4 reasons Unai Emery must keep the latest formation intact
In the EPL round 22, Arsenal met West Ham United for a London derby away and lost 0-1. Their next opponent was yet another London rival, this time an even more fearsome side in the form of Chelsea FC. The only consolation was that this time around the derby was a home match.
For the fans and pundits alike, playing at home did not matter much as Arsenal were not looking likely to come out with anything from that match as they were back to their usual default setting where they had lost their shooting boots, and were incapable of keeping away opponents from breaching their defense lines, leading to a haemorrhage of points.
However, Unai Emery shifted the starting formation and ended up with 4-4-2 diamond arrangement. In this set-up, he had both Lacazette and Aubameyang playing in their natural positions as forwards together. He re-introduced the attacking midfielder role by playing Ramsey as number 10. Against West Ham United he did not even have an attacking midfielder. The other three midfield positions were taken up by Guendouzi and Xhaka joined by Torreira who was also dropped against West Ham and came on as a substitute. With Guendouzi on the left, Xhaka at the base of the diamond and Torreira on the right and the wings available to both Lacazette and Aubameyang to offer support in defense as well as the foundation to launch attacks and helped by the marauding fullbacks in Bellerin and Kolasinac who would bring attacking support and augmented by a hard-working centre paring that would sniff out every single intention of the opponents to get something going and they themselves capable of that odd raid on the opposition tuff, Arsenal were looking the well-oiled machine they can become. It was, in fact, a pass from Sokratis to Koscienly from a set piece situation that brought the second goal.
More tellingly, this was the set-up that left Tottenham devastated earlier in EPL when Arsenal convincingly beat them 4-2 in a scintillating North London derby.
With Emery shifting from back three to back four and changing patterns ever so frequently, let's hope that he can stick with a set-up that seems to bring out the best out of Arsenal the following reasons.