Mikel Arteta says Arsenal need to take more risks in front of goal if we’re to turn around the depressing attacking stats registered so far this season.
According to @Orbinho, only three teams (Burnley, Aston Villa and Norwich) have created fewer clear cut chances than the Gunners’ total of 28 this campaign while only two (Wolves and Norwich) have recorded lower conversion rates than our 27%.
Big Chances created 2021-22 Premier League
1 Liverpool 93
2 Man City 61
3 Chelsea 57
17 Arsenal 28
18 Burnley 27
19 Aston Villa 26
20 Norwich 17
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) December 9, 2021
Unfortunately, when your side isn’t creating and taking chances, you’re always at risk of dropping points, as happened at Everton and Manchester United.
Asked how his players will rectify the situation, Arteta said: “We have to encourage the players to take more risks and put the ball in the box more when we have the opportunity to do so.
“We also have to have more players arriving in the box and to take and score the big chances when they come.
“When it comes to creating chances it’s always a combination of the individual, the collective and the team.
“We have to look at everything – we also need to increase the level of performances and close the game out when we have level of performance in matches. We need more consistency.”
Having started the season in reasonable form, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s performances have tailed off dramatically. Dropped to the bench at Goodison Park, the boss maintains there’s no rift with the striker, but he did admit his main man is struggling for confidence.
“Obviously, when a player is not scoring it’s affecting his confidence, it’s affecting the mood and probably the belief, but you have to rebel against this situation, don’t accept it and feel sorry for yourself.
He added: “It’s all about patches, every player has patches and moments, and it’s about trying to make the big moments and the good moments and the form when a player is scoring goals to try and maintain it, and try to reduce to the time when they don’t.”
While morale in the camp might be low right now, we can at least take heart from the fact we’ve never lost at home to Southampton in 22 Premier League showdowns – the most one side has faced another on the road without ever winning in the competition’s history. (Stat via PremierLeague.com)