Arsene Wenger could be about to change Arsenal’s tactical system.
Although Arsenal are only separated with Manchester City on top of the Premier League table by goal difference, Arsene Wenger could adapt his tactical approach in the coming weeks.
The revelation comes after Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score two goals with as many touches against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
While Alexis Sanchez has proven to be a potent centre forward, Giroud is more of a traditional striker, offering himself as a target rather than a false number nine.
Despite Sanchez’s recent goal scoring record, on occasion Arsenal look a little more balanced with Giroud playing up-front. Consequently, in an interview in the Evening Standard, Wenger hinted a possible formation change following Arsenal’s 4-1 over Sunderland.
He [Sanchez] is doing extremely well and I believe that he enjoys it.
But we can as well play 4-4-2 with two through the middle as well, because Mesut can play in behind or on the flank.
I will see. Let’s not create problems that we don’t have at the moment.
While employing a 4-4-2 system would allow Wenger field both Giroud and Sanchez, it would force Mesut Ozil onto the left wing, a position from which he has not been as effective in the past.
Nevertheless, with Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla all contending for a place in midfield, we will watch with interest how Wenger tries to accommodate so many top class players in his team.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena