Arsenal legend outlines ‘another problem’ Mikel Arteta has


Arsenal legend outlines ‘another problem’ Mikel Arteta has

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Arsenal faced off with Leeds United on Saturday evening in the day’s only Premier League clash.

Leeds headed into the game experiencing a huge personnel crisis, with a number of top stars out due to either injury or illness.

As a result, Marcelo Bielsa had to field a very, very weak squad on the day. And, given Leeds’ poor form anyway, an Arsenal win did seem very likely.

So, when the Gunners eventually came away with a resounding 4-1 win, not too many will have been surprised.

A first-half brace from Gabriel Martinelli was followed by further strikers from Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, whilst a 75th-minute penalty from Raphinha was little more than a consolation for the Whites.

Mikel Arteta’s Smith Rowe problem

As mentioned above, Emile Smith Rowe would bag the 4th of the day for Arsenal.

The midfielder once again came off the bench, like he did vs West Ham in midweek, to score for the north Londoners.

Now, after doing so for two games in a row, Ian Wright believes Smith Rowe has handed Mikel Arteta another problem, though in a positive sense.

When speaking about Smith Rowe post-Leeds, Wright stated:

“At the moment what he’s doing is brilliant” “What you’re seeing with Emile Smith Rowe is ‘Ok, I’m out of the team but when I come on, I don’t care if I’m getting two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes, I’m going to get a chance, I’m going to make sure I score.’

“What he’s doing now, what he’s realised is that it’s about goals, it’s about end product. “It’s something that he’s worked on and the manager’s wanted him to work on and now he’s showing the manager ‘right if you put me on the bench I’m looking to score a goal.’ “He’s done it and given the manager another problem and that is exactly what you want.”

Quotes via the Mirror.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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