Arsenal are squandering an enormous likelihood to complete within the high 4 after their dropping streak prolonged to a few video games in opposition to Southampton.
The Gunners suffered one other defeat on Saturday as Jan Bednarek sealed a 1-0 win for the hosts. The north Londoners had a golden alternative to make floor on rivals Tottenham who slipped up in opposition to Brighton earlier within the day, however they didn’t make the most of their mistake.
Mikel Arteta has discovered Arsenal’s present skid troublesome to elucidate contemplating they had been cruising earlier than the worldwide break. The Gunners’ points are coming on the high finish of the pitch as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are their solely recognised no.9s after the exit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
And the Spaniard was understandably a annoyed determine on the sidelines as Arsenal huffed and puffed however could not discover the breakthrough regardless of a number of probabilities.
Throughout an unofficial water break, Arteta could possibly be seen frantically gesturing to each Ben White and Cedric telling them to play the ball ahead as a substitute of being so conservative.
Arteta vented his anger at his facet’s frailties in assault after the match saying. “For the period of time that we spent across the field it exhibits that we now have a state of affairs, we didn’t put them within the aim,” the Spaniard mentioned. “As a result of they’ve an distinctive goalkeeper immediately and since we didn’t have sufficient high quality and sufficient capability to interrupt them down after we had the numbers and the conditions open to take action.”
“It is troublesome to elucidate as a result of that is soccer, not basketball. As a result of another sport you win the sport very comfortably and also you’re speaking about various things,” the Spaniard mentioned. “Tough to elucidate however on the finish of the day, it is determined within the packing containers. They scored one aim, we did not.”
One of many silver linings for Arsenal was the resurgence of Nuno Tavares who responded effectively to his dismal efficiency in opposition to Crystal Palace. Arteta hinted that he would play Granit Xhaka at left-back with Keiran Tierney out till the top of the season however the Portuguese defender bought the nod, with Xhaka working in his most popular place in midfield.
Tavares was way more defensively conscious, one thing he was missing at Selhurst Park as he could possibly be seen drifting into central positions masking for Gabriel when he left that space.
Tavares was additionally snug on the ball, boasting a 93.5 per cent cross success charge. And Arteta appeared to be pleased with how he fared as he made some extent of giving him two massive thumbs up as Arsenal went again into their very own half from a Southampton aim kick.
The Emirates devoted additionally confirmed their appreciation for Tavares when he was taken off within the second half as they chanted “Nuno, Nuno” with the fanbase clearly altering their tune on the full-back.