Arsenal duo Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka are the only players showing fight for Mikel Arteta, Chris Sutton believes. The Gunners saw their wretched start of the season stoop to a new low on Saturday, with Everton beating them 2-1 at Goodison Park. And that means the north London giants have amassed just 14 points from their opening 14 Premier League games this term.
Arsenal were hoping to build on a recent draw against Southampton when they locked horns with Everton on Sunday.
However, the Gunners instead crashed to yet another defeat with a Rob Holding own goal and Yerry Mina strike giving the Toffees all three points.
For Arteta, it was yet another chastening day at the office.
The Spaniard won the FA Cup and Community Shield earlier in the season but those triumphs already feel like long distant memories, with Arteta’s side now stuck in a rut.
And Sutton has now ripped into the club, insisting they’re very much in a relegation dogfight and claiming Tierney and Saka are the only players ‘showing fight’ for their manager.
“Willian joined in the summer but may as well be playing in his slippers,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
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“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decided to take a holiday after signing his bumper new deal.
“At least Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka are showing fight, but Arsenal are in trouble.
“They have too many talented players to drop to the Championship. The upcoming games against Brighton and West Bromwich could be six-pointers!”
Sutton also claimed Arsenal weren’t too good to go down, saying: “Arsenal aren’t above a race against relegation.
“Right now, they’re banking on three teams being worse than them. Mikel Arteta is very lucky the fans aren’t there because they’d be letting their feelings known.
“It started so well with that FA Cup victory.
“Now, Arsenal’s priority is staying in the Premier League rather than qualifying for Europe.
“To think how many moaners there were about Arsene Wenger perennially finishing inside the top four. Offer that now and they’d snap your hand off. “
Meanwhile, Arteta revealed his players were ‘really disappointed’ after being put to the sword by Everton on Sunday.
He told talkSPORT: “The first thing we have to do, is the things we can control make them better.
“There are things we haven’t done lately when we’ve played with ten men with situations we generate we don’t score.
“Normally when a team is in this position it is battered every week and it’s not the case.
“We’ve been better than the opponent every single week but we are not winning football matches, so we have to realise that.
“I don’t want to feel sorry for ourselves. It is what it is. It’s the fight we have to take in front of us and the challenge.
“It’s not about so many things that have happened as that’s not going to make us better.
“The group is really disappointed in the way we lost the game because they have real belief we could come here and turn things around tonight and the effort, passion and commitment was without question of a doubt.”