Arsenal fan urges Arteta to make these five changes to get the club back to form

Arsenal fan Dave Seager has written to Mikel Arteta on Sun Sport about five changes that he needs to effect at the club.

Arsenal has struggled for form in recent weeks after their start to the season and summer transfer business promised so much.

Coming off the back of winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield, Arsenal’s fans expected their team to be one of the sides that will challenge for the Premier League and other trophies this season.

However, the season is now threatening to implode and Seager thinks that five steps can get the Gunners back to form.

The first step he says Arteta has to take is to allow his players to play with more freedom. He says the Spaniard has to trust his talented players to express themselves.

Secondly, he asks Arteta to drop Willian, claiming that fielding the Brazilian in hopes that he will get back to form no longer makes sense.

Thirdly, he says Arteta has to play Ainsley Maitland-Niles in central midfield. Calling him the best replacement for the injured Thomas Partey.

He then urged the Spaniard to play a natural number 10 and backs Emile Smith Rowe to shine in that position if given the chance.

Finally, he says Arteta should implement a smarter use of his full-backs in a way that when one is attacking, the other remains at the back to form a back three.

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  1. Shortboygooner says:

    Yep yep yep yep and yep

    Time for Nelson
    Time for ESR – I am also happy with willock although I think he may be more suited to a CM roll next do AMN/partey/elnenay
    Drop lacca
    Drop xaka
    Drop cebellos
    Drop bellerin

    1. Orlem says:

      Auba is tired .he need to be dropped too.
      AMN must return to the first 11,same with Nelson, Emile smith ,willock,
      Time for Balogun to make a bench.

    2. Aliyu says:

      hmmm laca remain please, a struggler

  2. Woifgang says:

    Tactically,Arteta has to reduce the passing game.If you watch the highlights of the cl,its one/two or three passes and the ball is in the net.They have guys running at defenders like Son.
    If the gunners keep passing all over the place,it gives defences time to regroup. When Kane and Son scored,there were few defenders and no massed defences like Spurs to foil Abu.
    I dont think Arsenal can win Europa league based on the form in Dec 2020

  3. James says:

    When the opponent is advancing towards the defenders, they should not all retreat until they get to the goal line. They should track the opponent rather than retreating giving the opponent chance to shoot without pressure. Strikers should not give freedom form buildimg from the back

  4. gunnerforlife says:

    I agree completely with the article. Let the midfield comprise of AMN, Elneny and ESR. Let the front 3 comprise of Nelson, Nketiah/Balogun, Auba. No Xhaka or Willian please, although I still trust Ceballos to make a mark this season.

    1. MrLucky says:

      I agree. Ceballos is being used wrong. Put him on the left of a midfield 3 with more freedom and a holding midfielder behind him (Elneny) and a B2B next to him (AMN/Willock/Thomas). MA is playing him as a holding midfielder which is not his strength

  5. David says:

    Agree with James.Retreating to the goal line creates unnecessary pressure. Additionally there is too much passing sideways and backwards requiring too many touches and allowing the opponent lots of time to set up their defence.

  6. Kevin ngetich says:

    100 percent agree with you balogun should start auba should be benched the guy is tired

    1. zamind says:

      True but Auba plays once a week. He does not play on Thursdays.

  7. Grandad says:

    The suggestion to use the full backs on a one up, one back basis, is one I have been advocating on this site for around four years.It was introduced way back in the fifties and is a simple and effective tactic which modern day Managers seem to have discarded, although Chelsea seem to be using Rees James to support his centre backs as Chilwell is invariably up the park.Such a sliding hinge system could have prevented the Spurs second goal on Sunday when both Bellerin and Tierney were caught upfield.

    1. zamind says:

      Exactly. or one mid should drop back when the fullbacks attack. Eleneny does it well until you think he is part of the defence.

  8. Rosicky Ibrahim Kiawo says:

    I do agree with you, that’s the truth.
    And if the owner want Arteta do something special,then let them give Arteta all it take to come back this battle in to victory. Something most wrong,because this the squad that won two trophies in 29 days, all Arteta need is the financial to buy the quality players that he knows they’ll help our team.

  9. OG says:

    i agree with but having said all that i still think b . leno doesnt deserve No 1 jersey

    i dont feel him , no idea why they sold martinez atleast let runer challenge him as well
    and pls guys stop buyin playerz offloaded by chelsea

  10. Adam says:

    abu wake up pall is all i have to say He carried us last year and only scored a pen in this premier league season

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