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?