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Thursday, December 19, 2019

changes Martinelli in attack, Ozil alongside Ceballos – How Arsenal could look under Mikel Arteta as new boss set to take inspiration from Pep Guardiola

Mikel Arteta looks like he will be Unai Emery’s replacement as Arsenal manager.
Emirates chiefs were pictured leaving the home of the Manchester City assistant in the early hours of Monday morning and Pep Guardiola has confirmed negotiations are ongoing.

Arteta came close to being named as Arsenal boss before Emery was appointed in the summer 2018 following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
The former Gunners midfielder is expected to be named their next manager imminently and be in the dugout for their next Premier League clash on Saturday against Everton, which is live on talkSPORT.
Fans will want to see an immediate improvement on the pitch and one of the biggest sources of frustration was the constant changing of formations that did not seem to work.
Arteta has been an assistant coach with Man City since 2016 and established himself as an important member of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff.
As a pupil of Guardiola, there will no doubt be similarities in the style of play with an emphasis on possession football and a high press without the ball.
Throughout his managerial career, Guardiola has favoured a 4-3-3 formation and it has proved effective at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City.
Arsenal have a fast and exciting front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli has been favoured over Alexandre Lacazette in recent games because of his form.
The Gunners also have several exciting youngsters in Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe who Arteta will no doubt be looking forward to working with and who can put the first team regulars under pressure.
Mesut Ozil had been frozen out by Unai Emery but we know the quality he has and a clean slate with a new manager could do him the world of good. Ozil along with Dani Ceballos pulling the strings in midfield would be an exciting prospect.
Ceballos has been recovering from injury but was expected to be back in training this month and could soon return to the starting line-up.
Matteo Guendouzi is the player who has come out of the first half of the season with the most credit for Arsenal. His tireless work off the ball has made him a favourite with the fans.
The Gunners have a problem in defence and a back four of Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis, Callum Chambers and Hector Bellerin is probably the best available.
Expect there to be plenty of passing out from the back and these defenders have the best chance of achieving some success, in the short term. David Luiz is too much of a liability and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been too inconsistent, although he may have to fill in if Kolasinac’s knock against Man City keeps him out of any matches.
Kieran Tierney is out injured for at least three months but could fit in well on his return. Tierney and Bellerin would make good attacking full backs who could push forward and play high up the pitch.
Guardiola has always used fast, attacking full-backs in his teams, think Jordi Alba and Barcelona, David Alaba at Bayern Munich and Kyle Walker at Man City, and Tierney and Bellerin could work well in that system if Arteta chooses to do so.
But can the Spaniard get a tune out the players who failed under Emery? We’ll have to see.
Here is how Arsenal could line up with Mikel Arteta in charge.

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