The super attacking Arsenal formation that would destroy Tottenham?


Every Arsenal fan must agree this was a winter window like no other. We brought in three players. Two in attack and one in defense. But it was the players that we moved out in the attack and brought in in that department that raised eyebrows. We sold – Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez, Coquelin. We pursued Johny Evans from West Bromwich Albion but everyone watching could see that it was not a spirited as we pushed through the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In Aubameyang’s case we had three officials in Germany to push through the deal which almost did not go through.

Basically, we lost players in the Defensive Midfield department and we were not keen on making additions. We added in defense but not really for first team and we knew we wanted another defender but we seemed not very desperate to get someone. But in attack we were relentless and if rumours were to be believed we searched far and wide and players like Malcom Filipe from Bordeaux, Lucas Moura from PSG – Now with Tottenham, Cristian Pavón of Boca Juniors, were routinely featured as possibilities.

But perhaps the most telling is these words attributed to Arsene Wenger that tell the story behind the highly ‘Attack reorganization’ Window purchases.

“The danger is when you are an attacking team that you don’t score and then of course you create your own problems,” Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

“We don’t necessarily need relief but we want to be more efficient on the football pitch because when you say we’ve conceded too many goals, I think we don’t score enough goals.

“That’s our basic problem. That’s not only defensively but offensively, we don’t score enough goals.”

(Attacking) “That’s our DNA. We are an attacking team,” he added.

“That is why we have to work on that and find the balance.

“Without destroying our offensive power, we have to find the balance so we are better defensively.”

Well, against Everton we scored a tonne of goals, 5 to be precise, but of course one game is not really a measure that our goal conversion rate has really changed. But, we saw Ramsey of old again, he showed he can score lots of them if the opposition tries to mark out Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Ozil off the game.

So on this statements I agree 100% with Arsene Wenger assessment. I hope he find the balance to keep our DNA intact. I suspect he realized the mistake of the removal of one attack minded player who was transferred to defense in the latest 5 defender setup with three in the back and two wingbacks who could also add in attack. In this game, he must have realized the wingbacks are normally isolated and dealt with easily if not specialists in the wings so the CBs were invited to come over and assist in attacking too. Then perhaps the leaks in defense began and therefore everybody was invited to defend and attack at the same time. The game must have lost rhyme and ended up with Arsenal taking too long building up, taking wayward shots and not converting enough shots taken. On the defensive end we soon were being caught out more often. Keeping clean sheet used to be routine but lately, Cech may just fail to get that 200th clean sheet he seeks so much. But I think if we organize well, we could give him that – If he will shake off his injury that he picked up against Everton.

If Arsene is seeking the great balance, there is actually a pattern that can deliver just that. Balance in attack, meaning it can accommodate our super attack of Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Ozil and Aubameyang – LMOA. The pattern promises more. It can draft in Ramsey and Wilshere too. The pattern is

There is concerns that if Lacazette and Auba play together in one team and even Arsene must be wondering how? People also wonder that there will be no one coming from the bench for Giroud-like rescue cameos. People are forgetting there is Welbeck, Iwobi, Reiss Nelson, Edward Nketiah who can sit on the bench and come in when one of the two needs to rest and so one does not have fears that after using the two there is no one popping from the bench who can play super sub…If Aube or Even Lacazette is not able to play, you would be surprised at Nketiah and Nelson…but even Welbeck and Iwobi playing with another attacker may just become very good players that we might have not noted about them. Walcott is already firing in all cylinders at Everton suggesting we didn’t see the best of him. Iwobi did not play so bad against Everton


It would be a bold line-up if Arsene went for it but look at the advantages. Lacazette is already showing great link up play with his colleagues and can play the second striker. Aubameyang at the CF role but biased to the left so he can take advantage of the width in the left to initiate attacks and stretch the defenders, Lacazette plays second CF but biased to the right so he too can stretch the defenders. Ozil and Mkhitaryan play a rear but potent attacking Mid-fielding duet, and can proceed to take chances and score. Ozil has already shown he can get the goals if called upon and has gone double figures once for us. Everton Proved that Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubemeyang can indeed play together seamlessly. Iwobi too was involved in that match so indeed room for another attacking minded player into the mix exists. The concern is how to defend well after fielding a super attacking side where the play is more about efficient forward movement. But when Aubameyang puts in the world class movement and less wasteful world class finishes like he did against Everton, We know we pin back any team and that’s the first rule in defending, attacking competently.

Kolasinac and Ramsey provide the width but can cut inside and offer assistance to Wilshere in the Anchorage role and overload the attack from the centre by making those late runs Ramsey is famed for. Ramsey was extremely lethal against Everton and in this setup he can do exactly that. If Xhaka can prove he can play in the left side of the Centre-Mid three, he too has those long range shots he announced himself with to the EPL with when he arrived. We have not seen that side of his play for some time now. There will be no need for Bellerin and Monreal to spend too much time attacking and can stay back to defend 80 percent of the time. Xhaka should be retrained in the new Arsenal pattern and must find his way back in, by displacing someone, maybe Kolasinac if Kolasinac does not deliver. In there we also have Elneny with a chance.

