How internationals can (maybe) get Arsenal back on track

You do not need me to tell you that Arsenal have not really got going in this new Premier League season. So with Manchester United looking strong with a maximum nine points from nine and with all of the other big clubs expected to fight for the title up in the top six while Arsenal languish down in 16th spot, we really need to hit the ground running after this current international break.

Hopefully the games that a fair number of the Arsenal team will play for their national sides this fortnight will help us to do just that and they certainly should. At club level we have seen usually good Arsenal players like Granit Xhaka struggle for form and maybe they will be able to regain some of their form when playing for their country.

At the same time we have the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi who have hardly played yet this season and so getting some time out on the pitch is just what they need to sharpen them up before the Gunners get back to EPL action with a game against AFC Bournemouth next weekend.

Danny Welbeck has already scored for England and Mesut Ozil produced one of his magic assists for Germany, so if the likes of Ramsey, Giroud, Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez could do something similar or at the very least have good games, could it be just what Arsenal need to get our season going?



  1. Goonerboy says:

    Maybe, but I just think we need to go back to a four man defence, apart from the fact that it doesn’t seem to be working now, it won’t help with the number of games we will play….

    If we continue that means we have to play a lot of defenders at once…
    Right now I believe our back four should be;


    Then for Europa games, we should have:

    Debuchy…..Mert……Holding…Monreal….plus Chambers..

    But above all, it will be a battle of tactical nous and flexibility…

  2. Goonerboy says:

    Against Bournemouth, we should use 4-2-3-1 and set up this way:





    Imo, this is our best 11 for now, maybe the success we had with the 342 formation was just coincidental with our usual end of season winning run….so far, it hasn’t really worked…

    1. kev says:

      To me currently there’s nothing wrong with your lineup.I’m sure you’re getting thumbed because of Walcott and possibly one of Coquelin and Elneny.We have to make do with what we have.
      Walcott as average as people say he is can get us about a total of 16 goals in all competitions this season when in form.Coquelin looked really good in preseason and looks to have gotten his interception ability back.Elneny has the ability to position himself in such a way that there’s always someone next to him so he can make a simple pass while possessing aggresiveness and being able to intercept.This is for now is a good lineup.It’s unfair to keep playing those who have failed while others wait.We need to get players back to form quickly.We must also bring back Wilshere who is bettrr than Ramsey and Xhaka and gets to form quickly.

      1. kev says:

        We need to play 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 this season to get the best out of our players and to tactically adapt to the opposition.For 4-2-3-1 this is my preferred lineup:
        Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Kolasinac
        Coquelin Wilshere
        Walcott Ozil Sanchez

        For 4-3-3 this should be our lineup:
        Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Kolasinac
        Wilshere Ramsey
        Walcott Ozil Sanchez

        1. Arseneout says:

          that a 4-3-3 or 4-3-3-1 ??‍♂️

          1. kev says:

            Sorry 4-3-3 without Walcott but with Iwobi/Ozil.

        2. Vish says:

          Your formation and squad is solid except for Cech , that duchbag has let in far too many easy goals . Ospina should replace him until he can find his mojo once again

        3. stubill says:

          In your 4-3-3 lineup you have 12 players on the pitch, nice idea but the opposition might not like it!

      2. Goonerboy says:


        I would drop Xhaka as he is out of his depth now, and he needs to be shown he messed up starting from the Leicester game….

        As for Walcott, I don’t think we have any other better choice for now….

        1. kev says:

          Wilshere is clearly better but then he’ll be judged on potential waiting to be realised than what he’s currently doing.Funny how everyone wanted him sold like all what we have is better than him.He’s our best CM after Cazorla and I like him because he’s also very intelligent but just very injury prone.

          1. Vish says:

            Wilshere also possesses a terrier like attitude which is much lacking in our midfield. He will add some bite to the midfield

  3. Dammy says:

    We should definitely revert back to a four man defense, our strength is in our midfield with a back three doesn’t give us..
    When facing the big teams we would be better suited to a back five , and hit back on the counter (with a little bit of some tactical tweaks so that we won’t be as leaky as we were against Liverpool).


