Mikel Arteta’s “hands are tied” as Arsenal trio give him “big problem”

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had their shortcomings laid bare as they were beaten 3-1 away at Liverpool.

The Gunners put up a fight against the Premier League champions and took the lead through Alexandre Lacazette.

But their defensive frailties came to the fore as Liverpool came out on top – and Arteta has been warned by Roy Keane he faces a “big problem”.

Any more incomings are set to be restricted with Arteta’s “hands tied” as the club rely on outgoings to fund any further business.

And Roy Keane believes that leaves three players exposed as he criticised David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding as those from the side with “big question marks” that add to Arteta’s issues.

“There’s no getting away from that but he will still want some improvement,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“His hands are tied which is a big problem because he still needs a couple more players in.

“We saw again tonight that defensively – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there’s big question marks over them. Luiz still has that mistake in him.”

After the game, Arteta himself was pleased with the performance but was left to rue a miss from goalscorer Lacazette later in the game.

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Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Arteta said: “In the second half we corrected a few things, we were much better.

“We had some problems still with the ball and we had the best chance in the game and when it comes to Anfield you're not going to get 10 chances.

“When you get through one against one against the keeper, you have to score if you want to get something out of the game.”

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