Hi chaps, first time posting so be gentle.
I'm a big fan of all of the threads on here, and even though it's not always easy to put the theory into "game terms" I find the tactics chat pretty darn interesting.
Some background: Love the game but basically don't understand it. Generally, each year I struggle until I find a "game breaking" tactic and run with it.
This has left me feeling hollow and dead inside - after all, why buy a game and basically get someone else to play it for you?
So I tried coming up with something that's sort of my own. With the help of Cleon's possession thread and the good work at strikerless.com I hit upon something that really works:
WB(S) CD(D) CD(D) FB(A)
Use Offside Trap
Close Down More
Play Out of Defence
Look for the Overlap
Work Ball into Box
Roam for Position
It plays nice, controlled football with a mean defence and a few goals thrown in.
So, down to the issue. I've just taken over of a faltering gunners side, winless in the league in November. My first act was to bring back the free transferred "saviour of English football" Jack "I was only holding it for a friend" Wilshere.
Now, I have had an unrequited love affair with Andrea Pirlo since his early Ancelotti-Milan days. The man is the footballing equivalent of Byron, Shelley and Keats, an aesthetic romantic (greatly appreciated in his latter years.)
This is what I want big Jack Wilshere to become. I know he might not be up to it, but I like him, he's technical, smart and aggressive, and hopefully in the dm spot he and his glass legs won't get battered around too much.
So I'm here asking not for a tactic or a set of instructions, but for some ideas and hopefully a bit of discussion. I'm not averse to changing shape/roles etc and am by no means an expert at this side of the game. I've toyed with a deep 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1 and 4-1-2-3 but can't get the Reg running the game.
Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.