How Mikel Arteta set Arsenal up to fail against Brighton

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It’s been a week to forget for the Gunners with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal having suffered two damaging defeats, subsequently handing their local rivals Tottenham the upper hand in the race for the Champions League places.

The Gunners have already surpassed the expectations most had for them at the start of the campaign, amassing 12 points more at this same stage than last season. While mathematically they are still very much in the hunt for a top four finish – they’re still just three points behind Spurs with a game in hand – looking at their remaining fixtures doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence and so there’s a feeling that their challenge is beginning to unravel.

The squad’s inexperience was always a concern, as was how they might be impacted in the event they pick up two or three key injuries. But on Saturday, perhaps more than anyone, it was the manager who showed he’s still a little wet behind the ears.

Arsenal were rocked by the news earlier in the week that Kieran Tierney will miss the rest of the season and further scans showed Thomas Partey’s injury sustained at Selhurst Park on Monday is more severe than initially thought.

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