How to get the best out of the Ox next season: change to 4-1-2-3?

The Ox: ready for a central role next season?

The Ox: ready for a central role next season?

How much more fun it is to watch England play these days with one, two or sometimes three Gunners making a real difference in the team!

I thought the criticism for Hodgson’s selection choices against Ireland were  too harsh. There was a good structure to England’s play and Rooney performed admirably in the hole, linking up really well with Ox and Theo, especially in the second half. Carrick and Lampard could perhaps have been a bit more adventurous, and England continue to have a problem in the CF position, but there was a good shape and structure to England’s game and enough chances were created to win the encounter with the Irish.

Like all other Gooners, I have really enjoyed watching the Ox play with such thrust and enthusiasm during the last two games.

AOC, maybe because he has not played much this season, has motored on England during these matches, and it is great to hear and read the praise he is getting at the moment. It is also good to see that the only midfielder/attacker of real quality in the England team in the last two games – the man Wenger does not mind to be linked with 😉 – Rooney, appears to have both an appreciation of Ox’s talent and a natural relationship/ good understanding with him.

Ox took his goal very well. Maybe he had noticed that both England and Brazil had wasted a number of chances by not keeping the ball low when shooting at goal. Ox’s effort went in because it was well placed, struck very sweetly, AND he kept his shot low to the ground; otherwise Cesar would probably have saved it.

Arsene will have noticed that Alex appears to be maturing faster in the England team than in the Arsenal team. To me, it looks like Ox should be given a proper chance now in the first team, but the key question is where should he play in our 4-2-1-3 system?

He has played on the right wing a number of times with mixed success. I saw him at the Emirates against Blackburn for the FA-cup and was not impressed with him then. There is directness about the Ox that does not seem to suit the ‘provider’ role/position of the wing, which also requires a lot of defensive discipline.

Wenger has been working hard to make AOC more of an all-round midfielder – including improving his defensive awareness and discipline – and good progress has been made. We saw him recently getting 60 minutes in the double-DM pivot and he did well there.

Could he be our answer to the box-to-box position in our current formation, or is he not strong enough defensively (yet)?

Or should he get a chance as our most advanced midfielder?

He has the thrust and dribbling skills to make things happen, however, I am not sure yet whether he has enough ability to find and produce the through-balls in this pivotal position. But then again, his goal against Brazil was not just a fine finish. He started the attack by moving with the ball towards Brazil’s box, linking up with Rooney, and then boom: goal. It was quick, inventive and deadly: something we have often been crying out for at Arsenal in recent seasons.

To play him in the hole would be a massive gamble by Wenger, especially now he has, supposedly, a lot of money available to bring in a more experienced and proven creative attacker/nr.10.

But Ox needs to play and he should get a proper run in the centre of midfield. Maybe, Arsene should get back to 4-5-1, often operating as 4-1-2-3 (when attacking). We would need a beast of a DM in the ‘1’ to make this formation really work, but let’s park that for now.

In the ‘2’ both Jack and Ox, or Ox and Cazorla, or of course, Jack and Cazorla, could play. This formation would give Wenger a chance to give Ox a lot of games in the middle, as he can give either Jack or Cazorla regularly a rest. Ramsey, Arteta, Coquelin and maybe even Eisfeld could be tried as well in the ‘2’.

Part of me desperately wants us to play like this next season, but another part is weary that it will leave us too exposed at the back…

What do you think fine fellow Gooners?

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59 Responses to How to get the best out of the Ox next season: change to 4-1-2-3?

  1. James Bond says:

    Good evening, TA

    fine fine post,

    it’s certainly not beyond the Ox’s abilities to play in such a role, however, we would need a decent DM as you have rightly pointed out, without it, it could still work in the current set up but depends on our oppositions and the way they are set up as well really.

    for me, he could be a belter of a box to box if he worked a tad more on his defensive duties, he’s got the pace and physical strength to be a nuisance when trying to break up play or press…

    the thing i like about him the most is that he is not afraid to take a crack at goal from a distance, he loves doing that and long it may continue (certainly is a 100 times better than Ramsey in that department 😉

  2. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Jambo 🙂

    All good points. His shooting is a great asset and he is only 19…..

    Qiestion: of which player does he remind you most?

