What do we do at RB?

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by say yes, Jan 20, 2019.


Bellerin replacement?

  1. Lichtsteiner at RB

  2. Maitland-Niles at RB

  3. Jenkinson at RB

  4. Other (please state) at RB

  5. Switch to 5 at the back with with one of the above at wingback

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  1. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    Mustafi gives us physicality?
  2. arsmile

    arsmile Well-Known Member

    I think mustafi at rb is a good solution

    he played there mostly for Germany back in his last run in the German NT. He's solid defensively there.

    AMN can also cover but i'd rather see him in the team elsewhere on the pitch

    the problem is in the squad we have two specialist RBs in lich and jenks...so you really are admitting defeat in the preposterous makeup of your squad when you start playing multiple players out of position to cover that position before considering either of them...problem is lich's career at the top level is well and truly over...and jenks quite rightly never really happened.
  3. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    True! Stranger things have happened my guy.
    Yeah- he can put himself about. When he’s not tumbling over thin air :lol:.
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  4. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    I'm being quite genuine here but I don't think any of our CBs are very physical.

    Sure they make tackles and the like but I don't look at them and see Vidic or a John Terry. Our boys are more in the Varane, Ferdinand class of defenders, relying more on their smarts rather than physical gifts. Or at least they try to be like that.

    Albeit I don't think referees allow us to be physical. Xhaka and Gabriel both tried but whenever an Arsenal player merely sneezes in the opposition's direction its a yellow card at best.

    Irony at its finest, we're lambasted for being weak and getting bullied, get no protection from referees but when we try to dish it out a bit our boys get sent off with nary a second thought.
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  5. pikey2000

    pikey2000 Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately Gabriel/Xhaka did a bad job at hiding the physicality, there is an art to being physical and getting away with like our opponents seem to; have to say though Sokratis does it well, he definitely relishes the battle but has the experience to do so whilst not getting sent off.
  6. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    I'd honestly forgotten about Sokratis. He does do it well.

    Yeah there's an art and then there is pure ref bias. What art do guys like Delle Alli and Dier practice when they're clattering into people all over the pitch in plain view of the referee?

    Don't even get me started on Fernandinho, Lucas Leiva or Mourinho's entire Chelsea team, any of them.
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  7. Axel_Gunner

    Axel_Gunner Well-Known Member

    ithats not correct,

    his last games for Germany were 2017 all as central defender.
    He played "rb" for Germany at the world cup 2014, but he did not have a lot of minutes here plus that were strange tactics. Löw played 4 central defenders game for game but it did work out fine :lol:
  8. GunnerBP

    GunnerBP Well-Known Member Trusted

    My guess is that AMN will be our starting RB, and it will basically be a free-for-all to decide who his backup will be.

    Licht, Mustafi, Jenkinson, and maybe even Pleguzuelo will be fighting to be his backup.

    The key thing is for AMN to get really locked in at being a RB. I've always had the feeling that when he played LB or RB he's always known that this wasn't going to be his position. He was just filling in until he got a shot at CM. He just wanted to put in a good shift, instead of trying to be world class. And this makes sense. It is hard to try to be world class at any position if you can't get a run of games.

    At RB he'll get a lot of matches.

    In a perfect world, he can progress similarly to Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool. He always played CM at youth level for Liverpool, and injuries gave him the chance to get first-team minutes at RB.

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