Much has been said about how Arteta can easily set up his team to dominate against Palace, but one might wonder what Arteta should avoid doing to avoid being surprised by Crystal Palace.
Lokonga, Albert Sambi should not be dropped for a tactical change: Crystal Palace has consistently used an attack-minded 4-3-3 formation under Viera. With this in mind, Arteta should not revert to a 4-3-3 formation, as widely predicted by the notion that he could replace Lokonga with Pepe. A 4-3-3 formation will allow Palace to dominate the midfield; instead, Arteta should stick to a 4-2-3-1 formation in which Partey partners with Lokonga at the heart of the midfield to repel Crystal Palace's attacking threats while building on a Lokonga and Partey partnership that could be quite revolutionary for Arsenal in the days to come.
Outrun, attack, and press Crystal Palace: Clearly, Arsenal have not been scoring as many goals in the league this season as many believe they can. This could be because they sit back and are wary of thrusting forward and becoming unguarded. Although unconventional, it has been stated that attack is another form of defense, so when playing against a team like Palace, whom Arsenal is expected to dominate, Arteta must tell his attacking talents to do one thing: attack from the first minute and do not look back. Arsenal has one of the best defenses in Europe, with Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu, and Tierney, so they can handle the pressure while the team focuses on pressing Crystal Palace.
Arteta should assign specific roles and positions to each of his players: Arsenal's squad now has a lot of quality thanks to a £156 million summer reinforcement. With so much talent available, Arteta must keep players in their proper positions while also making some players aware of their shortcomings. Arteta should warn Kierney about occasionally going missing in his defensive duties when he surges to attack, forcing one of the defensive midfielders to cover up at the left back if he chooses to play Lokonga and Partey in a double defensive midfield role. Players must stay in their positions and grow in them because whatever formation Arteta employs will be successful due to positional discipline.
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