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Mikel Arteta’s next two missions at Arsenal revealed after second Aaron Ramsdale announcement

If Mikel Arteta wasn’t already aware of Arsenal’s biggest flaw, he’s certainly been handed a timely reminder and discovered another.

For the second month in a row, it’s been announced that Aaron Ramsdale is the club’s Player of the Month after topping an online poll and winning with more than 42% of the votes cast.

The £24million summer signing from Sheffield United was ever-present for the Gunners during the month of November and kept two clean sheets against Watford and Newcastle United.

Even in Arsenal’s one defeat last month – the 4-0 reverse against Liverpool – Ramsdale still emerged from the game at Anfield with some credit as the scoreline could have been a lot worse if not for some fine saves.

Whilst the England international is going some way to justify his price-tag, the fact a goalkeeper is Arsenal’s Player of the Month once again is a concern for many supporters.

In fact, when you consider Takehiro Tomiyasu – a defender – picked up the award for September, it’s clear that the Gunners’ attacking players aren’t thriving.

Alexandre Lacazette was the last Arsenal forward to win this award in April 2021 and before that it was Bukayo Saka who was named Player of the Month from December 2020 to February 2021.

Worryingly, of the last 11 Arsenal Player of the Month award, six have been one by either a defender or Ramsdale.

Judging by the response on social media, whilst the majority are delighted that Ramsdale’s form has been recognised, the general consensus is that one of Arteta’s next missions is to improve Arsenal’s attack so that they don’t become too reliant on their goalkeeper.

The other is to improve Arsenal’s defence to ensure Ramsdale isn’t called upon so often.

@EddieLongbridge said: “Congratulations but it’s not a good sign he’s got it again.”

@DailyCannon asked: “How about we try and get an attacker as player of the month for the next one, mix it up a bit?”

@AFC_Yusuf said: “Says a whole lot out goalkeeper keeps winning it.”

The wish for an improved defence may not come in December as the Gunners have already started the month by conceding five goals in two games and they had VAR to thank for a further two against Everton.

With that said, fixing the issues at the other end could take a while as creating big chances and scoring goals has been Arsenal’s main weakness ever since Arteta was appointed in December 2019.

As per Sky Sports, the Gunners’ struggles offensively have been highlighted once again as they rank 12th for goals scored (18) across the entire Premier League and 19th for big chances created (13).

Even with those less than impressive statistics and Ramsdale being called upon to work mini-miracles in between the sticks, Arsenal still find themselves in a decent position to ensure they are back in Europe next season.

As per Sky Sports, the Gunners’ struggles offensively have been highlighted once again as they rank 12th for goals scored (18) across the entire Premier League and 19th for big chances created (13).

Even with those less than impressive statistics and Ramsdale being called upon to work mini-miracles in between the sticks, Arsenal still find themselves in a decent position to ensure they are back in Europe next season.

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