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Arsenal begin to look a formidable obstacle

Posted by hakanrylander on February 21, 2011

Last week’s CL encounter between Arsenal and Barcelona was an absolute delight to watch for any neutral observer. It also confirmed that Arsenal in the last few months have developed into a more formidable obstacle to our domestic (and maybe even international) ambitions. There are three main reasons for this:

-Robin Van Persie is back to full form and fitness. That’s a big difference from last season.

-The squad is probably stronger than ever in depth, with players like Diaby, Rosicky, Arshavin and Chamakh not able to get into the first XI.

-And, most importantly, they seem to have acquired a steely quality that has often been missing. They kept going against Barcelona despite being played off the park in the first half, and came back to turn the game around.

We will face Arsenal in the FA-cup (if they overcome Leyton Orient) on Saturday 12 March and in the PL on Saturday 30 April. Two games that might define our season, and to really look forward to.

For in-depth analysis of Arsenal tactics and formations, look no further than Arsenal Column.

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Czar of the Week

Posted by hakanrylander on April 22, 2009

I didn’t have any high hopes that Arsenal would give us a helping hand last night, and from the outset it certainly looked as though it would be Liverpool’s game. They totally dominated the first half and should have been 4-0 up. Instead they were 1-0 down. In the second half the game swung back and forth but Liverpool were still the better team, and I have to admit that they deserved three points. Great performances from Torres, Kuyt and Benayoun (the best I’ve ever seen from him).

But they made the mistake of handing Andrei Arshavin four chances, and he buried them all. Two of his finishes, the second and fourth, were truly world-class. Interestingly enough, even though Arsenal were second to Liverpool in most respects, I thought I saw signs that Wenger is close to building another great side. They played the 4-2-3-1 system that I’m very fond of and which makes good use of the mobile and skilful attacking midfielders Fabregas, Nasri and Arshavin. If they can add a bit of steel in central defence and defensive midfield they will be even more formidable opposition.

All in all a wonderful spectacle where the winners were Manchester United. And football.

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