The weird and wonderful world of the new Arsenal continues to entertain us. We invite the opposition to have a go but our philosophy is to simply outscore them by the end of the game. You score four but we score five and we get the three points is Emery’s philosophy, it seems. Do I like it?! Pfffff, a win is a win but surely we cannot continue like this for the rest of the season?
Who needs a midfield, hey?! It remains a mystery why Emery is not starting with the multi-disciplined Torreira but choses to put him on late to steady the ship. I really don’t get the inclusion of Guendouzi in the DM pivot. By all means play him in the hole instead of Rambo, but next to Xhaka does not work for either of them. It does not look that Emery will change the deeper midfield players anytime soon, and as long as that is the case we will be playing with a weak midriff imo. It will weaken the defence but strengthen our attack, and we may well win a lot more games with a small margin and lots of goals conceded by either team. Torreira’s late substitutions into the team might well be Emery’s special joker… but I would start him next to Xhaka in each and every game.
Lacameyang, Aubacazette, or just Auba-Laca: what a combination of attacking skills! They are dancing their way to the goal and the more they play together the better they can get. Against Cardiff City they each scored a fabulous goal. Auba’s effort was Henryesque, something only athletic footballers can do. Laca’s effort was, dare I say it, Van Persie-like: such venom and precision in that postage-stamp howitzer. They both were works of art and those are the sort of goals fans come to stadiums for. Let’s hope they play together in most of our games this season.
Ozil, Mkhi, Rambo: three is a crowd. We cannot play with them all on the pitch, or can we? As Rambo has not signed the thing, I would opt for benching him. Ozil signed a new deal and is clearly a cut above, Mkhi joined us to finish his career at the home of football…. and Rambo just keeps us hanging on. And I whisper it, but he is actually not that good (anymore). So pick your two but I would start with Mkhi and Ozil in most games, and I would use Guendouzi to replace either of them after sixty minutes or so.
Emery keeps picking the triangle of Cech-Sokratis-Mustafi but is that really the strongest combination he can go for? Early days, I know, but IF he wants to play out from the back, which he clearly does, he has to pick the players who fit that system best, no? For me it is Leno-Sokratis-Holding. An easy with theball keeper, a calm (and tall) head of Holding and the wisdom of the philosopher. But who are your best picks at the centre-back for you?
Anyway, enough from me. What are your international break Arsenal – or any other – musings?