Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that has adapted more than he thought he would to suit the team since taking over one year ago.
The Spaniard was Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s assistant for three and a half years before taking the top job at the Emirates. He has spoken about his attacking philosophy in the past and after returning to Arsenal, it was assumed that he would build an attacking side and strive for the same kind of free-flowing football that we have become familiar with at Manchester City.
The former Arsenal captain has employed a more cautious, defensive strategy for much of his tenure in North London so far. His compact, counter-attacking based strategy has worked wonders against some of the biggest sides in the country. His side have struggled against the so-called smaller teams in the league as they tend to sit back and put the onus on Arsenal.
The Gunners lack players in midfield who can create chances in front of goal and unlock opposition defences. This has been the main challenge when playing teams that are set up to soak up pressure and keep the North London side at bay. Arteta’s side seem lacklustre and devoid of ideas in these kinds of situations.
The 38-year-old’s project at Arsenal is in its early stages and he needs to be given time and resources before any judgement is passed on the progress being made by the North London club. Arteta has admitted that he has adjusted his philosophy to suit the strengths of the player currently at his disposal. He said:
“Since I arrived here, first of all I had to analyse really well what was happening, what we can and what we cannot do and I have adapted probably much more than I thought I would to suit the team because there are certain things that I think are much better for the qualities of the players that we have and other things that we are probably not prepared to do yet.”
“Things will come out but obviously we have to adapt because at the end of the day we have to make life as simple, as clear and as efficient as possible for our players when they go onto that pitch.”
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