Having gone perilously close to the relegation zone, Arsenal have recorded back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Brighton to move up to 13th position in the table. Arsenal’s poor run of results had put Arteta’s future under immense pressure, but the consecutive wins have provided a much needed respite for the Spaniard.
Lack of scoring goals from open play was one of the key factors in Arsenal’s poor run of results. However, Arteta switched to a 4-3-3 formation against Chelsea and Brighton with youngsters to earn crucial wins. Arsenal will be hoping to continue their winning run when they take on a struggling West Brom later today.
Lacazette, who scored in Arsenal’s last two games believes the change in tactics by Arteta has helped the team to stitch consecutive victories. Speaking to RMC, the Arsenal forward said “The coach puts me as a No.9, but more with a role to play for my team-mates and challenge a lot. It is not really a 10’s position, nor an old-fashioned No.9 that has to stay ahead and score goals.”
“He knows my qualities and knows that I like to play short and help my team-mates with the development of play. Now We’re four behind and three midfielders. It’s much easier, because before we lacked attacking players. This tactical change is also good for us.”
“When the team lost confidence, it was also my case. I had few situations in match, only one per game. I had to make it happen, and that’s what I didn’t do. In the game, it was not exceptional either. Since then, we have regained confidence, me too with the matches of Europa League who helped me.”