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Arteta Finds Arsenal’s Issue, Finds It Tough to Solve

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Arteta Finds Arsenal’s Issue, Finds It Tough to Solve

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Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has openly acknowledged that despite their two consecutive victories this season, the team is not performing at its best. Arsenal managed a 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest on the season’s opening day, followed by another hard-fought victory against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

While they secured wins, both matches saw Arsenal struggling to create numerous scoring opportunities. Instead, the team seems to have shifted its focus from flashy attacking to a more resolute defensive approach.

During the match against Crystal Palace, Arsenal displayed a tough defensive stance that made it challenging for the Eagles to break through at Selhurst Park. This was even more noteworthy considering Arsenal played with one less player after Takehiro Tomiyasu received two yellow cards. However, Arteta acknowledges that the team needs to strike a better balance between its defensive strength and the attacking flair that helped them secure a second-place finish in the previous season.


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Arteta recognizes the need for improvement and admits that the team has lacked effectiveness in front of the goal in their last two matches. After the win against Palace, he candidly stated that Arsenal has not reached the desired level he envisions for them this season. He emphasized the importance of converting scoring opportunities, especially given their dominance in controlling the game. Arteta stressed that scoring goals is one of the most challenging aspects of football, and if that’s not happening, the team needs to compensate by maintaining a solid defense.

We have to put the ball in the net more often, especially with the dominance we are having in games. But that’s the most difficult thing in football, so if you don’t do that, you have to do the other part, which is be extremely solid. We were last week [vs Forest] and we were again today [vs Palace] with the chances we conceded. Let’s keep playing better and evolving

While Arsenal won against Palace, Eddie Nketiah missed a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half. Despite winning the decisive penalty, Arsenal is feeling the absence of their primary forward Gabriel Jesus, who is sidelined due to a knee injury.

Comparing this season to the previous one, Arsenal’s goal-scoring performance has declined. After two matches last season, they had scored six goals, whereas this time they’ve managed half of that tally. However, they have also conceded two fewer goals. This is noteworthy, especially considering Arteta’s decision not to include regular starter Gabriel Magalhaes in the starting lineup for both matches.


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