The Arsenal woes just keep on piling up and with injuries to players like Xhaka, Mari, and now key goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the club problems might get worse in the next fixtures.
For the second time running Mikel Arteta has made rather eyebrow-raising lineups to face opponents. Against Manchester City, Arteta dropped Mesut Ozil and brought a rather young squad. They did well-running in the first half but you can only run for long against some of the best players in the league.
Of course, the calamities of David Luiz worsened everything for Arteta and his team but his substitutions didn’t help his case at all. Against Brighton Albion, Arsenal looked poised to claim their first 3 points since project restart but it is like the ghosts of mistakes and focus keep on attacking the North London club.
Arsenal now have a lot of injuries and these are definitely going to affect the team’s performances and seeing as their next fixtures aren’t ideally the easy ones on their end, they could find themselves battling relegation by end of the season.
Arsenal does pass the ball quite well and you can see that Arteta is trying to build a team that can play Manchester City brand of football but the team passes the ball with no end product. Nicholas Pepe will come with his once a month goal, with plenty of runs to the corners that later on amount to nothing.
So where does this leave Arsenal’s remaining campaign after its humiliating loss to Brighton Albion
Realistically speaking, Arsenal’s campaign is just going to keep getting worse. Their next 4 fixtures are against the high flying Wolves, rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspurs, free-scoring Leicester City, and the champions in waiting, Liverpool.
If Arsenal is to pick any points in those games, they could master a single point or 3 points against Tottenham all for the sake of fighting for the only glory that they can accumulate at the moment, “We beat Spurs”.
Arsenal lacks the strength in their midfield but that is something that they could have worked around by throwing Xhaka and Ceballos in the center of midfield but the creativity element is where the club is struggling the most.
Willock and Ceballos are not offering enough in terms of creativity and so constantly the strikers find themselves having to run back to look for the ball then drive up. Is Mesut Ozil the answer? Quite frankly, Ozil is past his prime and so he won’t offer anything much to this already failing Arsenal side but one thing is for sure, he can be able to direct the play a lot more than most of the guys on the pitch.
Arsenal needs to get serious in the market to buy players for the 2020/21 campaign but with Arteta coming to a state that the club doesn’t have money, it will be a case of shopping from the academy and relying on loans.
The fall from grace has surely hit its peak for a club that was once looked at as a model club clamoured by the players from around the globe. The Gunners find themselves having to eat from the leftovers left by the big boys of Europe. With the financial struggles and expected player exodus, Arsenal’s losing streak is just getting started and the fans just have to brace for the worst.
Arteta has to figure out what it is actually that he really wants and which systems will work for him but most importantly, he has to resolve the issue of his starting line up and most importantly, his substitutions.
Author: Moses Echodu
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