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In Defence of the Arsenal Defence

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Last season following the opening 2 games Arsenal went on that unbeaten incredible. Yet it always seems as if we were there for the taking as our defense was all over the place, but thankfully Auba and Lacazette were in good nick and truly spared our blushes. This was also the time where Özil and Ramsey were being “used sparingly”.

In the middle part of the season, following a few poor results Özil and Ramsey got drafted back in. We immediately got our season back on track, beating both Valencia and Napoli handsomely in Europa. For a time there we went 7 or 8 games conceding just one goal. Then after we lost Ramsey old habits crept back in with our defense once again having to carry more of the workload.

Now I know it’s fancy to say our defense are poor and that Mustafi is the cause of all that. If you point out his high defensive numbers, they say it’s because he’s “a busy player”.

Now when Özil and Ramsey was together in midfield our defense weren’t that busy. Which brings me to this.

Didn’t the high turnover of possession in midfield contribute to to us constantly playing on the back foot… and there’s only so much our defense can do. I mean, do we really expect Mustafi to put in 10 successful tackles per game, 10 interceptions per game or 10 blocks per game when the likes of VVD, Laporte or English treasure Harry Maguire averages around 6 or 7?

So for me, if we fix the problems in midfield and make possession a priority, jealously protecting the ball to not needlessly giving it away, it will take a lot of the burden off our defense and maybe then we could see what an attack boasting Auba, Lacazette and Pépé can do if we keep them on the front foot.

I know our defense are not the best in the world but I also don’t agree that they are rubbish. Last season they were over burdened and that needs to end.

 

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151 comments on “In Defence of the Arsenal Defence

  1. Can I please ask that if anyone writes and article on the super fan that they be call them the “pseudo superfan”. The whole notion of a super fan smells of fox shit. And that stinks worse than dogshit, man that stuff is rancid.
    These people arent superfans, relativity smashes the crepe out of that idea. The idea of the superfan means that they know the club the best, they love it more than anyone else, their opinion on the club is the most accurate and valid as to its direction and embodiment of values. They think they are the only ones who can dictate its policy and Politik, they think they are the Arsenal, and because they go to more games and spend money on replica kits that they could never wear any other way means they are the one. Well they fuckin aint. Everyone is Arsenal. To think you are the ‘one’ is a psychotic state and misunderstanding life, and how the whole fuckin thing in sport works . Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhh!

    These people in one sense are the biggest parasites: Arsenal can survive without them, but they cant survive without Arsenal. They think they are the first, or the real thing but others came before them, travelling up and down and over seas and back again. Others stood on the North bank when there was no cover and at the clock end, when it really was the clock end, and stood in the west stand and stood in the side embankments ( always a top view of the game I thought). Others were at the Manor Ground, others at the Sportsman ground at Plumstead common, others at the Invicta Ground, and the terraces still exist in peoples back yards of that stadium as a testament, years before any idea of Invincibility (which is an odd one as they were eventually) and the social media enabling of the pseudo superfan.
    And then the ghosts of the old boys who booted the ball around in the yards down at the Arsenal itself. Anyone who ever feels shame about being Woolwich Arsenal perhaps should bugger off to the Coop.

    All is just an experiment of what can be, all is just and opinion, that doesn’t ever cover the whole thing, how can it? How can it ever incorporate ever nuance or element of what makes the whole. Arsenal is now a global phenomena, that cant be ignored, but screaming out loud, demanding from the club something back ( what kind of attitude is it that thinks a football fan its a customer???) because they think they hold some kind of power is misplaced in its understanding of the game. Yes its more than that, but only because we attach our emotions and lives into it but there is no clause that says we get dividends.
    Some supporters don’t want to shout and scream and have a melt down because we’ve lost, although we’ve all been there, but to do it professionally stinks of more insincerity.What next awards? Best fan? Best meltdown? Most money spent?
    I like to think that Facebook started off as some kind of nice idea that could bring people together (how quaint and naive of me), now its a politikal tool for manipulation, perhaps its the same with the pseudo superfan? Seems that way to me. Those who have the way do not have the way?

