When you can ship three goals with such alarming ease the first temptation in righting the wrong is to shut down. It’s what anyone would do. Stop the pain, stop the rot and limit the damage.

That’s not The Arsenal Way.

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Unlike Derby, who cited “The Derby Way” when sacking Paul Clement, “The Arsenal Way is actually a thing. “The Derby Way” is an excuse to sack someone who was performing within the boundaries of a role, who performed well against the expectations set at the start of the season but became unpopular after a string of poor results. “The Arsenal Way” is the ability to cock-up any given situation, however positive that situation might be.

What gets my goat is just how bloody creative we are with it. Sometimes we just gift goals. Sometimes we injure ourselves or get ourselves sent off in a ridiculous manner and sometimes, just sometimes we get ourselves into a situation where we even score for the opposition – just to be helpful.

Is it a good idea for us to setup more solid against Palace tomorrow? Perhaps lining up like this?

33
Cech
18
Monreal
6
Koscielny
4
BFG
24
Bellerin
45
Iwobi
11
Ozil
26
Elneny
34
Coquelin
17
Alexis
23
Welbeck

Keeping our wingers close and deep – playing from the back, keeping it tight and allowing our creative players to be creative in attack but with a remit to keep it tight and work hard across midfield to cut out runners and protect the defence more. Be more positionally strict.

Or will we still line up like this?

33
Cech
18
Monreal
6
Koscielny
4
BFG
24
Bellerin
34
Coquelin
26
Elneny
45
Iwobi
11
Ozil
17
Alexis
23
Welbeck

Don’t get me wrong, against the Hammers, in the first 20-25 minutes we were awesome. We attack really well and Iwobi is a big part of that for someone so young and so new to the team. I wonder if including Iwobi instead of say Campbell, if we are a bit lightweight in tracking back. Joel Campbell does his defending with as much passion and effort as with his attacking. With Cech back in the side and I would suggest bringing back the BFG. Gabriel isn’t wholly to blame for the West Ham result, but we need to go back to what works. Koscienly and the BFG work.

I really would like to see us play a deeper 4-5-1, use the pace of our attackers to create chances and be more compact, tighter in midfield and adopt a safety-first approach. Clean-sheets until the end of the season would be lovely!

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