Arsenal boss hints at a formation change against Norwich

Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is considering a change in formation when his Arsenal side take on Norwich this weekend.

Both sides go into Saturday’s fixture without a single point, and both will be doing all they can to end that run when they meet at the Emirates.

While we are expected to have a near-full strength of options available for the clash, the manager has hinted that he could well change up the formation, a scenario which has worked previously when trying to end a winless run.

Arteta was asked Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga was the ideal partnership ahead of the weekend, the Spaniard was coy that the pair’s starting places were not assured, depending on the formation which we are to start with.

The Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference(via “Depending on who we have available and the formation we’re going to use, if we’re going to play with two holders or one holder, we will have some options there as well, with the arrival of Martin and with Emile who can play in those pockets. It will depend.”

We were unsuccessful in an attempted formation change against Manchester City, where we looked to go on the defensive, while we started our three other matches so far this term in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and you would assume that using the latter would guarantee both Lokonga and Partey a start together, but the manager appears to have other ideas.


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  1. I think ir means a More offensive approach, since we need badly goals.

    . Leno/rams
    Cédric. White. Gab. Tierney
    . Partey
    . Smith. Ode
    Pepe. Auba/laca Saka/auba.

    I would love Amn before Cédric but i dont think arteta would start the former, ir tomy

  2. Instead of a 8-2-0
    Maybe a 7-3-0

    On a more serious note Mr Arteta maybe let the boys play and sit down for the 90 mins and see what happens ,I’m sure both fullbacks will be happy rather than you shouting in their faces about where you want them to put the countless throw-ins that never lead to anything.

  3. Leno
    Tako Gabriel white tierny
    Pepe odagrard/smith r Saka
    Laca. Abu

    Surley this would bring our first goal of the season. We may let 1 or even 2 in but this formation has so much threat going forward and if we cannot play aggressive against a team like Norwich then we are doomed to watch boring defensive slow side to side football for the rest of the season. Just let the boys go at them for once MA take a seat and watch like the rest of us.

  4. I think the best formation that would suit the match is 3-4-3 or rather 5-3-2. We must be defensive and be forwarded at once.

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