Arsenal’s pathetic collapse at Manchester City 10 years after an 8-2 thump from United summed up the Gunners at their worst… the players either don’t understand or don’t want Mikel Arteta
- Arsenal were Saturday at the Etihad . beaten 5-0 by Manchester City
- The Gunners have yet to score a goal after three Premiership games this season
- Mikel Arteta is on the brink, there is a gap between him and the team
- It was a pathetic performance that summed up Arsenal over the past decade
A picture of disarray, Arsenal didn’t even know how to line up from Ederson’s goal kicks. Completely ignorant, actually. Mikel Arteta, or any manager for that matter, must not direct traffic from a dead ball on the other side of the field.
But here he was, on the sidelines he once poked around as Pep Guardiola’s wildly successful assistant manager, berating his players before Ederson resumed play.
Saed Kolasinac decided to stray from one side to midfield, ignoring the unattended Gabriel Jesus and letting Kieran Tierney cover when the fullback was ordered to press higher up the field.
Arsenal were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday in another miserable defeat
The champions left the 10-man visitors sloppy, so Arsenal still haven’t scored a goal this season
Watching that unfold provided a startling example of how bad Arsenal are and raised questions about what had happened in London Colney the days before.
It was no surprise that Manchester City’s third goal 10 minutes after that embarrassment came from their goalkeeper who simply went 40 yards into midfield.
Ferran Torres’ nearest marker was in nearby Gorton and City had the ball in the net seconds later, Jesus allowed two unopposed touches into the six-yard box to make sure.
By the time Rodri had led into fourth place just after half-time – again unchallenged, the afternoon’s theme – the traveling Arsenal supporter who hadn’t yet snatched was dancing through the aisles, making fun of their own situation.
This was pathetic, the kind of performance that would make even the most stoic boardroom giggle.
Mikel Arteta has talked about a project at Arsenal but his players don’t seem to understand him
The Gunnres’ play was lazy and pointless as the champions danced around a miserable Arsenal
Arteta has had Covid and injury issues at the start of this season, but there was a feeling this view wouldn’t have changed much, even with a full complement.
Three defeats out of three, no goals and a clear lack of hope. And that while spending more than any other Premier League team on the transfer market. Truly an achievement.
It’s either that Arteta can’t translate his ideas, that this collection of players doesn’t want to hear them, or they just can’t understand them. Norwich City and Burnley are next. Imagine they go bad.
They will smother a sixth consecutive defeat at the Etihad Stadium during the international break. The videos are best tossed in the trash. Nothing good can come from dissecting them.
Granit Xhaka was sent off on Saturday in the Swiss player’s last moment of madness
What can you learn from taking apart just one pass in the six minutes between the first and second goal? That can happen at City, but spoke to Arsenal’s consistent failure to respond – one they already knew.
There came Granit Xhaka’s mandatory red card, another for his bulging dereliction of duty catalog, the lazy leg of a clearance from Cedric Soares who contributed to the opener. Bernd Leno’s indecisive goalkeeping. The shaking of the head and the near silence of the lost management team in the dugout.
Bottle up everything you think you know about Arsenal at its worst, and here it was, a decade to the day since that 8-2 humiliation on the other side of Manchester.