Rio Ferdinand reveals the ‘biggest problem’ Mikel Arteta has at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side lost for the tenth time this term on Saturday (Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is still unsure what his best team is.

The Gunners lost for the tenth time already this season with a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, leaving the Gunners in 10th on 31 points from 23 games.

Arteta made two enforced changes to the starting XI at Villa Park from the side that lost to Wolves just four days earlier but he stuck with the same attack as the Spaniard was impressed with his side’s performance when it was 11vs11 at Molineux.

However, Arsenal put in another lacklustre performance against Dean Smith’s side and Ferdinand believes Arteta does not yet know what his best side or system is with the Gunners.

Ferdinand believes Arteta is struggling to find consistency (Picture: BT)

‘Consistency is what they’re looking for,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘They were on a good run before that but obviously they get beaten in midweek and you’re looking for a response [against Villa] but they didn’t manage to get that.

‘The biggest problem for me with this team at the moment is whether its injuries or players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with personal issues…it’s getting his best team out there. I don’t think he really knows his best team at the minute.

‘I think Arsenal have issues there in working out their best formation and their best team before they consistently get it right. you see signs and then you see a step back and that’s the problem.’

After a seven-match unbeaten run, Arsenal have lost consecutive matches in the Premier League.

The Gunners’ Europa League campaign continues against Benfica in the last-32 next week, while they face crucial fixtures against Leicester City and Manchester City either side of those dates.

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1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with Rio's comments and I strongly believe that the problems at the club are more to do with the manager himself.his team selection where he favors the very same players who are perennial underperformed like William,Auba,Pepe etc and yet they have delivered some point the team was performing with the introduction of youngsters who I believ should be afforded the chance to prove themselves at that level.we have seen what these old guys can do and so far they have delivered there wouldn't be anything to lose,coz they have always been losing,by focusing on these youngsters.if it were on some continent,I would say some of these perennial underperformers pay their way into the team