After the signings of Lukasz Podolski & Olivier Giroud, we’ve got a striker headache coming on. The best kind of headache in my opinion. We currently have 6 first team strikers on the payroll who will all be vying for a spot in the starting lineup.
Originally, I was under the impression that Podolski would be primarily put out on the left wing of our 4-3-3 formation. However, Arsene has recently revealed that he plans on placing Podolski centrally. Pair that with the signing of Giroud, and you’ve got a big 4-4-2 hint. Could we be reverting back to the fabled formation of our forefathers?
“I think Podolski will play more central for us”, Wenger revealed to Chinese student’s on Arsenal’s tour of Asia.
“Giroud [Arsenal’s other frontman summer signing] is a different target man who would be more the player in a 4-4-2, he knocks the ball down, protects the ball well, makes play for his partners, and is a very intelligent player who has great physique, as well as being very strong in the air.”
Not only does Arsene allude to a switch in formation this season, but he’s also hinting that the two up top will be Giroud & Podolski, which means no more Robin Van Persie. However, the transfer window isn’t closing for another few weeks yet, and I’m sure we’ll have to endure some more twists and turns in regards to players coming in and players packing their suede, diamond encrusted man bags.
The debate over 4-4-2 vs 4-3-3 will rage on regardless. But the big question is, if we are reverting back to 4-4-2, who exactly do we stick up top?
[title]So Who’s In The Frame?[/title]
At the time of writing, we have a strike force which is bulging at the seams. There’s nothing wrong with having a backup plan, but I’ve compiled a list below of all our first team strikers, to illustrate our dilemma;
- Robin Van Persie
- Olivier Giroud
- Nicklas Bendtner
- Lukasz Podolski
- Marouane Chamakh
- Park Chu-Young
That of course doesn’t include the likes of Theo Walcott, Afobe and even Gervinho, who was handed a central role throughout some of our pre-season games these past few weeks. A bit a of a pickle.
In contrast to last season, we now have a sizeable strike force to, hopefully, challenge for more trophies. If we really do manage to hold on to Van Persie, our versatility upfront would be immense. But of course, the odds are, Van Persie will leave, and it will be left up to Podolski & Giroud to fill the void.
The question of formations of course still remains. Are we better suited for a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 formation? It will certainly be interesting to see what Arsene decides for our opening game against Sunderland.
[title]Who’s In Your Starting Lineup?[/title]
You’re in charge now. Who’s are you going to throw into the mix? is 4-3-3 working, or do we need to revert back to 4-4-2 to accommodate our new signings? Let us know by commenting below, or joining the discussion over at our forum.