How to solve the final third problems?
In the recent days we talked about how Arteta and how the youngsters are helping.
Also TA’s post about those players wearing the shirt with pride and glory.
The issue is that while we have players and Arteta coming in with rejuvenated energy, we could not break the defenses that parked the bus. Or having 2 tight rows of 4 and 5. With the forwards having issues of their own (Laca is out of form, Auba could not seem to score more than 1 goal in the Premier League per game, Pepe is still coming to grips with defenders like walls), the team dynamics have been lacking in the forward positions.
Let’s see how we could play better:
1. Counter attack
We could play a sit back and relax team like the mid table teams do, and counter. Emery’s game is to soak up the pressure and pass from the back. However, it did not work and we really look like a mid table team.
2. Keep pressing
Wenger’s and Guardiola’s tactics are moving forward and finding spaces from the off. Our players were used to walking and passing back, as normal top teams do to build play, but I feel that we are mostly doing build up play. And little to no incisive forward play
3. Change the forwards
Auba, Laca and Pepe as forwards with Ozil in the hole is the best plan on paper.
Reality is not what it seems. Laca shoots at keepers/defenders, Pepe loses the ball too much and fails to dazzle their defenders, Auba is the only non-Youngster scoring all our goals along with Martinelli, and it meant a lot to the senior strikers.
4. Less youngsters?
This is a open debate. Some will say that youngsters are the way forward. Others will say that having more senior players will make the team even-headed. Yes the youngsters have lots of energy, but the seniors have positioning awareness and great mentality to lead the team. I will leave it for debate.
5. Mari, the major question mark
We have yet to see Mari, and Luiz and some other players have said that he is a wonderful player and a team character. I hope to have a good impression of him.
6. Formation change?
We play with a 4-2-1-2-1 formation. The top teams play with that formation or a 4-3-3 formation depending on defending or attack. We might change how we overload teams, but I do not think that a formation change is necessary or even required.
What do you guys reckon we should do moving forward?