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01/05/2014
 
Although Tim Sherwood seems to have the right spirit when it comes to man management, his players seemed unable to come together in the same way that the Arsenal players combined in their 2-0 victory at the Emirates.

Even if Arsene Wenger’s side lacked the big centre-forwards like Adebayor and Soldado, the speed and fluidity of Arsenal’s attack was unmatched by Spurs. With Walcott as the lone striker supported by the trio of Gnabry, Rosicky, and Santi Cazorla, the short and speedy attacking line-up was always dangerous with their movement and passing. The England striker spearheaded continuous high pressing from the entire team, forcing Tottenham’s advances to be frantic and inconclusive.

Both keepers were tested early on, with Lukasz Fabianski stopping Christian Eriksen one on one early in the match (Spurs’s best chance of the game) and Lloris parrying a low goal-bound shot by Walcott. However when Gnabry slipped Santi Cazorla in behind poorly positioned Kyle Walker, Lloris couldn’t do much to stop the Spaniard’s rifled shot across and into the goal.

Kyle Walker was often one of the few sources of variety in the Spurs attack, but if he had been a bit more wary when defending he might have been able to stop Arsenal from gaining the lead. 

Arsenal’s slick passing constantly perturbed the Spurs defence, often unsupported by its attacking players. In turn, Soldado and Adebayor remained isolated as long balls and imprecise passes gave Arsenal possession.

On the other side of the defence Danny Rose faltered in possession as last man back, allowing a hardworking Rosicky to snatch the ball from him, run at Lloris, and dink in the second goal. Pinning these errors upon the fullbacks is inevitable, but when comparing the support Rose and Walker received from their midfield to Arsenal’s there was no contest.

Walcott and Rosicky pressed incessantly to stutter any of Tottenham’s attacking developments early up the field, and Santi Cazorla was often near his side’s corner flag hustling to regain possession. Yet Sherwood’s own midfielders seemed incapable of the same, a disjointed defensive display was often saved by Lloris’s reactive goalkeeping. Perhaps Tim Sherwood’s more relaxed coaching techniques of “playing like kids in the park” has some unintended side effects when it comes to defensive work rates. 

Having said this, it’s difficult to point fingers when Arsenal’s dominance was so clear.

Even in the final ten minutes playing with ten men when Walcott left the field injured (Wenger had used all three substitutions), it was the Gunners who created the best chance with a venomous shot by Ozil well parried by Lloris. With all the good signs with this important FA Cup victory, the continuous accumulation of injuries probably won’t be ignored by Wenger. Even with Giroud and Podolski returning, a mid-season reinforcement from the January transfer window would be pivotal in providing solidity to the squad which has the potential to win a variety of significant silverware this season.

Yet even if Wenger decides that new signings aren’t required, in a night where Adebayor and Soldado struggled to hit shots on target, Walcott was instrumental as Arsenal's main man up front. What could have been an understandable slip for the Gunners (especially if Eriksen had converted his early chance) is now a victory with impressive performances by Gnabry, Walcott, and many more.

Arsenal are showing a mental fortitude which was difficult to find in past seasons, and as injuries continue to crop up, Wenger’s forced experiments are yielding results in big matches.  

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06/29/2013
 

Arsene Wenger has finally decided it is wise to sign players earlier than finding bargains until the last day of transfer window. He has also finally decided to spend the £70 million transfer fund he has been so tightly clinging on to.


Brazilian goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, is set to be the summer buy of Arsenal after Confederations Cup. Wenger seems to wearing his thinking cap on during this transfer season as he is looking to add more experience to the goalkeeping department of the club. Rather than depending on Szczesny and Fabianski, Arsene has decided to give them some competition to keep the goalkeeping quality intact.


This is an intellectual move considering Arsenal has been known to lose its key players to big spending clubs. The on-going trophy drought doesn’t help keeping the players at Emirates either. Therefore, a step towards adding competition and quality in the squad is progress.


Gunners are already in talks with Cesar representatives as the Queens Park Rangers’ keeper is free to leave Loftus Road after QPR’s relegation from the Premier League. Italian side Roma has also kept Cesar on their radar but Arsenal are by far ahead, and look to be sealing the deal as soon as the Brazilian is off of international duty.


Queens Park Rangers are ready for a £2 million for Cesar. Arsenal will most probably agree to continue paying his £70,000 per week wages. Another player heading to Emirates is Higuain and the final news may officially be announced on Monday.


Currently Julio Cesar has been busy in the Confederations Cup performing impressively for Brazil. He saved a penalty during the match against Uruguay. Brazil face Spain in the finals tomorrow, June 30th, hoping to win the cup for the third consecutive time. Spain will aim to continue their domination on the world stage.  

 

 

 

 
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