Sean Dyche’s Burnley needed a win to pull away from the relegation zone. And that exactly is what they got. Surprisingly however, they achieved this at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s very home, with the scorer being Arsenal’s high profile captain, their highest goal scorer in the past two seasons, who has suffered a poor run of form recently, putting the ball into his own net to score a historic own-goal, and condemn the gunners to their fourth straight loss at home in the English Premier League. Apparently, Arteta’s sideways passing, from-the-back buildup tactics are either not effective, or have been well-read and equally frustrated by Premier League coaches.
Arsenal are going through their worst run of form in the Premier League era. Just before the hour mark, Granit Xhaka, Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder, received a red card, reducing the hosts to 10 men. And by the 73rd minute, the hosts were a goal down through Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s farcical own goal from a Westwood cross.
The hosts regardless, pushed for an equaliser, but the visitors held on to earn their first win at Arsenal in the league since more than 60 years ago.
Mikel Arteta, who won an FA Cup in his first year at the club after replacing interim coach Freddie Ljunberg last December, received rave reviews for his tactics early on, many believing that he is building a solid defensive mentality and an attacking flair. But the praises seem to have waned in the last two months as the North London club have struggled to make their game plan work for them in the Premiership.
Aubameyang, has not scored a goal for Arsenal in open play in the Premier League at the Emirates this season. This is partly due to the lack of service to him, bringing up the issue of creativity and making many fans wonder what exactly is the justification for keeping Mesut Ozil out of the squad.
The inclusion of Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian Borgess has not yielded the expected results. Thomas Partey may be a strong midfielder with a tenacity for scoring screamers, but he is not a creator in the class of Ozil. Partey is out injured at the moment.
There are indications that Arteta may be relieved of his job if the dip in form continues in the Premiership. And the run of fixtures ahead which includes stronger clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, may be the Spanish tactician’s undoing.
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