After Arsenal’s latest defeat they shoved 21-year-old Joe Willock in front of the cameras to speak for the team and the youngster identified a number of reasons the side are having problems.
There was no sign of any senior member of the Arsenal squad after Sunday’s latest embarrassment but Willock stepped up, as he has done repeatedly this season, to speak on behalf of the team.
“We’re not playing well enough as a team at the moment,” Willock said after his second Premier League start of the season.
“It was very disappointing.
“You never want to lose at the Emirates or in any game but I feel like in the first half it wasn’t good enough.
“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.”
A year on from Unai Emery’s sacking, Arsenal sit in 14th place with a negative goal difference (still) of minus two and fans talking, at length, about Arsene Wenger and Mesut Ozil. This is the worst start after 10 games for Arsenal since the Premier League became a thing and their worst start ever since the 1981/82 season. To save you the maths, that’s nearly 40 years ago.
Next up for Arsenal is the Europa League, from which they have already qualified for the knockout stages. Then there is the small matter of heading up the road to face a Mourinho-infused Tottenham side.