    Q

  3. bc says:

    I like the way wenger is managing him at this moment in time and see no reason to change. Let’s not forget that the ox is younger than likes of yennaris aneke ryo and even wellington (who?) He is getting into the england side and doesn’t look out of place and I think england will benefit in the long run if some if its players are not burned out over a long season. Arsenal could be in a position to have 2 attacking quadrants. Hell if we were to sign rooney an fabregas we could line up like this

    The foreign attacking quad
    Cazorla fabregas podolski
    ……………giroud

    The english attacking quad
    Walcott wilshire chamberlain
    ……………rooney

    Now that really would be something but even if we ended up with villa instead of rooney and rosicky instead of fabregas thus saving around £40m would that be so bad?

  4. James Bond says:

    a younger more hungrier and full of energy Wayne Rooney 😀

  5. TotalArsenal says:

    I like it bc 🙂

    Rosicky instead of Fabregas…. now that would be a big difference, though. Rosicky has not got the stamina and fitness to really play a key role in our team for a long period of games. Villa for Rooney would indeed not too bad, but I would play WR in the hole and Giroud or Theo in front of him.

  6. TotalArsenal says:

    JB – I cannot better you on the Rooney comparison 🙂

  7. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA, yet another gem of an article and what an appropriate time to be praising Ox, given his two most recent performances :).

    I think what we can take from Ox’s England performances is that he can be successful when playing out wide, but needs to be used in more of a free role (like that of Santi). When asked to inspire some creativity into a side, he is more than capable of producing the goods, so it’s just a matter of opportunity and positional ask.

    As you stated, as a dedicated and disciplined winger, Ox becomes less efficient since we are largely wasting his natural instincts for the offensive side of the game. However, it is important to nurture defensive awareness and to be cognizant that all players should contribute at both ends of the pitch as well. Thus, I think AW has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that Ox’s long-term viability and potential will be more of a success.

    Granted, part of me questions what AW was doing most of the year with a player of Ox’s caliber more or less rotting away on the bench. Perhaps it was part of the learning process or needing patience as he developed into a different role/matured his game.

    In either case, Ox is making a case to be a starter next season and I’d like to see him played at LW with Santi in the hole. Ideally, he’ll adopt the same role as Santi did out wide and be given the ability to roam freely and be a secondary source of creativity (opposed to a dedicated winger). Long-term, I could see Ox as the perfect player in the hole, similar to that of a Rooney or Bale. It’s just a matter of working on his patience/composure, vision, stamina and finishing/passing in the final third.

  8. Highbury Harmony says:

    The prospect of playing Ox, Jack, Rooney and Theo up front is extremely, extremely tantalizing. They’re already the best and most creative parts of the England squad and I can’t imagine how beneficial it’d be for both club (Arsenal) and country (England) if they were playing and training together week in and out.

    If anything, it’s in the EPL/FIFA’s best interests to force through a Rooney deal to Arsenal, for the betterment of football in general of course (and not just Arsenal) ;).

  9. James Bond says:

    BOOING

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    All agreed HH 🙂

    It would be great to know what drives Rooney in life: success, money, beautiful football, hair transplants, mature ladies – somebody needs to check out the little boy inside him!

  11. James Bond says:

    Rooney deal for Arsenal would make massive amounts of sense ( money), cough commercial money….even if we broke our wage structure for him, he would generate us twice as much in the global/commercial market i reckon…

    don’t forget why Real love spending frightening amounts of money on star players, Becks, Kaka, Ronaldo e.t.c it’s because they know over the course of time, they would recoup more money over time due to increased shirt sales/ commercial revenues e..t.c e.t.c

  12. Highbury Harmony says:

    What’s interesting is how Jack and Santi playing together largely did not produce the fruitful results we were hoping for. Playing in the 4-1-2-3 would largely not help this imo (if both those players are starting), unless both players suddenly gain an innate understanding with one another. I believe it’s because Jack hasn’t properly learned/adjusted to the CAM role and is trying to adapt the same mentality he has at the B2B position. This causes a lack of patience to allow the play to develop and to find the holes, where Santi excels at this area. Instead, Jack likes to bring the game to the opposition and try and make things happen, which often causes him to run into our players who are expecting passes/making moves to get open.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’d be interesting to see how Ox and Santi play together in a 4-1-2-3 (if we ever moved to that formation) to see if they could develop better chemistry than Jack & Santi. Ox largely displays the same attributes as Jack, but with a better eye for goal, but with less composure (likely due to his young age).

  13. Highbury Harmony says:

    Uh oh…the big boys are finally coming alive in the TW. Sevilla agrees terms with Man $hitty over the transfer of Jesus Navas (£20 million + add-ons).

