Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla don’t work together by KJ
Ever since Jack Wilshere came back from his injury, I was extremely excited to watch our technically most gifted midfield we’ve ever had under Wenger. I was expecting a midfield that would never lose the ball and would absolutely dominate possession. I was expecting goals galore with such a technically gifted midfield and yet after all this, we’ve been on a downwards spiral ever since the return of Wilshere.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Arteta and Wilshere don’t work together as the two man central midfield pivot. Arteta simply isn’t a defensive midfielder and as a result is constantly struggling to fill two roles on the field – the protection for the back four as well as the creative spark that initiates attacks. As a result both parts of his game are suffering quite severely. Wilshere isn’t defensive at all and hence Arteta is constantly struggling to do his defensive duties as he isn’t your conventional defensive midfielder – big and strong.
Our three midfielders are very similar to each other. They all have a creative spark and occupy similar parts of the field. This restricts movement and space between the midfield and attack which has been a major problem this season. Too many times I’ve seen Wilshere and Cazorla get in each other’s way or both of them being within touching distance of each other.
We really are missing a physical presence in the midfield. It’s no coincidence that when Diaby is fit we look brilliant in both attack and defence. He provides the defensive shielding for Arteta and creates space for the Spaniard to operate in. He also occupies different spaces as well as being able to carry the ball for long distances opening up attacks for Arsenal to penetrate.
Obviously the problem with this entire situation is that Diaby is constantly injured and midfield is really struggling as a result. Wenger will need to bring in a powerhouse midfielder like Capoue or Diame otherwise we could really rue the decision of not getting one if we fail to get the top 4.