The Arsenal manager’s troubles run deeper than a chronic shortage of goals but the derby could offer some respite

An evening in the life of Mikel Arteta usually involves a stress-relieving walk with his dog, Arnie. Arteta revealed as much this past week and it was a relatively rare insight into the extracurricular pursuits of a manager who, during his first year in the job, has proved adept at answering questions with a smile while giving little away.

If only the same could be said for his team. Arsenal have been both hangdog and porous in recent Premier League outings, losing their past three home games and somehow surviving a pounding at Leeds.

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‘Mourinho has something really special,’ Arteta said, prompting amusement with his choice of adjective

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