Arsenal Tactics Talk

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by The_Roadrunner, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Kobi

    Kobi I Know Who You Are

    I was watching some videos the other day of Barcelona under Guardiola when Messi was a false nine.
    They would build up in a 41212 with Messi in the hole and the front two very wide on either touchline, this makes the pitch big and pressing them very difficult.
    When the ball has reached the last third (and the build up has done it's job) the front three (specifically the wingers/wide forwards) would have the freedom to go whereever they want, which was generally much more central and into goalscoring positions.
    This is why they would play mobile forwards rather than natural wingers, Eto'o, Villa, Henry etc, they didn't actually require any of the attributes you look for in a wide player, they would never take on a fullback or put in a cross.
    Aside from making the build up easy the other benefit of this is as a centre back you basically don't have anyone to mark and then suddenly a striker turns up at the last minute, it's much more difficult.
    Also one fullback (Alves) would overlap so you would still have width in the attack while the other (Abidal) would stay back making a back three.

    So where am I going with this?
    Well it occurred to me that Auba and Laca have the perfect profile for the 'wide players' in that system, you could have Özil floating about in Messi's position and Kolasinac overlapping.
    It would actually suit the players we have, not the tiki-taka just the shape and the way it develops from transition to attack, it would be a great way of fitting in both our strikers without sacrificing width when building up.

    Of course it almost certainly won't happen but it was just a thought.

    Henry talks about it a bit here for anyone interested

     
  2. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    Great video and I agree if we tried this I think we could do great!
     
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  3. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    A question was bothering me for a long time. I think this is the right time and thread to ask. Hope some experts in this thread can clarify. How exactly does the fact that a game is home/away game affect the players?

    I follow both cricket and football. I understand the argument in cricket. Pitches vary so much between one country and another. Hence the home team players have the advantage of having grown up getting used to the pace, swing and spin of home-pitch. Also, the pitch curators normally prepare the pitch for a match in a way that suits the home teams.

    But what's up with football? What difference does it make between playing home and away? Is the ground drastically different between one stadium and another? If yes, how are they different(like bounce of the ball or speed)? Or is it the crowd support that pushes the players to play out of their skin at home, while losing their motivation away?

    Given our poor away form, what exactly should we do to do better in away games?
     
  4. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    That's definitely a thing in most sports with home/away models. Football pitches vary in size, ground and surface material, etc. Then at home you can mold the pitch how you want it before a game. So if teams like to keep the ball on the ground a lot and prefer a slightly more wet surface you can do just that. You'll have the exact same conditions in the stadium as you always have during training sessions. It's just a bit about habit and being comfortable. Also just look at what Milan did some years ago when facing Arsenal: They knew we'd attack down the flanks a lot, so they turned the sides of their pitch into a ****ing field.

    Can't say more on proper football pitches as I only played at youth level, but from my experience in Volleyball there's also definitely a home/away difference, and often it's little things and they usually aren't significant things but just enough to make you a little uncomfortable. E.g. in our district there's one club that has a gym with a significantly lower ceiling than anyone else - they're themselves used to it but all other teams always need to adjust and of course that's an away disadvantage. One club has a gym in which the floor and lower parts of the wall are painted in one of the most aggressive reds I have ever seen. You come into that gym and it looks like a massive, red bathtub and it's a bit visually overbearing - you look down, left, right, it's all ****ing red and they haven't exactly used the best contrasting colours to mark the lines of the field. Colour and size of the lines is another such thing: Sometimes gyms don't have an outright Volleyball court, so there will be different sporting courts lined on top of each other in different colours - it's basically not a problem cause you now the size of your field, but sometimes the lines will be ridiculously thin squeezed between super thick lines and you'll have to take a few looks to really be sure where it is. Then it's sometimes the size of gym itself, meaning when you serve how much space have you got for the run-up - that varies between barely 1m and 10m.
    All this stuff is surely nothing where I'd say it's so influential that it will seriously hamper the team's away performance and decide over win or loss, but it all takes a little adjusting to do. It won't affect if you win or lose, but how quickly you get into a game. Think it's very similar re: football grounds that there's a couple of small things you need adjusting to and that's then a little disadvantage - but just with my examples from Volleyball I wouldn't deem these disadvantages so big that they'll decide on overall away form. Although I've heard/read that some players said they loved/despised playing at certain grounds.
     
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  5. Football Manager

    Football Manager Active Member

    Travel Fatigue.
    Sitting in a coach for 2-3 hours can be a bit tired.
    Knowing that you have to take another 2-3 hours travelling back is not something you would want after the match.

    Preparation time.
    The other team have more time to warm up and remembering tactical instructions.

    Pitch condition.
    Mourinho’s Chelsea used to pour water and
    make the field as bumpy as possible when playing against us.

    Fans.
    Having someone shouting “man on” for you in a bird eye view can be helpful.

    Dressing room condition.
    Some teams have poor dressing room for the away team. For example, no heating in a freezing weather.

    Physio staff and equipment.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019 at 7:03 AM
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  6. Flying Okapis

    Flying Okapis Well-Known Member

    Majority of this points to 'mental' parts of the game which has always been a bit of a worry.

    I think a lot of the problem is we just can't defend most of the time, when we are playing away the opposition is more likely going to feel the need to attack us in front of their fans and go for it, due to some shocking defending at times goals will eventually leak in, its unavoidable unless you can defend properly.
     
  7. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    I think this has already been used in some games, mostly with a back three (3-4-1-2.) It's not like it's something we haven't seen since anyway, Liverpool under Brendan played some games in that exact manner.
     
  8. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator


    not sure where else to put this but interesting stuff from Burgess
     

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