2 Tactical Mistakes Mikel Arteta Should Avoid Against Chelsea Next Week
Apparently, the 2021-2022 season started fully yesterday, as Brentford put 2 goals past Arsenal at their stadium. Of course, the Gunners have to equip their squad, if they really want to go far in all competitions, because they can not qualify for the top-4 in the league, as regards their display against the Bees last night.
Aside from that, Chelsea will be clashing against Arsenal next week, in their second game of the 2021-2022 campaign. Without a doubt, the match will be very interesting because it’s a London derby, especially when the Blues have finally found the missing piece (Romelu Lukaku) in their team.
Meanwhile, there are two tactical mistakes Mikel Arteta should avoid, if he wants to win his second fixture in the month of August. Actually, he made the same mistake against Brentford yesterday, but he needs to learn from it before their clash against the Thomas Tuchel’s men on August 22nd.
The Spanish manager received a whole lot of insults and slander, because of the defeat against the Bees. As a result, he may be on the verge of bouncing the Emirates if he can not win against Chelsea. As regards the 2020-2021 campaign, Mikel Arteta humiliated the Blues at home and away. However, the opponent has improved their squad with the Belgian mastero.
Frankly, everyone expects Chelsea to dazzle amazingly in all competitions this season, because of how Thomas Tuchel single-handedly transformed their team last campaign. Meanwhile, Arsenal and Mikel Arteta could avoid the second defeat of the season, if the manager could desist from these two mistakes below.
1. Playing Back-four
Mikel Arteta shouldn’t play back-four against Chelsea next week, because they aren’t balanced or composed without Gabriel Magalhães. The Brazilian played a massive role in the squad, as regards his performance last campaign. In the absence of Gabriel, the Gunners’ gaffer should go for a formation of 3-4-3 with Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Ben White as the back-three. Playing four defenders at the back caused Arsenal defeats against Chelsea, Tottenham, Rangers and Hibernian in the pre-season.
Having said that, the Spanish manager shouldn’t play four players at the back next week, because the Blues are very dangerous and mean in the frontline, especially with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku. However, Gabriel Magalhães has been training with the squad, but the match may come too early for him. Ben White tried his best against the Bees last night, as he registered 46.5% in duels and 42.8% in aerial duels, while Tierney recorded the most chances created (6), most crosses attempted (11) and most penalty box entries (10). Still, they failed to protect their box, so Mikel Arteta shouldn’t make the mistake of playing four defenders at the back against Chelsea next week.
2. Starting Lokonga Ahead Of Elneny
In the absence of Thomas Partey in the midfield, Mohamed Elneny has every right to start ahead of Sambi Lokonga, because the Egyptian understands many things about the league. Arsenal couldn’t dominate or control the midfield yesterday, because the Belgian youngster failed to play alongside Granit Xhaka. Mikel Arteta should avoid strating the Belgium international ahead of the Egyptian baller, as Mohamed already knows how to dazzle against top teams in the Premier League. Without a doubt, the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are way better than the Gunners’ midfielders.
Arsenal will need to equip and secure their midfield, if they really want to outplay the Thomas Tuchel’s men next week. Against Brentford yesterday, the Gunners’ had 65% ball possession and 22 shots, but they failed to create a single big chance throughout the 90 minutes. Of course, this happened because they weren’t able to control the midfield, due to the two footballers’ inability. Having said that, Mikel Arteta should avoid benching Mohamed Elneny for Sambi Lokonga against the Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Can Arsenal really defeat Chelsea next week?