Arsenal: Arsene Wenger reveals his 'biggest regret' as manager
Arsenal re-appointing Arsene Wenger as Mikel Arteta’s replacement would be ‘absolute idiotic stupidity’, according to AFTV regular DT. The Gunners are currently stuck in a rut, having failed to pick up a single victory from their last seven Premier League matches. They’re set to stick with Arteta for the time being but more defeats could spell the end for the 38-year-old and his Emirates reign.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Everton on Saturday, with a Rob Holding own goal and Yerry Mina strike giving Carlo Ancelotti’s side all three points.
While it was a good afternoon for the Toffees, however, it was yet another chastening day at the office for Arteta.
The Gunners are now in a relegation dogfight, having amassed just 14 points from their opening 14 fixtures.
Some fans have called for Wenger to return as a temporary replacement for Arteta but AFTV regular DT doesn’t want that to happen – and insists the club is rotten from top to bottom.
“Absolute idiotic stupidity,” he said when suggestions of Wenger coming back were put to him.
“Half of this squad is Arsene Wengers squad that failed him, and threw him under the bus, and were going to the likes of Crystal Palace and being humiliated. Brighton and being humiliated. Being 3-0 down to Bournemouth before salvage a draw.
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“What makes you think that, by bringing him back, those same people who didn’t do it for him the first time are going to do it for him again now?
“Absolute ludicrous to suggest there would be any difference in any way shape or form.
“Everything at the club has been rotten for over five, six, seven years. It starts from the top, it worked its way down and now it’s finally coming home to roost.
“Everything has come out all at once. Normally it comes out bit by bit, over a period of time, but now it’s coming out all at once.”
Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League match since their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And Arteta admitted after the Everton game that things weren’t good enough, with players ‘disappointed’ by their current woes.
“The first thing we have to do, is the things we can control make them better.
“There are things we haven’t done lately when we’ve played with ten men with situations we generate we don’t score.
“Normally when a team is in this position it is battered every week and it’s not the case.
“We’ve been better than the opponent every single week but we are not winning football matches, so we have to realise that.
“I don’t want to feel sorry for ourselves. It is what it is. It’s the fight we have to take in front of us and the challenge.
“It’s not about so many things that have happened as that’s not going to make us better.
“The group is really disappointed in the way we lost the game because they have real belief we could come here and turn things around tonight and the effort, passion and commitment was without question of a doubt.”
Chris Sutton thinks Arsenal are in a relegation dogfight, telling the Daily Mail: “Arsenal aren’t above a race against relegation.
“Right now, they’re banking on three teams being worse than them. Mikel Arteta is very lucky the fans aren’t there because they’d be letting their feelings known.
“It started so well with that FA Cup victory.
“Now, Arsenal’s priority is staying in the Premier League rather than qualifying for Europe.
“To think how many moaners there were about Arsene Wenger perennially finishing inside the top four. Offer that now and they’d snap your hand off.”
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