Posted on October 15, 2014 by ADMIN

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?

Arsene Wenger should analyze his squad, which is plagued by injuries, and take a call on what needs to be done, to rectify what has been a below-par start to the season so far. It would be a ‘no-brainer’ to swap Chamberlain for Ozil, leaving the rest of the XI that started against Chelsea remain the same. But I’d be infuriated if Wenger goes on to remain inflexible with his methods, sticks to playing 4-1-4-1, and gives the impression that he isn’t bothered about the results, either.

Ideally, I’d take into consideration the scarcity of goals from the Arsenal frontline, and do something about it. For the home game against Hull City this weekend and, in subsequent weekends, against mid and lower-mid table sides, I would not be fazed to play two strikers up front – Welbeck and Sanchez – and set out to score a lot more goals than Arsenal have managed so far. The former Manchester United man can play as the No.9, while the Chilean can play off him in an advanced No.10 position.

Coming to the midfield: With Ramsey, Arteta and Diaby out of action, Flamini, Cazorla and Wilshere are the three men who can play in Arsenal’s engine room. Now, if I am intent on playing 2 upfront, Cazorla will play as the Left-Winger and cutting in on his left foot and, on the opposite flank, Chamberlain – an automatic replacement for Ozil, with Walcott still out – can be ‘the’ player to give Arsenal that much needed impetus with his electric pace, and dogged attitude.

The back four, also handicapped by the absence of Monreal and Debuchy, picks itself, unless Koscielny – suspected to be playing with an Achilles tendon problem – needs to be rested, or just isn’t in a position to take the field of play. For the Hull City game though, Bellerin might get his second start of the season, with Chambers out suspended as a result of accumulating too many yellow cards.

Arsenal’s best possible lineup in Ozil’s absence – Formation 4-4-1-1: Wojciech Szczesny (GK), Per Mertesacker(C), Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Santiago Cazorla, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.

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16 thoughts on “How should Arsenal line-up now without Mesut Ozil?

  1. almostawinner

    to me it seems glaring: wilshire should play as creative behind striker ; ie #10 position.
    welbeck
    sanchez wilshire ox
    ramsey flam/arteta
    back5
    .. when the hell are we going to get 2 real DMs?

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    1. ArnSam

      Welbeck,podolski,campbel,sanchez and carzola should start 2ensure a win the rest it’s up to the manager

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  2. henry12

    What we should do:

    Welbeck-Sanchez
    Podolski-flamini-Wilshere-chamberlain

    What Wenger will do:

    Welbeck
    Sanchez-cazorla-chamberlain
    Wilshere-Flamini

    Both are good but I think 442 would be interesting

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  3. imran_gunr

    I think 4-2-3-1 will be better at present , seeing flamini’s sloppy defending.

    Szczesny
    chambers – Per – koscielny – gibbs
    Wilshire – Flamini
    Sanchez – Cazorla – campbell/podolski
    Welback

    Opinions divided…..

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    1. imran_gunr

      Ox,walcott & rambo second half subs seeing to speed up the game is second half as we have games with small teams.

      welback – walcott
      campbell/podolski – Ox
      flamini — rambo (wilshire as DM in second half).

      Opinions divided.

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    2. ryanh27

      Flamini’s sloppy defending? Against chelsea he was very clinical both with tackling and with passing, give the man a break.

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  4. B-Crow11

    If welbeck’s knock isn’t healed by the weekend…heres my lineup

    scez
    chambers – kos – mert – gibbs
    wilshere/diaby – flamini
    theo/ox – cazorla – poldi/campbell
    poldi/sanchez??

    Hull would be a great opp to see poldolski and campbell get some playing time…who knows wenger’s logic. Walcott will most likely not get a full game until one of the Anderlect games at least. Bench: Martinez, Bellerin, Coquelin, Gnabry, Nacho, Poldi/Campbell, Walcott?

    My very rough guess for Hull. I’m no manager…i just looked over physioroom.com for injuries.

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  5. Goonsquad8

    i stopped reading after you said he shouldnt really be a loss. Some peeople literally have no f*ckin clue. IF we do improve thats cause walcott, ramsey, and wenger will play a #10 as a #10. I dont understand this exaggerated criticism ozil

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  6. ryanh27

    if we play a 4-2-3-1 formation I would be happy with this:

    …………………….szczesny………………….
    Bellerin…Mertesacker..Koscielny…Gibbs..
    ………….Flamini……….Wilshere…………
    Ox…………………Cazorla………….Sanchez
    …………………….Welbeck………………

    Other Wise i would also be happy to see:

    ………………………szczesney………………..
    Bellerin…Mertesacker…Koscielny….Gibbs..
    ………………………Flamini…………………..
    Ox…………………Wilshere…………Sanchez..
    …………………….Podolski…………………
    ……………………Welbeck…………………

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  7. Gundam

    Great idea running Ozil ragged on the Wing. Should do that to Mertasacker too, at RB.

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    1. GOONSTER

      Guys stop it. It’s getting a bit embarrassing this Aww let’s all feel sorry for Ozil excuse. He is not being played as a Keeper, not as a CB, not as a Fullback, not as a DM, not as a B2B, not as a striker, he is played a few yards left of the centre and he is given freedom to operate across that front line.

      Sanchez is played as a striker, no10, winger etc and he will get on with it.

      Cazorla played as a winger and no10 but he gots on with it.

      The Ox is played as a B2B, Winger and he gets on with it.

      Wilshere was player as a winger, defensive mid, B2B, no10 etc and he got on with it..

      Ramsey the same, they might look rubbish in some positions but they will put in the effort.

      Young Chambers, he is played CB, Right back and he does not mind DM. Gibbs plays winger and Leftback sometimes. Walcott ain’t a winger, but he accepted it for the sake of the team. Arteta is not a DM but doing it for the team.

      Silva, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Cesc, Mata, Di Maria etc all are flexible, can play in different positions and always give their all for the sake of the team. Why can’t Ozil?

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  8. GOONSTER

    Flamini and Wilshere deep players, Cazorla is the best no10 at Arsenal, Sanchez left, Walcott/The Ox on the right, Welbeck upfront. Its not rocket science.

    If Ramsey comes back it’s a fight between him and Wilshere. This is the times for Jack to step up to Ramseys level of last season, if he can’t then he has to be benched. Ramsey scores, creates, tracks back, hustles opposition players etc, if Wilshere can’t do exactly the same then bench him.

    And if Cazorla does not improve to his first season level at Arsenal then he too should be benched for Ozil.

    If Welbeck too struggles then bench him for Giroud etc…

    Aleksandr Orlov the Meerkat would say to all this “SIMPLES”..

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  9. Simba

    I personally see Ozil’s injury as a blessing in disguise, yh I know you may be like ” WTF is this guy saying” but the truth is Ozil has not lived at the level of expectation most of us had for him especially in the key games although his hasn’t be doing bad either, but for his fee and quality we desire better. His injury will present Carzola with the opportunity to play the high-in-demand number 10 role in the regular 4-2-3-1 formation, otherwise I’d opt for something different like a 4-4-2
    …………….. scez…………………..
    chambers – kos – mert – gibbs
    wilshere……arteta
    Ox…………………………. cazorla
    Sanchez
    Welbeck

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