Let’s start by saying that Marcos Senna was right to say we can dominate Europe for years to come, astute, very astute for a middle aged footballer with a hamstring problem.
He really did say that though, he said we weren’t quite there yet as we lack experience, but next season we will be better and the season after better still, well providing we don’t lose key players as we have done every year for the past five, starting with Patrick Vieira, he could well be right.
Forget who and what we need to do that and let’s just think about this week, we need a scoreless draw or a win against Villarreal and I believe if we attack them from the off we can do that, sit back and contain and we could easily concede early doors like we did last week in the Madrigal.
If Wenger has learned anything from our run it should be that 5 in midfield allows teams to get in our face, and when that happens, we panic a bit. Like we did against Wigan, the minute we went 4-4-2 the game changed and there was only ever going to be one winner.
You see 4-5-1 is like putting defenders on and taking attackers off when we are 4-2 up against spurs with 5 minutes to go, it serves no purpose other than letting them attack us, do that and up goes their confidence, it took us 61 minutes to have a shot on target against Wigan for Christ’s sake!
So we should go at them from the off and do the same to the chavs on Saturday, Arsenal always play better in the second half because we re-arrange, so if we started from the off with an attacking formation we can get comfortable early on.
Alex Song, often the butt of my unhappiness always starts badly, but then plays better in the second half, is that because Wenger tells him to? No! It’s because even he has more options when we play attacking free flowing football, he even scored against Wigan so that shows what freedom can do.
I would consider giving him the centre back role against Villarreal and if that works do the same against the chavs, I know he’s not a first choice centre back but then nor is Silvestre, at least Song knows the team, but I would only do that if we play with 4 at the back.
The second option would be to play a midfield of Nasri Cesc Song and Walcott, if possible sneak Arshavin on, but then we may get into trouble, so maybe not!
I may even opt for this as a starting line up, different and even radical but what say you? This is my preferred formation and the subject of todays post.
Sagna Kolo Gibbs
Robin Cesc Nasri Theo
Bendtner Ade Eduardo
Yes I know with 3-4-3 we can’t afford mistakes in defence so why not play with what we know is solid and attack from the middle, Real would be to frightened to attack us, and if they did we would skin them alive.
Years ago teams played 3 -5-2 with the five all being midfield players or wingers, the old way was to only play one centre back and look how many world cups were won deploying those formations, Real Madrid won most of their European cups that way too.
At least the football would be exciting and if we went out, we would go out fighting. I would prefer if Arsenal played to their strengths, than to put a player in somewhere that Villarreal could attack as the weak link, pack the midfield and the attack and then help out the defence by keeping the ball.
All the great Wenger sides have been successful because the opposing teams could never get the ball. Remember Wengerball!
To sum up then, Arsenal, you’re at home, it’s your ball so keep it, and you’ll be in a semi on Wednesday and a final on Saturday, listen to me Arsene, you know I’m right.
Have a great day Grovers, it’s going to be our best ever week, well so far this season anyway!