Good morning Gooners all over the world. I woke up this morning thinking about what Bournemouth thought about Arsenal. Well, to help my cause, I logged on to the official website of Bournemouth Afc. While there, I stumbled upon an interview conducted with Amy Lawrence, who covers the fortunes of the Gunners for The Athletic.
In the interview, Amy said a lot of things about Arsenal; some we know and some we don’t. I will just like to briefly talk on some of the things Amy said. Read on.
Amy was asked by afcb.co.uk on what he has made of Arteta’s start as coach of Arsenal. In his opinion, Amy feels Arteta has done wonderfully well and in his opinion, it is only a matter of time before the results start coming.
“I’ve been astounded in the sense that it felt like Arsenal’s problems were so entrenched towards the tail end of Unai Emery’s time that you felt like a mix of Jurgen Klopp, the ghost of Brian Clough and a miracle worker would have had a task on their hands.
To have effected a transformation in terms of the team structure, attitude and motivation so quickly – even if results have been a little slower to improve – shows Arteta is on the right path.
It has been encouraging and has very much lifted the entire atmosphere across the club.
It feels like an invigorated dressing room and that has re-enthused the fan-base because people have something to believe in and something they understand, which was missing for too long.”
Well, in my own opinion, Arteta has really done so well and I seriously wish he would start winning more games to round off his good work, thus far. We can only pray that he keeps getting motivated and be patient, while waiting for that winning run.
Amy was then asked about Arsenal’s style of play now. This is what she answered. “Arteta has made Arsenal more compact and much better organized.
They still have some of those vulnerabilities because, naturally, if you’ve been used to conceding a lot of chances and making errors, that’s not going to go away overnight.
There are still limitations in the squad and Arteta has also been hampered by injuries, which makes it an even more challenging task to take over a difficult situation and engineer a quick fix.
He has still got to find a better way of allowing Arsenal to express themselves going forward. They haven’t created gallons of chances in recent matches.
Like most sensible coaches coming into a problem, the first thing you try to do is stop conceding silly goals and he has tried to address that with a smarter team shape.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing, there is a creativity and a goal threat issue. That’s probably the next thing Arteta needs to try to address.
Alex Lacazette has not been scoring and Nicolas Pepe has needed adaptation time in English football but are playing well. It feels like a little tweak or touch of luck can turn that around any time.”
Well said Amy! Arteta came with a plan, and gradually, he intends implementing his plan and returning Arsenal to the pinnacle of football, where they belong. We are Arsenal and we are proud. you can read more on the official Bournemouth website and come back and tell me what you think