Rival coach Pep Guardiola has backed Mikel Arteta to turn things around at Arsenal after the Gunners were thrashed 5-0 in the English Premier League by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium to hit a new low.
Guardiola's Manchester City showed no mercy after Arsenal were reduced to 10 men following Granit Xhaka's first half send off.
It marks the first time in Arsenal's 128 year history in the English league that they have started a season with three losses without scoring a goal.
But Guardiola, who had Arteta as one of his assistants at City between 2016 and 2019, called on Arsenal fans to keep the faith.
"I work two, three years together with him, and I learned many things," Guardiola said.
"He's above and beyond a good manager. The character, personality, the leading. He's incredibly beloved from all of us, we were sad when he left.
"Sometimes people expect results immediately. The squad he played today isn't the team he dreamed because they had seven or eight injuries. Really important players -- Ben White, Thomas Partey.
"He can't use the players he needs to do it. All the managers need the deep squad.
"All our players except Kevin (De Bruyne) and Phil (Foden) are fit. I am a big fan of him and if they trust him he will do a good job at Arsenal."
It was Arsenal's ninth successive league loss to City, stretching back into Arsene Wenger's reign.
Unai Emery and, now Arteta, have been brought in to try to revive Arsenal's fortunes.
Arteta has had 20 months in the job since being hired away from City.
But the Gunners look further than ever from getting back into the Champions League, let alone winning the title for the first time since 2004.
Arteta now has two weeks of the international break to face more questions about his suitability to continue as Arsenal manager.
A despondent Arteta pointed to his lack of options but called for a quick turnaround given the club finished eighth last season and out of European qualification places.
"We have some players here, hopefully we can get some players back," Arteta said.
"It's time to reflect and look in the mirror at each of us. We need to change the dynamic straight away.
"I don't think today is the day to talk about any problems with the process.
"Today we have to talk about the result and what happened on the pitch. And that's it."
Australian Associated Press