Mikel Arteta praises diverse Arsenal attack and ‘ability to score in many different ways’ after 5-0 goal-celebration

London — As everyone was so keen to remind Mikel Arteta this month, and as he himself admitted this afternoon, Arsenal have no top poachers in the form of Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah. This may have been a contributing factor to their winless month that ended today, a series of results that could also prove to be the difference between them winning the Premier League title or not.

The best of the best forwards, players who are rarely available in the midseason transfer window, may be missing for Arsenal in a matter of days, but after this stunning 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, that’s the kind of result Let us remind you that the criteria are different. If you create as many good chances as the Gunners did in disappointing results against Liverpool and West Ham, the goals will come. Sometimes they can get too fast, as they did in the closing stages on Saturday, especially when you have so many ways in which you can beat your opponent.

All that turbulent talk of transfers has not subsided, but has reduced. Arsenal are hardly perfect in attack, and there is still a convincing argument to be made that Mikel Arteta has overcompensated for last season’s defensive shortcomings, that the inclusion of Kai Havertz has disrupted the left flank to such an extent that Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard. Right side overloaded.

There are still claims that Arsenal look more like a high grade cup team than the team claiming top spot in the Premier League. In the Pep Guardiola era, the formula for an English champion is to eliminate variation by scoring three or four goals, recently scored by “30-40 goal” forwards, which Arteta admitted Arsenal do not have, but Manchester. City and Liverpool certainly do. Defenders like William Saliba, Declan Rice and Gabriel (The latter two fell short of today’s win In worrying news with a trip to Liverpool on the horizon) are probably better suited to the Champions League.

This game offered an answer to any Premier League doubts, an argument that Arsenal are still capable of beating the teams that place them. They proved this in the second half, with Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice in the space of 102 seconds before a rifling move saw David Raya, Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard convert a Palace corner into an Arsenal goal in the blink of an eye. Gave. Of one eye. These goals were tenpence at the Emirates Stadium at the start of last season; Opponents did not understand how much damage this rising young team could do. That’s no longer the case and it wasn’t until Palace set out in search of parity that Arsenal took them apart.

“We have the ability to score in many different ways,” Arteta said, “especially when you are attacking low blocks, to score in this certain way, everything has to be absolutely perfect. . Sometimes when you generate things that are a bit high it opens up teams haphazardly and it’s more difficult to do. Today we took really good advantage of that and Palace had to change their behavior and we had to exploit that. Had to make room for it.”

That position emerged as Arsenal took advantage of perhaps their most powerful weapon this season: a commanding presence on set pieces. Their 12 goals from non-penalty dead balls are the best in the Premier League this season, with their dead ball xG better than only Everton and Brentford. It is not without reason that Bukayo Saka praised coach Nicolas Jover after the game, “We work a lot on set-pieces. This is the worst! Our set-piece coach tries to make it fun.”

As his press conference began, Arteta may have been keen to note that his players had done less work on dead balls than they otherwise would have during their training camp in Dubai, but they were using the time they had to iron out new wrinkles. Was made to include. , For the first time in the league since September, responsibility for the dead ball fell to Declan Rice, who delivered the ball effectively to the back post in a small sample size with West Ham last season.

Far away from the shot but not out of Palace’s sight is Wertz, who can run onto any delivery from his position on the far corner of the penalty area and also catch another defender who cannot defend the space in the danger area Is. William Saliba and Leandro Trossard move away from where the ball is going, ensuring there is some space to attack Arsenal’s biggest goals. Twice in this match, US international Chris Richards could do nothing to slow down Gabriel.

Arsenal create space for Gabriel to attack as they head towards their opening goal

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Arsenal’s second goal provides a great insight into the role of Havertz, who may seem peripheral but is robbing Palace of a defender (a strong man in Jefferson Lerma) who might be able to keep his head on the ball. However, there is much more to this artistically driven drama than just that. Once again the two red shirts attack Saka’s delivery at the near post but this time it is Gabriel Jesus who creates problems for Palace.

Gabriel Jesus’ run sends Nathaniel Clyne into his team-mate Richards

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He sets up a pick for Gabriel in the same way a small forward might gift his center a lane to dart toward the rim for an alley-oop. Nathaniel Clyne and Chris Richards also do well to stay out of each other’s way, but there is nothing the latter can do to gain an edge over his opponent. In other situations Lerma can serve as a help defenseman but Havertz has committed to that.

Criticism should probably go to the two defenders who allowed themselves to be blocked by the diminutive Leandro Trossard, while Dean Henderson did not allow himself to be boxed out by Ben White on both goals.

Arsenal’s screens and blocks allow Gabriel a direct lane to Saka’s cross

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As Roy Hodgson said, even though he questioned the “violations” that made his players feel “a bit sad”, these were good set pieces that were extremely difficult to defend. When Arsenal led 2-0 at the break there might have been some complaints that their goals were not from open play – and it’s fair to note that the Gunners are only eighth in the league for live ball xG – Counterbalance This means that they have a stockpile of extremely dangerous set pieces.

They had given them a two-goal lead at the interval, which extended in the second half as Arsenal overcame a beleaguered Palace as they looked for a foothold or even just a consolation. Emile Smith Rowe and Martinelli provided the spark and off the bench, the latter finding driving lanes towards the penalty area that had rarely emerged in the more deliberate formations of the past few months. That style of football is probably better suited to the hyper-forward Arsenal, not necessarily someone who can lurk on the edge of a 20-pass move before a flash of inspiration or physical excellence takes him into a prime scoring position. Is.

Arsenal may not be the finished product in terms of the best attacks in Europe, but they are much closer to it than a team that could continue the disappointing drought of recent weeks. When they are finding opportunities from dead and live balls as they did today, they may also have enough goals to stay the course.

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