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Sunday, 25 August 2013

FIVE LESSONS WE LEARN FROM ARSENAL 3 - 1 VICTORY OVER FULHAM

Arsene Wenger was pleased to see Arsenal looking 'dangerous' at Fulham, but admits he will still be trying to add.
The Gunners boss has been criticised in some quarters for a lack of summer transfer activity - and a 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day of the new Premier League season hardly helped his cause.
He has, however, offered the perfect response to those critics, with a 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday coming on the back of an impressive win away at Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
Wenger feels his side looked something close to their best against Fulham, with in-form Olivier Giroud grabbing the opening goal before Lukas Podolski netted either side of half-time.

With the first 3 points of the season in the bag for the gunners, soccer4life takes a look at five lessons Arsenal victory has taught us all.
1. Arsene Wenger told the club's official website: "We adapted our style of play a bit today but we were very dangerous every time we won the ball back. It was impressive because we had a good mixture of patience and speed in our game and that was positive today. That goes to show that any day the Arsenal team are able to get their tactics right, there opponent are un for it. Taking for instance the second leg against an in form Bayern Munich where Arsenal narrowly scaled through after suffering a heavy defeat in the first leg.

2. Arsenal's Bacary Sagna is a better center back than a right back.
As a center back Sagna's ability to read the game well help him to make important blocks and shield the goal keeper. His presence yesterday at the heart of the defence alongside Per Mertesacker in the absence of the suspended Laurent Koscielny played a key role in Arsenal not conceding more that one goal.
But as a right back, though Sagna possesses the energy and agility to move forward with the ball, but his inability to deliver a perfect ball into the box and his lack of striking technique makes him listed among the players Arsenal fans wants out of the club in no time.

3. Lucas Podolski is more resourceful when allowed to roam around the attacking half of the field than being stuck at the left flank. Podolski was a success at FC KOLN and in the German National team because he was given the freedom to roam about the 18 yard box, which often made him punish defenders whenever a loose ball falls at his feet. He showed exactly what stuff his made of yesterday after scoring twice to give the gunners a comfortable victory.

4. Jack Wilshere is not Arsenal's best player.
Many Arsenal fans are of the opinion that Wilshere is the best player in their team, may be because he shows a little more commitment than any other player in the team by fighting for every ball and his hunger to win. But when it comes to the real business of football on the pitch, Arsenal are blessed with a handful of match winners in the persons of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Lucas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Oliver Giroud and not forgetting Theo Walcott.
It was so glaring yesterday, even with Wilshere not on the pitch you wouldn't have noticed that Arsenal were lacking a player, because the midfield combination of Ramsey, Rosicky and Carzola was a near perfect one, they moved the ball with so much pace and won the ball back with ease whenever they lost possession.

5. The new and only signing Yaya Sanogo is not a premiership material.
Sanogo came on for the last few minutes of the game against Fulham, though his eagerness to prove his worth is there and his ability to position himself in the right place in the 16 yard box is okay, the French under 20 still needs time to get used to the English game, and there is no better way for him to do that if not to be relegated to the Arsenal under 21 team.

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