It is a very long wait till our boys glide on the green carpet again, and although the international football is not without entertainment, the interlul period is one to be endured by us club football fans.
The good thing about the interlul interruptions is that it gives Arteta time to tweak and improve the tactical side of things. With this young team this is of course very important.
Taking 10/12 points from our last betwixt interluls run of games and beating the Spuds convincingly, is a great turnaround for Arteta.
Arteta won two of his games without Xhaka, but he will now have to do much longer without his conductor. This will be his biggest challenge during this interlul: how to get the balance right in midfield. We have discussed this during a previous post, so not much point to discuss it again.
The big question for this post is: how can we get more goals? We are not scoring enough goals as yet and I don’t have to tell you the stats.
Auba is improving but remains wasteful.
Laca and Pepe are underused and I feel Arteta cannot afford to bench them so much going forward.
Balogun and Nketiah may offer the spark in attack we desperately need. Or is Martinelli the answer?
The extra goals could also come from our young dogs Emile, Bukayo and Martin. I reckon this is Arteta’s biggest wish, but it may need more time. The Spuds goals showed us what they are capable of, but the Seagulls game showed us they remain a work in progress.
So I don’t really know the answer and would love to hear your preferred solutions in getting the ball more often in the net…