Mikel Arteta has reportedly been handed a five game deadline to turn his fortunes around following Arsenal’s faltering form.
The Gunners boss stepped through the doors of London Colney for the second time in his career in December 2019 replacing Unai Emery, except this time Arteta left his shin pads at home and was armed with a whistle.
Arsenal are yet to have reached lift-off under the Spaniard and two goalless losses in the club’s opening pair of Premier League games to newly-promoted Brentford and London rivals Chelsea has started to raise questions as to whether Arteta is the right man for the job.
Tom Canton, Bailey Keogh and Chris Davison, who are all from the Arsenal Fan Brands team, spoke on the pressure mounting on Arteta’s shoulders and what he needs to do to fix his side’s misfortunes live on The Arsenal Way show via football.london’s Arsenal page.
Davison kickstarted the debate by claiming that he would like to see an attractive style of football implemented into Arsenal’s play before insisting that Arteta needs to ensure an element of consistency is in place, alluding to the impressive performances under the Gunners boss last season.
“I would like to see a clear style and identity to Arsenal’s play,” Davison began. “I want to see more of that football we saw against Manchester City in the FA Cup last season, against Chelsea.
“We looked exciting and there was a clear identity in the way that we wanted to play football; playing out from the back, taking our time, making progressive passes and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang banging in the goals.
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“I want to see more of that again. The players don’t look like they know what they’re doing.”
Keogh added to the debate, by claiming that Arsenal’s biggest opponents are themselves and that the side’s naivety has cost Arteta crucial games.
He said: “Arsenal are their own biggest opponents. Time and time again we see silly mistakes costing Arsenal games. Naivety costing them games.”
Our Fan Brands Arsenal writer and presenter continued, as he argued that Arteta should have taken responsibility for the loss versus Chelsea having been tactically out-smarted.
“Three at the back instead of four at the back versus Chelsea was an obvious decision,” said Keogh, before giving Arteta a few words of advice. “Stop being stubborn, stop being naive and stop defeating yourself.”
Canton, playing devils advocate, posed a question to Keogh asking how can Arteta fix the naivety amid his side’s defensive woes.
Keogh said: “Change the formation, and sometimes it’s not always necessary to play out of the back – clear the ball. Change the game up a little bit. Stop making silly decisions.”
Canton agreed, adding that Aaron Ramsdale’s £24 million arrival from Sheffield United could help nurse the indecisiveness that Arsenal have fallen accustom to in pre-season and the Premier League so far.
“Ramsdale is a quicker decision maker [than Bernd Leno],” Canton said. “His decisions when pressured on the ball tend to be better compared to Leno.
“Speaking to Yorkshire Live’s [Sheffield United reporter] Nathan Hemmingham, he said you never feel as if Ramsdale is under pressure in certain moments, the Blades trusted he was going to make the right decision with the ball.
“And, maybe that’s why we have invested so much in a young goalkeeper who has these attributed to try and address these issues we keep having at the back.”
Source by Football London