Arsenal Strikers & Formations

Right now things are going smoothly as RVP is fit and scoring nonstop this year.  But what about Chamakh and Park? They just can’t get a start.

The media buzz is that we should buy a striker as good as RVP. Which we should. But will he start ahead of RVP? That is why there is a problem with our formation.

I have no problem with the 4-3-3 formation but the ‘modern football striker’ has a problem with that. The modern football striker always needs game. He is hungry for starts. Which is how it should be. With our case we allow only one striker on top.

So comparing our formation with Manchester United’s…  Our 4-3-3 vs 4-4-2.

Manchester United:

Now my point is that what United are actually doing is that this is not really a 4-4-2 formation; it’s more like 4-2-2-2 formation.

Young and Nani are wingers like how we have Gervinho and Theo.  But the advantage that United have is that maybe the Wingers United have are better defensively in the midfield area? Valencia, Young, Nani play as wingers but then get back into the midfield.  This gives United the advantage of playing 2 strikers upfront.

This season United have successfully played Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez in a lot of games, thus keeping the modern striker ‘happy’ by giving games.  With such flexibility United try a number of formations. They can shift to a 4-3-3 formation but still play 2 strikes.

This is the same case at Spurs where they play 2 strikers and Bale plays on the left and Lennon play on the right.  Midfield of 2.  Mancini plays the more conventional 4-4-2 with not much emphasis on the wingers. Sometimes he plays Nasri and Johnson as Wingers. But they both could play midfield. Up front they have Dzeko, Kun or Balotelli playing when required keeping all ‘world class’ strikers happy. ( Not Tevez! )

What also works with playing 2 strikers is that they all get games. They can built on having some form and match fitness. With 2 strikers you could rotate positions.

With the Arsenal wingers is there a problem that they are too attack minded? Theo has said he wants to become a striker. And gradually he is making the progress. We could see and we do see this sometimes when Theo joins RVP on the top.

If all 3 on top attack the way we attack, means we play with 3 strikers! It could work but what happens to Chamakh and Park and the 4th amazing striker which we need. Chamakh and Park don’t have the pace to play as winger-strikers?

Is it time for change in formation to keep players happy? I totally understand why Bendtner had to go. With his lack of pace he could not play the Theo role of fast winger-striker.  What will make Chamakh and Park stay longer at Arsenal when they can’t get games.  With them getting no games they also don’t get any match fitness, which means they can’t work on getting form.

What if we buy a big 30-40mil striker. Where does he play? If he has any chance to play he needs to be quick like Gervinho, Theo & Arshavin so he could play that role, but as an out and out striker.

An out and out striker will never be happy playing backup striker role to the main striker. Chamakh and Park maybe don’t have the confidence to demand that role. Bendtner lacked the skill maybe but he was desperate to start every game. He is getting that now at Sunderland.  Any striker with the level of RVP that we seek will not be okay being on the bench.

Right now its working for Arsenal as RVP is fit. But just playing nonstop he is bound to pick up minor muscular injuries. We will then have problem of having 2 strikers who have no form whatsoever. Maybe its time to play with 2 strikers where RVP can play in the behind the striker, linking up with Arteta or Ramsey or Wilshere. Wenger is not going to drop Song, our Defensive Midfielder.

So could this be our future to make strikers happy and also keep them in form?

Let’s see what the future holds…


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