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Team against Burnley - will Alexis and Ozil turn up to play?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
23 November, 2017 21:55
One's got a feeling that both Alexis and Ozil will turn up in high profile games to market themselves to prospective employers that are willing to pay them 330,000pw ... perhaps including a signing-on bonus.

Will they turn up at Turf moor against a hard-running and hard tackling Burnley side who knew how to upset Top-6 teams?

Surely Dyche knew how to beat Arsene Wenger with his predictable tactics and rigid team selection?
Surely Dyche will know how to lure Ramsey out of position and attack Xhaka to provoke him into one of his many rash tackles or body-check ... maybe get him red-carded?

With our rigidity in passing out of defence comes what may, surely Dyche is clever enough to press us immediately in our box knowing that Arsenal players will make at least 2 or 3 misplaced passes and slips inside our box and final third.

To beat Burnley, we need to perform and show up with our high-pressing game with Forward-3 and Ramsey-Xhaka maintaining discipline to control and win possession in midfield rather than trying to become attacking midfielder all the time.

But should Burnley scores first, all these midfield discipline and maintaining possession will go out of the window with Ramsey incessantly driving forward and leave Xhaka holding the bag in midfield. And we know Xhaka is not a defensive midfielder but a central midfielder that works in tandem with another midfielder to cut out passing channels and to anticipate and break-up plays ... and not as a sweeper in front of Back-3.

I believe Burnley ahs a 50:50 chance of beating us with both Alexis and Ozil refuse to turn-up to play against "smaller" team and has no stomach to battle against physical intimidation. Why get yourself injure when you intend to leave in January?

With no injury problem, team not playing mid-week, it selects itself:

....................................Cech

..........Koscielny.........Mustafi............Monreal


...Bellerin..........Ramsey........Xhaka........Kolasinac


.................Ozil..........................Alexis
...............................Lacazette


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