Arteta has now overseen three defeats in four games, leaving them 11 points off the top four and 25 points off league leaders City.
“It hurts me that I should be sitting here and happy to take a one-nil,” former Arsenal player Alex Scott said. “I absolutely get it because Manchester City can rip you to pieces.
“But when I sit and look at that game, to me that was a City side in third gear.
“I’m not saying it’s all doom and gloom for this Arsenal side but when I reassess Manchester City, for me they weren’t even at their best today.”
Arteta had turned a corner just after Christmas, winning five of six having previous lost five of seven, but Scott is concerned by the progress being made under the rookie manager.
She continued: “We can sit here and keep saying it’s a transitional season and we’re waiting to see positives, but actually we need to see that come to fruition now,” added Scott.
“It’s just that consistency. It needs to be a regular thing, not a constant up and down, up and down. We need to see more signs of positivity from this Arsenal side.”