There’s been a lot of talk over Arsene Wenger’s formation policy in recent weeks.
Arsenal have struggled for consistent form this season – at times the side look like world-beaters (see performance against Tottenham) and at others, they appear relegation stricken.
Each of those fixtures has seen Wenger start with the 3-4-3 formation, but after the Gunners most recent slow start in the 1-1 draw at Southampton, fans are now calling for the Frenchman to bin the experiment and revert back to a back four.
A back four which would permit three central-midfielders. One of those is Jack Wilshere, who has been in excellent form despite being restricted to substitute appearances.
With Arsenal 1-0 down to the Saints, the midfielder entered the fray in 69th minute and injected positive energy into his team’s build up play.
It led to Giroud’s late equaliser and fans hoping for change.
In a 4-3-3 formation, here’s who we think Arsene should deploy in the middle against the Hammers…
After a poor start, Ramsey has established himslef as one of few Arsenal players to regularly perform in the shirt this season.
The Welshman’s enthusiasm and commitment to the cause gets him alone – plus he’s always on hand to chip in with a goal or two.
Jack’s proven to be a cut above the rest in the Europa League and has been knocking on the door for a Premier League start for some time. With Arsenal struggling for consistency, it’s time for a change.
Wilshere and Ramsey in the same midfield will only work if Arsenal have a committed defensive midfielder – which means Granit Xhaka misses out and this man comes in….
The Frenchman can count himself fortunate to get in the side. Coquelin’s shown respectable performances in the Europa League, but not the kind of form to guarantee a Premier League start.
Luckily for him, Arsenal are deprived in the defensive midfield department and the 26 year-old is the only recognised midfielder who will screen the defence and get stuck in with a tackle. Like it or not, Coq is needed if Arsenal fans intend to accommodate both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in the same midfield.