Arteta launches staunch defence of Arsenal's transfer policy
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Mikel Arteta is struggling to deal with a build-up of tension in the Arsenal dressing room behind closed doors, according to former Southampton forward Matt Le Tissier. The Gunners boss currently finds himself under intense pressure to deliver results quickly after failing to register a single Premier League point since the beginning of the season.
Arsenal were humbled by newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day before falling to another lacklustre defeat at home to Chelsea in their second outing.
They went on to concede five against Manchester City, with the defending Premier League champions running riot at the Etihad Stadium before the international break.
Arteta’s side will be desperately hoping to seal their first win over Norwich City on Saturday as they look to kickstart their campaign with an improved showing.
The Canaries currently sit above Arsenal on goal difference, with the north Londoners occupying last place in the Premier League table.
The club’s poor form has sparked calls for Arteta to be relieved of his duties after just three matches, but Le Tissier has insisted that their problems run deeper.
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The 52-year-old has claimed that Arsenal’s players are privately at odds with each other, citing information from a contact inside the Gunners camp.
“At Arsenal the problem isn’t with the manager, the problem is all in the changing room from what I’m hearing,” Le Tissier told The Where’s Jeff Podcast.
“There is a lot of disharmony in the changing room and that’s something which is very difficult for a manager.
“Even though it might be the players’ fault, we always know what happens when things go wrong, and it’s always the manager who carries the can.”
It seems as though the age-old problem of squad disharmony is still plaguing Arsenal as they aim to remove themselves from the foot of the Premier League table.
It remains to be seen whether Arteta’s side will be able to register a welcome victory over Norwich on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
They will remain without the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, but Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey could return to the fold after recovering from their respective injuries.
Meanwhile, former England midfielder Joe Cole recently suggested that Arteta could be given the sack as early as next week if he is unable to inspire Arsenal to a win against Norwich.
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“In the two defeats against the big boys [Chelsea and City], it was like they laid down and died,” Cole told Coral earlier this week.
“I do like how Arteta has handled the situation. He is hardening as a manager, you can see that in him.
“So, I think he’s got that. He’s obviously a well-schooled coach because of his work with Pep [Guardiola]. He’s a thoughtful guy.
“He’s in the storm at the moment. He has to find a result against Norwich and if he doesn’t beat Norwich, I think it’s probably the end for him.”
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