Now I know many more esteemed bloggers than I have broached this topic, but I wanted to put a different slant on the subject.
Following Saturday’s successful but ultimately disappointing performance, questions regarding our midfield have raised their ugly heads again.
Arsene chose the odd but partially enforced formation of 4231, playing the much maligned midfield shield of Arteta & Flamini in front of our makeshift defence, and subsequently our performance suffered. We were disjointed & bereft of ideas, Santi had one of his worse games in an Arsenal shirt, though in my opinion this was partially to do with the lack of forward thinking from our TWO defence midfielders. The majority of our attacks came from wide or individual skill from Alexis, which meant Welbez was dropping deep or wide to pick up the ball & therefore not in prime position if we got past the Mackham 4 by 4 defensive machine.
All in all a bad day at the office, a good result and thank Bergkamp for Alexis.
What? You may ask, has this got to do with Cesc? Well, as we know, Arsene didn’t re-sign Fabregas because we have an abundance of ACMs at our disposal: Özil, Santi, Rambo, Jack, stating that he didn’t want to stifle the progress of the latter & that the former are 2 of the worlds best.
And he didn’t sign a defensive midfielder because he presumably believed that Mikel & Mattieu could do the job.
Well, this is where, I believe, Cesc would have been a perfect fit.
Forget the AC/DC (attacking central / defensive central (midfield)) argument. Cesc should have be brought to populate the ‘Deep Lying’ Midfield role, for the want of a better term, ‘The Quarterback’.
The defensive midfield position has evolved, gone is the Makalele role. No more do you need a player who job is to destroy & pass it 5 yards to a more skilful player, now, you have to, as John Barnes so eloquently put it ‘Defend & Attack’, break up play & instantly start the next offensive movement.
Cesc, Mikel & Matt all average around 2.5 tackles per game. All 3 have about a 90% pass success rate, but the major differences are that Cesc averages 3.5 key passes a games, has 10 assists & 1 goal to his name. Mikel & Matty; average 0.4 & zip assists or goals
Cesc’s purchase would have allowed Arsenal to play the ‘Inverted Christmas Tree’ formation, 4123, With the aforementioned pulling the strings & holding the fort at the base, 2 from 4 orchestrating the attacks from midfield & ‘DAT’ front line of Danny, Alexis & Theo scaring the bejesus out of any defence.
But I ask you this:
Who’s gonna throw the Pizza to celebrate the 10th anniversary of PizzaGate when we travel to Old Trafford, now Cesc is a dirty Chav?