PELLEGRINI SHOULD LEARN FROM WENGER

Arsenals are 4 points clear at the top of the league going into the hectic Christmas period. They were impressive and efficient against Cardiff and there are smiles all over the Emirates. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that rose from the game.

PELLEGRINI SHOULD LEARN FROM WENGER

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The Chilean and Arsene are similar in some ways. Runaway gooner, Samir Nasri stated that he is feeling good under Pelligrini as he felt under Wenger plus the way the Chilean is dealing with Joe Hart is reminiscent if Szczesny’s struggles last season. However, one thing that they are not similar at all in the fact that the gooners are almost invincible away from home meanwhile the City men have looked ordinary away from the Etihad. If the league was decided on away games, this is how the table would look like:

 

 

P

W

D

L

+/-

PTS

1

ARSENAL

7

5

1

1

+9

16

2

MAN UTD

7

3

2

2

+2

11

3

TOTTENHAM

6

3

1

2

-3

10

15

MAN CITY

6

1

1

4

-2

4

18

NORWICH

6

1

0

5

-13

3

 

Arsenal would be 5 points clear while City would be 15th and one point off the relegation zone. Arsenal just celebrated the 15 games away record and with the win over Cardiff, another run is in the horizon. So what does Arsenal do that the Pelligrini men don’t?

Arsene’s play his away games with a cautious approach. He does not let his boys play without caution but a very careful approach. Wenger looks at the strength of the opposition and focuses on how to curb their threat. That is why we have been awesome away from home. In the Cardiff game, it was clear that Wenger men wanted to quench the threat that Cardiff had from set pieces and when many gooners were clamoring for Rosicky to come on, he went for Flamini ( a defensive midfielder)

The opposite is the case for City; they have lost 4 away games by doing the almost direct opposite to what the gooners do away from home. Pellegrini sure has a lot to learn from Arsene (I would arrange tutorial classes between them…lol)

HURRICANE RAMSEY IS NOW A CATEGORY THREE STROM

A brace from Ramsey took him to 15 goals for Club and country this season and when you consider that we haven’t played a game in December, it is amazing. Everything he touches turns to gold and right now he is almost indispensable to the gooners. At the beginning of the season, I did not expect him to be this good and when Walcott said that this would be Ramsey’s year before the Villa game, I thought he was bluffing. I am so happy that I was wrong and when you saw the way the Cardiff supporters gave him a standing ovation for his maturity during the game; it just goes to tell you that the dude has a matured head on a 22 year old shoulders. Come on Rambo, kill them all.

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GIROUD’S WOES OUTSIDE LONDON CONTINUES

I’m sure that if all the gooner’s away games were played in London, Giroud would have been the highest goal scorer. The Frenchman has only scored one premier league goal outside London (against Sunderland) and on Saturday his barren form outside London continued. In the game, Olivier decided to be the player and the linesman at the same time. He blew an offside for himself when the linesman did not. No matter how noble and honourable it may sound, footballers should learn to play to the whistle. Decent performances from him though, but he must break the psychological barrier of not scoring outside London.

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SZCZESNY HAS GREATNESS IN HIM

When you consider that Arsenal conceded just one goal in November, it leaves surprised. A gooner friend extolled the qualities of Szczesny in his blog and I totally agree with him. The Polish keeper has been awesome and the smart one hand save from Campbell was a key moment in the game. Before the game, he celebrated 50 clean sheets in 125 games; make that 51 in 126 games. I group Szczesny among some great young keepers like De Gea (Manchester United), Ter Stegen (Borussia M’Glabach) and Courtois( Athletico Madrid). I believe these 4 young men would rule the world for many years to come and take over the throne presently occupied by the likes of Britain and Casillas.

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