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12691/8756249/Transfer-news-Sevilla-s-Jesus-Navas-set-to-join-Manchester-City

  14. alexgunners says:

    TA,
    Good post and what a joy it was to watch AOC.
    I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to formational play, i am definitely a novice.
    All i can say is what i have been saying throughout last season. The OX needs an opportunity to play or we may lose him to someone who is willing to give him 1st team opportunities.
    Despite his age, he has the strength, speed and skills to match it with anyone. He needs to be played centrally and he is not shy to shoot either. How many other players would have taken a first shot as he did against my beloved Brazilian team. He came on, played a great role and made the defenders work over time in his partnership with Rooney.

    Here is a clip that i saw a few months back and it just shoes that he does have a lethal shot.

    What do you guys think??

  15. Highbury Harmony says:

    Hi Alex, I like your play on words in your comment: “it just shoes that he does have a lethal shot” ;), I had a nice chuckle! When I first saw that clip last year, what amazed me was that he scored with both feet to the top corner! On a different note, for some reason I feel that AW looks to curb the creativity of some of our players or shooting from distance (perhaps he feels that it is unnecessary and leads to a loss of possession?). I see so much more from Ox when plays for England that it makes me question if AW’s “expressive” philosophy is true for all aspects in training.

    I completely agree, I would loathe to lose Ox as I truly believe he could become a world-beater and needs to play. If AW doesn’t learn how to properly manage minutes next season/change his ways, I’ll lead a brigade to make sure he changes or that he’s not re-signed at the end of his contract.

  16. JM says:

    Could he be our answer to the box-to-box position in our current formation, or is he not strong enough defensively (yet)? No, that is not his final position. Wilshere and Ramsey are ahead on him in the CM position. (And I would like both to understudy Arteta, so in time, they would be quality midfield generals/facilitators in our club for years to come – our future Schweinsteiger, Xavi, Pirlo etc).

    Or should he get a chance as our most advanced midfielder? He can either play alongside or be an alternative for Cazorla. In the long run, The Ox to understudy Cazorla and take on positions in the attacking midfield (centre/left/right) and alternative left/right winger, depending on the setup/formation our team lines-up.
    The ultimate for The Ox would be emulate the likes of Iniesta(El Ilusionista, El Cerebro), Ribery, Robben etc, the main creator/maestro of our team.

  17. alexgunners says:

    HH,
    I am not one to complain too much and ask for AW to be shown the door. I tend to think on the same lines as you that sometimes he curbs the creativity (as you put it) and not allowing players to play to their strengths.
    Why do teams park the bus against us? Simple answer. None of our players take shots from outside the box or take a chance in general. Defenders and keepers do not expect it. When u shoot in a crowded box 3 things may happen.
    1) you will score
    2) it will deflect off a player and go in
    3) you will miss – law of averages. More shots lead to more goals

    Well there’s my 2 cents. What do u think?

  18. JM says:

    @ alexgunners June 4, 2013 05:30

    (4) A turnover(similar to a misplaced pass/cross). Shot rebounds off player, opponent player gets hold on ball in play, counter-attack.

  19. Gerry says:

    Morning to all the later risers, and alternative time-zoners.

    My answers are:

    Yes to playing regularly, but with suitable caveats. Used in rotation, but not for 90 mins.

    Yes to the advanced CAM role … or as I said months ago,’close to Giro’

    Yes, everybody benefits for the patient progression, not least the Ox himself.

  20. JM says:

    More important for long shots at goal, our players in the penalty area/box (usually the attacking players – forwards/wingers/AMs etc) must anticipate any rebounds off players/saves by the GK/deflections off the bar and posts and move in for the kill. (i.e. poacher/predator instinct).

  21. alexgunners says:

    JM,
    Fair call but we still need to add this dimension to our game. When we had that ReallyVilePrick, Na$ri and Cesc, we could play Wengerball and beat defended with players who had the skill to do so. How. Many times this season did we pass the ball around so much,not penetrate defences and end up passing the ball back to our defenders or get caught out on a counter anyway.

  22. jgc says:

    All

    Good question by alex, and I think the unfortunate answer is that we are not good in our play in breaking down such teams. We either attack forward, for good or ill, or go backward. We dont seem patient enough to work across and forward/backward in the opposition third to **create** the better opportunities and chances…

    Dunno why that is but we aren’t it seems… We just cannot pull teams out of shape well or consistently well enough..

