Arsenal misplaced their heads as they embarrassingly crumbled to a 2-1 defeat to relegation-threatened Brighton on Saturday afternoon within the Premier League.
They have endured a wretched restart to the season, and fairly frankly the entire marketing campaign has in actual fact been a no-goer for the membership – languishing in 10th within the Premier League with a aim distinction of zero.
The Gunners are slipping additional and additional into mediocrity and Saturday summed up simply how a lot work Mikel Arteta has on his arms.
Matteo Guendouzi misplaced his head following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday
The Frenchman grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat after the Brighton striker scored winner
The 21-year-old midfielder should handle his personal character if he desires a future at Arsenal
And Matteo Guendouzi’s humiliating petulance proper on the finish of the sport added gas to the fireplace that there’s loads incorrect throughout the Arsenal dressing room.
The younger Frenchman stole the headlines after grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat in ill-tempered scenes simply moments after the Brighton striker netted the last-gasp winner on the AMEX Stadium. Very luckily for him, he won’t face punishment from the FA after they confirmed VAR subsequently reviewed the incident, however determined to not take motion.
While Guendouzi misplaced composure after Arsenal but once more stole the headlines for his or her no-show on the pitch, he additionally appeared to nonetheless be incensed after Maupay jumped into Bernd Leno simply earlier than the keeper fell awkwardly inflicting him to endure a critical knee damage.
Some would argue that at the least he’s one in every of a choose few gamers to point out some ardour, however fairly merely put, it was an embarrassing act from a hot-headed teenager who continues to be to make it within the Premier League.
Sportsmail revealed on Monday that Guendouzi, who earns within the area of £40,000-a-week, spent the sport taunting Brighton gamers in regards to the monetary disparity between the squads.
‘He was saying the Brighton gamers have been s*** and that he and his team-mates earn a lot greater than they ever will,’ a supply stated. ‘He’s accomplished it in different video games as nicely. Arsenal are an honest membership and hate that type of behaviour.’
The 21-year-old has became a hot-head with no management, who sums up Arsenal’s lack of route with no actual leaders within the workforce. But it has been a serious drawback for years, for the reason that days Patrick Vieira left in actual fact.
And Gary Neville, who had loads of run-ins with Arsene Wenger’s nice sides of the previous, hit the nail on the top when he stated Arsenal’s present crop merely can’t be trusted.
‘You simply cannot belief Arsenal, you have not been capable of for years,’ he stated on the Gary Neville Podcast. ‘We’ve all stated it.
Guendouzi (proper) has grow to be far too hot-headed and sums up Arsenal’s lack of management
Guendouzi has already bought on the incorrect facet of Mikel Arteta after his dangerous angle in Dubai
‘Mikel Arteta – we must always nonetheless say that the form Arsenal are enjoying, the form they’ve defensively I feel is best than it was beforehand however the people inside that can allow you to down.
‘It would not matter how nicely you coach the form, should you get uncovered one on one or defenders make errors – as we noticed in that recreation in opposition to Manchester City and in opposition to Brighton – then you definitely’re simply going to get punished. They simply want defenders with higher focus.’
While the defence stays a shambles, points relating to the mentality of Arsenal’s gamers should even be resolved instantly. It continues to price them on far too many events, and that does not appear like altering anytime quickly.
And Guendouzi at the moment personifies the troubles that face Arteta. There is much too huge a consolation zone on the Emirates, and the Frenchman’s early years on the membership spotlight that.
After briefly bursting onto the scene in north London beneath Unai Emery after signing from Lorient for £8million, issues have by no means been the identical since.
He was signed as one for the long run on the Emirates, however his early performances modified the thought course of throughout the membership and he continued to be thrown into the beginning XI.
But as he gained extra expertise and extra belief, his kind and maturity ranges appear to have by some means dropped massively. From being the jewel in Arsenal’s crown for many of final season, he now finds himself dealing with an unsure future beneath Arteta. It’s a sudden fall from grace for a teenager that a lot was anticipated of.
There is an enormous lack of management all through the facet and it continues to price the Gunners
Before he begins throwing his weight round on the pitch and performing as a nuisance to his opponents, he should take a look at himself within the mirror first. He has not but made it and his character leaves so much to be desired.
Arteta has already had a run-in with the uncooked midfielder, leaving him out of his squad to face Newcastle again in February after exhibiting a foul angle through the membership’s winter coaching camp in Dubai. For a participant on the mere age of 21 along with his profession nonetheless in entrance of him, you merely can not act like that.
Guendouzi paid the value, and issues definitely have not been the identical since beneath Arteta, resulting in considerations over his future.
His play-acting on the pitch – taking place too simple beneath strain, arguing with opponents, getting within the referee’s face – is turning into far an excessive amount of and Saturday’s incident with Maupay was the newest insult to Arteta.
Former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves has urged supervisor Mikel Arteta to make sure Guendouzi falls into line. ‘I’ve heard a number of issues about Guendouzi’s angle. You need your gamers to be assured and a bit conceited on the pitch however he is not adequate to go round giving individuals verbals,’ Groves instructed talkSPORT.
‘If Maupay’s been getting it within the ear all recreation from Guendouzi and he then goes and scores the winner, he’s proper to say, “What have you got to say now?” Someone, whether or not it is Arteta, the teaching employees or the senior gamers, wants to inform Guendouzi to wind his neck in.’
There has been a scarcity of management ever since Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Co departed
If Guendouzi desires to make it in north London, then he should handle his character. If not, the hot-headed Frenchman shall be on his approach out.
But we should not be too shocked to see Guendouzi act like this when these round him lack that actual management both. It speaks volumes that the captain of the membership, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was given the armband contemplating he’s more likely to be out the exit door within the close to future.
Throughout the workforce, this can be very laborious to see the place the management comes from.
Granit Xhaka, stripped of the captaincy after his controversial row with followers after they jeered him off in opposition to Crystal Palace earlier within the season, stays maybe the stand-out determine within the dressing room.
Long gone are the times of Tony Adams, Vieira, Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell and Co – actual winners who would depart completely the whole lot on the pitch and put the workforce earlier than their particular person performances.
It has been an issue that has by no means correctly been addressed since Vieira departed for Juventus again in 2005, which in the end led to Wenger’s decline and continues to show the downfall of the membership.
When the going will get powerful, Arsenal crumble identical to they did in opposition to Brighton. It’s the identical previous story.
When Arteta stepped into the recent seat, he knew he had loads of work to do… however maybe he now understands the duty is far harder than beforehand thought.
He had gone from working with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City beneath arguably the most effective supervisor in soccer, in Pep Guardiola, to taking the reins himself at a membership quickly declining. It was a courageous determination, one which ought to be massively admired.
Gabriel Martinelli is one in every of many skills at Arsenal however he wants leaders round him to flourish
But whereas it appears all doom and gloom across the Emirates at current, it ought to be acknowledged that there might be some gentle on the finish of the tunnel.
While Arsenal have faltered throughout an especially turbulent season, Arsenal’s younger skills have shone.
The likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have been jewels in Arsenal’s crown this season, whereas Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are undoubtedly ones to be careful for sooner or later.
There is loads of expertise coming by means of and if Arteta can proceed to combine them into the beginning XI, then the long run might be vibrant.
However, Arteta should handle Arsenal’s lack of management. For the membership’s golden kids, they want figureheads round them to assist them shine. If not, their skills might quickly go to waste.