Originally Posted by entropy13
Agreed, Arsenal is way different because ALL OPPOSITION AGAINST US
park the bus. Talk about having "lots of space."
Only Chelsea didn't do it last season. The two Manchester clubs, 'Pool, and every other team did it. Well except Wolves. And the first game against Everton.
You've just described, in the general sense, each club in the EPL except us, and to a certain extent Chelsea. Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott are just less selfish versions of Robben, Kuyt, and Sneijder.
It's possible to have no changes in the line-up at all, which would be even better than replacing someone in the starting XI. All they have to do is not play like a "small-time" team, and always be "looking for glory". Those three were notorious for that, only Robben's slightly "less" because he scored from one instance he "shot for glory" against the Slovaks (while Sneijder's goal against Japan was supposed to be saved but swerved at the last second LOL). Kuyt shoots closer to the fans on the 2nd tier of stands rather than the goal.
Kuyt is the only one of those that actually does alot of useful defense work, but I think his actual qualities as a winger are less. We need players like Robben and Elia to keep the field wide, not someone like vd Vaart on left wing, who hasn't seen the sideline all match because he was pulling way too close to van Persie. And I have to agree Robin does more damage without vd Vaart on the left.
Having a bus parked in front of you is one thing, but not even trying to go around using the wings is insane. vd Vaart himself said he didn't like the left wing position, so he shouldn't be playing there.
I don't think we will agree on van Persie though, unless he starts doing some real damage coming friday