Arsenal warned they are "in freefall" under Arteta amid calls for Tuchel

Arsenal have been warned they are “in freefall” under Mikel Arteta ahead of their crucial Boxing Day showdown with Chelsea.

The Gunners head into the London derby having won just once in their previous 10 Premier League matches, and off the back of Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat to Man City in the League Cup.

Arteta’s position is now coming under serious scrutiny, with the sacking of PSG manager Thomas Tuchel now leading fans’ calls for the Spaniard to be replaced at the helm.

It appears the Arsenal boss is also battling with a serious dose of player power behind the scenes, as the recent exchange between Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil on social media seemed to suggest.

And former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has now questioned Arteta’s erratic decision-making.

Mikel Arteta has been backed to turn things round at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta has been backed to turn things round at Arsenal

“It’s looking again like it’s decisions at key moments,” Keown told talkSPORT . “Partey came back just a couple of days training and now we are without him for two or three months.

“I think the support base around the manager has really got to help him with every decision.

“I was screaming at the TV the other night. Martinelli – a really good player, really good talent – he was injured for five minutes before half-time. ‘Don’t bring him out, please don’t bring him out!’

“He comes back out and he lasts about two minutes. Make the right decisions!

“And the people around him need to help him make the right decisions when he is under pressure and he is under massive pressure at the moment.

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“Arsenal are going to have to find a way to win games and he is going to have to pick players that he can rely upon.”

Arteta has not been able to build on the FA Cup win in August having beaten Saturday’s opponents Chelsea in the final.

Indeed that piece of silverware sets him apart from his opposite number in the dugout, Frank Lampard, who is yet to win a trophy with his side.

It is clear the two managers have completely different tasks ahead of them, though, with Chelsea’s significant investment pushing them towards title contention, while Arsenal looks to be more of a long-term project.

The Arsenal board have backed Arteta in the transfer market, but a number of his signings are already being questioned.

Willian (R) has failed to impress in an Arsenal shirt thus far
Willian (R) has failed to impress in an Arsenal shirt thus far

In particular, Willian’s acquisition on a free transfer from Chelsea is at the top of those, with the Brazilian failing to impress since his arrival at the Emirates.

With the Gunners’ backs against the wall, and pressure mounting on Arteta, there is seemingly no room left for him to manouevre, with Tuchel’s newfound availability only adding to the restlessness of the Arsenal fanbase.

And Keown has told Arteta he cannot afford to make any more wrong turns.

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Sacked PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has already been linked with the hot seat at Arsenal
Sacked PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has already been linked with the hot seat at Arsenal

“People are calling for [Emile] Smith-Rowe and all these other young players but you can’t just throw them into this situation,” he added.

“You really can’t get anything wrong from here on in.

“The transfer window is coming up and you can’t make mistakes. [Nicolas] Pepe is wandering around, doesn’t seem like he is interested, Willian is on holiday. You have to pick players you can rely upon, the senior players and then bolt young kids onto that.

“At the moment the club feels like it is in freefall.”


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