Wenger has no worries after Gabriel/Perez spat

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Arsene Wenger says he’s not worried about the fact Gabriel Paulista and Lucas Perez appeared to clash at the end of yesterday’s 1-0 win over West Brom.

The Brazilian seemed to take umbrage at the former Deportivo man’s reluctance to track back late in the game, and the duo were in heated discussion going down the tunnel after the game.

Asked about it afterwards, the Arsenal manager didn’t seem overly concerned, saying, “No. I don’t know what it is about, I didn’t see it as well.

But they have the South American temper, you know, and that can sometimes happen. I don’t think that anything bad happened.

“They are two good friends, very close to each other so that is already forgotten now.”

It’s no bad thing really, strong words are often exchanged on the pitch and to have a player who is willing to take a teammate to task for what he deems to be a dereliction of duty is perhaps something we’ve been missing.

Storm in a teacup stuff though, and they probably went out for a traditional South American dish of sausage, egg and chips, confusing to the Spaniard, but there you go.

Read today’s Arseblog: Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: Giroud winner sees Gunners grind it out

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Pires2henry
Pires2henry

Communication is surely a good thing no?

Santa Carzor
Santa Carzor

Is ok, no?

C J
C J

absolutely… no ?

Indiegooner
Indiegooner

“Mr. Wenger, Lucas Perez is from Spain..”

“I didn’t see that”.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

So when Wenger says most good strikers are South Americans, he includes Spain.

Hutch
Hutch

Everyone needs a kick up the arse sometimes. Remember BFG giving Ozil a bollocking on the pitch after the Man City away loss a few years back.

Not sure what the fuss is to be honest.

Why not
Why not

I think thats a very good thing. Its exactly what we need sometimes.

Baxy
Baxy

I would like to see Lucas play more on the right wing but maybe that’s why Arsene doesn’t play him because he doesn’t track back…maybe?

Anthony Payne
Anthony Payne

Maybe now he will.

Simon
Simon

It’s a good thing.

I noticed too – I think it was WBA’s last attack (obviously at 1-0). Perez was running back after the ball while WBA were attacking and then slowed down for no obvious reason. He deserved a bollocking.

Chamakh
Chamakh

Yeah was furious myself too, he was fresh and could easily have made an effort to stop the player. Thought he tracked back well in the Basel match though.

Daniel
Daniel

And to make it worse, it was an errant Lucas pass which started that WBA counter! Always feel like a player should assume an extra level of responsibility for regaining possession when they’re the one who gives away the ball.

Ozil bodyguard
Ozil bodyguard

I saw that too! Just imagine if that had been Ozil! The guillotine would be out!

Va va voom
Va va voom

Play him as a 9 where he won’t need to track back, just score goals. We’re we planning to play Vardy on the flank?

Mike Hunt-Arfarf
Mike Hunt-Arfarf

Also saw Gabriel ‘telling’ Bellerin to go out and close down West Brom player on Bellerin’s flank. Which was nice.

BringBackSeaman
BringBackSeaman

Agree, this to me is what they mean by ‘communication’ in football.

It’s not all polite.. can you imagine Gabriel going.

“Lucas old chap, how are you?.. good.. I don’t wish to intrude, but would you mind awfully if the next time one of those bleeders in white and blue run with the football, that you might give him the old ‘heave ‘ho’ and land him on his bloody arse like a Jolly good chap.”

Idysurtagem
Idysurtagem

Noticed that as well a couple of times Lucas let Nyom ran past him after a half hearted attempt to win the ball. Probably he didn’t know how much defending he should do in England coming in from the league that doesn’t know how to defend.

Mr November
Mr November

I’m happy to see this. It shows that the players care and are not going to suffer other players stepping out of line. A bit authoritarian sounding but we all know that it’s an aspect that has been found wanting on several occasions in the past decade.

goonero
goonero

Total non-story that no doubt desperate journalists will try to bleed for all its worth like the leeches they are. Players need to keep each other on their toes, maybe the pair of them should have been smarter and saved it for the privacy of the dressing room but there’s absolutely nothing wrong or even unusual about this.

