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?
Well there is certainly pressure, but I am not sure how much of it is down to the system. I think a lot of it is due to fitness and the form of our players, not to mention that we are trying to incorporate new players into the starting XI.
At the end of the day, Wenger is one of the most astute managers in world football and a real student of the game, so if he thinks the new system, which at the end of the day is not too different from the old 4-3-3 is the right one for our team, then I think he should stick with it.
Maybe it is just a case of the players learning their new roles and I for one am willing to accept that the boss knows what he is doing. It is up to the players now to show what they are made of and make it work. That means Ramsey, Ozil and Arteta. Do you agree?