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"I expected more from Real. I expected them to come storming out of the gates, but instead they waited and allowed us to run the game. That surprised me."
-Robben

That's hilarious. Real executed their game plan with near perfection, waiting for Bayern to lose the ball high up and counter. Real had three chances before half time which should've been converted, and only one was. Bayern were extremely fortunate at that stage.

The second half Real came at them much more, and had several opportunities once again. Bayern were so ineffective it was incredible. The amount of times they approached the Madrid box and ran out of ideas was countless. The two real opportunities they had late on (Muller and Gotze) came from crosses and both were dealt with by Real. That was never a penalty in a million years, but of course Muller was trying it. Every time Real grabbed the ball and injected pace into the match, they looked dangerous. This was apparently more frequent than Robben remembers.

It's one thing to be able to keep the ball, but you've got to actually do something with it. My favorite part of that quote is Robben's thought that they "controlled" the game. Real played you like a toy, you played right into their hands Arjen.
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@ zilch(want to pick ur football brain)

Real in this game did basic defending, by zoning out ribery and robben influence on the game, and defending the passing lanes, unfortunate for arsenal we don't do basic defending enough. By basic defending i mean by Stopping or slowing down the other team most influential player or players by shadowing or zoning them, in that way u reduce their chances of scoring or assisting their teammates scoring. In our game against bayern we let robben play one or one against us way too much, same thing with other big teams we don't defend their best players, we let them roam free all over the pitch, what do u think if we let ox or gnabry shadow saurez, hazard, willian, lukaku e.t.c to reduce their influence or the game will that be a bad tactic for the type of way we play?
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Well we do attempt it in matches. The best example this season was when we beat Liverpool 2-0. Our strategy then was to isolate their strikers Suarez and Sturridge and we did it by cutting off the supply rather than shadow the player. Henderson was man marked by Arteta resulting in no easy passes from midfield to their strikers and it forced Liverpool to make diagonal long balls out wide for their strikers which made it easy for Mertesacker and Koscielny to push them out wide and hold them near the corner flag every time.

Our basic tactic this season has been to play cautiously and control the tempo of the match by allowing the opposition plenty of possession in areas where it's non-threatening(the midfield) rather than waste massive amounts of energy and pulling our defense out of shape by chasing down every player. What a lot of people won't realise is the importance of Ramsey and Ozil's partnership in achieving this. Regular stats won't tell you this but the 2 most frequent passes made in our play style are Mertesacker to the CDM and Ozil to Ramsey or vice versa. This partnershiip which we lacked for 3 months is crucial to us controlling the tempo of a match. Without it, we've looked less confident in midfield and as a result, have been far less dominant, allowing the opposition way more chances in matches. If you wactch both of these players are constantly calling for the ball and creating an easy passing option for their team mates, something we've missed for awhile now.

So in short it's a good way to play and it's something we do attempt but it's not always an easy thing to implement, Sagna has managed to shut out Hazard in previous matches btw. I still maintain that if for example you wanted to shut down Ronaldo, the easiest way is to cut off the supply ie Alonso and Modric's diagonal passes out wide to him, rather than attempting to man mark such a skillful player. Bayern's big mistake last night was playing Lahm at DM when he should've been at RB. You have in Madrid a team that had Ronaldo and Coentrao steaming down that wing and Boateng was simply found wanting when he had to turn and chase. Meanwhile the best RB in the world is sitting in the middle lol.
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"Our basic tactic this season has been to play cautiously and control the tempo of the match by allowing the opposition plenty of possession in areas where it's non-threatening(the midfield) rather than waste massive amounts of energy and pulling our defense out of shape by chasing down every player."

Can you explain then Zilch why we didn't do this against Liverpool and particularly Chelsea? I know we didn't have Ramsey and Ozil together, but why in the world would we squeeze up against teams like that away from home? Why didn't we give Chelsea the ball at Stamford Bridge? Why tell Gibbs and Sagna to bomb forward whenever Santi or Rosicky got hold of the ball? I can't understand why you would go all out attack, which it seemed like it was to me, with Per in a high line. It's not like we even had a midfielder who could tackle, Arteta is more often than not useless when someone gets past him.
Mate you and I both lol. Honestly I can only put it down to a few things.

1. When playing a big team at their home stadium Arsenal lack composure, probably due to not having any players in the team who know that winning feeling ie trophies.

2. Arsenal's response to this is to try and pass the ball quicker and with the lack of confidence this leads to many missed passes and individual errors, which has led to most of the goals the big teams scored on us.

3. When we go behind early, due to this lack of mentality we suddenly panic, attempt to do even more with our passing and carelessly concede again. And again.. And again..

Honestly I don't think Wenger told them to go all guns blazing in those matches, I think the players simply lost their nerve, the sheer amount of misplaced passes and errors in those games supports that theory. But trust me also, that partnership between Ozil and Ramsey is so vital to controlling the tempo of a match and in those games where we were blown off the park, veterans like Roscicky, Flamini etc should've been the calming influence on the pitch, you only have to look at the fact that NONE of the top 10 beat us at the Emirates to realise there's a real mentality problem and therefore a lack of composure away from home vs the big dogs.
Dear fans,
I'm still happy about the fact that I was able to play last sunday for Arsenal. and we even won 3:0. I think that we are on the way up after a rather difficult time...
there are only two goals for the rest of the season: to be among the first four of the Premier League and to win my first title this year in the UK - the F.A. Cup! all we need is 4 x 90 minutes of full concentration and then it's all in our hands.
I can't wait to play for the first time in Wembley as a Gunner after missing the semi final due to my injury.
herewith I want to thank all who supported me during the last weeks - especially you! I constantly followed your comments on Facebook. I was really happy about all the get well soon wishes during these difficult moments.
Your Mesut
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our mesut
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Well I still remember the Capital one cup final. So I don't get my hopes high, just having faith here, with a lot of fear D:
Daneilz you bring bad memories with you away with you
>.> just being realistic, and trying not to jinx it
but you going to do it we should not talk about the finals we have f****d up :)
yep :/ so shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
Pepe and Ramos are both down.
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Do we play with a higher line or do Madrid?
I don't watch Real often but I would assume it's us, we try to hold the ball up field. Mertesacker and Koscielny push up and Arteta drops slightly until they're virtually playing within their own triangle in the middle of the pitch. The amount of passes between Per and Mikel is ridiculous. Against teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton away we've been ripped apart with a high line when we don't have the ball.
Hmm, thing is, we don't actually look as vulnerable as Madrid do this game. Could it be due to the level of their opponents?
Well after that second half they didn't look to vulnerable at all, just one defensive mistake let Gotze in. Plus they weren't playing with a high line this match. The space between their defense and forward players in the second half was huge.
U serious pepe???
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Make that two glorious chances missed for 2-0
How the hell did Ronaldo miss that?
It was bouncing, spinning and really moving. It's not as easy as it looks to judge that sort of thing.
Benzema strikes
goal!!!!!! now this is cl semifinal


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11
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17
34
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4
14
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9
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39
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11
11
35
10
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18
4
13
35
11
37
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48
38
18
7
10
35
12
36
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51
47
17
9
9
35
13
36
-9
43
34
18
6
10
34
14
35
-14
49
35
17
8
9
34
15
33
-13
54
41
13
15
6
34
16
32
-28
56
28
19
8
8
35
17
30
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31
19
9
7
35
18
30
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77
35
23
3
9
35
19
29
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57
33
19
8
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