Arsenal: Mikel Arteta responds strongly to criticism from Stan Kroenke | Football News


Mikel Arteta insists he has the full support of the Arsenal board following criticism from owner Stan Kroenke in the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, while Jamie Redknapp says the Gunners board must act quickly to support their head coach.

A plane flew a banner through Villa Park at the start of the game reading “Back Arteta, Kroenke Out” as some fans showed their opposition to their American owner.

It promises to be a tough summer for Arteta as he seeks to rebuild his squad on a budget and their poor performances at Villa, meaning they cannot qualify for the Europa League through the Premier League, s was a timely reminder of the magnitude of the task. ahead of the Spaniard.

The defeat means Arsenal, who can still qualify for Europe by winning the FA Cup final next month against Chelsea. will now end the season outside the top six for the first time since 1995.

However, Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports, issued a firm response to the banner, saying he had the full support of the club, which was developing a “strong plan”.

“The Kroenkes, the board of directors and the sporting director, I have all their support. I have that 100 percent – the fans have to believe what I’m saying, ”Arteta said.

“We’re making a solid plan to do everything we can in a short period of time and the standings don’t lie. When you have the point margin with the top teams, it’s for a reason.

“Emotionally and physically, it’s been a very demanding week but I saw a team that wanted to fight until the end. I’m not disappointed with the attitude – I know where we are in some areas and where we need to improve further. We will get that. “

Mikel Arteta

“We have to improve in many areas, at the team and individual level. The best teams in some areas are better than us.

“It must hurt and we must suffer, it is not good enough for this club. We know the challenge, it’s really big and we are delighted with what we have in front of us.

“There are going to be ups and downs, but sometimes it’s good to see the reality and move forward and improve. “

Speaking after the loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta said he had the full support of all club members following an airplane banner protest against the owners.

Speaking after the loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta said he had the full support of all club members following an airplane banner protest against the owners.

Redknapp: Arsenal board must act

Jamie Redknapp de Sky Sports:

“I think they’re a long way from the top four.

“There are issues he needs to sort out, one is Mesut Ozil. I’m sure he’ll be leaving this summer and he has tons of money. It’s easier said than done but sometimes if you feel like the player isn’t. right you have to bite the bullet and let them go.

“Are you giving Aubameyang a new contract?” You don’t want to go into another situation where you have a player making a huge amount of money, with his age that’s a problem. Personally I think players like him are hard to find and if you can keep him long term I still think it’s worth it.

“I like Mikel Arteta a lot but with this team… It’s a bit like David Luiz, who will have moments of resemblance to the best defender in the corner but then he will have his moment when he makes a mistake. I look at this Arsenal three back. or four, whatever they want to play, they’ll make mistakes and give you chances week after week. I think they need to throw money at the problem, it’s that simple because with this team he can’t make them a top four team anytime soon.

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Aston Villa’s win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

“Aubameyang wants to play with better players and he wants to know who comes in. Of course he gets along well with Lacazette, I’m sure he watches Nketiah and he talks about Saka very well. There are some good players out there but he is a very ambitious player, he played at the top, and he will want to watch the players coming in, and he has every right to think, “I have come to the twilight of my career. , I want to win something. “He could win something with the FA Cup and he’ll see that as a great opportunity and that’s the kind of thing that can help keep a player. But he wants to know the kind of players who come in.

“Another problem they have is Ceballos, who has probably been their best player since the restart. It’s on loan, so the question is, what do you do? I really like it and I thank Arteta for it. I liked him at the start of the season when he first arrived, he looked really good, really silky, but obviously that was a problem for him physically. Then I got the feeling that during the three months without playing he came back as a different player and he’s like you. I want to keep.

“If you were to lose him and lose Aubameyang, then that will give you more problems. The board really needs to take action and I’m not surprised when I hear about the plane, you need to support this manager. If you think he’s right. man, you gotta support him.

“Arsenal are a great club, every player wants to be in London and play for clubs like Arsenal but they have to see that it’s ambitious and want to win things because at the moment they are a little behind the four first teams. we see at the moment. ”

Richards: Arsenal squad is not big enough

Micah Richards de Sky Sports:

“It all depends on how much he [Arteta] can spend. Aubameyang, Lacazette, Saka I like, Nketiah is a good young player, Ceballos I like a lot too. They have very good players but what they have to sort out, what they are trying to do, is a structure and a way of playing. He didn’t have all the players he wanted, he’s going to have the summer to get what he wants but I watched him against Man City [in the FA Cup] and the way they pressed, they fully deserved it.

“They don’t have a team big enough like Man City to turn five or six players and go to Villa Park and win, but the core of the team I like a lot. It just takes a few tweaks here and there. and probably starting with this central position of the back.

“It’s not all sadness and sadness. They were below par tonight, but a key signing for them is to get Aubameyang excited and look elsewhere. We don’t know how much money Arsenal has, we are speculating, but I see something. in this camp because of the way they played against Man City.

“I think Arteta is the right manager for the job, it’s just about finding the right balance between youth and a bit of quality. “

Analysis: creativity puzzle for Arteta

Nick Wright de Sky Sports:

After the exhilaration of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City, here’s a shocking reminder of the work that awaits Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

A little fatigue was understandable after their exploits at Wembley, of course, but sheer fatigue cannot explain the fact that they didn’t shoot a single shot on target at Villa Park despite 69% possession. It was probably the softest, most listless performance they’ve had all season and that says a lot.

Arsenal’s defensive issues tend to dominate any discussion of their weaknesses, but the lack of creativity and imagination is just as worrying. Since the Premier League restart, they have averaged less than four shots on target per game. They rank 14th for expected goals during this span.

These flaws can be masked when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are at their best clinic, but when they are not, or when the service is simply not there for them, as was the case at Villa Park, so there is no hiding the shortcomings that are holding Arsenal back.

Maybe Dani Ceballos could help if he was positioned closer to the opposing goal. The Spaniard is one of the few players on the Arsenal squad who has the vision and flair to unlock defenses. But Arsenal’s weakness elsewhere is such that they are needed in a deeper role. Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, seems to be completely irrelevant.

It’s an enigma for Arteta. The Arsenal manager insisted he had the support of the club owners after the game. But the extent of this support is not yet clear. What is clear, however, is that this team is in desperate need of an injection of creativity as well as a defensive boost.

And after?

Aston Villa now ends the season at West Ham on Sunday at 4 p.m., while Arsenal host Watford at the same time in the Emirates, ahead of their FA Cup final at Wembley against Chelsea on Saturday August 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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