I seriously feel we get our groove back against Brighton and we will be doing so in a grand style.

I seriously feel Ljungberg will do well as coach of Arsenal; he has played and coached at Arsenal, at various times in the past and he should feel well at home with his ex-teammate, being the director of football at Arsenal. Edu and Ljungberg played together at one stage of their careers.

Arsenal did well in my opinion, for allowing two former Arsenal players to coach the team for while; this will give us an idea of how it will be if ex-players are given the job on a permanent basis. With what Zidane did at Madrid, and with what Lampard is doing at Chelsea, Arsenal fans should look into the future with so much optimism, with big Freddie as the coach.

On Thursday, let every Arsenal player and coach approach the game against Brighton with all the zeal and motivation they can get.

Let every Arsenal player do everything to show the fans that they are proud of the jersey they put on, every match day. The coaches should come out blazing and hot with their tactics and team formation. Arsenal is our club and as fans, we must all come out on Thursday to support the team to victory.

The team needs us more than ever at this critical point of our season and we should not turn them down.

The last game Ljungberg just had one session with all the players and I think after a few sessions he should have a better idea of how he wants his team to play.

I do not think he will be able to fix Arsenal problems in one week but I have faith in Freddie Ljungberg and I think Arsenal will win by three goals or more.

Come On You Gunners.