IN ARSENE’S WORDS – ARE WE TO ASSUME THERE IS A NEW PATTERN ON THE HORIZON? by Nicholas Oyoo
ARSENAL WAY? – WE NEED CLARITY by Nicholas
When the Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal finally went through, the biggest side story was the rather curious performance statistics of one Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United, where of late he was not enjoying his football. The issue was that he would be best suited to the Arsenal Way of playing football.
Towards the end of last season, Arsene Wenger changed the team formation at Arsenal to arrest an awful run of form, and it worked brilliantly as the Gunners went on a long winning run and only failed by one point to get Fourth Place in the League.
Last season when Arsenal were going through a very difficult patch, Arsene Wenger suddenly shifted to three at the back to bring extra defensive solidity to the team. This tactic worked and suddenly the Gunners went back on a long winning run. Now we have the opposite problem, with our top class forwards all struggling to put the ball in the net and Wenger has now shifted back to his four defender formation in our last two games. So Wenger was asked if he thought we should continue with this set-up, and he replied: “It’s possible, yes,”
ARE ARSENAL STILL PLAYING WITH THE HANDBRAKE ON? by NO
When it broke into the media outlets that we had captured Alexander Lacazette, I was elated. I wondered after Alexis Sanchez’S exploits in the 2016/17 season, what it would mean for Arsenal to have someone else as effective in shaking the net as Sanchez, the prospects of a new season, despite missing out the Champions League, looked mouth-watering.
ARSENAL SHOULD BE SET UP IN A DEADLY FRONTAL ATTACK MODE by Nicholas Oyoo
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.