Arsenal manager has explained how his Gunners will approach Tuesday evening's match-up.
In order to deny West Ham United striker Andy Carroll the potential to wreak havoc in Arsenal's penalty box on Tuesday evening, the Gunners must prevent the tall Englishman from receiving the football, says Arsene Wenger, who implies therefore that his midfield strategy will be one based on a: possession play and b: winning the ball back swiftly should they lose it in the midfield zone.
"Once the ball is up there, you do not find many people who can compete with him and win the challenge, so what is important is that we stop the balls going to him," said Wenger to the club's official website, revealing tactics ahead of the Emirates Stadium test against West Ham United.
Arsenal laboured to the FA Cup final after a long-drawn out semi-final against Wigan Athletic on Saturday in what is evidence of their mediocre form continuing. In the time it has taken Liverpool to accumulate 30 points in the Premier League, having returned ten wins from a possible ten, Arsenal have tallied up just 12, while West Ham have picked up 18.
Out of the two, the Hammers are the form team, not Arsenal.
With Carroll, 25, the Irons have a player who has scored twice and assisted four times in ten appearances. He is, for Wenger, their danger man.
"Of that quality, in the air, there are not many [who are superior]. West Ham are in a comfortable position, that means they can play without fear. So we know that in these kind of games it's very important that we have a good focus and a good tempo in our game."