Arsenal suffered their second defeat in the Premier League this season as they were beaten 1-0 by a surprising win from Everton in Saturday’s game, which was the first match under the management of Sean Dyche.
Despite not losing since September, when Manchester United defeated 3-2, Arsenal could not match Everton’s effort and determination at Goodison Park, resulting in their fourth defeat in their last five games against Everton. James Tarkowski’s header proved to be the difference in the match.
Betting fans have a lot of confidence in Arsenal, but they think the team needs to do something about its defense. There are many that have been utilising the match bet option after learning about it with online bookmakers that offer the market.
In a recent interview, Gary Neville expressed concern about Arsenal’s defending during set-pieces. He made this statement after observing their loss against Everton. The Gunners suffered their first defeat in the Premier League since October at Goodison Park, where Everton put on a remarkable performance under the newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. James Tarkowski’s header proved to be the difference for the Toffees, who threatened Arsenal all afternoon with their dangerous dead-ball situations.
Speaking on The Overlap, Neville has now emphasised that Arsenal’s struggles in defending set-pieces from their loss on Saturday could leave them vulnerable to exploitation by other teams. He believes that opponents may attempt to target Arsenal in this area.
Gary Neville expressed concern about Arsenal’s handling of set-pieces and crossed into the box. He stated how they dealt with it worried him, especially when playing away from home, as it could become a weakness that other clubs and coaches might exploit. Neville mentioned the game at Goodison Park, where Arsenal was under pressure from crosses and set-pieces, leading to chances from headers and the goal from Tarkowski. He advised Arsenal to address this issue before their next away game to avoid conceding from crosses and set-pieces.
Aside from their loss to Everton on Saturday, Arsenal has yet to experience difficulty defending set-pieces during the current season. They have the second-best defensive record in the league, and the loss to Everton can be considered a singular occurrence. The Gunners have the opportunity to recover when they face Brentford this weekend, who are also known for their success in set-piece situations. Seeking to prevent a third consecutive defeat in all competitions, Arsenal will play a London derby against Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Brentford, who have extended their unbeaten run in the league to nine games with their victory over Southampton, have a solid defence that has only conceded one goal in their last five Premier League matches, keeping clean sheets in the previous three. According to Neville, defending against Brentford’s set pieces will be a significant challenge for Arsenal, and they will need to improve in this aspect.