How Mikel Arteta’s Right-back Signing Will Reveal His Tactics For Next Season.
Arsenal need to make changes to their playing squad next season as they look to improve on their last season’s eight position finish in the Premier League standings. It seems the Gunners realize this as they have already announced the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica FC for 8 million pounds and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Belgian club Anderlecht for 17 million pounds.
Rumours have also circulated that Arsenal are interested in signing players like Ben White, Houssem Aouar, James Maddison, Andre Onana and Renato Sanches. Although it is highly unlikely that the Gunners would be able to complete all those deals, there is a good chance that they complete one or two of them.
Arsenal have also been rumoured to be open to selling their Spanish right back Hector Bellerin. The Spanish defender is wanted by Italian giants Inter Milan, who are very close to signing him on a loan plus obligation to buy deal. If Hector Bellerin departs from the Emirates stadium this summer, the Gunners would have to bring in a replacement for the Spaniard.
Arsenal manager Mikel Artets’s tactics for next season could be dependent on the type of right-back player he brings to the club and here is how:
Mikel Arteta favours two different formations, the first is a 4-2-3-1 in which the right back drops into midfield to allow one of the two central midfielders move further forward to support the attack. The second is a 4-3-3 formation which allows the fullbacks to overlap forward aggressively while the two central midfielders cover the spaces left behind the fullbacks.
Early last season when Mikel Arteta employed the 4-2-3-1 formation, Ainsley Maitland Niles was tasked with dropping into the midfield to cover for Thomas Partey. But in the latter stages of the season, Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares were used in a 4-3-3 formation to provide width down the right flank.
So if Arsenal sign a player like Tyler Adams who is a central midfielder and plays at right-back, it means Mikel Arteta wants to use the 4-2-3-1 formation. But if Arsenal sign a dynamic and overlapping right back like Kieran Trippier, it means Mikel Arteta is moving to a 4-3-3 formation.