Three changes Mikel Arteta can make to solve Arsenal’s misfiring attack

For all of the plaudits Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has received in what must be remembered is his first managerial job, the Spaniard has one glaring weakness.

When Arteta arrived he set out to organise the defence which had been leaking too many goals and he accomplished this, improving the likes of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.

Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were always the team to watch with their brand of pace, skill and flair but that has long gone and the players available to Arteta lack the technical quality, freedom and confidence to break teams down.

Arteta looked miserable on the touchline as Aston Villa, led by Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins, scythed through Arsenal while his own players were slow, lethargic and out of ideas.

Starsport takes a look at Arteta's problems and proposes some ideas to fix Arsenal's issues.

Play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front

Drenched in the rain, Arsenal's captain was a forlorn figure as he struggled once again to make a meaningful impact.

There's no doubt Arteta's decision to play Aubameyang from the left has proven to work but with just nine goals in eight league, Arsenal need to get their best player in more goalscoring positions.

The 31-year-old is spending for too much time chasing back opposition attackers.

He needs to be in the box where he can be the match-winner that's demonstrated in the past.

Drop Willian to the bench

Even at this early stage in his Arsenal career, it appears Chelsea made the right call in not giving Willian a three-year contract.

Blues boss Frank Lampard may have wanted to keep the Brazilian but he is ill-suited to the pacey, free-flowing attacking unit being built at Stamford Bridge.

And in an already pedestrian team, Willian has offered little to Arsenal's attack.

Arteta has talked tough about no playing being guaranteed a place in his team but Willian has just two assists in 10 games this season.

Nicolas Pepe deserves a sustained period in the team to show whether he can be the answer to some of Arsenal's problems.

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Give Joe Willock a chance

Arsenal lack players who look to get in behind defences, that can anticipate where the ball will fall in the box and quite simply want to score goals.

In the Europa League, Willock has consistently shown those attributes and impressed but bizarrely can't get into the matchday squad.

Willock is the closest thing Arsenal have to Aaron Ramsey, who's goalscoring intent is greatly missed at Emirates.

After the international break, Arteta needs to let go of the handbrake and let some of the talent at his disposal flourish.

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