It’s mostly unproven, unsubstantiated, speculation, but a great many news outlets are reporting Arsene is giving some serious thought to a formation change as he looks to plug holes in our leaky defence.
The idea is to employ 3 central defenders – Koscielny, Mertesacker and Vermaelen – and have the width provided on the flanks by wing-backs – Gibbs and Sagna. Whilst these stories that surface do tend to be very much a case of, “believe it when you see it”, I personally quite like the idea. For too long we’ve used the same 4-3-2-1 system, and it’s become a little predictable.
The formation would look like this (if all selected are fit):
Instantly, on paper at least, it gives us a greater look of solidity at the back. Gibbs and Sagna are charged with a mixture of offensive and defensive duties, and there’s an extra centre-back covering their forays upfield – the balance of the 3 centre-backs is very good with Mertesacker’s game-reading skills mopping up behind the more aggressive and proactive tackling of Koscielny and Vermaelen.
I also like the idea of playing 2 up front, which I presume would be interchangeable with Walcott, Giroud, Podolski and Gervinho – maybe even Chamakh, too. If Theo is to be deployed in a striking position as he so craves, I think he needs a partner – he doesn’t have the strength to lead the line by himself. Our contract-dodging speedster has shown glimpses of forming a good partnership with Giroud, and I’d like to see them play together more – at least until Theo buggers off in January.
The more thought I give to Arsenal using this system, the more I like it. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and it could be a total disaster. However, I feel the team need an injection of something fresh, and utilising a different way of lining up might just be a good way of doing that. 3-5-2 makes us look stronger at the back, as capable in midfield, and with 2 strikers for defenders to worry about.
Wether or not Wenger does introduce it – highly unlikely for the Spurs game – remains to be seen, but I hope he does – seasons can often depend on decisions like this, and, perhaps, our manager has one more masterstroke up his sleeve.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments wait eagerly below for an explosion of your thoughts and opinions. Do you think a change would do us good? Are you happy with the current manner in which we set the team out? Let me know.
Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.