Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Vermaelen and Arteta turn to stats to solve problems

Vermaelen and Arteta turn to stats to solve problems

Mikel Arteta spoke to the Mirror today about how the players were trying to put things right on the training pitch and by working harder.

Arseblog News understands that both Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen have been consulting ProZone stats and have, as well as looking at their own performances, been making suggestions to teammates about how they can improve aspects of their games to help get Arsenal out of the current funk.

And while the skipper is aware that things are not going as well as they should, is calling for unity amongst players and fans.

“I agree that this is a difficult time, but the only thing to do is to stick together”, he said.

“There seems to be a lot of negativity among people outside the club at the moment, and I don’t want to go along with that because it’s not the way to achieve anything. Some people seem to like being negative, and it appears to make them happier somehow, but that’s not the attitude you’ll get from me or my team-mates.

“Let’s be positive, while being aware of the things we’ve done wrong and making sure that we keep fighting.”

Meanwhile, Kieran Gibbs says the team can’t neglect their defensive duties even if they’re trying hard to win a game, as against Swansea last weekend.

“We were obviously trying to get the win, and we suffered in the last couple of minutes of the game,” he told the official site.

“We’ll have to be aware of that from now on, because this can’t happen – that we’re pressing for the win and we forget about the other side.

“It’s not just about what we do when we got the ball, it’s about what we do even more so when we haven’t got the ball.”

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  1. Ladies and gentlemen, I think the penny may finally have dropped.

    We’re gonna smash West Brom tomorrow. And when we do i’ll be the one going skins swinging my scarf around my head.

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    • Vermaelen and Arteta appreciate your positivity. Well done, Gooner!!

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    • I love it! personal responsibility: From K Gibbs work hard of the ball, we know he does. Some fans are negative well they are beautiful bastards who care the AFC. And some are becoming negative because of repeated mistakes, i happen to be one of those. What are those mistakes? from my untrained eye, Team selection for whatever reason. Players playing out of positions, Ball watching (not even getting close to the ball) Too much passing between the Center Backs and Keeper. How many times has Giroud knock the ball down and no other forward is near to bounce to it? How many times do the full backs pass the ball backwords? It is seems like we want to possess the ball but no runs off the ball, no attempts behind the defense (specially when the pace of Theo/Gervinho/OX) is available. We will see how the rested Cazorla/Wilshere/Arteta/Giroud/ chase the ball!

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    • COME ON YOU ARSENAL!!! Prove the doubters wrong and finish strong……..and maybe some silverware would be nice but more importantly shut the doubters up.

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  2. I’ve got a couple of stats for them… We’re in 10th place with 21 points and have only won 5 games.

    Time to sort it out and stop hiding behind the manager’s patience. Wenger defends them from pretty much all criticism, so it’s time for them to step up, act like the men they are supposed to be and stop whinging about tiredness.

    I’m woken up every night by one of my kids and so haven’t slept a full night in pretty much 8 months. I still get up everyday, go to work every weekday, and don’t earn £50k+ in wages a week

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    • I really don’t know how Mikel Arteta is ‘hiding behind the manager’s patience’ and ‘tiredness’ when he says ““People say it’s fatigue. It’s not fatigue”

      “We all know we can do better and when you feel that you get very frustrated.”

      “People are hurting, people are upset with themselves, the players are angry. I think that’s a good thing. It’s not like players couldn’t care less, they know what they need to do.”

      “Last Saturday was probably the lowest point,”

      No need jumping to conclusions.

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      • We have heard for seasons now that the players “know they should do better” but they are happy to hug and high five the opposition and put in worthless performances while the fans are told that we need to stick together through it all.

        Other than spending my months wages on a ticket for the Emirates (a slight exaggeration, I know), going to the games, shouting, cheering, booing the opposition and generally chanting, etc… I don’t know what else us fans can do to stick with the team. Get on the field for them perhaps?

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      • “but they are happy to hug and high five the opposition and put in worthless performances”

        I don’t know where you get this much insight, you must be their psychiatrist. Hello there.

        “while the fans are told that we need to stick together through it all.”

        Arteta: “We need to start well, give the crowd a hand and something to cheer. That will give them a lift and that’s so important,”

        What, you think the players should go around and say “Fuck you Arsenal fans, don’t stick through all this, go nuts and support TOTTENHAM!”

        Even if you’re deeply frustrated you don’t need to go full-negative and turn away from rationale. These players and managers are interviewed week-in week-out, they have to say something. If they could prove it through action they would gladly do that, but football is not as easy studying mathematics in high school.

        In reality, all they are saying, trying to keep calm and staying positive, are the most sensible things to do. Even if these things seem incredibly frustrating to read after investing your emotions and money on them, there’s really little they could do much better by speaking positively, acknowledging their bad run (and in turn the fans) and giving a united front of determination to the media.

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  3. Excellent news. Analyse, use strategy and defeat opposition.

