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Aston Villa - Can we defend now?
Discussion started by Merlion96 , 20 September, 2019 17:06
Aston Villa - Can we defend now?
Merlion96 20 September, 2019 17:06
Bluntly, it is not the defence I am worrying, but our non-existent midfield which ;eft Back-4 exposed time and time again.
Both Xhaka-Guendouzi always got caught out of position.
Or a daft Guendouzi followed slavishly Emery's instruction to pass and bring the ball out of defence regardless of opponents waiting just for him to do that time and time again.

The game against Frankfurt is a good example of no pressing against opponents who shot at will at the edge of the box with Back-4 1-on-1 with them with no midfielders nor wingers tracking or closing them down.

And Frankfurt players easily evaded our laughable attempt to press them by just executing a simple wall-pass to run behind them.

Not helping when the likes of Pepe and Smith-Rowe hardly track back an give up easily once the ball is lost.

He does not have the Engine to play box-to-box. Once attack broke down, he is stranded upfield.

Just physically too small and spent more time lying down than standing up.
Opponents just ran through him or shoulder-charged him into the ground.

It is not fixing the Back-4 but just who are the "2" in 4-2-3-1 that will shield the Back-4 and who are the wingers that will track back and fight?

Saka did that and has no fear to put in a shift and a tackle as well. This lad has an engine.
Who else?

Guendouzi has the engine but he is clueless with no awareness like Torreira just a brainless road-runner that goes beeper-beeper. I do not see him making further progress as long as he does not have a football brain and tactical awareness on the pitch.
The difference between Fabregas and Guendouzi at the same age is that Fabregas is the complete midfield general whereas Guendouzi is just a clueless road-runner.

We need a physical presence in midfield.
Who will provide the muscle?
My choice is to push Luiz up as a DCM in 3-4-3 like what Conte did as they will close the gap in the middle and to close down opponents quickly OUTSIDE the box before they have time and space to pick their shots

He is a CB or DCM and certainly not RB, getting exposed all the time with Smith-Rowe or even Pepe helping out.

I will go for a 3-4-3 against Aston Villa who will be slavering at the chops expecting Arsenal to play 4-2-3-1 with a non-existent Midfield and a Calamity Jane of a CB-pairing giving penalties as early Christmas Gift.

….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Leno

….. ….. Chambers ….. ….. ….. ….. Sokratis
….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. Luiz

… AMN ….. Torreira ….. Xhaka ….. Ceballos

….. Pepe ….. …… Aubameyang ….. ….. Ozil

Let Xhaka and Ceballos patrolling the left flank to stop Villa attacks done the flank with the attacking trio continuously press Villa, retain possession and control the plays.

The job of Middle-4 is to close Villa players instantly once the ball is lost and when ball is recovered, to pass quickly to Front-3 to create attacking moves.

Stop passing sideway and backward to give time to VIlla players to recover and get into position.

The key to beating villa is to pull the Ming-Engel CB pairing out of shape with our passing and dribbling skills of our Front-3 to wear them down.

Just look at the swift transition of Salah-Frimino-Mane in getting forward instantly when the ball is recovered.
Just look at Guendouzi-Xhaka-Ceballos passing sideway and backward once the ball is recovered.

There is no instant transition to utilise the pace and dribbling skills of Pepe, Auba and Ozil to drive forward with opponents unbalanced during counter-attacks with one swift and accurate forward pass.

Oh yeah, by keeping Luiz forward as a DCM, it mitigates his perchance of giving away a penalty in every other game.

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Re: Aston Villa - Can we defend now?
CazOnARola 21 September, 2019 07:51
No chance of this formation without Bellerin and Tierney in the team. It will probably be the same team as watford. Just to add, i dont think Ceballos has the final ball in him. He has closer control, shooting. But he chooses defensive passes more often and fails to execute when he has the opportunity to play the final ball.

Watching him closely. For me he is more of an 8 than a 10 in terms of passing. With mkhi and ramsey home, we just have ozil for that creativity. Ppl will realize this sooner or later.

Currently we don't even keep the ball well, forget creativity, so this pbm hasn't surfaced yet as we have basic pbms like defending, midfielders positioning and stringing together 6 passes to bring the ball out.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2019 07:53 by CazOnARola.

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