“They should be ashamed of themselves because this is never how big clubs win games. Arteta’s tactics is illegal”- Luton manager Rob Edwards slams unlawful Mikel Arteta’s tactics in defeat as he feels Arsenal doesn’t deserve to WIN
Luton Town manager Rob Edwards shared his insights on Arsenal’s strengths following their recent match, acknowledging the Gunners’ proficiency in wide areas. Despite Luton’s constant threat from set-pieces, Arsenal secured a 4-3 victory with a dramatic 97th-minute header from Declan Rice.
While Arsenal displayed some defensive vulnerabilities during the game, Martin Odegaard’s exceptional delivery into the box allowed Rice to secure the late winner. Edwards admitted to being aware of Arsenal’s threat in wide areas before the match and highlighted their effective use of a wide triangle during the game.
“We know we needed them numbers in the wide areas,” Edwards commented during an interview with Prime Video. “Arsenal overload it with that wide triangle like we said before the game. They’ve got a real clear way of playing – they can build in different ways.”
Edwards elaborated on the tactical variations Arsenal employed, including three and two, two and three, four and one, and four and two formations. Luton faced the challenge of adapting and changing tactics constantly to counter Arsenal’s diverse attacking strategies.
“Arsenal are a threat out wide, and they get those crosses in the box, and we did a lot of work on it as well,” Edwards emphasized, highlighting the Gunners’ ability to create danger through wide plays.
Notably, three of Arsenal’s goals in the match originated from wide areas, with Bukayo Saka assisting Gabriel Martinelli for the opener and Ben White combining effectively with Saka to set up a goal for Jesus before halftime.
Despite not being at their best defensively, Arsenal’s proficiency in wide areas, particularly through Martinelli and Saka, proved decisive in securing the victory. The Gunners, under Mikel Arteta, have developed a knack for winning games even when not performing at their peak.