Martin Keown: The tactics Unai Emery should use for Arsenal v Tottenham
Arsenal legend Martin Keown outlines the tactics Unai Emery should use for the derby on Sunday
Martin Keown has urged Unai Emery to stick with a back four and start his “big three” for Arsenal’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Gunners boss was criticised for using a diamond formation in Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield last weekend as the north London side’s perfect start to the new season came to an end.
Arsenal’s diamond formation gave Liverpool FC full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold space to exploit down the wing.
Nicolas Pepe made his full debut alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Anfield clash but Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench to accommodate the club-record signing.
Goals from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah sealed a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Europa League runners-up to leave Arsenal in third place in the Premier League table.
Former Arsenal defender Keown admits he would like to see Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe start in attack for the visit of Tottenham at The Emirates on Sunday.
“Emery loves to chop and change his shape. He showed that last season,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“On February 3, for example, Arsenal used a classic 4-4-2 formation against Manchester City. In the following fixture, they used 3-4-3 against Huddersfield.
“Next up came a 4-2-3-1 shape against Southampton, then a 3-4-2-1 against Bournemouth.
“Even I’m getting confused just thinking about it. As a defender, you like consistency. You like to know what you’re doing. So far this season, Emery has stood by four at the back.
“I’d suggest sticking with that for Tottenham, as well as starting their big three in attack.
“I’d like to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all start, but your guess is as good as mine what system he will use!”
Arsenal signed Pepe in a club record £72m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in the summer transfer window.
Summer signing David Luiz was at fault for two of Liverpool FC’s goals in their defeat at Anfield last weekend.
Arsenal are two points in front of Tottenham ahead of the derby clash.