Jeremy Docteur, known on Twitter as @BackoTheDoc, is a Franco-Australian Gooner with a spark of interest in tactics and the atmosphere of football in general. Jeremy is the Goonersphere tactical analysis and Ligue 1 expert and will be writing incredible tactical analyses as well as giving us the lowdown on the noises coming from Ligue 1.
Yesterday Arsenal defeated Premier League’s titleholders Manchester City in the Community Shield with new signings Debuchy, Chambers and Alexis all earning their competitive debuts with the Gunners. They did well for their debut and no doubt the season will be promising for them, however, today I want to focus on a very specific theme; the connection between Alexis and Sanogo which I found very encouraging.
Arsenal have been suffering from a lack of stability for many years now. While Arsenal have only momentarily managed to assure such insurance in their midfield, the back-four is most of the time exposed to the opposition's threat mainly when the latter are on the break. In addition, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, who are the two main players supposed to prevent Arsenal from being under pressure, are aging and no longer have fresh legs to put in 90 minute consistent performances.
Ramsey ended last season brilliantly and became a key player in Arsène Wenger’s plans. He managed to maintain the momentum and was indisputably Arsenal’s best player in the first part of the season. The Welshman put in amazing performances game after game, showing how vital he was to Arsenal. He managed to total up an impressive tally of 13 goals in addition to 7 assists.