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" …
Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Villas-Boas continued to use Bale in a central position but made two other changes. Sigurdsson replaced Holtby on the left flank with Assou-Ekotto starting at left back, pushing Vertonghen infield. As a result Caulker sat out the game. On the opposite side Wenger largely kept his side, making only one change. Ramsey came in to partner Arteta in the place of Diaby. In terms of formation there wasn’t anything surprising. Tottenham again used the 4-2-3-1 looking shape, although it was …
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 | Tactical Analysis

On Sunday, Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge searching for a repeat performance of this fixture last year. Although there have been some obvious changes for both of the London sides since then – not least the two managerial sackings at Chelsea and the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United – Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would have been hopeful that his side could exploit Chelsea’s indifferent home form and make up for their defeat to Manchester City last week, …
Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0 | Tactical Analysis

Aston Villa 0 Arsenal 0 | Tactical Analysis

In a match which ended in a stalemate, Aston Villa put in a very good performance, to get the point which moved them out of the relegation zone. The Arsenal display generated severe disapproval and disappointment from the fans at the ground, after a sub-par performance from the team. Team Line-Ups [caption id="attachment_22364" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Aston Villa vs Arsenal Line-Up's[/caption] Arsenal lined up in their usual formation, 4-2-3-1, but Arsene Wenger decided to rest some usual starting players, in Bacary Sagna, Thomas …
West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

This was a highly entertaining game, particularly the second half, undoubtedly aided by the sharp contrast in styles between West Ham and Arsenal. Setting aside the fact this was the 6th of 30 London derbies that will be played in the Premiership this season, there were a number of other issues circulating. A home victory would leave West Ham with their best Premiership start after 7 games whilst Arsenal, despite positive comments in the media, had actually experienced their third worst …
Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 | Set Piece defending costs Gunners

Tactical Analysis: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 | Set Piece defending costs Gunners

Both sides entered the game with an unbeaten record in this year's Premier League but after a tight affair the West of London emerged victorious at the Emirates against Arsenal. [caption id="attachment_19729" align="aligncenter" width="368"] The Line ups[/caption] Line Ups After Diaby's early injury and substitution for Oxlade Chamberlain (with Ramsey moving centrally), the sides lined up largely as expected in a rough 4231 formation for both sides. However, to describe Arsenal as a 4231 is a touch simplitic because whilst …