Current Arsenal players will get Arteta sacked, says pundit

Date published: Sunday 29th August 2021 2:59 - James Holland

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Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell thinks the current crop of Arsenal players will soon get Mikel Arteta sacked.

The Gunners are yet to pick up a single point in the top flight after three matches.

They have conceded nine goals in that time without hitting the back of the net once.

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Their most recent defeat was a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Ferran Torres scored twice for the reigning champions, while Granit Xhaka was sent off for a poor challenge on Joao Cancelo.

Arsenal’s only win so far this season was a 6-0 drubbing of Championship side West Brom in the Carabao Cup.

But Arteta’s position could be under threat if their winless run continues in the league.

Campbell was asked about his former club on Sky Sports. The pundit said: “The owners had two opportunities to bring in experience. But what happens when you bring experience in is you have to bankroll them, you have to back them.

“When Arsene Wenger left, they brought in Unai Emery. They didn’t necessarily back him fully, then when Emery got sacked, Freddie [Ljungberg] took over for a bit.

“That was the perfect time to bring an experienced manager in and back him. They didn’t do that, they brought in Mikel Arteta.

“Ok, he’s a young, novice manager who they’re expecting big things from. But they’ve been playing catch-up all this time and I think this Arsenal team will get Arteta the sack.”

Reacting to the City defeat, club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said: “Today it wasn’t enough, and against a team like City even when it is 11 against 11 you have to take risks and be brave on the ball, and we didn’t today.

“After the red card it was a different game, but this is not enough and everyone has to raise the level, work harder as a team and stick together. This is the only way to go forward.

“We have to play with courage. This type of game we have to play with everything and take risks, but we just didn’t do enough today.

“I think we have to talk between us players, and I think this is important because we are Arsenal, and we have to show our wounded pride.

“We have to talk, and say the truth between each other, be honest and raise the level.”

Arsenal will be looking to get off the mark after the international break when they face Norwich City at home.


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