4 Mistakes Arteta made that led to Arsenal’s 3rd EPL Loss
Mike Arteta led Arsenal to their third defeat of the new English Premier League campaign after suffering a 5-0 defeat during their defeat to Etihad Stadium.
In this article, we will be talking about the mistakes the 39-year-old Spanish professional made in his selection, that led to his team’s third consecutive defeat of the EPL season.
1. Playing a Five-Man Defense Against City
Though Arteta had go intentions when he lined up a five-man defense squad against Man city, his selection negatively affected Arsenal’s gameplay.
With five defenders on the pitch, Arsenal was forced to play defensively and were in no way any sort of goal threat to Man City.
Because of this style of play, Arteta’s men managed to create only one goal-scoring chance in the match and registered no shot on target.
2. Using One Proper Midfielder In His Lineup
The 28-year-old Swiss international footballer Granit Xhaka was the only proper midfielder in Arteta’s lineup.
Because of this Man City enjoyed over 80 percent of ball possession and things even became worst for Arsenal when Xhaka was sent off in the first half of the match, after a harsh challenge against Cancelo.
3. Using Only One Experienced Forward
Despite having the 30-year-old French forward Alexandre Lacazette fully fit on the bench, Arteta preferred using only one experienced striker in his lineup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was placed with the task of single-handedly leading Arsenal’s attack alongside the club’s inexperienced young forwards, Saka, Odegaard, and Smith-Rowe who were all paired to play with Xhaka in the midfield.
It was no surprise why the 32-year-old Gabonese striker had a quiet game and was substituted in the second half and replaced with Lacazette.
4. Not Benching Bernd Leno, Despite His Poor Form
A player’s form matters a lot in football, and the 29-year-old German goalkeeper Bernd Leno came into the match with poor form, having conceded four goals in Arsenal’s last two features against Brentford and City.
Arteta could have benched Leno for the club’s 23-year-old newly signed English goalkeeper Aaron Christopher Ramsdale who put up an impressive performance and also kept a clean sheet in Arsenal’s 6-0 win against West Brom in the EPL.