Here's the excellent Alex Walsh with Four Talking Points after Arsenal lost to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Point One: Partey Switch
Mikel Arteta opted for a tactical switch going into this game. Thomas Partey played in a similar role to what we have seen John Stones do at Man City. The Gunners defensive lineup resembled the way Pep Guardiola has set up his team this season, often employing four central defenders and moving Stones into midfield.
Whether we will see this approach in the next season remains uncertain. However, if Declan Rice joins the team, it could be a way to accommodate both Partey and Rice in the starting lineup. Additionally, it would allow Ben White to move back to his preferred position as a central defender.
Point Two: Arteta has lost faith in ESR
How perplexing is it to see Emile Smith Rowe being left on the bench, yet again? The young player from Hale End has experienced very limited playing time this season, and the game against Forest was no different.
With Arsenal trailing 1-0, Arteta made several substitutions to try and change the game, but Smith Rowe was not among them. Fabio Vieira, Nketiah, and Tierney all came on, yet no sign of faith was shown to Smith Rowe by Arteta.
Point Three: We Need A Strong Presence Up Front
The match highlighted Arsenal's need for a focal point in attack. When The Gunners have played their best football this season, it has been dynamic and free-flowing, with Gabi Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus interchanging positions.
However, as was the case against Forest, there are times when this approach doesn't work, and a physical striker is required to provide a different dimension. Bringing in Eddie Nketiah doesn't change much, as he has a similar profile to Jesus. A player like Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus, would likely be on Arsenal's list of summer targets, as he possesses the physicality and presence in the box that they desire.
Point Four: Our Supporters Are Superb
Once again the loyal travelling away support turned out in their thousands to cheer on our team - as they have done all season. Such outstanding support throughout such a long and at times arduous campaign deserves to be acknowleged