It is as if Arteta wants to do the exact opposite of what the whole world is thinking just to spite it. The football universe is saying field three attackers and a creative midfielder as part of a three man midfield, he goes on to field an ultra defensive 4-5-1 against Burnley who have struggled for goals since last campaign. The result probably was what Arsenal deserved.
Arsenal to their credit were using the flanks really well. Willian was constantly tormenting Taylor down the Arsenal right flank. Tierney looks good going forward as well as Bellerin. The issue now is when they lose possession, are they able to get back into position to stifle the counter. The answer so far has been no. Last night, the penalty shouts from Arsenal fell on deaf ears. The gunners should have had at least 2 penalties in the first half. Like I said in the Fulham Vs Liverpool blog, when you are in the lower half things do not go your way. But Arteta has to start setting his teams better. Thats how you turn your luck around. Burnley, although no pushovers, are a very predictable team. Route one is their calling.Looking for the big man Wood or Barnes is Burnley. So having Gabriel in the defensive four was Arteta doing it right.
Xhaka will get a lot of stick for the red card.He was supposed to keep it together for the good of the team. But it does not excuse the manager. The manager should have changed his formation following that red card.Instead of adding Mustafi to make a flat back five he let things get out of their control. What Aubameyang did was what happens when you ask a striker to do a defender’s job.It was very unfortunate but Arteta needs to change the way he manages games. From then on he was under pressure to get the equaliser which did not come.Arsenal still lie 15th on the log with European football looking increasingly unlikely next campaign unless the perform miracles in the Europa League and domestic cups. I am not a fan of firing managers so I believe Arteta needs more time to get his philosophy ingrained into the club.After all this is his first top managerial job. Look at Ole Gunnar Soskjaer at Cardiff. He was relegated with the Welsh club in 2014 but a big club like Manchester United gave him an opportunity to fail and learn. Failing to qualify for Europe could be the tonic Arsenal needs to wake up.