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Plan B Forming For Villa?


Bones_Villan on Villa's plan b:

Plan B

All in all, a good weekend for Villa. We're back to scoring goals in the league and looking extremely solid at the back. Particular mention for Mr Dunne, who was absolutely outstanding at Fulham, although the whole side were spot on. Birmingham also did us a bit of a favour. Well done, Liam.

The reason for the title of the article is something I've thought about a lot this season. It can also be linked nicely to those comments that Arsène Wenger made about our apparent style of play. I, for one, am not a Wenger hater. (More) than half of me loves the way Wenger sets Arsenal up.

Being relatively young, I can say without doubt that the 'Invincibles' played the finest stuff I have ever seen. However, like Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a true winner. I also think Wenger does not have a Plan B. Not even close. This puts him at odds with himself and as such, the other (less than) half of me finds him extremely irritating for the condescending remarks. Wenger will not compromise style for substance.

Against Manchester United tonight, Arsenal were faced with a team who had their number. Plan A was well and truly thwarted. Now the irony. In the first half, when United were on top, long balls were being hit towards Arshavin, who is not the typical target man.

When Arsenal were two and three nil down, crosses rained into the United box, left, right and centre, to no avail. They needed a Plan B. Instead it was almost hopeful, desperate stuff. By the time Bendtner came on, it was too late. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even Wenger cannot get away from the fact that the Premier League is a very physical league. The aforementioned 'Invincibles' will probably never be re-created again.

They were all big, strong and quick. Yet they could all play the game that Wenger craves.

Villa are starting to get a Plan B together. We're learning to be patient against sides that are difficult to break down, keeping the ball on the floor, à la Wenger. We may need a few more creative players to finish Plan B off, but we're getting there. In the meantime, we're in a cup final, still in the FA cup and still pushing for fourth. I'll take our Plan A any day of the week, Arsène.




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Writer: Bones_Villan  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 1 2010

Time: 12:19PM

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Options at Villa. Can't beat that for sure.
The Fear
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01/02/2010 12:24:00

Options at Villa. Can't beat that for sure.
The Fear
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01/02/2010 12:24:00

Yes since Milner has come into the middle we have started to pass the ball more. Need Young in for Cuellar then we would have a back 4 fairly comfortable with the ball and A midfield all comfortable with the ball . just need a couple of striker who make the runs and would knock their own Granny over to get there first and score.
Villan57
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01/02/2010 12:53:00

Yes since Milner has come into the middle we have started to pass the ball more. Need Young in for Cuellar then we would have a back 4 fairly comfortable with the ball and A midfield all comfortable with the ball . just need a couple of striker who make the runs and would knock their own Granny over to get there first and score.
Villan57
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01/02/2010 12:53:00

agreed. was watching that game yesterday and thinking that Monny must be weeing his little pants about the big long balls the arse were hoofing up the field in the last half and hour of that match.
simonbigron
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01/02/2010 13:37:00

agreed. was watching that game yesterday and thinking that Monny must be weeing his little pants about the big long balls the arse were hoofing up the field in the last half and hour of that match.
simonbigron
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01/02/2010 13:37:00

Anyone but Lee Dixon on MotD2 would have commented on the long balls from the Arse. I had to laugh a bit about that. Shearer and Hansen on Saturday saying that we are a "fine footballing side". Eat that Arsène.
andy5759
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01/02/2010 14:42:00

Anyone but Lee Dixon on MotD2 would have commented on the long balls from the Arse. I had to laugh a bit about that. Shearer and Hansen on Saturday saying that we are a "fine footballing side". Eat that Arsène.
andy5759
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01/02/2010 14:42:00

Good Article
tubbz
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01/02/2010 18:42:00

Good Article
tubbz
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01/02/2010 18:42:00

Villan57, although I agree that I'd rather have Young instead of Cuellar I do reckon Carlos has becoming more comfortable going forward in recent weeks (I have to admit I have seen nothing of the Fulham game other than the 2 goals).
Adam Deuce
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01/02/2010 21:28:00

Villan57, although I agree that I'd rather have Young instead of Cuellar I do reckon Carlos has becoming more comfortable going forward in recent weeks (I have to admit I have seen nothing of the Fulham game other than the 2 goals).
Adam Deuce
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01/02/2010 21:28:00

Adam Deuce, I agree about Cuellar. His assist to the 0-2 goal is a testament to this.
Knowone
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02/02/2010 11:44:00

Adam Deuce, I agree about Cuellar. His assist to the 0-2 goal is a testament to this.
Knowone
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02/02/2010 11:44:00

Good article, Milner in the centre has made all the difference. We do play some long balls for sure but that's not what we're all about. Your point about patience is well made too - I hope the crowd will pick up on this soon because the team sometimes get the bird when passing back. In fact what they seem to do a lot is work harder than we used to to keep possession and play the ball out to the opposite wing. A change for the better!!
panchovilla
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02/02/2010 16:43:00

Good article, Milner in the centre has made all the difference. We do play some long balls for sure but that's not what we're all about. Your point about patience is well made too - I hope the crowd will pick up on this soon because the team sometimes get the bird when passing back. In fact what they seem to do a lot is work harder than we used to to keep possession and play the ball out to the opposite wing. A change for the better!!
panchovilla
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02/02/2010 16:43:00

 

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