Who Will the New Fabio-gas Replace: Granit, Bukayo, Martin, Martinelli, Pepe or Emile?

Our Vieira from Portugal promises to be a gem of a player. A creative, attacking midfielders with goals and assists; a dribbler, who can play Saka-like on the right, cutting in with his left foot to pass or shoot. He is also described as someone who finds space between the lines, breaks the status quo, and perhaps his biggest asset is that he can do this all with his left foot.

We know that when Arsenal spend this sort of money on him (reportedly about £35m) then this 22 year old will get to play regularly. So for who is he at least competition if not their replacement for?

As always, I am interested in your views. 🙂

You will not find a bigger fan of Xhaka easily, but I think it could be Granit who will get the direct competition. Arteta seemed to be moving towards two central attacking mids with just Thomas covering behind them in the last few months. These need to deliver the bread and butter stuff, goals and assists, and this is not Granit’s forte. Left footed Vieira next to either The Ode or ESR, could be the missing link.

Still, I think that Xhaka is really important for Arteta’s on-field game management and for keeping the structure, and Partey is good but not great at this. Granit, however, cannot play as sole DM; he needs to play with somebody next to him. So there’s a dilemma, especially also because Partey is injury prone and takes a long time to get into the groove. Is Elneny the right back up for a sole DM formation? Would Tielemans have played in this role had we gone for him?

What about the left wing position? ESR and Martinelli look like the strongest candidates, but both don’t seem to really flourish there. Could Vieira have been bought for that position instead?

Furthermore, the Ode needs to add more goals and assists to his game which I expect to happen gradually, but competition is required to get more from the nr10 role asap. Is Vieira that player?

Saka needs cover too which Pepe, a very different type compared to the young Englishman, just cannot offer in Arteta’s system. Was Fabio bought mainly to do that? An injury to Saka last season would have really set us back, so……

Whilst I am writing this I have also been thinking about our very own Emile and how he will fit into Arteta-ball? Is there a position he can claim for himself going forward?!

Anyway, enough from me; what are your thoughts?

By TotalArsenal

21 thoughts on “Who Will the New Fabio-gas Replace: Granit, Bukayo, Martin, Martinelli, Pepe or Emile?

  • 4-3-3
    Tommy, Gabby,White, Tierney
    Granit ,Partey,Viera
    Saka ,( Edie) new striker ,Smith/ Martinelli.

  • The arrival of an important new signing shouldn’t necessarily lead to the departure of a.n.other player, to me it just means we have a stronger squad that-can, more adequately, attack four competitions and importantly allow the manager to rest and rotate his players – very much as is the case at Man City.

    Guardiola’s team retains the highest level possible due to the Coach rotating his starting XI, it prevents soft tissues injuries brought on by overplaying (Tierney/Partey) and keeps in particular your attacking players fresh (Saka/Odegaard//Martinelli) something we’ll need to avoid this campaign if we want to attack the three cups we’re in and maintain our League position improvement (4th or 3rd being the aim).

    De Bruyne is Man City’s top top player but he is often rested as is Mahrez, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Grealish and Sterling. All of them would walk into our team but they often start on the bench at Eastlands, so for me a stronger, bigger squad just means more options and not the end of an Arsenal career…

    There are players who I can see leaving such as Pepe, Bellerin, Mari, Torrieira, Maitland Niles and Leno but I don’t see Xhaka being among them as long as Granit is happy with not playing every single game.

  • When Thierry Henry joined us, he was a winger. Arsene converted him into a striker, Could the same thing happen with Smith Rowe? He has all the physical attributes needed for the premiership, and has an eye for goal.

  • I agree with Kev. We need a deeper squad to rotate effectively. Having versatile players in your squad like Viera, Tomi and Saka means that you have more potential options both to rotate and to change games when players like Viera are coming off the bench.

  • Great, sensible comment, Kev. But in our strongest team, when all are fit, who could lose out? 😅 We would like you off the fence. 😁

    Same goes for OX10 😉

  • Haha TA. as Viera is so versatile, it is difficult not to be on the fence until we see who else is brought in. Ornstein’s comments on Tielemans are interesting. He thinks that other deals are taking priority and we are biding our time on YT. The thinking seems to be that if nobody else comes in for him then we can strike a better deal for him at the end of the window or even next year. If we get YT then I expect to see Viera to the left of Ode.

  • Good points, OX10. Leicester can be difficult, so the waiting game makes sense. YT to me seems to be cover/competition for injury prone Partey. He is that sort of player, with possibly Granit sitting the deepest of the two.

  • 3-4-2-1

    (Tomi and Cedric can play RWB in a less offensive team, Tavares can play LWB, so ESR can compete for the AM/SS positions)


  • I shall remain dangerously perched on my fence until our transfer business is done Total and anyway you need to make tactical and personnel changes based on the opposition you face game by game, a strongest XI is a tad old hat me ol’ mucker and with 5 subs this season it really is a game of 16 vs 16 nowadays. 😄

  • It would be pretty wild if we end up with about 8 great forwards and don’t strengthen CM, by far our weakest position especially considering Parteys frailty.

    Maybe Øde or Vieira can play deeper, but that’s a risky strategy. It will be hard to become like Man city overnight. I wanted to try ESR there last season.. and it did not work out at all when it was tried, as I recall.

    I wonder about our priorities, but hope we have a plan.

  • Fully agreed, Kev.
    We need to be adept in 2 or 3 formation/tactics, and be able to switch mid-game, both by substitutions and in mindset. Arsenal need to be less predictable.
    And Arteta must learn how to rotate, and give up the obsolete idea that you don’t change the team after a game won. The ideal line-ups and tactics must be tailored to the given opponent by careful analysis, and should have little to do with our last games against entirely different teams.

  • Ah Kev, the really great managers make few tactical adjustments and build on a core team, philosophy and strengths. Yes players need resting sometimes but the best players (during training sessions) will play most of the time. Only when a style of footie is totally embedded is it easy to use multiple players regularly. Arsenal are a couple of seasons away from it. Every position will have a Nr1 next season and they will play most of the key games. Let’s see who this will be.

  • Ok Total (I sense a theme here) how about the truly great managers are thus because they’ve already had some success and that’s led to them having the better jobs, wealthier clubs and better players etc and thus games where mostly they hold the advantage in terms of quality playing staff which means they dominate the opposition and impose their style on games leading to less tactical switches being needed but they still rotate when they have to.

    Over to you 😉

  • Great news as Ornstein and Romanov are reporting that Arsenal and Man City have agreed a fee of £45m for Gabriel Jesus (or the fee City have agreed to pay Leeds for Kelvin Phillips). It should be concluded over the next few days and then hopefully Arsenal can focus on agreeing a fee with Ajax for Martinez?

  • Fully agree Kevs comment about 16 vs 16. Especially important with a big squad with lots of quality next season with the winter-WC. That said, I believe our strongest 11 (to control games) will be
    Tomi, Ben, Gab, Lisandro/KT
    Ode, Vieira
    Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

    But oh my to sub in ESR, Saliba, KT/Lis, nketiah, yt, Granit, top class winger…


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