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Arsenal “Gearing Up” For Relegation: Gameweek 14 Wrap

The Gunners slipped to another defeat on Saturday and are now seven league games without win. It’s been an awful start for Arteta’s side, who are now just four points above the relegation zone. Star player Mesut Ozil is still in exile and has not made an appearance in over seven months while the contracts of several other players have seen new clauses added since the slump in form.

It has been over a century since the North London giants have been demoted from the top tier of English football and while it seems almost impossible that relegation could happen, it is definitely not a good time to be an Arsenal fan. The Telegraph have reported that The Gunners have made alterations to player contracts to prevent financial crisis should the unthinkable happen. These clauses include twenty-five percent pay cuts and are apparently just a precautionary measure.

Arsenal lost 2-1 to Everton at the weekend and things only got worse when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at home by Manchester City this evening. The numerous poor performances only further raised eyebrows on the club’s top earner, Mesut Ozil’s situation at the club. The German starlet is yet to play a minute of football for the club this season after being left out of the initial squad. Manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports at the beginning of the season that he tries “to select the players that are in better condition” and claimed that Ozil does not suit his style of play. Ozil responded to the weekend’s defeat by tweeting a broken heart with a sad face emoji after the game, pretty much summing up the feeling that one would assume currently occupies Arsenal fans. The Gunners next go up against Chelsea in a London derby on boxing day.

Meanwhile in the league, Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, slipped to defeat at Leicester City — sending them out of the top four. Manchester United thrilled at Old Trafford and picked up a 6-2 win over Leeds United while Liverpool thumped Crystal Palace 7-0 away from home courtesy of a Mohamed Salah brace off the bench. The results mean that The Reds will go into Christmas at the top of the table for the third consecutive year while Leicester, Man United and Everton are all within touching distance of a title fight as we approach the boxing day round of fixtures.

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