By Tony Attwood
First an apology for the delay in publishing through yesterday and this morning. Like many blogs, we’re run by volunteers, and we simply ran out of people yesterday and this AM. Hopefully getting ourselves back together now.
And so what did we miss – well obviously Bellerin. So now we have three players out for the rest of the season – one of whom (Danny Welbeck) is then out of contract so may well never return to the club. So who do we use now we have no Bellerin?
Lichsteiner isn’t the same sort of player and most people seem to agree that he has not really been at the party – although what he might need is a different style of play and a longer run in the team
Maitland-Niles looks much more assured and much more likely to be able to play in the sort of line up that the manager likes. Also if we want to hold onto him, and want to see just how good he can get, we need to be giving him games and now is the obvious time.
Xhaka can play right back and although there are people who will knock Xhaka whatever he does, that whole thing seems to be just attacking a player for the sake of having someone to attack.
Jenkinson has hardly been seen except in low level cup games, and that suggests to me that the manager really doesn’t see him as an option. But it might just be Jenkinson has been unfortunately down the order of things, and could now rise up.
Denis Suarez has been tipped to be a player with us since before the start of time, or so it seems, and he could fit in quite readily I would have thought.
But here is one other thought. Because of the way in which we all traditionally set out line ups, we always think of them as balanced with equal approaches happening on left and right. But that is not actually how the modern game is played. Quite often one side of the pitch does not equal and balance the other.
So just because we have Kolasinac as a fast running marauding full back on one side it does not mean that we need the same on the other. We could play a system in which when Kolasinac moves forward the back three central defenders shift across a little to cover and a right footed defender slots in as the fourth man in a more conventional back four.
That could mean Monreal playing part of a back three, but the when Kolasinac moves forward Monreal moves across to left back while a defensive midfielder drops back to make it a back four. Thus on the left we are playing a back three plus wing back moving to back four, when the wing back attacks. On the right we are playing a back three and ahead of them a right back who drops back when the left attacking wing back moves forward.
In short left and right are working in harmony with each other, but not as a mirror image.
Meanwhile there is the ever growing transfer news and a lot at the moment about Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo, from Italy’s top division. He’s a midfielder and ready to move, so we are told. But we are often told these things and it would seem unlikely the Sassuolo would agree to their player coming to Arsenal on a loan deal. What’s in it for them?
Sassuolo are 12th in the Italian League and not threatened by relegation, so maybe they would want to do a deal if they are in financial trouble. But that still requires Arsenal to have the money.
Meanwhile that old man of dubious activities The Very Large Sam Allerdyce has claimed that he tried to sign Aubameyang for Everton, and one has to wonder quite what the old (alleged) con-artist is up to these days. Making a crust of bread with past fantasies? It’s one way to survive. Or maybe he’s looking for a job, and is saying, “this is what you could get with me.” The trouble is thought that most of us already know what is to be got out of the Big One.
But in case you wanted one more Arsenal transfer try this from the Metro. We are looking to sign Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero who is currently on loan at Sampdoria. Remember that although Cech will go at the end of the season, we will still have three goalkeepers in the squad, with Ospina on loan. We might also need plans as to what we are going to do with all of these first, before sign any more.
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