Six midfielders to thwart Manchester City’s threat?
Here are the line-ups:
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis. Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Lacazette, Giroud
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Toure
It’s listed as a 4-3-3 formation, but, to me, it looks like we’re setting up as a 4-6-0, indicating that Arsene Wenger wants to win the match in MF and take the attacking moments as they come. And why not? Limiting the City attack–one that has put up some gaudy numbers thus far this season–seems wise enough. They’ve averaged 3.5 goals a game in the league to this point and scored 4 at Napoli in midweek. What do you think? Is our best shot at a result trying to limit them (while maybe nicking a goal or two ourselves) or would hell to leather have been the better opening strategy? At least we’ve got some real firepower on the bench in Lacazette, Giroud and Walcott.
What say you?
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