Although Arteta’s arrival has heralded a new dawn of enthusiasm at Arsenal, it hasn’t translated itself into results yet. The improvement in the team is piecemeal, apart from the strange insistence at playing out from the back when it’s clearly not working but, at least, it’s progress so the chances are the fans will be patient during the transformation process from mid-table mush to Champions League qualifiers.
Supporters may have a long wait based on the Burnley away game. Despite a promising start, Arsenal did not have their shooting boots on, so missed chances to take the lead.
The big question was why was Pepe on the bench for such a game. The record signing is unplayable on his day and they are slightly more frequent than good displays from Ozil, who played most of the match.
Disappointing displays from Lacazette and Guendouzi gave Arsenal fans cause for concern, while good performances from Mustafi and Xhaka must have raised a few eyebrows.
Somehow, Arsenal recorded a rare clean sheet, so at least it shows that Arteta is keen to get the team defending like they did in days of old when players were Bould, Adams and Keown. What’s more, the new signings may help Arteta in his quest to find defensive solidity.
Something tells me Arteta will turn Arsenal around, but he will need years rather than months to achieve it.