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Martin Keown criticises Arsenal defender Rob Holding and tells Mikel Arteta to drop two players

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The former Gunners stalwart was unimpressed with Arsenal’s approach  Martin Keown says centre-back Rob Holding forgot ‘the basics’ in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and has called on Mikel Arteta to replace two attackers in the starting XI.

The north London club conceded inside the first two minutes at the Emirates as Raheem Sterling rose above the Gunners’ defence to guide a free header into the back of the net in what proved to be the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for City.

Arsenal went 1 nil down just 2 minutes into the game

Arsenal only mustered one shot on target in the game and City’s back-line were largely comfortable throughout.

Keown was dismayed that the diminutive Sterling was able to score with a header, while he also felt Arsenal needed to press higher up the pitch and would prefer to see Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe – both introduced as subs – start ahead of Nicolas Pepe and Martin Odegaard.

‘A manager can talk tactics with his players until he’s blue in the face, but Manchester City’s goal came about because the basics weren’t followed,’ Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. ‘Rob Holding didn’t pick up Raheem Sterling and the 5ft 7in winger scored a winning header with two minutes on the clock. ‘It surprised me that Arsenal didn’t press Manchester City like they had pressed Leeds in their last home game. 

‘It was courtesy of their high press against Leeds that Arsenal won a penalty to make it 2-0. Emile Smith Rowe later picked up possession on the edge of the opposition box before assisting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 4-0. Yesterday was different.

Arsenal showed the visitors too much respect and City were allowed to dominate. ‘They could bring it out from the back without any pressure. Several times in the first half, Ruben Dias was sitting as the nightwatchman while every other City player was within 60 yards of the Arsenal goal. Keown wants to see a front four of Smith Rowe, Saka,

‘That includes John Stones, who is a man reborn. He didn’t miss a beat with his passing and his defending was just as strong. Aubameyang had no joy against him. ‘City boss Pep Guardiola said he’s going to have to rotate his team to cope with their schedule.

‘For Mikel Arteta, the front four who finished this game are his best combination and they need to be starting matches. I’d like to see Aubameyang on the left, Alexandre Lacazette central, Bukayo Saka on the right and Smith Rowe in behind.’

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Arsenal closing in on a deal for Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba

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Arsenal is set on closing deal with Bayern Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba with the sum of £50m

Hopefully the defender will be at Emirate stadium this summer according to sky sports

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Just In: New pictures of Arsenal’s 2021/22 away kit leaked

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The first pictures of Arsenal’s first team squad sporting next season’s away kit have been leaked.

After this season’s, bloodshot eyes shirt, the club are returning to a more traditional yellow and blue combination for 2021/22.

The shade of yellow – ‘pearl citrine’ in adidas parlance – may look a little like custard but the use of the stripped-back cannon badge is a nice touch.

We expect to see similar shots of the home and third kits in due course. The latter is predicted to be blue with a lightning motif inspired by the kits of the mid-nineties.

 

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📺 Miquel Azeez is Simply Outstanding, Watch As He Nutmegs 3 Defenders To Score A Goal

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Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

📺 Watch The Great Goal…

https://twitter.com/ArsenalAcademy/status/1392523112919486473?s=19

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