Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

An Arsenal line-up GUARANTEED to score goals!

Why not try this? by Gunnerjack

I know what follows is very experimental and could cost us but I think we’ve got to try something to get out of our present slump. I think the following starting lineup (if all players fit) would do 3 things:

1) score goals and not concede easily
2) have plenty of pace and contains players absolutely bursting to show what they can do for our team
3) get rid of any complacency in those players who are presently under performing but think their place is safe.

Time for Arsenal to unleash the Ox? He’s ready!!

One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch.

Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and it should not have been the case, despite a tough game against Man City on the previous Saturday. But it was also noticeable that the introduction of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Mesut Ozil on the hour mark.

Arsenal tactics – Time to go back to basic 4-4-2 system

Forget 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 We Need to Play 4-4-2 by ES

A lot has been made of the fact that Wenger is playing the 4-1-4-1 formation this season and it has been offered up as the cause of Arsenal’s bad start. Of course there are other factors, players who are simply not good enough, zero tactical nous displayed by the manager and a thin squad but for the purpose of this article I will look at the formation.

Should Arsenal scrap the new system for Aston Villa?

Arsene Wenger takes his battered and beleagured Arsenal team to Birmingham on Saturday for the Premier League clash with Aston Villa. And after what happened in Germany against Borussia Dortmund, on top of a pretty average start to the season, this game has taken on great importance.

I have seen people suggesting that the change to a 4-1-4-1 system it one of the reasons for the Gunners struggling so far, so should Wenger change it, or would that be hitting the panic button before he has given it a decent chance to work?

Ramsey and Wilshere lessons are why Ozil is wide for Arsenal

There is a saying about making the same mistakes over and over again, but I can’t remember exactly how it goes. And we have all laid that sort of accusation at the door of Arsene Wenger at times, whether it be in the transfer market, tactics or any other part of his management skills.

But we are all armchair managers whose only success has come on a computer game console, so I am at least willing to admit that Wenger might, just might, know what he is doing more than I do. So, why is the Frenchman currently going against all conventional thinking and playing Mesut Ozil in the same wide role where he struggled for Germany and where he does not want to play?

Should Arsenal start Chambers or Bellerin in Dortmund?

It looks like the same old story is happening all over again for Arsenal this season, as the injury problems start to mount again. And of course, with the Gunners being our usual lucky selves, it is the area where we could leasy afford to lose players that is where we have lost them.

Both Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy are in the treatment room as Arsenal travel to Germany for the massive and potentially decisive clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, But as Arsene Wenger pointed out in his interview reported by, the very harsh red card shown to the French right back against Besiktas meant that he would not be available anyway.

Does this mean that Campbell is to start for Arsenal v Man City?

He has only had two brief senior appearances for Arsenal as a sub since Arsene Wenger was sufficiently impressed by his performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup finals, and you just know that Joel Campbell is straining to be let off the leash properly. Well the signs suggest that this weekend could be his time.

Arsenal are set to unveil a new front line with the pace of Alexis Sanchez on the left and Danny Welbeck on the right. So why not go the whole hog and use the pace and trickery of young Campbell on the left. That way the Man City defence will not be able to focus on one flank and not worry about pace down the left. Three really fast forwards is a nightmare for any defence.

Arsenal tactics – Should we copy Liverpool and England’s diamond formation?

Arsenal’s Formation in 4-4-2 Diamond– The Liverpool and England Way By Supertuur

In the 2013/14 season two teams really stood out with their goal scoring capabilities, Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge and City with Augero, Negredo, Dzeko and Jovetic. Besides the quality of their strikers what was the other reason they scored so much? They played 4-4-2, although in different variations. Today I will focus on the formation Liverpool and recently England play which is the 4-4-2 diamond or also known as 4-1-2-1-2.

How would an Arsenal team look in a 4-4-2 diamond formation?

New Arsenal system is made for Ozil says Walcott

Quite a few Arsenal fans and the majority of the footballing media seemed to be a bit underwhelmed, to say the least, about the impact made by the Gunners’ record signing Mesut Ozil in his debut season in the Premier League. I was not among them but I can see their point.

Others made the point that the German playmaker had very little to play with, hardly getting any time with Theo Walcott on the pitch and with Arsenal missing other key attacking options like Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for large parts of the season.

Can Wilshere really become Arsenal’s own Pirlo?

The Arsenal midfielder was used in an unusual role by the England manager Roy Hodgson this week, as the new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck grabbed the headlines by scoring both goals against Switzerland to give the three lions an excellent away victory in their first Euro 2016 qualifying game.

Wilshere was used at the base of a diamond with Fabian Delph on the left, Jordan Henderson on the right and Raheem Sterling at the point. And although he initially struggled to find the space he needed to really affect the game as the England boss hoped, he did grow into the role and received a fair bit of praise. Even his recent critic Jamie Redknapp agreed that Jack could make that role his own.

Arsenal’s Sanogo scores again so should he face Man City?

With Arsenal having to do without the first choice centre forward Olivier Giroud due to the Frenchman’s ankle injury, Arsene Wenger must have been a little concerned about where the Gunners’ goals were going to come from after the international break.

Both of his options, Yaya Sanogo and new boy Danny Welbeck have not exactly been banging them in recently, so the boss will be absolutely delighted that they both scored on international duty and so should return to north London confident and buzzing.

Arsenal Tactics – How Wenger could improve….

What is the one ‘not-so-impressive’ attribute of Wenger, as a manager? by SE

An Overview
Arsene Wenger wouldn’t have endured this much of longevity as Arsenal manager had he not been consistent and, magnificent, in his own way. He has instilled an eccentric brand of football, both at Highbury and the Emirates, and is one of the reasons why Arsenal remains a highly attractive team to watch. The Frenchman does get slated from time-to-time for his timid, insipid tactics in those marquee games, which – in recent seasons – have found Arsenal wanting. However, it shouldn’t be held as an indictment against the Frenchman’s amiable personality and a prolific Footballing philosophy.