The Gunners collapsed for another Premier League loss on Saturday night, this time at Everton as Yerry Mina’s first-half goal proved to be the difference between the two teams.
For the current fifth league game, Arsenal conceded the opening goal when Rob Holding – the team captain in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence – inadvertently turned Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header into his own net.
Nicolas Pepe’s penalty restored parity, but the visitors were defeated by a corner corner at the end of the first half and were unable to find a goal in the second half as their poor Premier League form fell. continues.
As a result, Arsenal find themselves four points clear of the relegation zone after 14 games – the club’s worst start in a league campaign – and the threat of a fall becomes a very real prospect.
And Shearer isn’t 100 percent convinced Mikel Arteta’s team will stand.
« I wouldn’t be so sure, neither with this starting squad, nor with that attitude of some of these players, ”replied Shearer in the game of the day when asked if he thought the Gunners had enough. to stay in the division.
And the reason for the former Newcastle United and England striker’s rather surprising position is the squad’s lack of goals.
“It’s horrible,” added Shearer. “They don’t have creativity, the players go through the moves, the players don’t work hard enough, the players don’t close and Arteta should be a worried man relying on this group of players trying to save his job.
“They’ve scored 12 goals all season and that’s why. When the ball goes away [to the left] see her [Nicolas] Pepe. He’s not ready to go in the box. He just jogs, sometimes walks, and he needs to do more.
“He must try to end it and give his teammates more options.
“It’s no wonder they don’t create chances and score goals when players are doing that sort of thing. [being lazy]. You must be prepared to do more.
“There are a few players in there who don’t help the manager. They will never score goals playing like this. ”
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Shearer’s comments simply highlight what Arsenal need to do in the January transfer window.
Club technical director Edu has previously revealed that a creative midfielder is a priority among ties with Houssem Aouar, Christian Eriksen and Emi Buendia.
But with three Premier League goals between the 11 players who started at Goodison Park, it has become clear that the Gunners also need to increase their firepower so that another striker is on their radar.