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Wenger’s lame tactical gesture is utter desperation

How stupid does this cretin think people are? Under pressure to change his obstinate ways, and in fear of his job, last night Wenger switched from a flat back four to a 3-4-2-1 formation against Middlesbrough. Explaining the pitifully transparent tactical adaptation in his post-match press conference, Wenger said: “For the first time in 20 years, that shows you that even in my age you can change.”

It’s hard to conceive that anyone is likely fall for Wenger’s dumb arse tactical gesture or conclude that he is actually willing to make anything other than the most superficial of changes. Ultimately, it’s a political/dogmatic response, albeit a particularly patronising and desperate one designed to swindle supporters into subservience.

Indeed, Wenger only made the change because he knew his team were playing a relegation-bound side that’s scored a feeble 22 goals this season. A calculated yet cynical gamble, Wenger could have predicted there was a very high chance that Middlesbrough – a team that has only won 4 of 32 matches and is in terrible form, would create very little regardless of Arsenal’s formation.

And yet, just to prove how benign an effect it had on Wenger’s moribund methods, having the extra man at the back made absolutely no tangible difference to Arsenal’s defensive stability with the home side reportedly creating 13 chances and missing a catalogue of sitters. Once again, Arsenal had to rely on the individual brilliance of Alexis Sanchez to help steal something from the game.

It will be most amusing to see if Wenger sticks with this formation against Man City in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend, because – let’s face it - you can bet the players have not and will not be sufficiently well-drilled enough to carry out Wenger’s brainless instructions. Forget formations, their only hope is blind hope.

City will be also boosted by the return of the perennially injured Vincent Kompany – the defensive rock they have so sorely missed in recent seasons. A natural leader, he is a crucial cog in the wheel for them who will likely calm their jittery defence, making City a different proposition to the mess Arsenal managed to steal a point from on April Fools Day. 

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Reader Comments (14)

Agree with the headline. Until he can beat MC/MU and Spurs, Gooner fans aint convinced
by this win against a relegation-haunted side.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGunner Smith

Agreed, his statement about being able to change was pointless. It is not about formation is about coaching, developing tactics specific to your opponent and not simply doing the same thing against all opponents regardless.

The players are keen for him to stay because he has no standards to set them and is never critical of them when they play badly, just babbles on about "mental strength".

He has simply got to go - if they offer him a new deal then Arsenal fans should stop attending. Hit them in the bank balance where it seems to hurt them most.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterI Rise Again

Cynicism at its very worst - but that's Wenger all over. Hope we get stuffed by City and then proceed to lose each and every league game as badly as possible. The fact that Wenger has forced lifelong supporters to feel this way is criminal, but there it is. What else is there left that is going to force him out?

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter1970Gooner

The whole thing's descended into farce now.

As such, I'm actually starting to enjoy following the Arsenal again: purely to see how the great Arsene Wenger will explain away his latest failure, whilst patronising everyone within earshot.

One thing that isn't entirely clear to me though is how can a massive egotist like AW tolerate - in his own head - the transition from double-winner, invincible, big ears finalist, to lame also-ran.

Any thoughts on that AT.


It's called self-delusion.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

AT, I'm glad you're posting more regularly.

The formation change was pretty funny and as you said, had no impact on Arsenal's ability to look less than, utterly shite. Changing a formation should be matter of fact for most competent teams, but Arsenal's actually made the news!



We can only hope that City turn up this time and do the business on us, because last time out, they were turgid.

Spurs for the double. Wenger out since 2008.

The French elections?!?!?!?! May tempt him into considering politics as a career change. Bullshit, lies and arrogant beliefs, it's just made for him.


He can become the world'd first left-wing dictator.

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWengeroutasap

Hi AT, looking more and more likely Wenger will stay and he and the board are just waiting for the best time to announce it like the cowards they are.

Would you agree with this assessment?


It's by far the likeliest scenario.

April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris J

Just have this picture in my head of Wenger being led away in a straight jacket! Realise some may find this offensive, but I find it rather amusing.


Don't think about what 'should' happen, you'll only be disappointed.

April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterASB

AT, so do you think Myles Palmer is correct in his assertion that Twatene has a direct line to Stan Kroenke that he can bypass Gazidis and Sir Chips and deal directly with him?


There's no evidence that Myles Palmer has any insider info. Anyone that declines to name a source is talking out their arsehole.

April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWrinkly Voyeur

Don't worry AT, I've gone past the stage of being disappointed. AFC, and AW in particular, have let me down so many times over the past decade that I have become numb to the ongoing shit!

April 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWengeroutasap

What's the better bet on Sunday for you AT - buy the City win, both teams to score, or over 2.5 goals?


Normally I'd bet on both to score. However, Vincent Kompany is back for City and if Arsenal play a back three it might weaken their attacking threat.

As always, wait for the team sheets before putting your money down. It's only worth gambling if you can make an educated guess.

April 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarinersmullet

Please God I hope he plays a new system against City, that would be worth watching. It's hilarious Wenger has reverted to this system, as if he's only just discovered that we haven't had a decent fullback since Cole left. 11 years ago.... Also, isn't it funny how Wenger changed his formation following Allardyce's comments? As if that was the first time he realised what has been glaringly obvious to the rest of the league and anyone but the blindest Arsenal fan for years...

Great pieces by you and Rash recently. Can you make him a regular feature? As I think Wenger has already signed and will come out with the news accompanied by "1 year out of the top four in twenty means I deserve another chance" there will be plenty of opportunities for Rash to rant over the next few months. As, sadly, I fear Wenger will spunk a fortune on a heap of dog shite this summer in a final attempt to salvage his reputation.

April 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

Hilarious indeed, the jokes on Man City I feel.

April 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNick

The joke is on Arsenal fans; that result confirms another two years of filth. Seeing Wenger's reaction, it's clear he thinks that a fluky win against flaky opposition in a competition no one gives a fuck about vindicates his methods. Now that is hilarious.

April 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGunnergettheresomeday

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