Mizgan Ahmed on 10th January, 2016
Arsenal travel to Merseyside to face Liverpool in a crunch Barclays Premier League tie on Wednesday night/
The Gunners are currently at the top of the table and two points clear of surprise package Leicester and three points clear of Manchester City. They have won 5 out of last 6 Premier League games which underlines their credentials as a proper title contender this time and possibly win it come the end of season.
Let’s take a look at how Arsenal are formidable in their play and how they have enough in them to conquer against Liverpool away at Anfield.
We will look at the formation and analyze movements on and off the ball :-
With injuries to Coquelin, Cazorla and Sanchez, this was the general setup with which Arsenal played most of their festive games and won. We will mainly concentrate on movements of their fullbacks and role of holding midfielder in that context, we will also take a look at the role Ozil plays in this team.
Bellerin and Monreal love to go on overlaps allowing both Campbell and Walcott to cut inside and be a presence around the penalty area, Flamini’s role comes into play here, he comes in between the center-backs enabling Mertesacker and Koscielny to be a bit wider, it means that center-backs are the one who cover up for their fullbacks.
Now, Ramsey also plays a very critical role in the team which is termed as roaming play-maker, he doesn’t have any primary work, his job is to join the midfield and attack when in possession, come back and defend astutely when needed.
Ozil is the number 10 and the main man for Arsenal’s revival this season, he knits almost all the attacks and is directly or indirectly involved in 85% of Arsenal’s goals this season. His movements are pivotal, he looks to find space in between a center-back and a fullback, he makes space for Ramsey to run into and be unmarked, he tracks back also whenever needed, Ramsey and Flamini helps their fullbacks while Ozil tracks back centrally in attempt to block the runs of opposition midfielder.
Giroud’s aerial threat is always a plus in Gunner’s favor, apart from that his channel runs and hold up play to allow runners to run beyond him is what makes him dangerous and effective.
The good thing in this Arsenal side is that each player know their jobs, they don’t venture anything extra apart from their assigned duty, it helps in cohesiveness and balance nature of the team. In Petr Cech they have one of the best goalkeepers of the world with them which really helps in getting defensive aspect of the game up to the mark.
Wenger’s men look a formidable lineup even with injuries to key players, they have certain style and guile in their play which can upstage Liverpool, they can play the dirty way if needed and can nurture out a result.They are the leaders and it’s upto them to take the game to Liverpool even though they are away from home and for me go as favorites to conquer at the famous Anfield.