Mikel Arteta appears to know what he does not need in a participant, with the under-pressure Arsenal supervisor having overseen a number of departures since taking cost on the Emirates
Mikel Arteta is underneath big stress after his Arsenal aspect misplaced their first three Premier League video games with out scoring a objective.
The Gunners have been blown away in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, having additionally no reply to Chelsea or Brentford of their first two matches – though there was a glimmer of hope with a 6-0 Carabao Cup thrashing of West Brom final week.
Arteta signed Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and Aaron Ramsdale this summer season as he appears to be like to enhance on successive eighth-placed finishes within the Premier League.
Since taking cost in December 2019, he has additionally frozen a number of gamers out of his plans – together with two World Cup winners, a £27million centre-back and a midfielder who grew to become a prolific goalscorer.
Right here, Mirror Sport takes a have a look at Arteta’s exiled Arsenal XI – who some may really feel may give the present workforce a run for his or her cash based mostly on current kind.
Emiliano Martinez staked his declare for extra recreation time after impressing for Arsenal whereas Bernd Leno was injured throughout the Premier League’s restart final summer season.
However Arteta stored religion with Leno, permitting Martinez to be offered to Aston Villa for £15million in September.
Martinez went on to have superb season for Dean Smith’s aspect, maintaining 15 clear sheets to be overwhelmed solely by Ederson and Edouard Mendy within the race for the Premier League’s Golden Glovs award.
He additionally starred in Argentina’s Copa America triumph, enjoying each minute bar one group recreation.
Defence: Mavropanos, Saliba, Luiz, Mustafi
There was a giant defensive turnover underneath Arteta, who has introduced Gabrial Magalhaes, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to Arsenal earlier than signing White and Tavares this summer season.
David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis have all departed underneath Arteta’s reign, whereas fellow centre-backs William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos are out on mortgage.
Mavropanos rejoined Stuttgart this summer season after spending final season on the Bundesliga membership, the place boss Pellegrino Matarazzo described him as “our gladiator” and “a monster”.
Sokratis and 2014 World Cup winner Mustafi noticed their contracts terminated by mutual consent early this 12 months after failing to impress Arteta, and at the moment are at Olympiacos and Schalke respectively.
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David Luiz was launched this summer season, with the veteran error-prone having been introduced in so as to add expertise to the Gunners defence in a £7m swap from Chelsea in the summertime of 2019.
However maybe probably the most outstanding story is that of Saliba, who was signed underneath Unai Emery’s cost from Saint-Etienne for £27m earlier than being loaned again to the French membership.
After the Ligue 1 season was curtailed final 12 months as a result of pandemic, Arteta and his workers felt the then teenager did not have sufficient top-level expertise to compete for a spot, and he had a subsequent mortgage spell at Good earlier than switching to Marseille for the present marketing campaign.
Midfield: Torreira, Guendouzi, Ozil, Willock
Lucas Torreira was slammed by Arsenal followers after he posted photos from a theme park on the day Arteta’s aspect started their Premier league marketing campaign with a humbling defeat by Brentford.
It has been so lengthy since he turned out for the Gunners that perhaps even he forgot he was an Arsenal participant, having fallen firmly out of favour underneath Arteta.
The midfielder is at the moment on mortgage with Fiorentina , having spent final season at Atletico Madrid the place he performed a minor function as Diego Simeone’s aspect received La Liga.
Arsenal have up to now had no luck in offloading him completely – and likewise with Matteo Guendouzi, who has teamed up with Saliba on mortgage at Marseille.
Guendouzi was frozen out after clashing with Brighton’s Neal Maupay final summer season, and was shipped out to Hertha Berlin final time period.
One other participant given the chilly shoulder by Arteta was Mesut Ozil, who final performed for the Gunners in March 2020, and was sidelined even after they have been crying out for extra creativity from midfield.
World Cup winner Ozil lifted three FA Cups on the Emirates, and posted 77 assists in 254 video games in addition to chipping in with 44 targets.
However many followers felt his lack of labor charge let him down, and he was allowed to go away in January to hitch Fenerbahce.
Ozil took some time to heat up at his boyhood membership however has made a extra promising begin to this season, with a objective and an help from his aspect’s opening two Tremendous Lig video games.
However one participant who had an virtually quick influence at one other membership was Joe Willock, who joined Newcastle in a £26m deal this month after proving successful at St James’ Park final season.
After becoming a member of Steve Bruce’s aspect on mortgage in February, he scored seven targets in his final seven Premier League video games to assist the Magpies keep away from the drop zone.
Assault: Willian, Mkhitaryan
Okay, so there is not any recognised striker right here, with Arteta having persuaded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to signal a brand new deal final summer season, whereas Alex Lacazette stays on the Emirates regardless of fixed hypothesis over his future.
But when Willian exits the Emirates as anticipated on this switch window, he and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan would full the line-up of senior gamers who’ve left both on mortgage or completely throughout Arteta’s tenure.
Willian joined Arsenal on a three-year deal following a free switch final summer season, however he struggled to duplicate the shape that noticed him notch 63 targets and 62 assists in 339 video games for Chelsea.
Over the weekend it was reported that the 33-year-old was keen to tear up his Gunners contract and take a 70% pay lower to hitch his former membership Corinthians in his native Brazil.
In the meantime, Mkhitaryan had already made a brief swap to Roma when Arteta took cost in 2019, and the previous Manchester United man was allowed to hitch the Giallorossi completely on a free switch final summer season.