Revealed: Arsene’s next Wengerball Plans are a Total Revolution!

Email message from Steve this morning:

Total Arsenal! Amazing news!

I just finished a once in a lifetime private one to one phone call with Arsene himself and let me just say he has put my mind at rest concerning all our midfield questions and debates and our worries about lack of numbers in defense.
I tell you mate there I am spouting all these silly diamond formations and trying to make uninformed selections of players for order of first choice when the boss man had the plan to sort it all out all along. He guaranteed me that the lack of cover in the CB position was done on purpose as a part of a plan and that we could see even more players in the defensive line leave without any replacement also.  He told me that both Szczesny in goal and Welbeck up top would have huge individual roles to play in the near future and that he’s expecting a lot from both of them.  He then went on to explain why he’s been buying up so many attacking midfielders of the same type over the last few years – i’m telling you mate he’s a clever bugger!  I never saw this one coming!
I wasn’t supposed to divulge any of the information he shared with me but I had to tell someone and I knew you would appreciate it, so after he dictated the new line-up to me that would sort all our problems out, explain the logic behind what he’s been doing all these years and reveal his master plan, I quickly made a note of it and made a copy for you.
This is the future line-up, but PLEASE keep it to yourself mate, we don’t want any of the enemy sc*m getting their hands on such a revolutionary tactical concept.
1-9-1 Death by Tiki-Taka! :)

1-9-1 Death by Tiki-Taka! 🙂

Emoji Hope that brightened up the Monday morning for you mate lol, just felt like a giggle.
Cheers, Steve! Sorry, I could not keep it a secret! 😉
TotalArsenal.
On a more serious note, let us know how you want Arsenal  to line-up versus the Northern Oilers this Saturday: what is your ideal starting eleven? I will collate the formations and present our joint preferred line-up by end of the week.
Cheers, TA.
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61 Responses to Revealed: Arsene’s next Wengerball Plans are a Total Revolution!

  1. TotalArsenal says:

    WOW and with Rosicky, Arteta and Flamini still on the bench! 🙂

  2. alfred roberts says:

    Our famous Manager has always got the plan ( A) plan (B) plan (C ) PLAN ( D ) he always has a plan only the headless chickens is not always on board not suggesting Arsen should be given a blank cheque and left alone to do the business, remember David Dein that’s the piece of the missing jigsaw hope we find that missing bit to complete the rise of the titans, many thanks Gunners

  3. Alcide says:

    Yes, but Jack and Santi are not the right size, players like Touré will jump over them easily, negating the power of the safety line, and then there’s no cover.- but I guess that’s why Arsene counts on Szczesny to have an important role? And then, is Welbeck the right choice for that formation? I’d put Giroud, back to goal, he can flick the ball to any one of 9 onrushing midfielder better than any other striker out there, who cares if he’s not clinical, as long as our midfielders have goals in them.

  4. Alcide says:

    … and of course we’re still short of a DM destroyer 🙂

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Alcide! OG was, is and will be our first player on the teamsheet! hahaha 🙂

  6. Retsub says:

    Ha brilliant Steve. Reading your first sentence about 1 per cent of me believed it, but like All good Gooners I am a trusting soul. With nine across the field the offside trap could be tricky. I vote for bringing Tony Adams out of retirement to organise things. Hope he has the zonal marking sorted as well

  7. Neeraj says:

    Hahaha…..
    Good one TA you had me fooled for a moment after the first 2 lines :p
    But on a serious note I would like we played the same formation against Man City as we did against Everton only instead of santi, Ox on the left and obviously Welbeck in place of SaNOgoal

  8. steve says:

    PMSL! I can’t believe you put it as a post lol

    Well i hope everyone enjoys a little Monday morning laugh then 🙂 – they can get quite boring otherwise.

    TA, Just goes to show even with a 1-9-1 we’d still have midfielders on the bench – the boss planned for that and intends to use them as subs lol 🙂

    & Alcide,
    Loving the tactical analysis on a 1-9-1 formation lol, good effort mate i like it – cheering my Monday morning up already 🙂

  9. steve says:

    Retsub, cheers mate glad you liked it lol, agreed on Tony Adams – who is he again? isn’t he Luke Shaws dad?

    Neeraj, glad i had you fooled if only for a moment 🙂

    Also on a serious not did anyone get to see Carvalho in action for Portugal against Albania the other day, i bloody missed it but wondered if he impressed or not?

  10. geoffchase says:

    Really

    1-9-1!!??

    When we could play a false 9 and go 1-10-0 …? Seriously, no reason to keep flame on the bench, and Ozil is the false 9, or Campbell..

    Finally, park the buss will still be a problem. We will need more directness. Bring in Rosicky for the ultimate Arsenal attack, the 0-11-0!!!

