2. Arteta: there are no guaranteed starters
No one is guaranteed to be in Arteta’s starting XI: “When we had different goalkeepers there were questions as well. To have two excellent goalkeepers is great – there’s nothing wrong with it. We have two great left-wingers and two great strikers and two great holding midfielders. We have Jorginho, Thomas and Declan and that is not a problem, and it should not be a problem,” the boss said ahead of Monday’s game.
On one hand, I like that he is sending a message to his side and hopefully the breeding of competition makes them better.
On the other hand, I like it when there is a consistent starting XI especially when it comes to the players. Having a familiar sense of what to expect from each other in terms of positioning, passes, and overall feel for the game is vital. But those things can be worked out on the training ground.
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