Arteta ‘very clear’ on game-plan of upcoming rivals

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been talking ahead of the challenge of Leicester City in midweek, claiming he understands clearly how their opponents are trying to play.

The Gunners are on the back of four straight wins at present after their three-point haul at the Molineaux this weekend, and will be keen to continue that form against Leicester come Tuesday night.

The Foxes will have the make the trip south to take us on at the Emirates, and manager Arteta has made claimed that it is clear what their upcoming opponents are trying to do.

The Spaniard told Arsenal FC’s official site: “Well, I think Brendan and his staff have completely changed the style of play and the way they approach the games.

“It’s very clear what they are trying to do. They are very dominant. They’re one of the teams that has better possession in very difficult areas as well.

“In the Premier League, they’ve been really consistent – even though they’ve had some difficulties in the last few weeks – but since they joined, they completely changed the way they are playing and I think they proved against big teams as well that they’re going to sustain that influence against the stronger teams as well. Credit to them for what they’ve done.”

Leicester have certainly proved to be a tough nut to crack in recent seasons, and are surprise challengers for another shot at Champions League football currently, but I feel their form has definitely dropped off in recent months, and I’ve no doubts that Arteta will have ideas on how to nullify their strengths.

Will we assert our dominance over Leicester? Is Leicester’s game-plan as transparent as the coach makes out?

Patrick

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10 Comments

  1. Mogunna says:

    No game plan here. He points a consistent team over past years’ average. Possession stats or Rodger style & all he points are not a “game plan” nor scoop but a realistic opponent’s look at.

    I would had that; they are fighting for CL, focused on 3rd spot, but under pressure as well, Chelsea Man U right there chasing same spot.

    Arteta game plan is same, not conceid, defend well as a unit, be patient, keep ball as much, control game that way.. Have opponent run, tired and final punch him…

    Like that he focuses on and respects opponent this way
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    1. jon fox says:

      I really wish I could understand your English. But it is difficult and often , as here, impossible to decipher what you mean.

  2. David says:

    Since we do not have the players with position and passing skills to dominate the opponent’s for 90 minutes I find it very refreshing to let the opponent overrun us and suckerpunch them one’s or twice when the possibility is there.
    Guess a lot of fans didn’t like the way we played against Wolves, but if you like chess.. it was awesome! Would be delighted if MA outsmarted Leicester this way.

  3. Adajim says:

    We used to beat Leicester at emirate stadium but now we are the underdog, if MA could pull it off and come up on top in the 2 next crucial matches, then teams will start taking us serious henceforth

  4. Sue says:

    Vardy has just joined the 100 club… and how many of those were against us, I wonder (too bloody many 😄)
    I just checked – 9 goals in 9 starts.. only Fowler, Rooney and Kane have more 🤢 Have a job keeping him quiet tomorrow!
    Maddison is a doubt…..

  5. David Rusa says:

    Anyone with an analytical mind can see that our team is beginning to come up albeit slowly. MA has started to instil a fighting spirit and confidence into the players. I am particularly impressed by their team work in all areas: defence, midfield, wings and attack. It is this team spirit that has enabled us to attain the victories. If this spirit and the work rate continue at the same level we shall prevail over Leicester. There is no team that is unbeatable if we use the same tactics and determination.

  6. Herbz says:

    Sure win for Arsenal against Leicester.

    Unless the Manager has some brain lapse and chooses some underperformers like Bellerin

    1. jon fox says:

      BELLERIN HAS NEVER HAD THE SLIGHTEST DEFENSIVE NOUS. Not at any time in his career. I would have moved him on ages ago, were I in charge. I pray and and also believe that Arteta WILL move him on , probably in swap deal this next window. A defender with no defensive instinct is as useless as a chocolate teapot.

  7. jon fox says:

    Regularly as clockwork , ALL Patricks articles finish with two questions. Sometimes, at the very least, variety is the spice of life.

  8. Sue says:

    OT.. Speaking of all things Leicester.. Tom Meighan has quit Kasabian 😭

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