Eintracht Frankfurt – Arsenal: Arsenal Punish Frankfurt’s Expansive Tactics (0-3)
In a match filled to the absolute brim with high quality chances, it is a bit of a mystery how there was only one goal prior to the eightieth minute. In the leadup to a devastating end, Adi Hütter’s approach was as clever as it was naïve, given the subsequent gap in quality in each team’s attacks.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
After a torturous summer wherein they lost the bulk of their attacking players, Frankfurt appear to have recovered quite well. They have successfullyin reached the group stage of the Europa League after six qualifiers. Their opening Bundesliga games have seen them win two and lose two, leaving them firmly in mid-table for now. Following their away defeat to Augsburg on Saturday, Hütter made just three changes – Timothy Chandler made way for Filip Kostić at left wing-back,as part of their 3-4-1-2 setup, Sebastian Rode was replaced by Dominik Kohr in the center of midfield and Gonçalo Paciência was overtaken by Bas Dost up front.
Emery’s starting eleven, on the other hand, was a bit of a mixed bag. Bukayo Saka was handed his second start for the club, as he and Emile Smith-Rowe stepped into the front line alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In this 4-2-3-1 system, Joe Willock was handed another start in the number ten role, whilst Lucas Torreira – on his way back to match fitness – was handed just his second start of the season. Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Emi Martínez made up the rest of the switches in the defense.
Frankfurt assert early dominance but Arsenal . . .