- Apr 26, 2010
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Arsenal, New York Yankees
I felt Arteta could have been bold here and put Trossard in mid instead of Xhaka for some energy and played White at CB with Kiwior out at RB. Was saying before the game if he stuck with his normal system & Holding at CB a defeat seemed inevitable.
Squad wise with an ageing midfield you need Rice + one other new mid, a better quality finisher than Jesus and a new #1 CB that bumps Gabriel to the bench. Probably looking at 200m there if that was to be all addressed in one window.
Arteta is very inflexible at times, it’s something that comes with the territory being so young and a first time manager etc. He does need to reflect on this however as it’s been a recurring issue the last few matches in approaching crucial fixtures like this.
He understandably has a philosophy on how Arsenal should play, likely entrenched into him from playing under Wenger all those years. Similar to Arsene however, there comes a certain kind of stubbornness/ego/righteousness that at times comes in the way from altering that.
This morning was screaming out for a more pragmatic approach to the match and the implications on the league title. That nous of knowing what to do at the right time is something Arsenal are lacking right now, which again comes with the territory of the youngest side in the league. Some harsh lessons being learned on the job here.