Mikel Arteta reacts to "deserved" Arsenal criticism by Neville and Carragher
Mikel Arteta has issued a response to the “deserved” criticism of his Arsenal side from Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher following their dismal second-half showing against Liverpool.
The former Gunners skipper has acknowledged that his team need to show vast improvement before the end of the season as they sit 10th in the Premier League table and 10 points behind fourth.
Ahead of their crunch Europa League showdown against Slavia Prague on Thursday evening, Arteta has been asked about the recent examination of Arsenal performances.
In particular, Sky Sports duo Neville and Carragher hit out at members of their squad, questioning how Arteta will improve his side going forwards.
What Gary Neville said
“I was alarmed. Ordinarily on a Monday Night Football, you come into this and plan what you’re going to do. We know Arsenal are inconsistent, we know where they are in their transition under Mikel Arteta and you don’t ordinarily think it’s going to stand out.
“I have to say, at half time on Saturday I was really uncomfortable with what I’d seen. At the end of the game I did something that I don’t ordinarily do. I normally just get off as soon as a game finishes.
“I sat around for a few minutes with Martin Tyler (saying) ‘what was that?’ I was really uncomfortable with what I saw.
“There have been a number of times in the last 10 years I’ve been doing Monday Night Football where my anger has emerged over the couple of days since the game.
“It happens very rarely, I remember QPR in the early days of Monday Night Football, a team that I really didn’t like.
“Sunderland I remember once I thought ‘there’s something not right there’, a couple of Chelsea performances where I thought they were turning on the manager at a certain point.”
What Jamie Carragher said
"It’s going to take a lot of pain for Arsenal.
"It’s the players, get rid of them. Stick with Arteta and get the young players in the team.
"[Martin] Odegaard has come in and been a revelation, he’s someone you need to make a permanent signing if possible because he’s been fantastic.
"Has [Alexandre] Lacazette ever really been the answer? No. Willian has been a disaster of a signing.
"Nicolas Pepe, it’s not his age or his price tag, really, he’s just not good enough and never will be good enough, so Arsenal need to cut their losses there."
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Mikel Arteta’s response
The Spaniard said: “(I have) No response.
“I think we have to respect every opinion and when there is criticism coming after the way we played against Liverpool, we have to take it on the chin because it's fully deserved for the way that we played.
“It's no time to respond, it's time to talk on the pitch and show what we can do. When we are at full gas, that is a lot.”
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