Arteta apologises to Arsenal fans after defeat at Brentford
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly been given five games to save his job after his side’s dismal start to the new season. The Gunners were downed 2-0 on the opening day away to Brentford and lost by the same scoreline against Chelsea at the weekend.
Arteta has spent over £100million on new recruits this summer but his squad does not look capable of challenging those at the top.
The Telegraph claim that the Arsenal board are willing to give Arteta until October’s international break to keep his job.
If the recent slump continues then the Gunners will apparently turn to former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan at the end of last season.
Conte guided the San Siro club to the Serie A title before walking away because of the huge financial problems they faced, which saw Romelu Lukaku sold for almost £100m.
Arsenal take on Manchester City before the first international break in September.
They then take on Norwich, Burnley, Tottenham and Brighton before the domestic fixtures take another break.
It will be then that the Arsenal board will apparently decide whether to continue with the current project.
The Telegraph add that Arteta must show ‘significant improvement’ in order to remain at the helm.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher called Arteta “naive” for his failed plan against Chelsea
“There was a lot of criticism for the manager, when you have a set of bad results and people say he hasn’t got a clue, what was the plan,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Mikel Arteta had a plan, we studied it this morning, it hasn’t worked, maybe it was a touch of naivety, but when you play against Chelsea, there’s a lot of talk about Lukaku but that’s not the only problem, it’s how you deal with their system. A centre-forward and two number 10’s, with wing-backs who play as wingers.
“Holding’s job was to look after Kai Havertz, Mari was in the middle with Lukaku and Mason Mount was deeper with Granit Xhaka. They almost went man to man, maybe a touch naive.
“You see them sticking with those men and, when the ball goes wide, Kieran Tierney’s job is to get out to the full-back, Reece James, and Xhaka’s job is to get into a left-sided centre-back position, almost a back three.
“There was a lot of talk that they should have played a back three, maybe they would have if Ben White was fit. A lot of the times, it was a back three, you see the initial idea of how they wanted to play.
“The two goals, they went away from the system we’ve been talking about slightly and they’ve got caught out.
“It’s almost man for man but Mason Mount attaches himself to Kieran Tierney and that gives him a problem, you’re back to your conventional 4-2-3-1. Granit Xhaka isn’t thinking about the ball into Lukaku, he’s looking over his shoulder to see where Mount was.
“The plan was never to stop the ball coming into Lukaku, it’s how to stop it going into Havertz and Mount. It goes into the striker and you have the problem, Tierney has been dragged inside and we know the consequences.”
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