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4 Mikel Arteta Tactical Mistakes that Led to Arsenal Drawing Against Burnley

Arsenal deserved a win judging from the first 20 mins of the game till Mikel Arteta Displayed some Tactical Mistakes that led to his side drawing against an ultra Defensive Burnley side that had no willingness to attack or even get a goal.

Arteta started the first 20 min’s on a super attacking tone where Aubameyang was at the edge of Ben Mee who couldn’t cope with the gabonese star immense pace, until Arteta decided to hand him the freedom to attack centrally which resulted to Ben Mee pocketing him (effectively handling the striker with no issue).

Arteta also decided to start Xhaka a decision he would have regretted after the match. Xhaka isn’t the best player you need when a team is going Ultra Defensive and depends on Mistakes of your players to get a goal. Eleney was fit and available but judging from recent matches and the consistency of Xhaka in those matches Arteta decided to give him a start, which he eventually flopped.

Giving Leno the license to pass instead of shot a long range shot hunted Arsenal as his pass resulted to Xhaka misplaced pass which eventually led to a goal for Burnley. Leno isn’t good at short passes even though Arteta system requires a lot of short passes from the back, Leno isn’t that person to give then as he makes loads of wrong decisions frequently.

Arteta formation has already been mastered by opposition coaches hence the low counter attacking opportunities for Arsenal in the game as Burnley did well to block those spaces and left the Arsenal wide players little to nothing to do as they couldn’t get the ball often to hit those crosses to the end of Burnley defense that would have been capitalized on with the pace of Aubameyang, Pepe, Saka or Willian.

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