Original title: Three things Mikel Arteta did wrong
Mikel Arteta did three things wrong and one thing he did right as Arsenal lost to Newcastle
Newcastle 1-0 Newcastle: Anthony Gordon scored the only goal – which survived three separate VAR checks – as Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended at Newcastle
Newcastle inflicted Arsenal’s first Premier League defeat of the season in a bad-tempered game at St James’ Park.
The match, which pitted two of last season’s top four teams against each other, promised a lot, but apart from a few rash challenges and a few flare-ups that kept referee Stuart Atwell on his toes, the first hour was lacking. action.
Newcastle had the ball in the back of the net just after the hour mark with Anthony Gordon scoring from close range, and after multiple VAR checks for possible ball preparation, offside and a possible foul on Joelinton, the goal was finally allowed. Here’s a roundup of Mikel Arteta’s rights and wrongs as his side’s unbeaten start to Tyneside came to an abrupt end.
Not hooking Kai Havertz
Serious question: Does anyone remember when the German made a significant contribution to his club Chelsea or Arsenal after scoring the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final? Havertz was as unknown as ever against the Magpies until he nearly sent Dan Burn into the stands with a terrifying-looking sprint. Surprisingly, despite a VAR check, the challenge was only deemed worthy of a yellow card.
The Gunners had done a decent job of keeping the Geordie fans quiet until then, but they came alive in that moment. Newcastle players also received three yellow cards for complaining too much about Atwell. As Gary Neville quipped in his commentary, the tackle helped the visitors in this regard.
Arteta’s decision to select Havertz was arguably forced by Martin Odegaard’s injury, even though there are viable – and perhaps more reliable – replacements on the bench. However, his decision not to take the bait of Havertz, who could have been booked again early in the second half, was undoubtedly flawed.
Change speed is too slow
Apart from Havertz not withdrawing early, Arteta was too slow to make an overall change. Howe made two substitutions shortly before the goal, but Arteta did nothing for the next 10 minutes.
Even so, his first change was a minor one, with Oleksandr Zinchenko replacing Ben White. It wasn’t until the 79th minute that Arteta made offensive adjustments and replaced Fabio Vieira and Leandro Trossard.
ben white hair
You’d think White would have decided to ditch the bleach blonde look after OG’s Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham United, but with the modern footballer, who knows?
If it’s Arteta telling the defender to fix his lock-in issues, then fair play. White no longer looks like a sunburned alpaca and he excelled on the right side of Arsenal’s defence. Now he just needs to put down the fake tan!
No top striker signed
Arsenal were without a top striker for much of the game as they barely created any chances of note. Despite being called up to the England squad this season, Eddie Nketiah is not that type of guy.Return to Sohu to see more
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