    Could come from the lack of a DM to get us going earlier before teams are already parked and having a smoke, or a good enough target top of the box to hold up and create… or ???

    Just an unfounded 2p more — jgc

  23. JM says:

    @ alexgunners June 4, 2013 06:29

    Regardless of long shots, crosses and passes into the area, the same principle applies in that we need our players in the area to anticipate any cleared ball returning into their paths. In other words, repossession of the ball to either get another attempt at goal or reorganise our attacking play.

    In basketball, it possibly termed getting the “offensive rebound” by usually the power forward/ big centre after a shot rebound off the rim of the basket. Then, either move in for a dunk shot or pass out to the perimeter for a 3 pointer/restarting the attack.

  24. mA says:

    nice one TA
    you clearly highlight AOC thrust and burst through the middle in recent games. i think most of us can see that he is well suited for the AM role, but there is a feeling that he needs to work on throughballs. in fact, you noted the same in your fine post.
    there is no need of using him in the Box to Box role as he is never suited to that position. this brings me to how Wenger has used him in the just concluded season. I feel that he was used accordingly and as per the team requirements. let us not forget it is not all about benefiting an individual but a team. nonetheless, i agree with you that we have AOC play maturely in the National team, and this is largely due to the National team setup/requirement (s). what is more, England play only a number of games whereas Arsenal play more.
    the bottom line is, as you said, that Wenger must use AOC more centrally so that he can fulfill the talent we see in him (just before the game the Brazilian coach said Ox was an English technical player). there is no doubt he has the potential of a Rooney.

  25. alexgunners says:

    JM,
    Agreed that our players need to anticipate the play and break any chance of a counter. We have in fact been poor this past season with not dealing with counters. It has cost us a few goals in the first half of the season.

    I like the reference to basketball as watched a lot of it down here in oz in my earlier years.

  26. TotalArsenal says:

    Morning guys 🙂

  27. TotalArsenal says:

    HH

    I would prefer Jack and Santi in the ‘2’ with a fine DM behind them – a luxury they have not enjoyed all season. Jack can be Xavi and Santi Iniesta. Ox could be used (more and more) to add extra thrust if and when needed.

    Alex

    Thanks for the link and yes Ox has all the physical attributes to battle it out with the big boys.

    What did you make of Brazil’s performance?

    JM

    Agreed. And I love the names for Iniesta: ‘El Ilusionista, El Cerebro’. Any English player should go and play in Spain in order to obtain such a fine name (anything in Spanish seems to sound poetic!).

  28. TotalArsenal says:

    Alex

    Agreed and not agreed. We should have more players shooting from outside the box but Santi makes up for it! 😛

    In some games the Spaniard takes too many shots and does not look for better options enough imo.

    Gerry

    All good points, and I can see him flourish too playing close to Giroud in a 4-4-2.

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    jgc – good points as always (emailed you back btw).

    The player at the top of the current Gooners list ‘the one we want to get rid of most’, Gervinho, has been our best weapon this season to break open the park the bus formations. We have been rubbish at effective wing-play and as BM have shown in the CL there is still a need for wingers in football.

    I am not desperate to keep Gervinho but we can only let him go if replaced properly. This is also the main reason for believing Gnabry will get more of a chance next season.

  30. TotalArsenal says:

    mA – we appear to be aligned on this topic (not for the first time hahaha 🙂 ).

  31. JGC says:

    TA

    Good point on Gerv, it’s that lack of consistency. On his day, the ultimate can opener from anywhere with ball at feet. Sadly, it’s rarely his day entirely, or all the way to goal.

    It’s the real frustration with him. But, where to find one like him? He is still young in experience (and age?) and may yet grow into it?

    Cheers — jgc

  32. Swanny says:

    What I would like to see is a forward line of 4 for example (if you believe the papers) Higuin, Walcott, Ox, Cazorla all interlinking, no set positions, they have the footballing knowledge where to be and where to go at the right time … And with future Arsenal and Engalnd captain Wilshere controlling the midfield and himself making his famous forward runs backing up this forward line of 4 I think going forward Arsenal would be brilliant …. Only when defending would set positions be called upon. Arsenal would need a Wayama or someone of that ability and size to play the holding role in front of the back 4 allowing our fullbacks too to get forward as they like to do so much … The back 4 at the end of last season I think was ver good, Kos is probably the best centre back in the league, full backs are very good and Per even though slow I think will get better and better … I think cesare is a quality keeper, so I think we already have the basis of a title winning side but with the addition of Cesare, Wanyama, and a prolific goalscorer (Falcao would have been ideal) I think Arsenal can finally compete for the league next year. Just because there is 70million to spend no need to go mental and change the whole team … The foundations are there we have superstars in our team (Wilshere, Cazorla, Koscienly) potentials superstars in The Ox, we just need a few players in important positions (DM GK and Striker) and Arsenal will be a major force again !!!

