Arsenal players turned on trio at Brighton – report

Date published: Tuesday 6th March 2018 10:07

Arsenal’s dressing room is reportedly in turmoil after the Gunners were beaten for the fourth successive match at Brighton on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s men crumbled to a 2-1 defeat – the first time in 16 years Wenger has overseen such a poor run of form – and, according to The Sun, the players are turning on each other with three stars squarely in the firing line

Neil Ashton’s story suggests team-mates have lashed out at Mesut Ozil for disappearing in the game at The Amex, especially in the first half.

New boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been criticised for not tracking his runners, while centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has been blasted for not taking responsibility for mistakes.

Several squad members believe Mustafi is passing on the blame for goals that he is responsible for.

Full-back Hector Bellerin is also believed to be fuming after being dropped just two hours before Sunday’s game.

Bellerin was expecting to play after training at right back in the build up to the fixture, but Callum Chambers was instead preferred at right-back and the Spaniard is reportedly furious.

Wenger is under huge pressure to get the club back on track, but after the Brighton defeat he maintained he was the man to turn things around.

The report goes on to claim that Arsenal went into the Brighton fixture “without an idea”.

And no plan to defend the hosts’ set-pieces, no specific tactical instructions. Wenger apparently wanted his players to work out a solution on the field.

The tabloid also reports that “when they came in at the final whistle Wenger barely said a word, leaving the players to sit and stare vacantly at each other again”.

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