Three formations that could kick-start Arsenal’s season
Arsene Wenger yesterday showed that he is ready to experiment as he dropped Alexis Sanchez to the bench and went with more of a 4-4-2 than the usual 4-2-3-1.
It is clear that the system isn’t working as it is. Whether that is personnel or the formation is unclear, but I am not sure that the 4-2-3-1 plays to Arsenal’s strengths and gets the best out of its best players.
Here are some alternatives that could turn things around for Arsene Wenger’s team.
Going with three at the back has become a little trendy these days but it could help to free up players like Ozil, Bellerin and Xhaka. All of which have struggled so far this season. Xhaka could sit deeper in a role that would suit him better and the wing backs would provide the width. If you wanted a different type of front two you could swap in Welbeck or Walcott for Giroud.
This is my personal preference because, and I know this is going to sound crazy, but you play your best players in their best positions. Mind-blowing, I know.
Like the 3-5-2, swapping out Giroud could also work. But what this does is allows you to play your best three midfielders in the roles that suit them best. The full backs can provide the width and Bellerin and Monreal are both great at that. Ozil would again be more free and if you did go with Welbeck and Alexis, would be great with those two making runs ahead of him.
This is the formation I had hoped we would have gone with against Bayern. It is no secret that I am not a Francis Coquelin fan, but he is also being massively exposed in the current system. If he was played in this sort of line-up then it would hide his deficiencies. It would help to keep things tighter if we wanted to go that route, but once again, this formation would allow us to play all of our best players.