The Arsenal Midfield Problem -It’s not Personnel, It’s Philosophy

Slightly obsessed is how you can describe my association with the Arsenal midfield dynamic over the last few years. I’ve written many articles about partnerships and steps to take in order to achieve balance. In my opinion, this issue is bigger than simply players that are deployed or who we can sign in a transfer window. As a firm believer that the majority of games are won and lost in the heart of the pitch, my focus when watching Arsenal matches shifts to this area almost automatically. My eyes have been telling me two things:

Our deep-lying midfield pairing is being set up to fail tactically.
Our issues don’t revolve around quality of personnel, but stylistical values associated with our playing philosophy

Looking back over the last few seasons, the Coquelin-Cazorla deep-lying midfield pairing has been our most effective. We were able to observe ...
 
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