BEST MIDFIELD COMBINATION AGAINST MUNICH? by JL
A CL tie against Bayern is by far the biggest game on Arsenal’s hands so far this season at the Emirates, until perhaps, we get past them and meet other top teams.
Wenger needs to get his work well cut-out. There are a number of key factors that need keen and thorough attention. He should get his team selection right, he needs to make sure his chosen set of midfielders have a good understanding of themselves, he should get it right with his tactics and be less predictable.
Wilshere-Arteta-Carzola is a familiar midfield trio. Wilshere-Diaby-Carzola looks adventurous. Arteta-Diaby-Wilshere looks really balanced.
A combination of Wilshere-Arteta-Carzola has not done badly and with the right tactics from a master of the game, they can form a good partnership to destroy any team. Arteta always form a platform for our attack. Ofcousre, he passes sideways a lot, that helps us to keep the ball. He will have either of Carzola or Wilshere beside him, any of which can get the ball and make runs against opponents. Arteta cools down the game and gives our further midfield players time to organize for good execution of game plans(hopefully, AW would have given them enough purposeful instructions, something like plans A-Z).
Wilshere-Daiby-Carzola. The trio each has the ability to get past players. Diaby’s strength can be useful in the middle of the park. His presence is immense, no doubt. However, Daiby holds up the ball far too much and unnecessarily at times and loses it. This could be dangerous against a team like Bayern that can counter attack within an instance. Nonetheless, an assured performance from Diaby, a usual performance by Wilshere and a completely positive show from Carzola is enough to pull the strings.
Arteta-Diaby-Wilshere is a rare combination. You tend to think, who drops back more often, Diaby or Arteta? Wilshere is given all the freedom to go forward and exploit the Bayern defense. Either of the deep-lying duo can support his runs. I still think Diaby should go forward more often. He is more of a box-to-box player than Arteta and on his day, any any team is in a mess, with his runs and occasional killer passes. This midfield will drift Carzola out wide. Carzola is second on the team-sheet after our very own bad boy, JW. This is evident in the set of selections(the only one appearing in all). But will AW drop Poldi to the bench?
These are three likely combinations in the middle. Which do you think should do the job most perfectly? Do you have a different middle in mind? Let us discuss…… COYG !!!