Arsenal have started this English Premier League season disappointingly with respect points, only grabbing 11 points from a possible 24. Given that Chelsea look like a 90 point team, dropping 13 points means that the Gunners have little chance at winning the title. Looking at their squad, the lack of a solution at holding midfielder appears to have played a significant role in Arsenal’s underwhelming performances. Relying More on the Holder in a 4-1-4-1 Arsenal have played a 4-1-4-1 this season, in an effort to exert greater control over their matches. However, such a system demands quite a bit from the holding midfielder. Unlike the 4-2-3-1, where two players play at the base of midfield, the 4-1-4-1 relies on a lone holder. A team relies on their holding midfielder to operate as a key player defensively and in possession. The holder probably has to be the most intelligent player on the pitch, as his positioning in both attack and defense […]