Yeah we need to get the ball to him a lot more. This whole approach of always going wide has got to go. Emery is gone, need to move on from that sort of nonsense.
Im watching Sp**s right now (33rd min). I dont know how the game is going to end but you can see some of their players dropping into the middle area / hole and occupying space there, so then they get a free man out wide because they are dragging Burnley players into the middle. Thats how it should be in my opinion.Was about to post the same thing. Whenever we had possession, Xhaka dropped to LCB, Ceballos went to RM to cover Bellerin, and Partey was on his own in the middle. Clearly the game plan to bypass the middle at attack through the wings.
Didn't really work though, you need some kind of prescence in the centre to occupy their CMs, otherwise their spare men will go to where the danger is anyway.
Found it weird he wasn’t passed to.
Cebalos on that right side position was weird too.
Was just a weird game in general tbf. Much like City.
We can do a 3 man midfield with Saka or even a 2 man midfield with Saka/Willian in front of them, there's options.Yeah we need to get him on the ball if he's going to have the impact we all want, and we need to stop being afraid to play through the middle. Mikel needs to figure it out. Partey-Xhaka/Ceballos with Saka ahead of them should be at least tried imo.
Yeah I was very excited to see that three tried, but if it's going to work they can't be as far apart as they were. Maybe those three just won't work together at all, I dunno.We can do a 3 man midfield with Saka or even a 2 man midfield with Saka/Willian in front of them, there's options.
These non dynamic midfield 3 wont work, especially if they are so far away from each other.
I don't see Xhaka being dropped. He's like Arteta's son. Even if common sense suggests that he's not necessary with Partey anchoring the midfield and doing literally everything Xhaka does better, we'll still see him out there.Because when you've had xhaka in midfield everyone is scared to pass the ball forward to th midfielders
With xhaka hopefully dropped we'll see some improvements and defenders feeling more confident to pass it directly in to midfield rather than constantly going wide.