Mikel Arteta ‘faces Arsenal uprising after senior players express frustration at being blamed for the team’s misery’ … while Spaniard’s tactical prowess is also ‘questioned’ with the club in the bottom half of the Premier League
- Mikel Arteta has come under fire from his players for blaming them for Arsenal’s woes
- Some seniors feel that Arteta does not take enough responsibility at the club
- The treatment of some players and the tactics of the Spaniard are being questioned
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly facing a backlash from his players for not taking responsibility for The Gunners’ bad season and blaming them.
Senior team members have reportedly started to voice concerns about Arteta’s tactical decisions and treatment of some players, said The sun
The club’s misery has gotten to the point where some senior players are questioning Arteta’s methods, such as leaving players out after a bad result.
Mikel Arteta has come under fire from some of his Arsenal players for blaming them for the club’s troubles
The Gunners languish in tenth place in the Premier League, 12 points out of the top four
Such was the treatment of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was relegated to the bench for Arsenal’s dismal 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final after playing poorly in the 3- 0 Premier League defeat to The Gunners. to Liverpool.
Aubameyang came to help for the Gunners’ sole purpose, allegedly leading some players to question the wisdom of Arteta’s decision.
He came under fire for his tactics, team selection and left it too late to make offensive changes against Slavia, introducing Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, who combined for Arsenal’s goal, only in the 78th minute.
Likewise, Arteta’s use of midfielder Thomas Partey is reportedly a sore point, with some in the squad feeling that the manager’s tactics aren’t making the most of their £ 45m summer addition.
Arteta (right) dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) on the bench against Slavia Prague
While accepting that they haven’t played well enough, members of the Arsenal squad would feel that Arteta is putting the blame on them in the first place rather than taking more responsibility herself.
Arsenal are having a bad season under the Spaniard, with the club languishing in tenth place in the Premier League, some 12 points from the Champions League places.
In fact, European football of any kind may well be over next season, with the Gunners seven points below the Europa League positions ahead of their game against Sheffield United on Sunday.
After a 1-1 draw against Slavia in the Europa League, Arteta said European football was a ‘minimum’ requirement and reminded his stars of his and their ‘responsibility’ to secure a place in the continental league.
He also bravely backed his decision to drop Aubameyang, insisting that the Gabon striker should not become a new Mesut Özil.
Some have wondered if Arteta’s tactics are stifling midfielder Thomas Partey (right)