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Talking Tactics

Talking Tactics

  • The Great Debate: Tiki Taka Football vs Defensive Counter Attacking

    In the aftermath of Leicester’s historic Premier League title and Atletico Madrid working its way systematically through both Barcelona and Bayern Munich there was a lot of debate about which is better – the tiki taka style preferred by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and our Arsenal or the defensive, counter-attacking style exhibited by Leicester and…

  • How Arsenal Can Beat Leicester

    When league leaders Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, the onus will be on Arsenal to accomplish what only one other Premier League team has done this season: Defeat the formidable Foxes. Leicester’s story is now well-known. Nearly relegated into the Championship last season, the Midlands team hired veteran manager Claudio Ranieri…

  • Arsenal’s Midfield in Midwinter

    The aesthetics of Arsenal’s 2015-16 Premier League campaign certainly turned on that moment in Norwich when midfielder Santi Cazorla unwittingly swung his leg into Norwich City’s Gary O’Neill. In that split second, Cazorla ruptured a knee ligament and joined midfield partner Francis Coquelin on the sidelines until early spring. When the severity of Cazorla’s…

  • Arsenal’s Tactical Triumph

    While we marvel in the sublime skill and breathtaking speed Arsenal displayed against Manchester United on Sunday, we should also praise the team’s tactical triumph. The flexibility that manager Arsène Wenger and his players displayed bamboozled the visitors and their supposed tactical genius of a manager, Louis van Gaal. In fact, van Gaal’s approach…

  • Could Ozil As A False 9 Solve Arsenal’s Formational Issues?

    At a club where midfield talent is bursting from every corner, Arsene Wenger has typically opted to cram as many central midfielders into his Starting XI as possible. To the mindless, heartless social media conglomerate that lives and breathes to criticize Wenger’s next move, this is a terrible decision. Pairing Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and…

  • Talking Tactics: How Arsenal Can Attack Liverpool’s 3-4-3

    Preface: What is Liverpool’s 3-4-3 Following a string of poor results, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation (which really plays like a 3-4-2-1 at times) with four flat midfielders. A 1-0 loss to Basel in the Champions league, where the Swiss club deployed a 3-4-3 as much out of…

  • A look at Arsenal’s move to the 4-1-4-1

    As Arsenal continue to struggle with finding momentum this season, all sorts of supporters and pundits are looking all over the place for those at fault. It’s Wenger’s inability to get a DM or defensive cover, or it’s Mesut Özil “knicking a living at Arsenal.” Take your pick, there’s a reason for everyone. In…

  • Striking the right Balance at Arsenal

    In the wake of Theo Walcott’s season ending injury everyone went into overload trying to determine what it was that Arsenal needed to make up for the speedy and influential scorer. Theo has grown into one of England’s best players. Once chided as not having a footballing brain, he is putting that brain to…

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