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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta is in danger of making the same mistakes as Unai Emery due to changing team formations too often.
The Gunners were beaten 1 – 0 to Leicester City on Sunday, which became their second consecutive loss in the Premier League following defeat to Manchester City last weekend.
Arteta has been impressive since being appointed as the club’s new manager after Emery. But Keown is still concerned with the Spaniard’s tactics.
“They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery,” he said.
“That’s what I would like to see now, the same pictures, the same triangles, the same movements, the same partnerships, the same relationships.”
“If you keep changing it, you don’t find a rhythm, and that’s something that I found in a very successful team.
“It was like putting an old pair of slippers on for a game. Everything was there. You’d fire it into midfield to Patrick Vieira, into Dennis Bergkamp, [Thierry] Henry into the channel; it was three passes.
“These players now are getting the ball now and it’s jamming a little bit, so I think keep it simple and start building from this team. If this is the way he wants to play, keep with it, and try to put the people in it and get the messages right and work on it.
“It was very static, the front three never really moved from positions, they didn’t make themselves available.”
However, despite the club’s recent form, ex-Arsenal man believes Arteta is the right person to be in charge of the team.
“This is a brand new project for the manager. We don’t want to be over critical.
“I believe he’s the right man for the job 100 per cent, super bright manager and he’s going to have setbacks, it’s how he responds to this now.” he added.
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