4 things Arsenal fans want to see against Wimbledon
Much of the speculation in the build-up has been on which Arsenal young players should be given an opportunity, as well as if Arteta will choose to go down that path, given his recent success in domestic cup events.
Arsenal supporters want to see these four things against Wimbledon:
1. GOALS, PLENTY OF GOALS!!!:
Back-to-back 1-0 victories would have been welcomed with open arms after Arsenal’s poor start to the season. Even if those victories came against two teams who could be fighting for relegation this season, it was a breath of fresh air to reclaim the winning sensation and demonstrate some defensive stability.
West Bromwich Albion’s thrashing is one of the more delightful days in recent memory after a was 6-0 smashing in the second round. Regardless of the opponent, victories of that magnitude are rare.
Without getting too carried away, a few more goals like the one scored against AFC Wimbledon would be great. Arsenal should be able to defeat their opponents in League One. It would be wonderful to do it with some vim and penetration on the front foot.
2. LIFE WITHOUT XHAKA:
First and foremost: AFC Wimbledon is in League One, and nothing that happens on Wednesday will convince Arteta that Granit Xhaka is no longer an important piece in his Arsenal club.
But what if he’s seen that light before?
Arteta has to start seeing what this club is capable of without the Swiss, opting for a system that resembled a 4-1-4-1 against Burnley and then bringing on two central midfielders in Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
3. AN IMPROVED MAIT-NILES:
Mait Niles’ 15-minute (+4) cameo against Burnley was truly remarkable. A cameo like that wasn’t anticipated from someone who was trying to leave before the deadline. He did an outstanding job, to his credit.
He was the first to every ball, blocked lanes, slowed the tempo when necessary, and ran his socks off. That wasn’t the kind of performance you’d expect from someone who wasn’t fully dedicated. That degree of professionalism is appreciated, whether he is vying for another contract at Arsenal or elsewhere.
4. UTILISATION OF SUBSTITUTES:
With EFL Cup matches outside of the semi-finals and finals heading straight to penalties, it’s advisable to wrap up these games as soon as possible to minimize any potential danger.
There is a plethora of exciting talent in the team who might be in line for a spot on the bench against Wimbledon; but, none of them is expected to start. For many, simply being a part of the group in front of the Emirates’ home supporters will be a life-changing experience.
However, if Arsenal leads by three goals after 60 minutes (hopefully), Arteta’s three replacements might all be utilized on youngsters.
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