Arsene Wenger side cruised to very comfortable 6-0 victory over Hubert Fournier’s Lyon side in the weekend as the Gunner’s progressed to win the Emirates Cup for the first time since 2010.
Let’s look at 5 things we learnt from the huge win.
1. Wenger has become a tactical genius:
For a manager who had previously been criticized for his tactics, Arsene Wenger’s recent tinkering with tactics has become something of a surprise, and Saturday’s performance was another tactical perfection.
Arsenal started with a lightning-speed high-pressing counter attacking formation (a weird one right?).
His team set out with Giroud, Iwobi and Chamberlain being the first line of defense once the ball is lost, causing the opponents to be disoriented in their buildup play, consequently causing misplaced passes into the hands of Arsenal’s second line of defense –Francis Coquelin and Ramsey- who then recycle the ball to start a counter attack, this was typified in Chamberlain’s goal.
On occasions when the first line couldn’t stop Lyon’s attack, everyone fell back, with the Coquelin-Ramsey pairing sitting deep, just in front of the defense to intercept balls and start attacks. This was seen in the build up to Ramsey’s goal after the midfielder dispossessed his marker just outside the box, laid a long pass immediately to Ozil then ran the length of the pitch to finish the return pass. Also, in the second half when Lyon took control of the game, the team just sat back ceding possession and keeping things tight at the back plotting their next attack and at the end of the day Lyon were on the losing end of a 6-0 thrashing which really could have been much worse.
2. Ozil is the Perfect “No 10”:
Though Wilshere wears the No 10 shirt, Ozil plays the ‘No 10’ role behind the striker. But against Lyon, Ozil redefined that role.
The German midfield maestro was at his mobile best (something that had previously been his weakness) filling in every attacking position when needed, at some point he was partnering Giroud upfront.
His famed passing technique was on full display with his assist for Ramsey’s goal showing what he is capable of.
His well taken goal – which is another improvement on its own, and two assists – one from a well taken free-kick and the other from an intelligent well timed and well placed layoff.
Finally the Arsenal transfer record holder is truly worth his price.
3. Coquelin and Ramsey partnership is a worthy alternative:
After Wenger decided to try a Cazorla/Coquelin partnership and had excellent result, Ramsey had to be kicked out to the wing –though it was because the Welshman is too good to be kept on the bench.
The match against Lyon showed that in Santi’s absence, Ramsey can do a very good job with Coquelin in central midfield.
Should Arsenal need to replace Cazorla, Ramsey is more than a worthy alternative.
4. Chamberlain is our new Alexis Sanchez on the right flank:
The England international exhibited the three qualities Alexis is known for –Power, Pace and Technique, plus he tracked back well to help the defence when needed.
5. Debuchy is still not ready to bench Bellerin:
Debuchy –who missed most of last season to injury, played the full 90 mins but was by no means convincing in his
link up, passing and decision making.
He did well defensively and made himself an outlet in attack for but his final touch was lacking. On one occasion during the match, he escaped his marker, burst into the box and aimed for goal instead of crossing.
Bellerin had a similar chance against Singapore XI but raised a perfect cross for Akpom to net his hat-trick.
With the 20-year-old right back cementing his starting spot during Debuchy’s injury layoff, the 30-year-old Frenchman has a real fight now on his hands to regain his starting spot.
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