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How Mikel Arteta used Arsenal’s hilarious but brilliant tactic to deal with officials vs Sevilla

How Mikel Arteta used Arsenal’s hilarious but brilliant tactic to deal with officials vs Sevilla

The Gunners continued their impressive run in the Champions League, swiftly overcoming the setback of their loss at Newcastle and a lackluster attacking performance with a commanding display against one of Europe’s most seasoned teams.

Leandro Trossard’s fantastic goal highlighted the potential we might expect from the Belgian player, especially given the absence of both of Arsenal’s strikers – Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus – due to injuries.

Yet, certain intricacies of the game are often missed from the cozy confines of a warm living room while watching on television. Fortunately, ArsenalBrief ventured into the chilly Emirates Stadium to uncover some aspects that the cameras might have overlooked.


Defend Kai

Kai Havertz had an early opportunity in the game with a free header that he narrowly missed, much like it glanced past the post. The potential impact on his confidence had he converted that chance is noteworthy.

However, Mikel Arteta prioritized ensuring that the German player’s defensive positioning was accurate. 

Despite his role as an attacking midfielder, Havertz consistently positioned himself close to the last defender, functioning more like a second striker rather than in the Martin Odegaard role, which appears to suit him better.

Despite this, Arteta continuously directed his summer signing to fall back when Sevilla controlled the ball on their left side. 

Havertz’s development is ongoing, and Arteta has commended his overall game. Moments like these, where Havertz responds to Arteta’s instructions, perhaps exemplify why the manager values him – it’s a part of an ongoing developmental process.

Crowd trouble

Certainly, what nobody wants to witness is unrest in the stands, unfortunately, that was the case tonight. As Arsenal started to gain control of the game, it became evident that the visiting fans were growing frustrated with their team’s lackluster performance.

Despite the Gunners effectively restricting the visitors to minimal possession, the Arsenal crowd initiated “Who are ya” chants early on, much to the annoyance of the fans in the Clock End corner.

There were reports of bottles being thrown from one section to another, stemming from both sides. Hopefully, everyone remained unharmed in these scenes, which are undoubtedly something we do not want to witness.

Rotation fourth official complaining

Much has been discussed about Mikel Arteta’s touchline conduct during Arsenal’s matches. Despite the commotion during the game at Newcastle, the Spaniard wasn’t booked, a fact he emphasized in his pre-match press conference.

Arteta has received multiple bookings this season, and when Bukayo Saka was fouled early in the game, it sparked some of the manager’s passionate response as he called for action. Nonetheless, he remained within his technical area and delegated the task of addressing the incident with the officials to his assistant.

Assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg tapped Horatiu Fesnic, the fourth official, to ensure that the physical challenges on Saka were acknowledged. Later, Nicolas Jover was also seen discussing another incident with the official before Arteta himself intervened.

While the concept of rotational fouling is known, it seems Arsenal has introduced a concept of rotational complaining. And you know what? I appreciate this approach.

How Mikel Arteta used Arsenal’s hilarious but brilliant tactic to deal with officials vs Sevilla


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