Some quick fire questions for you all to discuss and for me to have a go at answering.
Is it really a 4-3-3, or a 4-5-1 like we saw Wenger employ many times last season?
Well I guess the beauty of the 4-3-3 is that it can switch dynamically to a 4-5-1 if you have wing-forwards who work hard. If Wenger plays Eboue or Diaby as his wing-forward, then it really isn’t a 4-3-3.
Will Wenger play two “defensive midfielders” (even though I question whether Denilson really is a defensive midfielder) out of 3 in the 4-3-3?
If Wenger has a strong, athletic, tackling central midfielder – the 4-3-3 can be perfect. Right now, Song is the only player I trust to play defensive midfield for us. With Song, Denilson and Fabregas playing as the 3 in midfield, I would feel we are wasting a place with so many other talented players at our disposal.
Flamini was enough for us when playing in a 4-4-2. Will Song be? Perhaps, but I don’t think Denilson will be.
In the Flamini 4-4-2, he had Fabregas, Rosicky and Hleb in midfield. They are hardly defensive players are they? Flamini was enough, he held it all together and kept the tempo moving quickly. Last season we saw Wenger lose trust in Denilson to play in a four-man midfield with other attacking players in there with him. So…Song may be the only player that could hold it together. I don’t see Wenger signing anyone apart from Vieira in this position though. He loves Diaby too much.
Here’s what I think. Nasri (after he comes back from injury of course) started to play in the deep lying position a few times last year. He is strong enough. He is skilful enough and he works relatively hard. Barcelona play Yaya, Iniesta and Xavi as a three-man midfield.
So why couldn’t Nasri, Fabregas and Song work. Or ideally an established strong anchor man…maybe Vieira.
With the balance in central midfield being one of strength in Song or Vieira (if signed)…driving force through Nasri and a field-reader in Fabregas, we would have enough there to provide attacking balls for the three-playing in front of them.
Who will lead the line in the centre of the 3 up front?
My choice is always going to be Eduardo every day of the week as regular readers will know. Bendtner could play in the centre. He shouldn’t be wasted on the left where Wenger loves to randomly play him. If Bendtner gets regular games in the centre, I think he will score goals. More than most would believe.
Arshavin has his place cemented as our left forward, leaving Van Persie, Walcott and Vela to play on the right wing forward position. Not to forget Wilshere who I would love to see playing but Wenger will be very cautious with him.
Rosicky can play almost anywhere so it will be interesting to see where Wenger wants him to play if we keep this formation. The problem really is that I can’t see Wenger leaving players like Eboue, Diaby and Denilson out too much because he loves them so much. Only time will tell what our options are going to be. Watch this space.