Is Simeone’s Arsenal really going to line up against West Brom at home and park the bus?
If we play 60 games in a season, I doubt much more than 10 of those will be against elite opposition. Even Wenger has been lauded for the quality of his shit football against the likes of City in recent years. In the big games you want commitment, you want fight. Nobody cares how many passes you made, only that you win in those games and you didn’t let yourselves get beat and often these games aren’t dull.
I believe there is a difference between not wanting to be beaten and being happy to take a point. Whenever I’ve seen Simeone park the bus, it’s looked to me like a clear ploy to win the game rather than cowardice.
The biggest difference between these two games was the winner due to properly executing a plan, not really the approach. And I think Barcelona were trying a lot harder against Atletico than they were against us but if Wenger had pulled off a semi final win against them playing in that fashion we’d have been over the fucking moon. In fact if Wenger could get us to a semi final, even if we got spanked I’d still be over the moon.
There’s no way this group of players or this club would just turn into a dire pile of shit overnight because of a new coach. We may get more disciplined and less adventurous but right now that’s exactly what I crave for us. Very few teams actually play “attractive” football and make it work anyway.