Arsenal played Olympiacos on Thursday and the team appeared vulnerable, making sloppy mistakes that allowed the Greece side to equalize before Gabriel and Elneny scored to ensure a 3-1 win.
With a mistake also involved in their recent 1-1 draw against Burnley, Arsenal faces Mourinho’s Tottenham at a time when Spurs are in good form.
Mourinho boasts one of the most lethal attacking forwards in Europe able to cause a menace to any team at any time. Arsenal are going to experience a lot of trouble if they shirk their defensive duties against the Spurs forwards.
Just like his City’s former counterpart, Mikel Arteta prefers playing from the back. Arsenal have found themselves in trouble in a couple of games as they lack players who can pull off when employing this strategy.
In recent games, Mourinho has deployed a perfect 4-2-4 formation, fielding Bale, Kane, Son, and Lucas. The four forwards have really given opponents a very good press and can hurt a team for any sloppy defensive error.
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With this attack, the Spurs have managed to score a combined 8 goals against Burnley and Chrystal Palace. Arsenal must find a way to trim the forwards if they need to get the result.
Arsenal’s backline has to avoid being dragged out of their positions. Their communication needs to be on a high level. That is vital. Arsenal has very good defenders but their communication at times is usually poor, making them concede cheap goals.
Kane can do it again against arsenal if the communication issue won’t be addressed. With five goals and 2 assist in the last four games, he is the man to watch.