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Arsenal legend Tony Adams demands Mikel Arteta to ‘stop rotating’ his team


Mikel Arteta has switched teams and systems multiple times this season (Picture: Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta must stop rotating his team and stick with his back four.

That’s the view of Arsenal legend Tony Adams, who also claims the Gunners lack leaders in their side.

Adams is working as a pundit for Sky Sports during today’s north London derby and ahead of Arteta’s team selection being made public he called on the Spaniard to pick a side and stick with it going forward.

‘I want Arteta to stay with this group, to stop rotating there’s been so many changes and so many changes of system,’ the former defender said.

‘Stick with this back four now and goalkeeper and go with it, run with it.’

Arteta made as many as 10 changes to the side that started the 3-0 Carabao Cup third-round win over AFC Wimbledon in midweek with Thomas Partey the only survivor.

Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes were among those recalled to the side with Arteta now seemingly making Bernd Leno his No.2.

Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring Arsenal’s opener against Spurs (Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Despite the return of several senior players to the side including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka, Adams feels the team are too over reliant on the younger players.

In fact, the average age of Arsenal’s starting XI for today’s derby is 24 years, 261 days – their youngest for a home league game against Spurs since March 1988 (23y 268d).

Adams added: ‘My issue is the kids are our best players at this moment, [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith-Rowe they’re not supposed to lead.

‘We need some good experienced players and players that stay fit. [Thomas] Partey’s come into the team, he’s been inured a long time now, we need some leaders in the team. Hopefully some growth.’

Adams was proved to be correct as Saka and Smith-Rowe combined to give Arsenal an early lead at the Emirates Stadium with the latter bagging his first north London derby goal.

Smith-Rowe then assisted Aubameyang moments later as Saka netted a third before half-time to blow Spurs away.


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