It should be noted that if the team is having trouble playing out from the back, more technically proficient players can drop deep to assist.
Martin Odegaard appears to be the ideal choice in this regard.
The Norwegian is one of Arsenal’s greatest players in tight spaces, and he shined against Burnley by dropping into the left half-spaces to receive the ball deep.
However, he, like Partey, was unable to match Turf Moor’s performance.
The 22-year-troubles old’s became more obvious as he was spotted hopping around in disgust when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t press in the area he desired.
Later in the game, as Arsenal went deeper into one of Brighton’s many spells of domination, he could be heard demanding “get up” to Bukayo Saka.
Odegaard has been excellent since his arrival and brings a lot to this Arsenal club, but if he is to reach his full potential, he must be able to control play on days when the team struggles to keep possession of the ball.
It was no surprise to see Nicolas Pepe’s number lit up in red LEDs on the fourth official’s board when he became the first substitution to enter the field.
In many respects, Odegaard’s performance was a cautionary tale for the entire Arsenal squad following last week’s victory over Spurs.
After a strong run of results, Saturday’s 0-0 tie served as a timely reminder that Arsenal are still far from finished with Mikel Arteta’s project.