Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes there’s a ‘poisonous’ environment within the Gunners dressing room because the membership plunges deeper and deeper into disaster.
Mikel Arteta finds himself below immense strain following Arsenal’s 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat at house to Man City, which got here amid a seven-match winless run within the Premier League.
Two expensive errors from goalkeeper Alex Runarsson, the 25-year-old signed to switch Emiliano Martinez in the course of the summer time, led to widespread abuse on social media, which triggered the Icelander to delete his Twitter account.
And Keown believes there’s an environment contained in the Emirates dressing room which has to vary.
“You marvel how poisonous the dressing room is when there’s a rising group of gamers who don’t participate and sit within the nook,” he informed Jim White on talkSPORT.
“I wouldn’t say they’d be sniggering, however there’s an undercurrent, certainly there have to be.”
With virtually half the season accomplished, the Gunners are simply 4 factors above the relegation zone in 15th, and Keown suggests his former membership are in free fall.
The ex-defender believes the choice to play Runarsson on Wednesday evening was the newest in a string of questionable choices by Arteta, which have solely served to pile strain on the Spaniard.
“It’s become a disaster and the supervisor has joined in with actually uncommon choices,” Keown added.
“He performed the younger child [Runarsson] final evening, no-one likes to see that [the mistakes], however I don’t consider his efficiency was a shock.
“If Leno will get injured, having allowed Martinez to depart, they’ve left themselves large open from the goalkeeping viewpoint.
“Simply maintain it easy! Martinez was excellent final season.
“It’s taking a look at choices in key moments, Partey coming again after a number of days’ coaching and now he’s out for months.
“The help base across the supervisor has received to assist him in terms of each single choice.
“I used to be screaming on the telly final evening – Martinelli, a improbable expertise, down injured for 5 minutes earlier than half-time.
“Don’t convey him again out, please don’t convey him out… he comes again out and lasts about two minutes. Make the correct choices!
“He’s below large strain in the meanwhile.”
Arsenal’s senior gamers, akin to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian, have been criticised for his or her lack of inspiration and management amid the Gunners disaster – and Keown echoes these claims.
However the former Arsenal man insists younger gamers can not merely be thrown in as a fast repair, as some followers are suggesting.
“Individuals are calling for Emile Smith-Rowe and all these children, however you may’t simply throw them into this case,” he added.
“A few of the guys will not be getting alternatives early sufficient, then hastily we put Runarsson into the crew when he’s not prepared.
“That has to return right down to the supervisor. You actually can’t get something unsuitable any further in, with the January switch window arising, there will be no extra errors.
“They paid £25m for William Saliba and he doesn’t have a squad quantity, Nicolas Pepe is questioning round like he’s not , Willian is on vacation.
“It’s a must to choose senior gamers you may rely on and bolt younger youngsters onto that, with gamers they’ll choose up the correct habits.
“In the meanwhile, the membership feels prefer it’s in free fall.”