Attacker not good enough: Three things we learned about Arsenal in win v Manchester City
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 2-1 extra time win against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
New central midfielder needed
Arsenal fans have regularly called for a new central midfielder and many felt as though the answers were in Granit Xhaka after he joined for a huge £30million fee in the summer. However, in his first season for the club the 24-year-old has been remembered for his disciplinary issues more than anything else. Additionally, both himself an Aaron Ramsey are struggling to create anything of worth in the attack for their side and it is clear from Sunday’s display and many others this season that the Gunners still need something else in the centre of the park.
Giroud isn’t good enough in this formation
Olivier Giroud was give the task of leading the line on Sunday. However, his display proved that the 30-year-old attacker simply isn’t good enough in this formation. The France international has scored some vital goals for the Gunners this season and is still an important part of the squad, but his lack of dynamism and movement stifles Arsenal going forward. Alexis Sanchez, who has often played upfront on his own this season may be more suited to the way Arsene Wenger is now looking to play due to his high work-rate and finishing capabilities.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain found his best position
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has so far struggled to fulfil his potential at Arsenal after being signed from Southampton in 2011 for an initial £12million. He started off as a pacey wide attacker, but Wenger looked to convert him into a more central player. However, judging by Sunday’s performance Oxlade-Chamberlain has now found his best position in the right wing-back role and he caused mass problems to the City defence. If he continues with this type of display then he could cement that spot as his own for the future and become one of the best in that position.
In other Arsenal news, Thierry Henry couldn’t believe Tottenham did this against the Gunners at White Hart Lane.