Mikel Arteta handed ‘truth check’ as Arsenal’s over-reliance becomes clear
Arsenal were provided a “truth check” in their 0-0 bore draw against Crystal Palace.
Mikel Arteta’s side entered into Thursday’s Premier League clash on the back of 4 straight wins, but were quickly revived down to earth by the stalemate.
And the outcome, which left the Gunners stuck in the bottom half of the table, revealed just how much they had actually depended on their young players during their recent mini-revival.
Excessive, according to Alex Scott, who criticised more knowledgeable players like Nicolas Pepe for stopping working to have an effect on the video game at the Emirates.
The previous Arsenal defender on Sky Sports: “I can sit here and be irritated with the performance, however I believe it is a reality check where this Arsenal group are, and the reality we’re discussing relying on the children in this Arsenal group.”
The likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe had remained in awesome form during current league wins over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.
The 2 increasing stars also assisted altered the game when they came in the second half of Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Newcastle.
However they were stifled by Palace’s low block, with Saka eventually changed from the extreme right to the delegated give way for Pepe, who failed to enhance on his recent frustrating efficiencies.
Arsenal also missed out on the attacking danger of Kieran Tierney, perhaps their finest player this season, with the Scotland left-back injured.
While Tierney is a more recognized first-teamer then either Saka or Smith Rowe, he is still just 23 – and Scott stated it’s a favorable that the Gunners have such talented young gamers they can turn to.
However, she firmly insisted the more skilled gamers were not providing enough for Arteta’s side.
She said: “Actually, how critical can I sit here and be when that’s what Arsenal are reliant on at the moment?
” Although you’re needing to alter those children, modification Saka from his position that he’s been playing well in to play left-back.
” You’re causing knowledgeable gamers that are not truly offering you anything.”
Scott stated the performance revealed Arsenal needed to be practical about where their current level, stating: “I believe it’s really where we need to remind ourselves this Arsenal group, this season, when you look at it, it has to do with trying to climb the table and still reconstruct.”
Arsenal host Newcastle in their next Premier League clash on Monday night, in a repeat of their FA Cup win last weekend.