Welbeck’s pace and work-rate may be handy for Arsenal top four finish
Arsenal returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 defeat of West Ham Uniited. prior this the Gunners had suffered four losses in five league games, denting any hope for Champions League qualification.
The Gunners have faced a lots of criticism for the lacklustre performances in recent weeks as we got dumped out of the Champions League in an embarrassing manner and slipped down the Premier league log.
But that midweek win seemed to have resurrected the old Arsenal as we controlled a larger part of the match, the tactics and line-up no doubt played their roles in the win.
The 4-2-3-1 used on Wednesday night was a reminiscent of the one used in 2013/2014 season than the one used in the early stages of this season. Instead of Alexis Sanchez leading the attack and Ozil playing as a second striker, the German functioned as an orthodox number 10 while Danny Welbeck played the role of a centre-forward with Theo Walcot breaking up the defence.
However, the major difference between the 2013/2015 line-up and the one against West Ham was the presence of Welbeck on Wednesday.
In the 2013/2014 side, Olivier Giroud was involved but he lacked the pace to stretch play and get behind the opposition, something defences capitalizes on and used effectively against him. But against West Ham, Welbeck’s pace and work rate without the ball made the Hammers to defend deeper, opening more spaces in the midfield for Arsenal to distribute the ball with ease.
And the most encouraging part of it was Ozil played like we have never seen him done this season before. He was provided with the environment that has eluded him all season, he has the off-the-ball work of Welbeck and line-breaker Walcott before him as well as the combination of Xhaka and Eleny behind him.
One maybe forced to ask where have this formation and performance benn all this while. Are we not resurrecting at the wrong time? Anyways jeeping this up may help us to break into the top four.