Arsenal in shambles as usual, “disagreements” between Edu & Arteta

December 1, 2020
Arteta and Edu

Arsenal are a club back in crisis. A season that promised so much under Mikel Arteta is already getting away from the north London giants, with the club losing five of their opening 10 Premier League matches. And a disagreement with Edu over the signing of Thomas Partey appears to be stinging the Spaniard as the Gunners look to bounce back.

Arsenal started the season well, beating Fulham 3-0 on the opening day having won the FA Cup mere weeks previously.

But now, as the January transfer window beckons closer, the Gunners are back to being a team in trouble.

Arsenal have endured a wretched start to the campaign, their worst since 1981. They sit 14th in the Premier League table and Wolves, on Sunday, consigned them to yet another defeat.

Pedro Neto opened the scoring in north London with Daniel Podence then striking after a goal from Gabriel Magalhaes to earn Wolves all three points.

What’s most alarming, however, is that Arsenal look out of ideas.

Joe Willock alluded to that after the match. He admitted the north London giants aren’t fluid enough, saying: “We’re not playing well enough as a team at the moment and we need to stick together and bounce back from this very quickly.

“I don’t think it’s clicking enough and there’s not enough fluidity in the team.

“We need to sort this out as quickly as possible to fight for the position we want to fight for.”

When Arsenal signed Partey from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, the Ghana international appeared to be the final piece in the Arsenal jigsaw.

Arteta, however, reportedly didn’t want the 27-year-old over Houssem Aouar. Instead, he felt the Lyon star would be the right signing to take them to the next level.

It was reported by L’Equipe that Arteta was denied his wish, however, by Edu. They had differing viewpoints and, in the end, it was the Gunners supremo who got his way.

Sure, Arsenal have needed a player like Partey for years. But with Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny in their ranks, they were never going to be short of midfield steel.

Instead, they’ve now been left woefully short of creativity. So Arteta and Edu’s transfer disagreement is coming back to haunt Arsenal.