Thomas Tuchel blunder can give Mikel Arteta and Arsenal Champions League hope and Chelsea repeat

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Thomas Tuchel blunder can give Mikel Arteta and Arsenal Champions League hope and Chelsea repeat

Arsenal winning away at ‘big six’ sides was just unreachable at the end of Arsene Wenger’s era, as well as Unai Emery’s brief stay. 

Despite his flaws, Mikel Arteta has been able to reverse this tendency.

Arteta led Arsenal to their first victory at Old Trafford since 2006, defeating Manchester United 1-0 in one of the season’s few significant wins. 

Later that season, they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, completing a double over the Blues and denting Thomas Tuchel’s then-top-four aspirations.

Having lost three consecutive games, Arsenal suddenly finds itself in a rematch with Chelsea

The mood a year after their last victory at Stamford Bridge could not be worse.

Despite this pessimism, there may be a glimmer of optimism to consider. Arsenal will face a Chelsea team that is anticipated to dominate in terms of possession and chance creation.

Arsenal possessed significantly more of the ball, produced more shooting opportunities, and were anticipated to win their last three matches, particularly against Brighton and Southampton.

However, Arteta’s team has struggled to break down the tenacious defenses in each meeting.

A year ago, Chelsea lost 1-0, and it was an ufortunate match. Chelsea had 19 shots, five on goal, and 68 percent possession, and they deserved to win.

Meanwhile, Arsenal went on the attack and capitalized on Jorginho’s error. Emile Smith-goal Rowe’s was one of only two shots on goal.

Many people were taken aback when Arteta switched to a back three. In front of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny sat Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, and Gabriel Magalhaes. Kierney Tierney and Bukayo Saka were the wing-backs.

Arteta should think about using a similar approach again. With Ben White, he has the chance to construct an even more comfortable back three, as the England international has played the right centre-half spot for Brighton and England.

Thomas Tuchel committed the same error that Arsenal has done.

The overstretching of his team’s resources created gaps for the Gunners to exploit. 

Arteta will be hoping that the German coach does the same, yet the outcome of the 2021 match will undoubtedly reappear in the Chelsea manager’s mind.

Following a hiccup at home to Brentford, Chelsea have looked quite impressive. Despite being eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid, they defeated Southampton 6-0 before scoring three goals at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea is still in the middle of the title race and the top four.

Too far away from Liverpool and Manchester City to pose a threat, and perhaps too far away from the pursuing group to be concerned about missing out on a place in the Champions League.

Despite their terrible form, Arsenal can move up to fourth place with a win. This exemplifies how insane the season has been for everyone involved.

With the way the Gunners have been playing, it’s impossible to imagine Arteta’s side coming out of west London with anything.


Thomas Tuchel blunder can give Mikel Arteta and Arsenal Champions League hope and Chelsea repeat

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