Many are arguing that we never recovered from the loss to injury of Cazorla midway through the season. Santi in the deeper role was quite a gamble by Wenger. His favourite thing in the world was twisting and turning himself into a shooting position just outside the opposition’s ‘D’ and then decide at the last second whether to take a shot with his right or left foot. Could he really be disciplined enough to play deeper, where he needs to defend and not lose the ball? The answer is yes as long as he has a disciplined ‘traditional’ DM playing next to him. The combo of CoCa – Le Coq and Cazo – was the best in the league and losing both to injuries in quick succession was what really did us this season imo.
The good news is that Santi is back. The bad news is the season is over and it is not the Gunners but the feisty Foxes who are drooling over the premier league cup this summer. C’est la vie and next year we have another chance, no doubt.
What is also great news is that Jack is finally fit again. It was cruel that we had to do without two of the best midfielders in the country for such a long time. Jack can play deep and he can play as our nr.10, but more in the Fabregas way than in the Mesut or Bergkamp way.
With all three fit, we should ask ourselves the question whether we can play them all together in a match. I think we can, but it may take some time to get the team to play as effective as possible. I would like to see us play like this:
A good team needs a strong spine and with Cech, a new Sol-like CB, Elneny/Coquelin, Jack and Ollie/Welbz that is what we will have. We play Elneny against the PTB teams and Coquelin when we need to sit a bit deeper and play more conservatively; and some games, like against Bayern, Barcelona, Citeh etc, we will play them both.
Next to them we should play Santi in a deeper ‘Pirlo’ role. Jack is natural commander of the midfield and Ozil is the most mobile creative midfielder on earth; so let’s move Jack central and Mesut in a free role on the wing.
We will in effect play, as we have done most of this season, with two more centrally positioned attackers. Ollie or Welbeck to play central and one more attacker to play on the wing but with a licence to play close to our chosen CF to add goals and assist. Alexis is the right player for this, even though he did not have one of his best seasons. Some will want a better CF than either Ollie or Welbz but, as you will know by now, I don’t think that is necessary. I rather we get another quality mid-winger, but that is for another post.
Playing Jack, Santi and Mesut like this, I reckon we will be very strong in terms of dominating teams and opening them up at will. Will we see it soon, maybe even this Sunday?
What do you think fine fellow BKers?