When the news broke that Arsenal had made a bid for Jamie Vardy, a substantial amount of people criticised the move.
They said he wouldn't suit the Gunners' quick-passing possession-based style of play. While they are probably correct in assuming Vardy would misfire in the present Arsenal system, they may have missed the point.
For years, Arsenal have been underachievers in Europe. They may deliver some memorable moments; the victory against Bayern Munich immediately springs to mind, but for the most part, they have flattered to deceive.
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We see the same problem while surveying their record against big clubs in the league. A few flashes of brilliance shrouded by inconsistency and lapses of concentration. They need a game plan, and Vardy, if he had accepted the move, would have been the key.
If we look at the present squad, it has all the makings of a superb counter-attacking team. Mesut Ozil is one of the finest playmakers in Europe, Aaron Ramsey has shown in Euro 2016 that a counter-attacking system suits him.
Granit Xhaka, who has rightfully earned plaudits for his wonderful passing in Euro 2016, could be an anchor for his team whilst attacking. His strong defensive traits would also lend stability to the team when faced with more accomplished opposition.
If Wenger purchases a commanding centre-back, it could lay the foundation for a devastating counter-attacking team.
A front line consisting of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, and Vardy would be very hard to defend against.
The world of football seems to be moving away from tiki-taka to counter-attack; Atletico Madrid and Leicester City will testify.
Arsenal have a squad that could surpass both of the aforementioned teams. They need a prolific and pacey striker like Vardy though, and a tweaked system.
Gooners have proudly maintained that their team has the most attractive style of play, but what’s easy on the eye doesn’t necessarily win football matches.
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