Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sends message to Frank Lampard over Chelsea struggles

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sends message to Frank Lampard over Chelsea struggles
The Spaniard does not like seeing a fellow manager come under such scrutiny (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he is taking no enjoyment from Frank Lampard’s current struggles at Chelsea as speculation continues to ramp up over his future at Stamford Bridge.

Just a few weeks ago, the Blues were top of the table and title contenders but their form has deteriorated and Arsenal – who were closer to the relegation zone than the top four prior to Christmas – are now just two points behind their London rivals.

Arteta was facing scrutiny over his position at Arsenal during a nine-game winless run but now it is Lampard who is under the microscope after Chelsea lost five of their last eight league matches.

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Arsenal actually beat Chelsea in December to end their own winless run (Picture: Getty)

Despite their respective changes in fortunes, Arteta is says he is not thankful that another manager is now taking the flack he was subject to barely a month ago and offered his support to Lampard.

Asked if it makes him smile that Lampard is now going through what he experienced, Arteta replied: ‘No. When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.

‘If anything, I would like to support them.

‘I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.

‘We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.’

After the reporter clarified that he meant ‘smile’ because the media had moved onto a new target already, Arteta continued: ‘No. I understand, but no.

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Lampard suffered defeat again in midweek against Leicester City (Picture: Getty)

‘I just focus on what we have to do, what we are doing, what I am doing and try to get better every day.

‘Obviously everything is going to be linked at the end, to results.

‘It’s not about many other things so we need to be clear on that and we cannot take anything for granted because we know that the job is like that.’

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