Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Giroud to be Arsenal’s secret weapon against Dortmund?

I may be looking a bit too far ahead here, with Arsenal first having two crucial Premier League games away to Swansea City and at home to Man United to get through, with the international break sandwiched in the middle, but the news that Olivier Giroud will be back in training next week made me consider when the centre forward would actually be back in action.

Why Swansea game will be EASIER for Arsenal this year…

After the slow and somewhat disappointing way that Arsenal have started the season and straight off the back of that confidence sapping Champions League home draw with Anderlecht on Tuesday, you might well wonder why I am fairly confident of the Gunners bouncing straight back with a valuable win at the Liberty stadium on Sunday.

And our opponents Swansea City have often given Arsenal a really hard game since being promoted to the Premier League three years ago and have beaten us a couple of times. But the Gunners have won the last two EPL games against them on their own turf.

Why Podolski and Walcott will NOT start for Arsenal tomorrow!!

Despite the fact that Arsenal will need as much attacking talent as possible to break down what is sure to be a well organised and hard to break down Anderlecht defence, there is very little chance of either Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott starting the Champions League clash at the Emirates tomorrow.

And this is also despite the fact that the two wide forwards lit up the game and made the Gunners attacking threat look miles better when they came on for the last ten minutes or so against Burnley on Saturday. The fact that the England and Germany international forwards did lift the home crowd and the other Arsenal players so much coming on as subs is one of the major reasons why Arsene Wenger will be happy to have them on the bench tomorrow.

Arsenal tactics – Has Wenger decided to stick to 4-4-2 at last?

Arsenal seemed to have experimented with many formations this season, but it is interesting to note that we have finally kept two clean sheets in a row now that Wenger has has decided to go back to basics with a bog standard defensive 4-4-2 setup.

Wenger noted after yesterdays win against Burnley: “We played 4-4-2 and we played like that against Sunderland. It works because he [Alexis] works very hard so we can afford to do it. We have to balance the midfield and defence.”

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.