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Arsenal Style of Play

What is Arsenal's style of play? I think like most top soccer teams, their style of play is to keep the ball but attack quickly when it's on. So it's not about making a certain number of passes and swining the ball constantly to the left and right, but about speed of play and the timing of the pass. In other words, Arsenal does care if it takes ten passes to score a goal or two.

Actually, Arsenal would prefer to score with two passes but they know that is rare. It's unusual for the keeper to punt the ball and lead to a goal but they're not going be upset if that works - especially late in the game when they're behind. Again, like most top soccer teams Arsenal keep the ball more than most other teams, with every player wanting the ball at their feet, whether they're a forward or a defender, in order to find space and openings in the opposing team's defense. With Arsenal they play a version of tiki taka football but perhaps a bit more direct and free flowing. They like to attack down the flanks and get the ball in the box.

Here are five great team goals by Arsenal.


Two of Emery's compatriots, Rafa Benitez and Pep Guardiola, have impressed in English football with their own distinct football philosophies. Who does the new Arsenal boss most closely align?

"It could be a mixture between the two," said former Valencia keeper Cesar Sanchez. "Unai is an offensive coach, but he is capable of ordering the team to not concede many goals. His teams go out to win the games.

"Fans are not going to see possession for the sake of possession. They are going to see the kind of football that English people like: open games, with a lot of aggressiveness." ESPN

Tricks and moves from Arsenal.


Here's what former manager Arsene Wenger said about team play.

"I believe in work, in connections between the players, I think what makes football great is that it is a team sport. You can win in different ways, by being more of a team, or by having better individual players. It is the team ethic that interests me, always."

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