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Garth Crooks makes Mikel Arteta claim after Arsenal win

Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Mikel Arteta looks to be out of his depth despite Arsenal beating Burnley at the weekend.

The Gunners have back-to-back victories under their belt after a rough start. They beat the Clarets 1-0.

It was a tense victory. The only goal came from Martin Odegaard’s free-kick. And Arsenal were made to work extremely hard defensively to ensure that they got across the line at Turf Moor.

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But Arsenal stood up to a challenge that would have arguably caused previous Gunners sides to wilt.

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Nevertheless, Crooks has suggested that Arsenal look to be being held back by their manager.

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“The problem for the Gunners is they look miles from where they really should be right now and the biggest culprit seems to be the manager. Mikel Arteta appears out of his depth,” he told BBC Sport.

“He has talented players at his disposal and on occasions against Burnley they showed it. However, it was a set-piece that dug him out of a hole.”

Arteta heading into defining spell in Arsenal season amid Crooks criticism

Ironically, it has been all or nothing for Arsenal so far this season. In all competitions, they have won three and lost three.

In all of the games they have lost, they have scored none. And in all of the games they have won, they have conceded none.

Defeats against Chelsea and Manchester City are not going to define their campaign. Of course, the supporters would have preferred better showings in both of those fixtures.

Similarly, beating Norwich and Burnley does not alleviate all of the pressure on Arteta’s shoulders.

In the league, they now host Tottenham in the North London derby before taking on Brighton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

That is a run that could really show where Arsenal are. They now have some momentum. And if they can go anywhere near maximum points in those four games, few will be able to suggest that Arteta is out of his depth.

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