    What frightens me though is the power these people can wield to manipulate other people, vulnerable people- and as we have seen, and see daily, its easy to bullshit and lie and get away with it.The more sensation, the more pretending to be in the know, the more clicks. More clicks the more money and pseudo authority, and on it goes (fins concise statement sums it up the best for me, see his other posts).What right do any of these people have to Diktate? None. Facism stinks and is really tedious and insane.Yes they have the right of democracy and being in a liberal society to express themselves,I agree, but what about the ethics that enable democracy and liberty to survive? These are being exploited and abused everyday. They would deny this, but they don’t seem aware of their actions and the outcomes or what they are even doing. Theres a real lack of responsibility, all lost in “me me me me me”. And I want.

    And don’t forget this, for one to be on the idea of top, needs others to be on the idea of bottom, otherwise all this bullshit doesn’t ever hang together.

    But all that comes spouting forth from the pseudo superfan are just opinions,opinions caught up in flux, lost in tomorrows winds. Just like this.

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  3. George: Mills above is the article on the superfan you are looking for.

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  4. it seems we will get a max of €5 for Koscielny, not even the worth of his contract. But all I see is “great business by Raul”, yeah our best CB sold for a very small fee, way to go Raul.
    If we don’t sign a top level CB then we go into this season with a poorer selection of CB’s than we had last season.

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  5. Bayern Munich it seems are in for Joe Willock

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  6. If we lose Willock, there is no need to worry, we have still got Guendouzi !!!!!!!

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  7. George Im cleaning it up a bit and will have a revamped version over to you soon via your email.
    cheers

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  8. George, sent it over to you.

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  9. On Koscielny, I’m not even keen on the mealy-mouthed goodbye message. But, and this isn’t to mitigate Arsenal’s statements, I just remembered the interview he gave about missing the World Cup and his attitude towards the France national team (saying part of him even wanted them to lose). It’s an eye-opener.

    This is a long shot but it strikes me that he might be struggling in a big way to come to terms with the end of his career. He wouldn’t be the first, but it might hint at why things have broken down so suddenly. I mean, he wouldn’t be the first. Hopefully with a bit of time everyone will appreciate the last nine years.

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  10. ugly repetition for rhetorical purposes of course…

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  11. Can’t have it both ways though Ed,surely.

    Club can’t be in the wrong for not bowing to his wish to leave for free and in wrong for not getting good enough fee for him.

    I say that without remembering your exact stance, though, so just ignore comment if you weren’t among those saying we should have let him go immediately for free, to save any acrimony- if that was what he wished and may have been promised.

    Not touring surely means he was absolutely set on leaving, so this seems reasonable outcome from there, but not great in that we’ve lost our best centre back.

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  12. Wish he hadn’t left in strange circumstances but makes zero difference to high regard I’ll always hold Kos in.

    Best of luck to him, and good luck to us trying to find someone as good as he was for many years with us!

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  13. Feck knows what truth is behind scenes but this idea of us suddenly bidding for Upamecano now seems a bit mad, unless half speculative or if something else we have been working on for weeks hasn’t worked out.

    Once became obvious Kos off we would surely be going flat out for a centre back and, unless something has changed money wise in last few days, why not bid for the young Frenchman much earlier?

    Quite the dilemma if any truth in this Smith-Rowe joining them talk. Really was superb in youth ranks, then very promising in his handful of games with first team. I’d hate to see him go permanently.

    Anyway, we’ll see. I’m saying nowt will happen, but then I thought the Pepe talk was bullshit.

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  14. Has anyone seen any clubs linked with Welbeck by way? I haven’t and it seems really odd.

    Think free agents might be able to join clubs outside window (?) but would still have expected number of clubs to be in for and/or heavily linked to him. Not seen a thing.

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  15. rich I don’t think I ever said we should have let Koscielny leave for free, my only complaint toward the club on this, is that it should not have been made public. Its been sorted out for a fee of less than £4M, so did we need to make him a target of hate from our fans for that, we might even have got more if we had kept it quiet. Once we went public then there was only ever going to be one outcome and that was him leaving, so we weakened our hand.

