Five key tasks in Arteta’s in-tray at Arsenal

first_imgAFP Sport looks at what Arteta must do to make Arsenal a force once again:Forge an identityWenger transformed the culture at the club from the defensive-orientated days of “1-0 to the Arsenal” under George Graham, overseeing some of the slickest attacking play English football has ever seen.Arsene Wenger won three Premier League titles at Arsenal © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISThe final seasons of the Frenchman’s 22-year reign saw a decline in results and an inability to challenge for the biggest prizes but Arsenal were still renowned for an attacking brand of football.Some of that was lost in Unai Emery’s 18 months in charge as the Spaniard unsuccessfully tried to patch up a leaky defence before he was sacked last month.“I want the football to be expressive, entertaining,” Arteta told the Arsenal magazine during his time as a player, speaking about how he wants his teams to play.“I cannot have a concept of football where everything is based on the opposition. We have to dictate the game, we have to be the ones taking the initiative, and we have to entertain the people coming to watch us.”Arteta does not have much managerial experience but serving an apprenticeship as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City over the past three-and-a-half years is seen as a big plus point.Guardiola has managed to find the perfect blend of entertaining football while piling up trophies at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.Now Arteta’s task is to take the magic formula and apply it to Arsenal.Find centre-backsA constant in the decline of Wenger, Emery’s struggles and a run of one win in five matches under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg has been Arsenal’s lack of a dominant centre-back.Arsenal defender David Luiz © AFP/File / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASInstead of addressing an obvious area of need in the summer, the Gunners’ hierarchy splurged a club-record fee on forward Nicolas Pepe, while patching up the defence with the budget signing of David Luiz.The Brazilian has been dropped in recent weeks, but none of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Callum Chambers, Rob Holding or Shkodran Mustafi inspire much confidence.Arsenal may not have much money to spend in next month’s transfer window but what they do have they must use on their defence.Balance the midfieldMesut Ozil has struggled to impress for Arsenal this season © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONA former midfielder by trade, Arteta must find a way to prevent Arsenal’s midfield being completely bypassed to leave their shaky backline exposed.Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira have potential but have gone backwards in their second seasons at the Emirates.Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil have experience but have done little to earn their places in the side this season and could be among the first to be cast aside under Arteta.Can Aubameyang and Lacazette co-exist?Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are two of Arsenal’s few world-class talents but both want to play in the same position as the central striker.Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASEmery frequently changed his system to try and accommodate both but often at the expense of the team as Arsenal were overrun in midfield or lacked width.Experiments with Aubameyang playing wide have limited the goal threat of a striker who shared the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season and Lacazette was even dropped by Ljungberg for 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli in the past two Premier League games.Get the best out of PepeNicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s record signing © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONArsenal splashed a club-record £72 million ($94 million) on Pepe from Lille, believing the Ivorian’s pace and eye for goal could make the difference in securing Champions League football.However, Pepe has scored just once from open play in the Premier League and his struggles to make an impact have seen him dropped by both Emery and Ljungberg.0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 2 visits today) 0Shares0000Mikel Arteta has been handed the task of reviving Arsenal © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 20 – Arsenal are the latest Premier League club to turn to a former player as their manager, with Mikel Arteta named the new head coach on Friday.The Spaniard takes over with Arsenal languishing 10th in the Premier League and their last title-winning campaign under Arsene Wenger 15 years ago a distant memory.last_img read more


first_imgJulian Cuddihy being led into Ballyshannon Court tonight by Detective Garda Bernard Mullins. Pic copyright North West News Pix.A man has been charged with the murder of his parents after appearing at a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court this evening.Julian Cuddihy, 42, of Churchtown, Carndonagh was remanded in custody to appear at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court next Wednesday. Detective Garda Bernard Mullins told the court that he arrested Cuddihy and charged him with two counts of murder at Buncrana garda station last night.To the first count Cuddihy replied “I have no response” and to the second count he added “I’m not signing that.”Solicitor Ray Lannon of Michael D White Solicitors in Carndonagh asked Judge Kevin Kilrane that his client receive immediate psychiatric assessment at Castlerea Prison.Judge Kevin Kilrane asked Mr Lannon if his client had a history of mental illness.Judge Kilrane was told that a local doctor had attended Cuddihy, 42, on October 15th but he was not psychiatric assessed.“He was previously assessed and there was no diagnosis of psychiatric illness found.”Judge Kilrane then recommended that the accused be assessed as was conveniently possible.Free legal aid was also granted in the case.Cuddihy, 42, was represented by Ray Lannon of Michael White Solicitors from Carndongh.Cuddihy, wearing blue tracksuit bottoms and a wine-coloured sweat top and black trainers, sat wringing his hands throughout the hearing.He was accompanied into court by three Donegal-based detectives who sat beside him throughout the hearing.The couple were found by family members at their home at Churchtown, on the outskirts of Carndonagh just after 9am on Thursday.The couple were very well-known in the area.Mrs Cuddihy, 73, was a former nurse who was originally from Malin Head.She was well-known throughout Donegal for her voluntary work especially with Letterkenny General Hospital.Her husband Jimmy, 77, was originally from Kilkenny but had moved to Donegal to work many decades ago.He was a former maths teacher at Carndonagh Community School and still gave maths grinds to local pupils in the area.Julian Cuddihy, 42, arriving at a special sitting in Ballyshannon District Court this evening.Photo: James Connolly / PicSell824OCT14SON APPEARS IN COURT CHARGED WITH MURDER OF PARENTS was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghJulian CuddihymurderPARENTSlast_img read more