By 1970s Gooner
There are four reasons why I believe Arteta has lost the plot.
The first one is his obsession to tinker with something that wasn't broke. In fact it was working smashingly well last season until injuries, squad depth and inexperience of a young team took its toll.
His tinkering has confused the Arsenal players as was so evident with choosing a midfield player to play as an inverted right back. Fulham's first goal came about from Partey ignoring or not being aware that Saka was under pressure and rushed to position himself in midfield leaving a huge gap behind.
Furthermore Arteta has removed White from right back which had the knock on effect of depriving Saka the excellent relationship he had with White. This was a major reason last season which unlocked the spaces behind the two defenders who are usually assigned to stop Saka.
Secondly amidst all this tinkering he insists on starting Havertz in every game when it is blatantly obvious that the boy is not delivering. He can not mark well, link with Martinelli nor score. WHAT CAN HE DO?
Start Trossard there, ESR, Vieira or better still DROP him and play Rice there. He can do the job for sure.
Thirdly why did he have to go with a false number nine? Especially with all the confusion created with all the tinkering in the rest of the team. Start Nketiah there for all of our sake. He has proved that he is up for it.
WAKE UP MIKEL
Dropping points like this and insisting on carrying on with this tinkering will mean that we are now out of the title race unless City hand it to us.
Your target now has to be to finish in the top 5.
This is what has to be done:
1. Reinstate Gabriel in defence and White at right back
2. Drop Havertz and play Partey, Rice and Odegaard in midfield
3. Give Nketiah a run he will score goals for you
4. STOP TINKERING, you and this squad is not that experienced to copy Pep and his tinkering.