Unai Emery set up his side in a very conservative, compacted 4-4-2 diamond formation against Liverpool on Saturday. Ultimately, the play proved unsuccessful as the Reds dominated the match and emerged as 3-1 winners at Anfield.
Whilst the Gunners did create a handful of chances, they were never able to sustain any attacking threat. With another tough test on the horizon, Emery will perhaps reconsider his approach.
Arsenal are set to take on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. It’s a game that the fans will be desperate to win, and Emery has suggested his side will be set up with nothing but earning a victory in mind. As quoted by The Mirror, the Spanish coach said, “against Tottenham we are going to play three points, to show how we are in the distance over 90 minutes with them, how we compare to the Champions League finalist and because it’s the derby”.
By saying that his side will “play [for] three points”, Emery has indicated that his team will take the game to Spurs. Given that the Gunners will be at home and against Spurs you would expect nothing less. The fans will certainly demand to see plenty of attacking intent.
In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal boast a potent and prolific attacking trio. As long as they remain solid at the back, and the midfield unit doesn’t cede control of the game, then Arsenal stand a great chance of victory in the derby if they play on the front foot.