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The situation at Arsenal is terrible and perhaps what is worse is the fear that it could become worse. They are currently sitting at 15th place with 4 wins, 1 draw, and seven losses. They have lost four consecutive games at home and the pressure is on Mikel Arteta to reverse the situation. However, there are some things Arteta needs to change, both tactically and in terms of personnel.
Their tactical game has many flaws as the 3-4-3 formation is not showing results at Arsenal. The 3-4-3 formation requires a lot of tactical discipline and a little mistake could leave the whole team in a very bad state. The wing-backs play a very important role in this formation because they have to be very physical and creative. The formation also leaves them very exposed in transitions and as they don’t have a solid defense, it is very easy to score against them.
The midfield is also highly ineffective as it is not creative enough and this is where Ozil could be very helpful. The Ozil situation is very unhealthy for the club and Arteta has to realize that it is high time the German international starts having regular playing time. Ozil is the most creative asset Arsenal has and his talent must be used. Although, allegations about Ozil’s work ethic and attitude in training are to an extent true, creating a good context for him to excel would do Arsenal a whole lot of good. For example, a switch to the 4-3-1-2 with Ozil playing behind two attackers could be helpful.
Players like Emile Smith Rowe have to be given more time to progress as well as he is another creative asset who always adds something beautiful to the Arsenal attack. His performance in the Europa League is enough assurance of his talent and he should be played regularly in the league. When Smith Rowe’s plays, you get that feeling that something special is about to happen.
The favoritism performed by Arteta needs to be stopped and players should be played according to the needs of the team. It would take some time to get back to having a composed and organized structure capable of destroying strong opponents but Arteta needs to recognize the changes that need to be made. The board is also not helping issues as key signings would have to be made to give the club a better chance to compete favorably.
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