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Match against WHU - How does a full-strengthen Arsenal looks like?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
09 January, 2019 14:44
rsenal’s medical team have confirmed that six players have returned to full first team training ahead of Saturday’s match with West Ham at the London Stadium.
Defenders Hector Bellerin (brazen fashion sense), Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Dinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Laurent Koscielny (back) are all fit again and could get a recall.

Mesut Ozil, who has missed the last few games with a knee injury, has also recovered and could feature against the Hammers.

It means only Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are still in the treatment room. The latter two will likely be sidelined for the rest of the season but the Armenian’s broken metatarsal is on the mend and he’s pencilled in for a return next month.
Given it’s Wednesday, it seems unlikely that any new faces, should they arrive in the next couple of days, will be involved.

All in all, positive news.


Finally, we will see what Emery's full-strengthen Arsenal team looks like, assuming Koscielny and Monreal are match-fit.

We have no mid-week match and it is a good test on Emery who he thinks are the players he will keep for next season.

….. ….. ….. … … Leno

… Mustafi … … Sokratis … Koscielny

… Bellerin … Xhaka … Torreira … Kolasinac

……………………. Ozil

… … Lacazette ……... Aubameyang

If Xhaka plays ahead of Torreira, then defensively, we have a strong shield in Bellerin-Torreira-Kolasinac to protect Back-3 against swift counter-attack.

we will depend very much on both wingbacks to stretch opponents and to provide width in our attacks.

Ozil is dangerous when he can find space and synch with the running of Lacazette and Aubameyang.

It is time for Xhaka to launch all his long ball between defenders and behind defenders for Lacazette and Aubameyang to chase them in conjunction with those accurate short passes and through balls set-up by Ozil. It will make us less predictable in short-passing game.

We need both Laca and Auba, and Xhaka as well, to press opponent Back-4 more often to compensate the lack of tracking by Ozil. Like Klopp gegenpressing, this will reduce the space and time for opponent Back-4 to pick their passes and forced them to hurry their passes.

Effectively, we are playing "4 rows" with Ozil in a free role to float between Forwards and Attacking Midfield - the 3rd row; and DCM the 2nd row.

Is this Emery strongest team for 2019?

Or Emery trusted Iwobi to replace Ozil?

'The more things change, the more they remain the same' Alphonse Karr.

Re: Match against WHU - How does a full-strengthen Arsenal looks like?
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
09 January, 2019 16:19
Please not Mustafi

- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

Re: Match against WHU - How does a full-strengthen Arsenal looks like?
litmus (IP Logged)
09 January, 2019 16:39
I doubt we have any choice but to play Mustafi. Dinos and Monreal are unlikely to be match fit. So our only 3 fit CB plays in a back 3 unless you want young Zach there.

Re: Match against WHU - How does a full-strengthen Arsenal looks like?
tigerline (IP Logged)
11 January, 2019 14:30
Who is on your bench, Merl?

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