Speaking on the Invisible Wall Podcast, Gilberto Silva has been critical of Mikel Arteta’s tactic of constantly crossing the ball into the box as he believes he’s not playing to the strengths of two Arsenal players.
Arteta has been an ardent defender of his crossing tactics at Arsenal, stating that mathematically, the Gunners are likely to score if they continue to put balls into the box, a view that fans don’t quite agree with.
It seems as though Silva also disagrees with this view.
“When you talk about the creativity at Arsenal that we haven’t seen. Because when you have how many crosses? 44 crosses? You know, it’s crazy, This is crazy. Considering you have Aubameyang and Lacazette,” Silva said about Arteta’s tactics at Arsenal.
“They scored a few times with their heads you know, they’re very well positioned, but that’s not their main strength. How can you put in 44 crosses with the bus parked at Tottenham’s defence? This has shown for me the lack of creativity.”
This isn’t the first time that Silva has spoken out against Arteta’s tactics, as he claimed last week that the Gunners’ tactics would only work if they had a striker like Olivier Giroud.
Unfortunately, he’s right. Aubameyang has only scored three headers in three seasons at Arsenal, and while Lacazette has a slightly better return, netting seven headers in three and a half seasons, you’d be hard-pressed to find any Arsenal fan who would describe him as an aerial threat.
The fact that Arteta’s Arsenal side have only scored 10 times in the league this season should be evidence enough that his tactics aren’t working, but for now, the onslaught of crosses seems set to continue.
We can only wish the Spaniard luck if he perseveres with this tactic against Burnley this weekend as that’s one team that are perfectly set up to defend balls into the box.