Darren Bent tells Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta and names his ideal replacement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is fighting to save his job following a terrible run of results
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is fighting to save his job following a terrible run of results (Picture: Getty)

Darren Bent has reluctantly called for Arsenal to part company with Mikel Arteta amid reports the club’s manager has lost the dressing room.

Arteta was appointed almost exactly 12 months ago despite his total lack of experience, but began his tenure in promising fashion and appeared to be building real momentum off the back of an FA Cup triumph and promising transfer window.

Instead, Arsenal have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and, despite Arteta’s protestations, appear to be in a fully fledged relegation battle having lost their last four home games in the league.

Arteta has also been forced to contend with a number of damaging leaks which have brought into question his relationship with a number of senior players and Bent believes there is only one outcome if the manager’s ideas are ignored.

He told talkSPORT: ‘I’d love to see Arsenal go, I know it’s never going to happen because they don’t do business this way, in January here’s the money now go and buy the players.

Arsenal have been forced to deny that Mikel Arteta has fallen out with David Luiz
Arsenal have been forced to deny that Mikel Arteta has fallen out with David Luiz (Picture: Getty)

‘Right now for me it looks like these players have swithed off from listening to his ideas. I like him as a manager, I think he’s a very good coach but if the players have switched off and are no longer listening to the ideas that’s going to go from bad to being even worse and we might even end up being in a relegation battle.

‘However good the coach is, if the players aren’t buying into his ideas the what happens next? You can’t just keep having the manager there for the sake of saying ‘well he’s a good manager’.

‘You look at their next three games, Souhthampton, Everton and Manchester City. Imagine if they get beat all three or lose two or win one, then what do you do?’

Should Arsenal dismiss Arteta, the former Tottenham and England striker believes Brendan Rodgers, who has rebuilt his reputation at Celtic and Leicester following his demise at Liverpool, represents the ideal successor.

He added: ‘I don’t think he’d leave where he’s at now but I love Brendan Rodgers. I think has a coach he always seems to improve squads. Look at this Leicester team now, they play fantastic football.

‘I think he’d be a very good addition, whether he’d leave Leicester now I don’t think so but he’s one I’d love to have in the building.

‘As I said, I like Arteta as a manager but if the players have switched off and are no longer listening to his ideas and dont’ believe in what he’s saying what do you do? You can’t get rid of the players, so something has to change.’

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