Rosicky goes public on three second rule

Rosicky goes public on three second rule

Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he and his Arsenal midfield cohorts aim to win the ball back from opponents inside three seconds in a bid to optimise pressure in the centre of the park.

The Czech international, who has had his most consistent season since joining the club in 2006, has been fundamental in maintaining the Gunners’ high tempoe pressing game and believes much of it has to do with the versatility of teammates Mikel Arteta and Alex Song.

Speaking to the Arsenal Magazine, the 31-year-old stated:

“The balance we have looks great at the moment and the midfield complement each other very well.

“Mikel and Alex may start behind me on the pitch but they’re both very good in the attacking phase, so it’s not that we have a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder and an attacking midfielder.

“We’re not rigid, we often alternate and I sometimes even cover for those two. We can all play forwards but we can all defend, and this is equally important.

“I count myself in that, because if I’m the highest one of the three it means I’m the first to start the pressure. What we’re doing very well at the moment is that, when we lose the ball, we begin pressurising immediately.

“The three seconds afterwards are vital and I think we are all aware of that. When the opposition get possession, we’re after them immediately.”

It’s a style which has most notably been refined by Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side in recent season, and one which despite fleetingly showing its head at the Emirates has not been as regularly on view as many would like.

Recognising the need to play with consistency, Rosicky continued: “It’s something we are trying to stick to – when you lose the ball, try to win it back straightaway.

“The possession stats against Manchester City are a good example, it was 65 per cent for us and that was because we kept getting the ball back. It’s important tactical stuff and we are doing it very well.”

Arsene Wenger will of course not be able to call on the experience of Arteta for the final games of the season meaning Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and Yossi Benayoun will fight it out for the right to play in midfield alongside Rosicky and Song.

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You can read the full interview with Tomas Rosicky, in which he talks about his current form, his hopes for the Euros and much more, in the May issue of the Official Arsenal Magazine. out now priced at £3.25. Visit here or call 0845 301 7626 (+44 845 301 7626) to subscribe.

46 COMMENTS

  1. Start Diaby against Stoke for his height and ball retention abilities. + He’s good at driving forward.

    I also hope Benayoun and Gervinho start.

    Bring Ramsey and Ox off the bench for Benayoun/diaby at 60-70 mins.

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    • And it’s exactly this sort of ‘analysis’ that annoys me. You’ve already decided on what substitutions Wenger should make irrespective of how the game actually pans out! ridiculous!

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    • Just keep Diaby away from our goal in their set pieces. That own goal at Old Trafford years ago shows what Diaby can really do with his height.

      I’m not Diaby’s biggest fan but I would be protective of him in this moment. He played what, 30 mins this whole season? We cannot expect anything reasonable, let him come back gradually.
      I still think Ramsey will be starting.

      Although I still think that, when playing cunts, we should introduce the Coq :D

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      • Yes… lets bring on the coq.. he’s our best replacement for Arteta right now. Better @ passing than Diaby, more pace and a good outside shot! It can work. But I really like diaby’s skill on the ball, though sometimes he holds on to it too long. If he plays disciplined and runs back in defence, then we could have the best of him. Last few times out he seems like he’s concentrating really hard on the field. That can only be good for us.

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    • I would love for us to win at the Britannia. And escape injury-free too. And if I can dream further, Ramsey to get the winner, deflected off Shawcross.

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      • I would also love for all that to happen. Plus, I would also love for that oaf Shawcross to be kicked in the balls repeatedly. And get frimponged by having his legs chopped off, preferably by one of his own neanderthal oaf buddies. Or Tony Pubis.

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      • By the way, if Aaron Ramsey really kills celebs with his goals and he does score, can he take Piers Morgan this time? I’m ashamed to have anything in common with him.

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      • + injury time winner and ball deflects off Shawcross’ nuts, smashing it and rendering him unable to reproduce retarded little Shawcross babies

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  2. imagine if diaby walks out of the tunnel with a bionic leg, and scores 6 goals. and when he raises his shirt in celebration, we can see ” will never get injured again. “<3

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  3. If we can consistently use this tactic and stick to it, it might be the template for an all-conquering side
    Hopefully we can win the last 3 games of the season

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    • Pressing really high is the attacking player’s job ,I think . Song should stand off a bit , Him going in a tackle very quickly like Rosicky can be very suicidal ,him missing a tackle exposes our defence ,While if Rosicky or RvP misses a tackles they just pick themselves up and go running again.

