How to Line Up against Liverpool: 4-6-0 with Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Rambo, Alexis and Campbell in the ‘6’

Here we go again. A new season, new hope, light after darkness and all that… Enjoy the ride and who knows where it will all end.. 🙂

We already published a pre-preview a couple of days ago, so let’s be brief with the preview (and it does not look that 17HT is doing a preview for today’s game).

The problem with being title contenders, well maybe not according to the all knowing pundits but definitely if you listen to the majority of the fans, is that every game becomes a must win. Yet we are entertaining one of the best footballing teams of the last five years, and an English football giant, in Liverpool. Who knows how the game will end, and of course I am hoping for a thumping win to shut the front door on the digital and paper pundits properly – and reunite Goonderdom in the process.

Oh how the ITV reporters were having a go at Arsenal not investing in the squad when we were losing to the Northern Oilers (ÂŁ150m on players just this summer alone), and oh how quiet they became once Iwobi and Theo put us ahead with decisive and beautiful goals. But more than a win, I also want to see a fantastic game of football in which two teams give their all and show what they have got.

It is the start of the season and teams have to find their form and shape, so we have to see how it goes today. We played well during the friendlies but nothing fully prepares a team for the real stuff. An early goal against might disrupt or galvanize either team, and a rash challenge might lead to a straight red early on…. it is all possible.

I like Klopp and the way his teams play, and it seems that he is the perfect match for Pool, both for the football club and the city. There will be no Mourinho like sitting back and absorbing pressure and pounce on the counter from them; in fact, we may be forced to play like that with Pool pushing us back into our own half. With Giroud and Ozil out, I reckon we could play a 4-6-0 with the aim to not let them dominate us, but instead make Arsenal dominate Pool in their own half.

I don’t think Wenger will go for this, but when I do match previews I don’t want to predict what Wenger is going to do. Instead, I want to look at the team and see how we can  best attack our opponents.

Given the injuries at the back, I am tempted to play a style of football that keeps the opponent away from us, rather than sit back and absorb pressure.

This would be my preferred line up for today’s fab battle against Pool:

Arsenal v Pool ideal

Iwobi, Rambo and Ox/Campbell can sit next to Elneny and Xhaka and squeeze the life out of the Pool midfield, and then we can attack in their half with our passing game and Alexis working as a false nr.9… yep the Barca-esque way. That is what I would do, but what would be your formation and starting eleven?

By TotalArsenal.


9 thoughts on “How to Line Up against Liverpool: 4-6-0 with Xhaka, Elneny, Iwobi, Rambo, Alexis and Campbell in the ‘6’

  • Nice one Total, I would also go with Elneny as well, for that bit of added security in front of our back-four…

  • I love him Kev, our new Gilberto perhaps… or is there a Vieira in him, or a bit of both… or just himself… the one and only Elneny?! 🙂

  • Arsenal XI: Cech; BellerĂ­n, Holding, Chambers, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin; Walcott, Ramsey, Iwobi; Alexis.

    Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Wilshere, Xhaka, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Akpom

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

    Subs: Manninger, Can, Origi, Matip, Stewart, Grujic, Alexander-Arnold

  • Interesting line-up but one that won’t make many happy…unless (of course) the result works out…

    Holding and Chambers at CB with Le Coq (rather than Xhaka) to protect them… And Theo gets the start ahead of Ox and (most BKers favorite) Campbell, who doesn’t even make the bench with Wilshere maybe getting his seat.

    It’s a front group that could press Pool well and force a mistake at the back…Of course, they will be thinking the same…

  • Ah, seems that Arsene is being pragmatic, having plenty of cover for our back-four…

    Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Uncle Nacho, I can’t remember a younger back-four for many a year…

    Yeah, I’m with you Total, on Elneny, he just gets on with it, and like you I can see shades of Gilberto Silva in his style, not flashy but effective…

    And he didn’t cost ÂŁ89 million

  • I shouldn’t say this, but it will be a miracle if the defence holds out. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but this looks like an accident waiting to happen


  • Mmmmn, my guess is we will be better in the second half, when Ox, Santa, Akpom come on.
    Why? Because there is little creativity behind the strikers/front runners?

    I am watching Lyon playing …. Lafayette has scored twice! Oh well ÂŁ60m it is then ha ha.

    Enjoy the game, I shall have to follow it on the radio this time.

  • Hi all..
    Coq will play deeper to cover our young CB.. that’s good..
    I don’t know who will be our CF.. Walcott or Sanchez..?? I hope both.. hehehe..
    I’m a bit worry about Wijnaldum.. hope he have a bad day.. hehehe..

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