Emery’s selections continue to baffle

//Emery’s selections continue to baffle

Emery’s selections continue to baffle

After Arsenal’s shocking showing against Southampton, it was expected that lessons had been learned by the coach. However, Unai Emery’s selection of Xhaka at centre back is unlikely to please the home crowd, who were expected the Swiss to be returned to the midfield. Personally, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I think that Xhaka seems better suited to playing at left back, where he has less choices regarding who he can pass to. I really liked the way he distributed the ball from that position, although he conceded a soft penalty at Palace.

Perhaps Emery has chosen Monreal at left back, instead, because the Spaniard can get up and down the pitch a lot faster and offer more than Xhaka in the attacking sense from wide. That’s his choice, but it wouldn’t be mine. Xhaka may fare better with Sokratis alongside him, making fears of another defensive horror show unfounded.

However, the big talking point is the complete omission of Ozil from the squad for ‘tactical reasons’. Reading between the lines, we can only assume that the German no longer has a future at the club. Judging by his performance or lack of a performance at Southampton, Ozil isn’t bothered whether he’s in or out of the team. Perhaps football is not as important as the video game ‘Fortnite’ to the perennial back-spasm victim.

One other disturbing aspect of the performance at Southampton was Leno’s display. Not only did he come off his line and not get the ball, but he also remained unrepentant, not recognising it as a mistake. How he’s going to improve with that attitude is anyone’s guess.

Arsenal XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal; Torreira, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi; Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Willock, Lacazette, Nketiah

Arsenal XI: Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Xhaka, Monreal; Torreira, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi; Aubameyang

Subs: Martinez, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Willock, Lacazette, Nketiah

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