Aston Villa - Plan B Forming For Villa?
UK time is: 01:17:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Bones_Villan  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 1 2010

Time: 12:19PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Options at Villa. Can't beat that for sure.
The Fear
Report Abuse
01/02/2010 12:24:00

Options at Villa. Can't beat that for sure.
The Fear
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
01/02/2010 14:42:00

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

Good Article
tubbz
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
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
Report Abuse
02/02/2010 16:43:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

New Duo Give Interviews (Saturday August 1 2015)

Sherwood Delighted With Villa Rebuild (Saturday August 1 2015)

Baker Signs Four Year Deal (Friday July 31 2015)

Lescott Now Linked? (Friday July 31 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 40
2. Bonker 30
3. Fulford 21
4. gooser76 15
5. SherlockGT 14
6. glensider 13
7. jcm19760 13
8. Charizma 12
9. ClivetheVillan 12
10. Stephen Jay Hawkings 12

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Arsenal 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Chelsea 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Everton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Lack of Cutting Edge A Common Theme In Pre-Season
» Swansea : 01/08/2015 23:54:01
Liverpool: Deal For Brazilian Starlet Done
» Liverpool : 01/08/2015 22:59:00
Norwich City 2 - 1 Brentford
» Norwich : 01/08/2015 21:41:00
Liverpool: Ibe Impresses Again In HJK Win
» Liverpool : 01/08/2015 20:16:01
No Colo For Monchengladbach Defeat
» Newcastle : 01/08/2015 19:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Our transfer business so far?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Great 89%
Ok 9%
Average 0%
Not good 1%