The match week-8 fixtures of the English Premier League saw Arsenal play against their city rivals Crystal Palace, in a London derby at Emirates Stadium and the match ended in a 2-2 draw for both sides.
In this article, I will be talking about two wise tactical decisions Arsenal's 39-year-old coach Mikel Arteta made, that led to his club's hard-fought 2-2 draw.
1. Replacing Odegaard with Lacazette
With only Aubameyang leading the team's attack against Crystal Palace, it was obvious that Arsenal needed more attacking options on the pitch to see them through the game.
Arteta noticed this and brought in the French forward Alexandre Lacazette to support the club's attack. He was the player that scored a 95th-minute late equalizer that led to Arsenal avoiding a fourth EPL defeat of the season.
2. Taking Thomas Partey Off The Pitch
Arsenal conceded a 73rd-minute goal that gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 lead. Though it was risky to play without a defensive midfielder, Arteta made the bold decision to take Thomas Partey off the pitch for Martinelli.
The decision increased his team's attacking options as his players were able to pressure Crystal Palace's defense and they eventually got a late-minute equalizer.
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