ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta admitted Premier League debutants Brentford deserved the shock 2-0 win that left him joint favourite to be the first top-flight boss sacked this season.
Sergi Canos drilled the lively Bees in front and Christian Norgaard headed a clincher – with new £50million centre-back Ben White vulnerable in the Gunners’ dodgy defensive display.
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Boss Arteta told the BBC: “I’m disappointed. We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we deserved anything different.
“They scored from a long throw-in and we didn’t have enough presence in the box.
“The first goal gave them some hope. We wanted to play better in the second half but we need many more shots on target, then we conceded on a set-piece.
“What I can control and help, I’ll put all my enthusiasm and work into that.”
And the Spaniard had few complaints over Norgaard’s 73rd minute decider despite protests Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was fouled.
ODDS ON FIRST MANAGER OUT
MIKEL ARTETA is now joint favourite to be the first Premier League manager axed. Here’s the latest list of the favourites.
Mikel Arteta – 5/1
Xisco Munoz – 5/1
Patrick Vieira – 7/1
Steve Bruce – 7/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl – 15/2
Rafa Benitez – 10/1
Arteta said: “It’s allowed in the Premier League. He cannot move. I can’t change it now.”
The former Manchester City assistant chief has now shot from 10-1 before Friday night’s problem-strewn defeat to 5-1 alongside Watford’s Xisco Munoz in the axe odds.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “Mikel Arteta’s Sack Race odds have been slashed in half after just 90 minutes of football, with the Arteta Out fans looking increasingly likely to get their way.”
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