Mikel Arteta labelled Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham as their “worst efficiency of the season” whereas Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Redknapp mentioned the end result should act as a wake-up name for the title hopefuls.
The Gunners appeared primed to finish 2023 on prime of the Premier League desk when Bukayo Saka scored from shut vary simply 5 minutes into the competition at Craven Cottage.
However Arsenal did not capitalise on that begin and targets from Raul Jimenez and Bobby De Cordova-Reid sealed a comeback win for Fulham.
It means it’s back-to-back defeats for Arteta’s males after the loss at house to West Ham.
They’ve received simply certainly one of their final 5 within the Premier League and this end result leaves Arsenal in fourth place, two factors behind leaders Liverpool, who play their recreation in hand in opposition to Newcastle at Anfield on Monday Evening Soccer, and only a level above Tottenham in fifth.
“We weren’t ok. Easy as that,” mentioned Arteta to Sky Sports activities afterwards.
“We misplaced the sport three days in the past [against West Ham] we totally deserved to win as a result of we have been so good. And immediately we have been nowhere close to the extent.
“We conceded two very comparable targets, we gave the ball away after which the organisation in our field and set-plays… we did not generate sufficient immediately, our rhythm wasn’t ok in assault, and defensively we have been second finest in each motion.
“It’s important to play 100 minutes within the league so it isn’t sufficient to play a number of actions. It is a actually unhappy day as a result of immediately we did not need to win the sport.
“We by no means bought going [after changing to 3-5-2 late on in the second half] as a result of we gave each ball away, and we couldn’t dominate the direct play so we did not do any of these two and it’s extremely troublesome to generate any momentum. Credit score to Fulham as effectively.”
Requested concerning the consecutive losses which have seen Arsenal give up their benefit on the prime of the desk, Arteta mentioned: “We had an ideal efficiency in opposition to Liverpool [in the 1-1 at Anfield]. We had an ideal efficiency in opposition to West Ham and did not win. At present was the one it’s a must to isolate, as a result of that was the worst efficiency of the season.”
‘This could be the fact verify they want’
Sky Sports activities pundit Redknapp mentioned: “This could be the fact verify they want. As a result of they’re proper off it in the meanwhile.”
Reflecting on Arsenal’s latest poor run of outcomes, he mentioned it illustrated issues throughout the pitch, not simply the much-discussed about goal-scoring points.
“It is just like the run [of results] they’d on the finish of final season,” mentioned Redknapp, referring to the streak of two wins in eight matches which finally value Arsenal the title.
“It is virtually excellent news, they’re getting this kind out of the way in which, as a result of they are not proper in the meanwhile. They don’t seem to be ok, they are not sharp sufficient, they’ve not bought ok choices in defence, midfield, going ahead. It is simply not clicking.
“Arteta mentioned they did sufficient to beat West Ham. I am not satisfied by that actually. They’d a number of possibilities and created so much with out actually trying like they have been going to attain targets. It was the identical immediately. Every thing was off. That typically occurs in soccer. They have to rapidly get again on it.
“They have a little bit of a break now with the FA Cup and that may simply assist them. He says there aren’t gamers coming in I might be stunned if he does not attempt to carry a pair in to freshen it up. It is not simply in matches however in coaching the whole lot goes up a degree.”
Arsenal nonetheless amongst prime three title favourites
Nonetheless, Redknapp says Arsenal stay among the many title favourites, if they will resolve these points.
“I do not suppose they’re far off,” he mentioned. “It is simply not fairly clicking in the meanwhile. They’re dropping their manner just a little bit.
“Do I put them within the equation to win the league? Completely. I nonetheless suppose there are solely three runners: Liverpool, Man Metropolis and Arsenal. The title will come from a type of three groups. Arsenal proper now, this would possibly do them just a little little bit of a favour.
“This time final yr they have been taking part in so effectively and everybody bought just a little bit carried away, a bit excited and when the top of the season got here they fell off a cliff. This could be the wake-up name they want.”
Rice: The mentality must be higher
Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice to Sky Sports activities:
“Very disappointing. Very robust to take. Not ok once more from us immediately. The final two outcomes haven’t been what we have required or what we have been setting over the course of the season. We have been performing very effectively up till the previous few video games, particularly off the again of the draw at Liverpool we felt like we might actually kick on. Two defeats, it is a robust one to swallow.
“Towards West Ham we had 30 pictures, so many touches within the opposition field and simply could not put it away. At present after we go 1-0 up we have to take extra management. We have to have extra self perception, need, the mentality must be higher and demand extra from one another whenever you’re pushing up that finish of the desk.”