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It is often said that the team with the best players will win a game, but today we also saw the difference that an excellent coach can make.
Spurs probably have the best team overall, but both teams are pretty even on paper, but you can see that José Mourinho has built a team that knows how to get a result.
Everything the Spurs did had a purpose and everyone knew where their teammate would be at all times, while Arsenal took a more scattered approach and the lack of a plan was painfully obvious.
Every time they receive the ball there is a delay of one or two seconds while the ball carrier tries to figure out what run his teammate is going to make, but that is enough to allow the opposition to return to their form and deny him space.
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Mikel Arteta has to take most of the blame for that and it’s surprising to see him because he was given so much credit for the way he organized the team when he first arrived, so something went wrong somewhere.
They never really seemed to beat the Spurs today and it’s understandable that fans are hacked, while you really have to wonder if Arteta’s job might be at stake sometime soon:
Really important this game. We were allowed to attack for 90 minutes. It completely exposed our lack of creativity, Arteta’s disorientation, as well as our lack of a game plan. We are not going anywhere with this manager.
– (Pseudo) Random Stranger (@Indrathegooner) December 6, 2020
Arteta doesn’t have a damn game plan, we’re just running hoping for the best #TOTARS
-. (@_BraBhiza) December 6, 2020
Arteta … no plan
– Will (@_bengky_) December 6, 2020
Arteta’s game plan is to throw crosses. That does not fit in the least with our strikers. The only thing we try to do. Absolutely no adaptation or change from week to week
– J (@CatalystRR) December 6, 2020
Played Bellerin instead of Niles
Ignored Nelson and ESR without any exaggeration
Willian still played
Has no game plan whatsoever, just sidestep and inshAllah
– Arbër? (@ artillero18893) December 6, 2020
– Chin Sian (@chinsian) December 6, 2020
Starting to have big doubts about Arteta. Where was plan AB or C. Just cross, cross, cross your trash. We must slow down to a lot of backward passes. no appetite.
– @steakers. #AFC ?? ? (@steakers) December 6, 2020