Arsenal is slowly gaining winning momentum in the Premier League and this is thanks to the immense efforts put in by the infield players. As was seen yesterday, Mikel Arteta is still searching for a perfect starting eleven with Lacazette starting ahead of Odegaard and Nuno Tavares standing in for injured Kieran Tierney. It has not been easy trusting in the majority of the squad that played against Crystal Palace but Arteta is keenly noting every mistake made by his players.
Before the match, Lacazette was the center of attention mainly because of his last-minute heroic goal against Crystal Palace on Monday but disappointingly he did not live up to the expectations of the majority of the fans, me included. His aura against Crystal Palace was infectious as he whipped the team forward until the end when he grabbed the last equalizer. That same mentality and attitude are what was expected from him yesterday, but he looked devastatingly tired in the second half which probably triggered his muscle fatigue in the 66th minute before he requested for a substitution.
I will give credit where it is due and acknowledge that he won a penalty late in the first half, but other than that, he was poor according to his standards. He made very few touches and hardly made incisive runs when Arsenal were on the counter-attack, a damning factor that hindered him from finding a goal-scoring opportunity. His mentality was also worrying as he was less vocal and receptive to the gameplay.
The Frenchman’s hazy involvement in the game momentarily tempted Arteta to call him to the dugout and give him a few attacking instructions. He applied what he was told by the manager but then his commitment spiraled downwards and he rarely attempted to win the ball or apply pressure to the opponents.
Inconsistency is what is ailing Arsenal, not as a whole team, but individual withdrawals from players. Arteta is trying very hard to improvise and inject as much quality as can be gathered but someone always ruins the whole game by playing below per. Arsenal face Leeds United next on the 26 in the Carabao Cup tie, who will be the next letdown? Only time will tell.
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