Emile Smith Rowe: England's Luis Figo

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Haven't we tried him as an 8? Feels like Mikel has done this with him and Ødegaard.

He's just unlucky the other young guys hit form as he was out of the team, they will have dips and he'll be back in the team.

Feel they lack a bit of phisicality, though if we were to try it again, I think ESR is a bit more press resistant.
 

Henry boi

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Haven't we tried him as an 8? Feels like Mikel has done this with him and Ødegaard.

He's just unlucky the other young guys hit form as he was out of the team, they will have dips and he'll be back in the team.

Feel they lack a bit of phisicality, though if we were to try it again, I think ESR is a bit more press resistant.
Yeah the lack of physicality is biggest problem with playing a midfield three featuring both ESR and Ødegaard not quality, but I feel down the road that is what we are going to see.
 

UnitedBeard

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After reading the comments, it pretty much forces me to find a way to sell ESR from my FPL. Looks like he won’t start ahead of Martinelli and Saka. Not even Ødegaard?
 

Heavy Duty Rom

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Think he's fine on the left, but yeah I noticed his runs towards the inside too.

Martinelli does the same so I wonder how much of it is instruction or natural tendencies. A lot of their goals they are in that central position. Kudos for finding pics to back up your point though.
Is that not what you want from wide players these days anyway? To come inside and be a threat on goal? Gone are the days of wingers being a Vicente or Joaquin. We've been crying out for goals from out wide, now we've got it.
 

Heavy Duty Rom

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After reading the comments, it pretty much forces me to find a way to sell ESR from my FPL. Looks like he won’t start ahead of Martinelli and Saka. Not even Ødegaard?
I think he *might* start ahead of Martinelli vs Sp**s. Conte will just sit back and hoof the ball to Kane & Son or get the ball wide for the full backs to spam crosses.
 

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Is that not what you want from wide players these days anyway? To come inside and be a threat on goal? Gone are the days of wingers being a Vicente or Joaquin. We've been crying out for goals from out wide, now we've got it.
Doesn't bother me tbh, whatever works.
 

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I see no reason to try and force him into the team. He’s basically the go to guy should any of our attackers get injured or lose form.

In a month or two any one of them could hit poor form and he’ll have his chance.
 

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Exactly... And don't forget he should have been sent off against ehh I forgot, was it Norwich where he was late with his challenge?

People are bending over for an average midfielder who's error prone....
 

GoonerJay24

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Just have to play him as an inside winger for now; some games will require the directness which Martinelli brings whilst against other opponents we'll need more patience with our passing game which suits ESR. Both of them along with Saka should be rotated throughout this season. It's important to keep these young players fresh without overplaying them.

Long term, I see ESR moving centrally alongside Ødegaard with a Defensive midfielder behind. Arteta will need to coach this system into the players though and identify the right CDM.
 

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Just have to play him as an inside winger for now; some games will require the directness which Martinelli brings whilst against other opponents we'll need more patience with our passing game which suits ESR. Both of them along with Saka should be rotated throughout this season. It's important to keep these young players fresh without overplaying them.

Long term, I see ESR moving centrally alongside Ødegaard with a Defensive midfielder behind. Arteta will need to coach this system into the players though and identify the right CDM.
I agree mostly, but I see ESR more as a backup for AMF role, which is Ødegaard's.

Our winger and AMF situation looks quite nice now for the future with ESR and Martinelli becoming almost as important as Saka.

Maybe they will later sell Pepe to get some RW, who can also be an AMF as cover?

With the rumours of Guimaraes, after Arteta buying Partey and Sambi, the plan looks quite obvious for the type we get. Not only defensive destroyers. Along with him liking Xhaka.

It looks like he will go with 4-2-3-1. But of course it's always possible to play 4-3-3 against easier opponents, with the DMF you mention.
 

Arsenal1508

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Needs to be starting. Somehow, you get Saka, eSR and Martinelli playing togher. Move Ødegaard to Chaka role...defensive playmaker.
 

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Pressed and hassled well and mostly safe but didn’t produce anything of real quality, some of his silk has disappeared of late.
 

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