Arteta faces the wrath of UK media after Chelsea defeat, Souness admission on Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has found himself in the hot seat after the defeat to fellow London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

The Gunners started their campaign in the worst possible way after succumbing to newly-promoted Brentford. The defeat against the Blues last night added insult to their injuries.

In the aftermath, UK media has hit out at the Spanish manager, with a report on Daily Mail, calling Arsenal toothless.

“Arteta continues to say the right things and it is hard not to pull for a coach who clearly wants his team to play the kind of football with which the club have for so long been associated.

“But the fact is that nothing he has provided so far – bar the false dawn of an FA Cup win in his first season – has been greatly better than the barren latter years of Arsene Wenger or the short and confusing reign of Unai Emery.

“That is why the return of supporters to the Emirates after 18 months was not a cause of celebration as it has been throughout the country but an occasion on which to see for our own eyes what has been happening while the world was shut out for so long.

“It always felt as though Arsenal would lose this game. It always felt as though they would be bullied by Romelu Lukaku. It always felt as they would be toothless at the other end.”

Graeme Souness claims Arsenal may have to endure another painful two years

Graeme Souness has also offered his thoughts on the Gunners’ crisis, claiming that the fans might have to endure another two difficult years.

Arteta’s initial few months at Emirates Stadium were successful after leading the Gunners to the FA Cup title last year.

However, those successes were only flattering to deceive as the North Londoners finished eighth in the Premier League table last season. Arteta could also lose his job if Arsenal’s crisis continues in the upcoming games.

Souness said: “I look at this Arsenal team and it might be the team for the next manager.

“I see a difficult couple of years for Arsenal and it depends on how these young guys progress but, if they are sticking with Arteta, it will be a painful trip.

“But it doesn’t matter if it is Arteta or someone else, it will be a painful trip because I don’t see these guys being an influence when Chelsea come to town, when Man City come to town, when Liverpool and United come to town – and this is Arsenal Football Club.”