Jamie Redknapp spoke on Sky Sports yesterday about Mikel Arteta’s strange decision to deploy his skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the right flank against West Ham United.
The Gunners started the game as badly as they ever have since Arteta took over the club. We were 3-0 down after 32 minutes and it wasn’t as if West Ham were lucky – they deserved to be three goals up which just shows just how bad Arsenal were.
Arteta started the game with Bukayo Saka on the left and Auba on the right for reasons only he knows. That clearly did not work and after being humiliated in the first half hour, the Arsenal boss switched them around.
That gave us better balance going forward and we managed to get back on level terms. Redknapp has criticised Arteta for playing Auba on the right and it is hard to disagree with him.
He said: “Aubameyang on the right as well. What’s he playing on the right for? Play him on the left, play on the left and he looks better!
“He doesn’t like playing on the right, that’s obvious. Then they go 2-0 down, and he puts him on the left, but he should never have started there. I’m surprised Arteta even did it.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Playing Auba in an unnatural right-wing position in a period where he has been struggling was a strange move. It really is unclear as to why Arteta decided to do it, but he now knows that it doesn’t work.
Playing Saka or Nicolas Pepe on the right gives us a much better balance going forward – especially if the right-back constantly overlaps like Calum Chambers did brilliantly against the Hammers yesterday.
Arteta’s decision to play Auba on the right was a glaringly obvious error. The Arsenal skipper either has to play up front or on the left, or he shouldn’t start at all as he offers very little in the position he started the game in on Sunday.