Arteta repeating Unai Emery’s mistake, warns Arsenal legend Martin Keown

Unai Emery, who was sacked in November 2019 was heavily criticised by fans and pundits to not knowing his best XI and formation. Arteta, who took over the reigns has done an impressive job to make the side more solid defensively. However, the lack of creativity and cutting-edge were on display in their defeat at home against Leicester City.

Although Lacazette’s goal was disallowed by VAR for offiside, the Frenchman missed a glorious chance to put the home side ahead after failing to make any sort of connection on Tierney’s pass. Arsenal started with a back 3, with Xhaka on the left side to help the build-up play. However, the backline’s lack of pace was completely exposed by Leicester when Vardy and Under flew past them with relative ease to set up the winning goal.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Arteta to pick a system and to stick with it. He added, “They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery. That’s what I would like to see now, the same pictures, the same triangles, the same movements, the same partnerships, the same relationships. If you keep changing it, you don’t find a rhythm, and that’s something that I found in a very successful team. It was like putting an old pair of slippers on for a game. Everything was there. You’d fire it into midfield to Patrick Vieira, into Dennis Bergkamp, Henry into the channel, it was three passes.

These players now are getting the ball now and it’s jamming a little bit, so I think keep it simple and start building from this team. If this is the way he wants to play, keep with it, and try to put the people in it and get the messages right and work on it. It was very static, the front three never really moved from positions, they didn’t make themselves available. This is a brand new project for the manager. We don’t want to be over critical. I believe he’s the right man for the job 100 per cent, super bright manager and he’s going to have setbacks, it’s how he responds to this now.”

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