A draw with Bournemouth and a defeat to Southampton, respectively, on Boxing Day has left both clubs woefully short of form but can their managers – both ex-players – turn it around?
At the Vitality, there were some green shoots for the Gunners against Eddie Howe’s Cherries but they couldn’t find a winning goal, meanwhile the Blues’ defence was shown up twice by the Saints in a bitterly disappointing display.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to see more from his side after their festive fright on the south coast.
“I am pleased with a lot of things I have seen and a lot of things we practised that happened,” said the former Gunners captain.
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“I am not happy we have not won the game but happy overall. In terms of attitude, desire and commitment it was better than I expected.”