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The Everton game is an other must win for us and we will have to play better than this past weekend. I continue to have a problem with not playing with 2 wide players. Ramsey or Cazorla on the wings does not work for us.
I would like to see us start with Walcott and Podolski on the flanks and with Giroud in the middle. If we need a pick-up in the second half we can bring in Ox and or Gervinho. What I would hate to see is Rasmey on one flank and Gervinho or one of (Podolski, Walcott or Ox) on the other. This make us too easy to defend against since Ramsey is not going to have a run at a defender or suprise anyone with a creative unpredictable pass.
A win against Everton would put some real pressure on Spurs and Chelsea.
I think we might have gotten our tactics wrong. As soon as we brought on Ox and Pod we started to look dangerous.
I read an article earlier yesterday showing that we have worse record with than without Wilshire. Last weekend we clearly were better without him but that might be because it was his first game back after a longer layoff. No doubt yesterday we played our best football the final 20 minutes without Wilshire but that might have been because of the addition of Pod and OX not necessarily because of the absence of Wilshire.
I do think Wenger has yet to discover how to deploy Wilshire and Cazorla inthe same starting 11. For the moment his solution seems to be to play with 5 midfielders and only one wide player, Theo yesterday and Gervinho last weekend. The reason we don't start with Theo and Pod, or Ox and Pod, I can only presume is that Wenger things we need an extra engine in Ramsey to make this work. Our current streak shows that we don't create a lot of goals with one real wide players. The majority of our goals fall in the final 20 minutes once we play with 2 real wide players.
Perhaps Wenger should this summer look for a world class box-to-box midfield player in the mold of Viera who he can trust to fill the gaps in midfield when we play Wilshire and Cazorla together so that he won't be afraid to have a front line with a world class striker and two real wide threats like Pod and Ox or Theo.
Although I feel bad for Giroud, we soooo desperately need a big game world class striker. He could have decided the game on a number of occasions yesterday but he lacks the touch and instinct.
Everton are not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.
Moyes has them playing very well. There last league defeat was back in Feb and they are going for a CL spot in the prem.
Perhaps the biggest saving grace is that we are at home. Everton do not have a good record at ours.
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Govinda...last game it was Gerv on the right and Caz on the left...as wide men? Ramsey played deep alongside Arteta. Wilshere was his No10 role??
I would rather see Ox played over Gerv myself. The kid deserves a start after his impact on Saturday, Gerv was one on one and had the touch of a baby elephant to screw the chance. I want Giroud centre but mainly because he is in my Fantasy team, however I think it is about time Podolski got a taste of his preferred position as a CF.
This game is gonna be nuggets. Our display against Norwich tells you that much. I'll bet it'll be a one goal diff come 90mins.