You can’t always get what you want

当考虑其中阿森纳需要改进这个夏天,我头脑是著名的曼联鸣叫携带从此主帅莫耶斯报价的。它可能更快地考虑这样的球队不需要的改进很大的区域。然而,在满足此列的利益诉求,我试图在今年夏天凝结阿森纳的需求转化为bitesize重点。

GREATER CREATIVITY
One of the curious tactical developments under Mikel Arteta is that Arsenal have become an effective counter-attacking side. They have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City under Arteta’s stewardship. With wide-forwards like Nicolas Pepe and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, a fairly solid midfield base of Ceballos and Xhaka, three central defenders and a selection of adaptable wing-backs, Arsenal have set up well against better resourced teams. Plan B is set.

然而,他们一直在努力对深块,我们在对布莱顿,热刺和阿斯顿维拉项目后重启喜欢的联赛失利看到。他们还努力打破伯恩利[与他们画了0-0]和西汉姆[打磨出1-0击败]锁定前不久。这是因为阿森纳缺乏创造力。

Creativity comes in many guises- an effete artiste floating between the lines isn’t the only avenue through which to create chances. [Who is Liverpool’s “number 10” for example? Nobody, that’s who]. Assessing the materials with which he has to work, Arteta has made creating through the wings a priority since taking charge of the team.

威廉即将签署朝着这一引领潮流的继续,他在短空格的优秀运球并保持间距的宽度非常好。上个赛季,当主动交给阿森纳,他们不太有魔鬼或各种移动周围的防御。这部分是因为他们缺乏球的载体。卡索拉,威尔谢尔,罗西基,桑切斯,Oxlade张伯伦和Iwobi的人喜欢将不同的天赋球运营商和他们的技能还没有真正被替换。

Pepe is a good dribbler in the final third; but you have to get the ball to him and that has proved hard work for Arsenal, who struggle to progress the ball centrally. The midfield duo of Ceballos and Xhaka provide a solid technical platform but neither really break the opposition lines and neither has the athleticism to provide regular presence in the opposition penalty area.

The Gunners took a total of three points away from home against the bottom four last season, lost home and away to Brighton and didn’t beat Crystal Palace either. Arsenal don’t have enough players that can either receive the ball quickly on the half turn and drive at defences, nor do they have enough presence between the lines. They don’t unsettle heavily manned defences and acquiring players that can do this ought to be a priority for Arteta this summer.

DIVERSE GOAL THREAT
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored 39% of Arsenal’s paltry haul of 56 Premier League goals in 2019-20. The table below demonstrates that the Gunners midfield has made a pitiful contribution in the final third this season [numbers in the table are Premier League only]. This was exacerbated by the persistent need to field three central defenders due to the personnel deficiencies at the back.

Player Goals Assists
Dani Ceballos 0 2
Mesut Özil 1 2
Lucas Torreira 1 1
Joe Willock 1 1
利玛窦Guendouzi 0 1
Granit Xhaka 1 2
Total 4 9

It was the dilemma that characterised Arsenal after project restart- both the defence and the midfield needed an extra body but Arteta couldn’t find a way to facilitate for both, so he chose the defence. A midfield of Ceballos and Xhaka doesn’t provide nearly enough cut and thrust in the final third- both in the creative sense and the finishing sense.

In fairness to them both, a third central midfielder might be expected to fill in this troubling blank. Alonso and Mascherano played behind Steven Gerrard, Essien and Makelele behind Frank Lampard and even Denilson and Song had Fabregas ahead of them. Bukayo Saka could become that third central midfielder with greater end-product if the system allows for it.

The addition of Willian- who managed nine goals and seven assists for Chelsea in the Premier League last season- ought to augment Arsenal’s modest attacking data. The loss of Aaron Ramsey and the disappearance of Mesut Özil has cost the team two players who, once upon a time, were reliable, high end-product players from attacking midfield. Whether internally or via the market, their output needs replacing this summer.

SET PIECE MAXIMISATION
11of the 48 Premier League goals Arsenal conceded last season emanated directly from corners and free-kicks. Eight of their concessions were penalties too. The team’s issues defending dead balls run into their more general defensive issues- Arteta has done a good job of ‘hiding’ deficiencies in the defensive areas of the team by closing spaces.

However, set-pieces expose the individual frailties of the squad’s collection of two and three star centre-halves. They lack a dominant voice or presence to take charge of those situations and often, the defenders crowd together or simply follow the trajectory of the ball because they don’t quite trust one another to pick up opponents.

At the other end, Arsenal have scored 11 goals from free-kicks and corners this season and one from a long throw-in. That represents around 1/5th of the team’s goals this season which is not a bad proportion though it does somewhat emphasise their creative difficulties. With the left-footed delivery of Pepe and the right-footed delivery of Willian, there is potential for the team to become a more consistent threat attacking dead balls. There are rumours of Arteta seeking a coach to help with set-pieces and I think this would be a positive development.

攻击深度
Had Arsenal been asked to chase either of the FA Cup semi-final or final, Mikel Arteta’s options from the bench were Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka. Once he returns from injury you can add Gabriel Martinelli to that roll-call and Emile Smith-Rowe has now returned from loan at Huddersfield.

Martinelli and Smith-Rowe offer additional depth but not additional experience. Willian ought to augment the attack in both respects. Once the Europa League group stages have concluded, there may well be room to send someone like Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock on loan to determine whether they have long-term futures at Arsenal.

随着姆希塔良,Iwobi和拉姆齐的喜欢不舍,厄齐尔在西伯利亚和只有佩佩来了另一条路,阿森纳失去了很多的经验,在最后的三分之一,去年夏天,可以理解,在防守都集中了很多他们的招聘与路易斯苏亚雷斯和Mari进来。目前球队的年龄分布为青少年和后期主要球员的奇特组合和平衡需要addressing-尤其是在进攻。

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