Ideal Arsenal Forwards
Nicolas Pepe (RW) – You don’t need to be a fan of Nicolas Pepe to believe he should start, just ask me. Willian is not ‘washed’ or ‘done’ as much as the masses would like us to believe, as while he’s been exceedingly poor, he hasn’t been used according to what he can provide. Still, he doesn’t make the team since his goal contributions and all-round flair aren’t on par with Pepe.
If Arsenal add bodies in advanced central areas, Pepe will be given more space to operate in. As it is, he’s usually presented with three men to beat and only Bellerin to pass to. There are boundless tactical nuances to sort out, but despite all the hardships, he still pops up with goals and assists. Above all else, that’s what Arsenal need.
We may just have to put up with him ironing out the other chinks in his armour simultaneously.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – I am not the biggest critic of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down the left flank. If the right personnel are in the right areas, it’s an effective tool that’s brought us a great number of goals and success in the past. However, it’s being too easily sussed out by the opposition this campaign, all the while the system around Aubameyang does not suit.
Two wide players either side of him is the stuff of dreams. As a central defender, I know who I’d rather come up against between Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette; one comes short all game and the other is a speed merchant who will have you on toast if you lose for your focus for a split second.
He’s the best finisher we have. Put him in a place where he doesn’t have to beat four men to get a shot off.
Bukayo Saka (LW) – This role in the team depends entirely on the chemistry between Bukayo Saka and Tierney. Wanting natural wingers either side isn’t necessarily tended to with Saka, as we’re now seeing just how vital his contributions are in deeper areas where he can drive at defences. However, Tierney’s fabulous crossing ability and excellent support role to the forward line allows Saka to drop in to pockets of space an essentially bestow the ‘winger’ role on the Scotsman. This can, of course, fluctuate.
Arsenal’s best player with Gabriel so far this season, Saka’s adaptability and problem-solving capabilities make him not only a certain for his club, but for England too. The 19-year-old takes everything in his stride, never daunted by the occasion or opponent.
Our most creative asset can continue to be given license to drift away from his marker as much as he runs in behind in this system. “Whoops!” moments to opposing defenders will gratefully continue.