Arsenal Tactics – Should Wenger try 4-4-2 sometimes?

Maybe Arsenal should start playing with two strikers! By SK

The 4-4-2 is a purely attacking formation for any team that wishes to go all attack! The formation creates space for an all out striker, who will be supported by a creative striker who will be the link between the midfield and attack! The supporting striker or number 8 as most of us know it, will basically be the initiator of an attacking move; he creates the space for the top 9 to score goals but in most cases, he scores the goals himself!

This season, Arsenal has been playing with a lone striker upfront, who is usually supported by a pair of wingers, who either assists the striker to score or contribute with goals themselves. While this system has worked many times for Arsenal this season, it has yet to totally create the all out attacking team people know them for! For teams like Manchester United and Tottenham, this pattern of football has worked for them, probably because they have mastered the art of making it work or they have a striker who fits perfectly well!

Arsenal may need to switch back to the 4-4-2 system of playing, if they wish to end games scoring as much goals as they were known for in the past. This system in my opinion, can unlock any type of defence. In situations where we play teams who defend so well, the top 9, who is usually big and strong, should be fed with aerial balls, which he may take delight in converting to goals! The assistant striker in such a game may use his skills to unlock such a defence and slot balls into the penalty box for the striker to finish up!

Arsenal has many strikers who can be effectively used for the 4-4-2 formation. Giroud and Sanchez can fit into this system, Perez and Welbeck can also fit into this system and we may not find it difficult opening up tight defenses! What I am trying to say in essence is that Arsene Wenger should be flexible enough to know what formation is good enough to win the tough games that seems to undo us! Or is he too old to be flexible?

Sylvester kwentua


  1. ArseOverTit says:

    Anyone going to the Man City game who doesn’t know about the protest.

    Don’t buy Arsenal merchandise
    Post your unhappiness here:


    (Some think because Stan or AW doesn’t read it personally
    That it will have no effect, that’s wrong. It let’s those who control the AFC social media that the fans are unhappy).

    Keep an eye on planned Man City game protest here;


    Don’t take this farce lying down! Do what you can or suffer the consequences of inaction.

    1 or 2 years more of Wenger will see us further slide into mid table mediocrity. Yes, the board are culpable but first we must let the board know that we won’t stand for their inaction and force them into action. Then should the lack of ambition continue continue post new manager then we can work on them.

    1 step at a time and all that

  2. ThirdManJW says:

    I would love to see different formations, and tactics, being used at Arsenal, but it’ll never happen in a million years under Wenger’s dictatorship.

    It’s almost laughable that some so called “experts” in the media are suggesting that Wenger will “go for it”, if he stays. They’ll be sweeping changes from the coaching to the playing staff. Wenger’s had a fantastic opportunity to “go for it” over the last four years, what with the finances, and all of our rivals changing managers, thus weakening themselves temporarily. But Wenger decided not to strengthen the weak areas in the Arsenal squad, and he decided to keep ALL of his deadwood. Even Sanago, and Jenkinson are still Arsenal players, picking up a damn good wage as well.

    If Wenger stays, nothing will change!

  3. Midkemma says:

    what style of 442?

    I doubt wingers would work for us, we don’t have any players good enough to be a winger in a 442, Theo would be the closest as he has put in a good def shift this season but that would be it.
    Wenger would have to play players out of pos for this one to work, at least that is what I think 😛
    If we was to have a diamond in the middle then I think it could make us a formidable starting 11.

    I have wondered how well we could do with a 352 formation.

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    We don’t have any players good enough to join Alexis (if he stays) up front to create anything close to Henry and Bergkamp

    Theo, Welbeck, Giroud, Lucas, Campbell, Sanogo, Akpom range from poor to average to decent. No Top quality other than Alexis

    We need another Top quality forward
    If Alexis leaves we need two
    To win the PL you need at least two

    Chelsea have two : Costa and Hazard
    United have Ibra’vic but will get another
    CITY have Aguero, Jesus and will get more

    Ideally we need one or two (if Alexis leaves) of following :
    Aubemeyang, Rodriguez, Lewandowski, Greizmann, Reus, lacazette, Draxler, Dybala, Morata, Higuain,

    Of course we also need a Defensive Midfielder and LB

    All this could have been avoided if Wenger had made the appropriate transfers the last few years.

    Wenger had a solid base to build upon (Koscielny, Bellerin, Ozil, Cazorla and Alexis) but squandered it by not getting a Top DM and keeping faith in Coquelin, Eleny, Ramsey. He could have got another top forward but settled with Giroud, Theo, Danny, Lucas.

    Wenger has been clueless for over a decade. Only muggs will think he will change

    Wenger Out

  5. Arsenal007 says:

    “Arsenal Tactics – Should Wenger try 4-4-2 sometimes?”

    I don’t know.

    But Wenger should try leaving Arsenal sometime. That would probably work.

    1. ArseOverTit says:


      I know this is a forum for all things AFC but seeing as the club is in sh£t street due to a board not giving a $uck and a manager that just won’t bloody up and do the honourable thing the idea of a formation sorting out our massive issues at the club seems a little bit insignificant.

  6. ArseOverTit says:

    Wenger should try non missionary position as well as stop making the same bloody mistakes after year. No.1 of which is sticking around AFC.

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