Arsenal fans’ reaction to Man City goal speaks volumes as Arteta faces questions

Arsenal were resigned to their third straight defeat of the season at Man City with the travelling fans reaction to Rodri’s strike highlighting the mood at the Gunners

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Arsenal’s horrific start to the season continued with a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City and even saw the Gunners’ fans cheer a goal against their team.

Pressure on Mikel Arteta will intensify as he saw his side lose for a third straight weekend.

The north London outfit are yet to score a goal this season and remain pointless as they were thrashed at the Etihad.

Arsenal went in at half-time 3-0 down and a man down after Granit Xhaka was sent-off.

Things went from bad to worse in the second 45 as Rodri slotted home to make it 4-0.

At which point the camera panned to the away fans, who were cheering the Spaniard’s effort as they attempted to make light of the situation.

Arsenal fans looked to be cheering Man City’s fourth goal

Ferran Torres nodded home a fifth to complete the humiliation.

Arsenal, who welcomed back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and gave a second debut to Martin Odegaard, mustered just one effort on goal.

Arteta is into his second full season as boss but opinions are still very much divided.

He delivered the FA Cup shortly after taking over but last term could only register an eighth place finish in what was a disappointing campaign.

Arsenal’s summer business has been heavily criticised with much of their investment coming in youth, which doesn’t immediately help their cause.

Their start to the current campaign is their worst for over 70 years and Arteta has apologised.

He said after their defeat: “When you lose games it is impossible, but you saw we had around 3,000 fans today and the way they reacted to the team and the club with the support they are giving it was unconditional, which is why everyone went over to say thank you.

“I’m sorry we can’t get the results right now, we have to fix it.”

“We have to regroup, hopefully get a lot of players back as well, start working, refresh their minds. A really tough opening three weeks with everything that’s happened and we need to face the challenge.”

The Arsenal boss also defended his decision to play a three-man defence of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac.

On paper it looked to be an unfamiliar backline but Arteta claims he will always face criticism for his selections after a defeat.

He added: “We’ve played the system before. Last week we lost to Chelsea with a back four but every time you lose a game it should have been the other system.”

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