Jamie Carragher summed it up completely: “How do you describe Arsenal’s defending right here? It’s simply Arsenal.”
Any excessive hopes for Arsenal for the 2021/22 season have been dashed in a heartbeat as they have been deservedly crushed 2-0 by newcomers Brentford on Friday. Arsenal have been atrocious at each ends of the sector and seem like they could possibly be in for one more powerful season.
Listed here are six issues we realized from the sport.
Move. Move. Out broad to Tierney. Respectable cross. Caught by goalkeeper. Rinse. Repeat.
Arsenal have been simply so tame going ahead and clearly are crying out for any person able to unlocking a defence. Brentford sat deep and allowed Arteta’s aspect to move across the again all recreation lengthy, secure within the information nothing was really going to occur.
The Gunners are proper to be somebody like Martin Odegaard, however the issue is he performs in the identical place as Emile Smith Rowe, who’s the one present participant within the squad able to creating probabilities. The answer actually must be elsewhere.
A £50m spend on Ben White was purported to be the reply to Arsenal’s defensive woes, however the issues from final season have been nonetheless there towards Brentford – and White was responsible of the identical form of errors as David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi have been final yr.
It was nearly comical at occasions as everybody not named Kieran Tierney repeatedly conspired to carry Arsenal down. They have been clueless when put below any type of strain.
White was nowhere close to adequate both, and that is an actual concern. It is clearly nonetheless early days for him, however he has quite a lot of work to do to show himself.
Let’s not get it twisted, Folarin Balogun wouldn’t have began this recreation if any of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah have been match. Arsenal know he is not prepared for that.
Circumstances dictated that the 20-year-old begin right here, and he regarded actually uncomfortable. The teenager could not get on the ball sufficient and actually struggled to make something occur when he did.
In Balogun’s defence, any striker would have struggled with the shortage of service he acquired, however his possibilities of common minutes can have taken successful from this efficiency.
Along with his palms, Bernd Leno is alright. He most likely ought to have performed higher with Sergi Canos’ objective, however you’ll be able to nearly let him off for it.
Nonetheless, you’ll be able to’t excuse Leno’s atrocious passes.
The German appeared oblivious to Brentford’s press and would fortunately hand the ball to team-mates who actually did not need it. He continually invited strain with some sloppy choices, and it was abundantly clear why Arteta is searching for a brand new goalkeeper.
He is been backed within the switch market, and now it is time for Arteta to show that he’s price all of the money and time.
It is one factor increase a great squad (whether or not he has even performed that’s debatable) however Arsenal clearly had no thought what to do at both finish of the pitch. No techniques, simply vibes.
In assault, they handed Brentford to demise with out ever asking any actual questions, earlier than wanting woeful on the again at any time when they have been put below any strain. No person appears to know their job.
These have been considerations about Arteta’s administration final yr, they usually’re nonetheless there. He has to do extra.
How good is Kieran Tierney?
Placing Arsenal on his again for the umpteenth time in his profession in England, the left-back was one of many few gamers who really regarded fascinated about making a objective.
On the again, he was surrounded by nervous, flustered defenders who couldn’t cope in any respect. He wants higher expertise round him or he will not be sticking round. Why ought to he?