Ozilosis
Ozilosis

Favela rules dictate the price of not tracking back being a toe nail..
Good to see Gab sounding out people… him putting slide tackles and Per collecting fines is exactly how the fight for places should be..

Will
Will

I remember when Flamini and ozil had a big bust up on the pitch, now look at them.

Hunter
Hunter

I remember years ago Tony Adams slapped Glen Helder on the end of his nob for losing Lucas Rabebebebebebanichebe at a corner

32gooner
32gooner

Gabriel is a good defender, but he can be too slow to commit to challenges at times, allowing opposing dribblers to advance too much with the ball. Seen it on too many occasions, even against slower attacking players like Rondon last night. Sort this out and Gabriel can be a much better defender with his never say die attitude!

Kafkush
Kafkush

I appreciate criticisms of Gabriel defending flaws. Here’s the thing though: he is the one guy I see who has that old school die for the team mentality (Sanchez is the other). He’s not soft. He doesn’t respect some pecking order of reputation or wages. He’ll say it when it is needed, he doesn’t give a f**k. Have you seen him ready to take on a mob of supporters from his own club cos they were being disrespectful? Look it up.
We need a “hood muhfucca” (I mean that with utmost respect) like this in the team. Too many softies who value congeniality over victory. Bruised egos are good. They bring out the fighter in everyone. Theo is not much better now, except in attitude- and that can be the difference. Remember man u last year and the two losses recently. You want softness and lack of fight like that? Chelsea and liverpoor will destroy us if we’re like that in the return games. Remember the early Arsene arsenal teams. No lack of fight.
Gabriel is needed. Even with a few defensive errors, this man defends for his life.

An Ox-sized Coq
An Ox-sized Coq

You know at first I was kinda offended how you lumped all South Americans to a certain “type”…then I thought that’s us South Americans do play dirty, loud, and a bit more abrasive than average. Carry on.

GunnerDareMacedonia
GunnerDareMacedonia

If anything i think we are lacking this kind ofshouting since the deference could be easyly conceding a goal, i think after scoring our players and mudfield become too asventures going up to score 2nd goal and it was not going to score like team goal it was individual players trying to get on the score sheet , nothing wrong going for a second goal but it was not only perez in the time after the goal till the end our defense was left alone and if it was better oposition we could easly concede. At one attack i even saw monreal making a strikers run in the box what was that. Note just gabriel i think every one needs to shout like that we you can trow the win for personal glory.

Mpls
Mpls

Evidence that Gabriel’s confidence and leadership are growing, and that’s brilliant. He’s a passionate player and that’s brilliant too.

Noreen Porritt
Noreen Porritt

Gabie is all about get the ball and track all the time,he is as tough as nails, players who give everthing they have on the pitch would like other lazy players to wake up,it goes on all the time, players like Coquellin want others to do same,anyone who reads english media,pundits,the Neville,Shearers is a fool, these people are the pits,not good at most jobs, they get money from young players miseries,especially Arsenal,for some reasons they know that Arsenal will be nothing without Wenger, so they spend days and night talking about contracts, players, reminding the fans how bad Arsenal is, you never hear them say the same thing at the rest of the league,two Manchester teams have players who are in limbo,but concentrate on Arsenal contracts, a lose of a game they will make it like Arsenal are criminals,does anyone know why the media hates Wenger and his team is it the only team with contracts

Martin
Martin

If it happened. That’s great. When managers try to make players accountable. It doesn’t always go good. But for another player to do it. Is great and does sometimes resonate better with the his fellow teammate. I’m sure if a similar situation arise. He would do better. We need the defenders to spur on the guys sometimes. The leaders on the pitch need to be a lot more vocal than they are.

santori
santori

Thought Gabriel did good yesterday. Like his speed covering and he has a bit more maturity to his play.

Wenger has now option of both Gabriel and Mustafi to partner Koscielny. For the matter both can also cover Bellerin.

