Arteta asks Arsenal fans to stop bullying Wenger for poor form
The Emirates continues to live under hazy days with Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal still shrouded in mystery. The French manager could be sacked at the end of the season, although he still has full support from his squad.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has relieved Wenger from any blame for the Gunners’ poor run of form. Arteta claims its on-field mistakes that have led Arsenal to unsatisfactory results in recent days.
The Spanish midfielder insists Wenger cannot be blamed for poor performance by the Arsenal squad. Arteta believes its nervousness and tension to bring better results to the table are a couple of reasons behind Arsenal’s lack of form. Arteta reckons there are no real leaders at Arsenal, which is why the club lacks inspiration and a leading example.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta insists individual mistakes on the field and not the guidance of under-fire manager Wenger are to blame for the Gunners' setbacks in recent days. Arteta, who was seated beside Wenger in his infamous press conference outburst at reporters last Monday, the former Everton midfielder got the opportunity to deliver his opinion on the matter.
Arteta revealed he was exasperated by the criticism Arsenal fans were throwing towards the club following the FA Cup defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and the embarrassing defeat against a rampant Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
“I don't know if it's nerves, but when things aren't going in your direction, like the Blackburn game, you analyze the stats of the game, it's absolutely amazing that we haven't won the game,” Mikel Arteta said in an interview to Arsenal’s official website.
“If you see the result and people are watching at home and see that Arsenal lost at home against Blackburn and are out of the FA Cup, it's a disaster. But if you analyze how they won the game, it's unbelievable and it seems to happen to us. That's what we have to improve.
“Sometimes (mistakes come from) a bit of a lack of concentration. Or if a team-mate makes a mistake, the second one cannot be a mistake again. It seems to happen. For every small detail, the other teams are taking advantage and it's costing us a lot of points.
“Something good that we've got here is that we don't look at the other one and say 'look what you've done'. If someone makes a mistake, the team makes a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes during the game and you can't fault a player for that.
“If it's a lack of attitude, yes. I'm the first one to get him by the neck, because we can't accept that. If it's a mistake when you take a risk, that can happen.”