The upcoming game against Liverpool has triggered much debate among Arsenal fans about how to get a result against the European Champions on Saturday.
Just today I was speaking with a couple of my fellow Gooners and they proposed that Unai Emery should employ the tactics that Jose Mourinho did against the Reds in the infamous Steven Gerrard slip game.
I vehemently disagreed for a variety of reason.
Playing all defensive, spoiling the game, time-wasting from very early on may have worked for Mourinho but it would not work for Emery.
For starters, Chelsea had a much better well-organised defence than what Emery can call on, secondly that Liverpool side was not as good as this current crop and the idea that you can defend all game along against Salah, Mane and Firmino is madness in my opinion.
Can we really see this Arsenal defence holding for an entire ninety minutes, I cannot.
No doubt Liverpool will have the majority of the possession and Arsenal will be forced into playing counter-attacking football to some degree but the whole game will not play out like that, there will be periods when Arsenal have the upper hand but that will not happen if they put ten men behind the ball.
Arsenal must enter the game in a positive frame of mind, they must get at Liverpool as much as they can and they must avoid being negative from the get-go. Defensive spoiling football worked for Mourinho and Chelsea but it will not work on Saturday, that I am sure about.