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In one of my recent tactics articles, I highlighted a few ways Arsenal's tactics are evolving. This belies the claim by some that Wenger and Arsenal are tactically stagnant. This is far from the truth.
How, for example, does the person who claims this explain Wenger's shift from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 in the first couple of seasons, and then eventually to 4-3-3 and his preferred 4-2-1-3 (or 4-2-3-1), and even presently to a more fluid 4-3-3?
What has fascinated me is Wenger's recent experimentation with the team's shape. This escapes casual observers, which is why the silly claim that he is tactically barren persists. I call it silly because it's nothing but an oxymoron.
One of the formations Wenger has used this season.
What I see is a man building and evolving his team gradually, besides the fact that he doesn't approach each match the same way, despite the similar ostensible shape the team may deploy itself at kickoff.
There is, for example, the new-found dexterity at playing the offside trap and the use of the enigmatic structural V, which is hard to beat on the breakaway.
This surely isn't coincidental or accidental. And the fact that Wenger has rebuilt the current team on the fly is nothing if not remarkable.
Dude, the man knows his tactics, so enough with the "he doesn't know tactics" naivete.
Giving enough time and proper players, therefore (considering, of course, that Wenger has learned his lesson and will buy quickly in the transfer market), there's no reason why a more ready and coherent team shouldn't take to the field at the beginning of the coming season.
A good start to the season might go a long way toward ensuring a title. For example, had Arsenal started the current season well, they'd be racing for the title right now.
The key to good tactics is having enough players to execute them, which is why rotation is critical to winning titles. A team can start the season well, but if it burns out post-January, it can't win titles—ask Spurs and Arsenal.
Tactics are thus useless without fresh legs.
My point: There should be enough quality and experience spread across the 25-man squad for the season.
It is why I'd like to see Yossi Benayoun stay on Arsenal, because his experience is essential to the squad. Barring this, Wenger should think seriously about buying a couple of experienced players.
It is for this reason I'd cast my vote for Clint Dempsey and Marouane Fellaini, considering, of course, that the buying wouldn't stop there.
In summation, the tactics are there, and they should win Arsenal the title, if enough proper players can be procured to execute the tactics.