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    The pairing of a physical barrier/presence and a speedier player does seem to work better and Mertesacker and Vermaelen probably lean too much towards the first and not enough to the second, whereas Koscielny maybe lacks the first but has plenty of the second.



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    Mertesacker - Our new view on defending

    The Arsenal defence is playing with different perspective, according to Per Mertesacker.

    The big German centre back helped his side to a second successive clean sheet in the 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday. That crucial win closed the gap on the top four and came hot on the heels of the surprise success by the same score at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

    After the victory in Wales, Mertesacker revealed that in the wake of the defeat at Tottenham, the entire defence took it upon themselves to conduct an extra examination of their team-play on video. It gave them a new outlook.

    “We do [this] before every game,” he said. “But the defenders did it on our own and I think there has been quite an improvement. We saw ourselves as a unit on the television and I think it was a good thing to do because sometimes you have a different view on the pitch and you feel different.

    “It was everybody’s decision [to do it]. We all had the feeling there was something to do so everybody was involved and everyone felt we needed to improve and speak more.

    “The most important thing we learned was to cover each other more. There were a lot of situations where there was no pressure on the ball and the back four was not prepared for any balls between us.

    We are always watching videos. That is not the point. Sometimes it is good to see situations and I think the very important scenes against Tottenham made it more clear for everyone.”

    The victory at Swansea lifted Arsenal back above Everton and, as a result of Tottenham’s defeat to Fulham, edged Wenger’s men closer to the top four.

    “It rained cats and dogs, especially in the second half,” smiled Mertesacker. “It was very slippery but it was a vital win.

    “There’s a good international break now, a little breather for everyone, and then we can concentrate on the last nine games. We need to keep on going.

    “We are not in the position that we want to be in so it is a good target to think about our situation in the league. That is all we can do at the moment as we are out of every competition so our focus must be to climb up the table.”
    the real question is... videos of the opponent or own videos ¿? and who took the iniciative? Fabianski maybe?

    Anyway, about fucking time you lot made that decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LFS-forward View Post
    the real question is... videos of the opponent or own videos ¿? and who took the iniciative? Fabianski maybe?

    Anyway, about fucking time you lot made that decision.
    Strange that they don't do so after every match. Stone age.
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    indeed!

    We saw ourselves as a unit on the television
    television? lol, get an IPad BFG! #StoneAge
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    Here's an idea, how about Steve Bould doing some extra defensive work with the back 4 on the training ground......just a thought mind.


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    Read in the f365 gossip column that he's being linked with a summer move to Wolfsburg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakey Boy View Post
    Read in the f365 gossip column that he's being linked with a summer move to Wolfsburg
    Impossible. Wenger rates him highly.
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    Yeah I'm highly sceptical but I thought I'd share it anyway.
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    Damn it Per.
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    He'll be suspended for 1 match yes?



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    Almost costed us a vital win. Shocking mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Santi and Lukasz View Post
    He'll be suspended for 1 match yes?
    Straight red is 3 aint it?
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    Just when we had a run of Mertersacker and Kosh at the back, giving us some consistency, got to rely on bringing in Vermualen back in. Not seen the red card incident but sounded rather clumsy.


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    I cant fault him for that too much...he had to stop that player otherwise he was through on goal
    Per shouldve not been watching the linesman, though.... that cost him the extra yard to get outta jail without a foul


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    A more mobile and speedier player might have used those assets to recover the situation, which was all I was ever saying about Mertesacker.

    Yes he has other plus points and yes others might not have some of the ones he has but it doesn't alter the fact the concerns about him were valid ones and it's not like anyone is being wise after the event here.......Positioning, anticipation and his reading of the game were also the strengths he was being sold on too by his defenders and yet he's been poor and lacking on those several times this season anyway.



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