Arsenal suffered their 12th loss of the current Premier League season, this time going down 3-0 to Liverpool at home. And this defeat means Mikel Arteta is almost certain his side will not be able to able to finish in the top-four.
All the Arsenal players on the pitch failed to deliver on Saturday but according to pundit Jamie Redknapp, it’s Mikel Arteta who’s at the root of all the problems.
The pundit has claimed that the Gunners boss has turned Arsenal into a boring side who are more worried about the eventual outcome rather than playing good and positive football on the pitch.
Redknapp said on Sky Sports, as quoted by Football London: “Arsenal have always been an attacking side that have been a joy to watch throughout the Premier League, the Bergkamps and Van Persies, the strikers you couldn’t wait to watch, but right now, Arsenal fans are probably watching that game behind their sofa.
“They don’t want to hear about their team defending better, they’d rather lose the game 4-3 than play in that manner with the defending slightly better, if you like. This is Arsenal we’re talking about.
“I thought they were so poor today in every respect. The manager sets the team up, Aubameyang was playing as a left-back for most of the game, you want to see him up the pitch, being the talisman and leading them.
“Before Tierney went off, we saw a graphic of their average position on the pitch. He was deeper than Tierney – that can’t be the case. As a manager, you have to be more attacking.
Mikel Arteta has now lost 17 matches as Arsenal manager after 50 games.
Unai Emeri lost 13 matches after 50 games. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/HOIFNwQ8nX
— Goal (@goal) April 3, 2021
“Having worked with Pep, I think he’s got money in the bank because he won the cup. That helped him, but their performances since they’ve won the cup aren’t good enough.”
Arsenal have been really inconsistent this whole season and this lacklustre attitude might eventually cost them a European spot next campaign.
Mikel Arteta has been given ample amounts of time and money to sort things out but the manager, even after one year, does not know what his best starting line-up is supposed to be.
At the beginning of last year, Gabriel Martinelli was playing week in week out for the first team but now all of a sudden, the youngster cannot seem to break into the starting line-up. There are a few other similar examples around the pitch and if Arteta cannot settle down on a favourite line-up quickly enough then his side might not even qualify for the Europa League next season.
In all honestly, Mikel Arteta does not have a world-class squad at his disposal right now but even the players he’s brought in have not particularly outshone everyone else.