Alan Shearer sends message to Arsenal board over Mikel Arteta

Alan Shearer working as a television pundit during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 7, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Shearer sent a message to the Arsenal board (Picture: Getty)

Alan Shearer has called for the Arsenal board to ‘stay calm’ amid growing pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are currently 15th in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with Southampton – a result that, at least, ended a four-game losing streak at home.

Pressure will continue to mount if they fail to get a result away to Everton this weekend.

They face Carlo Ancelotti’s side at a difficult time, though. They have beaten Chelsea and Leicester in their past two matches.

Clashes with Manchester City, in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, and Chelsea follow in what is a tricky spell for a side who are struggling.

But regardless of how results pan out for Arsenal in this next period and beyond, Shearer thinks the board need to stick with their manager and not pull the trigger.

Arsenal were very impressive at the end of last season,’ Shearer told Coral.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 2020. (
Arteta is under fire (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘The way they won the FA Cup, beating Manchester City and Chelsea, it all looked as though it was on the right track with a team that was organised and that wanted to play for the manager.

‘The team we are seeing now looks totally different, just four or five months on. They have no creativity and there’s a lot of problems.

‘If you look at the signings they have made in the last eighteen months there have been a lot of errors made with transfers and contracts, with Ozil frozen out, and when you put all of those together then Mikel Arteta has big problems on his hands.

‘How well Spurs are doing is probably heaping more pressure on Arsenal and I don’t see them getting anywhere near the top four this season now.

‘They need to try and string some good results together and a 6th or 7th placed finish now looks like their best outcome and that is what they should be aiming for.

‘The board need to stay calm and give him time to turn it around with support in the transfer market both in January and next summer.

‘The issues Arsenal have had for the last few years now will not change in six or twelve months, it will take a while to get them back to where they want to be and they need to back Arteta to do that.’

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