This may be a stupid idea but....

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by r_blair2, Dec 14, 2003.

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  1. r_blair2

    r_blair2 New Member

    How about Freddie upfront??? (Don't laugh yet)

    Freddie is a box player just like what arsenal are looking for. Pennant who is a very balanced, good passer of the ball could fill his position on the right.

    Freddie loves getting in the box. His movement is outstanding, He has played this position before, He is very fast.

    When thinking about it its not so bad an idea. What you think? Be optimistic!
  2. SydneyGunnerFan

    SydneyGunnerFan New Member

    i reacon its early in the season you have to try a few things so i would like to see how he goes up there for a game or two
  3. PolishGooner

    PolishGooner New Member Elite

    Hmm. When he joined Arsenal he was believed to me forward I think. He is definately good attaking midfielder so it`s good idea to put him sometimes in front and see how does he cope with that
  4. n_henry

    n_henry New Member

    I think it could work. We can give it a try in the league....maybe even before Pennant comes back.
  5. Lukazan

    Lukazan New Member Elite

    I think it's a good idea.

    I see no harm in trying it at all. And if you don't want Pennant on the right wing, there is always good old Parlour. :wink:
  6. r_blair2

    r_blair2 New Member

    Who would fill the right tho? I see pennant being the only long-term option with the same threatening effect on teams as Ljungberg has.
  7. SydneyGunnerFan

    SydneyGunnerFan New Member

    maybe even put ali on the right wing
  8. Jinn

    Jinn New Member Elite

    Freddie seems a bit lightweight to be put forward. And his runs always come late and from deep - being up forward would negate that unpredictability.
  9. The Mini

    The Mini New Member

    It's always worth a try, but that would put all of The Sun's work in vein ;D
  10. flotz

    flotz New Member

    i agree
    what make his runs so effective is the fact he make those run from deep so its difficult to stop them...and i dont think wenger rate him as a striker because he never played him there , even in roma or valencia when we played with one striker and 3 attacking midfielder pires or wiltord was in the role of the second striker...
  11. Mark

    Mark New Member Elite

    if he played upfront he would be marked more. since his runs are from deep it's harder for defenders to know where he is and deal with him. it wouldn't be the same if he played upfront.
  12. The Mini

    The Mini New Member

    For the right wing - Freddie Adu! Not yet but it'll be interesting
  13. The Mini

    The Mini New Member

    For the right wing - Freddie Adu! Not yet but it'll be interesting, and Raul, he's the provider type
  14. Andrew

    Andrew New Member

    I've thought of this idea but... I think Freddie's mastered making runs into the box from the midfield. And his work-rate is tremendous in the midfield. He can also start counter-attacks and has shown today he can pass and cross well too. I think the midfield is where he belongs.
  15. chris66

    chris66 New Member

    Freddie works so well for Wenger's style precisely because of the fact he is an unorthodox player. look at how Pires, Bergkamp, Henry and Freddie are always switching positions - it is very fluid.

    Putting Freedie upfront might negate his ability to confuse defenders. At the same time Pennant is far to much of an orthodox right winger to suit this style long term.
  16. Ally

    Ally New Member

    Not on the basis of today. His control of the ball at feet and movement in a tight situation was first class - his agility in working his way out of a tight situation was Thierry-like at times and to be honest this was the first time I've scene our right wing eclipse the left for a LONG while.

    One thing I did notice was Bergkamp frequently dropping out wide right to give a bit of infield support - less reliant on Fred getting through the middle and thereofre creating more opportunities to run with the ball at his feet which he is actually world class at. The thing with Fred as a confidence player is that he has facets of his game which you might not appreciate if you're not seeing him at full flow - today he was, because of Bergkamp's support. Him on the right with Toure on the overlap was the reason from an attacking point of view we won that game today.

    As a striker, we have two of the most unorthodox forwards in terms of actually PLAYING there (ie., they don't) and to create a situation where a box player who likes running from deep playing with Thierry who's never in the penalty area anyway, it might be disconcerting to the opposition to say the least.

    I fear that mioght be the only advantage though - Kanu's possibly the most offputting player in world football and he was sussed out within a year, so to shut such an odd patnership down might be more easily done that it might appear at first. Not to mention how Thierry would have to adapt.

    I reckon we should keep it as orthodoxly unorthodox as possible. Bergy's your man.
  17. Adam

    Adam New Member Elite

    The art of playing with strikers, without playing strikers!

    Ljungberg's overall contribution has to be noticed today. He showed that he is not just a player of winning moments. Perhaps a difference from other seasons.
  18. Jinn

    Jinn New Member Elite

    Hah, great post Ally.

    Bergkamp playing in form with an in-form Ljungberg is something that really lights up our right hand side.

    And Toure's so solid - I wonder if Lauren can regain his place.
  19. Ally

    Ally New Member

    In a nutshell.... ;D

    I apologise for the lack of coherancy, lol, summed it up better than I could have done.
  20. thegame24

    thegame24 New Member

    freddie cant hold the ball so no.

    hes better at running into the box for final touch, not to be upfront like rvn or kluivert.
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