Former Tottenham boss criticises Mikel Arteta

Funny how a former Tottenham Hotspur manager can feel they can have an opinion on how Arsenal are currently doing, right?

Tim Sherwood has decided to provide a comment on the work that Mikel Arteta has been doing in the hotseat at the Gunners so far and it seems he is far from impressed with their latest showing on the pitch.

Sure, the 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion result would not have been what would have been desired, however the Spaniard’s side has managed to show an incredible amount of growth in recent matches as they have been able to record a string of positive results.

In fact, it could be argued that the international break has come at the wrong time for the Emirates Stadium outfit as they have been on a run of four games unbeaten and have started to climb up the Premier League table; making them become an attractive option when using for all of their betting needs once again.

Funny how football is, though, as you simply can not please everyone.

According to Sherwood, Arsenal do not have a Plan B when they come up against opposition that manages to nullify them and their tactics, whilst also claiming to be lucky to have picked up the draw at the Amex Stadium – although this is something that can perhaps be agreed with.

‘Arsenal have no clue when to go long. They need to be more flexible in how they play,’ he told Premier League Productions (via The Metro).

‘They are hell-bent on playing out from the back – where as they [Brighton] mix it up. They know when to play through and they know when to go long.

‘It looked like that was after the Lord Mayor’s Show [for Arsenal]. That was the big game [Tottenham]. Now, we are back to the boring business and it looked boring.’

We say that the fact that Arsenal were perhaps fortunate to not have suffered a defeat in the game is a take that is difficult to argue against because Arteta simply did not argue against it, either.

‘I think it’s a point gained. I don’t think we deserved anything more than that,’ the Spaniard said after the conclusion of the game on Saturday evening.

‘We did deserve the points because we defended really well the last 15-20 metres of the pitch. But in the end we never felt in control of the game and we struggled to break their press and get a good sequence of passes and impose ourselves in the final third and they made it really tough for us.’