What is your preferred midfield?

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Aevi, Aug 26, 2019.


What three players would you prefer to start in midfield?

  1. Xhaka

    14 vote(s)
  2. Torreira

    147 vote(s)
  3. Özil

    23 vote(s)
  4. Guendouzi

    73 vote(s)
  5. Willock

    99 vote(s)
  6. Ceballos

    154 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    Think it's very likely a tactical tweak, similar to what Sarri did with Kanté at Chelsea, Walter with Ascacibar at Stuttgart, Thiago is often the deepest mid at Bayern with more 6-like players shifted higher.

    The thinking is you want your DLP deepest when winning the ball so he's the first to receive the ball and organize play, with ball-winning 6s like Kanté, Ascacibar and Torreira pushed higher up the pitch to try and win the ball higher up in an aggressive and tight press.

    The obvious problems are that not every DLP is a perfect mix of passing and defensive ability, so without a ballwinner behind him once he's surpassed it can create defensive issues, same goes for him being targeted by the opposition as they know play will mostly go through him. Another problem, especially at Arsenal, is that there's still no cohesive overall pressing system, so the pushed up ballwinner is not very useful as of now - there's still no pressing traps and the like so he's mostly just running around.

    You can go back and do it the traditional way of putting your 6 behind your 8, like e.g. Real Madrid under Zidane do with Casemiro sitting behind Kroos and Modric, but you'd ideally need a ball carrier in that three and obviously Emery prefers to have two 6s sitting so that doesn't seem to be a way for him. You can go about fixing this tactically via off ball movement, player spacing, decoy runs and positional rotation, but I honestly believe we won't see that. It's going to be more of the same.
  2. RacingPhoton

    RacingPhoton Well-Known Member

    I remember even Wenger tried with Coquelin for a couple of matches and failed miserably.
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  3. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    It does have upsides as ideally you free up space and other players to take up playmaking duties situationally, it can be pretty unpredictable and the high ballwinners give you a tighter and higher grip and access to the opposition ideally resulting in higher up and quicker turnovers. But it's a high risk thing and not the easiest thing to get right. The way this team lacks overall structure and an overall pressing system and off the ball movement with the lackluster implementation of playing out from the back it's doomed.
  4. PoleInGoal

    PoleInGoal Well-Known Member

    It may have been. I'm hardly claiming he's Pirlo, but saying he can't pass is doing him a massive disservice. E.g. his pass vs Huddersfield last season for our winner was pretty phenomenal.

    He also keeps playing ticking well and doesn't give the ball away much.
  5. PoleInGoal

    PoleInGoal Well-Known Member

    The same can be said of Xhaka. I'd rather Guendouzi takes a bit more time to choose the right pass than watch Xhaka play the ball straight to the opponent 30 yards from our goal.
  6. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member

    but Guendonzi cannot control the midfield like Xhaka.

    You need both
  7. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    I think with time Guen will be able to do control the midfield.
  8. Token Yank

    Token Yank Well-Known Member

    Don’t care as long as the Swiss Mr. Bean is not part of it
  9. zilfy

    zilfy Well-Known Member

    I wish I could vote again. I didn't put doozie in the 3, but after the derby it's clear he is a special talent.

    Haters would say cant judge too much from one game, hope he starts proving then wrong on a regular basis
  10. Aevi

    Aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    There's an option to change your vote right under the poll.
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  11. Divided_Pie

    Divided_Pie Well-Known Member

    Look at what happened against Sp**s - we cut off their midfield and were pressing high, so they countered by dropping Kane deeper and playing long balls in to his head, with Son playing off him, running in to the channels and causing us all kinds of problems. Xhaka struggled to cope, imagine Torreira trying to defend that. Emery also likes to drop his deepest midfielder between the CBs who split out wide in the buildup, creating something like a back 3. Torreira's size makes him less than ideal for that role as well.
  12. Divided_Pie

    Divided_Pie Well-Known Member

    honest question because I haven't watch Uruguay play, do the push up both of their FBs like Emery does? If not that might help explain his effectiveness in that role
  13. RunTheTrap

    RunTheTrap Well-Known Member

    I remember Wenger used to have Cazorla as the deepest midfielder and Coquelin further up during build up play. It’s like he used Coquelin as a decoy and to be fair it worked some games but overall it wasn’t really a good idea.
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  14. Oxeki

    Oxeki New Threads, Old Tweets

    I feel our best combination should be


    Guen Ceballos

    a mixture of grit, creativity and and control
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2019
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  15. Token Yank

    Token Yank Well-Known Member

    I don’t think Torreira has a long term future at the club. Nothing specifically against him, I just don’t think it will work out. I assume Emery will get top four and want players who more fit what he wants and not the homeless German. Just a hunch.
  16. Oh-Zeal

    Oh-Zeal Member

    Arsenal left a squad that has every player playing in the wrong position. That has left a manager trying to figure out what he does not have in the team, at the same time try to stick to his tactics. Torreira is a 6. He anticipates, we yet to even witness his class interceptions.. He actually can start play from deep and swivel away from a marker with his small frame protecting the ball.. now making him run around like a headless chicken will make him look bad Time and time again. It's not his game. Now Arsenal have missed a ball carrier with silky movement in transition.. I am a fan of Willocks abilities and only excited to have a player of his sort finally come through.. Cabellos does this good as well and has bite for those who think he doesn't. Now that other position has to go to someone who's game would be to help Torreira.. physical and a good passer of the ball. Thank God we got Guendouzi. I want this player to be very important as from now. He comes deep to collect, his got zipped passes, that most of our players are even afraid to pull off, his got a good engine for his all round game. People talk about his awareness and I mean.. He can mature each game.
    So we have a good mix in midfield.. But we honestly have to play players in their best positions to even figure a functioning midfield.
    **** Xhaka
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  17. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    I still rate Xhaka highly. Him and Guendouzi were top draw in the second half at the weekend, but not sure you can keep picking Xhaka if he continues to make these costly errors. Either way he'll either come good for us and cut the mistakes out of his game or we'll get a good fee from a serie A/La liga club because he is a seriously good footballer.
  18. Santi's Left Foot

    Santi's Left Foot Sleeps in Theo's bed

    Xhaka has been poor to average at best for us. It's not even his mistakes, his general play too.

    I don't understand why people are still defending him, he should be out the team asap it's just a shame we have to long for him to be sold.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  19. Santi's Left Foot

    Santi's Left Foot Sleeps in Theo's bed

    Absolutely baffling how underrated Torreira is, but Xhaka no matter what he does gets a free pass.

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  20. pigge

    pigge Wishes Wrestling Fans Liked Him

    Hes been making them for more than three years. How many years untill its enough? He's literally mustafi in midfield.
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