  33. alexgunners says:

    TA,
    As a Brazilian I believe that we are in a world of trouble. In the past 12 months we have only won 1 game and that was against Bolivia. We have used over 60 players in the friendlies and the WC is only 1 year away.
    As for the game against England, They frustrated me further. Too many touches, no finish product (Some good saves by Hart), I believe that there is still a lot of work to do.
    They frustrate me as much as the Gunners do at times.

  34. TotalArsenal says:

    That is true jgc.

    Next season will be the Gerv’s first one without ACN interruption. Maybe after two years he finally acclimatises to London/UK and becomes more part of the group. I like him as a squad player but if we can find better…

  35. TotalArsenal says:

    Swanny, thanks for a fine comment and agreed on your final few lines. 🙂

    Those four up-front would make a good attack as they would bring variety and lethality at the same time.

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Alex, that does not sound good. I also saw that the Brazilians conceded quite a few goals in recent games (for a top nation). Maybe they should make Seedorf a Brazilian to sort them all out hahaha 🙂

  37. alexgunners says:

    Seedorf has become one of my favourite players since he has helped to turn Botafogo’s fortunes since his arrival. He speak Portuguese fluently so as far as i’m concerned he is an honorary Brazilian.
    They have leaked in a few goals and I cant see them getting past a Spain or Argentina. The problem with most big players is that they go to Europe, earn a fortune and Football is secondary to their wages and extravagant lifestyles. One example os Robinho, excellent player but lost his passion another is Ronaldinho.

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Shame to hear that, Alex. Hopefully the manager will use the remaining year to get the team ready and do your ‘other country’ proud! 🙂

  39. alexgunners says:

    Let’s hope that Scolari can turn things around, but we are all hoping the same things for our own national teams. Regardless, its one year away and I just look forward to one month of international football and see who comes out on top

  40. Highbury Harmony says:

    Alex @ 5:30, all agreed mate. There is not enough variety to our attack and when we do attempt long shots, it’s generally the wrong players trying (i.e. Giroud, Ramsey, Jack etc.). All three points are spot on.

    However, JM’s comment @ 5:35 is also true to counter balance your point. The players and AW are likely more afraid of individual mistakes from creativity and the turnover going the other way resulting in a goal. This has likely led to the extremely conservative build-up play and our general remark of “playing with the handbrake” on.

    Thus, it all comes down to confidence and our appetite for risk. The Arsenal teams of AW’s past were less likely to be timid about trying inventive plays/shooting from distance because there was a an inordinate amount of confidence running throughout the squad. Players had the belief that if they were creative or shot from distance that it would work and if it didn’t the players behind them would be able to help them recover.

    So then, it’s very clear that a proper DM would be most beneficial to our team in providing our attacking players the confidence to unleash the creativity further up the pitch. After that, it comes down to whether or not our players 1) have the ability to be creative/inventive and 2) are clinical enough to finish off the chances we do create. And that is why I believe a better ST/SS should be our #2 priority this summer.

  41. Highbury Harmony says:

    TA @ 9:51, I agree that in theory Jack and Santi are the ideal CM to play in the “2” of a 4-1-2-3. However, that theory has largely been unsuccessful because when they have played together, there has been no chemistry and one of them usually has a poor game as a result. Jack often tends to run into Santi or Santi gets into Jack’s way, depending on how you want to look at it.

    If they can develop better chemistry this off-season, then they will be the easy choice and could be a force to be reckoned with similar to Xavi/Iniesta at Barca.

  42. TotalArsenal says:

    Don’t totally disagree with that HH, but my point was that they have not played in the formation I am suggesting, and which would be a different remit.

    WIth Jack in the box to box next to Arteta, who needs defensive support, and Cazorla playing often too close to the opponents box, it did not always work out between Cazorla and Jack.

