We’re here and we’re the other side of the transfer window, in the UK at least. No more incoming transfers. There is outbound business still to be done I suspect, involving Elneny, Mustafi, Nacho or more likely, Kolasinac.
Watch this space. Kolasinac is on big money, as is Mustafi and I’m certain we want to try and shift them out.
This is Unai’s team now. He has the players to start playing how he wants. Sure he is waiting for the likes of Tierney to be fit, but Nacho can start on Sunday.
I think it can easily be seen that the 3-5-2 formation didn’t really work. Far too often we sat back in a 5-3-2, favouring the opposition and giving them possession. We weren’t protagonists, we became pragmatists. Choosing not to lose, rather than aggressively pressing and dictating the game.
4-2-3-1 is a far more front-footed approach, which can either be defensively minded, with the midfield two sitting deeper, screening the defence or higher, pressing and dictating the play.
Against Newcastle on Sunday I think we will line up like this
I believe Unai will use the pace and pressing of Guendouzi to press higher up the pitch, with Xhaka pulling the strings. Özil will be pushed forward to feed balls left, right and centrally to create solid chances.
We will use the pace of Aubameyang and Mkhi on the break, utilising Luiz’s ability to pick a pass over the top and this will cause Newcastle to sit deep and allow us to play the game further up the pitch. Noone likes pace. Our front four has that.
Exciting times. More to come tomorrow about Sunday.