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Arteta made FIVE mistakes against Brighton and Arsenal boss must learn from them

ANYONE who knows me or reads my articles will know that I am an admirer of Mikel Arteta but even the best coaches get tactics and decisions wrong.

On a lucky day the odd poor call may not cost your team, or you may have time in a match to readjust or even reverse a decision within the 90 分钟.

Mikel Arteta made five mistakes which cost Arsenal against Brighton

Mikel Arteta made five mistakes which cost Arsenal against Brighton信用: 路透社

Saturday was not such a lucky day for the 兵工厂 boss and in my humble opinion he made multiple poor decisionsin selection, tactics, man-management and even in-game with the substitutions.

One has to admire such self-belief in such a young manager and we must hope that he will begin to show he can admit errors in judgement and learn from his mistakes.

On Saturday Arteta needed his team to bounce back from a Selhurst Park horror show but here are five mistakes he made that resulted in Brighton winning.

Not backing Nuno Tavares

Tavares was Arteta’s own signing and began his Arsenal career well,
initially keeping Kieran Tierney out of the team on his return from injury.

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然而, having hardLy been called upon, the young Portuguese talent has twice been withdrawn by Arteta after poor displays against Nottingham Forest and last week versus Palace.

If Tavares has a future at the club, man-management surely meant an arm around the shoulder in the week and backing him on Saturday.

Not the cold shoulder and replacing him with a slow central midfielder.

In my view, the only justifiable reason not to play Tavares was if Arteta had switched to a back three.

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Nuno Tavares was dropped against Brighton after being subbed at half-time against Crystal Palace

Nuno Tavares was dropped against Brighton after being subbed at half-time against Crystal Palace信用: 盖蒂

Playing Granit Xhaka at left-back

明显地, we know the Swiss skipper can do a job at left-back but
moving him there on Saturday not only will have been a kick in teeth for Tavares but severely weakened the midfield, already deprived of the injured Thomas Partey.

Sambi Lokonga is an able deputy with the experience of either Xhaka or Partey alongside him, but to ask the youngster to play there on his own with so little football of late, was preposterous.

Granit Xhaka  playing at left back weakened the midfield

Granit Xhaka playing at left back weakened the midfield信用: 盖蒂

Playing two 8s

The knock-on effect of moving Xhaka to left-back and playing Lokonga might have been mitigated had Arteta reverted to 4-2-3-1 for solidity and played the experienced and ever-reliable Mohammed Elneny alongside the Belgian.

反而, he asked Emile Smith-Rowe to play infield as a left-hand side eight, or so it appeared.

This may be a role suited to the young England star but why experiment on the back of a 3-0 defeat in a must-win game.

Emile Smith Rowe playing centrally did not work out against the Seagulls

Emile Smith Rowe playing centrally did not work out against the Seagulls信用: 路透社

Too stubborn to change what was not working

With Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard not supporting Lokonga sufficiently the youngster was overrun by a three-man Brighton midfield, including the fabulous Yves Bissouma and an inspired Enock Mwepu.

Arteta had the tools to change his system to combat the visitors
dominance but he failed to do so.

The Spaniard could have brought Rob Holding on to match systems with Graham Potter’s tactically astute selection, allowing Xhaka back into the midfield, or brought on Elneny.

But instead he made poor late attacking changes, chasing a match which he could have retrieved long before his late desperation dice rolls.

Sambi Lokonga was overrun by Brighton's midfield

Sambi Lokonga was overrun by Brighton’s midfield信用: 盖蒂

Alexandre Lacazette Loyalty

We all like the Frenchman, we really do.

He has laboured like a trooper on his own, linking play, inspiring his younger colleagues and assisting goals but the simple truth is that his legs have goneas has his confidence in front of goal with them.

Arsenal need a striker to be scoring and Lacazette simply isn’t, so Arteta needed to make a callto either support his captain by changing the system to give him a partner, or try Eddie Nketiah or Gabriel Martinelli through the middle.

For most fans, 包括我自己, to see both Smith Rowe and more so Martinelli withdrawn on Saturday whilst Lacazette stayed on the pitch was bordering on inexcusable.

Alexandre Lacazette has one goal in his last 11 league games

Alexandre Lacazette has one goal in his last 11 league games信用: 路透社

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