In contract, Arsenal are 15th – closer to the relegation zone than the top four in terms of points – having lost six of their opening 11 games in their worst start to a League season since 1981/82 to heap pressure on Arteta.
While there are questions marks over some defensive issues for Arsenal, they have only conceded 14 goals in the top flight so far – fewer than Liverpool (17), Leicester (15) and Manchester United (17), who all occupy positions in the top five.
But the key problem for Arsenal this season has been a lack of goals at the other end: the Gunners have scored just 10 goals in 11 League games, 17th in the division. Only Burnley (5), West Brom (8) and Sheffield United (5) have scored fewer than Arteta’s side, and they all sit in the drop zone.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored just two League goals since signing his new £350,000-a-week contract, and looks a shadow of the forward who starred for Arteta during the run-in last season.
In fairness to Aubameyang, he has been starved of service as Arsenal lack creativity from midfield – and question marks will be raised over Arteta’s decision to omit Mesut Ozil (another big earner) from his Premier League and Europa League squads entirely.
The numbers make grim reading for Arsenal as it stands, with Spurs forward Son now level on Premier League goals (10) with the whole Gunners squad – a damning statistic.
Arteta admitted after the derby that the style of play he is trying to implement will be for nothing unless his side start finding the net.
“We need to score goals. It is not sustainable. It doesn’t matter what we do in other departments if we don’t score, we need to put the ball into the net urgently. At the moment it looks like we need a lot to score a goal.
“In terms of the performance, they did everything that I asked them to do. We played the way we had to play this game. All the stats are in our favour; at the end of the day it is about putting the ball in the back of the net.”
With pressure on Arteta and his players, they need to start scoring goals to avoid this season becoming a potential relegation battle.