Arsenal played against Burnley FC yesterday in the fifth game-week of the new Premier League season. The game was played at the Burnley FC Turf Moor Stadium and ended in a 1-0 victory for the Gunners.
After winning their first game of the season last weekend against Norwich City, the Gunners were eager to make it successive wins against Burnley FC and would be happy to have achieved their objective.
During the game, one build-up tactic was used briefly by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. This tactic was last utilised by legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during his reign at the club. It has been a long time and fans would have probably forgotten about it but it was evident during the match yesterday.
During Arsene Wenger's reign, Wojciech Szczesny (goalkeeper) usually played a diagonal cross to Bacary Sagna (right-back) who mostly won the ball aerially. Then Bacary Sagna knocked the ball down to Alexander Song who then either dribbled forward or pass it quickly onto the attacking players.
This build-up tactic was very effective when Arsene Wenger didn't want the team to play a very long goal-kick nor very short ones. Yesterday, Aaron Ramsdale crossed the ball to Takehiro Tomiyasu who won the ball aerially and knocked it down for Thomas Partey who passed it forward quickly. Takehiro Tomiyasu's height and good aerial presence were necessary for this tactic to work.
It is not yet known if this build-up tactic would be fully implemented by Mikel Arteta or if it would only be used when playing against physical teams like Burnley FC. But it would certainly feel good to the Arsenal fans that their team is learning how to use various build-up tactics in the first phase of attacking play.
Arsenal has now won two consecutive games after the three consecutive defeats at the start of the season. The fans would surely hope that the winning streak continues.
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