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Analyze: Alex James(Arsenal FC)
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2020-01-25 00:50:22 | Last Update: 2020-01-25 00:50:22

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Arsenal’s biggest star of the 1930s and the best paid football player in that decade, Alex James was also seen as one of the best players to ever kick a ball. Compared to other football players, James had a different play style and way o thinking each play. According to specialists from his time, James was considered as one of the best football playmakers of all-time. James, the ball artist
Alex James, was the embodiment of mind football. Despite his low stature and relatively poor physique, this forward has enjoyed unparalleled success in tough English league competition. For a decade, he has been revered as the greatest player in the British Empire, though rarely featured on the list of goal scorers. However, no one could do better than James in the island country to control and make his team score goals.
James was a master of body tricks, could send 30-40 meters passes. All his actions were made seeking to create the best chances for his colleagues. He was a player with so many ideas, tricks and technically above of most of the greatest players. James used to command everything. Not the type of scoring goals, James was seen as his team’s playmaker. James – Like Konrád Csámi – would drop deep and become the creator behind the four-forward line.
The legendary coach, Jimmy Hogan, always had Alex James as an example to his youth students. He always mentioned that James could control the ball and feint all in one movement. Hogan also mentioned the naturally of Alex James. While the ball was rolling, James seemed so natural with the ball. However, when Hogan asked James to show how it was done he failed on half a dozen occasions even to control the ball. The sides
James and Bastin was a well-known duo. When Bastin made the run, James would constantly play inside balls, breaking the opponent’s defensive line. Bastin – Like Raimundo Orsi – was not just the type of winger who would centralize the ball, but also score. On the other side of Arsenal was Joe Hulme, a fast player but not a goal scorer type. James cross-field passes to the right wing, seeking Hulme’s speed, were also another weapon. Admired by Konrád I.
While Jenő Konrád visited England, following FK Austria’s tour, Konrád had the opportunity to watch some league matches, including the ones which Arsenal FC played. Arsenal’s method was something curious to Konrád, the way they played and particularly Alex James.
– An entire study could be written about it. With three defenders, three midfielders and four forwards, Arsenal plays, but apart from the goalkeeper and the defenders, the other seven players are constantly moving and constantly changing positions – Jenő Konrád.
– So many ideas, intelligence and techniques that evoke the best of Orth, Schaffer or Kálmán Konrád. He was probably the greatest player I have ever seen – Jenő Konrád.
– Arsenal's style was quite special, but the whole game revolves around the insider left Alex James. James is the most outstanding football artist in the United Kingdom – Jenő Konrád. W-Formation and its variation. Arsenal FC 1934/35(Organized tactical formation):
Bastin Drake Hulme
James Bowden
There were English teams where, wherever he is, the connector protrudes or stays behind. It all depends on the individual abilities of the players. Arsenal in its pick, for example, never played a rigid W-Formation, but rather a version of the four-forwards system described in the Ödön Hólits and Dr. Mihályi Mamusich football book. Given that Alex James, the left insider, was the world's greatest constructor ever, he never stepped forward, stayed in the middle of the pitch, and forwarded the ball he received to one of the other four. Much depends on the ability and nature of the so-called three forward strikers. This affects the shape and even the very existence of that much-attacked W letter. Arsenal FC 1934/35(A variation of the W-Formation while the ball was rolling):
Bastin Drake Bowden Hulme
James
Copping Roberts
It was common to see Alex James drop deep and receive the ball from the two other midfielders. Then, James, with an incredible sense of which was the best movement, would organize the entire forward line. He always prefered the quick play and place skill above speed and bustle.