Arsenal opened this summer with the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea for £65m. Journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber were also very close to the Emirates Stadium team. The medical examination schedule has been scheduled and it is possible that the Gunners will announce this signature in the near future.
That will be very positive information for Arsenal fans, however, there are 3 tasks that coach Mikel Arteta needs to do immediately to close the gap with Man City.
1. Collapse the squad
This may sound strange at first for a club struggling at the end of last season, but in fact, cutting staff is Arsenal’s priority.
“If you can afford it and we don’t have to make any reluctant squad changes, if you ask me what I want, it’s 22 players on the pitch and three goalkeepers,” said Arteta. shared 12 months ago.
At Arsenal, there are a series of players who are no longer in the club’s plans such as Alex Runarsson, Auston Trusty, Cedric, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe.
Even, in the case of Folarin Balogun, despite having a successful season in Reims shirt on loan, he may be pushed away to help the team have more funds. £50 million is what Arsenal want from its partners right now.
In short, if it is as expected, Arsenal can earn up to 200 million pounds from the reduction of the squad.
2. Rearrange the defense
With Timber’s arrival, the question for Arteta was which layout he would use and which personnel. If you use a three-centre formation, Timber can be put in the right wing position and Ben White plays inside as a central defender.
Meanwhile, if playing with 4 defenders, Arteta will have to eliminate one of the two. Timber is a faster player than White, but undeniably, the English player has had a great season as a full-back.
3. Improved performance against Man City
Of course, to overcome Man City, Arsenal must improve their record against Pep Guardiola’s team.
You can hardly win the championship if you give Man City 6 points in the first and second legs of the Premier League. And that’s what Arsenal did last season.
The first was a tight match decided by an unfortunate error by defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and missed opportunities Eddie Nketiah afterwards.
Next, in the second leg at Etihad, Arsenal collapsed quickly and left with a strong 1-4 defeat.
These are things that Arteta needs to keep in mind and will have to help his students improve in the future, especially when they are added with players with “winning DNA” like Havertz.
Crouching Dragon | 21:28 07/07/2023