Does Wenger need to consider a super-attacking side against Tottenham?



  1. John0711 says:

    awful ramsey as wb and xhaka as anything ??

    1. Fab says:

      Chelsea 18m looser? Haaahaaa they are playing without a striker

  2. Jbx22 says:

    Bellerin. Kos. Mustafi. Monreal
    Ramsey. Mkhitarian
    Subs. Ospina, kolasinac, wilshere, holding, xhaka, iwobi, welbeck

    1. Tun Ad says:

      Wilshire in d line up& in d bench?

  3. JJPawn says:

    Simply cannot work with Wilshere who does not belong in a side need speed and movement, and he has no speed to “get there.”

    I had posted a side with both Auba and Laca in the side, then the marking will impossible, and Laca is a better finisher than Ramsay.

    Wenger is not say do not defend, rather how to keep the pressure in opposition’s half, but be able to come back double quick.

    3-4-1-2 get us both strikers in. The four in the middle are fast enough to get back to defend their side. The defensive line is fast as well. The weakness is in the air, so giving up fewer corners will help, but crosses are going to be a problem, unless those tracking back wingers make those hard to do.

    ————————Auba – Laca————————– [Laca through the middle, Auba free]
    ———————––—-Ozil- –——————————- [total freedom to roam; def agst top 6]
    ——Monreal/Niles––Kos/Mutafi—–Bellerin———- [Play narrow and force the ball wide.]
    ————————-——-Ospina—————————– [Mobile to get to the ball fast.]

    1. stubill says:

      What is it with you and Wilshere?

      Just about everyone from pundits, journalists, pro’ footballers, managers and fans can see that he is one of the most gifted midfielders in the league, and yet you slag him off at every opportunity.

  4. Arseneout says:

    we will be thrashed by this formation!! we might score 3 goals but we will conceed 4
    the best formation is the old 4-4-2
    gk cech
    df bellerin le boss mustaphi monreal/saeed
    md ozil wilshere as deeplying playmaker ramsy mikki
    attack lacazette as a second striker and auba as center forward

    1. JJPawn says:

      A team with Wilshere is carrying a slow passenger…

      1. GunnerJack says:

        You love to slag off Wilshere and then you go on to suggest the 3 stooges Xhaka, Iwobi and Welbeck!!?? The only way they could get near Jack is if he allowed them to clean his boots.

        1. JJPawn says:

          Each of those players are worth more than Jack be slow, and Jack be hurt, and cannot play… so Jill can come tumbling after.

          1. Welsh_Ramsey says:

            Going on about Jack being slow, have you seen Xhaka? And Jack is far from our slowest mid, have you not seen him drive through the middle at the opposition with the ball?

        2. Sven says:


          Whoever would rather have those 3 stooges over Jack has not watched football this year.

  5. Godswill says:

    Attack, attack, attack. Score more than the other team and we win.

    1. sol says:

      zat’s liverpull’s way

  6. Declan says:

    Playing that back 3 and we will suffer our biggest defeat ever!

    1. JJPawn says:

      The key is speed at the back, and forcing them outside. Welbeck on the wing, for example, will track back.

      Jack in the middle? Not fast enough, as hard as he can try. Jack is funny, as he runs after the player with the ball…

      Mhki’s arrival means the end of Jack, unless Jack wants to warm the bench with cameos. 80K/wk is too much, but he is Wenger’s favorite son, so he gets paid.

      1. Tun Ad says:

        Yes cos he is good…must we loose all our products?mhki&o’zil r sumhow low paced in terms of tracking bak but r very offensive&creative.we need a stud,shield to play alongside jack.xhaka shouldn’t do defensive duties,we need his long range shots&passes.bellerin is poor in crossing into d box but very fast in tracking back.kos,Montreal r not very fast.its better to try kolasinic in d defensive role.we can do better!

  7. andcliff says:

    It doesn’t matter how good the attack is, a rubbish defence will lose you games. I think our attack is great right now but we will have to wait for the summer when, hopefully, AW will concentrate on a full overhaul of our defence, in particular the CB and GK positions. Then, I believe, we will be real contenders for the PL title.

  8. Sean says:

    Bellerin Mustafi Koss Monreal
    Xhaka Wilshere
    Ozil Mhki
    Lacazette (False 9)


    Wilshere more defensive than Ramsey & has that bite for a Derby Game!! Or no Lacazette & Ramsey out wide like Iwobi was V Everton, 4-2-3-1!!

