Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wenger talks England’s Ozil trend

Arsene Wenger believes that his acquisition of Mesut Ozil reflects an increased preference in English football for technical players who sit in a deeper attacking position as opposed to a focus on out-and-out strikers.

In the last few years the Premier League has become a veritable hub of outstanding no.10s with Chelsea, Sp*rs, Liverpool and Manchester City (to name but a few) adding such creativity to their ranks.

“You need more players who can create that special opening and I believe that Europe uses fewer strikers than before,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“If you look at the number of strikers who have been sold during the summer, most of them are South American.

“If you compare England today with 20 or 30 years ago I would say the main difference for me is that you have no strikers any more in a country that produced so many. Why? Because we have developed more the technical game and the guy who delivers this kind of ball is even more important.

“Before you got the cross in and you had a guy who jumped above everybody to head the ball in. Today you have to find him through little pockets and that is why this player [the No 10] becomes even more important because the creative aspect needed is higher.”

Of course, for the last couple of years it has been Jack Wilshere who has been hailed nationwide as the man to bring a creative spark to the England national team.

Highlighting that his young charge is still feeling his way back to top form after his injury struggles the boss also underlined that the Academy graduate (due to competition) has steeled himself for the challenge of playing on the left even if it’s not his best position.

“Jack is always ready to sacrifice himself for the team and that is absolutely fantastic,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“It [the left flank] is not his best position, we all know that. But he has a lot of freedom to move inside and he plays a little bit in the Cazorla role. He does that well.

“I think he will benefit from that transitional period there and physically he will become much stronger. He needs that.

“Overall, he is very disciplined as well. He can do the physical job on the flanks. It’s the hardest job today in the modern game and he does that very well. I’m very pleased with his performances.”

While Jack’s shift to the left is happening later in his development than in other cases, the moving of central players to the flank is a tried and tested Wenger policy. The likes of Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey have all endured similar stints (to varying degrees of success) before taking their chance in the middle.

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renaissance rosicky

Left flank eh? Here’s hoping he does a Ramsey.

Harsh

ramsey wasn’t an immediate success on the flanks, but he still learnt loads from his time there…
So here’s hoping, he does much better than a ramsey…

santi's panties

It’s because of the evil Marxist racist optical doctrine called ‘Depth of Field’

Trimi

I envy you Mr. James Abalawiaye. Idiocy must be so bliss.

Jammathon

This one’s a keeper.

DangerMouse

How exactly can you be communist and capitalist at the same time James. If youre going to talk bollix at least make it logical bollix.

Trimi

Bollocks is never logical

Trimi

I CANNOT wait to see Ozil in red and white, in front of the home fans. I sadly won’t be there, but to anyone privileged enough, I have one request:

SING YOUR HEARTS OUT. SUPPORT OUR LADS. WHATEVER HAPPENS. And sing for Mesut, make him feel right at home!

Eboue's perfectly chiseled ba lls

up the arse … let us vanquish the orcs !

Naija Gunner

No wonder I’ve been searching for James’s comment, whew!

dorian

I think arsenal look good this season and they will destroy stoke

Dial square

After the game Arsene should offer his hand to Mark Hughes, then, when Hughes does the same, Steve Bould should step in and nut him, just for being a complete cunt.

DöubleDöubleDöuble

In other news; Arteta has taught his lego hair how to play football…

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/70018000/jpg/_70018137_arteta.jpg

Santi Claws

Haaaaaaaaah. Well done you.

Osi

We love you Arsenal,yes we do. We love you Ozil,yes we do.we love you lads,yes we do. Let us all put it loud today as the Red and white Army match on the orcs!!!

Petit's Handbag

I’ve been thinking over how we’ll win this today and while I’d like a sweet 4 nothing victory…there would be something special about a Ramsey effort hitting Shawcross in the dick and ripping it off while following the ball into the goal. Something very special indeed

Petit's Handbag

I’ve been thinking over how we’ll win this today and while I’d like a sweet 4 nothing victory…there would be something special about a Ramsey effort hitting Shawcross in the dick and ripping it off while following the ball into the goal. Something very special indeed

Pat

Well he missed but at least it went in.

zizou

wilshere has been ‘arsened’ on the left, brilliant

Goonerestgooner

Can you un-delete “James” comment….I really wanna know what he said now???

Runcgooner

Garega alks shit,only beat what’s in front of you

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