Attack, Attack, and Attack Some More
Arsene Wenger has something going with this Wengerball version of a 4-3-3 formation.
With the defensive stability of the squad nearly complete (with the signing of another CB), this Arsenal side seems built to succeed in England as well as Europe.
Some may say that the partnership between Gallas and Vermaelen is a match made in heaven and is only bound to get better. However, the season is eight months long and another CB is crucial to Arsenal competing on all fronts.
Now to this 4-3-3...it's beautiful.
This could be Wengerball's perfect equation to live up to its full potential. Arsene's way of total football is made for players to make a triangle of possession and outlets, while movement outside of the triangle upsets and unbalances opposing players. Therefore, opening up passing lanes and leaving space behind, in front of, and beside defenders in the final third.
Dangerous areas at that. And seeing how we have the personnel and technical quality to fluidly move the ball up the pitch our brand of football will have nothing to do but flourish. Look at Arsenal's attacking options: V. Perise, Bendtner, Arshavin, Walcott, Rosicky, Vela, Eduardo, Nasri, Wilshire, and of course captain Fabregas.
Currently Wenger's starting 11 includes RVP, Bendtner, Arshavin, and Fabregas. With the team chemistry and understanding, as well as the flexibility of the formation and players, this allows all of these players to rotate in and out at a moments notice. At Celtic we saw Fabregas on the left wing and right wing providing outlets and service. At the same time RVP was dropping to receive the ball and Bendtner, although playing a winger type position, was seen up top as a big man outlet. This wreaks havoc among defenders at they only know to pick up the player more dangerous to their specific area.
The attacking prowess we saw outclass Everton and outplay Celtic did have a few things missing, but they can easily be covered by the players that were out of the lineup or injured.
There's still Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri, and world-class Tomas Rosicky to contend for starting spots. There were a few critics out there who've said this formation lacks pace up-front and well I agree to a certain extent.
Neither RVP or Bendtner are pacy players, but the blistering speed of Walcott more than answers these critics. Also, the driving edge and technical quality (sounds Wengeresque right) of both Samir and Tomas can give Arsenal even more possession, decisiveness, mobility, and quality when going forward and defending. Therein, giving Arsenal even more deadly type of football to content with.
Arsene simply has a unique system and deeply talented player pool to utilize.
Think about it, with all of these players being able to interchange and come into the game without any adjustment, it would be like starting things off as they were, but with the players own unique skill set to add to the chemistry and balance of the team.
All that is needed to continue is hard work, dedication, and love for Arsenal. If this team continues to believe and work, this season will belong to Arsenal. With an attacking assortment like that, no one in their right might can justifiably write them off.
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