    1. Sean says:

      From the looks of that team the changed that are needed in the summer is;
      Cech – Sold – New GK
      Per – Sold – New CB
      Elneny – Sold – New CDM
      Welbeck – Sold – New Winger

      Promote Maitlan Niles for Wingback & CM cover! Mavropanos should be ready to help out as Koss getting Older. Kolasnic needs to step up again as Monreal is gettin older also. Niketiah should be promted to 1st teamalso for Welbz departure.

      1. JJPawn says:

        Per will be working for the club as a coach?

    In attack all day long

  10. Goonerwinit says:

    Chavs are down 10 men Nd trailing 1 nill hahha

  11. Innit says:

    Wenger doesn’t believe in two up front like he doesn’t believe in defensive midfielders. His stubbornness will destroy Lacazette like it’s destroying Arsenal.

    Just play both Aubameyang and Lacazette up front



  13. Nikkogunners says:

    Chelsea Equalized only to for Watford to score…again…2-1. 7 Minutes to go!

  14. Nikkogunners says:

    3-1 up, they lose! Hahaah

  15. mark says:

    See lads and lasses, it’s not just us that lose heavily!

    I love watching Chelsea lose.. 😀 😀

  16. Innit says:

    I wish we could replay all those draws with Chelsea with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan. Would be interesting.

    Anyway, Spurs away will be a fantastic test. Im not worried about our attack. Im worried about our defensive strategy. We should not have gotten rid of Coquelin until the summer. Xhaka is no where good enough but Wenger feels forced to use him because of the money he spent on him.

    Id rather we played Kolsanic instead of Xhaka. At least he can defend. Maybe Kolsanic and Wilshere

    Wenger has played players out of position before lol.

    I think this will be a high scoring match. At least 5 goals. But Spuds at least have Wanyama, who is much better than Xhaka.

    Think about it:
    Spurs: Wanyama
    Chelsea: Kante
    United: Matic
    City: YaYa and Fernandino
    Liverpool: Can
    Arsenal: Xhaka lol

    Anyway, a win would be so heartening and give loads of positivity. Attacking is the only way to do it as we can’t rely on defending against Kane, Alli, Lamela, Ericksen. We will need to fight fire with fire

    1. JJPawn says:

      How about Emre Can for Jack Wilshere?

      (Emre is refusing to sign… and L’pool seems to be making noises about Jack.)

    2. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

      It is difficult to understand why Kolasinac has not been given an opportunity in midfield, as he has played as a DM for Shalke.

  17. Nikkogunners says:


  18. Rkw says:

    Anyone watching Sundays game could see spurs were destablised by pace … Given that we don’t have a strong DM we can expect them to hold midfield so for me a wilshere elneny combo in middle is best as it gives some defensive cover unlike Ramsey xhaka which gives none and wilshere is best link up player for attacking formation with laca replacing Iwobi OBVIOUSLY … Defence I think has to be as Saturday even though mustafi / kos is vulnerable

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      liverfool do not have a proper DM

      spurs need a quality Dm to stop liverfool attack

      1. JJPawn says:

        No, no… Jack is our DMF!

  19. Goonerwinit says:

    Chavs have be annihilated by Watford

  20. Chuks chibueze says:

    4 me I think we are not looking badly at all, left 4 Wenger to make defensive reparation, with what we have at hand we are good, is gonna push the gunners far

  21. John Ibrahim says:

    this is amazing

    a team with courtois, hazard, Fab, bakayoko, morata, cahill, kante and more

    so many world class players and yet they lose

    maybe chelsea need a proper DM , a quality centreback and gk

    1. Koktafo says:


    2. Guneal says:

      It’s the coach and unlike arsenal, he will be sacked.

  22. Arslan says:

    3-3-2-2?? Foosball izzit??

  23. Steve h says:


    Bellerin Kos. Mustafi monreal
    Ozil. Mhki. Wiltshire

    1. Tun Ad says:

      Cool formation bro…but jack in d middle,mesut&mykh in both side

      1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

        Kolasinac has been dreadful with his passing, would rather play Elneny as the CDM

  24. Sven says:

    Spurs have had more than one or two “lucky” decisions this year. Even some journalists seem to put pressure on refs with their Spurs articles. At least we know which side the elites support.

    Good news for Gunners is that as soon as Kane and Poch are gone, Spurs will be back to fighting for Europa, being London’s THIRD team. And Hazard and possibly Courtois leaving Chelsea is going to be great for us, too. As will Salah going to La Liga.

    My biggest worries for the Spurs game are:
    1. Ospina is going to be in goal, always risky, but more so if they go for crosses to Kane. Seriously, his ratio of mistakes per minutes played is still worse than Cech, you just don’t see it because of a lack of play time and weak opposition.
    2. DM – If we don’t play with 3 CBs, then we need Elneny or whoever can play a proper DM. The formation we had vs Everton would likely ship 3 goals or more against a Spurs team.

    1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

      4 defenders

  25. Tun Ad says:

    Nicholas on point!



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