Hey, it’s that time of the week again where we discuss and dissect our set-up.
I believe that our weak start to the season has a lot to do with tactics / instructions more than team selection. After back to back defeats, a lot of our fans have been calling for the Ramsey / Xhaka pairing to be axed. Whilst I agree with the fact that Xhaka has made far too many individual errors, I believe this is where we need to stand by and give him an extended run in the first XI. Our solution could come in the form of a formation change to a 4-3-1-2 with a starting line up ( ideally ) of – Petr Cech , Hector Bellerin , Shkodran Mustafi , Laurent Koscielny , Sead Kolasinac , Granit Xhaka , Aaron Ramsey , Jack Wilshere , Mesut Ozil , Alexis Sanchez & Alexandre Lacazette.
In simple terms, this offers a solution to 2 glaring issues.
Not enough support for the Defence from Midfield. With a 3 man midfield, the back is protected adequately if Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere decide to wander forward and are not back in time. ( what we fans refer to as – we’re always asleep and easy to counter against ) – ultimately VITAL IN DEFENCE
Mesut Ozil. A lot of fans are pre-Ozil and a lot are pro-Ozil. The one thing we all can agree on that he is a different beast when playing for Germany and that, once again has a lot to do with how the German national side is set-up. Simply put, they support their defence adequately in Midfield, break up attacks and free up Ozil. This is something that has been missing, it always seems like Mesut himself is torn between his defensive and offensive duties, allowing him to do neither. Yes, he creates a load of chances but he isn’t able to influence games the same way he does for Germany or used to at Real Madrid. Why not just let him do what he does best ? – ultimately VITAL IN ATTACK
This is one of my first articles so please feel free to provide feedback or contend and let us know your opinion.