It’s time for change again at Arsenal… however this time it shouldn’t be the manager

Arsenal have endured their worst start to a league campaign in 45 years, with the Gunners currently sitting 15th in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s men have seriously struggled going forward, and according to WhoScored, the Gunners have failed to have more shots per game than all of the teams who are at the bottom of Europe’s top five leagues.

Furthermore, as shown on Sky Sports at the start of Sunday’s North London derby defeat to Tottenham, Arsenal had created the joint least number of chances in the Premier League and ranked 17th for goals scored and 18th for shots on target. So why should the manager not be sacked?

Arsenal have been stuck in a downward spiral for the past five years, and just when there’s hope that something is changing, the club is brought back down to reality, and this will be the case again if Arteta is sacked, in my opinion.

There’s little doubt in my mind that if we brought in a new manager, the team would begin to perform again, however, this honeymoon period wouldn’t last forever and we would be back where we started.

Mikel Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, experienced a similar honeymoon period where he went 22 games unbeaten at the start of the 2018/19 season, however from then on, the Gunners’ form gradually dipped before a collapse the following season. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE TELEGRAPH.

In my opinion, it is time Arsenal changed their squad, rather than their manager. The number of players who are good enough to play for a Champions League club, or at least have the potential to do so, can be counted on our hands.

The squad is unbalanced beyond belief, particularly in midfield, where all but one player is unable to play in an attacking midfield role, and as a result, this has forced Arteta to drag Lacazette back and play him in this area.

This lack of creativity has led to Arsenal making crossing the ball their favourite way of attacking, with the Gunners putting in a total of 44 crosses against Tottenham, the most by any Premier League team this season, according to Squawka.

Unfortunately, the Gunners don’t have a forward player capable of winning headers, leaving Arteta with another problem which is nearly impossible to solve with his current personnel.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a very reliable goal scorer since signing for the club in 2018, however the striker has struggled this season, netting just two goals in 11 Premier League games. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY GOAL.

Arsenal sit 15th in the league table, low on confidence, and at times, low on ability. I believe that Arteta will be able to eventually turn this around, however the January transfer window will be the most important in recent history.

The North London side are crying out for a creative attacking midfielder, however in my opinion, we will need more than one if we are to see any significant difference. It goes without saying that these next few months will be crucial for the future of Arsenal football club.

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