‘It’s a disarray, hard to find positives’: Joe Cole SLAMS Arsenal’s appalling display in Man City as angry supporters turn on Mikel Arteta, as Piers Morgan calls for him to be fired
- Arsenal went 3-0 behind at halftime and with 10 men on the field at Man City
- Granit Xhaka was sent off for a wild challenge on fullback Joao Cancelo
- Mikel Arteta’s days seem numbered, with Arsenal not even scoring this season
- Joe Cole was stunned by the performance in a 5-0 loss, with fans furious online
Arsenal’s implosion continues to baffle and frustrate, with Joe Cole firing at the Gunners after their collapse at Manchester City, while fans crowding around Mikel Arteta.
The fallen London giants went 3-0 behind the Etihad with disastrous defenses and mindless mistakes that characterized their play. Granit Xhaka’s elimination in the 35th minute for a wild challenge to Joao Cancelo was simply self-punishment, before Pep Guardiola’s men scored a further two goals.
Three games into the Premier League season have still not scored the Gunners, instead seeing nine fly past Bernd Leno in their worst start to a Premier League season in 118 years.
Arsenal were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday as their crisis worsened
Granit Xhaka (right) was sent off in the 35th minute for a mindless challenge on Joao Cancelo
“It’s hard to find positives for Arsenal because sometimes it’s disorderly,” ex-Chelsea star Cole said of BT Sport.
“You have to stay on your feet, stay focused and don’t rush anything. In modern football, you can’t leave the floor.
Granit Xhaka has done it many times before – he just signed a new contract, he is a senior player on the pitch. At a time when you need someone to keep your cool, he’s gone through him and it’s a rejection.’
Jolean Lescott added: ‘It’s an erratic tackle. It goes out for a throw in the last third, that tackle is not necessary.’
Xhaka went in with two feet and left Arsenal on Saturday afternoon with a huge uphill task
Joe Cole (left) said Arsenal are in disarray as defeat puts Mikel Arteta under real pressure
Arteta has spoken about his ‘project’ at Arsenal since joining Arsenal, but it is becoming painfully clear that the former Gunners midfielder is struggling to find the answer to this deepening crisis.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown, who watched the game from the commentary field, was incredulous after the final whistle.
‘I feel numb. I wouldn’t say embarrassed, but it’s starting to get a little embarrassing,” he told BT Sport. “The match against Norwich (after the international break) is now taking on a very different shape, it’s a huge game.
“You could look at the two downsides, and the way Arsenal are performing, and tactically, the way we’re positioning is very naive. Today was exactly the same. I don’t think it was really a competition today. Sending Xhaka away doesn’t help and you don’t expect that from your oldest player either.
“Even before that, the goals we conceded were comical. It feels like the manager plays a big part in this. It’s too complicated, it’s too hard for the players to understand. It’s a very sad day for Arsenal football club.’
Gunners fans can’t believe where they fell from the heights under Arsene Wenger
Any continued support for the manager is also dwindling in the fanbase, with Piers Morgan among those fed up and calling for Arteta’s resignation.
He tweeted: ‘Xhaka is brain dead. What a stupid reckless tackle.
“Arteta even congratulated Xhaka for being so stupidly sent away while we were already being beaten. He should be fired for that alone. This sums up Arteta’s leadership perfectly – weak weak weak.’
“Jokes aside, I really think we will be relegated this season if we don’t fire Arteta soon,” another fan added on Twitter.