Yesterday Rasp asked the following question :
Incidentally I’m told by someone who was at the game that we were very narrow in the second half which led to the customary midfield congestion and lack of shooting opportunities – can anyone verify/explain this?
Now we have a player like Welby who is quick enough to get into the box, surely we need to get behind their fullbacks when attacking?
To which I responded with the following :
The balance in our width has been an issue for a while Rasp. How much should come from the FB’s or the more advanced wide players and in what balance are big debates. Have we got the right players for it and the right balance within the squad and who should play in certain positions and who should not? There is tomorrows headline post for you.
To which Rasp responded with the following :
OK GB, thanks for volunteering – get typing
Now I had signed off at that point to tend to my pulled pork that I was preparing for family and guests (delicious if I may say so), so typing was not an option, but it struck me that how a team deploys and utilises its wide players is a big debating point. The more you think about it the more questions it raises.
The comments of “playing too narrow” and “over-committing our full-backs to the attack” are often stated on here and elsewhere in relation to Arsenal. To my mind this begs the following questions :
- Do we use the wide areas of the pitch effectively?
- Do we have the right balance in how we provide width in our play between the overlapping full-backs and the more advanced wide players?
- Could we improve how we use the wide areas of the pitch and if so how?
- Are there other teams that are better at using the width of the pitch to open teams up and should we be looking and learning?
Over to you A.A’ers. These are but a few questions that one could start with to get things going, but please feel free to bring any other aspect or question that you feel may be relevant to our club and how we use the width of the pitch in our general play.
Written by GoonerB