Mikel Arteta ‘hasn’t improved’ Arsenal, blasts Graeme Souness

Arsenal have lost ten of their 23 Premier League matches this term (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness insists he sees no signs of improvement at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard was appointed as Unai Emery’s replacement in December 2019 and he guided the Gunners to FA Cup glory at the end of the last campaign.

However, Arteta’s side have lost ten of their 23 matches so far this term and they’re 11th in the table ahead of this afternoon’s clash against Leeds United.

Souness says the FA Cup has bought Arteta more time but he insists he barely pays any ‘attention’ to the Gunners now because they’re a ‘mid-table’ team.

Asked what he’s made of Arsenal this season, Souness said: ‘I’m not sure because I don’t pay a lot of attention to them and that says everything.

Arsenal historically are one of the big guys that you’re always interested with the Champions League games in midweek, challenging for the Premier League and right now they’re just mid-table and appear to be going nowhere – that’s how I’d describe them right now.

‘I think it’s upsetting for Arsenal supporters. I don’t see any uplift with the new manager. I don’t see any obvious improvement.

‘We keep talking about giving managers time and obviously he has some credit in the bank from winning the FA Cup but right now Arsenal for me are just treading water and don’t appear to be going one way or the other. Unless there’s a real change in form I think they’ll be a mid-table team.’

Arteta could hand a full debut to Martin Odegaard against Marcelo Bielsa’s side this afternoon.

Bernd Leno has served a one-game ban and will return in goal but Thomas Partey is set to miss out after sustaining a hamstring strain.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to start for the first time in over three weeks.

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