Is it time Arsenal tried using two strikers up front?

Do Arsenal need to change their formation? by AK

In the past few months, most notably against Manchester United, PSG and Everton, Arsenal have struggled to control the midfield and constantly are unable to dictate and control the tempo the game. Though this is also due to the absence of Santi Cazorla, would Arsenal perform better in a 4-3-1-2 formation?

Bellerin Gabriel Kos Monreal
Xhaka Ramsey Coquelin
Sanchez Giroud

A midfield 3 of either Xhaka-Ramsey-Coquelin or Xhaka- Elneny-Coquelin, will allow us more of a presence in the midfield and allow the team in general to move further up the pitch, seeing as in the past two games the back line and the midfield has constantly sat back inviting pressure to build up, whilst the attacking trio of Theo, Ozil and Sanchez would just remain up top. This would also bring out the best of Ramsey who reminded everyone in the Euros how good he can be in a three-man midfield. Also with the movement of Sanchez and Ozil they usually find themselves in the Flanks anyways.

Kierian Gibbs and Hector Bellerin also play more like wingbacks then fullback and would offer another offensive option if we were to set ourselves up like this.

Though this formation would mainly help control the Midfield it would also offer the best of our striking options in combining Giroud and Sanchez, which both oddly enough have the exact qualities the other player lacks, and will offer an aerial presence in the game.

Let’s not forget that we have an incredibly versatile squad this year and to not change the formations now then will only limit us both tactically and in style of play, even if this formation may just bring some control until Santi comes back why shouldn’t we take it?



  1. Gun_man says:

    I like your way of thinking. Hope Wenger likes it too…

  2. josh37 says:

    I personally think a midfield three could be a good thing.. But I highly doubt we’d sacrifice our width and play that narrow. More and more modern tactics are pushing away from the traditional #10, which is a pickle considering we have an amazing one…
    I’d actually like to see:
    Elneny Ramsey
    Theo Sanchez Ozil

    1. Jansen says:

      No room Xhaka?

  3. Santi19 says:

    Arsenal have a good depth of squad. The problem is most of these players are not up to arsenals standard. We have Walcott, Iwobi, Ramsey, Chamberlin, and also Welbeck is coming……… but all them are squad players for a club of Arsenal’s standard. All big clubs in Europe can make three or four changes without affecting quality but arsenal cant do that. For example, Munich can use Reberry and Robben in one game AND Costa and Coman in the next game without affecting quality.

    1. summerbreez says:

      I don’t think we have depth we are actually running very thin with all our injuries I dont know how will MR wenger chose his balanced team for westbron

  4. Skills1000 says:

    I think we should be flexible and play two or three formations even in a game.
    Firstly, every player in the squad needs rest(Ozil in particular)

    A 424 formation without Ozil in the line up can look like this.

    Bellerin. Kos Mustafi. Monreal

    Xhaka. Coq

    Walcott Sanchez. Lucas. AOC

    Walcott and AOC running and pressing the full backs.

    Sanchez given a free role. Drops deep a times to the midfield and Lucas Staying in the box.

    I have a feeling that Lucas is a beast of a striker. We cannot get the best from him why always on the bench. Wenger keeps behaving like some guy whose car is old and needed repairs. He then buys a brand new car but rather than drive the new car, he parks it in the garage. The truth is Lucas and Giroud deserve more game time if it means putting Iwobi out of the first team for a while. Lucas needs games. He needs to start playing more often so as to get to the required level. I will pick him ahead of AOC and Iwobi.

  5. marty53 says:

    I like the idea of playing 2 up front, would like to see Sanchez and Perez be given a try out, we can always change it at half time ( if Wenger knows he can put subs on before the 70th minute !! ) if it is not working.

  6. marty53 says:

    I like the idea of playing 2 up front, would like to see Sanchez and Perez be given a try out, we can always change it at half time ( if Wenger knows he can put subs on before the 70th minute !! ) if it is not working.

  7. Arsenal_Girl says:

    No. Just play this:

    Walcott…….. Ozil……….. Lucas

    SuperSub: Giroud

  8. Jansen says:

    I don’t think our formation is our problem. We have played our best games in the same formation as some of our disappointing games. We showed both Everton and City who was boss in the first half and only our inability or lack of killer instinct to score a second combined with our inexplicable capitulation in the second half of those two games caused the losses, not the formation.

    Our attitude and fighting spirit and character need to improve. Also sometimes it seems not all the players are on the same page as to when to press and when to fall back. None of that is formation related. It is about clear instructions, proper training and leadership on the pitch.

    The one change I would like to see is to give more game time to Perez, either on the right at the expense of Theo or on the left at the expense of Ox. But he adds a scoring dimension that we could use IMO. Also in games Ozil goes missing we should take him off sooner and bring on Ramsey (when he is fit). Ramsey’s best position is in the middle when he doesn’t have to worry about defending. He should not be played on the wings.

  9. Skills1000 says:

    Interesting line up you put there. One thing I don’t like about Arsene is the way he goes about his substitutions. Against Man City for instance, at 50 minutes, he should have brought in Giroud with a clear instruction that Monreal and Bellerin should put in more crosses into the box. Xhaka and our full backs playing long balls for Giroud. Chelsea have won 11 games without a number 10(Oscar, Fabregas). Matic and Kante in midfield. Hazard given a free role. We are so predictable. No urgency in our attack. Good tactics and early substitution is key to winning games. Wenger should show emotions on the touch line. Shout at his players. We only see him complain to the 4th official after conceding a goal or struggling with his coat. We need a new Manager at the end of this season if we don’t win the EPL.

  10. citrenoogeht says:

    I can’t get my head around how Monreal keeps getting into people’s starting elevens.

  11. Onochie says:

    The problem is that our players on the wings lacks the stamina to press and Attack for 90mins,makes me wonder what they do in training. If players like lalana and sterling can do that,why can’t our boys do so? We used to have strong players,not just in strength but stamina also,now we have feeble boys that can’t shrug off a defender. No matter the formation,if the opponent becomes physical,we tend to lose the battle.

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