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4 reasons why Arsenal lost two consecutive games

Harsh Pillai
Top 5 / Top 10
20 Dec 2018, 14:08 IST

The problems at Arsenal are finally getting revealed
The problems at Arsenal are finally getting revealed

From going 22 games unbeaten to losing 2 games in a row, the problems at Arsenal are finally getting revealed. Unai Emery and co lost to Southampton a week ago, and the home game against fierce-rivals Tottenham was their chance to get back to winning ways.

But the Gunners failed to make an impact, despite the game being at the Emirates, and Spurs finally got their revenge.

What exactly went wrong for Arsenal?

Unai Emery's tactics are absolutely not to be blamed, as they have been performing pretty well in European competitions as well as domestically. His tactics have always been on point, and therefore something else caused the defeats.

#1 Squad selection

Mesut Ozil has not featured for Arsenal in the past 5 games
Mesut Ozil has not featured for Arsenal in the past 5 games

I think Emery's squad selection played a bit of a role here. He left Ozil at home for the game and started Alex Iwobi and Mkhitaryan for the 4th time in a row. Also, he deployed Niles as a right back and started with a back four, consisting of Granit Xhaka and Sokratis as centre backs, despite Koscielny being on the bench.

Kolasinac and Bellerin were both out due to injuries, and they are pretty much the reason why Arsenal score so many goals. Arsenal's starting centre backs, Mustafi and Holding, are also out as a result of injuries.

Ramsey was the #10 for the game, and Aubameyang started as a sole striker, with Guendouzi and Torreira playing a double-pivot in the midfield.

Throughout the game, there was a lack of creativity in the Arsenal side, and their only attempt was to cross the ball via the wings. Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, and Ramsey got their chances, but they all either hit the keeper or the woodwork, and they were denied a goal.

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