These are coaching and tactics issue. That’s what Freddie was hinting at in his commentary.Never wanted Arteta, hes ****, we all know that but at the same time the players have to take a lot of blame here also;
How do you go a whole half or even close to an entire game with no urgency to score 1 goal when thats all you need?
Clubs a lot worse than ours can put even the best of sides under pressure in games like this, yet Villarreal never looked uncomfortable, these games usually have the team in Villarreal's position literally hanging on, defenders making huge blocks, diving infront of everything, multiple players getting cramp from the intense pressure they're under.. but there was none of that!
You see it all the time, the team needing 1 goal, no matter who it is would automatically turn up the heat and bombard the opposition, even the ****test of clubs can manage it, **** we've even done it before but its only in spells to get us through ie Slavia when we needed a goal, but its never that sustained tense pressure other clubs turn it up to.
The ONLY player who looked anything like I described was Martinelli, he came on and played intense, on the edge and with direct purpose to attack.
Arteta needs to go, but the players we have have massive problems with desire and will to win.
Lacazette and Martinelli should have started, they are the only two players we have who seem to play with some intensity and desire to win (Tierney wasnt fit), Aaron Ramsey would have single handedly pulled us through that game, but that is exactly what I'm talking about; no big game players with high work rates left, we now have a bunch of players who are waiting for someone else to do it.
You dont need a manager having to baby you through 90mins, players need to be able to turn up the pressure themselves.
Even worse, he got outsmarted by the same guy who funnily enough, couldn't motivate players for a European final.Forget the owners, Edu and the board. Whether he was backed, needs his own players or if the football is good.
If you can’t motivate players in a European semi final then you’re done.