Arsenal slipped to their latest dismal Premier League defeat at Everton on Saturday as Carlo Ancelotti’s side proved that they are going in a different direction to Mikel Arteta’s.
The two managers were appointed at similar times this time last year, but while experienced boss Ancelotti has managed to get Everton’s players buying in to what he wants to do, rookie manager Arteta is facing a full-blown crisis in north London.
The former Everton and Arsenal midfielder presided over an eighth defeat in just 14 Premier League games this season at Goodison Park on Saturday, where the hosts won 2-1 to move to second in the table.
Everton took the lead when a Dominic Calvert-Lewin effort deflected in off visiting defender Rob Holding, but the Gunners equalised through a penalty from Nicolas Pepe.
However, just as they looked to be heading in at the break having got themselves back into the game, Yerry Mina headed what proved to be the winner from a corner on the stroke of half-time.
The match laid bare some of Arsenal deficiencies, with one particular moment picked up by the Mail Online and cited as an example of how bad things have got.
They spotted an exchange between David Luiz and Mohamed Elneny just before half-time when the Brazilian could be seen arguing with the Egyptian midfielder for passing the ball back to him instead of looking forwards.
With the incident described as the ‘lowest point’ of the defeat, it is said that Luiz and Elneny’s disagreement continued during the match, with the Brazilian even often overlooking his teammate when seeking out who to pass to.
Arteta is sure to be disappointed in two of his senior players if that was indeed the case, as the Gunners’ season continues to spiral downwards.
Arsenal will slip down to 16th place on Sunday if Brighton beat bottom club Sheffield United.
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