Arsenal’s season was over with another disappointing draw, a fourth place and the crowd shouting “Spend some fucking money” at Wenger.
In other news, it seemed yesterday the Arsenal switched back to a 4-4-2 formation.
Wenger used a 4-5-1 formation more frequently since his team’s run in the Champions League in 2006 and finally switched to a 4-3-3 formation toÂ accommodate Cesc Fabregas’ skills better in 2009. Since then, Arsenal have played a 4-3-3 with one holding midfielder, two wingers and one striker.
It worked well for a while but the original Wengerball changed. From a team playing with a lot of combinations in a rapid and dynamic style, Arsenal switched to play in a poor man’s Barcelona style: loads of possession with no penetration or bite and hardly any counter attacks.
Yesterday might have been depressing for many Gunners, but the return to a 4-4-2 formation offers optimism. The goals scored by the team were classic 4-4-2 goals. Quick, penetrative movement, two or three sharp combinations and individual skills
Wenger, which has always said that a 4-4-2 formation is “the essence of logic”, will feel more comfortable in this formation – which is suited better to the Premier League.
With the right enforcements at the back, a beast of a midfielder (Patrick Vieira style) next to Jack Wilshere in the middle, Â Aaron Ramsey in the Ray Parlour position and a new world class striker (Karim Benzema?), who will work well with Robin Van Persie in the Bergkamp role – the return to 4-4-2 can work well for Arsenal.
Oh, and the return to 4-4-2 also means the return of Cesc to Barcelona.