The 'Tempo Setter' is a unique player type to our system, taking into account the possession-based players that operate in a 'number 8' position, and thrive when given the ball in the half-spaces. Youri Tielemans, Christian Eriksen and Jordan Henderson feature as some of the best within the role from an emblematic perspective, perfectly exuding the cucumber coolness required. But the likes of Thiago and Tchouaméni also stake a claim despite their extreme exceptionalities on the ball, due to the high influence they present in keeping the game moving along from a withdrawn position. Beyond the streamlined skill of Thiago, they tend not to be the flashiest of players in their teams. But 'Tempo Setters' are key to setting the tone of a football match, and conducting the orchestra from start to finish. Quite simply, without their class and composure in possession, the whole entire musical production could crumble.
In 2016-17, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal suffered their worst season in terms of position in the table since 1994-95 when they finished in 12th place. When Santiago Cazorla was in the side, the Gunners were flourishing, playing some of their best football again. But as was the case for nearly the entire season, they were without their … Continue reading 4 Ways Arsenal Can Replace Santi Cazorla