Mikel Arteta’s comments highlight Arsenal’s key weakness ahead of the summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta scorned Premier League officials over the forthcoming fixture schedule as his Arsenal side were forced to play Liverpool three days after beating Leicester City

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Mikel Arteta reflects on Liverpool’s defeat

Mikel Arteta isn’t the first manager to unleash an angry outburst at the First League Game schedule. “Thank you to the Premier League for that,” said the Spaniard sarcastically after arsenal 0:2 home defeat Liverpool.

“And they’ve done it again when we have to play Chelsea and Manchester United. So if they want to give them an advantage, I say today, thank you very much.”

Arsenal’s absence from all European competitions and their early FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest has often allowed Arteta and his side at least five days of recovery time per game. But, The Gunners’ backlog of postponed games has finally been made up them as they now face the ominous prospect of playing their third division game in six days.

Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp have also targeted the individuals behind their packed game plans. Apart from that, their protests often concerned their involvement in the Champions Leaguea competition in which all three coaches still participate.

The Gunners came into their crucial clash against Liverpool after playing 34 games all season while the Merseysiders had played 45 games all season FA Cupthe League Cup and the Champions League.

Many have seen Arsenal’s lack of European football as a beneficial factor in their impressive season. But European qualification, be it the Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League, will only bring more games and more long-distance travel to Arsenal’s season.

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Mikel Arteta was furious with his side’s overcrowded Premier League fixture schedule

The Gunners have assembled an extremely talented first team and a dependable cohort of Impact substitutes who have the perfect blend of technical excellence, tactical skill and immense energy. Arteta increased the plays of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odegaard.

However, his clever summer transfer that brought Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Odegaard, Albert Sambi-Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Takehiro Tomiyasu to the Emirates Stadium has made the Gunners a force to be reckoned with. However, another similar move could be needed if Arteta wants to push his way into the title fight.

The impending departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will require a fresh influx of strikers, while there are still questions about Arsenal’s strength at depth in the defensive and midfield areas. Their long and painful pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic who was eventually traded off for Fiorentina juventusmay have ended in disappointment but Arsenal’s problems would not all have been solved by the Serb’s arrival.

Arteta has repeatedly emphasized that his side is still a project in progress and not a finished product that is competitive. The Spaniard and director Edu would do well to keep their feet on the ground, even if the performances are similar to those of a top European team.

The Gunners’ overhaul of their transfer plan, aimed at targeting promising players under the age of 23, has resulted in very promising results and performances. If they can repeat the same transfer tricks in the next transfer window, when they could have more money to spend and a place in the Champions League to counter potential signings; Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City will look over each other’s shoulders even more.

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