ARTETA: Arsenal fell into a humiliating defeat against Aston Villa at home. What was more frustrating was that Arsenal was completely outplayed and dominated and never looked like they would score. On the bright side, this game exposed a huge problem in Arteta’s 3-4-3 system.
It has no secret that Arsenal have been spineless over the major part of the last decade. Trips to Anfield, the Etihad and the Allianz Arena always brought back humiliating results due to their defensive woes.
Arteta has solved that issue and made Arsenal a tough team to beat. He even managed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. However this system is highly defensive and not effective against teams that sit deep at the back. So here is what Arteta should do.
Balance Defensive Solidity and Attacking Prowess
Frank Lampard has already managed this at Chelsea. Arsenal need to transition to playing 4 at the back and introduce an extra man in the midfield. Apart from Sheffield United, all other games Arsenal have played, their 2 men in the midfield have been outnumbered causing them to be outplayed by weaker and stronger sides.
Stop playing the False 9
Arteta has been using Lacazette as a false 9 to add an extra man in midfield. Something which worked for the better part of his regime. Since Lacazette is not a midfielder he has been unable to create chances for Aubameyang and Pepe. When Arsenal are attacking he is often in the midfield and there is no one on the center foward position to receive the final ball.
Introduce an Attacking Midfielde
With Mesut Ozil being frozen out, there is a shortage in attacking midfielders at Arsenal. Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe can however fill this position with careful coaching. Arsenal have been a better side in the Europa league with Willock playing