Arsenal will go into the upcoming season as contenders that have failed to conquer the prestigious Premier League Title for over a decade and any other European Title – however, the quality of players or manager in the ranks of Arsenal has consistently been of notable quality over these EPL drought years.
Arsene Wenger anchored his football ideology on a fluid style of play that sees Arsenal play with a midfield pivot that can retain ball possession and offer threats in attack with mesmerizing creativity. Uniquely known as the “Barcelona” of England, Arsenal have retained this philosophy over the years as orchestrated by Arsene Wenger.
Accused of being frugal in the transfer market despite a heavy transfer war-chest, Arsene Wenger seems to be in tune with the inflated nature of the modern transfer market. Just before the commencement of the already-concluded European Championship, Wenger splashed 35million pounds on former Borrusia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka and the French tactician appears to be unrepentant with various reports claiming he is willing to offer more for the Premier League Player of the season, Riyad Mahrez.
Should Arsenal pull a deal for the 26-year-old Algerian, Wenger will have the most star studded midfield, hence, an inherent selection headache. Wenger is used to playing a 4-3-3 formation, but Mahrez’s acquisition is likely to see him resort to a 4-2-3-1 in other to accommodate a chunk of his otherwise crop of world class midfielders.
With a cluster of skillful midfielders, i think Arsenal will have quality on the bench in the aforementioned position – with a like selection headache, this is how i think Arsenal will line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mahrez in the team.
After retiring from the international scene, Arsenal are going to have Petr Cech fully to themselves and he will sure retain his place in-between the sticks for Arsenal.
So far, Arsenal’s only signing in this position has been Rob Holding but he has been dubbed a player for the future. We are going to see Bellerin and Monreal retain their full back positions while on the long term a partnership between Gabriel and Koscielny at the heart of defense will suffice.
I think the major casualties in this position will be Ramsey, Wilshere and Elneny . There will be fierce competition for a playing time here. Wenger will fancy Granit Xhaka as the anchor midfielder – he will be supported by the dual footed Cazorla, who plays very closely to the defensive midfielder unlike Ramsey. This will see Arsenal retain possession more.
Ozil will have more freedom as the player behind the striker but he will be flanked by Sanchez and Mahrez on the left and right wing respectively. The eagled eyed Ozil and Mahrez will largely become creators and assist makers for Sanchez, who makes good runs, and the attacker.
Arsenal’s real option in attack is Giroud and the French bloke is more efficient whenever he plays close to a midfielder. Ozil’s position will see him play like a second striker but behind the striker like Griezman does for France.