    COYG!

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    • Here’s a better chain of events. Get ball, bust a gut running, pass it twice, shoot it hard and into the corner of the net, defend, defend, defend. Repeat.

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      • There you go. Get on the ball, pressure makes opponents fissile and forces mistakes. Do that for 90+ minutes and you are going to have a favorable outcome.

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  4. Well, we have to win against west brom tmr. If not, we are all prettt much fucked. All the best though. COYG!

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  5. David O'Leary's Dad

    There’s one stat that matters – winning the fucking game.

    C’mon Gooners let’s just do it tomorrow

    Cannot stand the prospect of Hansen &co slagging off Arsenal on MOTD and another week of depression

    COYG!

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  6. Big Chief from Antarctica

    Even though just a win would be fine, I think a thrashing would be sweet. Nothing against WBA, don’t care that much about them but Arsenal’s reputation of how to play needs to be demonstrated consistently.. with several games coming up in December and January the big ones, I think we need to sharpen up our game. December to get the fluency back, January to send a statement out.

    I’ve got faith.

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  7. Heh, so Arsene is taking stat lessons in training now :)

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  8. RIP West Brom

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  9. ”Some people seem to like being negative, and it appears to make them happier somehow…”

    These are some very true words!

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  10. Does Vermaelen really need stats to tell him he’s been playing shit? I’ll tell him to his fuckin face if he wants.

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    • He played well against Swansea and Olympiakos. I think his form is beginning to show now. Our problem is our attack.

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    • Would you really tell him that to his face? that would not be wise, have you not seen his eyes?

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    • Cazorla Want For Christmas Is You

      Apparently the Verminator took the 8 O’Clock train home once, and then refused to give it back…

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    • Let’s be honest – when was the last time Vermaelen was consistently solid defensively for a period of say, half a season or more? NAturally he’s really struggled with injury, but even in his first season I feel like his goalscoring heroics covered a lot of frailties in the job he was actually meant to be doing. He hasn’t earned his reputation as a top class defender in my eyes.

      Not that I don’t hope he will.

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  11. Just crossing my fingers that all this ‘positive talk’ translate to a poitive display from the boys come tommorow… COYG!!! We are right behind you… Well at least i am…

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  12. It’s all very well Arsene protecting his players and not criticising them in public, as long as he kicks shit out of them in the dressing room, can’t see it somehow.

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  13. I would much rather hear that the manager and his assistant have been giving the players this info rather than them having to look it up on ProZone.
    Seven million a year for what exactly? To loan the captain his laptop?

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    • It’s a bloody good laptop though

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    • What does Arsene’s pay have to do with anything? I don’t see anything odd in players looking up stats and getting insights into their and their opponents performance without Wenger’s supervision. Call it homework. Either way, it shows they’re working on it and that the game is analysed from all angles by those actually kicking the ball.

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  14. 3-0 win tomorrow COYG.

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  15. A consistent win from tomorrow would be good..but a draw 2moro will be a sh*t:-@

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  16. If you’re bored go to http://www.gizoogle.net/ and type in arseblog.com. A bit of a laugh

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    • 5th Duke of Portland

      Pretty funny for BBC Sport too: Round-the-ghetto sailor Alex Thomson drops some lyrics ta BBC Sport what tha fuck itz like ta spend Christmas up in a funky-ass boat

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  17. Not trying to curse us or something but let’s not get our hopes up just yet… Whatever happens 2mo happens if we win that’s great news if not then I really don’t what to say..

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  18. We can’t stick together were d fans opinion is not respeted in d club programmes. As i always said let d fans stop going 2 stadium (home n away) n see were d money wil comefrom, useless management

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  19. I feel sorry for WBA. They’re about to feel the force of the mighty Arsenal artillery tomorrow.

    I have every faith we will crush them and continue on a superb run until the very end of the season.

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  20. Arsenal need more pressing all over the pitch?
    Arsenal need to tackle more to win the ball back?
    They haven’t been looking at ProZone stats, they’ve been reading my By The Numbers column.

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  21. In Rosicky we trust !
    …and it is time for Ox to shine…

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  22. pleaseeeeeeeee threee point pleaseeee!

    dont make us, your fans saddd again :(

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  23. NUEL SMITH EVENTS

    All players must up their games n decide to win. Against Birmingham in d final, was Wenger suppose to get into d pitch to win d game 4 dem? Chelsea won d Champions league cos d players decided to not bcos Dimatteo was special. Once d players decides to win by playing for d fans, club, Wenger n themselves, they can achieve all if they desire it.

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  24. Matt Jarvis' Uncle

    If we don’t win this game… I will seriously question these players mental qualities. They may lack confidence but this is one of those games where confidence shouldn’t be needed. They needed to run like its the biggest game of their careers and forget about every other game. And if we do that West Brom should get annihilated. Our motiviation to win this game should exceed their motiviation not to lose much much more.

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