Arsenal’s senior stars have reportedly met up for talks to oppose the club’s potential plans to replace Arsene Wenger with Mikel Arteta.
With the club in disarray following four successive defeats – a report claimed that three of their stars had been scapegoated following Sunday’s defeat at Brighton – plenty of talk has turned to who will replace Arsene Wenger should the club opt to call time on the long-serving Frenchman’s reign.
The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann have both been touted as candidates – but it is thought Arsenal’s board see their former player Arteta as their preferred candidate.
However, according to reports in The Sun, Arsenal’s stars are strongly opposed to the appointment of Arteta, with some said to be unwilling to play under their former teammate. Furthermore, it’s suggested in the report that some of them see the Spaniard of having too high an opinion of himself and arrogant; characteristics which alienated him from his teammates during his time at the Emirates as a player.
Arteta has forged a promising reputation as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, with his good work not going unnoticed by Arsenal’s hierarchy.
However, they could be forced to think again should they choose to appoint him and will be extremely wary about going against the wishes of several players.
Two of the club’s recent recruits Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both vowed to try and save Wenger from the sack.
Just last week, Mkhitaryan said: “It is a pleasure to work with him. Of course it is not very easy for him.
“But we have to play for the club, for him, because he is a big role model for this term, a big person at this club, so we have to show we are ready to fight for him.
“It’s not the easiest time for the club, but we are here to help, do our best, and put Arsenal on the level that it was before. I know it’s not going to be easy, but we’re trying, and doing our best.”
Aubameyang added: “He is a great manager, everyone knows it.
“It is not an easy moment but we have to give our best to show him that we play for him and give everything for him.”
Meanwhile, reports on Tuesday suggest Arsenal will call time on Wenger’s reign should the club be eliminated from the Europa League. The Gunners face AC Milan in their Round of 16 first leg on Thursday evening.