“You cannot coach it out of them, but you can make them aware” Hoddle gives advice to Arteta

Glenn Hoddle has suggested that Mikel Arteta has to teach his players when it becomes too dangerous to play out from the back if they are to avoid the sort of goal that Burnley scored against them in their last match.

The Gunners have continued to play from the back as expected under Arteta, but it went wrong in their game against the Clarets.

Granit Xhaka attempted to pass the ball to David Luiz close to the Arsenal goal and played it straight to Chris Wood who had been pressing the Gunners. It came off him and into Bernd Leno’s net.

The Gunners worked hard, but they couldn’t find a winning goal after Nicolas Pepe missed an open goal and Dani Ceballos hit the post.

Hoddle was asked if Xhaka’s mistake can be coached out of the players or if it was down to them not being talented enough.

He said most teams play from the back now and the Spaniard just needs to tell his players to watch out for when it isn’t convenient and avoid taking that route.

He writes on his Standard Sports’ column: “But there’s so many clubs, not just Arsenal, there comes a time when when is it a real, a real genuine risk of your own goal being at threat? I’ve seen loads of goals this year being given away, goalkeepers trying to pass balls out from the back, Alisson’s done it for Liverpool, [John] Ruddy did it for Wolves, Arsenal [against] Burnley… there’s nothing wrong in playing the ball long at times when it has to go long.

“You cannot coach it out of them, but you can make them aware that they’re going over the line. You do that in training maybe or with videos. You say ‘look, we got away with it but I don’t want us playing in those circumstances, it’s too risky, we will come unstuck, and it’ll be a big game possibly’.”

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12 Comments

  1. Mrcool says:

    I will start seeing arsenal as a serious team when they sell xhaka and replace him with a serious player.

    1. Famochi says:

      The best comment I have ever read on JA since I have known it.
      Please sell/free Xhaka off from the squad then half of the problem of arsenal is solved honestly. Just too immobile, slow passes and lack forward movement. Gosh, even a farmer/hunter knows playing football than him.

    2. Ken says:

      Arsenal has a mentality of playing football for fan and this has really hurt fans.moral instead of making it a war afare

  2. Reggie says:

    Ask yourself one question. Why does xhaka make more mistakes than any other player in the Premier league.

    1. Famochi says:

      All I know/want next summer is that…
      Please sell/free Xhaka off from the squad then half of the problem of arsenal is solved honestly. Just too immobile, slow passes and lack forward movement. Gosh, even a farmer/hunter knows playing football than him.

      1. Adega Olatunji says:

        There are some xhaka fans on this platform, they are still coming to analyse how good xhaka is for you. They will tell you that xhaka is the best midfielder in Arsenal, and Arsenal cannot play better without him. And fortunately him he’s the number on the list of favourite players of Arteta followed by Willian. So be expecting Xhaka against spurs.

        1. Ken says:

          Against city xhaka was a
          spoilt cabbage.William is a better player as he can dribble and offer others chance to score.o4 himself if used well.xhaka refused to discover himself but tgax we got elneny,thonas,and chambers who can easily replace him

  3. eddy says:

    you’re right

  4. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    just ask yourself what did Arteta guarantee Xhaka when he supposedly “begged” this underwhelming bang average midfielder to remain at the club…it’s clear to me that like with Willian, Ode and Luiz, this club is in such disarray that not only does it need to pay way above market value wages to lure or keep players, it likewise feels it needs to guarantee starting minutes…this isn’t a good place to be for any organization, let alone one with a “self-sufficient” business model

  5. okezie kingsley says:

    xhaka is absolutely a joy in our midfield,some of you fans need to reason with your brain,sell xhaka sell xhaka,if xhaka is sold will you fill his voice,please dont try to insult a player that plays with his whole heart for the club.please you guys should control some your ill feelings towards granit,for me he is exceptional

    1. jon fox says:

      YOU OBVIOUISLY NEVER SAW EITHER VIERRA OR PETIT THEN, IF YOU THINK, ASTOUNDINGLY IMO, THAT XHAKA IS EXCEPTIONAL!

      I don’t think you have the first idea of what exceptional even means !

  6. jon fox says:

    My view is that alot of what players so which is dangerous to their own side come down to aklack of unate inteliegence This is nothing whatever to do with education and in my longlife experience many of those most educted ghave lacked basic life intelliegnce and vice versa too. It comes down to what is between your eards and I reget to say my view is theta XHAKA is sadly lacking ingrey matter and alway has as our playr I do not expect this to change so we would be well advised to lose this hothead from our club ASAP.
    THIS PRINCIPLE, btw, ALSO APPLIES TO FORWARDS WHO ARE CONSTATLY CAUGHT OFFSIDE LIKE ANELKA AND WALCOTT

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