Arsenal attacking midfielder suffers ACL injury wrecking summer plans

Arsenal Ladies have announced that Kim Little suffered an ACL injury this week and will be out for a while.

The Scottish playmaker is very likely to miss the 2017 Euros in the Netherlands and it is certainly a big blow for Scotland as they had just qualified for their first ever international tournament.

Kim Little has already taken part in an international tournament as she was part of the Team GB squad that disappointed at the London 2012 Olympics by losing in the quarter-finals.

Her long term absence at club level will also mean a reshape in the Arsenal Ladies attacking organisation, as she was natural number 10 in the 4-3-3 system. The two back-ups at number 10 are Danielle Van De Donk and Carla Humphrey, who both come with different qualities.

Within the 4-3-3 system, Pedro Losa could also choose the inverted triangle with Williams/Janssen at the head of the triangle and with two number 8 in Nobbs and Williamson rather than having a number 10.

Another option would be to move to 4-4-2 with a second striker rather than a playmaker. As we previously discussed about the Mediema signing, Arsenal Ladies will still have nine attacking players for four places in the starting line-up.

The most attacking and daring option would be to use a diamond midfield in the 4-4-2 system, a very entertaining idea with goals guaranteed on both side of the pitch.

The Arsenal side could look like this: GK, Back 4, Janssen O’Reilly McCabe Nobbs, Mediema Carter.

Hopefully Kim will be back on the pitch next season and we wish her a speedy recovery.