Arsenal have just won two of their last five matches and sit at a lowly 11th position in the Premier League charts.
After guiding Arsenal into FA Cup and Community Shield glory in August, the Arsenal faithful would have naturally thought of a good start to the Premier League campaign by Mikel Arteta’s men.
The Gunners won back-to-back matches against Fulham and West Ham to give the Arsenal fans hope of a Champions League place after four years. However, the loss against the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Leicester, and more recently Aston Villa have made the Arsenal fans worry about the direction the club is heading.
Arsenal have one of the worst goal-scoring records in the campaign this season scoring just nine times. Before the Villa game, they had the meanest defense but a defensive collapse against Dean Smith’s rejuvenated team saw them concede three. Apart from their Europa League campaign and the win against Old Trafford, the Gunners have looked uninspiring so far.
First of all, Mikel Arteta needs to trust his players. The Spanish tactician was seen barking instructions for every Arsenal move, which restricted the freedom of his players. On the other hand, Dean Smith was quiet in his technical boss, emphasizing more trust on his players.
As a result, his team played with more guile. Arteta has one of the best crossers in Kieran Tierney, one of the best goalscorers in Aubameyang, and one of the best dribblers in Nicolas Pepe, but all of them seem, average players, when on the pitch.
The young coach must overturn Arsenal’s fate post the international break if he intends to finish in the top four come May. But first, he needs to trust his men.