11 Mar 2022 | 10:57 | Football
Arsenal training video
At the end of August, with Arsenal without points and not scoring any goals, it was assumed that this was a dark season for teachers and students Mikel Arteta. However, Arsenal have improved significantly over the past few months and displayed a coherent, well-defined style of play in recent times.
Every area of improvement is simply the result of Arteta’s enhanced application of tactical ideas since his days in charge of the Gunners. The most notable recent change is the growing relationship between Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka. The two gradually come to understand each other better when creating cohesion in coordinated situations.
The duo along with Emile Smith Rowe created an attack structure based on smart play between the lines. All three confidently held the ball on the third side of the opponent’s court, directly attacking in the space in the middle and the wing corridor. Arsenal can easily hit the middle as well as stretch the width of the opponent’s field.
This is an important aspect of Arteta’s tactical operation at Arsenal. In previous years, Arsenal relied too much on Saka and Kieran Tierney to penetrate from the left but now, the London club show a better balance in play.
Basically, every attack process of Arsenal will originate from two good passing midfielders, Gabriel and Ben White. They launched attacks from the bottom line by passing deep into the defence.
Arsenal operate with two free eights, often placing Smith Rowe and Odegaard together, although Granit Xhaka is also entering steady form. Thomas Partey, a player under pressure, is good at escaping pressing and knows how to play online passes to support attacking midfielders on the field. Statistically, he passes in the last third of the game more than any other Arsenal player.
The Gunners have also benefited from the sale of Pierre-Emile Aubameyang, with Alexandre Lacazette dropping deeper and linking play, allowing Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe to dominate and exploit space in the opposition half.
Obviously, there are areas that need improvement, most notably the frontline area. With an impressive way of playing and the current sublime form, Arsenal is bright to win tickets to the Champions League next season.
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