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  16. latest rumor on the possible signing of Upamecano is that Leipzig are demanding Emile Smith-Rowe in part exchange, with them valuing him at £25M and they want him and £45M for the CB

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  17. Laurent Koscielny is leaving us to join Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

    The centre back has made 353 appearances for us since signing from Lorient in 2010. He was part of our Emirates FA Cup-winning squads in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

    Laurent, who started his career in the French second division at Guingamp in 2004, has played 51 matches for France and was entering the final year of his current contract with us. We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.

    We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.

    The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

    Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

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  18. so as things stand, with Kos leaving, Arsenal have 23 players over the age of 21 for our 25 man squad, that includes both Carl Jenkinson who is expected to leave, and 3rd choice goalie Matt Macey, so not only can we add at least 2 players over the age of 21 but also the 2 can be non homegrown.

    47 hours and counting till end of the incoming window

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  19. Galatasaray in talks to sign Elneny

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  20. below is the Arsenal squad photo from the 12/13 season, and the only player still here is Carl Jenkinson, who is in talks to sign for Nottingham Forrest,

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBR7-d4XsAAkDzm?format=jpg&name=900×900

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  21. Redshark91, I vote no to copy pasting their stuff here please. If I really cared what they think I know where to go to find it, but I try hard not to pollute my mind with their poison.

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  22. BK

    We know most successful atheletes struggle to one degree or another at the end of their careers.

    It’s one reason Jimmy Hill was so successful in his negotiations!

    This was my post on Koscileny.
    https://positivelyarsenal.com/2019/07/29/thank-you-lauren-koscielny/

    It was an expression of thanks towards a great footballer so I didn’t delve too deeply into him being overplayed last season (along with Rambo when finally playing in CM and other roles regularly) and the sacking and ignoring of the physios…not much else left to add is there!

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  23. Fair enough Ed.

    Jenks last man standing! Been enormous amount of change in recent years.

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  24. it seems Eddie Nketiah is off on a season loan, looks like it will be to Bristol City

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  25. instead of Smith- Rowe, maybe we should offer Guendouzi, after all he is such a wonderful player and so good at running around a lot.

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  26. well guys, less than 44 hours left in the in coming transfer window, how many in any more signings do you expect Arsenal to make, not want, expect, has koscielny leaving made you believe its more likely we are certain to sign a CB, or do you expect Chambers is the replacement for kos.
    Do you think that the long running transfer story of the summer, Kieran Tierney to Arsenal will actually happen by 5pm Thursday

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  27. personally I just can’t see us selling Koscielny and not bringing in a quality CB, it would be madness

    I also have the feeling that Tierney deal will be done, that its the fall back deadline day deal, the safeguard deal to quell the noise if a CB deal is not done, we’ve known he is not fully fit so there was no panic in getting it finished, Celtic have signed a left back and are about to sign another one, Henry from Brentford, so for me Tierney is a goner, and will be a gooner. If a CB deal is done, then the Tierney deal is the icing on the cake.

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  28. so Koscielny has said today that the club, the coach and his team mates knew for months that he wanted to go back to France, or as he put it, go home to France

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  29. We shall see what happens and we cannot believe everything in the media, but if reports coming out are true, looks like the Spuds won’t have to go through the austerity we did with a new stadium

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  30. mandy of course they won’t, the TV revenue is so big now that the stadium debt won’t have the same effect, also the transfer value they could get for some of their players is massive compared to what the market was 13 years ago

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  31. Lennon on if he thinks Tierney will leave: “It may or may not happen now. I know these deals can get done at a minute to 12 — it could get done in the afternoon or later in the evening. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t another offer for Kieran, but delighted too”

    Lennon on Tierney: “I know there’s talk of him being out for another 8 weeks, but thats nonsense. I don’t know where that’s come from because that’s certainly not the case at all. I’d say he’s a week away from getting back on the grass & getting back integrated to the training”

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  32. the media can’t make up their mind if Coutinho is joining spurs or Arsenal

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  33. Carl Jenkinson has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal.

