Arteta watches on vs Everton
Arsenal and Everton would go head-to-head in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.
Both clubs would appoint new permanent bosses shortly before the tie with Mikel Arteta being named as the Gunners’ new head coach on Friday.
However, Arteta was not in the dugout on Saturday with Freddie Ljungberg taking charge of his final game as interim boss.
Both Arteta and new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti watched on from the stands as their new clubs played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw.
Highlights: Everton 0-Arsenal 0
Arsenal want CL football
After watching Arsenal put on a rather dismal display at Goodison Park, Arteta will be well aware of the huge task ahead of him.
The North London outfit have won just one of their last 13 outings across all competitions and their defence is normally pretty poor.
Arteta will also have to try and get the best out of a rather inconsistent Mesut Ozil.
As well as trying to fix Arsenal’s form, defence and get the best out of their big names, it seems the Spaniard has been set another mammoth task.
According to the Mirror, Arteta has been given the immediate task of qualifying for the Champions League this season.
The North London outfit have not earned a Champions League spot in the previous three seasons and it doesn’t look as though it will happen this campaign either, baring a massive U-turn in form.
The Gunners began Sunday 11th in the English top-flight, six points off 4th place Chelsea who were in action on Sunday vs Tottenham and extended the gap between themselves and Arsenal to nine points after a dominant 2-0 victory over Tottenham.