“League One player” – Arsenal fans lament “useless” 23-year-old

The return of the ‘old Arsenal’ was there for all to see yesterday, as Mikel Arteta’s side succumb to a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool – heaping pressure on the Gunners boss.

Arsenal’s soft underbelly was there for all to see again last night, as three second half Liverpool goals were enough to leave the Gunners stunned and travel back to Merseyside with all three points.

Pressure is increasing on Arteta now, as Arsenal fans fear they are slipping back into their old ways under Arsene Wenger – conceding soft goals and struggling against the big six.

The result leaves Arsenal six points adrift of seventh placed Tottenham Hotspur, with their North-London rivals also having a game in hand.

It leaves the Gunners facing the very real prospect of having no European football next season unless they win the Europa League.

Arsenal fans are a rowdy bunch, who refuse to accept mediocrity, and that is where they see their team sleepwalking towards.

Several players came in for criticism, including club captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

But the man who seems to have taken the biggest hit is Gabriel.

Since his arrival in the summer from Lille, he has struggled to adapt to life at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

As Arteta continues to search for the winning formula at the heart of their defence, Gabriel has often been the makeweight in finding that formula.

Gunners fans certainly weren’t happy with the Brazilian’s performance yesterday.

Here’s what they had to say on Twitter….