4-2-3-1 would require more Coq, as he seems to be the only one capable of toughing out defensive duties. Our (available) midfield pairings all seem to have a major flaw though; Elneny is a utility, Xhaka DLP and Ramsey the marauder/b2b. All key abilities but we seriously miss Cazorla’s cauldron of combinations.
Seri would have been an astute signing in this regard, less gifted than Santi as far as I can tell but manages those defensive and attacking transitions superbly. Sit him next to Xhaka and we’ll have a balanced midfield. Anyway, we scuppered that thought and remain with the same formula as last season.
Bellerin - Mustafi - Kos - Kol
Ramsey - Özil
W/W - Laca - Alexis
Tight defensive line, no need for Mustafi to expose Kos, Xhaka shields/plays DLP, Ramsey recycles, Özil 10 feeding whatever he deems necessary to his frontmen.
Still think we’ll find it uncomfortable getting pressed in the centre but that’s Arsenal for you. Requires in-game tweaks which, well, pah! We beat some, we don’t. We finish top 6, what’s the hassle?
Edit: Would love to start integrating Reiss-Nelson on that RW soon too, gives us another edge to the athletic approach you’d get from Welbeck or Walcott (heh).