19 years ago, back in 1996, Arsène Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal. His anniversary with Arsenal was a day of reflection for many fans so I thought I'd write a piece about what I think of our season so far. I've managed to keep my patience so far… well at least I had until Olympiakos. We are a fabulous bunch of losers, aren't we? Perhaps what everybody thinks is actually the truth. Or maybe not, maybe we're just unlucky.
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Sir Stanley Matthews, the King Of Dribble, was one of England's greatest ever players and perhaps the finest winger, or wide midfielder that ever graced a football pitch.
Of course, in his era his position was known as 'outside right', which is perhaps the appropriate term for what I intend to write about in this piece. You see it is the decline of the wide midfielder that I wish to explore.
I saw an interesting blog recently, I forget the author, but their thoughts were much aligned with my own in terms of our international side and set-up.
Now I am no great fan of Roy Hodgson but he has done well, qualifying for the Euros next year and doing it before everybody else. Not only that but winning 8 from 8 and scoring 26 goals along the way and conceding just 3. Pretty good right? Well, yeah but when you look at the group we were in anything else would've been a horrendous failure, so let's not get too excited.
Seems a fair question. In as much as what type of player are you, Theo Walcott? Are you a winger, a wide midfielder or a striker? I don't confess to solve one of football's longest mysteries here but I will have a look at his merits and weaknesses for each position.
Since Theo's senior debut a decade - yes, that's right, a decade - ago, we have been asking what is his best position. There are those that say he is a striker, Theo himself being one of these, and now so it seems is Arsene Wenger. Although much of that may be out of necessity rather than a genuine desire to play him there. And then there are those who say he is a winger/wide midfielder. I'm not sure he is either. And here's why...
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