Double defeat shows Arsenal still have a long journey ahead (is Arteta the right man to take us there?)

I wrote a few days ago about how games away to Manchester United and Everton will really show where Arsenal are this season.

Double victories would have had us as top 4 contenders and probably favourites to take that 4th place. A draw and a win would have led to a similar mind set.

The worst case scenario would be a double defeat.

Losing both games would show that we are not really top 4 contenders.

Prior to the double header, we were a team that were beating those teams in a relegation battle, losing to those in the top 3 and mixed results against those looking to finish top half of the table (victories against Leicester City and Tottenham offset with draws to Brighton and Crystal Palace).

We ended up with the worst case scenario – losing both games.

The double defeat leaves us in 7th, 4 points off West Ham in 4th and – perhaps more concerning – 2 points below Tottenham who have a game in hand. We are also back below Manchester United.

Since getting rid of Ole, Manchester United have won 2 and drawn 1 of their 3 Premier League games. A little run that included facing Arsenal and Chelsea.

Tottenham are also unbeaten in the 4 Premier League games since Antonio Conte took over – 3 wins and a draw.

Tottenham and Manchester United twisted, Arsenal stuck.

The turn around in form of the two sides that sacked their managers will heap further pressure from the fans onto Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.

If we finish below Tottenham and Manchester United – having been above both when they sacked their managers – the placings can be directly linked to the managers.

It will be impossibile to justify keeping Arteta when others have shown the improvement after sacking the manager.

Arteta will not be sacked tomorrow. He will get the rest of the season. One issue Arsenal face is potential replacements have been snapped up by others.

It is not yet time to hit the panic button. But if we end up below Tottenham and Manchester United then that should be it for Arteta.

Up next we have home games agaisnt Southampton and West Ham. 6 points from 6 are non-negoatiable. Failure will see the atmosphere at the Emirates quickly change.

I am usually a positive fella. But with the drab football, poor performances and poor results, it is hard to be positive right now.

Keenos

4 thoughts on “Double defeat shows Arsenal still have a long journey ahead (is Arteta the right man to take us there?)

  1. make'z

    Hi

    Arteta out is my personal call as his tactics sometimes doesn’t warrant his stay,he was Pep assistant but did he really learn from the master cause Pep will never defend a 1 nil lead,it wasn’t the first time Arteta made the same mistake,the best way to defend is to attack with this team lack,his team selection and subs have to be questioned as well.We need a new mananger that can take us to top 4 and Arteta isn’t the man.

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  2. CorporateMan

    Arteta doesn’t have what it takes to run Arsenal, period. Why the decision makers at the club decided to entrust a global brand that is Arsenal football club to a rookie manager still leaves me wondering.
    Arteta has a team that is dominated by his own signings, yet two years down the road and it’s been one step forward, two back.
    He simply doesn’t have what it takes.
    I’m dying to be proven wrong, but I know I won’t be.

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  3. Oba

    I know the owner or board will not sack Arteta now they will give him till summer and look at where we finish unless if result is so bad between now till February ending. Arsenal needs to sign super quality players over quantity ” cheap players “. They need to go all out to get Sterling in January, Kalvin Philip from Leeds utd to replace partey or compete with him, get a very holding midfielder that is better than Xhaka and co someone that has the ability to attack, someone like Bernardo Silver, those three super quality players needed in January… A super quality striker can wait till summer, also has manager let him bring out the best from Nicholas Pepe.

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  4. Chris Okobah

    Arteta is not an experienced coach, his technical and technical knowledge of the game is always visible in big games, another major problem with Arteta is his managerial acumen, he lacks man management ability. He must be replaced if Arsenal needs to improve.

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