By 1970’s Gooner
One aspect that Adebayor was able to bring to Arsene’s tactical options plate was variation. Variation in the way that Arsenal was able to switch from the pass and move game that characterises all of Wenger’s teams to the long high ball for the tall and powerful front man.
This is particularly useful as most teams in the Premiership have learnt how to combat the passing game that Arsenal usually play. They put a lot of men behind the ball, pressured tightly, especially in the middle of the pitch and tried to counter attack.
Add to this the fact that as Arsenal’s teams usually contain a lot of relatively inexperienced youngsters then a mistake in defence, eventually and almost inevitably, led to a goal (unless Arsenal scored first upon which the other team usually let in more goals).
So if Arsenal does not buy a similar type player then what are we left with?
Option 1: Nicklas Bendtner gets promoted
This is the carry on as usual option. Bendtner will replace Adebayor as a regular in the Arsenal line up and Arsene will play either 4 4 1 1 with van Persie just behind the young Dane or 4 4 2 with the two players playing nearer each other.
For those who are fans of the young man this option sounds attractive and I think Nicklas will be able to step up the plate and take responsibility.
However I don’t think he will be consistent enough in his performances. And you have to take into account that injuries are part of football.
Option 2: Van’s the man
Robin van Persie can move forward and play the front man role. He has done it often enough this past season when Adebayor was injured but above all he is now an experienced forward who can take on the Premiership defenders and win.
He would however be more effective in a 4 4 2 formation as he is the type of player who needs others around him to connect with. His passing ability allows him to do that.
And there are now enough forward players in the squad that can play with him up front. Eduardo is the most likely candidate but there is of course Arshavin, Nasri, Vela and even Rosicky.
Fabregas was tried in that role last season but in my opinion he is not as effective there as in his central midfield position.
Option 3: Walcott gets what he wants
Theo has always maintained that his best and natural position is through the middle and Arsene Wenger also believes that this is where he will eventually end up.
He may well be right as Theo has the pace and goal scoring ability to eventually succeed there.
But not now. He is not strong enough yet to hold defenders off, his height does not help his heading ability which needs to be developed and he is still just a kid.
If Arsene does not buy another forward then it is obvious that Nicklas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie will play a major role in deciding whether Arsenal succeed in winning a major trophy this coming season.