‘Sometimes I don’t understand Mikel Arteta’ – Frank Leboeuf baffled by Arsenal boss’ ‘mistake’ in Aston Villa loss

Arteta's side have slipped to back-to-back defeats
Arteta’s side have slipped to back-to-back defeats (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Leboeuf has been left by baffled by Mikel Arteta’s decision making at times and highlighted his call to take off Alexandre Lacazette for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa as a ‘mistake’.

Olle Watkins’ goal after just 74 seconds was enough to condemn the Gunners to defeat at Villa Park.

Arsenal enjoyed the majority of the possession but couldn’t convert their dominance of the ball into clear-cut chances, with Dean Smith’s side looking much more threatening on the counter.

Lacazette was taken off just before 60 minutes
Lacazette was taken off just before 60 minutes (Picture: Getty Images)

Aubameyang replaced Lacazette in the 59th minute but the captain barely had a touch on the ball and couldn’t prevent his side from suffering back-to-back losses in the Premier League.

And former Chelsea defender and French World Cup winner Leboeuf couldn’t wrap his head around Arteta’s substitution.

‘Sometimes I don’t understand Arteta,’ he told ESPN FC.

‘They are 1-0 down and substituted on Aubameyang, who is completely in doubt right now, for Lacazette, who can be the real leader of the attack and knows on top of scoring goals, giving assists. I think it was a mistake.

‘I don’t know if Arsenal deserved to lose because they had the possession of the ball. 

‘Some actions were interesting but with no finishes whatsoever.’

The Gunners had begun to turn things around with a good run of results in January following their dismal start to the campaign but Leboeuf questioned whether they could now revert to their early season form.

‘I’m very worried about the future for Arsenal now because we saw them reacting for a month but we saw them struggling for five months,’ he added.

‘Are they back to that state? I don’t know we’re going to see, the next game is going to be crucial.’

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