PREMIER LEAGUE – Barely a week after taking over Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has already changed a lot for the Gunners, even though the 1-1 draw in Bournemouth left a bitter taste. And it also showed that everything is still far from resolved.
Arsenal have not been successful in this, largely due to the obvious lack of confidence in the team. This is not unylogical for a team that has won only one of its last 11 Premier League matches, but inevitably weighs on technical execution in the areas of truth. These include Lacazette’s two missed opportunities, Saka and Nelson’s many completely lost centers, but also the team’s defensive frenzy. Recurring for years, the Gunners’ rear weakness reaches a new stage this season with concentration errors and stupid mistakes often costing dearly. Against Bournemouth, Arsenal generally dominated the first period, but cracked at the only highlight of the cherries, after a completely lost recovery where Saka could not favor safety (balance ahead) the beautiful gesture ( clean recovery).
A market to get back on track?
Of course, it is obvious that Mikel Arteta will take time to change this Arsenal and (re)make a candidate for the Champions League. And it will certainly go through a well-managed winter market because, although the Gunners’ team is not necessarily devoid of talent, it lacks much balance. If the attack is more than attractive in the role, it is far from the case in defense, where the absence of leaders and lack of depth forces the Spanish coach to play for the time being, as the duo Maitland-Niles – Saka in the sidepost, they rather train attacking midfielders. The Gunners have even tried to bring Saliba back on loan this winter, but Saint-Etienne has opposed it. In any case, Mikel Arteta will have to be inventive to overcome the small envelope that will be awarded for transfers. And so put Arsenal back on its feet.
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