Mikel Arteta joked about Arsenal defence while Manchester City coach and highlighted huge weakness

first_imgAmazon’s All or Nothing series revealed how Arteta plotted Arsenal’s undoing (Picture: Amazon Prime)Mikel Arteta joked with Manchester City’s backroom team about the state of Arsenal’s defence and pinpointed their full-backs as a key weakness they could exploit.The Spanish coach is expected to be unveiled as Arsenal’s new head coach imminently, having said his goodbyes to City’s players and staff on Thursday morning and travelled down to London.City enjoyed an excellent record against Arsenal during Arteta’s three-and-half years as a coach there, winning their last six straight games in all competitions. Arteta appeared to relish the prospect of getting one over his old club (Picture: Amazon Prime)After a brief interview to camera with Arteta – who said he knew how then boss Arsene Wenger ‘thinks, how he prepares stuff’ – the documentary then cut to the tactics room where Guardiola relayed Arteta’s gameplan.The Spaniard had identified Arsenal’s full-backs – and the space behind them – as their Achilles heel and exploited that both in the Carabao Cup final and Unai Emery’s first match in charge last summer. Advertisement …and Bernardo is on hand to grab City’s second goal (Picture: Man City/YouTube)The worrying part for Arsenal – and now Arteta – is that the Gunners’ full-backs for the final were Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac, who are the same pairing that the new head coach will likely need to use when he takes over.Ainsley Maitland-Niles was picked instead of Kolasinac for Emery’s first game last season, while he was also in the team, this time at right-back, for City’s thumping win at the weekend, giving Arteta some early issues he will know all about – but now he has to fix them, not exploit them!AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do listMORE: What Arsenal can expect from their new manager Mikel ArtetaMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Guardiola tasked Arteta with analysing Arsenal’s team (Picture: Amazon Prime)When the full-time whistle went and Arsenal progressed, Guardiola turned to Arteta and said: ‘From now on, you’re going to be studying Arsenal. I want you to write me a report on their attack and defence.’Another coach then added cheekily, ‘And their state of mind!’ as the table laughed and joked before Guardiola continued: ‘Tell Rodo [Rodolfo Borrell] about the defence.’ Man City once again ran riot against Arsenal in last weekend’s league meeting (Getty)Arteta played an integral role in those victories, with last year’s Amazon Prime series All or Nothing: Manchester City revealing that the 37-year-old was tasked specifically with writing a report on how to beat the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAhead of 2018’s Carabao Cup final, where City thumped the Gunners 3-0, Pep Guardiola took his staff and their families out for a meal to celebrate booking their place at Wembley and watched Arsenal’s semi-final second-leg clash with Chelsea. …where a midfielder is waiting to take a shot (Picture: Amazon Prime)The instructions are played over a clip illustrating that exact tactic in training, with Leroy Sane played in down the flank, hitting the byline and pulling the ball back to the onrushing midfielder to finish.Although that scenario did not play out in the final, they produced a carbon copy at the Emirates in Emery’s first match as Benjamin Mendy steamed forward and pulled the ball back for Bernardo Silva to rifle home. Guardiola explains the gameplan he and Arteta have devised (Picture: Amazon Prime)‘Dani [Danilo] and Alex [Zinchenko] has to attack that guy [points to full-back] like a winger, for the other side to move outside,’ Guardiola told the City players as he explained Arteta’s gameplan.‘Always the same concept, the third man sends the ball wide… into the net. We find here [in the hole], the third man sends the ball in the right moment.’center_img Sane is played in, races forward and pulls the ball back… (Picture: Amazon Prime) Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 8:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Comment Looks familiar? Mendy bursts forward and pulls the ball back… (Picture: Man City/YouTube) Mikel Arteta joked about Arsenal defence while Manchester City coach and highlighted huge weaknesslast_img

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