Watching the Euros in the Netherlands with Jodie Taylor flying with five goals in three games while Anna Miedema struggles with zero in three, you have to wonder what Pedro Losa will decide ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Considering Arsenal Ladies usually play with one centre forward, either in 4-5-1 or 4-3-3, having Taylor, Miedema and Mead in the squad certainly raises some questions.
First, competition for places is good.
And funnily enough, the three centre forwards have three different profiles with Mead and Miedema at opposite ends the spectrum and Taylor a mix of those two players . That makes her the most complete player of the three.
To be clear, if Arsenal are sitting deep and playing on the break with a counter attacking game, Mead is the best option. She has a lot of pace, knows how to run behind defences and is quite clinical, as her goalscoring record shows.
If Arsenal are playing high up the pitch with a lot of possession in the opposition half and need a strong, old-school British centre forward, who can hold the ball and head it, Miedema is the right player. She can bring other players in and score plenty as well.
And if Arsenal are mixing up those tactics, Taylor is the right choice. Put simply, she can do both jobs – running behind defences or holding the ball to bring other players in.
But having three players competing for one place is likely to create some friction. We have to wonder if Pedro Losa will want to change and move to a 4-4-2 system to accommodate two out of those three players.
It is certainly an option to look at because you can mix-and-match the three players’ profiles without any problems. You can also adapt the team tactics during the game with those players together on the pitch.
For example, the Spring Series showed that Mead is unable to lead the line against teams that defend deep. She gets out-muscled too easily. The Euros have shown that Miedema is unable to run past defenders and beat them in a foot race.
Playing 4-4-2, however, would be a change of philosophy for Losa, because he favours a number 10 behind the forwards. In saying that, he has used a front two in the past, but in a 3-5-2 system.
That still leaves the same problem of having 10 attacking midfielders/forwards in the squad for just four, possibly five if the opposition is not strong, starting positions .
It certainly looks like an interesting time and there will be a lot of options available to the manager next season, unless some players decide to leave knowing they will not get much playing time.