The fact you and I are both unsure is a good thing - I don't remember us ever having a midfield as flexible as the one we have right now - the party line will be that Ozil was better in the centre, but the heat maps showed him spending a lot of time on the left anyway. With the Ox and Cazorla both happy going wide or coming inside, I saw us coming at Villa like a swarm of flies, and they didn't know which way to swat. I bet you could capture plenty of freeze frames where it looked like either formation
Not much in the way of tinkering today from Arsene Wenger. Jack Wilshere who took a kick to his ankle in midweek is on the bench alongside Abou Diaby as Santi Cazorla comes in to replace him. Santi played in the middle with Özil wide in our CL qualifer so I expect that to be the case today. We have zero defenders on the bench so we have to hope that we avoid any defensive injuries today.
Dortmund wanted it more and Arsenal were nowhere near sharp or pragmatic enough to get anywhere near them, by the end Arsenal were mentally shot and even the basics were a struggle. Tactically Arsenal were setup to fail, overwhelmed in the middle of the park and devastated on the counter making the final score look flattering. For such an offensive setup, Arsenal sure didn’t look like creating anything with Wilshere, Ramsey, Özil and to an extent Alexis all competing to be the primary central figure, too many cooks and all that. Welbeck missed three decent chances but it seems immaterial given such an inept performance
19 year old Hector Bellerin starts in place of the injured and suspended Mathieu Debuchy. We are back to full strength at the back with Gibbs returning. Mikel Arteta comes into the side in place of Mathieu Flamini and Danny Welbeck continues in attack.
Wilshere and Sanchez definitely. They drove us forward quite quickly and were fearless to take players on and take them out of the game. Both were tackles incessantly during the game and the City players couldn't keep them in check. Both did their fair share of defending and Alexis especially worked his socks off the entire game. Both goals we scored today were absolutely fantastic, Wilshere's one was special maybe a career-changing moment. Bodes well for the side if we can keep both of them fit throughout the campaign
Rambo has recovered from ankle knack and comes back into the team. Even a Rambo below his best is still vitally important due to his goalscoring threat and also his defensive contribution. City know they will have to watch his late runs and that is a good thing.
- Wilshere dribbling his way back to form
- Can't we go back to 4231 & Why I Love Monreal
- We do not do easy transfer windows
- "Welbeck is a superb athlete, having an excellent combination of strength and mobility" - Q&A with Manchester United fan
- Leicester City (a) "I thought we were building a team around Özil at 10" - Q&A
- Leicester City (a) Confirmed Line Up: Arsene rotates as Yaya Sanogo starts
- The Centre Forward Time Gap