December 4, 2022

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MARTIN KEOWN: A clean sheet seems unlikely…so Mikel Arteta’s men must go on the attack!

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Last week’s first leg was possibly the worst performance of Arsenal‘s season. Thursday’s second leg needs to be their best.

It’s important they use a No 9. Mikel Arteta‘s experiment with a false nine didn’t work. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was put in front of the press on Wednesday, so you expect he will start up top.

Regardless of what his critics might think, he is still one of the best strikers in Europe. Aubameyang scored the goals that won Arsenal the FA Cup last season — with braces against Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi final and final respectively.

Last week's first leg at Villarreal was possibly the worst performance of Arsenal's season

Last week's first leg at Villarreal was possibly the worst performance of Arsenal's season

Last week’s first leg at Villarreal was possibly the worst performance of Arsenal’s season 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was put in front of the press, so you expect he will start up top

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was put in front of the press, so you expect he will start up top

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was put in front of the press, so you expect he will start up top

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To have a marksman like him at the top of the team is important. It gives the group confidence and goals are what Arsenal need on Thursday.

The chant used to go: ‘One-nil to the Arsenal.’ That scoreline would do for Arteta on Thursday but I’m not sure this team possesses the ability to achieve it.

They recently went 14 games without a clean sheet. Arsenal could do with coming out on Thursday, pressing high, going after Villarreal and scoring two or three goals to get themselves through.

This is a huge clash because Arsenal are at a crossroads — ninth in the Premier League but so close to the Champions League if they can play this right.

Arsenal will need to go on the attack and score two or three goals to get themselves through

Arsenal will need to go on the attack and score two or three goals to get themselves through

Arsenal will need to go on the attack and score two or three goals to get themselves through

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