Brentford star Ivan Toney has delivered a brutal verdict on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal after their opening day win over the Gunners.
All eyes were on Toney after his phenomenal campaign in the Championship last season. The Englishman didn’t find the back of the net, but he was absolutely brilliant for the Bees on Friday. The way he led his side with their press, his work rate off the ball and his dominance in aerial duels caused a ton of problems to Arsenal.
Toney was asked about Brentford’s tactics after the game and he claimed that they all knew about the Gunners’ big ‘weakness’.
Ivan Toney: Arsenal have a big weakness
Toney told Premier League Productions after the game on Friday: “I think obviously the way Arsenal play, it’s clear to see, they like to try and play with the ball and its possession-based football.
“But, I feel the weakness is that if you press them high then they do make a mistake.
“I felt they made a few mistakes but we didn’t punish them on those chances. But I felt with the chances that we did have we took full advantage.”
Should Arsenal stop playing out from the back?
A big part of Arteta’s philosophy involves starting the play from the goalkeeper and gradually progressing higher up the pitch. That has helped us score many goals, but we’ve conceded a few because of the same system as well.
However, we simply cannot change that philosophy. That is the best way this current Arsenal side can play, especially with no big striker up top to win the ball and hold up play if Bernd Leno decides to go long.
Arsenal just need to be a lot smarter with their decision making in and around our own box. Leno and everyone at the back need to know when to take a risk and when to kick the ball into the stands. Once Arteta can make that happen, we will become a really dangerous side.