Mikel Arteta’s miseries compounded after Arsenal slumped to their fourth consecutive home defeat against Burnley, leaving them with one win from their last eight Premier League games. Arteta had called for a reaction from his team after the North London derby defeat, but were left undone by a needless aggression from Granit Xhaka, resulting in a sending off.
Former Arsenal player Ian Wright believes Granit Xhaka and others have let Arteta down and the manager should drop them to provide opportunities for youngsters such as Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Speaking to Premier League Productions, Wright said “The manager has stuck with Xhaka for a while. He has shown a lot of faith in him. I think he has done the same with Willian. He has done the same with Lacazette. I feel like at this particular moment, he has had a lot of faith in them and they have kind of let him down up to this point.“
“There are players now that should be getting a blast at it now. Throw in Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe coming back on-loan and doing well at Huddersfield last season. Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles. You need to do something different because if it carries on like this and he continues to have faith in these players, and they are not delivering, then I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”