Arsenal have been left ruing missed opportunities as they suffered three consecutive defeats in the last few weeks, including an exit from the FA Cup. Amidst the team’s struggles, some individuals have stood out with commendable performances.
Mikel Arteta’s side finds themselves in a slump, winning only one of their last seven matches across all competitions and scoring a mere five goals during that stretch. The frustration continued in front of the goal with several missed chances in the first half against Liverpool.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright pinpointed two players he sympathises with after the Gunners’ FA Cup elimination by Liverpool on Sunday.
William Saliba has showcased exceptional performances this season, highlighting his potential at Arsenal. Similarly, summer signing Declan Rice’s seamless integration into Arteta’s squad has been commendable, showing promise for further improvement.
However, the concerning issue for Arteta is the significant drop in form of players who excelled last season, creating uncertainty about the team’s performance.
While there’s no cause for panic, Arteta needs to address these challenges promptly to avoid further setbacks. Failure to rectify their issues might distance Arsenal from contention for the title this season.
Wright expressed empathy for William Saliba and summer signing Declan Rice, acknowledging their efforts amidst the team’s struggles.
“While I could sense this coming, I feel for the players who are giving their all,” Wright shared on Wrighty’s House.
“I empathize with Saliba, I sympathize with Declan Rice. Even Jorginho did well today controlling and distributing the ball.”
Arsenal will head to Dubai for warm-weather training this week with a rare Premier League winter break as an opportunity for an overseas training stint.
This trip would mark Arsenal’s third visit to Dubai, with their previous visits occurring after Mikel Arteta assumed the managerial position in 2020 and during the World Cup break last season.
After the trip to Dubai, Arteta will hope to get his team during when they return to domestic action against Crystal Palace at home on January 20.