According to Goal, The Gunners were doomed to their sixth reverse of the new campaign in the Premier League, making some unwanted history in the process.
As their North London derby loss to Tottenham continued to put the burden on Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s troubles deepened in defeat on Sunday, leaving the club facing their worst league start for nearly four decades.
Thanks to goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, the Gunners were doomed to their sixth Premier League reverse of the new season, leaving them closer to the relegation zone than to the top.
With almost a dozen top-flight games already under their belt, Arteta’s side looks to be facing an uphill struggle to secure a top-six berth once again, having only qualified through their FA Cup win in August for this year’s Europa League.
However, it has been a relatively torrid few months on the domestic front since their triumph at Wembley, with three wins from their opening four matches having since converted to just one in their last seven in the league.
The pick of the litter in terms of positive results is a lone point against newly promoted Leeds United, with the Gunners having lost to Aston Villa, Wolves, and Spurs since their last win, against Manchester United at the beginning of November.
These findings suggest that Arsenal have won just 13 points from 11 league games this season, their lowest return for 39 years at this stage of a top-flight campaign, since 1981-82, when they reached 12.
Arteta became just the second Arsenal boss to lose one of his first two North London derbies for over half a century, after Bertie Mee in 1966-67, in defeat to Jose Mourinho as well.
In a game they statistically won, with 70 percent of possession throughout the manner of the club’s loss against their rivals would rate the Spaniard too, particularly given the ingenuity of his side throughout.
In total, Arsenal attempted 32 open-play crosses, their most in a single Premier League match for nearly five years, against Leicester since February 2016, when they managed 36.
For the better part of a decade, it also represented their most remote home since March 2011, when they also recorded 32 attempts at the Hawthorns against West Brom.