Tony Cascarino tells Mikel Arteta his biggest problem at Arsenal after Newcastle United thrashing

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United this weekend
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta will be ‘worried’ by Arsenal’s inability to produce the goods ‘for a whole 90 minutes’ despite their emphatic victory over Newcastle United.

That is the opinion of former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino, who says Arsenal must learn to replicate Arteta’s former club Manchester City and dominate entire matches.

The Gunners clinched their seventh Premier League victory of the season with a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette clinched the emphatic rout and saw Arsenal move to within seven points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Arsenal are beginning to impress under Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery at the Emirates in December, but Cascarino believes the manager will still be ‘worried’ by his team’s form.

‘Arsenal have yet to produce a good performance for a whole 90 minutes under Mikel Arteta, which will be worrying for the new head coach,’ he told The Times.

‘But he is having an effect, and it is evident in the way in which his team come out and transform games after half-time.

Arsenal beat Newcastle 4-0 on Sunday
Arsenal beat Newcastle 4-0 on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

‘They looked a different team in the second half of their 4-0 win against Newcastle United.

‘It is as if Arteta tells them to maintain the discipline he has instilled but also to add some expression, instinct and individuality to their play.

‘Manchester City have perfected how to do this for an entire game. Arsenal must learn that trick, too.’

Following Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle, Arteta said: ‘After the break we started saying we had to start closing the gap on the top teams and turn draws into wins.

‘Today was the first opportunity and we’ve done it. All good. I’m so pleased for Laca [Alexandra Lacazette] – the reaction of the players and staff towards him.

‘He fights hard for everyone. He’s been unlucky. He will gain confidence from this and knows how everyone appreciates him.’

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