      I learned most of that in Football Manager

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    • Why is the cunt named Adma always commenting on this blog, there are plenty Spuds blogs out there and I hear they really enjoy dumbass sub-humans spouting off the kind of pathetic wankery you seem to be an expert in. Fuck off troll

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    • wouldn’t make much sense fighting fire with fire. Their centre backs are twice as tall as Chamakh. I prefer having Gervinho and Ox bending their spinal chords.
      leave the physical stuff to them and let’s attack with the ball on the ground, which is what Arsenal does best.

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  4. It doesn’t seem like they’ve perfected it yet. Against Chelsea, it looked like they had a lot of time on the ball, with the odd one or two players trying to close them down, which then leads to gaps behind them.

    If Arsenal are going to play the high tempo pressing game then it needs to be a collective effort and I don’t see that mentally installed in all the players yet.

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  5. Honestly, we would have had a magnificent midfield trio (Rosicky, Diaby and Ramsey) had they all never been injured that badly. All very talented and very hard working.

    But then again, the addition of Song and Arteta is also great. Either way, they all supersede Nasri.

    Keep it up Tomas!

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    • Just noticed that no less than 3 of our central midfield players have had their legs chopped right off (ok, maybe not Rosicky). Could’ve been 4 if Balocuntelli had had his way with that GOD-AWFUL tackle on Song a couple of weeks back.

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    • Diaby , hardworking? Gimme a break, more like runs whenever he wants. I know the whole formation above mentions the switching and no player is confined but come on Song, that doesnt mean ya should be doing it all the time.

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  6. Rosicky certainly works very hard to win the ball back quickly, it’s being noticed by the fans and appreciated. I don’t know whether it’s because he plays a more forward role but he seems to do it a lot more willingly than Song. Just a thought.

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  7. Rosicky absolutely flies around the pitch sometimes. Benayoun as well. Nice to see some commitment to winning the ball back.

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  8. Ramsy uses the 56 second rule.
    And any moron who supports Ramsy should be hung !!

    Death to Ramsy is a dream to all arsenal fans !!

    Ramsy should be raped, tortured, abused, chained, raped again and burnt alive.
    Then buried alive.

    Hole all arsenal fans watch live on huge screens applauding !!

    Luckily with a big chance arsenal buying a midfield , Wilshire back, Diaby ready, Rosicky in form and Benayoun staying all means Ramsy the cunt will be sold, loaned or bench warning where he deserves !!!

    The fuck useless shit.

    And anyone who thinks this shit is good needs to go fuck himself.

    Emotional blind English pricks who have destroyed this great club by promoting over rated hyped up home grown garbage !!!

    Wake up and look at what world class foreign players have done to the prem league you morons !!!

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    • you sir, probably dont even hate ramsey that much, youre just an extreme case of an attention whore who never got enough time of his parents day and goes to blogs to spread shit around and read all the comments and replies so you can feel important for 5 mins in your pathetic life, i truly pity you.

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    • He’s not British you dumb twat. I think your parents really made a grave mistake by letting you go on the internet, you’re clearly not grown up enough to handle the responsibility. By the way, next time you’re wondering why everyone in your life hates you just think back to this comment and the repsonses to it. See a therapist immediately. You really need to find the root cause of why you feel the need to make people abuse you, my guess is some sort of traumatic event like your dad touched you inappropriately or maybe you’re just such a pathetically stupid cunt that you think your comment actually has some merit.

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    • Are you retarded? Ramsey had better stats than David silva in proportion to the amount of game time he’s had + he’s 21 he’s got all his best years ahead of him him the coq & wilshere will destroy teams for years to come COYG

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    • You sick fucker, you cant even spell the lads name right you wanker now fuck off because your no arsenal supporter PRICK

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  9. that is precisley the reason why we are good when we have benayoun in addidtion to this trio.in big games having posession is very important and when benayoun plays he too like our little mozart works his ass off in ball retention.
    the best trait in both these guys is they can retain it by that amazing kung fu- ‘slide’ both of them are capable of doing and MY GOD rosicky does that to perfection.

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  10. wouldn’t make much sense fighting fire with fire. Their centre backs are twice as tall as Chamakh. I prefer having Gervinho and Ox bending their spinal chords.
    leave the physical stuff to them and let’s attack with the ball on the ground, which is what Arsenal does best.

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