Yet again, the Arsenal faithful were treated to another dose of dour, boring football that left many of them sleeping and pressing their phones, rather than watching their beloved team. On Sunday night, Arsenal lost yet another home game in the Premier League, which makes it 7 defeats in just 12 matches this term, and a result that has seen them dragged into the relegation dogfight. might soon have bets on him being the next manager to be sacked.

Against Sean Dyche’s men, who have not won away at Arsenal in 46 years, the Gunners looked flat, bereft of ideas, and ultimately lost 1-0 through an own goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which summed up their season so far, and put Mikel Arteta in the hotseat.

These are 3 things we learned from the game… 

Arsenal are crying out for Mesut Ozil
Arsenal have scored just 10 league goals all season, and while the likes of Lacazette and Aubameyang have fluffed their lines this season, it is up to the manager to find a solution that will get the best out of his players. There is simply no creativity upfront for the Gunners, and the team is seriously crying out for the genius of Mesut Ozil.

On his day, there are few players who see football on his own wavelength, but he has been frozen out for most of the season due to “off-field issues”. These issues have to be sorted out, as the German will add some much-needed spark to an attack bereft of confidence and innovation.

There is no discipline at the club
Granit Xhaka was shown a straight red card for grabbing the throat of Ashley Westwood, another example of the lack of discipline at the club, and knowledge that stupid actions will have repercussions from the manager. After he’s done with his suspension, he’d definitely be back in the first team, rather than being made a scapegoat by his manager. Too many players at the club lose their head easily, especially when things are not going their way, and this needs to be fixed.

The next 4 fixtures are crucial for Arteta
There have been talks that Mikel Arteta could be sacked by the Gunners hierarchy. Despite being well-liked, there are no sentiments in football. The next 4 matches for Arsenal are Southampton at home, Everton away, Manchester City at home in the League Cup, and then Chelsea on Boxing Day. Arsenal simply need to get good results in these games, or else it will be a very gloomy New Year for Arteta.