Ian Wright urges ‘toxic’ Arsenal fanbase to put more faith in Mikel Arteta

The Gunners have struggled this season
The Gunners have struggled this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal fans to keep their faith in Mikel Arteta’s project and believes their criticism of the club can sometimes be ‘so toxic’ and ‘horrible’.

Arteta has had mixed fortunes since succeeding Unai Emery last December. The Spaniard led his team to FA Cup glory in his first season as a manager, but they finished outside of the top six for the first time since 1995.

The new campaign hasn’t started as he would’ve hoped either, with the Gunners down in 12th place in the table after winning just one of their last five games in the Premier League.

Wright wants fans to put their faith in Arteta
Wright wants fans to put their faith in Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta has improved his side defensively, but it is in midfield and attack where they are struggling.

Following their 0-0 draw with Leeds United last Sunday, Arsenal are now without a goal from open play in their last seven hours of league action.

Sections of Arsenal fans haven’t taken kindly to their team’s poor run of form, but Wright urged them to have more patience in Arteta given the size of the rebuilding job he has on his hands.

‘The Arsenal fanbase at the moment need to just be a little bit more patient and remember what he is trying to turn around,’ the Gunners legend said on his Wrighty’s House podcast.

‘Something’s happening defensively and yes, Leeds could’ve beat us, but they didn’t.

‘That’s a game we could’ve crumbled in a few years ago easily.

‘He’s working on defence, trying to get something going in the midfield to then help the forwards, it’s not going to happen overnight.

‘We can’t be this feast and famine club, with our fanbase being so toxic some of the times. It’s horrible, it’s uncomfortable to listen to some of the stuff.

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