After a lack of results and a host of defensive blunders in recent Premier League and Champions League games, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger switched his rather repettive 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1 against struggling Middlesbrough.
During the first-half, Arsenal players struggled to adapt to the change of formation, with players not sticking to their roles, struggling on what decisions to make and what shape they need to be in when defending or attacking.
So here’s four reasons how Arsenal and Arsene Wenger can improve their rather new 3-4-2-1.
1: Give Aaron Ramsey more freedom and play him as a second number 10 alongside Mesut Ozil.
At the European Championship’s in France last year, Aaron Ramsey, who was representing his country Wales, was playing a more attacking role and he was excellent.
The midfielder, who in my opinion was Wales’ second best player behind Gareth Bale, had an average passing accuracy of 90% and created 14 chances along his way.
The 26-year-old also made the second most assists in the whole tournament (4)
In his best season at the Emirates Stadium in the 2013/14 stadium, the Wales international played a more attacking midfield role, scoring 10 goals and making eight assists.
Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey would make a brilliant partnership, with both men very good at seeing a pass.
This would make Wenger’s 3-4-2-1 even better.
2: Play Alexis Sanchez through the middle and leave Olivier Giroud as an impact substitute later in the game.
Sanchez, this season has had his best season at the Emirates, scoring 19 Premier League goals playing through the middle. His pace, intensity and desire has caused opposing defenders to struggle against the Chile international.
3: Be flexible, not stubborn!
Arsene Wenger has been criticised by fans for not being flexible tactically and not having a plan b if plan a doesn’t work.
If Arsenal are losing a midfield battle to another Premier League team, switch from a 3-4-2-1 to a 3-5-2. This would give Arsenal an extra man in midfield such as Elneny to take control of the situation, and be more secure at the back.
Arsenal are not short on midfielder’s to play with a five man midfield, with what could be a five of Mesut Ozil, Elneny and Xhaka, including Walcott on the right flank and maybe Sanchez playing as his preferred position on the left flank. Giroud and Perez could play as the strikers.
This change could see Holding, Koscienly and Gabriel have more protection, and start keeping clean sheets.
Arsenal fans, what do you think of these 3 points? What should Wenger start doing? Let us know in the comments below!
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