Can Coquelin save Arsenal’s season? by Twig
If there is one problem the current Arsenal team have it is an inability to score goals. Consistently. Personally, I feel that one of the reasons for this is our imbalanced midfield. Earlier in the season, as Wilshere made his recovery from injury, Arsenal fans drooled at the prospects of seeing Arteta, Cazorla and Wilshere in the same midfield. Many people understandably hoped it will give us our own version of Barcelona’s Xavi and Iniesta, sadly after about 5 games together, our midfield still doesn’t look up to scratch.
At the moment Cazorla and Arteta are suffering a serious dip in form. I feel Cazorla seems too absent from the game at times and too deep to make a telling impact in the final third. Fabregas used to dominate the midfield for us and our best plays went through him. I feel the current Arsenal team is missing such a player.
Meanwhile, recent games have made Gunners question whether Arteta as a defensive midfielder is a tactical blunder from Wenger. He has looked out of pace of recent which has seen mistakes to increasingly appear in his game. In the game against Everton, a penalty should probably have been given against us when Arteta shoved Steven Pienaar in our 18-yard box. The same thing happened against Fulham when Arteta brought Brian Luiz down, after dwelling too much on the ball in our danger area.
I believe, in the absence of Diaby, now is the time to bring Coquelin into the mix. Coquelin, unlike Arteta is a defensive midfielder by trade, and will help us add that bit of physicality that we missed since Diaby’s injury. The only problem with this is that Wenger might feel Coquelin is little bit inexperienced for such an important role in the team. However, Coquelin has generally played well whenever first team chances have come his way.
So what happens to Arteta? I believe Arteta should be shifted to his more natural position as an Attacking Midfielder, where the team can make best use of his passing technique and shooting accuracy. Cazorla, our ambidextrous midfielder, goes to the left wing in front of Gibbs. It won’t be a strange position for him, as he played as a winger for most of his career. Walcott completes our new-look midfield, taking his place on the right wing.
I still believe Wenger can turn this around. But he probably needs to change his tactics a bit and use his men in their more effective positions. I say, Good Luck to him!
Cazorla Arteta Walcott
Gibbs Vermalaen Mertasacker Sagna