Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Arsenal Tactics – Our best formation for Mesut Ozil

Wenger has to get the best out of Ozil – but how? by SE

The significance of Ozil firing on all cylinders for Arsenal just can’t be stated enough. Yes, with the acquisition of Sanchez this season, the German playmaker might not have the pressure of performing in every game he starts for Arsenal; but it’s not an insinuation that the North Londoners can function in pristine condition, without the German being at his best.

What Arsenal need to change after the break

After this short international break, the season comes back with a bang for Arsenal. Next Saturday sees the Gunners host the Premier League holders Man City at the Emirates and then we fly off to Germany for the first Champions League group game with Borussia Dortmund. Now it may be a bit soon, but I would suggest that two defeats in those games would almost ruin the season for us before we even got going.

And the way that Arsenal have been playing so far, two defeats would not really be too much of a surprise, so what do Arsene Wenger and the players need to do different when the club games resume?

Arsenal Tactics – Too many CAMs spoil the width!

Arsenal’s Strategy for Using Pace and Wingers Under the Current 4-2-3-1 System By Supertuur

Now that the transfer window is shut and Arsenal has signed a new centre forward in Danny Welbeck it is time to look at what to do with our attack. After looking at the first few games of this season I noticed 2 things. We like to use Giroud as our holdup and play centre forward. This will bring the rest of our midfield in and then we score. Even with Giroud injured, Arsenal is still programed to play this style. Hence why we bought Welbeck to continue with this style, as Sanogo is still too raw to take on this role.

How will Arsenal line up after the break?

After an unbeaten but also underwhelming start to the season, Arsenal have made the group stages of the Champions League but are already four points of the league leaders Chelsea. So we really need to hit the ground running after the two week international break.

Hopefully then, apart from Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger will have a full strength squad available to him, with the new man Danny Welbeck to come in and Theo Walcott to return to action, although the Man City and Dortmund games may be too soon for him to start in, so I expect Welbeck down the middle with Alexis Sanchez on the right for those games.

Arteta back but should Arsenal stick with Flamini?

When Mikel Arteta picked up an ankle injury in Arsenal’s away game at Besiktas, there were fears he might miss quite a few games. And I started to worry about the Arsenal injury crisis of last season coming back to plague us again, with Kieran Gibbs having picked up a knock in the previous game.

But maybe the new medial regime at the club is working, because having missed just two games, our Spanish captain is back in training as the pictures on the Arsenal website show. They also show Abou Diaby and I hope to see the Frenchman at some point today. Arteta should be fully fit because he has only been out for a week, but should Arsene Wenger bring him back into the starting XI for the trip to Leicester City?

Why Arsenal need to DROP Wilshere for Leicester clash!!

Look Arsenal fans, before you start slating me for being anti-Wilshere, I am actually one of the writers on here that have been supportive of the young midfielder over the last year. And I have been really pleased to see the real Jack Wilshere start to appear on the pitch again recently.

I still think that Arsene Wenger should drop him from the starting line-up for the visit to face newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday. One reason is that the Gunners will have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad and his suspension for the Besiktas game means that the Welshman will be a bit fresher as well as carrying more of a goal threat.

What should be Arsenal starting XI at Everton and why?

With some Arsenal players still not looking quite ready after the World Cup finals this summer, the three German Gunners still to be included in a squad after an extended summer holiday and a slightly worrying injury list, Arsene Wenger is probably already looking forwards to the two week international break in order for him to get his team ready for the rest of the season.

But the next five days sees Arsenal face two games that could potentially have a huge effect on our season. We definitely don’t need another heavy away defeat like we got at Goodison Park last season, because it could have long term effects on team morale. And we simply cannot afford, in more ways than one, to not beat Besiktas on Wednesday.

Wenger backs Jack Wilshere so Arsenal MUST start him at Everton

I wrote a piece on Arsenal and Jack Wilshere the other day, my point being that the 22-year old midfielder was showing signs of getting back to the form that made him such a sensation before his fledgling career was interrupted and nearly ruined by a series of long term and niggling injuries.

But I also thought that it would be a good idea to rest the England international for tomorrow’s game away to Everton, because the Gunners will need him more than ever for the home leg against Besiktas with Aaron Ramsey being suspended. Jack is the natural replacement for the Welshman and with his fitness issues, Arsene Wenger needs to be careful not to overplay young Wilshere.

Time for Arsenal to start with Alexis Sanchez up front?

I am not one of the Arsenal fans who groans and moans about everything that Olivier Giroud does. I actually quite like the big Frenchman and appreciate what he does for the team, but he was quite honestly shocking against Besiktas on Tuesday and I do not think we should start with him up front on Saturday.

Everton are likely to be just as hard to play against as the Turkish side and their defence should be stronger and faster as well. So Giroud in his current form is likely to give them as much trouble as a sickly schoolgirl and we need to threaten their goal in order to stop them pouring forwards at every opportunity.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday.

However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off in the first leg. The Welshman would have been a nailed on bet to start, but who can replace him? If he was fit, I would suggest that the job should go to Abou Diaby, but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

Although the bread and butter stuff that is the Premier League is always the priority, for Arsenal and all the other top flight English clubs, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how important the Champions League is to the club. So the two games against Besiktas, tonight and next Wednesday, are huge for the Gunners, but will that affect our approach, and will that have a knock-on affect in the coming weeks?

Arsenal Tactics – Our options with THREE centre-backs?

Should Wenger Unleash a 3 Man Defense Set-Up? by NO

As the season begins, what would be a dream set up? Suppose AW was to take a gamble and try the three man defensive set up? With the riches Arsenal now possesses in the centre of the pitch, it could be option to look at. Should Wenger go for another striker, the three man defensive setup would make even more sense to deploy just in case such an asset is secured. And with the thinning defensive side, perhaps, just perhaps a 3 man defense would be a welcome introduction.