Thursday, August 26, 2010

Should we revert back to the 4-4-2

Looking at our current squad, I can't help but wonder if it is time to revert back to 4-4-2 formation.

Arsene has staunchly maintained the 4-4-2 in his teams until the last couple of years when he replaced it with the now popular 4-5-1. It worked at that time when we had the bloody Togo striker to hold up the ball.

I believe we should have reverted to the 442 last season but we got such a great result pushing Bendtner out wide that Arsene just continued with the system. It  also worked very well in the early part of last season until we lost RVP to injury. And we know how he doesn't like to change systems mid-season.

RVP is am excellent point man but he can also play the Bergkamp role. Chamakh on the other hand is wasted if put on the wings, as we saw from the Blackpool encounter. To accommodate these two , the 4-4-2 is the only logical answer. With it, we can maintain the predatory and aerial abilities of Chamakh while benefiting from RVP's intelligence in creating space and finding the open man. Together with Cesc, we would then have 2 play-makers with the ability to open up defenses.

This way, it would also reduce the burden of Cesc to do everything himself defending, distributing and scoring. For all Cesc's passing abilities, he is also a very good defense minded midfielder. His intelligence in his position and anticipation to cut out the opposition pass can help prevent the defense from bring under pressure.

I know how Arsene does not like to change his formations but I think if we can use both these formations inter-changebly depending on the personnel available and opposition, it could be our ace his season.

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