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 […]
Arsenal FC enter the 2014-2015 season with optimism, after their triumph in the FA Cup and a successful summer. Here the detailed season preview of the Gunners.
Thomas Vermaelen has not played many games due to the success and fitness of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Some claim that Arsene Wenger should play him as the deepest midfielder, but that is move that only hurts Arsenal.