If there is one thing to take away from this match it's that Jack and Aaron have learned how to play with each other.
We have to avoid situations where teams can break us on the counter, as well as any situation where the 2nd ball is in question. In open play we are excellent both offensively and defensively. But we are terrible at breaking up the counter attack and off situations like set pieces where our positioning can be confused.
glassman USA Fan Next to the beer taps at Finn's Member since Oct 2008 105649 posts
re: Arsenal 2013/2014 Season Long Thread(Posted by glassman on 10/29/13 at 7:56 pm to glassman)
Been watching some videos tonight while sipping on some cabernet. I really think our belief as a TEAM started with with the win at the Allianz last spring. Adding Ozil has only helped our mentality. We are good and will be in it to the end for the BPL title.
it wouldn't be good by any means, but i'm not sure it'd be a death knell (so long as it wasn't a long-term injury). we have some interesting options to deploy if Giroud ever went one. the more obvious and conservative ones would be to play Poldi or Theo up top, which may work better than it has in the past with Ozil. especially Theo now that we seem to be leaning a little more towards the counterattacking side of things. there is another option though which kind of intrigues me, especially after watching the first half of Germany-Ireland the other day: Ozil as the nominal false 9. it was only Ireland, but he worked well at that position, plus it gets Ozil and Santi both on the pitch in central, if free-to-roam, roles.