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Arsenal has been on the decline in recent years, and the departure of Arsene Wenger ought to have brought back the club to the top following the appointment of Unai Emery.
However, it seems that the team continued to decline under Emery and after one-and-a-half-year in charge of the club, he was eventually sacked and Freddie Ljungberg became interim boss.
The Gunners eventually moved to appoint former midfielder and former Man City assistant boss Mikel Arteta to take over as permanent boss. While there have been improvements under Arteta, there are still traits of the old Arsenal under the Spaniard.
Arsenal had a good start against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but the Blues came from behind with two late goals to win the tie.
Premier League legend Alan Shearer has revealed that Arteta must have learnt that his team needs to sign defenders to improve following the defeat to Chelsea.
He wrote in The Sun: “For the first 80 minutes at the Emirates there were so many signs of encouragement for Arsenal but, in the end, the same old problems that have plagued them for years came back to haunt them.
“The whole team appeared organised for large parts and it looked as though they had a different attitude.
“They put in a huge amount of effort, which they have regularly lacked in the past.
“Then, with just seven minutes to go, the old Arsenal came back to bite and they self-destructed.
“Firstly, you can’t legislate for individual errors with Bernd Leno, who has rarely been the culprit, gifting Chelsea an equaliser. Then, instead of settling for 1-1 which would have been a good result, they went charging up the pitch at the end and left themselves wide open at the back.
“One thing Arteta will now definitely know is that he desperately needs to bring new defenders in if they are to kick on.”