Matt Holland has had his say on Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League last night.
The Gunners dominated the game and completely deserved the victory. However, we could easily have conceded two more goals in typical Arsenal fashion.
Mikel Arteta’s men made three terrible errors that led to shots. Olympiacos made a meal out of the first two, but Youssef El-Arabi made no mistake when he was gifted an easy opportunity in the second half.
This is becoming a common theme for Arsenal. I genuinely can’t remember the last time we conceded a goal that involved no glaringly obvious mistake on our part, and that is the biggest reason why we are where we are in the Premier League this season.
Holland was not impressed with Arsenal’s errors last night caused by playing out from the back. He has claimed that Arteta will lose his job if these silly mistakes don’t stop in the near future.
He told TalkSport: “He keeps saying we’re going to play this way and play out from the back. If this continues, it’ll cost him his job. You can’t keep doing it if it’s going to cost you matches and cost you goals.”
Should Arsenal stop playing out from the back?
Unai Emery was the first Arsenal manager who tried playing out from the back, and it didn’t quite work then. He slowly moved away from that towards the end of his tenure, but Arteta brought it straight back as soon as he came in.
Yes, Arsenal have messed things up while trying to play out from the back. The goals we conceded against Burnley and Olympiacos in the space of five days showed that, but we’ve had some great success with it as well.
Arteta needs to find the right balance with his philosophy. Bernd Leno needs to know when he has to play it short and when he just has to boot the ball up the pitch.
Playing out from the back is certainly a big risk, but when it comes off, the rewards are much bigger. This is why Arteta will not change anything anytime soon, and he is right not to.