Mikel Arteta is reportedly facing ‘growing resentment’ in the Arsenal dressing room, as the Gunners stars are becoming frustrated at being blamed for the club’s current struggles.
The Spaniard was handed the job as a replacement for Unai Emery back in December 2019, the former Gunners captain going on to guide the club to success in the FA Cup at the end of that season, after having beaten rivals Chelsea in the final.
Despite opening the season with another triumph at Wembley in the Community Shield against Liverpool, it’s been a huge underwhelming campaign thus far, with Arteta’s men currently in tenth and looking set to miss out on Champions League football for a fifth successive season.
The last week has been particularly disappointing for the north London club, as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool after an abject display at the Emirates, before a late equaliser saw Slavia Prague snatch a draw in their Europa League quarter-final, first-leg tie.
With pressure mounting amid what’s been a really inconsistent campaign, it would appear that the former Manchester City assistant is also beginning to lose favour among his own players, the Sun reporting that he is facing ‘growing resentment’ from some of his squad.
The report suggests that Gunners star men are frustrated with having to take the flak for the club’s struggles, with the feeling that Arteta opts to deflect the blame, despite having ‘revelled’ in guiding the club to their FA Cup success last season.
The key issue, in particular, appears to be the 39-year-old’s treatment of individual players, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta having recently dropped his captain for the draw with Slavia Prague, after the Gabon international’s performance in the loss to Liverpool.
Although there is seemingly nothing wrong with the Gunners boss axing his underperforming players, it would appear that some members of his squad are beginning to question his tactical approach, while they are also struggling to fully grasp his instructions.
While they still have time to finish the season on something of a high with a triumph in the Europa League, it has undoubtedly been a poor season for the club, with the players not willing to shoulder all the blame for their current woes.