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By DJ Dragonfly

During our recent games against Liverpool and Middlesbrough in the Premiership and Man United in the Champions League Semi-Finals, Wenger has been playing the team in a 4-2-3-1 formation, whilst playing Fabregas in the attacking playmaker role with Nasri deployed in the deep laying playmaker position; the area in which Fabregas is more accustomed to.

I have been wondering why Wenger has decided to make this tactical switch at such a critical stage of the season. There were occasions during Cesc’s absence that Nasri was becoming more influential for the team during the second half of matches when Wenger switched him into the middle of the park in order to improve our attacking/passing play from there. This transition must have highlighted to Wenger that a central position may be the best area for Nasri to display his full attributes.

However the deployment of these players in the 4-2-3-1 formation has had mixed results. Although Nasri has shone in the deep lying position (where he has showed an impressive work ethic and tracking back in order to close down the opposition attackers), Fabregas has struggled to adapt to the advanced attacking central role (this is despite him scoring two goals against Middlesbrough). At times, he has left a big gap between himself and Adebayor, which has resulted in Ade being starved of attacking support. In this role, Cesc has also had to move the ball a lot quicker than he had to do in his previous position.

Wenger has clearly seen the benefits of having Nasri in central midfield; however he has realised that Fabregas is much better operating in a deeper role, which is why I have come to the conclusion that I think Wenger is moving towards playing a 4-3-3 formation next season. I personally think this formation is the only way he is going to get the best out of both players in central midfield without them having to alter their game.

Here’s how the team would look:

Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
Fabregas Song Nasri
Walcott Van Persie Arshavin

This formation has a lot of benefits for us, some of which I would like to highlight:

- As I mentioned earlier, this formation would allow Fabregas and Nasri to operate in central midfield, where no changes to their game will be altered.

- In this formation, the three midfielders would normally play close together in order to provide an extra barrier for the defence.

- The likes of Walcott, Van Persie and Arshavin are so adaptable; they would be able to interchange their positions at any given time during a game, which would confuse the opposition. Deploying three forwards would also allow the team to stretch the game even more, espacially in the wider areas.

- Critics and journalists alike have likened our play to Barcelona. They play with a 4-3-3 formation with the likes of Xavi and Iniesta in central midfield. Fabregas has been likened to Xavi and Nasri does play in a similar style to Iniesta.

I may be wrong, but the more and more I think about it, the more I am convinced that Wenger is slowly moving towards this formation. I think it would be an excellent move if he decides to use this tactic.

Are you in agreement with me? Look forward to reading your feedbacks in the comments section.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more