Arsenal 2 Napoli 2 | Emirates Cup - Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 2 Napoli 2 | Emirates Cup - Tactical Analysis

Judging from recent transfer activity and preseason results, it is clear that a mouth-watering Premier League season is on its way. It has the potential to be the best and most unpredictable in recent years. With newly appointed manager David Moyes, Manchester United will venture into the unknown without Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time in 27 years. Chelsea have old flame Jose Mourinho back at the Bridge and Manchester City start fresh with an unproven manager in the Premier …
Scouting Report: Arsenal | Stats & In Depth Tactical Analysis

Scouting Report: Arsenal | Stats & In Depth Tactical Analysis

As the 2012/13 Premier League season draws to a close Martin Lewis looks at Arsenal this week in his Scouting Report. Not only will Arsenal supporters find this interesting but Newcastle and maybe even Spurs supporters will want to know more about their rivals for that fourth place spot. [box_light]N.B. Please note that the writing style in this scouting report is written specifically as a scouting report. It is not written as an article as we would normally publish.[/box_light] Initial …
Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

Arsenal - It’s the defensive midfield position stupid! Tactical Analysis

It's been a difficult season for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Actually, it's been eight difficult seasons for the Frenchman and the Gunners. High points this season? There have been a few. The return to first team action of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott signing a contract extension, maybe even the away win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League but that had a hollow feel to it. The damage was done in the first leg leaving a "too little, too late" …
Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis – Santi Cazorla makes the difference

Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa | Tactical Analysis – Santi Cazorla makes the difference

In hindsight, a nervous and far from capacity Emirates Stadium saw a predictable result. While Arsenal have a habit of grinding out an important win after major setbacks, Aston Villa have made it a habit of conceding late goals to drop crucial points. In this aspect, Paul Lambert needs to take a hard look at himself and his team. Saturday’s match, however, wasn’t the brightest of points in the tactical CVs of the two managers. Naivety and anarchy seemed to be …
Sunderland vs Arsenal - Tactical Analysis

Sunderland vs Arsenal - Tactical Analysis

Arsenal earn an important three points with a slender victory which should have been more comfortable than the score-line, and the last ten or so minutes of the game, suggested. When these two sides met early in the season, Arsenal dominated the game but failed to find the breakthrough against a deep-lying Sunderland side. A similar pattern developed here with Arsenal in the ascendency and enjoying 61% possession but this time they found a way past the inspired goalkeeping of Mignolet. …
Everton 1 Arsenal 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 1 Arsenal 1 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a match where Everton had the better of play, a draw was a good, if not lucky, result for Arsenal. Everton played very tenaciously and used smart tactics to thwart Arsenal in their attempts to create goalscoring chances. Line-Up's [caption id="attachment_22472" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Line-Up's[/caption] Everton lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Fellaini occupying his normal position between the midfield and defensive line of the opposition. This meant that Arteta was more withdrawn in his role as he was …
Arsenal 3 Fulham 3 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Fulham 3 | Tactical Analysis

In a match where both sides had their chances to win, these sides deservedly drew in this fixture. Arsenal started this match brightly with two goals inside the first 23 minutes, before Fulham scored two goals before the half time break. Despite the match ending 3-3, the action didn't stop until the last whistle, with Mikel Arteta having a 95th minute penalty saved by Mark Schwarzer, the Fulham keeper. Line-ups Arsenal lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, while Fulham lined …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 6 Southampton 1

Arsenal produced a fluid and dominant display as they dispatched a hapless, newly promoted, Southampton. The game ended 6-1 but was over when Podolski smashed home a 30th minute free-kick to make it 2-0. Line-Ups Arsenal set out a somewhat experimental front three, with Gervinho chosen to lead the line in the middle ahead of new signing Olivier Giroud. He was flanked by Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 and had a wealth of attacking talent, with …