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OPINION: Three things Arteta must do if Arsenal are to qualify for Champions League

Arsenal have demonstrated amazing consistency since a difficult start to the 2021/2022 Premier League season, with defeats to Brentford, Chelsea, and Manchester City, and are currently fourth going into the new year.

Mikel Arteta's club will be trying to keep up their good form and finish in one of the important Champions League spots in May.

However, I feel Arteta needs accomplish three things in order for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League next season.

(1) The striker dilemma at Arsenal must be handled.

With Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring only six goals between them this season, a new striker should be considered.

As a result of his latest disciplinary infraction, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng was officially stripped of his club captaincy.

The Gabonese international has not played in any of Arsenal's recent games in all competitions, raising doubts about his future with the club.

While players like Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli have recently contributed key goals, they still lack a consistent front man.

(2) Work on your away form.

Arsenal's road performances have been dreadful this season, with only 13 points from ten games.

Arteta must find ways for Arsenal to gain greater control away from home if they are to qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. This has been lacking in many games away from the Emirates this season.

(3) Find someone to take Partey's place.

The Gunners have had stability in front of the back four thanks to Partey's connection with Granit Xhaka, but with Partey gone at the Africa Cup of Nations, Arteta will need to find a long-term midfield answer.

The only question is who will partner Xhaka in the double pivot for the Spaniard. Xhaka is a key figure for the Spaniard and usually starts every game if available.

It's vital that the team's engine room is balanced, whether it's Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland Niles, or even Martin Odegaard, in order to achieve great results.

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