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Well, this is a surprise....it's desperate times for Arsene Wenger and it looks as though he's resorted to pretty drastic changes, opting for three at the back - an unheard of formation for the Gunners boss.
That means Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi drop out of the team, while Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny all drop out too.
Issues of this team are still there.
1) suspect at dealing with long direct balls into the box
2) suspect at dealing with crosses and easily letting opponents make crosses
3) struggle against teams that press high
4) struggle to find players in the final third against packed defences with Wenger's preference to keep the ball on the ground rather than crossing
All these issues tell me it is a coaching issue less so a player quality issue. Need a better coach.
Main problem we had with Xhaka last night was, yet again, how Wenger decided to use him. Have him anchoring the midfield in front of the defence, fine, but just like earlier in the season, Wenger had him p*ssing about off the ball, vacating spaces left by our "further forward" players, and at times he was our most advanced midfielder ffs.
Can't fault Xhaka, Ramsey or Ozil on the ball. All had high pass completion. Aside from his involvement in the two goals, Alexis was dogsh*t. Also, that 3-4-2-1 setup definitely needs a more mobile forward, Giroud just couldn't get himself into the game at all. It also needs a better left wing back.
I can't see where Walcott would fit into this system unfortunately, so I can't see him playing much if we persist with it.
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