Arteta: Arsenal in large hassle if the hunch continues
Mikel Arteta has admitted that if Arsenal fail to transform their fortune through a seasonal festive schedule, Arsenal will be "in big trouble".
The Gunners fell 4-1 from the Carabao Cup to Manchester City on Tuesday when Arteta's side suffered a sixth loss in eleven games in all competitions.
London rival Chelsea are visiting the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day – live on Sky Sports – before the Gunners see the New Year with trips to Brighton and West Brom, and Arteta admits it is a round of play.
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"We have to turn it around, no question about it," he told Sky Sports. "If we don't, we'll be in big trouble. This is the moment that will determine our season.
"We have (have the tools to turn things around) because I see how much the players are trying and what they are trying, but right now there are a lot of weird things going on in every game and that makes things really difficult."
Arsenal fell behind City in bizarre circumstances as Gabriel Jesus punished non-existent defenders to put the owners just under two minutes ahead.
Alexandre Lacazette equalized with a header of his own just after half an hour, but Arsenal's hopes faded after 54 minutes when goalkeeper Alex Runarsson shot Riyad Mahrez's free-kick into his own net.
From then on, City was merciless as goals from Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte earned an all-out win that gave Pep Guardiola's side two wins from their fourth straight Carabao Cup triumph.
"It's a disappointing night," said Arteta. "We started the game and conceded a very soft goal after two minutes. After that, it's difficult at the moment we're against these opponents."
"We got back into the game, started to grow and scored a really good goal. We had a period of 25 minutes in which we were the better team."
"After that we conceded the second goal as we did and against this level of opponent they punish you and make life really difficult.
"It's really hard to take considering how the game went. The team's reaction against this level of opponent has been good, but when you give the goals we gave away it makes the game impossible."
When asked for his thoughts on Runarsson's mistake, the Gunners boss added: "He hasn't played a lot of games for us, he's adapting to the league and that's it. We all make mistakes, we have to support him."
"I was thinking about starting Bernd Leno, but he played a lot of minutes and needed a bit of rest. We want to give other players opportunities. Alex has done well in the other games and these things happen in football."
Pep: Arteta is an incredible manager
It's been a little over a year since Arteta left the Manchester City coaching team to take the reins in the Emirates, but the loss to his previous employers has only added mounting pressure on his position.
City boss Guardiola spoke publicly about Arteta after the game, however, insisting that Arsenal would make a "big mistake" if they decide to fire their former assistant.
"You are going to make a big mistake," Guardiola told the BBC. “I'm pretty sure they'll trust him. I understand for the analysts, analyze the results.
"But I've been with him for many years and I know his incredible quality as a person and especially as a manager, how he's involved in everything. It's just a matter of time and he'll do well."
"I'm not on the board. For me, if you think about it, you'll make a big mistake. You give him confidence, you've won two titles when it didn't happen at this club a long time ago.
"In this pandemic they have always played well with their injury problems and the games they have played. But unfortunately these games are our job and it depends on the results. But football changes so quickly in a week.
"I can talk about my experience with him, one of the most incredibly successful teams in English history that we have had and he was part of that success and it would not be possible without him to do something like this that you need
Time like my first season. "
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Who else is out there for Arsenal?
Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp:
"Arteta has money in the bank because he won the FA Cup and was in brilliant form in cup competitions.
"People say Arteta is going to lose his job. Losing 4-1 at home isn't ideal. The way they set up I thought they might be good, but suddenly things are gone and they are have nothing left. " Trust.
"Of course you could fire the manager, but the bigger problem is that there is a group of players and there are only three or four. If you were the manager you would say I could trust these players.
"That will be the problem with this team. Too many of them, no matter what you do, will let you down. It's a team full of kids and I feel sorry for the young players. Arsenal have to stay with the manager and give you." give him time to pull out many of the players who are not good enough.
“I keep hearing about rioting in the dressing room and someone in the dressing room giving information. If you have that, you are in big trouble.
"You don't stand a chance. You have to get rid of these players as soon as possible, and it's not easy. If you get rid of the manager, who gets in? Who's out there?"
"Are Arteta's problems inherited?"
Micah Richards from Sky Sports:
"Is it fair to say he inherited this problem? He's been in management for a year and won an FA Cup that covered the cracks a bit.
"I still believe in Arteta because I saw him at the training ground when he was in Manchester City and I know he has something.
"I don't know if he's a better coach or a better manager, but only time will tell. It's difficult and daunting to see him like that but I don't know if I can blame Arteta."