Andy Cole unsure of direction Arsenal are heading in under Mikel Arteta after Liverpool defeat

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The Gunners find themselves in ninth place Getty Images)

Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Andy Cole admits he isn’t sure of the direction Mikel Arteta is leading his side in after their chastening 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners were completely dominated by their opponents at the Emirates and deservedly beaten courtesy of a Diogo Jota brace either side of Mohamed Salah’s smart finish.

The result has left Arsenal in ninth place in the Premier League table and nine points off the top four with eight games left to play.

Cole questioned the position Aubameyang was playing in against Liverpool
Cole questioned the position Aubameyang was playing in against Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta managed to win the FA Cup in his first season as a manager last year but his team’s league form has been inconsistent since he arrived at the Emirates in December 2019.

And Cole questioned his former side’s approach to the Liverpool clash and conceded that he is uncertain about the direction they are heading in.

‘I’m not sure, I’m not quite sure where Arsenal are going to be brutally honest, Cole told talkSPORT.

‘I’m looking at them yesterday, they never laid a glove on Liverpool, considering Liverpool’s form has previously been so bad, you thought Arsenal would’ve had a right go at them, try and win the game being the home team. 

‘In the end, Liverpool were so comfortable it was unbelievable.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was deployed on the left against Liverpool but often found himself tracking all the way back to stop the dangerous Trent Alexander-Arnold, who provided the cross for Jota’s first goal.

And Cole suggested that Aubameyang playing so deep hindered his ability to help the Arsenal attack.

‘Aubameyang, I think he signed his new contract to play as a left-back,’ he added. 

‘Because yesterday that’s all he was doing, following Trent Alexander-Arnold up and down the left side.

‘And then you’re taking away from what he’s supposed to be giving Arsenal which is goals, creativity to help [Alexandre] Lacazette up front.

‘I saw nothing yesterday, I’m not quite sure where Arsenal are going.’

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