• ! ! ! IMPORTANT MESSAGE ! ! !

    Discussions about police investigations

    In light of recent developments about a player from Premier League being arrested and until there is an official announcement, ALL users should refrain from discussing or speculating about situations around personal off-pitch matters related to any Arsenal player. This is to protect you and the forum.

    Users who disregard this reminder will be issued warnings and their posts will get deleted from public.

07/08 Arsenal vs 22/23

Which one is better?


  • Total voters
    140

Gooner Zig

AM's Resident Accountant
Trusted ⭐

Country: Canada
The argument that the 07/08 side was technically better than this iteration is a fair one. Technical ability alone doesn't win you Premier Leagues. In fact, I agree with @Blood on the Tracks; this team would just bulldoze the 07/08 team, the 22/23 team has technical ability but also has strength and power that the 07/08 team could only dream of.

Partey would slice that midfield like butter, IMO.
 

MartiSaka

Join my "Occupy A-M" movement here 🗳
The argument that the 07/08 side was technically better than this iteration is a fair one. Technical ability alone doesn't win you Premier Leagues. In fact, I agree with @Blood on the Tracks; this team would just bulldoze the 07/08 team, the 22/23 team has technical ability but also has strength and power that the 07/08 team could only dream of.

Partey would slice that midfield like butter, IMO.
This side is far more well rounded
 

IrishGooner93

Active Member
Pure technical ability the 07 side probably shades it. But everything else , mentality and attitude, physicality , defensively, and even squad depth this side is better. It also probably helps them that they're better coached too in a machine like system that they perform like cogs with their eyes closed.
 
Last edited:

MartiSaka

Join my "Occupy A-M" movement here 🗳
Pure technical ability the 07 side probably shades it. But everything else , mentality and attitude, physicality , defensively, and even squad depth this side is better. It also probably helps them that they're better coached too with a machine like system that they perform like cogs with their eyes closed.
Yep we are more of a machine these days than what we used to be where it’s like we were iimprovising and riffing along in a jazz club
 

Farzad

Stormy's Lifetime Fan and Subscriber #1 🫶🏽

Country: USA

Player:Havertz
The only crying I'm doing is with laughter when you put Flamini and Andre Santos in your ultimate team ahead of Partey and Zinchenko.
Santos was Nuno level bad
 

1macca1

Established Member
Trusted ⭐
Only possibly Sagna and Hleb, and definitely Cesc and RVP would get into this Arsenal side from the 07/08 team. Rosicky too would see game time. But the likes of Eboue, Clichy, Gallas, Senderos, 07 Gilberto, Flamini, Denilson, Walcott , Bendtner wouldn't even get in the current match day squad
I’d start Saka and Ødegaard over Hleb, with Jesus on the wing to accommodate RvP. I’d even put White at a par with Sagna based on this seasons displays.
 

Armige

Active Member
I'll take the current pairing at the back over Gallas and Toure and Partey over anyone who played the DM role that season.
I'd take Cesc over anyone from either side by a mile.
 

say yes

forum master baiter
The argument that the 07/08 side was technically better than this iteration is a fair one. Technical ability alone doesn't win you Premier Leagues. In fact, I agree with @Blood on the Tracks; this team would just bulldoze the 07/08 team, the 22/23 team has technical ability but also has strength and power that the 07/08 team could only dream of.

Partey would slice that midfield like butter, IMO.
Disagree with this.

The 07/08 team had a few technical ballers in midfield (Cesc, Hleb, Rosicky), but the technical quality in less glamorous positions was miles off what you’d expect today.

Imagine watching Almunia, Clichy and Sagna trying to play out from the back. Maybe Walcott could drop in to help out?

Classic case of over-romanticising the past.
 

razörist

Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

Country: Morocco
Disagree with this.

The 07/08 team had a few technical ballers in midfield (Cesc, Hleb, Rosicky), but the technical quality in less glamorous positions was miles off what you’d expect today.

Imagine watching Almunia, Clichy and Sagna trying to play out from the back. Maybe Walcott could drop in to help out?

Classic case of over-romanticising the past.
Yeah, yesterday was a pretty good example. No need to talk about Zinchenko but Gabriel holds his own, look at Saliba with that left footed cross field pass to Xhaka for goal number 2 and look at Ben White with that left footed cross that Martinelli should have scored. Looks impressive on TV, is absolutely mental if you have ever stood in that position yourself.
 

Paperino

It’s Timo Time

Country: Sweden
Disagree with this.

The 07/08 team had a few technical ballers in midfield (Cesc, Hleb, Rosicky), but the technical quality in less glamorous positions was miles off what you’d expect today.

Imagine watching Almunia, Clichy and Sagna trying to play out from the back. Maybe Walcott could drop in to help out?

Classic case of over-romanticising the past.

The football back then looked different. A CB could have useless feet and still be considered great and a GK didnt have to use his feet unless it was absolutely necessary. A different context.
 

dashsnow17

Doesn’t Rate Any Of Our Attackers
Trusted ⭐
People talking about the 08 version of RVP like he was already world class. 08 version of RVP would give you half a season if you were lucky and would score in half those games. I would rather keep current Jesus over 08 RVP.

I’d still rather have 08 Adebayor than Jesus though, Ade was a monster
 

Gooner Zig

AM's Resident Accountant
Trusted ⭐

Country: Canada
Disagree with this.

The 07/08 team had a few technical ballers in midfield (Cesc, Hleb, Rosicky), but the technical quality in less glamorous positions was miles off what you’d expect today.

Imagine watching Almunia, Clichy and Sagna trying to play out from the back. Maybe Walcott could drop in to help out?

Classic case of over-romanticising the past.

Totally agree with this. When I wrote my post I had those exact players in mind and forgot that we had to rely on absolute dross in other crucial positions.
 

Blood on the Tracks

AG's best friend, role model and mentor.
Trusted ⭐

Country: England

Player:Rice
What people get confused with is entertainment factor vs the actually quality / ability of the side. It's not the same thing.

Yes, 07/08 was generally more free flowing and fun to watch because it was much less structured and much more individual leeway was given.

That also brings massive pitfalls as we know from watching that era. This current side would eat it alive. 07/08 would be far too naive to live with this side.

There's a reason no-one is playing like that 07/08 side. You win more matches being more structured.
 

Arsenal Quotes

The coach's role is to make the player understand everything that serves the interest of the game. To do this he must speak to the child within each player, to the adolescent he was and the adult he is now. Too often a coach tends only to speak to the adult, issuing commands for performance, for victory, for reflection, to the detriment of the child who is playing for pleasure, living in the present.

Arsène Wenger: My Life in Red and White

Daily Transfer Updates

Sunday, June 16

Arsenal are one of several clubs who have contacted PSG over the signing of Xavi Simons, but the Parisians only want to loan the player this summer [L’Equipe]

Arsebal have registered an interest in 26 year old striker Artem Dovpik [Diari de Girona]

Latest posts

Top Bottom