By 1970’s Gooner
Arsene Wenger seems to have hit upon a set of simple tactics that are working wonders.Arsenal used to press teams high up the pitch playing a high line and forcing the opponents to cede possession in the dangerous areas.
Once the ball was under control then possession football would come into play squeezing the opponent in their half.
We used to end up being champions in the possession stats but runners up in the winning stakes.This season the tactic seems to be to allow the opposition the ball, retreat into two banks of four and suck the other team in. Once the ball is won back the midfield and wing players spring into action utilising their speed, mainly of Walcott’s.
It reminds me of the championship winning sides which included the likes of Overmars, Bergkamp, Anelka, Pires and Henry.
The tactic has been employed especially when we have gone one nil up. Remember the Fulham, Sunderland and Spurs games in particular.
That's why the possession figures so far this season have been low by Arsenal's
standards. Look at the stats below:
Fulham 54%Spurs 43%
But it is working!