Eight More Games to Save Arteta
Not just the owner this time around, Mikel Arteta’s time at Arsenal might be winding up.
The signs are ominous as the stand became half empty at the closing stages of the English Premier League match at an almost full capacity Emirates Stadium.
The full crowd, after the Covid-19 lockdown, did not bargain for a tame surrender to an all-firing Chelsea squad. Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League last season, but did not relent and have strengthened.
A vastly improved Romelu Lukaku has joined from Inter Milan in a record deal.
Arsenal lost their second consecutive EPL match, conceding four goals without scoring.
The squad has been hit by Covid and injuries in the opening two weeks.
“I don’t think the club in their history have faced something like this,” boss Arteta told BBC Sport.
“We have to face the challenge. The league or table is not decided in August. The worst thing you can do is throw in the towel. We certainly are not going to do that.”
Romelu Lukaku – on his first appearance since joining Chelsea for £97.5m – and Reece James scored the goals and the Blues could have added more.
Arsenal are in the relegation zone at the end of a day – excluding on the opening day of a season – for the first time since August 1992.
Arteta added: “You have to understand the situation we have. We are missing nine players, and it is difficult. It is not just nine players – they are some big, big players.”
Full EPL Results
Southampton 1 Man Utd 1
Wolves 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Liverpool 2 Burnley 0
Manchester City 5 Norwich 0
Crystal Palace 0 Brentford 0
Leeds 2 Everton 2
Brighton 2 Watford 0