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Three ways Arsenal could line up against Burnley

Three ways Arsenal could line up against Burnley

Something is better than nothing

Arsenal finally got up and running in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign when they ran out 1-0 winners against Norwich at the Emirates last weekend, in what read like a dominant performance despite the scoreline.

Despite Arsenal putting in an improved performance overall off the back of additional quality coming back into the side, Mikel Arteta’s troops were hardly impressive, though they did register thirty shots by full-time.

The Gunners still only managed a single goal and there were moments when Norwich could have maybe found a way back to nick a point. Truthfully, the match played out like a 19th versus 20th does. But was it enough in the end? On current evidence, it’s hard to be upset with three points, but many of the same issues remain.

Arteta – who hopes that the club can climb back into the European places next season – still has many questions to answer, and the onus is on him to find the right tactical solutions to push the club up the table akin to last season when Arsenal started flying post-boxing day. But overall, the three-point haul was the best possible takeaway and something is better than nothing.

How, though, can Arteta perpetrate improvement via the tactics board? Here are three ways in which Arsenal could line up against Burnley to bag another three points.

Arteta’s Arsenal in a traditional 4-2-3-1

Three ways Arsenal could line up against Burnley

The most familiar of the three options, one key feature here would be the inclusion of Alexandre Lacazette ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front. Lacazette has shown himself to be more adept at dropping deeper in different phases of play to combine with those in the attacking midfield positions, while also being quite capable of setting up the likes of Bukayo Saka in the final third to try to unlock the England youngster.

Arsenal with a proper holding midfielder

Three ways Arsenal could line up against Burnley

Something many Arsenal fans have wanted to see for a few years now has been a 4-3-3 featuring a dedicated holding midfielder to shield the back four. This deployment would highlight summer signing Sambi Lokonga, who has considerable experience in being deployed in that role from his days at RSC Anderlecht. This would also not only allow Kieran Tierney to spend much of his time in the final third as a creative outlet, but it would equally tap into Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ box-to-box capabilities, which maybe you would not see as much of in just a midfield duo. The need to attack quickly and decisively would be the key, however, which would certainly suit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pépé to the ground.

Three at the back has worked in the past

Three ways Arsenal could line up against Burnley

Unlikely to be considered moving forward would be a three-at-the-back deployment that would feature both Lacazette and Aubameyang in a forward pairing, but with the aim of utilizing the former as a mobile center-forward to link play in the half-spaces while creating roaming room for Aubameyang to run the channels and make himself available for service from one of Tierney, Lokonga, or Martin Ødegaard. It could be an intriguing option to get Burnley out of their stubborn shape at the back, as the Clarets are sure to sit deep and look to frustrate Arsenal for the duration of the 90-minute period.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

Premier League 21/22

Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3