Lucas was decent. Some good crosses intelligently put in but also a few miscues primarily because he hasn’t been regular.

Again we now have options up top with Giroud, the returning Welbeck but also Alexis and Lucas. Think Lucas in all honesty may be best suited in and around the box in a predatorial role but in any case, late in games, deploying from the flank also allows him to join Girud in the box because we have both Monreal and Bellerin providing width particularly against teams who cede ground and retreat into their box.

Iwobi. I thought he did WAAAY better than many care to give him credit for. He’s intelligent with the ball and picks through the lines well. Also has good vision. Again many people simply have no tactical clue. We had both Gibbs and Belllerin already providing crosses from wide. Whether they put them in with sufficient quality is one thing. With the box packed so deep with defenders, the percentage chance that GIroud could connect with these crosses is also low. The goal came from a diagonal cross from Ozil, not from wide area.

OTOH, we needed presence around the box too. We were almost playinga 3-4-3 yesterday with Granit marshalling along side the Cbacks and the fullbacks pushed up. Iwobi and Alexis had roaming roles and were tucked inward to help Giroud add numbers which was important. In this case, BOTH Alexis and Iwobi benefit the team with their close control and ability to run at the defense.

Ozil was almost playing a deeper role with Coquelin and Granit slightly back.

In fact IMO the one thing Iwobi brought was protection of the ball. With the abject record of no clean sheets in a stretch, I think it was important for us not to give the ball cheaply away and limit WBA from coming into the game which I thought we did well (regardless of their intent)

What I would say is with Iwobi’s current skill set, he could also be a useful asset in midfield both in the Ozil position (should the German get knocked) but also crrying the ball in the Santi role.

I mentioned before that we lack that outlet which Santi and noiminally Jack could give carrying the ball at feet through midfield.

In absence of any option to bring Jack back mid season, one potential would be to consider Iwobi in the midfield role.

Assuming we want to mix it up from the usual Coquelin/Granit combo, we can add Ramsey, Elneny to either of the holding players or indeed Iwobi who IMO bringd something extra to midfield.

We also seem to have the Jeff hovering around the first team and the flanks now look stack for options with Alexis, Welbeck, Walcott, the Ox, Lucas all lining up.

So the Iwobi midfield option could be interesting.

In any case as I mentioned, the need to take it down the line and cross is a bit simplistic. True we do need to play it to Giroud’s strengths but crossing from wide areas does not simply equate to that. Where we find better joy is in the diagonal spaces imo.

With the way WBA set up with 6 across the back3 in front, they had the flanks covered pretty well which limited our movement there.

This is where Alexis and Iwobi’s freedom of movement helped us prevent the more static positioning of having Giroud in the team. and retain a bit of the unpredictability. It will take a bit of fine tuning and can be effective given a bit of time. It takes nothing away from the need to put crosses in but simply means we need to get re-adjusted to each other’s movement. There were some excellent moves yesterday (Many by Iwobi) picking through the lines which if we were sharper and more accustom to each other’s moves, may have resulted in goals.

I remember the Iwobiu back heel which opened up for Bellerin. And he picked through the lines with close control on several ocassions.

What we do have now is a lot more flexibility to break teams down.

As I mentioned before the GIroud up top scenario is NOT a plan B. It is another system to break teams down. We will need 2 or 3 approaches. The team will have to get use to these systems in each of their various facets.

The next 5 games will likely need similar type approach in breaking down entrenched opposition so it will be interesting to see how the team develops shortly.

Paul
Paul

I hope this doesn’t continue as Gabs may well shoot Lucas. We know what he’s like! 🙂

Bryce Hauver-Reeves
Bryce Hauver-Reeves

The fuck?

Ozil bodyguard
Ozil bodyguard

Agree with Gabriel…I watched Perez start tracking a player and then almost stop still as they approached the area…I was screaming at the screen!

onenil
onenil

The Iiage above –
Lucas ‘Hey peace and love! We are best mates.’
Gabriel ‘ You fail to track back again. My fingers go straight in your eyes.’