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Match against Milan - another "5-1" Bayern Munich affair?
Posted by: Merlin96
Date: 07/03/2018 21:44
A split dressing room, a demoralized team and a poetic manager reflecting on his nakeness, hopefully it is deja vu as in the late Brian Clough's erratic behavior during his last season - 1992/93, which saw Nottingham Forest relegated despite reaching the 1991 FA Cup Final.

Bellerin and Monreal are injured and not travelling.
This gives Wenger a rare opportunity to field youngsters who are willing to run out of their skins.

Wenger and Koscielny must solve out the DEFENCE and most importantly (like Tony Adams demanded at X'mas party in December 1997 that Vieira-Petit must shield the Back-4 who was leaking goals).

Same old ... same old ... like first half of 1997/98 season, no defensive shile in front of Back-4.

Can Wenger be ruthless and dropped Iwobi to flood the midfields with a defensive shield and let Front-3 roam and lessen their tracking-back burden?


........ Koscielny ........ Mustafi ...... Holding

...Maitland-Niles...Elneny ... Wilshere ... Kolasinac

.......................Ramsey ....... Mkhitaryan

Like Conte playing Fabregas or Hazard as a false 9, Ozil has more goal-scoring threat potential than a limp dick of a Welbeck with no first touch and no holding the ball ability in the box.

The main goal scoring threat is actually Ramsey with his deep running and a knack of getting into goal-scoring position and an instinctive eye for loose balls in the box.

Ramsey is out best No. 8 - box-to-box midfielder to help out Midfield-4 with Ozil-Mkhi pressing high-up on the pitch and always a goal-scoring threat to tie-down Milan Defence during Milan counter-attacking plays.

Let Holding-Kolasinac pairing concentrates on defensive duty instead of gung-ho attacks down the flank, exposing us to quick counter-attacks. Similarly, AMN-Elneny must guard the right-flank. Plus Elneny energy will see him tracking back on defensive duty in the centre as well.

Wilshere is a better defensive player than Xhaka and should be given his chance.

Just drop Xhaka who is poor and offers no defensive shield in front of Back-4.
Plus his passing is poor lately - which is only his redeeming feature in the team, his long and accurate long passes. More and more, it looks like his previous long-range goals are just fluke and not a reflection on his goal-scoring threat with accurate shooting.

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