Does anyone want to argue with the fact that all of Wenger’s previous teams prefer to walk the ball into the net? Everyone loves a beautiful team goal carefully crafted and wonderfully executed but sometimes what is required is brute force or good old fashioned long range shooting.
One player who did not have flair per se but helped Arsenal tick was Ray Parlour aka the Romford Pele who was not afraid to have a go from outside the box with some unbelievable goals to show for his efforts. We also had a couple of screamers from Patrick Viera and curlers from Robert Pires (Remember his goal against Liverpool at Anfield in 2004…brilliant!). There is no point talking about the brilliance of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
Having a go from distance can work in your favour for a couple of reasons. You might end up getting a wonder goal or at least force the keeper to knock down the ball for onrushing players to take advantage yet most of the time Arsenal seem to be the ones who concede from long range making their passing game seem so…tiring for lack of a better word. The best example I can think of is the game against Chelsea when Arsenal conceded a late equalizer from a long range shot by Michael Essien…I do not remember the season.
Unfortunately we do not have too many players willing to try shooting from outside the box yet are more than capable of doing so if given a chance. The players I can think of from the top of my head are Sanchez, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Giroud, Campbell, and Podolski (who is about to leave).
How many times have the Arsenal fans screamed out Shoot! when a chance presents itself? Against Besiktas in the return leg, Arsenal need to win the game and that means taking the chances they get without over elaborating. Roberto Martinez said Everton defended so well at Goodison Park in the first half that Arsenal did not have a shot on target. The truth is Arsenal could have had five chances to shoot on goal but instead opted to over elaborate. Either way I expect Arsenal to get a positive result against Besiktas.