Connect in the back of the net

Taken from the Metro

Good day faithful gooners, hope we are all enjoying the “air of uncertainties” surrounding our club this summer? This article takes a look at the formation Le Boss employed last season and tries to project what formation he could use next season with some of the players constantly linked with us.


Last season saw many changes in the Arsenal squad and also a change in formation. The exit of Fabregas and Na$ri, the drubbing at OT saw the influx of players into the team by the end of August. May I point out that when 5 or 6 players are brought into a team, there has to be an accommodating formation that follows suit.  


Now to the formation: We employed a 4-2-3-1. Our backline was pretty much constant with Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny and Gibbs making up the back four. The cover ups did well except when Mertesacker’s lack of pace was exposed against Norwich and other games, but his aerial presence helped a lot against the up-enders like Stoke (Song was to blame for their goal though). Andre Santos, when called upon, also did well especially in the games against Chelsea and West Brom where his goals were vital. 


The midfield composed of Song-Arteta-Rosicky/Aaron Ramsey-Gervinho-Theo Walcott. The holding role was interchanged between Song and Arteta, Arteta excelled well in that holding role as we couldn’t win more than a game without him in the side.

Arteta…. excelled last season. (Taken from The Sun)

Rosicky’s form improved from the Tottenham’s game which also saw the dip in form of Ramsey with Gervinho and Theo completing the quintet. RVP led the attack. With some of the players linked with us, here’s my own formation for next season; 4-3-1-2- Sagna-Kosc-Verm-Gibbs. Our backline remains the same with Szczesny in goal. If Vertonghen signs then him, Per, Santos and Djourou would be excellent back-ups. 


The midfield is where the work is. It looks like a diamond but isn’t, Yann (potentially), Song and Arteta make up the three in the middle. Yann does the dirty work while Song and Arteta push forward. Rosicky is the one behind two strikers, he fills the hole behind them. RVP and Podolski will be the two strikers.

M’Vila…. responsible with the dirty work. (Taken from The Premier League Owl)

If in the eventuality that this doesn’t work, we could revert back to our 4-2-3-1 formation with Arteta dropping to the bench, Gervinho and Walcott coming into the sides and the bench would be like this; Fabianski (I don’t think he is going to leave), Vertonghen, Arteta, Podolski, Giroud, Ox and Per. 


I’m sure the gaffer would have a big headache picking his team like it has been for me.


That’s it from me, later.




Written by Mobolaji Usman
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