Mikel Arteta’s tactics will ‘cost him his Arsenal job’, says Matt Holland

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaks to the media before the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Karaiskakis Stadium on March 11, 2021 in Piraeus, Greece. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta’s side have made some high-profile mistakes (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta’s tactics will ‘cost him his job’ if he keeps insisting that Arsenal play it out from the back at every opportunity.

That’s the verdict of Matt Holland, who has been unimpressed by the goals the Gunners have shipped in the past two games.

Last weekend, Granit Xhaka was guilty of playing an ambitious ball out from the back, which cannoned off Burnley striker Chris Wood and into the back of the net, costing Arsenal two points.

On Thursday night, Dani Ceballos was caught on the ball with Bernd Leno stranded out of his goal as Youssef El-Arabi curled the ball into an empty net.

That goal didn’t prove to be as costly, with goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalhaes and Mohamed Elneny securing a 3-1 win away from home.

But former Charlton star Holland thinks it was another sign that Arteta’s tactics are getting his side in trouble.

Goal by Youssef El Arabi of Olympiacos FC during the UEFA Europa League match between Olympiacos FC and Arsenal FC at Georgios Karaiskakisstadion on March 12, 2021 in Piraeus, Greece
El Arabi capitalised on another Arsenal mistake (Picture: BSR Agency/Getty)

And, ultimately, he expects it will come back to bite the Spanish manager.

‘He keeps saying we’re going to play this way and play out from the back, Holland told TalkSport. ‘If this continues, it will cost him his job.

‘You can’t keep doing it if it’s going to cost you matches and cost you goals.’

The Gunners will hope there are no more high-profile errors this weekend ahead of the north London derby.

Arsenal welcome local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates and would move within four points of Jose Mourinho’s side with all three points.

Spurs will be looking up the table rather than down it, though, and they currently sit five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

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