    Still room for improvement. Wenger out! 😀

    Cheers — jgc

  11. steve says:

    geoffchase, “Still room for improvement. Wenger out! :D”
    hahahaha 🙂 Classic!

  12. GoonerB says:

    Morning T.A. Sorry that I am not on your marvelous site more often but I have found time to blog hard to come by more recently. Does the slightly unhinged Cornish Cockernee still frequent here?

    So formations. I wrote a piece myself a while back about this. My view was that if you played with a back 4 that most teams formation is quite similar, and that the type of player that was utilised in certain positions would dictate how the team would end up looking. For instance if the 2 wide players are old fashioned traditional wingers that stay wide most of the time and you have a Bergkamp in behind the number 9 it is more 4-4-2. Ozil in place of Bergkamp makes it more a 4-5-1. If the 2 wide players are more wing forwards that like to get infield a lot more than hug the touchline to play off the number 9, ala Walcott and Sanchez, then it will look more 4-3-3 or some derivitive of that.

    With the types of players that we have we are strongest with some version of the 4-3-3. My preference is for us to have players that line us up more of a 4-2-3-1, which is what I always consider Bayern as using. You have 2 deeper defensive midfielders but 1 with a holding defensive role (Martinez or Lahm) and one with a more box to box role (Schweinsteiger). In front of them you have the creative midfielder or number 10 (was Kroos) playing behind the striker and either side you have 2 pacy goal-scoring wing forwards (Ribbery and Robben).

    Ozil seems to have a knock so I would play Ramsey in that role. In these tight big games his goal-scoring instincts in and around the box could be a game winner. I would go for Gibbs normally but believe he is still injured. The one other thing is looking at the pace and mobility of their attack I would want to match it with as much pace and mobility as we can get in our defence, so maybe it is a game for Chambers over Merts. I think as much pace we can get up top and more importantly wide is needed. We want their advancing full backs to be worried about leave space behind. As such I would like to see us line up as follows :

    Szczesny
    Debuchy Chambers Koscielny Monreal
    Flamini Wilshere
    Sanchez Ramsey Chamberlain
    Welbeck

  13. steve says:

    TA re the Saturday line-up;

    I’m going for a bit of different tact on how i WANT (not think) Arsenal will line-up, I’m leaving the controversial and much debated Jack, Cazorla or Ozil quandary out of it and going for this;

    Debuchy—-BFG—–Koscielny—–Gibbs
    ————Ramsey—-Chambers————
    –Campbell——–OX————Sanchez–
    ——————-Welbeck———————

    3 subs (barring any injuries) late in second half across the AM:

    –Podolski——–Daiby———-Rosicky–

    Lets give Danny a full run out and see what he can do 🙂

    Yep a line-up without Jack, Santi or Ozil – bet you never saw that one comming! 🙂

  14. GoonerB says:

    Not too different to mine Steve. My argument for Jack is that he is better than Ramsey at bringing the ball out from deeper positions. He can carry the ball forwards so often gives us a quick transition from defence to attack. Conversely Ramsey has the better eye for goal so I would push him up behind Welbeck into Ozils normal role.

  15. Neeraj says:

    With your formation we wont have a problem even if kos gets sent off in his customary fashion

  16. Gerry says:

    Steve – You will have to learn to be more discreet, this will get you scrubbed from AW’s contact list 😀

    I do like the idea of Diaby in the the ‘hole’.
    I can see it in now, from kick off, a series of Terry(Pires)’s sideways passes, taking one step forwards like the ‘300’, in a solid line. Then when they reach the box, one of the wide men pings the ball across the line, and a bit like bagatelle, all the rest have their shooting leg back, and the first one to have a clear sight of goal … Boom! 1- nil to the 300, sorry 9.
    When they kick off, we are already in position on our box line, and this is where Szczezzer’s role is crucial. He has to keep out long range shots. Made easier by him only having to parry it anywhere along our defence line and we win back possession? Masterstroke!
    Then we march forwards once more. On this point I agree with Geoff, as I do think Welbeck is a bit of a waste up front?

    But you are dead right though. This is the tactic of a sheer genius!

  17. H Bo says:

    Steve this was a entertaining post gave me a Monday smile which is rare.

    Here’s MY team how I would like us to line up not actual team

    Sczeney
    Debuchy Kos. BFG Gibbs
    Rambo Chambers
    Sanchez Ozil. Chamberlain
    Welbeck

  18. Gerry says:

    GoonerB – More appropriate from the previous post, and I agree with the 4-2-3-1.

    I like to think it a tad more fluid than rigid though.

    I likewise think having Ramsey near the opposing goal, making more frequent shorter runs into the box. He is also good to help out the attacking full back when required.

    I disagree with the Steve line up, which you would alter in only one respect. That is because it lacks the creative passer in the final third. Yes, they can all pass the ball to players, but you need someone who can vary, or disguise their passing? Otherwise they just get cut out.

