Five Tips to Beat Reading by Twig
I feel somehow embarrassed writing this article. Why? Well, in years past this would have been seen as an easy three points for Arsenal – right? Big four club with 11 internationals playing a bottom-of-the-table club. Sadly things have changed. Teams like Norwich, Bradford, Swansea and Stoke have picked up valuable points against us this season. And with our form at the moment, there’s no reason why Reading should be pessimistic about their chances tomorrow. Here are five tips I believe could make us get the necessary 3 points against Reading tomorrow:
1. Don’t play Ramsey: Arsenal has curiously done better when Ramsey hasn’t played than when he has played. He no longer scores those “celebrity-killing” goals! Often, he has been played out of position on the right. With Rosicky back, there’s no reason why Ramsey should start. He has in the past made successful appearances as a sub… Wenger, could play him in the last 10 minutes when we would have hopefully wrapped up the game.
2. Podolski should play centrally: Wenger has played Podolski only once as a centre forward this season. The German deserves another opportunity to play centrally where he’s most effective. He’s practically useless on the left wing – and the player himself isn’t exactly excited about playing there.
3. Rosicky should start: Rosicky has probably played enough games since his injury to be fit enough for a start. He’s quick, has some pace and has looked sharp whenever he has played. And after all, he was the catalyst for our revival last season, so maybe he could repeat his magic again.
4. Gervinho musn’t play centre forward: Frankly, I’d much rather see Chamakh play the centre forward role than Gervinho. If Gervinho must play, then it should be on the wings, where his indecisions wouldn’t be as costly. Like many Gunners, I wouldn’t be too upset if he’s replaced by Eisfeld or Gnabry on the bench.
5. Play Cazorla on the wings: For me, Cazorla often goes anonymous in the midfield. He’s often too deep into our own half to make a telling contribution. Maybe, that’s because we don’t have an imposing defensive midfielder? Cazorla, can play left and right wings effectively. Playing Cazorla on the wings would enable Rosicky play centrally where he’s more effective. It will also restrain Wenger’s hand from trying Ramsey on the wings – yet again!
So for tomorrow I would like to see a line-up of: Podolski; Oxlade-Chamberlain Rosicky Cazorla; Wilshere Arteta; Gibbs Vermalaen Mertasacker Sagna; Szczesny. I would really, really like to see Coquelin play, as I believe he gives us a more balanced midfield. If Walcott is fit he should replace Oxlade-Chamberlain. The decision is with the manager of course. But he has in the past proven that he can be a little bit underwhelming in his team selections.
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