I’ve noticed a few situations since project restart where we’ve had a really good chance to make a ball through the opposition defense and set someone (usually Aubameyang) up for a 1-on-1 with the goalie. But every time we’ve either chosen to not make the pass (vs City), made the pass too late (Saka vs Brighton for the offside goal) or just made the wrong type of pass (Xhaka yesterday).
Yesterday Xhaka had a superb chance to set Lacazette up but the pass he tries to make is completely wrong angle wise. You can see it here: https://imgur.com/a/q6hK7LN
The angle he tries to make the pass in just won’t set Laca up for a 1-on-1 with the goalie. As seen in the attached photo. I’ve marked how the pass should’ve been and how Laca should’ve ran, whilst in reality Xhaka tried the angle I’ve marked in black. The CB obviously blocked the pass easily.
So why do you think we are struggling with these situations? Back in the early Wenger years these kinda balls were our forte. Now we seem to not know how to make them, or maybe it’s our tactic to not make them (which would explain the City game). It baffles me though because this is how you use the speed of Auba best