Mikel Arteta Defends Arsenal's Midfield Setup, Praises Jurrien Timber's Performance
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Mikel Arteta Defends Arsenal's Midfield Setup, Praises Jurrien Timber's Performance

23 July 2023
2 min.
Mikel Arteta Defends Arsenal's Midfield Setup, Praises Jurrien Timber's Performance

Adaptability at Its Finest

Arteta remains hopeful about Arsenal's new midfield setup despite a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. He believes that the trio of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, and Martin Odegaard will gel together and become a dominant force with time.

Midfield Trio's Development

Arteta acknowledged that the new midfield trio will require time to find their rhythm and chemistry on the field. He believes that with more games played together, the understanding between Rice, Havertz, and Odegaard will improve, resulting in a more cohesive and effective midfield unit.

Arteta's optimism lies in the positive aspects he observed in their performance against United, even though the result was not in their favor. The manager is particularly encouraged by their potential and sees more promise compared to their previous victory against the MLS.

Timber's Successful Adaptation

Another positive for Arteta was the performance of Jurrien Timber, who started the match at right-back but displayed versatility by drifting into midfield during the game. The Arsenal boss commended Timber's quick adaptation to his new role and praised the Dutchman's confidence and determination on the field. Timber's ability to seamlessly transition between positions adds depth to Arsenal's squad and provides Arteta with additional tactical options.

Insights from the Match

Despite the defeat, Arteta found value in facing a formidable opponent like Manchester United in this context. The match provided crucial information for the team, highlighting areas that need improvement.

Arteta stressed the importance of both offensive and defensive efficiency and acknowledged that errors are part of football, emphasizing the need to overcome them. He also noted the physically demanding nature of the game and hinted at some players being exposed more to further develop their physical capabilities.

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