Arsenal’s squad has improved dramatically despite there having been just a few months since Unai Emery’s arrival. The Spaniard has transformed his side over the course of the first half of the season, and it will be very interesting to see how he continues to improve as the campaign continues.
Perhaps the biggest change at Arsenal has come in the midfield. Emery has opted to use a few formations, but he’s enjoyed a lot of success with the 3-4-3 formation in recent weeks.
That utilises two wing-backs in addition to two more classic central midfielders, and fortunately, Arsenal have the perfect squad to make use of that system.
Over the last few weeks, it’s become clear what Arsenal’s best team looks like, and given how important the midfield has been to that system, it’s great for Arsenal that Emery has been able to identify some players to sit in the middle of the park.
But what exactly is Arsenal’s best midfield, and what does each player offer?
Sead Kolasinac has been a revelation at wing-back. He’s had a stop-start Arsenal career as a more natural left-back, but he’s perfectly suited to this more advanced role. He’s got bags of energy, and so he’s able to get up and down the wing, making him useful at either end of the field. His raw power means that he’s able to compete with anyone in the Premier League on the wings, and he had his best performance in an Arsenal shirt last weekend against Tottenham.
Hector Bellerin is a player that has struggled for form at Arsenal over the last 18 months or so, but again, he’s another one that has looked brilliant as a wing-back. His electric pace has always made him a useful asset going forward, and that influence has only grown now that he’s been pushed further forward. He’s, like Kolasinac, the perfect player for this role.
Granit Xhaka had struggled to find a role in the Arsenal squad until this season. Lacking consistency and direction, the Swiss midfielder looked to be a bit of a dud capture. However, in the last few weeks, he’s really found some form. With Arsenal less reliant on his ability as a ball-winning midfielder, he’s able to make use of what he’s really good at, namely having the ball at his feet. He’s turned into a deep-lying playmaker at the Emirates, whilst he’s also offering a decent goal threat himself.
Lucas Torreira has been the star of the show over the last few weeks. The midfielder moved to Arsenal over the summer, and though he had a slow start, he’s really impressed in recent games. Able to make an impact at either end of the field, the little terrier is a real nuisance for opposition players, and he never gives them a minute of peace. Just as effective tackling as he is shooting, the midfielder is perfect for the Gunners.
Emery has built a brilliant midfield.