Arsenal are a mediocre crew, at finest. Immediately’s 0-0 draw in opposition to Leeds United, the crew that had surrendered the joint-most targets coming into the weekend, is extra proof of that inescapable truth. We should always not let Nicolas Pépé’s totally inexcusable, completely braindead headbutt that earned him a straight pink distract from that. The Gunners, proper now, are a decrease mid-table crew.
Arsenal began the match effectively sufficient. The assault regarded energized and prefer it may create one thing for the opening 10-Quarter-hour. Then Leeds figured issues out, made some changes, and the Gunners went again to their regular, uninspiring selves.
Mikel Arteta made a constructive substitution at halftime — Reiss Nelson got here on for the ineffective Willian. However Nelson didn’t even get an opportunity to settle into the match earlier than Nicolas Pépé’s utterly moronic, at all times a pink card headbutt put Arsenal right down to 10.
The Gunners regarded higher going ahead after they went down a person, however you may chalk that as much as Leeds throwing extra numbers ahead and the person brilliance of Bukayo Saka. The younger winger got here on a couple of minutes after the sending off and was by far the most effective participant on the pitch for Arsenal. Sadly, he hobbled off the pitch after getting smashed into by Pablo Hernandez. Hopefully his harm isn’t extreme. Arsenal completely can not afford to lose him for any time frame.
On Nicolas Pépé: he shouldn’t see the pitch till not less than 2021. His headbutt was egocentric, unprofessional, and inexcusable. Mikel Arteta didn’t pull any punches in his postgame press convention, making it clear that his conduct was unacceptable.
Pépé is the worst signing in membership historical past. And I’m beginning to marvel the place he ranks on the all-time checklist of dangerous signings. On a manufacturing for price foundation, he’s been an absolute nightmare. The outrageous value paid has set Arsenal again by not less than two seasons.
I’m happy that Mikel Arteta began Joe Willock, shook up the formation, and gave Willian the hook at halftime. I’d known as for him to make some modifications to attempt to get one thing going, however he nonetheless has not discovered the appropriate mixture to spark the offense. Arsenal haven’t scored from open play within the Premier League since October 4th, in opposition to final place Sheffield United.
The very best attacking possibility appears to be “let Bukayo Saka cook dinner” which isn’t sustainable, and Saka could miss time with the harm he picked up right this moment. Arteta must get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring once more. Effectively, actually he must get anyone scoring once more. I don’t care if it’s Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, whoever.
Arteta ought to maintain experimenting with the lineup, the formation, and the ways. Proper now, there isn’t any cohesion, and Arsenal lack a transparent attacking plan past “hope anyone beats their man and go from there.” Gamers don’t actually transfer off the ball. There’s not set “we give it to this man who can go to him or him and so forth” transfer that persistently generates something. I don’t see any purpose why Willian must be enjoying over Reiss Nelson. Joe Willock ought to get extra of a shot, too.
There’s actually not a lot to be optimistic with this Arsenal squad proper now. They’re enjoying poorly and the outcomes match. Every efficiency brings me nearer to the conclusion that there isn’t actually a solution / resolution on the membership proper now. I feel the hope is that Arteta can manufacture some outcomes and proceed to overtake the roster within the subsequent few switch home windows.