Mikel Arteta has been blamed for Arsenal ‘reaching new ranges of boring going ahead’, and has been urged to provide Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a extra central position to repair their attacking woes.
The Gunners may have quite a bit to show once they return to Premier League motion subsequent weekend, after their embarrassing house defeat to Aston Villa final trip.
Their efficiency was so unhealthy, diehard Arsenal fan and host of the Highbury Squad podcast, Sophie Nicolau, says it was much more embarrassing than the well-known 8-2 defeat to Manchester United at Outdated Trafford.
Some declare, that, and it’s backed up by stats which don’t make for good studying for Arteta, his gamers and pissed off Gooners.
There was loads of trigger for optimism throughout Arteta’s transient spell in cost. Their defence has appeared extra stable, they’ve purchased into the coach’s imaginative and prescient and his signings have made the staff stronger.
But it surely all went to pot in opposition to Villa, and it seems his attacking ways have gone out the window altogether this season, with Arsenal’s assault at present ranked because the worst in your entire Premier League.
Regardless of having the likes of Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and summer season signing Willian at their disposal, the Gunners have discovered the online simply NINE instances in eight league appearances, and that isn’t the worst of it.
They’ve additionally recorded the bottom quantity of photographs within the second half (33) of video games out of your entire 92 golf equipment within the EFL.
Questions have been requested over their consistency, having having adopted up back-to-back wins over Man United within the Premier League and Molde within the Europa League by shedding 3-Zero in opposition to Villa on the Emirates Stadium.
So the place are Arsenal proper now, and what has occurred to the great vibes in north London beneath Arteta?
We put that query to Nicolau, who admitted it’s not trying good and insisted Arteta should ring the adjustments on this staff – beginning with Aubameyang’s position.
“I assumed the Villa outcome was as embarrassing because the 8-2 at Outdated Trafford,” the Arsenal fan and podcast host informed talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports activities Breakfast.
“I believe Arteta noticed his staff for the primary time actually crumble in entrance of his eyes. He appeared a bit shell shocked within the press convention.
“My goodness, we’re boring to observe. I believe we’ve reached new ranges of boring on the subject of how we play up entrance. It’s worse than beneath George Graham.
“Towards Man United we had two photographs on aim, and one in all them was the penalty. It’s been actually poor, and I believe Arteta is exceptionally accountable for the regression of our ahead play.
“The opposite factor Arsenal followers are actually caught on is that this query about Aubameyang enjoying on the left, why Arteta hasn’t dropped Lacazette, and the truth that possibly he’s displaying favouritism with sure gamers.
“He’s making an attempt to squeeze Willian in, however it simply hasn’t been working.
“Aubameyang nearly gained the Golden Boot final season enjoying on the left-hand facet, and now issues aren’t going so nicely persons are screaming for him to minimize the center, and Lacazette is nearly turning into the scapegoat.
“However I additionally suppose Aubameyang has been so poor signing his new contract.
“Aubameyang seems like he has the burden of the world on his shoulders proper now, he seems like he’s carrying plenty of strain and stress and you’ll see it’s attending to him.
“He saved us final season, don’t neglect, he can rating a wondergoal out of nothing, however proper now it’s simply not clicking, it’s not working.
“There was this rapport Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe had, particularly within the FA Cup final season, and I believe he loved enjoying in that trio.
“Arteta must change issues when he comes again as a result of we’ve bought Leeds, Wolves and Tottenham subsequent, all groups that break actually rapidly and so they’ll be robust video games for us.
“We have now to seek out targets from someplace and Aubameyang goes to be the person, so why not strive him down the center?”