Last night, I witnessed a game of football that I almost drooled over. I’m now going to attempt to explain why football for me is all about Wengerball.
A lot of people hate it. Wengerball that is. The perception is that the team are consistently trying to walk the ball into the net, overplaying with an almost stupid persistence. I don’t think that at all.
I think Wengerball is the way forward.
Proper football is a game of the upmost skill and harbors an uncanny ability to work as a team, to anticipate movement and out-think the opposition as a group.
It’s like a rapid game of telepathic chess, where subconscious decisions and instinctive movement are more applicable that waiting for a pass to materialise.
Decisions are made before they actually happen, and thus the play becomes fluid and almost impossible to defend.
A fine example was how Arsenal played around Basel for large periods on Wednesday night. Te Swiss were static, bewilidered at the speed, movement and accuracy of the play.
It was almost choreographed it was that good.
But that interlinking of play isn’t something that two players, let alone a team of 11 can be taught over night. It takes considerable time and practice, which is why we see that persistence from Arsenal to walk the ball into the net.
The team are not actually persisting…it is practice, and when it works, it is beautiful.
Hull, Chelsea, and Basel are all examples of when that practice begins to pay off. The football is sumptuous and should be lauded by many.
So why isn’t it?
Other examples of Wengerball include Johann Cruffs Dutch team of the 70’s. Barcelona and Bayern more recently and who could forget the world champions, Germany.
The destruction of Brazil a peach of an example or Wengerball and it’s effectiveness.
Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this footage of Holland. Look at the movement and press about the 18 yard box, the passing and awareness. The similarities to how Arsenal have been playing for seasons is acute.
Anyone but Arsenal, and pundits and papers alike are cock-a-hoop with praise for the ballet that is played out before them.
Perhaps they dislike Wengers stubborn persistence in this aim; the pursuit of perfection?
Perhaps they are jealous that he turns mediocre or mis-understood players into superstars that are allowed to do what they are good at?
Or perhaps they just don’t get it?
In case you hadn’t noticed, Wenger always goes for a particular type of player, one who will compliment the group, not one who will be individual.
Individuality is not good for total football, as it’s a team game.
Vardy? Nope. Ibrahimovic? Not at all. Even Messi would not be suitable, and he can’t win games on his own-some.
And that’s why I love Wengerball.
In essence, it is football in it’s purist form. A team game. No long balls, no extravagant shots, no individual brilliance.
Wengerball is infact the hardest to achieve – an almost telepathic understanding between peers that is undeniably aggressive in it’s footballing nature.
But most of all, it’s that sense of achievement and gratification you get when a seemless passage of play ends up with the ball in the back of the net, and the opposition stood still scratching heads.
Let’s hope the Arsenal can maintain this amazing form throughout the season.