Unai Emery’s initial gameplan put Arsenal on the front foot for much of the first half of yesterday’s north London derby clash but a four minute period of madness before the half time whistle meant that the Spaniard went into the interval in search of a second ploy to swing the game back his side’s way.
His response was to unleash Alexandre Lacazette alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Aaron Ramsey bombing on in a very direct number 10 role and three unanswered goals ensued; with both strikers getting in on the act and the Welshman turning provider.
The initial approach of getting Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into the half spaces did work for much of the first half but it remains to be seen whether that 3-4-2-1 system can really strike fear into the hearts of opponents like it did for Antonio Conte when he won the 2016/17 title using it.
With Manchester United on the horizon in two days time, is Emery brave enough to unleash the duo as a front two against Jose Mourinho’s struggling side?
There is no reason why he shouldn’t be; their dual threat pinned Tottenham back yesterday and Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka are forming their own formidable partnership which would allow Ramsey to bomb on too.
This United side will struggle in the face of one elite striker, let alone two.