Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at the Amex by Brighton as Mikel Arteta’s game management techniques were criticised after exposing his inability to impact games with timely substitutions.
The Gunners endured a relatively lacklustre first-half against Graham Potter’s side and lacked a hunger about their intensity, despite having made just one change to cover for the injured Granit Xhaka.
However, Arteta’s stubbornness to make just the one change – in which he was forced into – foreshadowed the Spaniard’s reluctance to make further tweaks in a bid to stifle Brighton.
Either side came close to opening their accounts via various chances but neither could find a breakthrough, as Arsenal’s evening was summed up by Ainsley Maitland-Niles‘ late entry to proceedings.
Tom Canton, Hush Kerai and Umar Choudhry, TheArsenal Way team, discussed the Gunners’ uninspiring goalless draw to the Seagulls at the Amex, live on The Arsenal Way show via YouTube.
Choudhry kickstarted the debate by taking aim at Arteta’s approach to game management and his methods of using substitutions to turn the tide of clashes, or lack of, before eyeing Tuchel as the prime example.
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“I thought Arteta should’ve made some changes straight away heading into the second-half,” he said.
“We knew we were struggling in terms of the system so we could’ve reverted to a three at the back. There wasn’t a lot of fluency in our attack.
“We’ve seen opposition manager, Tuchel, how quick he has been to react with changes. He done it against Spurs; made a change at half-time and after they were fantastic.
“So, I would like to have seen Arteta switch to a different formation to try and change the dimension of the performance.”
Canton added to the discussion by agreeing with Choudhry’s inquest into why Arteta can’t be proactive with his substitutions like Tuchel is, claiming that he would’ve liked to have seen more urgency in the Spaniard’s decision making.
“There’s managers out there like Thomas Tuchel at half-time, changes things immediately when he notices something and it makes a big impact,” he said.
“We saw it today – they make their changes, they go onto win the game. Yes, of course Southampton had a red card but the changes had a big impact on the game and it’s not the first time we’ve seen it.
“Tuchel’s done it time and time again in the Champions League and other managers have done it too.”
Kerai concluded the discussion by offering his view on Arteta’s approach to substitutions, noting that
“Arteta is more idealistic,” he said, before exposing his guilty pleasure for Love Island by using one of the shows most famous idiom.
“He has a theory before a game and he’ll put all his eggs in that basket and forcing it home until he’s forced into trying something new.”
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