** Discussion Post **
Mikel Arteta is revolutionising the team and we got a good taste of what is to come on Saturday. Arsenal looked fresh in all departments and we all appreciated it.
It remains of course a work in progress but Mikel is showing real courage with his team selection and the first signs are promising. The cynics will point out it was only Norwich and only just one nil, but the result and opponent matter much less than the courageous road the management now have actually taken: the multi-coloured elephant guiding us forward on our path is deserving of our attention.
I can see that defence become a regular feature with perhaps Holding squeezing himself back in there. We have in fact good back up and competition in all positions.
The attack could also be more or less settled with two powerful wingers and Auba as a mobile CF. Laca should be able to push himself into the attack again and the youngsters will also get a chance to get into the team, but an attacking three of Pepe-Auba-Saka could well become a regular feature.
The midfield on Saturday was necessarily more makeshift and I can see Arteta making changes here. Not that the boys did a bad job and they certainly will push hard for first team time going forward.
The big questions for me are:
- Can we push up two attacking midfielders with just one DM type midfielder behind them, as per the formation above?
- How to incorporate both Emile and Martin otherwise? Playing just one of them seems to make Arsenal too one-dimensional.
- Is XhakA-Partey in a 4-2-3-1 our stronger option when both are fit?
- Who could cover for Thomas when injured, Sambi or Ainsley?
- Is the above formation too attack focused or will ESR and Ode manage to fill in the gaps surrounding the sole DM?
I would love us to play with the above formation, at least to see it tried out.
What are your views?