Damning Arsenal stat outlines Mikel Arteta’s biggest challenge

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Arsenal fell to yet another away defeat against a big six side vs. Manchester City this evening. The figures are pretty damning for the Gunners.

The North London side are on the up under Mikel Arteta, few would argue against that, but a trip to the Etihad was a bridge too far, with Pep Guardiola’s men winning 1-0 on the night.

While a defeat away against a side of City’s calibre is no tragedy in itself, when you look at the bigger picture, it’s just the latest in a long line of shortfalls for Arsenal.

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As shown by this below stat from ESPN, Arsenal have not defeated a traditional ‘big six’ side away from home in the Premier League for over five years. Palace, on the other hand…

It’s Arteta’s biggest challenge, getting that first win on the board. Turning Arsenal into a side that clubs will fear when they pay them a visit, it’s going to take a lot longer than a few months.

But – considering how much he has changed and improved the side so far – you wouldn’t put it past him.

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  1. Write something with some substance, with some objective facts. We have been terrible against the big six but this result is much better than we have had in years and there is improvement. You just wrote something to make arsenal look bad without mentioning any possible progress made by a manager who has had less than 8 months of actual coaching under his belt Vs a team that spent £400 million just on defenders in that same time while arsenal have been dreadful up until now in the transfer market

  2. A fact is a fact,, you can’t damn a man for stating what is a fact.

    For the majority of that dismal run one player has been present in the team.
    Since Xhaka’s arrival at the club our midfield has become uncompetitive against top class opponents, FACT. His vulnerability to provide cover for the defense and inability to offer any support for the attack was once again on display against city.
    Personally I’m sick and tired of watching his inept displays, as I already know what’s going to happen

  3. Arsenal was not given a penalty for that high kick on the stroke of half-time. Result would have been different. If it was the other way around, City would be given the penalty. Arsenal more often than not have to play against 13,especially in the big six games. Just remember against Liverpool, Mane caught Tierney in face viciously and was not sent off . Probably, the referee thought it was too early in the match to give Arsenal the advantage of playing Liverpool 10 man squad. That’s Arsenal luck,to be very unlucky in getting the right decisions.

  4. Leno is to blame. Why not claming?. Every strike hi punch.

    He is not good and will cost as cheap goals

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