Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta wants to sign two midfielders before the transfer window closes and with good reason. The strength of the gunners deserves attention, as they gather enough quality to pass by the energetic side of West Ham here, at Emirates Stadium, but they will not always be lucky.
Hammers boss David Moyes played a series of chances for the second half with a score of 1-1 during a period in which the guests were firmly on the rise, taking control of the midfield in a way that alerted Arteta. Danny Chebalos and Granit Jaka are highly effective pairings between the central and midfield from the resumption of football, but the lack of depth in this position is illustrated by the presence of just Mohamed Elny on the bench to change a plan that clearly does not work.
Ellnini himself is in the midst of a surprising renaissance, spending last season on loan in Besiktas, while Matteo Guenduzi remains in exile in the match, and Lucas Torreira closes when he moves to Italy. The club wants to look for deals for Thomas Parthey of Atletico Madrid and Hussein Auar of Lyon, but neither transfer is inevitable with key sales to finance the two potential entrants. Understandably, Arteta was quick to defend Chebalos and Jaka afterwards, but hinted at the possibility of additional additions.
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“[Ceballos and Xhaka] have been really good since joining the club and [Elneny], every time he played, he deserved to play again today, but I just wanted to spin, “said Arteta.” I thought it was a game where we had to attack more spaces and the way they defended themselves, we wanted to create some situations with Danny there, but if we can strengthen the team, we will try to do it until the market disappears, but everything is still open.
“Depending on what happens to some other players on the team, we are open. The market may surprise us. One of our players may come to a different position and then we have to react as we did with [Emiliano Martinez] (which was sold to Aston Villa this week for £ 20 million), so let’s see what happens. “
The need to complete this business is emphasized only by what happened here, especially after the first 45 minutes, in which Alexander Lacazette scored and Mikhail Antonio equalized.
Arsenal are heading for Champions League qualifiers this season, and they can’t rely solely on the highly effective counterattack approach to achieve that goal, which achieved its 14th FA Cup success last month. They will meet teams as well organized as West Ham and others who will not miss so many promising situations with the game.
There were problems elsewhere. Kieran Tierney got a hip problem during the warm-up, forcing a late substitution with Sead Kolasinac involved in defense. Few expect Kolasinac to be at the club after the transfer window closes on October 5, with Bayer Leverkusen interested in bringing the 27-year-old back to Germany, but the problem is more complicated than relying on a player with an uncertain future.
Arteta’s tactical deployment has Arsenal in a 5-3-2 form without the ball, moving to the back four in possession. This form relies heavily on the left center-back – usually Tierney – to understand the nuances of physical training to move quickly when, in this case, Bukayo Saka moves forward from the left wing back.
Kolasinac is not at an optimal level of fitness and Arteta could be heard regularly shouting at Kola when Arsenal’s form looked suspicious. It came as no surprise, then, that when the Hammer equalizer came from that side of the field, Ryan Fredericks overlapped to center for Antonio to close.
However, it was this type of game that Arsenal would lose to Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, and they deserve recognition for their perseverance, creating a winning goal against the course of the game. Saka fed Sebalos with a delightful pass and the latter raised the ball to substitute Eddie Nketia to score four minutes.
This combination, leading to the winning goal, was a particularly touching example of the unity that Arteta created, given that the pair clashed in the deployment of the rondo before the victory last Saturday in Fulham. Nketia reacted to the overly zealous challenge he considered. Arteta claims in her pre-match press conference that the question was sent into history and so it turned out.
“It’s the beauty of this sport that last week they were at the most important moments for something that happened between them that was a little negative and then today they found a way to understand each other and create a winning goal,” he said. Arteta.
After Ceballos secured the decisive moment by exploding forward from the central midfield, it can be assumed that the area of the field provides sufficient strength and protection for this team of Arsenal. Thomas, capable of playing as a midfielder from boxing to boxing, and Aouar, a stylish playmaker, would be tempting options here, sharing the workload in the engine room for what will be an intense campaign.
Spending money is never a guaranteed panacea, but Arteta’s motives for the last two weeks of the window make a lot of sense.