    Sorry, it is Santi or Ozil for me Fast forward a couple of years and it might be Zelalem or Crowley?

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha Steve, I was still half dazed and confused when I read it early this morning. Then, when I was walking the dog, I thought it would be fun to publish it.

    I reckon we swap Welbeck with the BFG. Best header in the team and he can guide the defensive stuff from the front. Talking about a revolution…. Also when defending set pieces we go in alarm mode: 9-1-1, with nine players in the goal and Theo and Ox in the 1 and 1… Attack us now then you bastards! hahaha 😛

  20. Gerry says:

    H Bo – I prefer your line up, although I don’t think AW will try out Chambers in this game, at least not partnered by Ramsey or Wilshere. Perhaps with Arteta?

    I think he is too valuable to the bench where he can cover several positions, and thus open up the possibility for more options?

  21. Gerry says:

    Will teach you to listen to more Led Zep then Totes?

  22. steve says:

    Gerry – WE ARE ARSENAL! lol loving the 300 analogy, never even saw that until you brought it up nice one.
    I take your point on the creative passer mate but i feel OX does have that in his locker just not quite as developed as the others yet and this was a “want” team not a “predicted” one, if it was i think mine would look very much like GoonerB’s.
    Oh and a couple of years Crowley for sure mate! have you seen him and Patrick Roberts tearing it up in the England U17 those two are amazing and complement each other perfectly (right foot / left foot). Definitely on my watch list.

    GoonerB – Yes mate fully agree on the Ramsey in the hole point, i just wanted to see how OX got on there tbh, but in reality the Saturday game would not be the best time to try something new lol.
    I would keep BFG in defense though – they have a lot of height in their team on corners and i really want to see Chambers bully Tore in midfield, that would make my day tbh.

    H Bo – Glad i could help 🙂 I think Ozil is injured btw, i could be wrong though. but otherwise our teams are looking similar.

  23. TotalArsenal says:

    GoonerB, always good to see you here and your comments are always a joy to read. Sorry to hear you have been busy lately, letting your football duties down… 🙂

    Cockie is in conclave, preparing new comic material that meets the standards of his loyal and demanding audience at BK 😛

  24. steve says:

    9-1-1 Alarm mode! hahahaha, we need some flashing lights on either corners of the goal hahaha
    Nice one TA!

  25. TotalArsenal says:

    GoonerB

    I like that line up a lot, but leaving BFG out… We need his intelligence and calm, I reckon. Also, I am pretty sure that Wenger will start Sanogo, as he will want time to work with Welbeck and let him play 20-30 mins at the end.

    My Line up:

    Sz
    Deb – BFG – Koz – Nacho
    ———Flam—Jack——-
    ———–Alexis————-
    Ox–Sano4goals—-Ozil/Campbell

    Yep, Alexis to fool them all in the hole and scare the sugar out of the Oilers and Sanogo to start to keep the defence busy and fight for his place…. then Welbeck to come on and kill off the tired Oilers and wink at the Mancunians through the camera. Bliss. 🙂

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Lights on the goal posts….I’d love it, Steve. All the crowd making ambulance noises just before the corner is taking as well…. Szczesny catches the ball, throws it to Ox who starts the running and weaves past a few dazed and shit-scared defenders and Theo putting the afterburners on….. Ox to release Theo who bangs it in for fun. 9-1-1 to the rescue. 🙂

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    Led Zeppelin…. a blast from the past. Am more a Metallica, Raven and Manowar man myself, Gerry.

  28. steve says:

    TA; just reading that passage of play you were describing and reminded me of this 🙂

    The 9-1-1 SO GOOD EVEN ADEBAYOR CAN SCORE PMSL! 🙂

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Yeah that was a sexy goal. Adebarndoor should have kissed Theo’s boots after that run but he had only time for himself….. And Hleb and Cesc only had time for the real hero…

    No wonder Wenger let him go.

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    Btw, I was wondering what PMSL stands for…. is it a call for the BFG becoming our captain…. Per Mertesacker Should Lead? 🙂

  31. steve says:

    Per Mertesacker Should Lead!!! hahahah. From now on that’s exactly what it means mate!! hahaha
    That is brilliant TA – this has been a thoroughly entertaining Monday so far mate, wish i had found bergkampesque a long time ago 🙂

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Steve, but you have provided most of the fun. 😛

    What your post amply demonstrates to us is the wealth of midfielders we have in our team. And anybody wondering why Wenger did not buy a guaranteed starter SQ DM, does not need to look any further.

