Nasri The Playmaker
With Fabregas out injured for three months, we were going to be lacking creativity in the team. It took Arsene 15 minutes against Portsmouth and 45 minutes against Plymouth to re-arrange the formation. We became more effective once Nasri came to play behind the strikers.
Nasri as with Hleb and Rosicky are more effective playing a free role in central midfield. Nasri has never felt comfortable out on the flanks and too often comes in and plays in a central midfield role. From the centre, he can play right across the midfield and once he starts to run at the opposition defence, this creates panic in their ranks.
The main fallacy with this formation is playing Bendtner out wide, with the best will in the world the Dane is not a winger. If we are to persevere with this formation, then the main striker needs to Adebayor, with van Persie, Vela or Diaby providing the width. These three are natural ball players and will unlock defences.
This formation gives us a greater attacking presence and the two central midfielders can just sit back and stifle the attacks of the opposition.