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Jack will have to be sacrificed when Cesc returns

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Many have wondered how we can accommodate all our first team players when they return from their respective injuries. Although given our team’s luck, we would not be concerned by this issue, nonetheless we have to consider playing Cesc, Nasri and Van Persie all in the same team.

Have read a lot of comments recently stating that Chamakh should continue as our main striker and Van Persie to start from the bench. Personally, I don’t think we should leave a fit Van Persie anywhere but on the field. Although he has not shown his usual form as yet, I put it down to lack of match fitness rather than anything else.

So with Cesc having the possibility of returning for the big game on Monday, how would you play the team? For me, the person to be sacrificed in our usual midfield would be young Jack Wilshere. No doubt, he has come a long way this season but he is still a work in progress and we would need our best players for this match. The only way we are going to win the match against the Red Devils is to be brave and attack them so I am advocating a return to the more traditional 4-4-2 system with Cesc and Song as the midfielders. With this system, Van Persie can continue in his “Bergkamp role” leaving Chamakh to lead the line upfront. Against Partizan on Wednesday, we already saw Van Persie in this role, sometime dropping as deep as the center circle to receive the ball.

With Cesc in midfield, we can also be assured of his defensive capabilities, although he doesn’t have the speed, his reading of the play is excellent, which makes his defensive qualities much needed in front of the back four. I think we have suffered a little because our captain has concentrated his effort upfront while leaving the defensive duties only to Song and Wilshere at times. As for Nasri, he can continue in his right side position. Although he does play better through the middle, he has shown his abilities down the right so there no worry there.

The good thing about Arsenal’s squad currently is the depth that we have allows Arsene to change this around if things don’t go our way. I believe a return to the 4-4-2 system will bring benefits to the squad of Monday but let’s see what the Professor thinks on Monday.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid



  1. martin

    December 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    if we play that 4-4-2 ill probably go and play football somewhere else

    with that formation i guarantee we will concede at least 3 goals through the middle and score none

    RvP needs to come from the bench he hasnt even been good enough in that role and he doesnt help out the midfield, that accompanied with the fact that he doesnt even link up with Chamakh honestly I dont even remember him passing to Chamakh once and he certainly didnt give him any through balls or service

    we moved from 4-4-2 because defensively we are so poor at it, using that against Utd of all people at OT is suicide

  2. jk

    December 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    spot on martin.
    i would prefer the usual
    ——-back 4——
    theo chamack arshavin

    with song actually playing dm and cesc playing a deeper xabi alonso role dictating tempo.

  3. Anup

    December 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Yes, it will be a very gud step n jack also wil be hungry 4 more game n arsenal wil benifit 4m it. Up Gunners!

  4. gareth bullen

    December 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    to me there is only two teams tat can combat manure in the arsenal team one of them is the normal team line up which is


    simply because they know there positions, or if wenger has some balls this is a team that i wud think of feilding simply cos we can make put manure under pressure and cos of rio if he plays he will not be 100%

    ———fab(if fit)———–

    let me know wat u think

  5. rVp11_rocks!

    December 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    i say sacrifice arshavin start rvp on the left….he can give gr8 crosses to cham and leave the rest of the team as it was….its a bad choice to sacrifice to jack…..he can get forward very well and we need song to sit down tight,denilson can be sloppy and make a very costly mistake like givin the ball away wen our defenders are way up the midfield,with pace of rooney and nani,given the weakness of squillaci’s low pace and kozi’s low strength,we can put ourselves in trouble….i say we have jack movin up and down,song holdin the line(we cant afford giv him the roamin freedom in a match like this anyways,he has to cover for the defenders cock ups)
    fabby in the middle,nasri on the right(movin thru middle evry nw n then),RvP on the left(providin breaks n crosses and switchin with cham) and finally cham up front!….SIMPLE AS THAT!

  6. mohammed assefa

    December 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

    sagna squlaci kos. clichy
    Ros song wilshere/Fab Nasri Arshavin
    Zats proper lineup 2 punish Z vetrans.

  7. gman

    December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    song fabregas
    rVp cham Ash

    shud be favoured line-up as the game goes on bring on wilshere if we need to add another body in mid, walcott on if we need to crack open the game

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