Mikel Arteta: Blinded By The Lights

What does Mikel need to do to keep his job in your opinion?


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Iceman10

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I'm not really into this whole managers resigning thing tbh, it should have to come to that. It says more about the standards of this club that we're even talking about this, because even now at this new low we're not even sure if the club is gonna sack him.

I don't think I'd ever resign if I was a manager. It's a mentality thing, the second you stop believing you can do the job you should just pack it in altogether.
Nobody with any sense would expect a manager to resign. They are not going to forego several millions in severance, for starters. Shouldn’t even be a discussion. It’s about sacking him.
 

14Henry

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Strange we have not heard a single peep regadirng his job being safe.

Remember it was instant when Unais job was on the line.

Fact gunnerblog and Lawrence haven't been briefed make me 1% hopeful he'll get the sack.
There is 0 chance he's here next season. If he is there shouldn't be a single Arsenal shirt or ticket bought by any fan. Watch the match in the pub fine but boycott the club shop the stadium etc.
 

Hunta

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Should push to leave, whys he wasting his career here? Is he even good?
Bad experience on loan at Hoffenheim when Naglesmann stopped playing him. Think he’s desperate to make it here so won’t risk another poor loan.

Think he’s done here now though.
 

Penn_

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I feel for him a bit after watching that interview. But loving the club or being a nice guy isn’t enough at the top.

Emery was the same, speaks well but couldn’t delivery.

Similar with Elneny and a host of other, nice but probably shouldn’t be here.
 

Macho

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The Athletic's reaction:

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By James McNicholas and Art de Roché 54m ago
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Arsenal bowed out of the Europe League with a whimper on Thursday night, a 0-0 draw with Villarreal enough to put them out at the semi-final stage in a 2-1 aggregate defeat.
We asked James McNicholas and Art de Roché to dissect the hot topics from the game.
Come back tomorrow morning for analysis from Amy Lawrence.

Emery defeat a bad look for Arteta
Some defeats are more damaging than others. For Mikel Arteta, losing to his predecessor Unai Emery is arguably the worst moment of his young managerial career.
The manner of the defeat is disappointing enough. Over the course of two legs, Arsenal never did enough to suggest they were worthy finalists. At the Emirates Stadium, there was an inexplicable lack of urgency from kick-off. Over 180 minutes, Arsenal were beaten by the better side.
But it’s the optics that will place Arteta under particular scrutiny. Here he was bested by Emery, the man Arsenal decided 18 months ago was not good enough. It’s not a good look. Emery’s Villarreal now find themselves one match away from Champions League football. Arteta’s Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of a campaign without any European football whatsoever.
James McNicholas

Losing Xhaka late
Arsenal have missed Kieran Tierney so much that, when he was drafted in as a last-minute replacement when Granit Xhaka was injured in the warm-up, it almost felt like a positive development.
However, this kind of late enforced change rarely benefits a team. It means a change of plans and a shift in approach. Tierney effectively played this game in the “Xhaka” role — generally holding his position and looking to help progress the ball through passing rather than ball carries. It’s unclear whether that was due to concerns over his fitness, or an attempt to adhere to Arteta’s original plan. Whatever the case, it did not work particularly well. In some respects, it was surprising Tierney stayed on as long as he did — Arteta could have swapped Bukayo Saka into left-back before the 79th minute and got an extra attacking player onto the field.
Xhaka’s loss hurt Arsenal. Ultimately, it is Arsenal’s decision not to replace Sead Kolasinac with a specialist back-up left-back that looks most costly.
James McNicholas

Bellerin’s shock start
Seeing as Mikel Arteta set up with Thomas Partey as the lone pivot, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Ødegaard as creative midfielders and Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe as wingers — as was the case at Sheffield United (with Ødegaard in for Gabriel Martinelli) — Hector Bellerin’s starting at right-back came as a shock.
Ahead of kick-off, the manager stated his performance at Newcastle was the reason, but looking at Arsenal in recent months, they have looked much more dangerous with Calum Chambers at right-back.
While Bellerin’s height appeared to be the main factor in starting there against Burnley — since then his crossing technique, accuracy and volume have been key. Throughout the season, Cedric has also proven to be a better ball retainer.
Bellerin’s passing was under the spotlight immediately and early mistakes seemed to weigh on him.
Misplaced passes disrupted any chance of building through the thirds. Rushed touches when inverting into central areas resulted in costly turnovers. The return of the sliding cross saw attacks wasted in the final third as well.
During Arsenal’s positive start to the second half, he clipped a nice cross into the box which created chaos for Smith Rowe’s missed chance.
Late in the game he got forward well and provided another good cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hit the post. But aside from these two moments, the general lack of urgency across the team did not escape Bellerin. With Arsenal’s season on the line, selecting the most consistently dangerous offensive players was a priority that wasn’t met fully.
Art de Roché

One-man Partey in midfield
As Arteta has chopped and changed his system, one consistent thread has been Partey acting almost as a one-man-midfield. Whoever else Arteta nominally picks in that area, they seem instructed to vacate the space, with the Ghanaian left to fend for himself.
It is, in a sense, a compliment. Few players have the athleticism or skill to cope with that kind of tactical demand. Against Villarreal, however, neither did Partey. Isolated in the middle of the park, he struggled.
Partey seems to suffer for being good at his job as Arteta simply asks too much of him. Arsenal know better than most that great midfields are often based on partnerships. Patrick Vieira thrived next to Emmanuel Petit and then later Gilberto Silva. Cesc Fabregas blossomed with the support of Mathieu Flamini.
Partey is a talented player, but he needs more support.
James McNicholas

Lacking without Luiz
Arsenal look a different team without David Luiz. That much was evident with just over 45 minutes played away at Newcastle United, where the Brazilian impressed on his first start for six weeks.
His clipped ball that led to Mohamed Elneny’s opener displayed the comfort he has with the ball at his feet relative to Arteta’s other right-footed centre-backs.
The quarter-final first leg at home to Slavia Prague was another night in which Arsenal’s difficulties without Luiz were clear.
On that night, Rob Holding frequently strode forward with few midfield options, forced to go long to Saka down the right. That connection led to one massive chance for the 19-year-old, but aside from that, it was a pass that became more predictable and harder to make.
Similar struggles came with Villarreal in north London. With little support for Partey, the routes forward were strained. As Unai Emery’s side frustrated Arteta, Saka chasing those long balls into the corner with little support was not the solution.
When talking through the smooth passing moves of mid-April, Arteta detailed the importance of a clean progression of the ball.
“With the ball, the first process (playing the ball from defence) was clean,” he said after beating Sheffield United. “When everything is clean, it helps the next line, it helps the strikers to get on the ball in the right space. Today, they did that. As a team, we had really good cohesion.”
That sharpness was lacking from back to front throughout the defeat to Villarreal and took its toll as Arsenal struggled to truly break down another side.
 

Papa Wonga

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Couldn't care less if he's been crying, we've been suffering since 08.

Do one, garbage manager. go cry at home with ur nice £10m severance package.
 

El Duderino

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There is 0 chance he's here next season. If he is there shouldn't be a single Arsenal shirt or ticket bought by any fan. Watch the match in the pub fine but boycott the club shop the stadium etc.

Plenty of chances, we've seen how this club is run.
 

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