The Gunners slipped to their fourth defeat in five Premier League games as Carlo Ancelotti’s side secured a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.
Rob Holding’s own goal had put Everton in front before Nicolas Pepe equalised from the penalty spot. But Yerry Mina’s header shortly before half time put Everton back in front and Arsenal were unable to pull level after the break.
Arteta’s men delivered a disjointed display in the opening 45 minutes and tensions quickly boiled over between the players as David Luiz berated Elneny for his reluctance to pass the ball forward.
And according to MailOnline, Elneny was also the source of frustration with Arsenal’s backroom staff as one of the club’s analysts was ‘was occasionally going berserk’ at the Egyptian midfielder.
Elneny, who started in midfield ahead of the suspended Granit Xhaka, was replaced in the 64th minute by Joe Willock.
After the game, Arteta admitted that he urged his players to quicken the tempo during his half-time team talk after a poor opening 45 minutes.
‘I think in the first half, in the first phase, it was slow,’ said Arteta.
‘Whether it was because the players were a little bit restricted or because they don’t want to make a mistake or just because we felt that it was comfortable to do it.
‘But in the second half it was much better. We talked about it at half-time that the speed has to be much quicker, with the movement and the intention to attack the spaces and we did it much more efficiently but it wasn’t enough to score more goals.’
‘Now the confidence is not on the top level but the only thing that can be said is we should stick together and come out of this situation,’ said Leno.
‘A lot of things are going wrong for us but we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to fight for every ball, for our teammates.’