So I was thinking about this on Sunday. I've seen a lot of comments which seem to make sense as to why a back four won't work.
We needed a specialist defensive midfielder!
We need a quicker, more dynamic midfield two!
We need a faster right full-back!
We need two better central defenders!
We need to play three at the back!
We need to drop Anderson!
We need to drop Noble!
We need to drop Zabaleta!
We need to drop Ogbonna!
So what are everybody's thoughts? This is a thread specifically on the formation of the side & whether four at the back can work, how can it or will it never work with the current squad, or is it 'outdated' (which is how one report described our formation on Saturday).
As a comparison, Bournemouth also lined up with two strikers & four in midfield, four in defence. They played two central midfielders in Surman (aged 32) & Gosling (aged 28), compared to our midfield two of Noble (31) & Wilshere (26). How were they able to do it successfully, & have done for a while now?
17 of the current 20 Premier League sides operate with a back four. Wolves, Man City, Southampton are the only sides who have used a back 3/5 so far this season.
Can anybody solve this case?