How Mikel Arteta set Arsenal up to fail against Brighton

It has been a week to forget for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal suffered two painful defeats, giving local rivals Tottenham the upper hand in the race for Champions League places.

The ‘Gunners’ have already exceeded the expectations that most had for them at the start of the campaign, accumulating 12 more points at this stage than last season. While mathematically they’re still in the hunt for a top-four finish – they’re still just three points behind Spurs with one game to go – looking at their remaining games doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence, so there’s a sense that their challenge is beginning to unravel.

The team’s inexperience was always a concern, as was how they might be affected should they pick up two or three key injuries. But on Saturday, perhaps more than anyone else, it was the coach who showed that he is still a little wet behind the ears.

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

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