Standing at No. 15 on the rankings and showing a weak face, Arsenal showed itself as a team that any opponent can beat.
In the 14th round of the Premier League, Arsenal continued to sink into crisis when they lost 1-2 against Everton. “Gunners” do not know the smell of victory in 10 consecutive matches, including 8 defeats. The last time Arsenal had 3 points was 2 months ago, when they won 2-1 against Sheffield United.
Arsenal are unlucky or weak?
After the losses, Coach Arteta often blamed the lack of luck. In the press conference after the 0-1 defeat to Burnley, he once said: “We are in complete control of the game. We have created many chances to have at least one draw. I think luck doesn’t stand. towards Arsenal “.
Arsenal often controlled the ball more than the opponent. Before Burnley, Tottenham or Everton, Coach Arteta’s army was superior in terms of holding the ball. However, when they have the ball in their feet, they don’t create obvious opportunities. In 15 minutes in the second half against Everton, Arsenal controlled 82%, but could not make Jordan Pickford stop.
Except for the match with Burnley, Arsenal are not superior in the number of hits with their opponents. That shows they are struggling with their attack. Without Mesut Ozil, Arsenal lose diversity in their gameplay.
With Willian, Arsenal attacked the side and crossed the ball more. Coach Arteta has also confirmed that they will score more goals if they persist to cross the ball. However, this plan is not effective, because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette are not leading experts.
“Everton lets Arsenal keep the ball comfortable. So does Tottenham. And what can Arsenal do? Nothing. At that time, possession of the ball does not mean anything. It is not a competition of ball control. “Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, told Sky Sports.
In the eight defeats that Arsenal had to receive in the Premier League this season, they controlled the ball 6 games more than their opponents. When deploying attacks, Arsenal’s top players do not receive support from defenders.
With teams that attack the edge many times, the player who crosses the ball most must always be the wing-back. This allows the wing strikers to penetrate the penalty area to put pressure on the opponent’s goal.
In Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson of course the two most crosses. Tottenham has Serge Aurier, Everton has Lucas Digne. Meanwhile, Willian is Arsenal’s biggest crosser.
“It’s not that Arsenal miss out on delicious opportunities, they are not creating it. They move from defense to attack very slowly and rarely let defenders face each other,” Carragher explained.
Besides, Arsenal’s midfield is also an alarming problem. Not only lack of “poetic” from Ozil, they also lack “steel”. When Thomas Partey is not on the pitch, Arsenal’s midfield becomes extremely fragile.
In the confrontation with Everton, Arsenal’s central midfielder duo Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos played ineffectively. They cannot guarantee the support in front of the quarterback.
15 minutes, they let midfielder Michael Keane drop the ball straight into the middle area and a powerful shot from afar. The ball narrowly deviates from goalkeeper Leno. If it is a more skillful and mischievous player, Arsenal could face a dangerous situation.
38 minutes into the game, Dominic Calvert-Lewin also had a situation to go straight into the middle. At that time, Elneny was easily surpassed, Ceballos did not move in time and Kieran Tierney was forced to make a foul just before the 16.5 meter line.
In this match, many times Everton players launched dangerous long shots that Arsenal’s central midfielders could not intervene in time.