I usually don’t do transfer gossip stuff on Bergkampesque, as I cannot stand the endless and mostly fictitious nature of it.
However, sometimes a bit of virtual shop-therapy is needed to lighten the weight on our brains, and the gravitational pull on our souls.
As said many times before, I am not a fan of our current 4-3-3 formation, and would prefer it if we played more regularly in a 4-5-1 formation.
Like Arsene, I like midfielders, and the midfield being dominated by us in such a way that our defence has little to do, and we are bossing the opponents in their own half. More than anything, this is what I miss about our current Arsenal: the almost total dominance of midfield in games.
With the right personnel, a 4-5-1 formation can be awesome, and I reckon we should go back to this formation ASAP in order to regain our control over games, and start winning again. Giroud is our ideal target man and there is a plethora of midfielders to choose from.
But, I do like the sound of the growing rumour that Huntelaar is on his way to Arsenal. Firstly, he is a fantastic, classic CF – he reminds me a bit of Alan Shearer – as we have seen recently in our sobering encounters with Schalke 04. If we can add him to Giroud and Podolski as our CF options, then clearly we will have a strike-force to reckon with.
Secondly, he is very ambitious and relatively very fit for his age (he did not play that many 90 minutes games during his time in Spain and Italy), and he would like to outperform van Judas big style! That sort of hunger to perform would be very welcome at Arsenal at the moment.
But, thirdly, and most importantly, rumours linking us with ‘The Hunter’ should mean Arsene is considering changing to a 4-4-2 formation. Giroud and Huntelaar are proper, full-blooded CF’s and it would be a waste of their talents to play them anywhere else, or keep one of them on the bench for too long. Both can play slightly behind the other, and I reckon Giroud would be best at this; but they are both goal scoring machines: awesome weapons, hungry for quality ammunition!
In a 4-4-2 formation, with two very good CF’s, Arsenal need good left and right midfielders, who can get to the by-line, make very smart runs with and without the ball, and are excellent at crossing the ball into the box.
It would be a total understatement if I said that we could improve in this area at the moment. Sagna and Jenkinson, our options in the right back position, are not too bad at crossing the ball into the box, but other than that the service for Giroud and Podolski has been very poor generally.
If we are to get the best out of our promising talents of Gnabry, Ox, Eisfeld, Myachi, Coquelin, etc, we really could do with a(n old) master in midfield wing-play and crossing the ball into the box, and that’s where Beckham could fill a void for one to two seasons at Arsenal.
Beckham at the Emirates
He does not even have to play every week; his presence and guidance to the youngsters would simply be of incredible value. The best way for up and coming talents to improve significantly is by learning from a master and David Beckham would be a very interesting option for us: his crossing ability, combined with his set-piece shooting skills are simply still top-notch. I cannot imagine him being too expensive either, as his added commercial value would compensate for his wage package.
Finally, in a 4-4-2 system it would be good to have another all-round, defensively minded, central midfielder. I am not surprised to hear rumours that Arsenal is one of the teams interested in Kevin Strootman of PSV Eindhoven. He is quickly becoming a fine, multi-skilled midfielder and the thought of him working together with Wilshere in the heart of midfield is simply mouth-watering for me. With Cazorla in the LM position and Beckham in the RM position, our team would mean business.
The likes of Arteta, Rosicky, Podolski, Coquelin, Eisfeld, Myachi, Gnabry, Ox, and one or two others, could be great back-up for various positions in midfield. Podolski, and maybe even Theo, would be perfect back-up options for our two CFs Giroud and Huntelaar.
Well, I have definitely made myself feel better with writing this post, but would these purchases and changes to our formation lighten your mood as well?
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