Alexandre Lacazette may prove to be Harry Kane’s version of Arsenal now that he was dropped into a number 10 spot by Mikel Arteta, Martin Keown believes.
This season, an England international striker at Tottenham was allowed to sit a little deeper.
Over the course of his career, Kane has been one of the most prolific number nines in world football, but Spurs now celebrates his vision and imagination in different fields.
Keown claims Arsenal has the potential in its forward line to favor a similar strategy, with Mikel Arteta still looking for a winning formula.
This season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who appears to work from the left flank, was short on goals, although Lacazette struggled to persuade him to lead the line.
The Gunners have now started to tinker with their system, starting in a clash with Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, and that might cause their most active frontman to figure down the center as the ammunition is supplied by a French international.
Keown told the Daily Mail of the approach he would take on Sunday with Spurs on a north London derby date: “A framework change could revitalize Aubameyang. He and Lacazette love to play together and that relationship could be rejuvenated by the Frenchman being deployed from the deep.”
Arsene Wenger used to tell us In your mind, be open.’ He wanted every player to feel like he was able to express himself. I’ve seen some of the liberations in Vienna.
Now it is well known that Harry Kane is dropping deep and making life tough for opponents. He works in defense and midfield, finding it difficult to pick himself up. Lacazette could fit well in that profound position. Arteta has to decide between going with the four or going with the back three.
This season, Arsenal are experiencing problems not just in the final third, with leaks at the back also springing at times.
Arteta has made it a top priority to plug those, but he has yet to decide on a formation that enables the Gunners at both ends of the pitch to be successful.
Former center-half Keown added: “The problems were clear after Unai Emery’s exit.” When the team was out of possession, Arteta found there was a defensive problem and he had to make them more difficult to beat.
“The back three that Emery had flirted with, be reintroduced. In the FA Cup, they swept to victory against Manchester City and Chelsea, and how they upset Liverpool in the Community Shield was amazing.
But the back four seems to give Arteta’s team a great platform to be more imaginative in the final third. The three will soon become a five and limit imagination, while Arteta wants to take charge of games.