Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the Premier League after losing three games in a row, seriously threatening their fourth-place hopes
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The Gunners’ hopes for fourth place First League and a five-year term without quitting Champions League Football has been seriously dented by a terrible run of form. Arteta’s side have lost their last three league games and four of the last five overall to give their rivals the boost.
arsenal are now sixth in the Premier League, three points behind their rivals Tottenham and tied with Manchester United – albeit with a game in hand on both. They hope to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat southampton on Saturday when they compete Chelsea in their game in hand on Wednesday.
Arteta has criticized his players in recent weeks and admitted it on Sunday they are “really down” because they “can’t find the right answer” to their problems. As a result, former Leeds United defender Mills believes players need to take responsibility for their struggles and adapt their game plan to their needs in the upcoming games.
“When we talk about leaders, they are players with voice, influence and experience. So when things don’t quite work out on the pitch, you’re not a robot and you can change whatever the coach’s instructions are,” he said football insider . “Football is one of the most fluid games. You can have a game plan but it can change, it’s not stop-start, you can’t reset every two minutes.
“When things aren’t going your way, players have to be adaptable, adapt to certain situations and tell their teammates to adapt and do things differently. If players don’t have that ability and they’re constantly looking at the bench, then there’s an old saying: If you’re looking at the bench, then you should be on it.”
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Arsenal have suffered key injuries at the worst possible time. Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are both currently on the sidelines, while Alexandre Lacazette was unavailable against Southampton for what Arteta called “private reasons” and Eddie Nketiah took the lead. Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Granit Xhaka were all saved by Saints keeper Fraser Forster as they drew a gap for the fourth time in their last five games.
Tottenham had won four straight games to move up to fourth before their shock defeat Brighton at the weekend and Mills believes the phrase coined by her north London rivals is now more applicable on Arteta’s side. “Arsenal has become Spursy. They were on a really good run, then suddenly they’re fragile, there’s no backbone. That was her problem,” he said.
“They have a lot of good, young offensive players, but they’re trying to put square pegs in round holes and that doesn’t quite work for them. Do Arsenal have the struggle and tenacity of old Arsenal? They clearly don’t.”
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