Arsenal new boy Mohamed Elneny recently revealed that Arsene Wenger had instructed him not to shoot so much (via the Metro), and that hasn’t gone down to well with Piers Morgan.
The celebrity Arsenal fan is known to be very anti-Wenger, but in this case he’s likely to have the support of most of the Arsenal fan base.
You can see his tweets below, and notice how he didn’t miss the opportunity to take a dig at Olivier Giroud.
Wenger told Elneny to stop shooting?
I give up. #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 27, 2016
Did Wenger order Giroud to stop shooting too? That would explain 14 PL games without a goal. — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 27, 2016
Very few Arsenal fans would even admit to sharing an interest with Piers Morgan, and many question whether he’s even a real fan or whether he just uses the club as a notoriety tool. He’s right to be a little annoyed in this instance though, with your average fan wanting to see more long shots from the team rather than less, as we are still regularly guilty of ‘trying to walk the ball into the net‘.
For a long time we’ve been criticised for our insistence on sticking with Tikki Takka football, even when the game clearly doesn’t call for it. Even Barcelona have evolved to play a far more counter-attacking style of football, but Wenger continues to show his stubbornness when it comes to tactics.
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a player or two willing to shoot from distance, and we appeared to get that when we signed Alexis Sanchez. Even the Chilean doesn’t take as many long-shots anymore though, and now Wenger is instructing Elneny to do the same?
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While long-shots are obviously far less likely to find their target or end up in the back of the net, it’s still important that we take a few potshots every now and again. If our opposition know we are only going to shoot when we get into the six yard box then we become stale and predictable, making space in the box far harder to find.
It’s not often that we say this, but All Arsenal agrees with Piers Morgan on this occasion.