Darren Bent has backed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta despite the Gunners’ poor form this season and said the club can’t keep ‘chopping and changing’.
The Gunners have lost five of their ten Premier League matches this season and find themselves way down the table in 14th place.
Arteta had a reasonable start to life at the Emirates, winning the FA Cup last season and adding the Community Shield this term, but there are concerns as he nears his one-year anniversary as manager.
The form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a particular worry as the striker, who signed a new contract only a few months ago, has scored just twice all season.
Arteta took the helm last December following Unai Emery’s sacking after 18 months in charge.
Emery was axed with Arsenal in eighth place having picked up 18 points from 13 games, and he was adjudged to be under-performing.
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Arteta needs two wins from his next three matches to ensure he betters the start Emery made last season which resulted in his dismissal.
Despite worries over the club’s form, former Charlton, Tottenham and Aston Villa striker Bent, who is a lifelong Arsenal fan, is not entertaining any thoughts of sacking the manager.
“It doesn’t look good,” said Bent on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“Listen, I’m still 100 per cent behind Arteta. I want to put that out there as people keep asking, ‘do you think we should get rid of Arteta?’. Absolutely not.
“You can’t keep chopping and changing managers when the situation gets bad. At some point you need to stick to a manager.
“There’s been some great times in his short reign at Arsenal – he’s won us a trophy.
“At the minute Arsenal aren’t playing very wel,l but I still believe 100 per cent he’s the man to get Arsenal out of this slump.”
Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:13:41 +0000