Premier League Top 4 Finish Wildcard
Both full-backs push high, the wingers occupy the channel between the opposition full-back and centre-back then don't bust a gut to track back , and the back two sit on the halfway line without much screening cover in-front from Granit Xhaka. Instructing the full-backs to alternate going forward to create a back three at all times isn't the right solution for what Emery wants to achieve; the constant threat from both flanks is a key part of the attacking strategy.
Instead, Emery should give Lucas Torreira his first start of the season in place of Xhaka. The former is positionally intelligent, has the legs to get up and down the pitch, and will stamp out danger at its source, whereas Xhaka is pretty much the opposite of all those things.
Xhaka is slow on the turn and rarely sees danger in advance, instead constantly playing catch up as the counter-attack is launched.
Arsenal won't make serious progress until the Switzerland international is out of the team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a big problem, too. He floats carelessly in opposition territory offering no support whatsoever to Hector Bellerin, the full-back who is most frequently needed to provide penetration in the final third. Torreira may help come across to the right to cover for the Spaniard, but Emery could benefit from moving Aaron Ramsey back out to the right.
This change can also benefit Arsenal's attacks. Much has been made of Emery's attempts to pass out from the back, but this isn't to implement a short-passing system. Arsenal are trying to draw their opponents forward, committing bodies and then breaking behind them; a counter-pressing manager like Emery doesn't just rely on winning the ball high. Ramsey can come short from the right to collect the ball and shift it quickly to outmanoeuvre the press, something Mkhitaryan cannot do. The year-old cannot be expected to change his game, and as Manchester City proved last season a goalkeeper capable of recycling possession can have a dramatic impact on the side.
Better distribution will suddenly release Ramsey and Mesut Ozil into the spaces they need. For the opening day defeat to Manchester City Ozil was deployed as part of a three-man midfield, sitting much deeper than he ever did under Wenger. The Gunners have brought in Unai Emery, fresh from a title-winning season in France with Paris Saint-Germain, and it will be interesting to see how the Gunners fare without their long-serving French boss.
In players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil they possess world-class talent and if Emery can shore them up defensively with a few considered signings, the North Londoners could be a force in Another team looking to enter a new era this season are Everton.
The Toffees have appointed Marco Silva as their manager and on paper, they have a squad that is capable of mixing it with the best teams in the league. If they can quickly adapt to Silva's passing play and he can produce some of the form that saw his Watford side shoot up the table in the early stages of last season, Everton could cause the big boys some problems this year. We are committed to responsible gambling and have a number of ways to help you stay in control and keep gambling fun.
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