I saw the 3-4-1-2 discussion but this is actually a different formation so I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the change.
So the pros and cons
Defending, clearly a problem we've had, the CBs will always be back, which counters are too many players forward problem. And then we actually have specialise
Sort of the same point BUT it covers the gap between the midfielders and defenders issue
We're stronger in the air, curtesy of 3 heading machines attacking the ball.
We're stronger at set pieces. No coincidence that we scored from 1, had a goal disallowed from 1 and defended them well.
It covers the weaknesses of Xhaka, Ramsey and when he returns Cazorla.
It lets Alexis and Ozil play more narrow and forward
We have good ball playing centre backs, so it makes use of them. It also makes it easier for them to defend.
We can get overrun in midfield and we may sacrifice possession
We may create less chances
You really need a dynamic CF, something Giroud is not suited too.
The football isn't great
Question: Will we stick with it?