Arsenal Have Signed Some Talented Players, But Where Will They Play?
By Miles Rackham
A question of formation
Three signings have already been confirmed in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla, and a forth is possibly going to happen in Şahin from Madrid. But it is like when it is like the weather in England, we moan when it is too cold and then moan when it is too cold, we moan when we don't sign anyone and now some fans are moaning that we have no where to play them! Some people are never happy!
Well, firstly let's start with Podolski. If you were alive recently in June and the start of July, then you would have seen the Euro's. You may have also seen the most entertaining team in it, Germany, where Podolski was a regular starter. If you did watch our first signing of the summer transfer window, then you would have noticed that he play played on the left wing. This is not actually Podolskiís natural position, even though he is left footed. He is more of a centre forward, a player that sits behind the striker, but he does naturally drag the ball towards the left so he can have a shot on his stronger foot. He can also do this upfront.
So that centre forward position, do we already have players that play there? Well I personally believe that we donít have a player that is actually meant to play in that position, although we do have some players that can. We have players like Walcott, Gervinho and the Ox who can play behind whatever striker starts upfront next season, Giroud or even maybe a new striker we sign,so they are obviously replacing Van Persie. Arteta could probably even play behind the strikers if he was asked too.
But it all depends on the formation that Wenger plays the team in next season, Podolski may play on the winger or behind the strikers. In past seasons he has opted to have Ďcopiedí Barcelona with the 4--3-3 formation with two defensive or holding midfields and one in front of them, and one central striker. But I think that the formation will be changed next season, we will have Giroud, so he may play a 4-2-2-2, although Podolski would have to play on the wing in that formation, and we would only have two midfielders in the centre, which we put us at an disadvantage against a team which plays a lot of midfielders, for example in a 4-5-1 formation, even a 4-4-2. I think that to accommodate all of the fresh talent brought in to the club, we would have to play a 4-2-1-1-2 formation, with Arteta and Song at defensive midfield, Cazorla in the centre attacking position, and Podolski sitting behind Giroud. This would mean Cazorla and Podolski are free to drift over to the wings.
So our second signing of the transfer window is French international striker Olivier Giroud, who is twenty five years old, although has technically been a professional football player for three years, so his football mental age is younger than twenty five, he may go on until his late thirties, as a lot of retiring his mentally not being able to train everyday and play every week. He is tall, although he isnít actually just a central striker. He is deployed upfront, although he does run onto the wing and crosses to the other striker. He finished the 2011 / 2012 season off with twenty five goals and eleven assists in the league , one more assist in other competitions. This proves he can create goals as well as score them, something Van Persie did do as well, almost the same stats between the two. A big difference between those two is that Giroud isnít injury prone. Lets see how Giroud plays next season.
Our third signing is Cazorla, his signing was almost painstakingly long as Podolskiís was this year. We knew we had signed him, so did all the players, he had flown to Germany with the squad, all before the announcement of his arrival, Malagaís financial problems preventing us from revealing his arrival. He is a player that operates on the wing, although can also play in the centre of the park. He canít be deployed at high up the pitch as Podolski can, but he is a player that can attack on the wing, or help control the game with Song and Arteta in the centre of the pitch. He can score, nine goals in La Liga last season, and he provided vital assists.
We do actually have players that can play in his position, Arteta can if asked, the Ox is now being played in a central role, and possibly Diaby can, but once again, we donít actually have a nippy little player who can attack quickly and can help in defence will waiting to begin a break. Cazorla is the type of player that top teams have, for example Man City with Nasri, Man United with possibly Carrick and Chelsea have Hazard who can play there. He may single handedly, along with the form we had towards the end of the season, make us a title contending team finally. He may be our new Ljungberg or Pires.
Fans are worried that we are going to have too many players, especially if we finally confirm the signing of Madridís Şahin, a central player, and some fans will want to see certain players and they arenít played. I personally believe that we will have some nice competition between the players to get into that starting line up, especially for the Champions League, which Man City especially have, and it hardly did them any damage.
Wenger also stated while is Asia, before the news of Cazorlaís transfer was taken seriously, that any more players arriving depended on how many players left. Well not one left before Cazorla arrived, except six youth players not signing senior contracts and Almunia. Now Vela has left, and Bendtner may also be following him out, as well as Squillaci, who has been rumoured to have been bid for. Chamakh played in the Asian tour, so he may still have one last chance. Qpr are also contemplating whether or not to bid for Arshavin, a player who arrived all guns blazing, but just lost it after that. This all may suggest more signings, which every Arsenal fan wouldnít mind, we have been deprived of signings in recent years, but now things may have changed, finally Wenger have dipped into that pocket of his, rumoured to have around forty million in. Has he learnt his lesson, youth may not always be the answer, Arteta, an experienced player, defiantly proved that.
I have said this before and I am sticking to it, the summer is a long way from over, even though our domestic campaign kicks off later today.
18th August 2012
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Gooner 1971 8:39am 18th Aug 2012
Let's see how well Wenger deploys the lads today, your formation could work you have suggested. COYA - Post No. 27951
Jumpers 9:45am 18th Aug 2012
Rather one eyed Wenger has NOT dipped into his pocket! 3 out including Song and Vela (plus a load of juniors etc) 3 in. Money in £40m: money out £40m. Outcome neutral and pocket in tact. Player stock same or reduced but importantly wage bill signifcaly reduced. So if the aim was to strengthen balance sheet thenission accomplished. I would have preferred to see size and quality of squad strengthened. I like our new signings and am looking forward to match today, but feel to challenge for honours you need strength in depth. The two Mancs and chelski have much stronger squds than us We still don't have enough on the bench IMHO and we are short in defensive positions, now including DM Wenger still has £40m in pocket though so thats alright then???? - Post No. 27957
Gooner87 12:27pm 18th Aug 2012
"This proves he can create goals as well as score them, something Van Persie did do as well, almost the same stats between the two. A big difference between those two is that Giroud isnít injury prone." What a poor and lazy assessment. How about Van Persie's premier league experience and conditioning for the premier league? The fact Van Persie had also beautifully fitted in, contributed and improved our attacking play. Giroud will be good but no Van Persie...not on paper certainly! - Post No. 27965
Joe S. 22:35pm 18th Aug 2012
The opening game has just confirmed my fears that Arsenal are an aging decrepit side without any hope of winning something. It should be obvious that top four is the only priority and despite some shocker results I even wonder whether we are good enough or even the point of it all except to keep the business on track.Oh and it also doesn't surprise me that Giroud is only Charmack mark 2. Why do we always go to France to find these players? French connections? - Post No. 27973
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