“His team have never lost their identity” Bielsa gives his opinion of Arteta

Marcelo Bielsa has praised Mikel Arteta for how he sets his team up with an identity ahead of their match this evening.

Both managers will face each other again at the Emirates after their first league meeting ended in a goalless draw.

Just a point separates the teams and the game promises to be an exciting one between two teams that are committed to attacking football.

He was speaking ahead of the match and was asked what he thought about facing Mikel Arteta again.

He claimed the Spaniard is a great coach before praising him for keeping his team’s identity.

He then said Arsenal had different options for every position, which makes them unpredictable.

“I think he’s a great coach,” Marcelo explained on Leeds’ website

“His team has never lost their identity. They have different types of players for the same positions which demands knowledge of the style.

“We have to bear in mind that in that game they played half the game a player down so they were at a disadvantage, so any analysis made would not be a balanced one. 

“We had so many shots, so one of the secrets to winning the game would be to increase our efficiency.”

Arteta has managed Arsenal against the Whites on two occasions eliminating them from the FA Cup last season, before the goalless draw at Elland Road late last year.

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  1. “Never list their identity”? After 14 months with Arteta in charge I’m still waiting to find our identity. I’m not even sure Arteta knows what it is.

    1. we have identity, it might not align with what most fans want. the team is been compact at the back ,a possesion retaining team,

      1. You mean so compact that we’ve lost 10 games? I don’t care how “few” goals we’ve conceded!

        You mean so much possession that we’ve lost 10 games doing nothing with the possession?

        Thats not an identity, thats a delusion of an identity!

        1. Teams with identity don’t lose up to games?, Biesla’s team has Identity right? Let’s check how many games they’ll lose this season. Arsenal fans like moaning too much. Our team is not as good as you all think. We are not better than Aston Villa player for player. So stop this over expectations. We have a rookie manager who’s doing well and a bunch of young and talented player learning on the job, let’s give them time.

  2. There is no semblance of an identity at arsenal. Arteta’s inexperience is beginning to be laid bare for all to see. Watch raphinha today and wonder y we bought pepe instead of him.. For 17 million,, we wasted an extra 55million!!! Such travestry and lunacy by arsenal’s recruiting team

  3. Yes he did not state what’s the identity I have not seen clearly either, MA have not said it, also I doubt if the players knows. That identity must have been the reason PAE can no longer score goals at will, it’s not dip in form, our sentimental fans chased away Iwobi that motivates and supplies passes to him to create or pave ways for mercurial Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah. Arteta’s quality is not too different from Frank Lampard but somehow better than the Kronkes and Edu’s signing of Willian and re signing of David Luiz, he should be made to be paying 50% that flops money (Willian). Enough of incompetence in the club.

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