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Arsenal: Tavares in Hot Soup, Saka Exposed by Defenders, Odegaard’s Performance

Nuno Tavares

Arsenal fans were very critical about how Nuno Tavares played in last night’s clash against West Ham. Many of those who expressed their opinions were clearly disgruntled by the perfomance of the Portuguese left back but nonetheless urged him to improve on his positional awareness especially when he has the ball on his feet. Tavares was indeed out of his depth in yesterday’s match since his passing accuracy was a mere 73% out of the 64 passes he made throughout the game. Defensively he was efficient, especially when it came to aerial and ground duels but that was the only positive in his game.

He did manage to make a couple of lung bursting runs on the left wing but none of his crosses made it through the backline. Mikel Arteta was equally frustrated by the Portuguese’s perfomance but said that he will be with the players every step of the way as he sees on how he will polish some of his strengths and overcome his weaknesses.

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was awfully quiet in yesterday’s match and that is why he did not manage to shoot as many shots. Martin Odegaard tried his best to involve Saka on the right wing but the tactical approach used by Moyes made sure that the 20 year old was kept quiet in the right wing. At some point, fans were even urging Arteta to bring on Nicolas Pepe because he is more dynamic and unpredictable with a wonderful weak foot ability.

One fan said, “We appreciate what Bukayo Saka has been doing for the club but when his effectiveness in a game is overshadowed by strong defensive perfomances by the opposition, Arteta should bring on Pepe because he has more experience of how to deal with such defenses. The monotony of Saka on the right wing makes things relaxed for the youngster. If Arteta did what he has been doing on the left wing ( Switching Martinelli and Smith Rowe) to the right wing, I think we would be on level points with Chelsea right now if not higher.”

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard played a fairly mild game yesterday against West Ham because he made very few goalscoring chances but his linkage play was satisfactory. As obvious his passing accuracy was above 90% which further emphasizes just how a perfectionist he is when it comes to controlling the tempo of the game. Hopefully on Wednesday against Tottenham, he will put on a better show and help Arsenal secure the top four race.

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