Just when back-to-back defeats in the Premier League weren’t depressing enough, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirmed yesterday that Ben White is likely to miss next weekend’s game as well after testing positive for the virus.
The Gunners have had the worst possible start to the new season. We were woeful against Brentford last week and although we fared a lot better against Chelsea yesterday, we were simply not good enough to get at least a point on the board.
Played two, lost two is a terrible look but Arsenal have their reasons. The infamous virus is proving to be a big problem for us, and it doesn’t look like there’s an immediate fix to solve that issue at the moment.
The Gunners have so far lost Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, Alex Runarsson and most recently, White. The Premier League don’t seem bothered at all as shown by their decision to reject our request of postponing last weekend’s game.
Arteta and co have to find a way to deal with it, without anyone’s help. Our backs are well and truly against the wall now and to make things worse, it doesn’t look like we’ll have our £50 million defender back for the big game against Manchester City to help us bounce back.
Arteta: Ben White likely to miss Manchester City clash
After the game yesterday, Arteta was asked if White could be available for the upcoming games against West Brom in the Carabao Cup and Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Gunners boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “I don’t think so, no.”
At the end of the day, irrespective of the circumstances, it all comes down to the manager. He is responsible to get the best out of whatever players are available, and our record after two games show that he has failed.
However, arguably nobody in the history of the game has had a tougher start to life as a manager than Arteta. We really hope he can find a way to bounce back from this before the board are left with no choice but to show him the door.