The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 September 2020 *** 5 ... and where he could fit into United's midfield Ozil determined to stay at Arsenal despite two offers from Middle East 4-2-3-1: Low defensive block opponent Van de Beek has mostly played as a ‘10’ or an ‘eight’ in a 4-2-3-1 for Ajax and will likely replace one of Fernandes or Pogba in the United midfield when either one is unavailable or in need of rest. The Dutchman’s attacking runs from deep could help stretch and break stubborn backlines. Direction of play Rashford Fernandes Martial Van de Beek By Sam Dean Greenwood Clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed interest in signing Mesut Ozil this summer, but the playmaker still insists that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal. A team in Saudi Arabia, thought to be Al-Nassr, and an unnamed club in Qatar are understood to be keen on signing Ozil and are prepared to offer him huge wages. Reports in Turkey have said that Al-Nassr are prepared to pay Ozil around £15 million per year, and understands a Qatari club have also made their interest known to the player. Ozil’s departure would be welcomed by Arsenal, who are desperate to offload the 31-year-old because of his enormous wages of £350,000 a week. Ozil did not play a single minute under Mikel Arteta following football’s restart in June, despite being a first-team regular before the coronavirus pandemic caused football’s suspension. But he remains happy in London and has no desire to accept any offer that would mean he leaves the country ahead of the expiry of his Arsenal contract next year. Earlier this summer Ozil said the length of his deal “should be respected by everyone” as he hinted that his exile from the Arsenal team was related to his refusal to join most of his team-mates in taking a pay cut during lockdown. “I didn’t sign for two or three 4-3-3: Balanced opponent Van de Beek can play on either side of the central three in a 4-3-3, alongside one of Matic or Fred as an anchor, and Fernandes or Pogba as the additional creative player. Van de Beek has excellent off-the-ball movement and likes to get forward. The Daily Telegraph years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone,” Ozil told the Athletic website. “Things have been difficult, but I love Arsenal.” Last week Arteta suggested Ozil could yet play a part for the club, saying every player in his squad “starts from zero” this campaign. “Everybody is going to have the same opportunities,” Arteta said. “They’ll have to show with their performances and attitude they are better than their team-mates or somehow contributing to what we want to achieve this season.” Meanwhile, Arsenal have been able to shed the considerable wages of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with the player and club agreeing to terminate his contract, worth £200,000 per week, by mutual consent to allow him to join Roma permanently. Van de Beek Greenwood 3-4-1-2: Pressing opponent The additional centre-back and deeper midfield starting position within this system allows for an extra attacking player (Van de Beek) when a destroyer like Matic might otherwise be preferred. Van de Beek could play alongside Pogba and behind Fernandes, with the latter deployed behind two strikers. Shaw Rashford Van de Beek Fernandes Martial 4-4-2 diamond: Opponent with a strong midfield Messi absent from Barcelona ahead of crunch talks on future Another formation Solskjaer has occasionally turned to and one which can help gain control of the middle of the pitch. A midfield diamond of Van de Beek-Fernandes-Matic-Pogba flanked by attacking full-backs could work well. Van de Beek Rashford By Sam Dean Fernandes Martial By JJ Bull Havertz deal set for next week Silva’s positive Covid-19 test Lionesses line up Germany friendly Bulgaria trip for Spurs in Europe
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