Friday, April 11, 2008
If Gilberto plays Song plays too
By 1970’s Gooner
“It is a big blow but Gilberto has a lot of quality and experience," Wenger told Arsenal.com "He can come in and help the team recover and focus."
If you are a regular visitor to this site you will know my views on Gilberto’s expected (low) efficiency output that will probably materialize at Old Trafford. If not then you can read my last posting “There are four ways to replace Flamini”
So let’s take it for granted then that Arsene Wenger does start with Gilberto.
I believe this creates the real danger of unbalancing the side especially if Wenger does not select another defensive minded midfielder and opts for the more creative players.
This is because Gilberto simply does not possess Flamini’s energy levels nor his tenacity and power. He used to but not anymore.
He will probably sit in front of the defence and try and play the protective role. However Manchester United are likely to deploy a three man midfield choosing any three from Anderson, Hargreaves, Carrick and Scholes in a 4 3 3 formation.
So Wenger has to make a decision whether to go like for like otherwise if he plays a 4 4 2 formation there is the real danger of getting outnumbered in midfield.
Especially when one of the two midfilders will be Gilberto.
And if the third midfielder in Arsenal’s 4 3 3 formation is going to be Hleb then this may result in unbalancing the side as he is a naturally a forward minded player.
In other words the side will contain too many creative players and not enough grafters. There will be RVP, Adebayor and say Walcott up front and Hleb and Fabregas alongside Gilberto in midfield.
So to my mind in order to cover for Gilberto’s deficiencies but also so that we play it a bit tight, at least in the first half, it may be prudent to include Song in the starting line up.
He will bolster the midfield with added defensive cover and help contain Manure’s forwards.
In order to accommodate this additional defensive midfielder either Walcott or Hleb may be kept on the bench and RVP start on the left with Adebayor in the middle.
It could be that Walcott could play the role of supersub again.
This may not be such a bad idea: contain and stifle them for a large part of the game and then unleash that human thunderbolt called Theodore.
My starting 11 assuming that Gilberto will feature will therefore be:
Eboue Toure Gallas Clichy
Hleb Adebayor RVP
Subs: Fabiansky, Senderos, Walcott, Bendtner, Hoyte
I have a feeling we may surprise a few people....
There are four ways to replace Flamini
Rafa’s tactics and Samuel’s “Times” writings, what utter rubbish
Look beyond the Anfield trees