Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Time for Arsenal to play Cazorla in the middle?

The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla suggested ahead of this current international break that it would be a chance for him to recharge his batteries and enjoy himself before the serious business of the season ahead.

The Spaniard has improved after a slow start for the Gunners and we need him to come back in top form, with our German play maker Mesut Ozil ruled out with injury until the start of next year. One of the problems for Santi has been having to play on the flanks rather than through the middle.

Wilshere’s England role gives Arsenal another GREAT option

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has always been thought of more for his ability to burst past players and create goals, with the attacking side of his game always drawing more praise and attention than the defensive side. But a good central midfielder has to be able to do both things well.

And Wilshere has now played three or four games for England in his new role as the deepest lying midfielder, with Roy Hodgson using a midfield diamond as well as the old favourite of 4-4-2. Arsene Wenger does not think it his best position and I tend to agree with the Arsenal boss, but Wilshere is certainly growing into the role.

Alexis needs Arsenal players to follow his lead and they WILL

There was a pretty damning statistic about Arsenal in the media this week, showing that without the direct contribution of our new summer signing Alexis Sanchez with his eight goals and two goal assists in the Premier League, as reported by the Daily Mail, then the Gunners would be down in 17th place.

But although that is too simplistic because we would have had someone else playing, it clearly highlights how much Arsenal have relied on the Chile international since he signed from Barcelona this summer. And it is not just his goals, assists and general play that is important to us. I think his example to the other players could be even more crucial.

No Walcott! So what WILL Arsenal front line be?

He may be playing a bit of mind games, and it would be a first time for the Arsenal manager, but Arsene Wenger has all but stated that he would not be starting Theo Walcott against Swansea City later. And when you consider how careful the Frenchman has been with his fit again front man so far, then he is probably not going to risk Theo from the start.

How will Arsenal deal with Swansea’s danger men?

It has often been said of Arsene Wenger that the Arsenal boss is either too stubborn or too confident in his team’s abilities to worry too much about how the opposing team will set up. That or the accusation that he has no plan B if things go wrong.

But do you really think that the prof could have achieved the success he has and continued to steer the Gunners into and then out of the Champions League group stages every year if he did not do any tactical planning before facing each team? Maybe his tactics are often quite similar, but I am sure that he will have done his homework on what to expect from Swansea City, especially as the Welsh club have a decent record against us.

Why Arsenal should start Ramsey NOT Wilshere in Swansea

I am not saying that Aaron Ramsey is a better player than Jack Wilshere, because the England international has done really well for Arsenal this season and made a very good start towards proving all his doubters and critics from last season wrong.

And meanwhile, the Welshman has not quite found the level of performance that earned him the Arsenal fans’ vote as Player of the Year last time. But I think that Ramsey is coming good and also needs the time on the pitch to really sharpen up. Apart from being too interested in getting on the score sheet on Tuesday, I think Rambo had a good all round game and he will have been made well aware that he needs to not ignore his defensive duties.

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.