Arsenal need to follow Alexis Sanchez’s example and stop being nice
Arsenal blogger Highbury House wants the Gunners to stop being nice and pressurise opponents more
Mikel Arteta praised Alexis Sanchez for closing down from the front after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Sunderland last weekend.
The Chilean capitalised on two errors from the Sunderland defence to score either side of half-time at Stadium of Light.
Arteta told Arsenal’s website: “Both goals [at Sunderland] came as a result of our hard work. You can force mistakes when you chase people and put them in trouble.
“You do that again, again and again, and the opposition will make mistakes. That’s what we need and now we have people up front with the knife in their teeth who want to go for it, so we have to make the most of it. The more we do it, the more we will improve.
“Alexis closed Sunderland down really well. His desire and his commitment, in addition to the way he wants to train and improve himself, is spot on.”
How many times have we said the same as Arteta on the Highbury House?
Closing down from the front is one of many things we don’t do well.
Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud are always looking to put pressure on the defenders, but in most other areas of the pitch, our players don’t get at the opposition enough.
We don’t put them under pressure.
In fact, all too often, we do the opposite by giving them far too much time and space to ‘do their thing’.
As a result, we’re often on the back foot, especially when we play the so-called better sides.
The so-called football experts have always said we don’t like it when other clubs ‘get in and at us or in our faces’ and to be honest, they aren’t wrong are they?
Instead of sitting back and letting the opposition play that way, why not turn the tables and start playing that way ourselves?
I don’t mean play dirty or unfair, I just mean get at the opposition, don’t give the players time on the ball, get at them and put them under pressure at the earliest chance.
As Arteta says, if we do that, time and time again, mistakes will be made and we have been and still are a prime example of that.
If Alexis can do it, then so can the rest!! Stop being nice, nice doesn’t win football matches.
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