How would you like our team to play? What sort of football is needed to be able to say ‘we’ve got our Arsenal back’? I am intrigued to hear your views.
Emery promised us ‘5-4’ winning performances: strong focus on attacking and sexy football. We are still not playing that sort of hot stuff, at least not on a regular basis. In fact, it is hard to determine what our style of football is and how Emery will make us score multiple goals per game any time soon.
Against Pool we sat back and invited pressure during the first half; whilst against Spuds we opted to attack from the start. The outcomes were the same: we were behind at half time. We never had a chance at Anfield but at least we turned the game v Spuds round at home and we could have won in the end. We played a careful season-opening game v the Barcodes and approached the Burnley game in a similar way as we did with our odious North-London rivals. We won our games with the smallest of margins and, as per a previous post, we are not scoring five goals per game but a mere 1.5 at the moment.
As I said, I like to hear your views. Whilst watching some YouTube videos recently, it was Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, who inspired a vision of how we should play. You have to watch this video to get an idea of what I am on about.
Donna does not have to move frantically all over the dancefloor. She has got a strong, confident core which allows the top to do all the sexiness. The arms and shoulders are what fascinates and she is in total control of the performance. Arsenal also have a fabulous and sexy pair of shoulders and arms at the top: can it get any sexier with Ozil, Pepe, Auba and Laca – OPAL – all wearing the mighty red and white?
Now for a strong core, that is a bit harder. Arsenal have the option to play Chambers or Luiz in the centre of midfield and that would add defensive steel. Many BKers have suggested this recently, and I could live with it. However, if Emery instructed Xhaka and Torreira (Willock and Guendouzi) to sit deeper and focus on protecting the defence most of all, we will have that much needed strong core.
Key is then to work out who other than Ozil will support those midfielders with connecting midfield with attack. We need those shoulders and arms to move freely and with suppleness after all! I reckon Pepe or Nelson have a big role to play in this; and in some games I could also see Guendouzi or Smith-Rowe play on one of the wings, interchanging frequently with Mesut, to add extra creativity. However, Emery’s current approach of combining Xhaka or Guendouzi in midfield is not working imo, as explained in previous posts. It weakens the core and does not sufficiently support the top of the team.
My team to play Donna Summer-esque footie would look like this, based on 4-2-3-1 (first choices on left):
I believe this would give us the best balance and both a better core and better use of our fabulous attackers. It would make us play football the Arsenal way again.
But how would you like our team to play? And what sort of football is needed to be able to say ‘we’ve got our Arsenal back’?