ARSENAL CURRENT BEST ELEVEN PLAYERS BASED ON PERFORMANCES SO FAR BY I
It is difficult for any team to depend on a single player in each position all through the season because of reasons such as form of players, tactical changes and injuries. But most coaches like to to have some players as their major starters in the various positions in games pending reasons stated above.
My suggestion depends on the effectiveness of players in the various positions so far this season using 4-2-3-1 as a formation.
GOAL KEEPER – LENO
This department divides the views of fans due to the form of Cech and initial lack of knowledge of Leno’s reliability. Though no disrespect to the form and saves made by Cech before the injury, I selected Leno based on the fact that his ability to play with his feet suits the the tactics of Emery. From the Liverpool game, he impressed fans with the ability to know when to play from the back and when to a long pass forward occasionally.
RIGHT FULLBACK – BELLERIN
It is easy to see that Bellerin has improved in his crosses so far this season. No wonders he has reasonable numbers of assist already. Lichtsteiner, though seems match rusty currently, has not done enough to justify a starting place ahead of Bellerin.
RIGHT CENTER BACK – MUSTAFI
I know so many fans are not comfortable with this name in the line up. Let us not judge certain players based on their performances during the era when the entire team was struggling. Mustafi’s experience is needed to adapt Sokratis to the league and gradually bring up our younger defenders. How many fans noticed that he has become more solid in his games since the coach started using Torreira in the line up?
LEFT CENTER BACK – SOKRATIS
This player proved many critics wrong with the way he adapted to the pace of the premier league. He is a no-nonsense kind of defender.
Holding so far, I believe has done enough to be very close to the two guys in the center.
LEFT FULLBACK – MONREAL
Monreal is one of the players in the premier league that are highly underrated. Some fans like to call him ‘Mr Dependable’. Though Kolasic is not a bad left fullback, he hasn’t done enough to dethrone Monreal in the position when both of them are fit. Am I the only one who noticed that Kolasinac is injury prone?
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER – TORREIRA
He is the ‘wow’ signing so far. The type of player we have been asking for. His presence brings the best out of those behind and in front of him when on the pitch. If this guy was signed two seasons ago, Le Prof probably wouldn’t have left our club by now.
DEEP LYING PLAY MAKER – XHAKA
Contrary to the view of those fans who wish that Guendouzi should be considered ahead of Xhaka, Guendouzi is mainly an understudy to Torreira except when Xhaka was deployed to left fullback. The coming of Torreira no doubt has brought out the best in Xhaka. Did you see the way they combined against Liverpool?
RIGHT WINGER – MKHITARYAN
This position is also a subject for argument. Ozil and Mkhitaryan have played mostly from this position. While playing Ozil there minimizes the effectiveness of Ozil in games, Mkhitaryan seems to be more comfortable at it. The problem with Mkhitaryan so far is lack of calmness in finishing. If not he has gotten himself in goal scoring positions severally but he seems to be under undue pressure to score. Even before he scored against Chelsea, he wasted some good chances. And he seems to be a player who can’t last the full 90 minutes.
BEHIND THE STRIKER – OZIL
Though he started the season by playing from the left where he wasn’t so comfortable, the inability of Ramsey to take the opportunities given to him by Emery afforded Ozil the opportunity to take the position. It gives him the opportunity to interchange positions with his wingers. Mark this, the best of Ozil this season is yet to come.
LEFT WINGER – IWOBI
One of the players that were written off by some fans before the season started. He seems to have found his confidence under the guidance of Emery. He is the most technical player to play from the left wing at the moment. I hope he finds consistency. Aubameyang has actually put in some shift out there. But he is a striker who is supposed to be deployed there when we desperately need more striking options to score goals. Welbeck is another option here. His lack of technicality and finishing seems to undermine his athleticism and marking ability. Though he has scored a reasonable amount of goals so far this season.
CENTER FORWARD – LACAZETTE
It is quite difficult to decide between Lacazette and Aubameyang on who to be the main center forward. The major difference between the two of them is that while Aubameyang is the calmer and more pacy finisher, Lacazette is better in the all round game. Lacazette is more suitable to playing with his team mates right from our own half to the opponents’ half. The choice, I must confess is a difficult one.
Who would you choose?
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Thursday 3, January 2019
- Medhi Benatia took aim at Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri on Instagram
- Arsenal and Manchester United are monitoring Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella
- Napoli have already made the first bid of £18million plus Marko Rog and Adam Ounas
- Unai Emery has strongly denied claims Keylor Navas is coming to Arsenal
Medhi Benatia unhappy
Medhi Benatia has continued to show his displeasure with life under Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The Morocco international, who has previously been linked with Arsenal, has made just five league appearances this campaign.
And publicly bemoaned his lack of first-team action in November.
Now, Calciomercato are reporting that Benatia published an Instagram story in which a waiter asks him: “If you score a goal, you have to dedicate it to me”.
Benatia responded: “I have to play, in order to score.”
In November, Benatia told Italian newspaper La Stampa: “It’s normal that this is not good for me. I’m 31 and I have to try to play as much as possible. Let’s see in January what will happen, how much I have been used, if Juventus need me.”
Wanted: Nicolo Barella
Arsenal and Manchester United are monitoring Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, reports claim.
Cagliari’s 21-year-old talent Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side against Ukraine in October.
And having continued his impressive league form – has captured the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the player’s preference is to join Inter Milan, but his £45million price-tag could hand the advantage to the Premier League duo.
The report adds that Napoli have already made the first bid of £18million plus Marko Rog and Adam Ounas.
Unai Emery on Keylor Navas
Unai Emery has strongly denied claims Keylor Navas was closing in on a move to the Emirates.
Navas has been linked the Gunners as he looks to leave Real Madrid.
The Costa Rica international had been the first choice at the Bernabeu but Thibaut Courtois’ arrival has relegated him to the bench.
And speaking in his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Blackpool, Emery made clear there was no interest in signing the goalkeeper.
When asked about a move for Navas, Emery said: “Not true.
“We never speak about one goalkeeper because we are very happy with the three goalkeepers we have now. We never speak about Keylor Navas.”
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