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Salah’s central role is perfect to exploit Holding’s discomfort in Emery’s high line

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Salah’s central role is perfect to exploit Holding’s discomfort in Emery’s high line

Arsenal’s lengthy unbeaten run is hugely impressive, coming so soon after Arsene Wenger’s departure and the large turnaround that is needed, but some glaring weaknesses remain.

Emery has made a staunch commitment to playing out from the back and using a high defensive line, and central defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding have struggled.

Arsenal’s second half improvements have caught the eye, but there is a reason why teams have been able to put them on the back foot from the off.

 

Holding in particular looks very uncomfortable with the high line and the space it leaves behind him. He was lucky to escape with just a yellow card from a first half against Leicester last Monday which saw James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho cause havoc by running off him.

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Liverpool’s frontline are perfect to exploit that space in behind as it is, but Jurgen Klopp’s current decision to move Mo Salah inside will only serve to exploit Holding further.

Emery’s Arsenal are very much a work in progress, and although they are moving in very much the right direction, the Reds look perfectly placed to exploit any weaknesses in terms of the high line and the back to front passing football.

With Salah returning to form in a central area, it could be a long evening for Holding on Saturday…

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