Both managers were appointed at similar times around the same time last year, but while seasoned boss Ancelotti has managed to convince Everton players to agree to what he wants to do, rookie manager Arteta is faced with a full-fledged crisis in North London.
The former Everton and Arsenal midfielder presided over an eighth loss in just 14 Premier League games this season at Goodison Park on Saturday, where the hosts won 2-1 to move up to second in the table.
Everton took the lead when an effort from Dominic Calvert-Lewin deflected visiting defender Rob Holding, but the Gunners equalized thanks to a Nicolas Pepe penalty.
However, as they appeared to be heading for the break after resuming play, Yerry Mina directed what turned out to be the winner of a corner kick from a halftime kick.
The match exposed some of Arsenal’s shortcomings, with one particular moment picked up by Mail Online and cited as an example of how serious things are.
They spotted a trade between David Luiz and Mohamed Elneny just before half-time, as the Brazilian could be seen arguing with the Egyptian midfielder over returning the ball to him instead of looking forward.
With the incident described as the ‘lowest point’ of defeat, the disagreement between Luiz and Elneny is said to have continued throughout the game, with the Brazilian often even forgetting his teammate when looking to pass.
Arteta will surely be disappointed with two of his senior players if that is indeed the case, as the Gunners’ season continues to spiral downward.
Arsenal will slip to 16th place on Sunday if Brighton beat lower club Sheffield United.
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