English Premier League : Odds are Nothing

Before getting any presents for any Christmas tradition, i have to ensure that i have to behave very well, and if i do, it doen’t have any meaning that i would get any present too. That is the tradition that bring us lesson and make sure that lesson was learned through history. Everyone knew that everyone wanted that and but it all based on Christmas spirit.

Analogically, we are seeing that what happens with Arsenal right now. Arsenal really do well in big competition such as Premier League and UCL. And we are put our position strong in premier league in 2nd position between Leicester City and Manchester City. After we are winning against Manchester City a couple days ago, every single bookie master put us on top to winning the title. But this kind of things sometimes lead us to another pitfall, so every step that Arsenal taken next must be carefully and must heavily thoughtful.

What Arsenal must wary about?

I am always amazed about every single Arsenal player who did every interview and press conference this day, everyone praised each other and communicate very well on the pitch too. Every time on the pitch, always ready and asking the ball, ready take initiative. We do winning with big teams right now, we do sent messages about how we fight together. Makes everyone in Premier League and in Europe must be thinking about us that this is not ‘Arsenal’ Arsenal but we are coming back to Arsenal that when everyone knew about true meaning of ‘Arsenal’.

Arsenal who became Invincibles, who win Double, who playing attractive football, who came to beat big clubs in Europe, who gonna be the greatest club in the world. This season, many Arsenal players are mature and experienced with 3-4 world class player between them, a lot of international players too and every single academy player try developed through first team very well. This year really exceptional, really means something, the players knew what are they doing and to win is the most important. its proven with going through 16 qualifier and wins against Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City. Everything really went good for Arsenal don’t cha?

Everyone said calm before the storm calling, but Arsenal really do have theirs first. Ox, Walcott, Cazorla, and Coquelin even Sanchez are out before Christmas. Have death match in UCL before going through in group stages. And have 3 losses after just half of season must be hard. And know even we have 2nd position, Arsene knew it doesn’t meant anything. Arsene  told media that,

“It is much too early to say who will win the . We are only halfway.” Arsene, 2015.

That is Arsenal must wary about, we are still halfway and we didn’t even come first. We still have Champions League which will giving us a little burden and pressure for playing every single week in week out. Sip a little beer, we are not really done yet. And remember Arsenal recipe for injuries? we always down in February-March, because it was the busy and tough fixtures for us.



Tough week Arsenal Fixtures 2016

As you can see we had Southampton in first fixtures, and then Bournemouth who beat Chelsea last week. We had UCL fixtures in Barcelona and 2 big defining moments for the title against Leicester City and Manchester United. Tough week as you can see. And in March we had Swansea who beat us, Forever in Our Shadow in Saturday also with 2nd leg in Camp Nou with Everton waiting 3 days later. We really do need another player to back up anyone whowill be  playing in those two months.

We also have to wary about Football is never being on static value and always dynamic, unpredictable as the power has been sharing evenly between every single English Premier League club. Arsenal set pieces who gives us problem alot of years ago, hopefully didn’t haunt us this year. And Arsenal also have to training their Penalty Kicks remember we had been missed two PKs and didn’t good when important kicks come in. The conclusion are we have to aware about injuries, dynamic tactics and disciplined defence. I believe this three keys could give us an answer for all future challenges.

What then must Arsenal do?

I am no Football expert tactician such as Michael Cox nor Adrian Clarke as player and pundit in Arsenal assesment. Either Thierry Henry pundit in Sky Sports and Ian Wright at Bein Sports, but my perspective are just coming through my view from every single game and my analysis that out from those above my list. So first what Arsenal must have to do?

Arsenal really have reinforcements in January with Wilshere, Sanchez and Welbeck coming through with Cazorla and Coquelin a lot bit long in late February. Well it doesn’t mean we are save, i belive even we have Bielik, Kamara and Dan Crowley waiting their talent get presentation but we need something fast-produce player and it was loan someone out there. Arsene really rarely loan someone if he didn’t need it, as he wants someone who developed well under his wings, he just wanted to own them.

Look who he had as loanee this past year, if not Yossi Benayoun, Emiliano Viviano and Kim Kallstrom. Two of them didn’t get so many chance so much in first team, but Yossi Benayoun given so much impact and he really plays very well. But considering his age, Arsene didn’t see his future in Arsenal and just let him go. Seeing this squad this year, buying someone or star really didn’t play well for Arsene as he seeing young player emerge and many player who need development in squad.


Yossi Benayoun scoring against Norwich, 2010.

Shad Forsythe as Fitness backroom staff, he must have a lot critic strike through his ear. No offense, he really didn’t prove consistent improvement, as we can see as Sanchez going through his fitness and medical doctor in Chile despite we have the best in Arsenal. But I believe in Shad, and what he did to Ozil and Walcott has being fruitful so… its need time though.

Arsene talked in press conference as i was written this post, he is told that winning isn’t easy anymore, football in EPL is more dynamic, statistic can cheat you, but the most important is,

“Possession is not rewarded like it was before. It doesn’t give you the win as much.” Wenger, 2015.

That was the fact, Arsenal win against such big team such as Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester City with just posessions in range between 10%-30%. We are playing a lot of counter break this year and that’s perfect with Theo and Oxlade Chamberlain. So keeping defence as tight as possible is important in Arsene new play and after that voila, the magic begins. Steve Bould coaching are really given Arsenal improvement and thanks to that we have Hector Bellerin.

I counted Arsene to give the best for the rest of season before meet February with keeping togetherness and fitness until that day. And proving the plan works with win against Barcelona and going through final.. win the EPL.. get FA Cup.. Too much? No. If he can, i back him with his new contract next year! Lol. But i am gonna ask you Gooners.. do you feel so much tempting this year? that Pep Guardiola, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Viera, Tony Adams or Arsene choose his legacy as the choosen one are Arsenal’s manager contender for next year or 2 years more. It was great isn’t it. Lol.

Author is Indonesia Journo in sports. Arsenal fans. And sports viewer expert in 2 decades.

Anzala Ryanto. @anzalariveris


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