Arsenal are – still – in a difficult transition phase, and even though it had to happen, there is a general feeling that it has been stretched for far too long. The club have obviously put their money where their mouths were back in the spring and backed manager Mikel Arteta in the transfer market, spending well over £100 million on new signings, players believed to have been the club’s primary targets. They now expect to see some results, and so far, it hasn’t happened.
The Gunners were beaten in the opening round by the newly promoted Brentford, and that definitely didn’t sit too well with either the club hierarchy or the supporters. Following the second defeat, the one to Chelsea at the Emirates, there were some harsh words in the dressing room, according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney. The defeat was not too surprising for anyone, given that Chelsea are indeed a strong team, the Champions League holders. However, it seems there was something different in the tone of reaction from the hierarchy this time. A note of warning, that things cannot go on the way they’ve started indefinitely.
Arteta has no choice at the moment but to look ahead. But even that isn’t likely to provide sufficient distraction from worrying thoughts, with the team set to face Manchester City on Saturday.
“I sense the urgency since the day that I arrived here,” Arteta said ahead of the match. “To change the situation that we had, to try to improve in many areas that we were struggling, that we have issues and win as many football matches and trophies as I can. That’s not going to change if we win the next three games or not. That uncertainty, that desire to do well, that commitment to bring success to the club it has to be always there and I think we need to feel that as well to get the best of out of yourself.”