An unidentified Arsenal player is believed to have challenged manager Mikel Arteta ahead of the rest of the Gunners squad, accusing the Spaniard of having favorites and further highlighting already rumored divisions within the club.
Arsenal have had a disastrous season so far, languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table – closer to a relegation battle than a challenge for a place in the top four, and only back-to-back wins in of the last few games prevented even more pressure. stacked on Arteta.
Parts of the squad are rotten and the Spaniard was keen to reset and build a new one.
Mesut Ozil has been banned completely this season, while other established pros like Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac have also been pushed to the sidelines to make way for new, younger players. The latter has already been sent on loan to former club Schalke and others will leave.
It was reported in December that the situation at Ozil had been a source of division in the squad, with a group of senior players supporting the 2014 World Cup winner.
Now the Daily Mirror is talking about the general discord and tensions that have spread over a team meeting. A “disgruntled” player is said to have faced Arteta in front of the rest of the squad, demanding to know why some players seem to be treated differently from others.
Ahead of the club’s first game in 2021 against West Brom on Saturday night, Arteta has already confirmed his intention to get rid of surplus players in this month’s transfer window.
“We have a great team. We knew it, ”explained the boss. “A lot of things that should have happened this summer, we couldn’t accomplish for different reasons. We cannot maintain the numbers that we have in certain positions.
“There are players who are going to be loaned out and leave, and that’s the priority. Then we’ll see if we have the right opportunity in the positions where we need more help. “
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