Yeah I can see what you're saying but I think its down to the team to grow a little as well. The age profile is young and they also lack a bit of confidence or experience. I think we just need a few more wins under our belt until we can tell the difference between controlling a match and inviting a team on to us. If we start resorting to brining on Elneny to control a match it could end badly.
Yeah, I dont think I've ever seen him lose the ball tbf. If we still cant control a game aftet 19 matches Ill be more concerned. I wouldnt want to go the route of Barca under Pep either though, that was painfully boring to watch with 300 passes sideways until some space opened up.I’d argue that Elneny’s ball retention and circulation ability is one of the best in our team. The frustration with him comes in because he doesn’t progress the ball, he keeps it.
That’s why I feel he is still with us. And I think he can play a role when we need to hold onto possession and force the opposition to take risks, instead of us just losing the ball to them and giving them chances.
I believe his box-to-box role forces Zinchenko and Martinelli to focus too much in creating through the left, especially because both play closer to the line. I believe this limit this focus on creating through the fullbacks/wingers makes it harder for the team to connect with Odeegard on the right.How on Earth can someone watch that game and conclude Xhaka to have been a negative?
I understand that people have opinions but some opinions can be pretty sh*t, no offence.
I believe his box-to-box role forces Zinchenko and Martinelli to focus too much in creating through the left, especially because both play closer to the line. I believe this limit this focus on creating through the fullbacks/wingers makes it harder for the team to connect with Odeegard on the right.
As a consequence, I think playing Xhaka in this 8 type of role limit the action for the entire right side of the Arsenal build-up (Basically, Ode and Saka).
As a defender, Xhaka was regular, but in the few times he was tried in the match, I spot some significant weaknesses. In the Maddison second goal, for example, he completely lost Maddison movement, didn't try to recover and eventually the Leicester player was able to overload the left flank and finish. Goal for Leicester. If not for Martinelli goal just a little bit later, there was a realistic chance Leicester could have fought for a draw.
Now, against Leicester that's not really problematic. The problem starts when Arsenal starts to face teams that can actually exploit these openings, like Tottenham. What happens if Xhaka doesn't track the movement of Kulusevski and Spence?
In my opinion, Arsenal should bring Tielemans and move Partey to left. 3-2-5 formation on the ball, Partey and Tielemans as a double 6 in front of the defense. Partey covers for Zinchenko moving out wide, Martinelli can play more centralized, exploiting spaces left by Jesus movements and Tielemans would create a direct link-up with Odeegard, while also providing primary cover to the zone in front of the defense during counterattacks, while Partey would be the one responsible for tracking the movement of the RW/RB/RM adversary.
Exactly. Man City has the exact same problems as Arsenal, as they're playing in somewhat similar fashion. In their case, Gundogan does the box-to-box role in the left. And the end result was an unidimensional team with the action happening only on the left side... Until Guardiola inverted both his fullbacks, allowing Walker to have a more creative role in the midfield. It helps Rodri is a better organizer than Partey.The main reason the right side’s been a bit more limited is because Ben White as a right back doesn’t provide overlaps therefore Saka and Ødegaard have more work to do.
There was nothing wrong with Xhaka’s defending. It’s not his job to track Maddison all the way to the byline. Midfielders have to mark the space at the edge of the box zonally. It was Zinchenko and Gabriel not going over to close down quick enough. Mostly Ramsdale’s fault though because Maddison shouldn’t be scoring from that angle.