Arsenal losing to Everton shows Mikel Arteta must make three signings to save his job

Arsenal: Arteta reflects on first year in charge of Gunners

Arsenal’s dire Premier League form continued on Saturday with defeat at Everton. An early own goal from Rob Holding and Yerry Mina’s headed finish on the stroke of half-time sealed all three points for the hosts to pile even more pressure on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners currently occupy 15th place in the league table, ten points adrift of the division’s top five, and look like genuine relegation contenders with their performances offering little to suggest that things will improve any time soon.

With the January transfer window just around the corner, Arteta will surely be looking to add to his squad if he is to stand any chance of remaining at the club beyond the end of the season.

One area in dire need of improvement is the middle of the park, with the Gunners lacking a creative spark to pull the strings in the final third.

Arteta’s side have created fewer clear-cut chances than basement boys Sheffield United this season, which is reflected in their dismal goal return, having scored just 12 times all season.

The club’s technical director Edu revealed earlier this week that he believes Arsenal’s main problem lies in midfield, claiming: “It’s quite clear what we need. We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”

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Frozen-out star Mesut Ozil has been tipped to return to the side by some supporters, but it seems unlikely that Arteta will back down on his decision to omit him from his first-team plans.

The German midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that even if he were to make a miraculous return to action, his involvement would only serve as a stop-gap solution.

It could also be argued that another defensive midfielder is needed given Granit Xhaka’s poor form as of late.

The Swiss international, suspended for Saturday’s defeat after he was sent off against Burnley last time out, always runs the risk of picking up yellow and red cards and his continued involvement, despite offering relatively little, highlights the club’s decline from the days of Patrick Viera and Gilberto Silva.

Thomas Partey can fill this role but is currently out of action after suffering a thigh injury earlier in the season.

A new addition to play in front of the back four could help the Gunners shore up their defence, allowing them to focus on addressing their issues in front of goal.

Arteta could also look to bring in a forward, possibly on loan until the summer, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling up top.

The Arsenal talisman has scored just three times all season having been deployed on the left-hand side for much of the current campaign.

The Gunners could benefit from another central striker in order to provide additional options in attack, with second-choice Eddie Nketiah failing to convince fans that he can be the answer with a muted performance at Goodison Park.

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