Mikel Arteta has officially become Arsenal’s manager since the beginning of December, and so far it is true that Arsenal have not fully recovered in terms of the final results of the match. But on the positive side, the performance shown by the North London club looks much better than before the arrival of the man from Spain.
Arsenal currently look more aggressive, more daring to grab the ball from the opponent’s feet and appear more confident. In fact, Arteta himself implemented several changes to Arsenal’s body, including the following three changes.
1. Playing Maitland-Niles at Right Back
Maitland Niles is not a name that is familiar to the ear, even he is also not a figure who plays as a left back. However, Hector Bellerin’s injury forced Arteta and the player to compromise. Under Arteta, Maitland-Niles has emerged as an alternative wing-back. His original position as a midfielder made him know how to protect his playing side.
Not only that, his playing style is also flexible, often advancing as a midfielder when his team is attacking with the aim of anticipating the opponent’s counterattack. With this position makes it free to return to the right-back position.
2. Recovering the Double Axle Duet
Actually what happened in the Unai Emery Era was their porous or midfield which seemed porous, which according to some parties was a big problem and difficult to overcome. Lucas Torreira appeared windy while Granit Xhaka was arguing with his own supporters. However, Arteta managed to restore Torreira and Xhaka into an anchor duo in midfield.
Both players were then given freedom by Arteta when playing in midfield, the result Toreira more often helped the defense, while Xhaka was more diligent in helping Arsenal attacks.
3. Freeing the position of Mesut Ozil
Ozil can be said to be the most relieved player with the sacking of Unai Emery. The lively German passport playmaker has been left out of the main squad in the past one and a half seasons. The transfer of the manager’s seat to the hands of Arteta made Ozil regain trust. He returned to the field and often created opportunities for his colleagues in front.