Mikel Arteta lends support to Lampard

Chelsea suffered their fifth defeat in the last eight matches to pile more pressure on manager Frank Lampard. The Blues topped the table in early December, but a combination of poor defending and lack of goalscoring has seen them pick up just 7 points from a possible 24.

Arsenal were in a similar situation a month back after making their worst start to a Premier League season in their history. Having been perilously close to the relegation zone, Arsenal have picked up four wins from their last five to be just 2 points behind Chelsea.

Areta, who was under scrutiny during Arsenal’s poor run, has offered his support to Lampard. Asked if it makes him smile now that another manager is under pressure, Arteta said “No. When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.”

If anything, I would like to support them.

I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.”

We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”

I just focus on what we have to do, what we are doing, what I am doing and try to get better every day.

Obviously everything is going to be linked at the end, to results.”

It’s not about many other things so we need to be clear on that and we cannot take anything for granted because we know that the job is like that.”

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