  33. Thoroughly good read today Steve, and some of the comments as well. 🙂
    I think the only way we’ll scare City is by the players wearing the Joker make-up (Batman) but with Sanchez wearing a Flash costume. Chezzers would have to wear this:

    Then they may shit themselves if we go at them 1-9-1

  34. BTW… it was Chezzers who influenced me for that last photo:

  35. Totes

    For a long time on Facebook, I thought PMSL was a womans thing, but could never work out what the L meant. 🙂

  36. proudgooner says:

    ————–Szczesny———
    Doubchy–BFG–KOS–Monreal
    ———-Arteta–Ramsey——-
    OX———-Ozil———–Podolski
    ————–Sanchez———-

    This is a must not lose game i really want Flemini in the team as well but can’t leave Ramsey out.
    I could swap Ramsey for Femini, Ozil for Podolski out on the left and put Ramsey in he number 10.

    ————-Szcsesny——–
    Doubchy–BFG–KOS–Monreal
    ———–Arteta–Flemini—
    Ozil——–Ramsey———Podolski
    —————Alexis—————

    For Podolski simply has to play. Why? Because he has scored more goals then any other forward we have that is fit at the moment, i believe he is our best finisher., he will add strength to our team.
    I am going for my second team.
    Jovetic is injured , shame !
    We need goals and Ramsey , Podolski and Alexis offer the best chance of goals with Ozil supplying the ammo. It also gives us a strong defensive unit which we will need against the northern oilers.

  37. Just for those interested, I’ve had a message from the Cockie man. He has gone into an Enclosed Order of Monks and taken a solemn order of silence until he can return cleansed and then return as a Visitationist Nun. 🙂

  38. proudgooner says:

    1969er,
    Do send the Cockiemeister of dooming my regards, crickey i am a little concerned that the monks might think he is possesed and start flicking holy water at him all day and night, til he is cleansed at least.

  39. proudgooner says:

    1969er,
    I am sure Mrs P and Fossy B will smuggle him in some cookies to keep his strength up.
    Good luck furry blue chap.

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    NB and PG 🙂 🙂

  41. proudgooner says:

    What is your team for the northern oilers TA?

  42. proudgooner says:

    iTS OK ta I SEE IT, I LIKE IT EXCEPT jACK I THINK rOSICKY needs some playing time ex caps lol

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Jack IT is FOR me pG. But I like Rosicky too. 🙂

  44. proudgooner says:

    What do you think of my 2 teams? ta LOL

  45. proudgooner says:

    aLSO IF ON GOOD FORM I THINK IT MIGHT BE GOOD TO START cAMPBELL UP FRONT. hE WOULD BE A SURPRISE PACKAGE AND THE NORTHERN OILERS WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, wENGERS SECRET WEAPON IF YOU LIKE. 🙂
    Damn it done it again , lol and not on purpose.
    Typo-dislectsier. lol

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Not sure whether Arteta is fit again,,,,, I didnt think so?

    But a safe and solid formation and of course you have included the Pod! 😛

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    Away now for a bit, catch you later. 🙂

  48. proudgooner says:

    See you later Total.
    I had not thought about Artea being fit or not, i hope he is.
    On Pod, we need more goals mate, i think he is important on that note.

  49. proudgooner says:

    Germany u21 v England u21
    It is also on eurosport 2, but is starting live due to cycling i think.
    http://neolive.net/277692/2/Watch-Germany-vs-England–U19-/

  50. proudgooner says:

    u19s even

  51. proudgooner says:

    Total Holland u21 v Slovakia u21s
    Is also on if you want a link let me know i you are still about?

  52. alcide says:

    2 goals for Danny 🙂

  53. proudgooner says:

    Them 2 goals are massive for Danny and Arsenal
    That 2nd goal was perfect.
    That composer in front of goal is all he needs to become a star, I think he has just found it.
    Well done Danny!
    COYG

  54. proudgooner says:

    Great stuff Alcide ,
    That composer is what has made Rambo a. Star.
    Danny is so fast he can easy create the space to allow that composer. 😉

  55. steve says:

    Danny scoring and running straight over and celebrating with Chambers and Chamberlain – great scene!! COYG!

  56. proudgooner says:

    Steve,
    It was great to see.
    He really wants to be great for Arsenal and all is looking good.
    Great to see the lads have all clicked together already.
    COYG. 🙂

  57. steve says:

    Poor old Jacky boy, of all the four options to place Jack in a diamond formation Hodgson chooses the out and out DM position, what a waste. Should have had Milner filling that job from the start and have jack playing where Delph was.

  58. proudgooner says:

    Steve,
    I 100% agree Jack is not a DM simple.
    He even said it in an interview lately, he must have been surprised Roy put him there.
    As you said what a waste.

  59. steve says:

    proudgooner,
    Yes mate, some how i just knew Danny would gel quickly with our lads glad to see i was right, can’t wait to see him get his first run out for us! 🙂

  60. steve says:

    proudgooner
    “surprised” – pissed off i bet mate lol 🙂
    he did his best though but like Ozil on the wing it just shouldn’t happen and is a definite waste of talent.

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