Yes. Look at all the openings and pre assists. He’s so intelligent with his use and execution of the ball. Most Arsenal fans just seem to want a numbers fiend in that position though.Have I been a little harsh on him? I genuinely don't remember him doing any of this.
That's because we need numbers tbf. Our biggest issue is the lack of good chance creation and lack of goals. Ødegaard IMO has the talent to get those numbers but he's not quite there yet. Talented but need to see more.Yes. Look at all the openings and pre assists. He’s so intelligent with his use and execution of the ball. Most Arsenal fans just seem to want a numbers fiend in that position though.
That's because we need numbers tbf. Our biggest issue is the lack of good chance creation and lack of goals. Ødegaard IMO has the talent to get those numbers but he's not quite there yet. Talented but need to see more.
Two things on the first line-up.Have been thinking about some tactical options that we would have with the players that have been linked. Think it's unlikely that Arteta is considering a 3-4-3 formation, but it would offer flexibility to put out a strong counter attacking team against the top sides, switching to a 4-2-3-1 against most of the rest of the league. I'd like to see a lean group of 22 or so players getting lots of minutes and being used in combinations that bring the best out of each other.
3-4-3 Counter Attacking Set-up
White - Saliba - Tierney
Willock - Partey - Neves - Saka
Pepe - Laca - Martinelli
If players can carry over their form and build on it this could be a really dangerous setup. The back 3 are mobile and able to bring play out and build from the back. White and Tierney can overlap with Willock or Saka during any buildup.
Saka can run with the ball and has a dangerous cross from left wingback. Willock has the freedom to operate as a 3rd midfielder or as a runner into the box as an additional goal threat. Pepe and Martinelli provide the width and goal threat going wide or centrally as needed. Laca drops deep when needed to link play with Partey / Neves.
Possession based attacking Setup
Chambers- Holding - Gabriel - Tierney
Partey - Neves
Saka - Maddison - ESR
In this setup I've rotated the CB's just to show the squad depth but the key change is in attack where three creative players sit behind Auba to maximize the chance creation for him. Maddison should also provide some goals and a further setpiece threat with Saka & ESR building on their output from last year
Lokonga and Willock would be on the bench as the backup midfield options. We may sign a backup left back (Doig?) and possibly a first team RB although there haven't been many links yet.
I think there is a lot of potential in that squad if we get some form and luck next year (and manage to sign / release the right players this summer)
Cheers, I'm just grateful someone took the time to read my wall of text and comment!Two things on the first line-up.
1) I don't really see it with Willock in that position. I'd really like to have an overlapping rwb in a 3-4-3 and would have gone with AMN out of our current players. ESR if he's leaving. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt though
2) I still think we need some playmaking capacity and would probably put Maddison in Martinelli's place and have him operate a bit like Mount is for Chelsea in that exact position. I think Mount is one of the main keys that make the setup work for Chelsea.
Second line-up looks ok, but I think what's really highlighted in the two is the absolute need for reinforcement at rb/rwb
Nice post, got me a bit excited and I feel it's time to accept White and roll with it