Arsenal have a wealth of attacking talent boasting plenty of pace.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle says Arsenal are tailor-made to play on the counter in order to utilise their frightening pace to great effect, the Daily Mail reports.
The Gunners have often looked to monopolise possession and pressure their opponents, even against the very best clubs both domestically and on the European stage.
Such tactics, however, have sometimes been detrimental with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in recent years finding too much space on the counter and posting embarrassing victories.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Hoddle highlights the Gunners’ pace in attack as their strongest weapon and feels they’d find far more success in big games playing on the counter.
“They have a team made for counter-attacking football, when you look at the pace of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, plus Danny Welbeck when he comes back,” Hoddle said in the Daily Mail.
“On Sunday they take on Manchester United and even though they are at home, you could do the team a real favour and show them a rerun of their 2-0 victory at Manchester City last season and remind them there is more than one way to win a game.
“Against City, they seemed to have had a moment of clarity when they realised that it is perfectly acceptable to play on the counter-attack. Playing that way the team can sit deeper and that would protect the back four better.”
Counter-attacking football the best way?
While Arsenal can’t expect to play on the counter at home to the likes of Olympiacos, they can alter their tactics to suit their needs when United and later Bayern Munich visit the Emirates.
Without Laurent Koscielny, the North Londoners aren’t particularly blessed with pace in central defence and a breakdown in passing or an interception in midfield can lead to damaging results.
Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will look to get in behind them on Sunday, and it’s up against such obvious threats where Wenger needs to illustrate how he has the tactical nous to counter it.