  4. gotanidea says:

    Yes, hopefully the players can learn something from the World Cup qualifying matches, something that is different from what is implemented in Arsenal. I wish Wenger paid attention on how his players performed in their international matches.

    The Spain vs Italy match showed what is missing in Arsenal, very skillful players and a better system that can make Arsenal dictate the tempo. Spain defenders have good vision and skills, allowing them to lower the tempo and create good chances for the attackers.

    The lack of skillful players in the midfield area could be rectified by getting a versatile and technically gifted player in January. I hope Wenger keep his promise on returning to Lemar in January.

  5. andydale says:

    A new Owner/ Board / Manager Would Help More.

  6. Guneal says:

    After that defeat to stoke city and the embarrassing one to Liverpool I was about losing it.

    The international break was very timely. It brought me back on track.

    One more consecutive defeat would have been it for me ?

    And now you just made my heart skip a beat by reminding me our short the break is.

    I recur when international breaks were So annoying but right now I look forward to more of it.

  7. u.k says:

    i think d players would do well without wenger tactics…

  8. ArseOverTit says:

    Clutch at straws much?!;)

    Things, don’t just go away overnight…

    (Swims around the tank, ahh look at the sunken ship how exciting) …

    The next moment

    Swims around the tank, ahh look at the sunken ship how exciting) …

    Etcetera etc…ad infinitum..

  9. Trudeau says:

    It feels like this is about the sixth or seventh year in a row where we’ve said that this first interrnational break has come at a good time. I’m sure it isn’t but it sure feels like it.

  10. Abdulazeez says:

    Arsene is not all about tactics He can just dictate position but I hope d players get back on track after international break

  11. jon fox says:


    1. JJPawn says:

      YOU ARE SHOUTING… you make no sense!

      This was a good transfer period. Two excellent players capable of making an Arsenal spine, and lots of deadwood gone. Times are changing, but remember, Arsenal cannot get a Pogba or another Sanchez without a huge transfer budget.

      Yet, there is a top four team here.

      ———-—-Ozil/Ramsay/Jack———— [No track back, focus on possession, attack and counter]
      Welbeck/Iwobi—-Kolasanic/Xhaka/Coqelin—-Bellerin/Theo [Defend first, support attack]

  12. Simon says:

    Since our problems are largely defensive (although a lot to do with a shaky midfield)
    I’d stick with 3 at the back.

    But with the Ox gone I accept we don’t have a good RWB option. Bellerine’ been poor for nearly a year

  13. Arseneout says:

    there is one way to success and that is a new manager with fresh ideas. look at monacco and atlatico madrid they do not have a lot of money but still succeed. its not about spending money, its about having a plan. we need a top defender. i still remmember when atlatico sold aguero and then they bring falcao for 40 million, thats is suitable replacement. we sold fabregas vanpersie thierry henry veira helb and many more and we bring much less quality player. WE NEED CHANGE a manager change will shock the team and it may be positive and might succeed

  14. Jack reacher says:

    Honestly I’d actually play 433 with cech in goal, rb I’d bring in dubuchy when he got injured he looked great in that game, 2 CBS I’d go kos and mustafi and lb I’d go with Monreal . In midfield I’d go kolosinic power and driving from deep he has played there before he can play cdm , and let xhaka play he’s passing game next to him ,in offensive position I’d play Ramsey and front 3 be alexis left and lacasette in middle and welbeck on right with 3 them interchanging and ya dubuchy coming in gives us experience cause bellerin has been terrible and kolosinic in mid would give us that muscle we crave??

    1. JJPawn says:

      ———-—-Ozil/Ramsay/Jack———— [No track back, focus on possession, attack and counter]
      Welbeck/Iwobi—-Kolasanic/Xhaka/Coqelin—-Bellerin/Theo [Defend first, support attack]

  15. De says:

    Wenger need to work on tactic and prepare his team. Or else we might see another ala Liverpool setup bellerin in the left, ox on the right playing a trial game against his new club. Sead, lacazatte and mustafi was given a pop corn and watch the horror show. He need to out think his opponent not surprise them with another of his out of the world wonder tactic.

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