Mikel Arteta is repeating Unai Emery’s mistake at Arsenal


Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta that he is repeating Unai Emery’s mistake of constantly changing systems and personnel after Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City on Sunday.

Emery – who was sacked after only 18 months in charge of the London club last December – struggled to nail down his best starting lineup or formation.

Since Arteta took over from the former Sevilla head coach, he has moved to make the team more solid in defense. But, their attacking output has suffered because of it.

Arsenal’s creativity issues were once again displayed in their loss to the Foxes at the Emirates as they struggled to create many clear cut chances.

Alexandre Lacazette had a goal ruled out for offside early on, and he should have put rhe club 1-0 up later in the first half, but he could not connect with Kieran Tierney’s inviting cross.

Arteta once again changed his starting line-up as he went for a 3-4-3, with Granit Xhaka dropping into the back three. But, his lack of pace was very much exposed for Vardy’s goal.

The Arsenal manager has always switched between the back three and back four formations since arriving at the Emirates, and Gunners legend Keown has urged him to pick one system and continue with it.

‘They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery,’ Keown told Stadium Astro. ‘That’s what I would like to see now, the same pictures, the same triangles, the same movements, the same partnerships, the same relationships.

‘If you keep changing it, you don’t find a rhythm, and that’s something that I found in a very successful team. It was like putting an old pair of slippers on for a game. Everything was there. You’d fire it into midfield to Patrick Vieira, into Dennis Bergkamp, [Thierry] Henry into the channel; it was three passes.

‘These players now are getting the ball now and it’s jamming a little bit, so I think keep it simple and start building from this team. If this is the way he wants to play, keep with it, and try to put the people in it and get the messages right and work on it.

‘It was very static, the front three never really moved from positions, they didn’t make themselves available. ‘This is a brand new project for the manager. We don’t want to be over critical. I believe he’s the right man for the job 100 per cent, super bright manager and he’s going to have setbacks, it’s how he responds to this now.’


2 thoughts on “Mikel Arteta is repeating Unai Emery’s mistake at Arsenal

  1. I agree with Keon’s assessment. Arteta is a good manager to start with. But lack of consistency in formations of playing is what will affect our team in the longer term. I watched Leicester game only for 65 minutes then turned off TV. Second half was so boring, static, bad, any worse adjective you like just use it. And what about his style of playing? 80% of passes are backwards, not forward, then how do you expect strikers to trouble opponents’keeper? It is not going to happen, I just feel Arsenal have got better players but the Manager must stick to one principle and not tweaking oftentimes. The aspect of our play I hate the most is too much backwards passes. Unless we change this, we will keep drawing and losing matches and blaming Lac or Auba for not scoring. Please pass this message to Mikel.

  2. Very good comments from an Arsenal great.
    But truth be told, the keeper is the team’s weak link.
    If care is not taken, Leno would ruin our season with his stupid ball distribution.
    Arsenal is not the German national team nor is it Barca at its best. It does not have the defence to play from the back.
    Had a very quick Vardy started that game against Leicester, he could have capitalised on one to score and against Manchester United, Rashfird could do same.
    Arteta should stop that nonsense NOW if he doesnt want to ruin the season.

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