Sometimes it’s the fans that tend to see the most obvious things from afar and current defensive conundrum of Arsenal appears to be fairly straight forward from a supporters perspective.
Having tried the various permutations of Luiz, Mustafi and Sokratis, it’s time to drop all three and look elsewhere. Ljungberg may as well opt for Arsenal youth at this moment in time with Arsenal appearing as impenetrable as a tub of margarine.
Zech Medley and Konstantinos Mavropanos have featured for the Arsenal under 23’s against Blackburn Rovers and both looked assured. Medley has been on the radar for a while now but hasn’t had the opportunity to stake a regular claim.
He’s quick, strong, has great ball distribution and is imposing at 1.95m. Medley will also contribute an aerial threat and can grab the odd goal from set pieces, something Arsenal fail to do at this moment in time.
Mavropanos has so far been unable to cement a place in the Arsenal first team, having suffered a number of injuries and only occasionally being given the nod but the young Greek can apply himself wholeheartedly, he recently enthusiastically upended two players in the 3-1 win against Blackburn.
He also has good feet, is composed on the ball, executes his duties simply and at 1.92m intimidates the oppositions strikers. Why not try this pair at than persist with the brittle and obvious options ?
Arsenal fans are also looking at the pairing of Holding and Chambers which would put a distinctly English core in the Arsenal back four, something it hasn’t seen for many years. Although troubled by a knee injury in recent weeks, it’s rumoured that Holding is ready to return.
The Tamesider hasn’t had a decent run in the Arsenal side under Emery during his reign as the chop and change king, but showed his potential against Chelsea’s Diego Costa in the FA cup final in 2017 and many feel that he should be the regular and obvious starting choice.
Calum Chambers has endured loan spells and periods out of position, especially under Emery, as a right back but arsenal supporters would prefer the Englishman in the middle or alongside Lucas Torreira as a holding midfielder.
In his spell at Fulham last season, Chambers regularly caught the eye and was named as Fulham’s player of the year, something that fell on the deaf ears of a ‘master tactician’ such as the outgoing Spanish coach.
Chambers, like Holding will give a solid and full bloodied account of themselves at Arsenal and put their bodies on the line but unlike others, they won’t go to ground at the earliest opportunity or just skate backwards without offering a challenge.
In recent Arsenal games this has been the most obvious weakness in the side, with Arsenal conceding space and allowing the opposition to cut through the middle or from the flanks to press upon their goal.
If you watch Arsenal’s recent defensive struggles, they seem disjointed from the two central defenders positions with neither willing to close down or restrict the path to goal.
There’s zero communication and little in the way of understanding, which is key to this area if you are going to limit chances and cut out sloppy and unnecessary goals.
Ljungberg has surely seen enough and the game against West Ham May see a new Arsenal backline which includes both Tierney and Bellerin. Fingers crossed.