Mikel Arteta is beginning to feel the pressure of management after 20 months of arriving the Emirate stadium. Questions are now been asked about the direction of the club under the Spaniard and what he tends to achieve this season having started with a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted side Brentford.
A revival is needed and against Chelsea, everyone is expected to see a resurgent Arsenal side take on the European Champions and win.
But, judging on Arsenal’s recent signings and that of Chelsea, you could deduce that one team paid good money to buy world class players while the other bought players with the hope of developing them before re-selling.
To put into context, Arsenal signed 5 potentials, Chelsea paid $98m to sign a Seria A champion. A world class striker who posses the physical strength, pace, hunger and drive needed to win games and titles.
Romelu Lukaku has finally transformed into an elite striker under the tutelage of Antonio Conte. And he will prove his doubters wrong in the English shore when he comes against Arsenal and their $50m defender Ben White and whoever partners with him in defense.
But, Arteta needs to out think Thomas Tuchel tactically and ensure his team follows his instructions. Tactically, he has keep Lukaku and others at bay while ensuring the marauding wing backs Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azplicueta or Reece James don’t put in dangerous balls.
Off course! Jorginho and N’Golo Kane will boss the midfield so restricting them from finding Hakin Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz or Mason Mount will good passes will be very vital to winning the match.
If Arsenal can contain Chelsea’s attack, midfield and fullbacks, the Gunners will certainly win and that will be a big confidence boast.
But a defeat will be demoralizing..
Doubts will spread from the fans to the players and then to the management- who then be forced to take a crucial decision on Mikle Arteta especially if he loses Manchester City the following weekend.