Arsenal – Wolverhampton Wanderers: Emery’s switch of formation fails to overcome well-organized Wolves (1-1)
Wolves organized themselves well at the Emirates Stadium, scored an early goal and got very close to what would have been a deserved away win. Arsenal’s offense was ineffective for the entire match, despite Unai Emery’s formation switch at half-time. In the end, an unlikely goal rescued a point for the home side.
Arsenal’s manager Unai Emery is enjoying a very good start to his managerial stint in North London - result-wise that is – even though these results have already started to cool down a bit. After a long winning streak across several competitions, Arsenal had drawn their last two Premier League games going into this match. And although it may feel like a new dawn for the club, the 4-2-3-1 system that was so dear to Arsène Wenger is still in place.
Wolves are one of only two Premier League teams to field a back three week-in-week-out. Huddersfield is the other team that always plays with three central defenders. They play in a 3-4-2-1 shape, with a starting lineup that boasts loads of Southern European talent.
Against Arsenal, they fielded an exclusively Portuguese square in midfield, a spectacularly talented bunch of four, when taking into account that this is a newly promoted side. Rúben Neves and João Moutinho form the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. , with Hélder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro playing as the team’s offensive midfielders.
Wolves offensive midfielders do a job on Arsenal’s build-up
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