I selected my phrases to the title for immediately’s musings fairly rigorously right here. I do know there are individuals which are satisfied that Arteta is, from a tactical perspective, a person who is aware of his onions and he has proven that at instances this season. I additionally know that there are a proportion – a small one I consider based mostly on the Arsenal followers I work together with – that really feel that he’s not as astute as we’re led to consider. They consider him to be considerably of an egomaniac, a person who torches gamers too shortly, who places religion in others far an excessive amount of, who’s flawed and doubtless shouldn’t be supervisor of the membership for for much longer. As at all times with these extremes the reality is someplace within the center, however this morning as I went for my early morning run, I discovered myself listening to one more Brighton recreation put up mortem podcast speaking about what he obtained fallacious in that recreation and the way important it’s that the membership arrest the downward momentum we seem to have after two actually stunning performances from the group and the supervisor in his resolution making.

As I used to be operating I discovered myself changing into increasingly more scared of a Southampton facet which have simply been tonked by Chelski on their very own floor. I discovered myself getting increasingly more anxious about how on earth we had been going to choose up the three factors that we so desperately have to arrest the present funk led to by the final two video games. Then I discovered myself repeatedly fascinated with Mikel and his selections to a) play Xhaka at left again after which b) to play Alexandre Lacazette in any respect.

I discovered myself with real concern that out of some form of misplaced stubbornness in his personal method and perception, we’d see these two gamers enjoying in the identical manner for the weekend coming. I’ve listened to plenty of stuff this week, I’ve learn a couple of items from Arsenal followers, I’ve noticed a number of the fallout with my very own eyes and nearly to a person/girl/little one I’ve heard and skim Arsenal followers pointing to precisely what the issue was on the weekend. We will all see it. Everyone knows there may be a minimum of some remedial motion that could possibly be taken, if not the ‘silver bullet’ that we’d all hope for, however a minimum of one thing that can guarantee we enhance on what has been two actually dangerous performances. But regardless of all of that, I’ve the concern that Mikel Arteta will persist along with his ideology of how we should always play taking in to account the accidents, all due to his overwhelming self perception that what he’s doing is correct.

The ‘concern’ comes from final season. There it started to develop throughout that funk we had within the first half of 2020/21, as Arteta continued with Willian week-after-week, as he known as on the skilled gamers week-after-week as they let him down week-after-week. Then, when it actually did really feel like we had been reaching ‘finish recreation’, he threw a proverbial Hail Mary Cross within the hope that one thing would change and it got here off  in that Chelski recreation at dwelling. Then from there he flipped his method and we began to see the profit. My ‘concern’ is that he gained’t deviate from his latest selections till we get to the purpose of him needing to throw one other ‘Hail Mary Cross’ as a result of issues have began to get actually determined.

However what constitutes ‘actually determined’ I’m wondering? As I’ve already stated I believe Prime 4 is already completed. We have now tougher video games, we have to win six of our subsequent eight, that simply isn’t taking place in my thoughts, so Prime 4 is 90% past us I consider. However what if we spiral so dangerous {that a} Europa League spot begins to look past us? What if the one time Arteta has to throw his ‘Hail Mary Cross’ is once we’re staring down the barrel of Europa Convention soccer, or no soccer in any respect in Europe?

Maybe I’m being overly dramatic. We’ve performed rather well for giant chunks of this season and a few of these good performances shouldn’t be ignored; thrown in to the archives as meaningless all as a result of we seem like stuttering proper on the crunch time within the season. Maybe I have to have a little bit extra perspective and maybe these final two video games are identical to the horrible performances towards Everton and Man United on the finish of final 12 months, earlier than we began to choose up and go on a little bit of run. However I simply have this nagging feeling that maybe we’re about to see Arteta not coping very nicely underneath stress and reverting to the man who continued for a lot too lengthy final season which noticed us sliding down the desk in November and December final season.

That’s my large concern. My concern is that he’s afraid to change it up sufficient.

How does he alleviate that? Properly, it’s all about outcomes actually, as a result of even when we win our subsequent 4 video games 1-0 and they’re all horrible to look at, it doesn’t matter. But when we play in the identical type and method as we did towards Brighton and Crystal Palace, with the identical tactical method and sq. pegs in spherical holes, then the possibilities of getting these wins feels increasingly more distant. Get Xhaka in the course of the park once more. Get Nuno Tavares in at left again and hey, guess what, attempt one thing like White at proper again and Holding in at centre half. That may really feel extra just like the Tomiyasu type of proper again we’d like, with Tavares given licence to drive ahead extra as a result of we have now Gabriel slotting in behind him. Give Sambi some help by enjoying Xhaka subsequent to him. And for the love of god, show that you’re working in a real meritocracy by telling Laczette to maintain his tracksuit on come 3pm. He’s off form, he doesn’t deserve to begin, so attempt one thing new.

Possibly that every one works on paper and never on the pitch, however attempting it the opposite manner hasn’t labored on the pitch within the final couple of video games, so attempt a mini ‘Hail Mary Cross’ now, while there nonetheless could possibly be time to show the season into one thing nice.

Catch you beautiful people tomorrow.


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