While the lock down means no proper training, this is a great time for players to introspect and identify areas to improve - which can add more value to their overall game. 'Homework' as Arteta likes to call it.


Here's my thoughts on the 1 most important area specific to each player they can look to work on:


1. Bernd Leno:  

When it comes to set piece defending, Leno is better than what he was last season. However, he still has the tendency to get beaten by the flight of the ball.


2. Emiliano Martinez:

His distribution is off a lot of the time - In the modern game, goalkeepers need to be equally good with their feet as they are with their hands.


3. Hector Bellerin:

His ground balls are very good, which saw him amass 5 assists at the start of the 2018/19 season, but an area for Hector to work on is the accuracy of his aerial crosses. 


4. Ainsley Maitland Niles:

Sometimes, he can be way too casual on the pitch. This seems to have translated to his work ethic in training, with Arteta insisting that he needs to work harder to get his place back in the squad.


5. Shkodran Mustafi:

Staying on his feet. A lot of the time, especially in 1 v 1 situations, Mustafi tends to get sucked in to the ball and falls over way too easily. While he's showing some improvement, he needs to sustain this for a longer duration.


6. Rob Holding:

His best spell was in 2018 when he played as a left center back. However, Arteta has used him on the right hand side and he looks a bit uncomfortable playing there - Not defensively but in terms of his passing which has been off, so he needs to adapt.


7. Calum Chambers:

Showed great calmness and never really put a foot wrong at center back, but a small detail he could look to work on is his first touch when he receives the ball from the keeper. 


8. Pablo Mari:

We haven't seen much of him, he looks a good defender, but seems to be on the slower side. The pace of the league seemed to overwhelm him. He needs to figure out how to position himself accordingly to adapt to the intensity of the league.


9. Sokratis:

Isn't convincing on the ball at all, a key reason Arteta has preferred Mustafi. Our style of play entails the center back to be more progressive with his passing.


10. David Luiz:

Has that reckless moment in him where can do something really silly. However, he is willing to learn and he's been heavily praising Arteta to English and Brazil media, stating that he is learning new things everyday despite being so experienced in the game. 


11. Sead Kolasinac:

His passing can be off at times. This is largely due to his awkward body shape whilst receiving the ball. Leads to cheap possession giveaways in dangerous areas.


12. Bukayo Saka:

If Saka is going to continue being played as a left back, an area for him to work on is 1v1 defending when he's more isolated. He's had Xhaka who covers very well for him, but next season, Arteta may want the left central midfielder to be more attacking.


13. Kieran Tierney:

Looked faultless from the few games he played, but needs to try and ensure he can stay fit in the future as he will be a really important player for Arsenal.


14. Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos:

Positional awareness is the biggest issue for both. They get drawn to the ball way too easily and can be over eager in wanting to win it back. Leaving their positions in midfield can leave us open.


15. Lucas Torreira:

Needs to be more progressive with his passing. He certainly has the skill set, but his mindset is always to play the safe pass. You seldom see him playing diagonals or incisive passes to open up teams, which is why he's lost his place to Ceballos.


16. Granit Xhaka: 

On certain occasions, he gives the ball away cheaply in dangerous areas in our final third during the buildup which he needs to cut out.


17. Mesut Ozil:

Teams don't play conventional 10's right now - It is an outdated position in the modern game considering how physical the game has become. He needs to try and adapt to be a midfielder in a 4-3-3 for which he needs to do a lot more work off the ball. 


18. Joe Willock:

His decision making can let him down. He does very well to win the ball high up the pitch and gets into great positions, but has the tendency to pick the wrong option.


19. Gabriel Martinelli:

His passing can be off at times from wider areas in the build-up phase. Needs a little more refinement in this area.


20. Reiss Nelson:

Physicality. Nelson has superb natural talent and is one of Hale End's best products. However, he needs to bulk up more to cope with the physicality of the league. This also opens up more options for him - Could potentially be a #10.


21. Nicolas Pepe:

Pepe can use his skill set to be more unpredictable and cause more damage. Arteta says he makes Pepe defend as the full back, to try and understand better when is the right moment to pull out a particular piece of skill.


22. Eddie Nketiah:

While he is a very good player inside the box, Arteta has entrusted him to drop deeper and link up the play. This is something he can look to improve on - His first touch, his gait whilst receiving the ball and how to utilize it best. 


23. Alexandre Lacazette:

Lacazette needs to be more clinical in front of goal. He needs to put the 'easy chances' to bed. Last season, most of his goals were top, top quality. He needs to put away the easy ones more often. 


24. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:

Dribbling. Aubameyang is being utilized on the left and while he grabs goals for fun and puts in a great shift, I feel he can do more in terms of ball carrying in certain situations, especially considering he is also blessed with pace.


Thank you for your patient reading and stay safe!