Arsenal have started the season badly and something must change, quickly.
An embarrassing 2-0 loss to Brentford in the first game has increased the pressure on boss Mikel Arteta after just one match.
Perhaps most alarming, many expected top flight newcomers to come out with three points.
The Bees outscored the Gunners across the park to seal their first Premier League victory.
And staunch Arsenal fan Darren Bent, who has scored 106 goals for a handful of Premier League clubs in his career, admitted that the top four are out of reach for the Gunners after their opener.
“I think we can get to the top eight,” Bent told Drive on Wednesday. “You have to be realistic.
“We know it’s not good enough, but you have to be realistic about where they are.
“In terms of hiring, signings, you see where they are. It’s sad to see him, but that performance against Brentford just wasn’t good enough. “
Arsenal are in deep trouble, with fans on the boil and Arteta on the brink.
So what needs to happen for the north London club to have a good season?
The £ 35m signing of Martin Odegaard, who impressed on loan after joining in January, is a great start.
The Gunners have been crying out for more creativity and the Norwegian adds exactly that, but more arrivals must follow.
Arteta will also need to make tactical adjustments if he wants to save the season.
Here, talkSPORT.com has identified those adjustments and who else needs to be involved after their disastrous start to the new season.
The right signings
Many fans think Arteta should be fired, but cutting and changing bosses may not be the best solution, particularly since Antonio Conte is the only world-class manager available and is unlikely to accept the position.
What is alarmingly clear is that Arsenal must get more signings out the door, with just under two weeks to go.
If they don’t, real problems could arise.
Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White and Nuno Tavares have arrived for a combined fee of around £ 80 million, but the inexperienced trio does not have enough to help the club return to Europe.
Former midfielder Ray Parlor, who played for the Invincibles team that mixed style with strength, believes a more physical player is required.
“They were intimidated outside the park [against Brentford]. We had so many talented players but no one could intimidate you, “he told talkSPORT.
He understood that there are negotiations with Barcelona on a possible exchange agreement between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Philippe Coutinho.
A report from Spanish media Sport states that the Gunners captain “ would appreciate ” leaving North London after Arteta’s team failed to catch up with European football for this season.
Coutinho, meanwhile, would return to the Premier League after becoming one of the most promising attacking midfielders in the world at Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are also mulling a move for Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic, who impressed with 21 goals in Serie A last season.
Aaron Ramsdale, who was the Player of the Season for Sheffield United, who was relegated, is also getting closer to moving to the Emirates.
Coutinho and Vlahovic would add much-needed firepower to Arteta’s ranks, while Ramsdale will offer them strength in depth, something every successful team needs.
A new right-back will also need to be added if the restless Hector Bellerin leaves the club, with Cedric Soares aging and Calum Chambers not a natural right-back.
Parlor, meanwhile, also feels that leaders on the pitch are essential.
Build a team around Saka and Smith Rowe
Saka was a bright light in what was a desperately disappointing campaign for Arsenal last season.
He deservedly won the club’s Player of the Season award and emulated his impressive displays on the international stage with England at Euro 2020.
Arsenal must build their team around the versatile winger as well as his academy teammate Emile Smith Rowe.
The latter was one of the few prominent artists against Brentford.
Led the defense was never afraid to choose an ambitious pass.
It seems incredible that Arsenal’s top two players are so young, but Arteta must build her team around the talented duo if she wants her team to have a good season.
Get the best of Thomas Partey
The midfielder had a difficult first season in the Premier League and that was mainly due to a series of injury setbacks.
Arsenal have yet to see the quality of the Ghana international following their £ 45 million trade from Atlético Madrid last summer.
He missed the Brentford crash, but must start running when he returns.
Arsenal’s defense is their weak point and Partey’s disappointing debut season played a role in that final period.
A fit Partey could see a change in the club’s fortunes.
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