Why Arsenal should not play with 7 attackers/ confirmed line-ups

Wenger loves an ensemble attack by his whole team.

He likes his high full backs to pass the ball rather than cross it.

They make angles for each other, create three-against-two, find new options from moment to moment. Arsenal pass the ball into the net more than any of the other 19 teams in the Premier League and that has worked pretty well for years.

But they should not do that today.

Yes, it’s great to outnumber your opponents in any zone of the pitch and it’s always valuable to have passing options. But I doubt if that will work on a big wide pitch like Wembley.

Against Spurs, who can slice down the avenues so quickly, with Harry Kane laying the ball off to Son and Dele Alli, that would be a kamikaze approach.

South Korean Son is two-footed and fast and scored 17 goals last season. He is the best Asian footballer ever to play in Europe.

And Son’s really up for this match. He says it’s the biggest game of his career.

Since Auba joined, Arsenal is a different team.

Aubameyang is an elastic power player with a hint of Asprilla, a touch of Collymore in his style.

With him, you don’t need seven attackers in the front third.

Ozil can find him and Mkhitaryan can find him blindfold, so he will not be short of service. He can switch to turbo, zoom into the box and score.

I love that kind of  power athlete and reckon Aubameyang will be a high-scoring centre forward for Arsenal.

Harry Kane creates Tottenham’s style of play. Without his rugged challenges, without his pace and goals, Pochettino could not play the way he plays.Their dynamic style would be impossible.

VERDICT : Auba can make Arsenal more like Spurs.

If Wenge cant supervise that change, the club should find a coach who can.


Tottenham : Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Son.
Subs: Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Aurier, Lucas Moura.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Ozil, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.
Subs: Lacazette, Ospina, Iwobi, Chambers, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac.

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).