There you go, an entire game of Arsenal dominance against Leicester City, and a well-deserved win. Yes, Leicester had 10 men in the second half and they were one goal ahead, why would they risk the win by chasing an "utopia" right? I guess most columnists enjoyed the moment when Leicester just did their job and Arsenal agonized in pain, again. Nevertheless, it did not take long for those false prophets to realize how the mechanism on the pitch works. Thus, one of the simplest rules of football applied, righteously, and Arsenal completely surrounded the Leicester defense, which could not hold on for another minute. It was obvious that Arsenal would carve something out from that bombardment.
However, some columnists at The Guardian, again, interpreted the game from completely the wrong perspective. Don't get me wrong, I have no personal hostility toward The Guardian, but you'll understand what I mean when you read this awkward comment from Amy Lawrence:
"But that Welbeck goal has the potential to significantly alter Arsenal's own approach to the run-in. Pivotal moments sometimes come in unexpected ways, and Wenger was not even planning to include the forward in his squad until the strength of his performances in training over the past couple of days made him change his mind and include him as a substitute."
Wait, what? I thought continuous pressure on the opponent's defense and the circulation near the penalty box would bring opportunities and eventually a goal. Lucky me, now I know that I only need to put Welbeck on the field if I need goals. I will certainly try this next time I play Football Manager.
Let's put aside the sarcasm, but this argument, or the true corruption of the football language, is the reason why Wenger probably will never be understood by the masses in the near future. These abstract notions, unexpected ways and magic subs stuff, all ignore how this game works and what needs to be done to play it better.
Throughout the game against Leicester, Arsenal neither left enough space and time for their opponent to counter-attack, nor did they let Leicester disturb their build-up passes. This was the first step, which assured Arsenal's defensive security. Secondly, while overwhelmed by Arsenal, Leicester sat deep in their half long before Danny Simpson was sent off and they accepted the fact that the danger would always be near to their goal. Therefore, it was clear that Leicester's hopes for a goal would come from a chaotic and unpredictable moment, and Jamie Vardy delivered it after a suspicious penalty decision.
However, mathematics never deceive you, only you can deceive yourself with the wrong interpretation. Even though Arsenal found the late goal from a chaotic free-kick, they had already created the opportunities they were looking for and the only thing needed was good finishing. Welbeck only put a dot at the end of a beautifully written verse, regarding him as a savior of the ill Wengerian approach would only be absurd. Wenger already knows the winning recipe, but he likes to do it his own way, unlike many greedy coaches and executives. If you do not find it "practical" enough, at least respect the courage this man and his team have shown in recent years.