Posted on October 18, 2014 by ADMIN

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?

One of the fundamental reasons why Wenger shifted from his long favored 4-2-3-1 system to a more economical 4-5-1, 4-1-4-1 or the 4-3-3 (however you want to look at it), was primarily to accommodate three of his best players – Ozil, Sanchez and Walcott – in the same team. Walcott’s absence has meant that Ozil occupied one of the two flanks, notwithstanding the lack of a No.10 role in the system adopted by Wenger, with Sanchez playing on the flank opposite to the German’s. And if Wenger were to shift to another system during the same season, it will automatically handicap him and Arsenal from fielding one of their best players; it could be Sanchez, Ozil, Walcott or Giroud.

Also, playing two men upfront would create an imbalance in the midfield, and you doubt whether Wenger would ever do something as aberrational. However, with Ramsey’s industry potentially marrying Wilshere’s guile, Arsenal can always catch up in the midfield. Sanchez’s propensity to track back – and committing to the dirty work that one of the two strikers would have to – can be considered, as well, if Wenger, in a bid to score more goals, decides to play two upfront, and is prepared to be a bit open at the back and light in the midfield.

Albeit it would be a huge step in the right direction, I am very cynical of Wenger coming out of his defensive mentality and totally revamping Arsenal’s style that, despite bringing them just 1 trophy in nine long years, has served them reasonably well. However, it would not be delusional on the part of the Frenchman to play two up front in domestic competitions, and ensuring safety-first formations while lining up in Europe.

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27 thoughts on “Will Arsenal play 4-4-2 when Giroud returns?

    1. Mick The Gooner

      To be honest I think 4-4-2 would suit us pretty well. A big target man in the box for set pieces, crosses and holding the ball up alongside a pacey striker to get in behind. Like Kanu and Henry.

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  1. ArsenalGenes

    I bet my left nut, He wouldn’t go back to 4 4 2.. He will play welbeck on the wings and bench either sanchez or walcott. He is no more a brave manager..

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  2. pranavTrue Gooner

    Imo A certain 4-4-2 Diamond will work. If every one available
    scez
    debuchy-mert/new cb-kos -gibbs
    arteta/flamini/chambers/new dm
    jack -ramsey
    ozil/cazorla
    sanchez/walcott – giroud /welbeck
    i believe with this formation we can dominate midfield and control the game with a much better attacking edge. I believe sanchez and giroud can complement very well at top. Giroud has his own merits. By no means he is a bad player. He still has a role to play for us

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  3. No Giroud, I'm happy

    Welbeck >>>> Giroud .. no more Giroud please … He is a bench player at max.
    Just this morning I got Welbeck in my Fantasy team … Come on Welbeck, 2 goals and one assist

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  4. muda

    If he will really go back to 4-4-2 then why not now???
    With Welbeck and Alexis up front like this

    Theo__Flamini__Santi__OX

    _____Dat guy___Alexis____

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  5. Robin Vanpayslip

    Giroud will walk straight back into the team. Wellbeck is going to be the new Podolski

    #WengerlovesGiroudmorethananyone

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      1. Robin Vanpayslip

        The amazing thing about that was that in a choice between Wilshere or Sanchez he chose Wilshere and then had to use Ozil to accommodate the wide position. He basically threw the game…….

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  6. Twig

    It’s unlikely Wenger will ditch his favoured 4-2-3-1 just for Giroud. If we’re to switch to 4-4-2, I think Welbeck-Sanchez is a better option than Giroud-Welbeck. We’ll also need a proper defensive midfielder in that case…

    _____Welbeck Sanchez____
    _Cazorla Ramsey Wanyama Walcott
    Gibbs Koscielny Mertesacker Debuchy
    _________Szczesny

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  7. goonerretic

    Giroud..Welbeck..its not like either of these strikers make anyone shit in their pants..but i wld prefer Welbeck upfront…or both of them when we are desperate and ineffective as we have been so many times this season

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  8. Thando

    @Twig we are not using the 4-2-3-1,it 4-1-4-1 which we have not performed well eversince we have been using it

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  9. fred cowardly

    To be fair both Welbeck and Giroud should be on the bench because we should have a top class striker. At the moment both are 20 goals a season type players at best. You can’t compare either to Costa, Aguero, Falcao or RVP. I wish Wenger would get Cavani, Martinez or Benzema.

    That said, I prefer Welbeck slightly over Giroud. From a 4-4-2 perspective it would pale in comparison to Henry and Bergkamp or Falcao and RVP. So it’s better in my opinion to have Welbeck up front with Giroud on the bench. Giroud can play up front in FA Cup. We shouldn’t need 442 now that we have Walcott back with Sanchez

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  10. Hafiz Rahman

    it will still be 4-5-1….

    the very important hold up play…with Giroud

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  11. Thando

    Hector in the starting line-up and ramsey is on the bench,but what is shocking is podolski is not on the bench

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  12. Darlingbudsofarse

    Our chance of qualifying for the CL now is to go and win it, which I CANNOT see us doing! I could have staked my mortgage on us getting all 3 points today but I suppose this is how far down we’ve gone! What a sad state of affairs. The only joy for all Arsenal fans today is the heavy defeat of our North London rivals. Other than that, nothing else to shout home about and with all due respect to what Mr. Wenger has achieved, he must now look at himself and do the right thing! We need a young and vibrant Manager who can now move us on. I’ve lost all faith in Wenger I’m afraid and I can’t see him turning it around. Calum Chambers must be wandering why he left Southampton.

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