Last season Chelsea got off to a wobbly start in Antonio Conte’s first season at the Bridge, but after Arsenal hammered them 3-0 at the Emirates, the Italian boss decided to change tactics and go with three at the back. It turned out to be incredibly successful and the Blues pulled away to build an unassailable lead at the top of the Premiership.
Arsenal had a phenomenal run at the end of the season after changing to the new formation of 3-at-the-back (or is it 5?) and won 9 of their last 10 games. Arsene Wenger is keen to carry on that momentum into next season, and promises to have all his players fit and ready on the opening day of the season.
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On paper, it was a partnership that ought to have worked. Ramsey’s best performances for Arsenal had come in 2013/14, when he was regularly paired with Spanish playmaker Mikel Arteta. Xhaka seemed like a natural successor to Arteta: a deep-lying distributor who would be prepared to hold his position while Ramsey roamed forward.
Arsenal had many trials and tribulations earlier this year which saw us drop out of the title race, but we rallied with our usual late run and only just lost out on our usual Top Four Trophy. But that is not our only objective with the big FA Cup Final against Chelsea next week, so having 5 wins in a row will have given us a massive boost in confidence going into that match.
It seems like a bit of an anticlimax now that Arsene Wenger has finally managed to beat Jose Mourinho in the League, and there is an argument that the fact that Arsenal are now playing the 3-4-3 formation that seems to be favoured by most top managers nowadays.
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After Arsenal were forced to accept a draw in our last Premier League match, which even though it was a north London derby was a disappointing result with the respective form that Arsenal and Tottenham took into the game, it is very important that we get back to winning ways this weekend.