Mikel Arteta Out of Ideas as Arsenal Well Beaten by Tottenham

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted he didn’t know what to do as the Gunners were well beaten by North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs’ sparkling duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son exchanged goals and assists with each other, as Jose Mourinho’s side scored two fine counter-attacking goals in the first half in the 2-0 win.

Arsenal controlled possession but created no clear chances throughout the game, as Tottenham controlled the game without the ball in a vintage Mourinho performance.

Following the defeat, Arteta revealed in his post-game interview that he doesn’t know what else to do, with the Gunners making it five games from seven without a goal in the Premier League and four defeats in a row.

The defeat leaves Arsenal in 15th place following 11 games this season, having been beaten six times already in the Premier League. Only the bottom three teams have scored less goals than Arteta’s side and despite moving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into a central striking role, the captain is yet to add to his sole open-play goal for the season.

Former Arsenal Women captain Alex Scott was a pundit for Sky Sports during the game and her post-match thoughts really summed up the lack of a plan for Arsenal, with many fans seemingly having had enough of their former captain as manager of the club. Scott said:

I’m still trying to figure out what is Arsenal’s way of playing and style going forward, because when you put up those match stats that, yes we dominated possession but what were we actually doing with it? Were we opening up a Spurs team? No, we were putting crosses into the box but then when you look at the players that Arsenal have, that’s not your styles of players.

When you look at Aubameyang, how many goals has he scored from his head across the 74 goals he’s scored for Arsenal? Three! He’s not your sort of player who’s going to leap over players and try to get on the end of things. So then it basically becomes hopeless balls into the box and you’re just hoping you’re going to get a knockdown.”

Arsenal have six Premier League fixtures left this year including games against Everton, Southampton, Manchester City and Chelsea. In their current form, Arteta’s admission that he’s not sure of what to do in this current spell is surely only likely to spark more bad results and fury from the fans.

Unless there’s a swift upturn in fortunes at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta may not be at the club to see in the new year.

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