Did the Arsenal team against Everton reflect Arteta’s future choices?

Was There A Hidden Message Behind Our Team Selection by Dan Smith

Arteta said in his press conference when he briefly introduced himself to his new players he warned them about the standards he expects. At Everton he, in some ways, got a response, in other ways he didn’t.

While he explained he would be having a coffee with Ljungberg on Sunday, it’s not out of the realms of possibility that he had some input into the line-up.

Freddie will still be part of the coaching staff, so it’s not like he could have a free swing by playing the youngsters to make his own point.

Five academy graduates featured, 3 teenagers, 6 English players. It was like there was an effort to play as many individuals as possible who grew up understanding what it means to wear the badge, while also sending a message to some of the senior talent who have ben accused of getting too comfortable and not having the best attitude.

While publicly we might claim these choices were made due to injuries and fitness, some of the decisions makes that sceptical. The bench included a Lacazette, Guendouzi and Pepe so there were other options where we didn’t need to be so inexperienced.

Willock came on before anyone else, Pepe not at all and when Laca got on with 10 minuites to go it was a straight swap for Auba, while his youthful peers (the same ones he’s been berating) stayed on.

It will be fascinaiting to see if that trend carries on on Boxing Day.

Does this represent us ripping up the book and starting again?

If would be a huge gamble if it did but would also show the ruthless nature Arteta has promised…

Dan Smith

8 Comments

  1. agu eman says:

    After 8 games Arsenal was 3rd a point behind Manchester City.
    The EL side had won 3 from three and was dominating our EL group.
    The youth side had won well against Forest in the Carabao.
    Then the fans began demanding Ozil be played.
    Emery who did not want Ozil playing was forced to do the fans bidding.
    Basically the *rse fell out of the team from then on.
    Out of the Carabao, 4 draws and two losses in the league and just advanced in the EL.
    Emery had Arsenal on track for top 4 in the League and another strong EL campaign.
    Can Arteta get us top 4 this season which Emery would have got?
    Time will tell.

  2. Sue says:

    Expected standards, ruthlessness… this is music to my ears!!

  3. gotanidea says:

    I believe Arteta would support the club’s belief in our youngsters. But we might only see it after four or five games, because he has to play the senior players first

  4. AndersS says:

    No reason to doubt, what Ljungberg said is true. He himself picked the team and a lot was based on the players’ attitude in training and in the City match. So, yes, there was a “signal”, but it was from Ljungberg.
    I like it, and hopefully Arteta will be strong and ruthless, even if it means getting rid of several “stars”.

  5. Grandad says:

    Nelson, ESR and Willock featured to guarantee more energy and defensive capability than Pepe and Ozil.To the extent that we managed to keep a clean sheet,the changes proved effective.In terms of control and creativity they did not.However before the match started I suspect most realistic Arsenal fans would have settled for a point,and I am one of them.

  6. Raja Danish says:

    If i am in place of arteta i will be starting to think of rebuilding arsenal team like what klopp did with liverpool. I will sell mustafi sokratis and luiz and keep chambers and holding. I will buy 1 world class centre back(upamecano or koulibally)
    1 good Centre back with solid PL experience and leadership traits(better than what we have now mustafi sokratis and luiz so i will buy Lewis Dunk from brighton) plus saliba coming back next season we will have 3 good centre backs in Upamecano, Dunk, Saliba and other two good young guns as well in holding and chambers. I will buy one good right back to replace bellerin who is injury prone and niles from starting 11 like perreira from leicester or aarons from norwich or even djibril sidibe playing for everton now came on loan from monaco. LB is least concerned with tierney a good LB and kolasinac although not good enough defensively but he can be ok. I will buy a strong CDM in Thomas partey from atletico and sell xhaka. I will buy a strong CM like Sergej savic from lazio to replace ramsey because i dont think ceballos is cut out for PL. Then i will sell ozil and buy a CAM from ajax in the form of hakim ziyech if not then i will buy housam aour from lyon he is a great young talent like jao felix . For attack i must say cash in on both auba and laca if they dont want to sign contracts and avoid the sae mistake which we have done previously with sanchez. If madrid gives us luka jovic in return with aubameyang and some cash then i will take that as auba is getting older now 31. If possible sell laca as well and buy a proper left winger in zaha from crystal palace.
    Leno(GK, martinez as backup)
    Sidibe/perreira/aarons(RB, with bell and niles as backups)
    Tierney(LB, with kola as backup)
    Dunk(CB, with holding and chambers as backup)
    Upamecano/koulibally(CB, with saliba as backup)
    Partey(CDM, with torreira as backup)
    Segej savic(CM, with guendouzi as backup)
    Hasam aouar/ziyech(CAM, with smith row and other young guns like nelson willock as backups)
    Zaha(LW, with martinellli as backup)
    Pepe(RW, with saka as backup)
    Jovic(ST, pepe can be backup plus recall nketiah back from leeds he is in fine form and improving like divock origi of liverpool)
    Leno
    Sidibe
    Dunk
    Upamecano
    Tierney
    Partey
    Savic
    Ziyech
    Zaha
    Pepe
    Jovic

    Bench:
    Martinez Chambers Holding Saliba Kola Bellerin guendouzi Martinelli Nketiah saka willock and other youngsters

    With this team i will play an attacking brand of football and gegenpressing football like what klopp does effectively at liverpool plus counter attacking game to devastating effect.
    COYG!!!

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    ozziegunnerozziegunnerDecember 23, 2019 at 12:31 am
    Raja, what about Martinelli and his progress? He has been Arsenal’s most consist player recently when given opportunities. I personally would prefer to develop Martinelli, instead of splashing a lot of cash on Zaha, with the issues Arsenal has in midfield and defense.

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    MohsanMohsanDecember 23, 2019 at 2:02 am
    I agree I think we need a proper CM like modric, carzola type who can link defence to attack. Someone who is good in tight spaces n is comfortable with both feet. The biggest void I believe is left by carzola which has not been filled by us. We hoped ceballos was that player but does not seem like it. I am sure Arteta will find some one who fits the bill.

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  7. Chambers and Martinelli played very well. Torreira also played well and for once Xhaka showed commitment. I hope Arteta’s message of energy and passion goes well with the players and they start taking responsibilities. Everton beat Chelsea and Richarlson and Dominic Kalvert were a continuous threat going forward during the Chelsea game. They were kept quiet so our midfield and defence did their job. The youngsters took up the responsibility of defence which Ozil might have not done. Anyway after his reaction to the substitution during the Man City game, I doubt he is in the good books of Arteta. Freddie will give inputs about the attitudes and mentality of all Arsenal players and Arteta will decide who fits his bill. For me all youngsters were promising and showed great commitment. Although Everton is not a big team we must not forget they beat Chelsea and held United. So all in all a good result for Arsenal and we have to build on from here. Also, as regards the rumour about Arsenal scouting Dries Mertens I don’t think age would be a negative factor in signing Mertens. Whatever be the age if the player shows commitment and passion he should be in the team. An example is Willian of Chelsea, so if Arsenal is interested in Mertens and he comes I don’t think anything bad will come of it. Mertens has scored 5 goals in the CL and is a proven goalscorer. Arsenal could also play him in the attacking midfield role.

  8. deogratius John says:

    I know we are far to the title, but we can do something to play for the championship next year. let’s give Aterta more time to rebuild our team. our players have got psychological problems currently due to poor consistence. I know there is a lot of critics about our coach due to lack of experience by I hope he will do wonder and prove them wrong.

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