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Redknapp names players who saved Arteta’s job
Redknapp believes that were it not for Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney, Arteta could have faced losing his job due to the disastrous nature of Arsenal’s season and their style of play.
“Whatever way you dress it up, it’s not good enough,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily the greatest squad in the league but they should be doing a lot better.”
The former England international went onto add: “The young players, I genuinely believe, have kept him in this job to a certain extent. They’ve been the shining light for the team.”
Arsenal writer Kaya Kaynak rated the Gunners players after the victory over Chelsea. Here’s a taster.
Kieran Tierney: Got forward with regularity we’re more accustomed to when he was fully fit and was Arsenal’s main outlet on the counter. Often was let down by balls to him but put in some decent delivery when he did manage to get forward. 7.
Thomas Partey: His first half display set the tone for how Arsenal looked to defend. Recovered the ball frequently and was positionally very good. Seemed to thrive with the Simeone-esque tactics Arteta employed on the night. 7.
Martin Odegaard: Struggled to really influence the game much. Arsenal’s counter attacking style on the night was not really suited to his slightly less mobile style of play. 6.
Emile Smith Rowe: The scuffed finish for his second goal in as many games was emblematic of Arsenal’s performance on the night. Had a few moments where his dribbling ability came to the fore as the Gunners looked to counter showing maturity beyond his years. 7.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Could hardly influence the game as he was forced to spend most of the game inside his own half. His quick thinking to play Smith Rowe in for the goal was critical on the night though. 6.
Aubameyang and Tuchel share a moment
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel were facing off against each other last night but they were once on the same side during their spell with Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Ahead of the match, the two put aside their current rivalry to greet one another and share a hug before going into battle against each other.
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Under Tuchel Aubameyang played some of the best football of his career and it is obvious that his former manager still means a great deal to the Gabonese international and the feelings are reciprocal.
Aubameyang clearly did not let sentimentality get in the way of his performance though as he laid on an assist for Emile Smith Rowe and led his Arsenal side to victory over their London rivals.