May 22, 2022

Emotions have been running high following Arsenal’s latest setback.

And there was a familiar trend on Twitter in response to the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Thursday night.

‘#ArtetaOut’ was a popular search term on the social media site in the aftermath of events at Old Trafford where the Gunners took the lead after 13 minutes and still left without a point.

Having already been beaten by Manchester City and Liverpool away from home prior to facing United, there was a bit of pressure on Mikel Arteta and Arsenal to prove they can get a result in games against the traditional ‘big six’ on the road.

But failure to build on Emile Smith Rowe’s somewhat fortuitous opener and gifting United their three goals on a plate, resulted in yet another disappointing visit to Manchester.

Unsurprisingly, many supporters weren’t happy with the result and a few individual performances.

And as manager, Arteta has come in for a lot of criticism. Some of it has been based around his team selection, whilst his decision to bring on Eddie Nketiah – who recently rejected a contract offer from the club – over Nicolas Pepe when Arsenal were chasing an equaliser was to the bemusement of many.

Meanwhile, Gunners legend Thierry Henry did not hold back when discussing what went wrong at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

“Well, we scored the first one and then after that we had total control of the game,” he said on Amazon Prime. “We started to give some very simple balls away in dangerous areas which opened some spaces for them and gave them some momentum.

“We had some difficulties there and we conceded the goal.

Thierry Henry questioned Mikel Arteta's decision to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off against Manchester United
Thierry Henry questioned Mikel Arteta’s decision to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off against Manchester United (Image: Amazon Prime Video)

“The second half we had some difficulties again. We had total control, we conceded the goal, but reacted well and kept playing and we were dominant in the game and we scored the second one.

“After that we have to show maturity to not concede the third one. At that moment we didn’t manage well enough the situation and we conceded the goal.

“So I’m pleased with a lot of things that I saw but being realistic, conceding three goals at Old Trafford it’s very hard to win the game.”

For some Arsenal supporters, Henry’s assessment of the United defeat has resonated and has allowed them to reach the same conclusion regarding Arteta.

@omarwaziri_ said: “Thiery Henry, like me, a true Arsenal fan, refuses to settle for less and accept mediocrity. #ArtetaOut.”

@ScuderiaxMike asked: “I saw people moaning about Thierry Henry’s sentiments earlier. Does this open your eyes now? #ArtetaOut.”

@nc_arsenal said: “It’s never anything personal against Arteta. It’s not his fault he got a job too big for him. I like the bloke. I think he’s honest guy with ambition. But he’s just not good enough to manage this club. #ArtetaOut”

@Ian4oyarow said: “Arteta is not good enough. Kindly leave #ArtetaOut.”

For the Arsenal fans hoping for a managerial change, they might have to wait another 17 months – until the summer of 2023 – for one as that’s when Arteta’s contract expires after initially signing a three-and-a-half-year deal when appointed in December 2019.

Of course, any decision to relieve the Spaniard of his duties before then will be made by the club’s board and owner Stan Kroenke.

Although, after heavily backing Arteta in the summer transfer window, you get the impression that Arsenal’s situation would have to get really bad in order for Kroenke to perform a major u-turn.

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