    But play them close together with a remit to keep the pressure on the opponents box, create chances for others and combine together and score goals, I reckon it would be a very different story all together. But yes, it is theory. 🙂

  43. Highbury Harmony says:

    By the way, is anyone else somewhat upset by Sagna’s public “openness” to a move to either P$G or Monahoes? I understand it’s a player’s responsibility to keep all doors open in case we do not offer him the terms/wages he wants or if we do not offer him an extension at all, but to be so public and candid about it upsets me for some reason…

  44. TotalArsenal says:

    HH, are there any specific quotes from Sagna?

  45. AFC says:

    TA, fine article on a topic which everyone has very different views on. 🙂

    I do not see the Ox playing to the best of his ability in a 4-4-1-1 formation as the CAM/CF behind the striker because his finishing/shots from distance are not his strongest attributes.

    I think the Ox will play his best in a 4-2-2-2/4-2-3-1 formation as one of the AMs. This is because him playing in front of two DMs will allow him to focus on the attacking side of his game more as opposed to him playing in a 4-1-2-3. I feel he would also perform better alongside another/other AMs.

  46. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers AFC 🙂

    I can see where you are coming from re defensive support behind him, but I reckon this is exactly what he is learning at Arsenal currently.

    For a 19 year old lad I reckon his shooting from distance is v good, and I have to disagree with you on 4-4-1-1 not suiting the Ox. But like you say, we all see it differently. 🙂

  47. Glic says:

    Evening BK Bastardildos 😆

    The good and the bad news !.
    First the bad news……we haven`t signed any SQ yet, but think of it as …” No news is good news ! “, even though it`s bad news !. hahaha
    The good news…..we won the ” EPL Fair Play League !. Not only that, but another sort of trophy aswell….The ” If we didn`t make so many individual errors we would have won the league ” trophy !. Neither are as good as our 4th place trophy though !. hahaha

    http://gossip.ladyarse.com/arsenal/2013/06/04/individual-errors-cost-arsenal-league-title-table/

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Glic 🙂

    New Post New Post!! 🙂

    Another maiden post and this time by jgc! Prepare yourself for a very fine post about the importance of Presence! Enjoy!

  49. Glic says:

    It`s been a sizzler in the Duchy of Lesbania today, which was good, as it was …” Get your Chopper out Day ! “. I whipped it out and had all the lady neighbours screaming with delight and they all wanted to have a ride on it !, not being one to disappoint , I obliged them all !.

  50. Highbury Harmony says:

    Haha fair enough TA, we can’t say they won’t be successful in THAT formation until we’ve tried it ;). Hopefully, they develop better chemistry because in theory their styles perfectly complement one another.

  51. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers HH, please can you copy into new post comment section, so we can discuss tonight? Ta!

  52. Highbury Harmony says:

    Sure TA, just heading back home now will post the link and comment on jgc’s maiden post when I get back!

  53. marcus says:

    TA,
    How are ya mate? Its been a while, I know..My bad. If I could offer my 2 cents, I think In our current set up, the OX would fit in best at the left flank. Here’s why:

    OX’s strengths are pace dribbling, his directness and his shot. However he isn’t (at least not yet) the best passer. I saw him misplace quite a few passes this season. Plus he doesn’t have (again, at least not yet) the compound vision or instinct required to play in the middle.
    Also, for some reason, his best performances have come when he was played down the left flank.

    I feel that he should be given a proper chance down the left. I’ve always said that the Ox is a 20+ goal a season player. He has one of the best shots in the team (behind Poldi and Santi perhaps). An extended spell on that left flank would see him not only improve his finishing, but also his passing and movement.

    Call me crazy but i think he is the natural heir to Robert Pires. With time he can learn and master the creative side of things (and with him playing alongside Wilshere, Santi and Rosicky you can bet he will). In the meantime his job would be to run and terrorize those fullbacks like he did at Man utd and score goals.

    Imagine if the Ox scores 20+ goals from the left, Theo continues his 20+ goal contributions from the right and the we bring in a 20+ goal striker. Then Santi chipps in with his 15 goals. Plus the sheer pace of that attack would be frightening, which by the way would give us better counter attacking capabilities.

  54. TotalArsenal says:

    Love the comment Marcus and agreed Ox could be a big success on the left, especially if he has the licence to move centrally at times during the game.

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    Good to see you back on BK, btw. Are you working on a post at all currently? 🙂

  56. marcus says:

    I am…will send it to you soon.

  57. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Marcus 🙂

  58. marcus says:

    TA,
    You’ve got mail..

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