Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Arsenal Tactics – Should Wenger persist with 4-1-4-1 formation?

Are Arsenal struggling because of the change in system? by SE

For a whole lot of reasons — acceptable or aberrational — Arsene Wenger decided to adopt a new system, 4-1-4-1, replacing the in vogue 4-2-3-1 system. Two and a half months into the new season, and the Arsenal players are yet to adapt to the new system, which subsequently is failing to produce the enviable results. So what really is causing the problems for Arsenal? Is it the players who are failing to come to terms with the system deployed by their manager or, is the system incongruous to Arsenal’s style of football given the kind of players Wenger has at his disposal?

Arteta feels he and Flamini CAN work together for Arsenal

For a long time now, one of the most talked about factors of the Arsenal team, often seen as a weakness but always a topic of debate, is the central midfield area. And more specifically, the most deep lying or defensive part of it. Now the club captain Mikel Arteta has had his own say on the matter.

Many of us still think that Arsene Wenger needs to sign a strong and energetic player to do the sort of job that our former captain Patrick Vieira did and the fact that the Frenchman led the invincibles to the Premier League title 10 years ago without losing a single game seems to support that theory.

Arsenal Tactics – How Wilshere and Ramsey SHOULD play together

Is the Wilshere-Ramsey partnership a problem? Or is it just the way it is being executed? by Usmanov

Whether we like this formation or not, the much spoke-against 4-1-4-1 formation has come to stay. More so, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are the two players crucial to this strategy being in the scheme of things for Arsenal this season. So unless either one of these players is out injured for a long time, we should expect to see this setup for very long periods this season.

Arsenal Debate – Time to drop struggling Cazorla?

With Mesut Ozil being one of the many Arsenal players in the treatment room and the German international possibly out of action until the end of the year, the natural and logicval player to fill his boots for the Gunners would be Santi Cazorla. But it just is not happening for the little Spaniard at the moment.

Cazorla has been largely ineffectual in the last two games against Anderlecht and Sunderland, with his woeful shooting at the Stadium of Light a clear sign that our midfield maestro is low on form and confidence right now. But what should Arsene Wenger do?

Creativity and corners costing Arsenal dear this season

Maybe Arsenal should try to start a new type of football where points are awarded for possession and passing statistics, because we absolutely rock at that side of the game. Until then, however, we need to find a way to win football matches the old boring traditional way.

And that means scoring more goals than the team you are facing, something the Gunners do not seem to be able to do this season. If the other team scores two, then so will we, eventually, and if we score first then it’s time to let one in.

Will Arsenal play 4-4-2 when Giroud returns?

Will Wenger go with two upfront over the course of this season? by SE

For the exquisite brand of football that Arsenal play, and retain possession of the ball for long periods in the game, Wenger’s wizards don’t score the number of goals you expect of them. This season the trend hasn’t been any different, with Arsenal managing just 11 goals from the first 7 Premier League games and 4 goals (all of them against Galatasaray) in their 2 Champions League fixtures. Days ago, Wenger was referring to Giroud’s return from his ankle injury, and the prospect of the Frenchman combining with Welbeck to make it a two-prone Arsenal frontline. Will the long-serving Arsenal manager take a more flamboyant route, for once, and deploy two strikers any time during this season?

Will Walcott return give Arsenal a new formation?

How does Wenger go about getting the best out of Walcott and Sanchez? by SE

The prospect of having Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez – two goal-scoring wingers – play for Arsenal shouldn’t be too long from becoming a reality. Walcott has been back in full training for quite some time now, but making the transition from plain training into playing a high-voltage game can be significantly different, and it is primarily due to that reason why Walcott might not see enough action in Arsenal colours for the next couple of weeks at least. However, as and when he makes the starting XI for Arsenal, how does Wenger go about accommodating the Englishman and Sanchez?

It’s time for Cazorla to shine for Arsenal

What will be Santi’s role with Özil out injured?

It’s going to be a long few months without Mesut Özil. He is without doubt the heart of this team and was just getting back to full fitness as we got into the meat of the season but his opportunity to shine has been taken away and now that gauntlet has fallen to our Spanish magician, Santi Cazorla.

He’s had a rather mediocre season last year that was saved by some really good form from March onwards and I believe he’s carried that on into this season. We’ve played some of our best football when he’s started and that’s no coincidence. He offsets Sanchez’s explosiveness with calm, controlled football.

Bookings ANOTHER reason Wilshere should be Arsenal’s number 10

The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere has been talking about how sorry he is for his club team mate Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker picked up a knee problem and could be out for up to three months. And with news of Tomas Rosicky also having an injury, it leaves young Wilshere as one of the few players in the squad who could cover for Ozil.

Perhaps that is why he also talks about his different playing positions for club and country in a Daily Mirror report. Because of the different playing sylrs and formations used by Arsenal and England, Jack feels that his new deep lying role at international level would not suit him for the Gunners.

How should Arsenal line-up now without Mesut Ozil?

How could Ozil’s absence affect the way Arsenal lineup? by SE

Mesut Ozil, having suffered a partial lateral collateral ligament tear on his left knee during Arsenal’s 0-2 defeat against Chelsea before the international break, is set to miss up to 10-12 weeks of action. While the German’s absence shouldn’t really be a whammy to the North Londoners, considering Ozil’s below-par performances until his injury, the way they lineup becomes an intriguing matter altogether. So, ideally, how could Arsenal lineup in the 25-year old playmaker’s absence?

Now Podolski really CAN play his part for Arsenal

I was hoping that the Arsenal and Germany international forward Lukas Podolski was given a good run out by his national coach Joachim Low tonight, as the World Cup holders play host to Republic of Ireland in a Euro qualifying group. But now I am not so sure.

The way that our luck with injuries is going at the minute, I would rather that Podolski is not used at all. The reason for my change of mind is that the growing injury list that now includes Tomas Rosicky and Mesut Ozil means that the statement by Arsene Wenger reported by Sky Sports the other day will now almost certainly come true.

Can Wilshere/Ramsey combo solve Arsenal’s midfield problems?

Ask an Arsenal fan what they think has been one of the biggest problems with the team in recent years and a large number will point straight to the lack of a proper defensive midfielder. But it seems clear that Arsene Wenger does not want a player that will just break up play.

The Fre4nchman has experimented with a certain amount of success by converting Mikel Arteta into a deep lying playmaker, operating a bit like Xabi Alonso and using his passing ability to control the game rather than energy and tackling. But the Spaniard is getting older and slower and is often exposed in the bigger games when he is put under serious pressure.