CHE VS ARS: How Arsenal Could Lineup With Martin Odegaard Against Chelsea On Sunday
Obviously, the Gunners are hell-bent on equipping their squad, after they lost their opening game against Brentford last week. Of course, Mikel Arteta knows he needs to sign more brilliant players, if he really wants to outplay his major competitors in the league.
As a result, Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard has signed a 5-year contract with the Gunners family, and he may be announced and registered as an Arsenal player before their clash against Chelsea on Sunday. Frankly, the Norwegian has everything to upgrade the team’s performance, based on his display on loan during the 2020-2021 campaign.
Without a doubt, the Mikel Arteta’s men lost against the Bees last week, because they weren’t creative enough in the midfield, as Smith Rowe is too young to carry the team’s burden on himself. However, things may be different against the Blues at the weekend, as regards the Norwegian youngster’s arrival.
In all fairness, there’s a particular way the Spanish gaffer could lineup his formation, against the Thomas Tuchel’s men with Martin Odegaard. Of course, the player started the pre-season with Real Madrid. He is definitely fit enough to play without resting if the club can register him before/on Friday.
According to several reports, there are many attacking midfielders (James Maddison, Houssem Aouar and Hakan Çalhanoğlu) linked with the Gunners. But, the manager and the club decided to sign Martin Odegaard, because Mikel Arteta believes so much in his prowess.
Having seen Arsenal’s performance against Brentford last Friday, it’s been predicted that Chelsea will comfortably put many goals past the Gunners. However, the Real Madrid man has the ability and capability to change his squad’s display, in line with the formation below.
Here’s the lineup:
Leno, Tierney, Holding, White, Chambers, Xhaka, Lokonga, Saka, Odegaard, Rowe, Pepe.
In the absence of Gabriel Magalhães due to his injury problem, Mikel Arteta has no alternative than to use the already mentioned back-four against the Blues on Sunday. Actually, Pablo Mari made some costly mistakes against Brentford, and he should be replaced by Holding. Ben White single-handedly won 53% of ground duels against the Bees, which means he’s able to dominate the defense line with a brilliant centre-back beside him at the back. Having said that, Kieran and Callum play as full-backs, while Rob and the Englishman cover the centre. Without being sentimental, Thomas Tuchel’s men are very dangerous in the front, but the four defenders are able to protect their own box.
Since the club haven’t signed a new defensive midfielder as Thomas Partey’s backup, they will have to continue with the Xhaka and Lokonga combination. Obviously, the two players failed to subdue Brentford from the midfield last Friday, as they really missed the Ghanaian in the squad. However, it’s kind of iffy if Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante will start on Sunday, because he hasn’t been training with the squad. As a result, the Swiss and Belgian footballers have a chance to dominate the midfield, because Jorginho and Kovacic aren’t really flawless defensively.
The Blues may be strong and balanced at the back, having seen their display against Crystal Palace. However, Martin Odegaard’s arrival could change many things. Apparently, the Norwegian was the most creative player at the Emirates last season, as he completed 2.1 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. Of course, Arsenal’s all-around success depended on him in 2020. That’s why he may help the Gunners to defeat Chelsea on Sunday. With that being said, he plays as an attacking midfielder, while Bukayo Saka drives from the right-wing and Smith Rowe on the left-wing. Franky, the Real Madrid man is able to connect with other attackers to frustrate the Blues, and cause havoc in their box.
In the absence of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette due to illness, Nicolas Pepe should play upfront due to his versatility. Folarin Balogun is indeed a promising central-forward, but he’s still too young to play against Chelsea or any tough team in the league, based on his statistics against Brentford. As a result of that, Pepe plays as a striker, because he has the ability to disturb the Thomas Tuchel’s men defense line with his left-foot. However, the Ivorian footballer will have to focus on dribbling inside Chelsea’s box, so as to cause penalties because he can not contest with the defenders as regards aerial duels.
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