Will van Persie Miss Out on CL Success?

Due to injuries to key players Wenger has recently opted for a change from his tried and trusted 4-4-2 formation and gone for a more attacking but fluid system, 4-2-3-1. 

 This formation relies upon two midfielders to hold the centre of the park, in Denilson, Song and Diaby, Wenger has the men for this job.  As they are not expected to go forward much, nor are they exposed to on running midfielders.

 Wenger is able to use his attack minded players in a more constructive manners.  We have plenty of players to play these attacking roles, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Rosicky and   Fabregas.  Going forward such a formation send fear into the opposition, with free moving players who have no fixed positions, it makes marking them difficult.

 This formation allows extra protection for the defence, but also ensures we are not overrun in midfield as plenty of teams pack their midfield.

 The issue with this formation is the striker.  It requires a sole striker who can hold the ball up and act as a target man.  The ideal candidates are Adebayor and Bendtner.  This leaves a question mark about the role of van Persie in such a formation.  He is reluctant to play the lone striker role, in fact he gets lost in this role.  Van Persie is suited to playing the support striker, however with so many other players available it leaves little room for the Dutchman.

Van Persie has much to offer Arsenal, but not in the 4-2-3-1 formation. Only time will tell how Wenger fits him in, but one thing is for sure it will not be at the expense of a winning formula. 

 In our run to the Champions League final in 2006, we stumbled upon a similar formation; this resulted in Bergkamp being sidelined.  Will this year’s run in the Champions League see another Dutchman being sidelined?

Posted on April 8, 2009, in Arsenal News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. no. u get rvp in however u can…whether that be changing the formation to fit him in or playing him as 1 of the three attacking players with nasri most likely to give way. I dont care about formations etc all i know is that u have 2 fit rvp in in any way u can simply because he is the best match winner in r team and has the most goals and assists for us this season.

    • northbanklegend

      With Nasri, Arshavin, Rosicky and Walcott all fit, I still think Wenger will use van Persie as a substitute. Once he comes across a winning formula Wenger stick to it

  2. There is also the traditional 4-4-2 which can be employed against some teams continentally. It’s a rarity but it’s not impossible. RVP can score and really that’s what he’s paid to do for the most part. Wenger will find a place for him in a system because why would you leave out someone who can put the ball in the net? RVP is also depth and we’ve been lacking that for a while now. We don’t have 3 first teams like Chelsea did but we still need top class people to rotate in and out of the team weekly simply because we have so many footballing engagements every year.

  3. also northbanklegend your forgetting arshavin is cup tied for the champions league. rosicky i really dont think we can expect much from him this season but for a few sub appearences. and van persie could easily play in nasri’s position and is a better player with more experience so i dont see in any way a fit van persie not playing. and thats if wenger insists on still sticking with the 4 3 2 1. and wen we played that against roma he played up top on his own and got the pen and scored it. you can also go back to 4 4 2 to accomadate him. I just dont see him not playing if he is fit.

  4. erm all of you are forgetting van persie can play on either wing

  5. The two holding midfielders were adopted because Da Silva and RVP have been sick. Once they come back, then Song will be dropped. Had RVP been in Spain, Arsenal would have scored a second goal, because his ball retention is good and has an eye for the final pass too.

  6. arsenal are drawing 1-1 with villareal in the first leg with a away goal.lets hope arsenal win.

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