Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lost more than Unai Emery, conceded more than double what Jose Mourinho did at Chelsea, and scored less than David Moyes’ West Ham

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has now managed 50 Premier League matches.

It’s a big milestone for the Spaniard but bringing that number up with a dismal 3-0 loss to Liverpool highlighted their current issues.

Arteta has a big job on his hands trying to turn things around at Arsenal
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He may have won the 2020 FA Cup and this season’s Community Shield but those successes have not been followed up.

Right now, with eight games to go in their Premier League season, the Gunners are 10th in the table, 10 points behind West Ham United who sit fourth.

It’s nowhere near good enough for a club the size of Arsenal and right now the possibility of failing to qualify for Europe in any way must be a huge fear.

The loss financially could seriously inhibit the Gunners, who are already spending vast sums on the wages of players like captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arteta looks to be relying on Europa League success for European qualification this year
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Sometimes things are tricky at the start for all managers in the Premier League and there is even suggestions players are angry at being blamed for their poor form.

According to The Sun, they are questioning why he happily revelled in leading the club to FA Cup glory last season but is not so keen on taking responsibility for poor games.

And the stats don’t lie as they show Arteta is very much under-performing compared to other top bosses when their first 50 top flight games are considered.

Jose Mourinho, in his first spell at Chelsea, is unlikely to ever have his record beaten, but Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Jurgen Klopp are certainly close to his outrageous half-century at Stamford Bridge.

Arteta has lost seven more games than Klopp did in the same amount of time
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What is the real eye-opener, though, is that predecessor Unai Emery also has a far better record than Arteta.

Emery’s Arsenal lost four fewer games, while his players scored 17 more goals too. The only thing in Arteta’s favour is a tighter defence having conceded 12 fewer.

Arsene Wenger, another of the Spaniard’s predecessors, also had a better record than him, although his points haul was two off Emery’s.

Emery guided Arsenal to a Europa League final in his only full season in charge but was eventually sacked after 51 Premier League games
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Meanwhile, of the English top-flight’s recent appointments, Arteta also finds himself well down the list.

Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, a man the Spaniard beat to the job, has done far better, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accumulated 10 points more than him.

Even Mauricio Pochettino did better while turning around a poor Tottenham side in 2014.

Arteta has fared better than David Moyes in his first 50 matches with West Ham but it counts for nothing with the Hammers currently in the Premier League’s top four.

Select managers after their first 50 Premier League fixtures in charge, according to OPTA

Arteta has a lot to do right now but after the loss to Liverpool, hopes won’t be too high around the Emirtates.

Do these stark figures show he’s getting an easy ride in north London, or is it refreshing a manager is being given time to get things right?

Either way, improvements will be needed soon or it’s almost certain he will be going the same way as Wenger and Emery did.

Source: Sport

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