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ANALYSIS: Two Tactical Mistakes Mikel Arteta Made Against Crystal Palace That Should Not Be Repeated

Arsenal's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Monday was a disappointment to the fans and club as it prevented the team from climbing up further in the Premier League table.

The goals were scored by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Benteke, Odsonne Edouard and Alexandre Lacazette. This article discusses two tactical mistakes made by Mikel Arteta during the match that should not be repeated in future games starting from the game against Aston Villa on Friday.

1. Nicolas Pepe: Many fans have lost hope in Nicolas Pepe justifying his 72 million pounds price tag. The most frustrating thing about Pepe is that everyone knows how talented he is and how his talents could be devastating to opposition defences. But sadly, it is only on rare occasions do we get to see him in such form.

The reason for such a rarity is that Nicolas Pepe is at his devastating best when close to the opponent's 18-yard box. He isn't a winger that can hug the touchline 50 yards away from the goal and dribble through three defenders before shooting or passing.

Against Crystal Palace, as frustrating as Nicolas Pepe was, he had a hand in both goals Arsenal scored. He was only able to do that when he stayed high up the pitch with Takehiro Tomiyasu providing him with an outlet on the overlap. Most of the time, he was far away from the danger zones and that resulted in a poor overall performance from him.

To get the best out of Nicolas Pepe, Mikel Arteta has to find a way to tweak his tactics and provide the Ivorian winger with the license to stay closer to the opposition box.

2. Albert Sambi Lokonga: The young midfielder was brought on to shore up the midfield against Crystal Palace but unfortunately, he was dispossessed and the counterattack led to Palace's second goal.

One thing was noticeable when Lokonga was introduced, he was drifting into wide areas on both sides of the pitch thus leaving Thomas Partey isolated in the centre of the midfield. This left Arsenal vulnerable to transitional attacks and it is no coincidence that Crystal Palace scored from it.

It is clearly a tactical instruction for Albert Sambi Lokonga from Mikel Arteta and going forward, Arteta should ensure that the Belgian midfielder holds his position to prevent future transitional attacks.

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