    The 27-year-old defender began his career with Charlton Athletic before joining us in June 2011. He spent the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons on loan at West Ham United followed by a loan spell at Championship club Birmingham City during the 2017/18 season.

    Carl made a total of 70 appearances for us, scoring one goal, against Norwich City.

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    He represented both England and Finland internationally at youth level before making his debut for the senior England team in 2012 against Sweden.

    We would like to thank Carl for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him all the best for his future.

    The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

    Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source.

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  34. Fare ye well Corporal Jenks, personally always liked you and believe that youre a good defender despite the way the narrative looks from certain perspectives.
    All the best.

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  35. latest rumors is that Everton have bid £30M for Alex Iwobi

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  36. Mohamed Elneny in talks to join Galatasaray

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  37. Jeez, such a bid for Iwobi would be almost cruelly pitched. We’ve done the work now of going from 0-150 first team appearances and it’s all set to see if he can take last step, find at least a little more consistency, increase ratio of good games to average or poor.

    Specifically now is time to see if can harness positive Afcon and excellent performance in Europa final. But there are serious questions about what Pepe’s signing, plus Ceballos being added to mix, Willock (hopefully) too, and Saka surely not far behind mean for his place.

    I would not like make the call. Always feel weird about academy products who have made it to 100+ appearances leaving. Once they get that far you hope they can keep going and club can get rewards of experience and connection to club.

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  38. Must one have an opinion about every last development at and around the club to be an Arsenal fan? Asking for an exhausted friend.

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  39. reports that Arsenal have rejected Everton bid for Iwobi. Bid was £25m + add ons rising to £30m in total with Everton expected to come back with larger bid

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  40. Excellent words from a fine, but not great, player.

    I still think that we should have kept him as he always gave his best and did not disappoint.

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  41. 900ft- tell your friend that they dont have to have any opinion on every development to still be a fan/supporter. The soap opera will go on anyway. In a strange way the clubs and players do all the work and we play with he crumbs of it all and the emotions.
    All depends on how much anyone wants to indulge ( I wanted to say “invest their time and emotions” but after the people the other day going on about investing it now has mixed meanings!) in it all. Some want to at full force and others at lesser degrees.
    Those who follow the Arsenal, follow the Arsenal. For many its an identity others have a different relationship-its all choice.
    Sometimes its nice just to sit back and watch the merry go round.

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  42. carljenkinson
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    carljenkinson
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    This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short. I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again. I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream. This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too. It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all. I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you. I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever. I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold. As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you.

    With love, Jenko

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  43. old Jenks tugging at the heart strings there.

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  44. Cech, Ramsey, Lichsteiner, Welbeck, Ospina, Bielik, Amaechi, Asano, Koscielny and Jenkinson have permanently left Arsenal this summer

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  45. Good luck, and Thanks, Corporal.
    Really not sure we should be letting Iwobi go, good player, and will get better.
    We shall see, but seems a lot of change which will make adjustment difficult

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  47. Thanks for everything gooner Carl Jenkinson.
    Good luck moving forward and all the best at your new club.
    Bless.

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  48. Iwobi to a team that already has forwards Richarlison, Theo & Bernard, just added Moise Kean, sold Lookman & Vlasic, and is trying to rid itself of Bolasie, Niasse, & Tosun???? Oh yeah and wanted Zaha…😉😜 more like FAKE NEWS!!!!
    Tabloid f***in’ fodder!
    Enough already. Can’t wait for silly season to be over

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  49. But Aman, the Iwobi thing is now being reported by the oracle of Ornstein!
    If half the recent reports of Evertons transfer activity are true, they seem to have very little concern of any form of FFP, on top of their spending in the last year or so.
    Unless they are selling Richarlisson or something
    They are now saying Zaha has handed in a transfer request, whatever the wider consequences of that may or may not be

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