Lets get back to 4-4-2 and use Eduardo and Carlos Vela!

Pre-season training starts in earnest today, some players who have extended international duties such as Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott and Keiran Gibbs will be given a few more days leave. This is the time when players on the fringes last season can be expecting to make the step up. Three players will have something to prove in my view.
Tomas Rosicky will be trying to convince the club that they should renew his contract. I cannot see the logic in offering a long term contract, and perhaps an annual rolling contract kept under review. I remain pessimistic about ever seeing Rosicky back to his best, and I believe that there is more to his frequent tendency to injury than meets the eye. I would want to see at least 30 games out of him before even offering him an annual contract.
“Dudu” Eduardo role in our team has to be defined this season. He is an excellent header of the ball, he is a sublime finisher, and yet Arsene Wenger puts him behind Adebayor and van Persie. I would argue that his running off the ball and predatory instincts makes him our equivalent of David Villa. Given that we have yet to sort out Adebayor’s future, why not build our offense around Eduardo’s strengths? Thus any new striker coming to the club would have to compete with Robin van Persie. Eduardo has nothing to prove, but will he get his chance? That is for Arsene Wenger to decide, but upon the evidence of his performances whilst not 100% fit, if we fail to play him regularly we would be wasting such a potent resource.
Carlos Vela is another player who has yet to have an extended run in the first team. Last pre-season, he struck up an amazing partnership with Niklas Bendtner. He may appear lightweight when put against overly physical centre backs, but his display in the six nil demolition of Sheffield United in the Carling Cup demonstrated that if Arsenal play the game at a high tempo, Carlos Vela has a lot to offer. The problem is who do we leave out when employing these attacking options? Carlos Vela should play against the Premier league minnows and have an extended run in the FA Cup in place of Robin van Persie in my opinion. Vela has world class potential and must be given an opportunity to develop his skills.
I favour a return to 4-4-2 formation with the emphasis upon destroying all teams outside the top ten in the league, consistently. Bring back the goal scoring and remove any hope for these teams. Remember, only eleven players can take to the field, and using the likes of Eduardo and Vela would be like having new signings. 4-4-2 suits the offensive high tempo game of these and the other younger players. I am no fan of the 4-2-2-1-1 or what seems to be an odd deployment of 4-5-1. This creates slow sideways passing, and Europe campaigns apart, it is my opinion that this formation has been partly responsible for outand out failure to rediscover the beautiful game.
Finally what would the A and B Arsenal first teams look like?
My Team A
Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Walcott – Fabregas – Melo? – Nasri
Arshavin – van Persie
My Team B
Fabianski
Sagna – Djorou – Song – Gibbs
Vela – Denilson – Ramsey – Rosicky
Eduardo – New Striker?

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